Enquire About This Tour Code MOBM Best of Morocco
Duration: 15 Days Route: Marrakech to Marrakech Style: Adventure Tours Price: US$1,449.00
Discover the magic of Morocco’s minarets and medinas on this North African adventure tour. Marrakech offers Djemaa el-Fna square with snake charmers, mystics and musicians vying for attention. Heading to the coast we take in the beaches and stunning citadel of Essaouira. Features include medieval souks and vibrantly coloured dye pits in Fez, the Roman ruins of Volubilis, an overnight camel safari through Saharan dunes and the towering cliffs of Todra Gorge.
Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Marrakech
The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
Day 2 to 6 - Rabat – Meknes – Chefchaouen – Fes
We head to Casablanca made famous by Humphrey Bogart in his musical Casablanca. Here you can visit the Hassan II mosque which holds up to 25,000 worshippers a time before continuing on to Rabat, Morroco’s capital city.
On the third day of our Moroccan adventure, we visit the third Imperial city, Meknes where you will have some free time.
On the way to Chefchaouen, we visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the largest site in Morocco dating back to AD40 before heading towards Chefchaouen where we will spend the night. Here there is a busy market and tourist face and a beautiful main square at the town’s heart.
We enjoy a guided tour in Fes, learning about the city’s fascinating history. It is the oldest medieval city in the world, heavy in history and powerful stories. The souk’s are an intense mix of spices, sounds and colourful sights. Outside of the souks there are plenty of medieval mosques and palaces to visit. A full day city tour is included and an optional night out full of Moroccan entertainment and food at a local restaurant comes highly recommended.
Fez is a medieval city full of life, colour and atmosphere, the third largest city in Morocco and the oldest of the imperial cities. Once the religious and cultural centre of Morocco, many great dynasties having flourished here.
The medina of old Fez is one of the largest living medieval cities in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site houses generations of workers selling a staggering variety of goods, from brass to leather shoes to ceramics and spices. Elsewhere, there are narrow winding streets and plenty of covered markets selling crafts, fruit and vegetables and just about anything else you can think of. The medina itself is car-free zone but look out for donkeys and the odd motorised scooter or two squeezing between shoppers and stalls.
Fez boasts many colourful dye pits and tanneries, which you can admire after a hard day's shopping. The new area provides a contrast to old Fez with plenty of café-lined avenues where you can relax with a coffee and watch the modern Moroccan way of life go on around you.
Day 7 to 10 - Midelt – Sahara Desert – Todra Gorge – Air Benhaddou
An alpine forest, Midelt is calm and serene after the speed of the cities. Here we can hike, swim or relax before spending the night in this pristine mountain location.
For what is guaranteed to be a highlight of your tour, we head into the desert where we transfer onto our mode of transport for the afternoon, camels. We trek into the desert and enjoy a night at a Berber Camp, eating local delicious food, music and a night under a canopy of stars.
With vertical cliffs surrounding it, Todra Gorge is Morroco’s answer to the Grand Canyon. Breathtakingly beautiful, we have time to explore the gorge, taking hikes around the rim and into the basin or even trying out rock climbing. As the day progresses, the colours of the canyon change turning a magnificent golden colour.
Day 11 to 14 - Essaouira – Marrakech
Located on the South Atlantic Coast, Essaouira (pronounced esa-wera) is a peaceful seaside town with a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina. Previously known as Mogador, the city is a beautiful example of an 18th century fortified maritime citadel and is a popular artists’ town with many cultural influences including Arab, Berber, Jewish, African and European.
The mild climate invites you to rest and relax, however, with its narrow streets lined by workshops and art galleries this pretty blue and white washed city has plenty to keep you busy during your stay. Essaouira also has a long, wild ribbon of beach which is a great place to watch windsurfers, kitesurfers and sand-yachters show off their talents in the brisk sea breeze. In the evening you can enjoy a fresh fish dinner at the harbour or take a sunset stroll along the ramparts, a popular local activity.
Marrakech, one of Morocco's favourite cities, is known as the country's ‘pearl of the south' and is surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Take a step back in time and lose yourself in the maze of souks and spice markets in the ancient medina. Wander the labyrinthine of stalls with colourful skeins of wool drying above your head against bright blue skies. Pick your way through alleys lined with elaborately decorated brass lamps while dodging donkeys as well as locals on scooters as you go. Watch artisans making their wares right where they sell them. Enjoy some banter and barter with a friendly seller, then indulge in a traditional mint tea or thick Moroccan coffee to recover.
There is non-stop action at the Djemaa el-Fna, the huge, open UNESCO-listed public square in the medina. See jugglers, henna tattoo-artists, potion-sellers, musicians, snake-charmers and acrobats by day and buy a freshly-squeezed orange juice from any one of a myriad of vendors. At night, witness musicians, Gnaoua musicians, storytellers, belly dancers and a massive alfresco restaurant complete with friendly maitre d’s calling for your custom in five different languages. The call to prayer from the iconic Koutoubia Minaret adds to the exotic atmosphere.
Day 15 to 15 - Depart Marrakech
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Day by Day Itinerary
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(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner included)
For tours that include the option of a single supplement, a ✔ will indicate in which destinations single rooms are available. The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.