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$3,499 USD 

15 Days
Private Transport
Private Guide
Customized Itinerary

Day Planner, Map & Itinerary

1
Casablanca
2
Rabat - Meknes
3
Fes
4
Fes
5
Midelt
6
Merzouga
7
Dades Gorge
8
Cave Stay
9
Dades Gorge
10
Ait Benhaddou
11
Essaouira
12
Essaouira
13
Essaouira
14
Marrakech
15
Departure Day

1

Casablanca

Meals Included:

None

Marhaba! Welcome to Morocco! Settle into your centrally located hotel in the industrial capital of Morocco. This city of over 5 million inhabitants is famous for its imposing Hassan II Mosque, seaside boardwalk and modern feel. We’ll have a welcome meeting in the morning before heading out to explore the town. Modelled after Marseille in France, the city is famous for its art deco buildings and the modern-day masterpiece, the Hassan II Mosque.

2

Rabat - Meknes

Meals Included:

B

This morning we drive a bit over an hour to the capital city of Rabat. Rabat's history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties, and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Chellah. Store your luggage and spend a few hours strolling through the city's old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, continue to Meknes on a three-hour train. The imperial city of Meknes was built when Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) set out to create his own version of Versailles, using over 25,000 slaves to construct walls, gates and over 50 palaces.

3

Fes

Meals Included:

B

This morning is free to explore Meknes. In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city – visit his immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city's now crumbling imperial palaces. Try a camel burger for lunch at friendly local restaurant in the medina. Later, board a private minibus and travel for one hour through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. Upon arrival, take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Afterwards, make the two-hour drive to Fes, where you'll spend the next two nights.

4

Fes

Meals Included:

B,L

Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses – with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

Take a guided group walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city's most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Visit Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. You'll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a delicious group dinner (at your own cost) of Moroccan specialities like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous.

5

Midelt

Meals Included:

B

Board the private minibus and leave the intensity of the city behind for the simplicity of the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains (approximately 4 hours). Drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery – fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes. The area is populated with wandering nomadic shepherds attending to their flocks. Pass through cedar forests which are home to Barbary apes, North Africa's only monkey, and on to your destination of Midelt. Nestled in a valley, Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and surrounded by farmland and orchards. Stretch your legs as you explore the nearby village of Bremmem and take a closer look at local farming life.

6

Merzouga

Meals Included:

B,L,D

Today it's a five-hour drive towards the mighty Sahara Desert. Since we'll have the convenience of our own private minivan, there will be many opportunities to stop and admire views of Kasbahs and palmeries (valleys lush with date palms, fields and orchards) along the way. Drive through changing scenery, from barren mountainsides to fertile valleys, pausing in frontier towns like Erfoud and Rissani, before reaching the end of the road at the small Saharan settlement of Merzouga. With a backdrop of the orange-coloured Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. Store your main baggage, saddle up your daypack and mount a camel for a one-hour sunset ride into the desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that's formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20 kilometres from the Algerian border, this really feels like frontier country. Spend the night in a desert camp under the stars. Our local friends will prepare a hearty feast, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.

7

Dades Gorge

Meals Included:

B,D

We depart from our luxury camp on camels, returning to our vehicle that will take us onwards to Dades Gorge. As we have had a number of travel days in the vehicle, we will use this hotel as our base for the next 3 days. Our gorgeous hotel is built into the aspiring cliffs of Dades Gorge.

8

Cave Stay

Meals Included:

B,L,D

We have a particularly special day today, we will walk through the lush Dades Valley past crumbling Kasbah's and into the area known as the 'Monkey Fingers'. We are bouldering more than trekking for a short while to get through the monkey fingers.... but once we have reached the higher ground we trek to the caves we will stay in tonight, hosted by a family of semi nomadic goat herders. The family does not appreciate having photos taken of them, and we ask everybody to please respect their wishes on the matter.

9

Dades Gorge

Meals Included:

B,D

We take a shorter route out of Timadlawin to return to our hotel in Dades Gorge. We are able to clean up and feel refreshed for our phenomenal 3 course dinner!

10

Ait Benhaddou

Meals Included:

B

Today travel south for four hours to Ait Benhaddou. The scenic drive will take you past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, austere mountains and valleys of palm trees and irrigated fields. Pause for lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky, Game of Thrones and Black Hawk Down were filmed. Time permitting, you can take a tour of the Atlas Movie Studios - one of the tackiest tours on Earth. Continue on to your destination of Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site.

11

Essaouira

Meals Included:

B

Bid farewell to the Sahara and journey over the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Toubkal National Park (approximately 5 hours), photographing snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower along the way. We will come out of the mountains as we pass Marrakech and head towards the seaside town of Essaouira. As we get closer keep an eye out for goats climbing into argan trees to eat the fruit.... its a common site on this route.

12

Essaouira

Meals Included:

B

Essaouira is a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the walls, and there are ocean views. Strong "Alizée" trade winds make the city’s crescent beach popular for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

13

Essaouira

Meals Included:

B

Walk along the city ramparts, shop until you drop in the Medina, have a drink on a rooftop bar and dine on some of Morocco's best food.... Essaouira is a great spot to spend a few days to wind down after your adventure packed trip through Morocco's spectacular sites.

14

Marrakech

Meals Included:

B

It takes four hours to return to Marrakech where you can stroll through the insane Djemaa El Fnaa, get lost in yet another maze-like medina, find your designer bliss in Jardin Marjorelle or take a peek behind the walls at the Bahia Palace.

15

Departure Day

Meals Included:

B

Sadly the trip has ended, you will be picked up from your hotel by your driver who will deliver you to the international airport for your flight out of Marrakech.