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Morocco Highlights One Way (Casablanca to Marrakech)

Visit all of Morocco's majestic imperial cities. Journey to Casablanca, Rabat and Fez, visit Todra Gorge, go camel trekking in the Sahara desert and see Ait Benhaddou and its famous Kasbah. This action-packed tour finishes in the bustling imperial city of Marrakech.


Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Community Project , Active/Adrenaline Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 159624
Starts: Casablanca, Morocco Finishes: Marrakech, Morocco
You will visit
  • Casablanca
  • Fes
  • Fes
  • Sahara Desert (Berber Camp)
  • Todra Gorge
  • Ait Benhddou
  • Marrakech
  • Marrakech

Itinerary

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Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! Following your transfer from the airport to our joining hotel you can relax by the hotel pool before the pre-departure meeting at 6pm where you will meet your fellow travellers. (D)

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Day 2: Casablanca to Fes

Travelling towards the imperial city of Fes, we make a stop in Meknes, also known as the Versailles of Morocco. Surrounded by fertile ground, coupled with its impressive buildings and history, we can see why Meknes is one of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco. We’ll then move on to bustling Fes this afternoon stopping on route in Volubilis for a guided tour. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. Its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. After exploring dye-pits, tanneries and restaurants, we return to our hotel to prepare for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. (B,B)

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Day 3: Fes

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. Its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. After exploring dye-pits, tanneries and restaurants, we return to our hotel to prepare for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. (B,B)

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Day 4: Fes to Sahara Desert (Berber Camp)

Today we enjoy a stunning drive and are rewarded by a fantastic Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. It is then time to head towards the great desert and Merzouga, where we transfer to camels for a trek into the Sahara Desert for a night at our Berber Camp. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. (B,L,D)

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Day 5: Sahara Desert to Todra Gorge

Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. We will have an early lunch at the Berber co-operative where you can see and buy authentic, Berber handmade rugs, kilims and carpets. The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, walking through the Palmerie or trying our optional activity of Rock Climbing. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. (B,D)

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Day 6: Todra Gorge to Ait Benhddou

We must bid fond farewell to Todra this morning en-route to Ait Benhaddou via Ouazazate. We will stop for lunch along the way and have a chance for an optional tour of the Film studios in Ouazazate, famous for films such as Gladiator, The Last Temptation of Christ and the Living daylights. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the famous Kasbah and village. (B,D)

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Day 7: Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech

We traverse the High Atlas today enjoying stunning views en-route to Marrakech. We will take a guided tour of the city this afternoon. Marrakech set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Its great pride and landmark is the Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville. It is said that after the third of these was completed, the sultan had the eyes of his architect put out, lest he should build another more beautiful tower elsewhere. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city’s UNESCO-listed medina & Djemâa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place (Guided city tour included). The rest of the afternoon you have free time to relax by the pool or do a little shopping for souvenirs before we meet for the last group evening meal. (B,L)

 

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Day 8: Marrakech

Your adventure ends after breakfast. (B)

(B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sahara Camel Trek
    • Guided tours of Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, Volubillis & Ait Benhaddou
    • Arrival transfer from Marrakech Airport
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners including a Berber camp dinner
    • 6 nights in 3/4-star hotel, 1 night camping at Berber camp
    • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or minivan
    Accommodation
    • 6 nights in 3/4-star hotel, 1 night camping at Berber camp
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander Todra Gorge, Morocco's "Grand Canyon"
  • Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, the start of the Sahara Deserts
  • Sahara Camel Trek
  • Experience a Traditional Berber Camp
  • Wander Ait Benhaddou, UNESCO listed ancient fortified Kasbah city
  • Discover the UNESCO listed KouToubia Mosque in Marrakech