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15 Day Morocco Highlights Tour: Casablanca to Marrakesh

Wander through kasbahs, spice markets and cities pulsing with energy on this Moroccan adventure stretching from Casablanca to Marrakesh
Casablanca, Morocco
Duration
Duration
15 Days and 14 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
14
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12+
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Casablanca to Marrakech
What's Included

  • Get up to $150 cash back when you book with us

  • Mhaya village community lunch, Meknès

  • Mountain Gîte stay with traditional Moroccan meal, Aroumd (Aremd)

  • Tangier guided tour including the Medina, kasbah and the grand and petit souks

  • Volubilis guided tour including Roman ruins

  • Fès medina guided tour including artisans' quarter and Fès tannery

  • Sunset camel ride in the desert

  • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages

  • Aït Ben Haddou kasbah tour

  • High Atlas Mountains hike

  • Marrakesh medina guided walk including Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, souks and Jemaa el-Fnaa square

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  • Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

What to Expect

Wander ancient medinas and Roman ruins; ride a camel into the Sahara; spend a night in a desert tent and a mountain gite; enjoy traditional Moroccan fare at a local home; shop in seaside Essaouira; set eyes on the blue city of Chefchaouen and visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - discover the very best of Morocco and surrounds on this unbelievable 15 day adventure.

 

If you want to hit Morocco's highlights, this is your adventure.

 

Wander through kasbahs, spice markets, and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains.

 

Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares, then take a moment to appreciate this amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world's biggest sand dunes. Modern, ancient, bohemian, sophisticated, no matter how many superlatives you can think of, Northern Morocco surpasses them all, and this trip shows you all the best sights while still leaving money for bargaining in the medina.

 

Tour charming Tangier, old world Fes and the famous blue and white buildings of Chefchaouen. Then, explore mysterious Marrakech and the bustle of Djeema El Fna. If exotic magic exists anywhere in the world, it's right here in beautifully cultured Morocco. 

 

Discover a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco which is near the town of Tinerhir is known as the Todgha Gorge. Both the Todgha and neighbouring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff sided canyons on their final 40 kilometres through the mountains making it a spectacular site to view. Visit an Ighrem Ait Benhaddou which is along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present day Morocco. This group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait Ben Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.

 

Where we visit

Day 1 - Casablanca

Despite starting here, this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca, although you may wish to come a day early in order to explore the city. Take some time to see its medina, beachfront and classic examples of Art Deco architecture. Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday at 9am, 10am,11am and 2pm. These times are subject to change particularly around Ramadan, so please double check times with your hotel.

 

Day 2 - Casablanca to Chefchaouen

Depart in the morning for Tangier right after breakfast. Take a guided tour of city sites, including the medina, kasbah and Grand Socco. In the afternoon, continue on to Chefchaouen. Check in at Hotel Madrid or similar for a good night rest.

 

Day 3 - Chefchaouen

Opt to hike in the Rif Mountains, explore the town, try a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative - make the most of a free day in Chefchaouen to explore! The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own but with the surrounding mountains, it's a sight to behold. At sunset, opt to visit the Spanish Mosque for a stunning panoramic view of the city.

 

Day 4 - Chefchaouen to Fes

Enjoy a traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Continue on to Fes before setting off through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, continue to the imperial city of Fes, one of Morocco's most interesting cities.

 

Day 5 - Fes

Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fes medina with a local guide. Take in a view of one of the ancient tanneries from above and marvel at the myriad of colour and processes. Enjoy a half day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city. The Fes medina is the world’s largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fes' famous leather tannery from above.

 

Day 6 - Fes to Merzouga

Enjoy a long, but beautiful, travel day across the unique landscapes of Morocco to get to the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. Travel through the diverse landscapes that make Morocco so unique. Pass through cedar and pine forests, keeping an eye out for Barbary apes. Pass over the Middle Atlas mountains through the pre-desert countryside with its deep gorges filled with a splendid oasis of green palm groves. Arrive at the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. Spend the night in a desert auberge (simple hotel), located right on the edge of the dunes. Have a local style dinner and spend the night.

 

Day 7 - Merzouga to Sahara Bedouin Camp

Explore the sand dunes by foot or opt to take a 4x4 excursion. In the late afternoon, enjoy a camel ride to overnight in a desert camp. Enjoy a free day until heading out on a camel safari in the late afternoon. Spend the cool morning exploring the undulating golden sand of the dunes or simply relaxing by the pool. Opt to explore the surrounding communities on a 4x4 excursion. In the afternoon, take an overnight bag and set off on a 1 hour camel ride to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and how to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos. Enjoy a warm welcome at the desert camp followed by a traditional dinner under the stars. There will be time to hear stories about life in this region and perhaps, if lucky, be treated to some traditional music on the drums.

 

Day 8 - Sahara Bedouin Camp to Todra Gorge

Walk through local village farmlands and explore Todra Gorge. Rise early to get on a trusty camels and watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga. Continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

 

Day 9 - Todra Gorge to Ait Ben Haddou

Visit the Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an intro to Moroccan cuisine. Travel along the route of 1000 Kasbahs to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Ait Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a Kasbah. In the evening there may be the chance for an optional cooking class. Learn the secrets of how to make the perfect tagine and then sample your skills for dinner.

 

Day 10 - Ait Ben Haddo to Aroumd

Enjoy a walk to the village of Aroumd, at the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Let a mule carry the bags up to this mountain hideaway and hike alongside. Enjoy views of Mt Toubkal from the mountain gite before a home cooked dinner. Leave the pre-desert country for the magnificent High Atlas Mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260m. Head into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads and arrive at the village of Imlil. With your main luggage transported by mule, embark on the walk from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd, arriving at a simple mountain gite for the night. Enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Settle in and enjoy the tranquillity, fantastic views and clean mountain air of this magical region.

 

Day 11 - Aroumd to Essaouira

Walk back to Imlil and transfer to the coastal town of Essaouira. The day is free for exploration. After breakfast, take a scenic hike back down the mountain to meet the van in Imlil and head to the coastal town of Essaouira, arriving mid afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish. Browse the many shops for leather, jewellery, lamps or trinkets. Watch the brightly painted ships bring their catch into the busy harbour or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to enjoy some local seafood and unwind.

 

Day 12 - Essaouira

Enjoy a free day exploring this coastal port town any way you like!

 

Day 13 - Essaouira to Marrakech

Drive to Marrakech for a medina tour with a certified city guide. Opt to visit Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers and then journey to Marrakech. After arriving in the Red City, join a certified city guide for a tour of the Marrakech medina. Visit the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah and the Saadian Tombs. Later, opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot. End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna.

 

Day 14 - Marrakesh

Enjoy a final free day to explore. A great place to start your adventure is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. Finish up your souvenir shopping or wander the new part of the city for a taste of the modern times.

 

Day 15 - Marrakesh

Enjoy your last breakfast of the tour and depart at any time from the city with loads of memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

 

Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Tour groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. 

 

Breakfasts
Moroccan breakfasts tend to be different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare – most will be very simple - a croissant or sweet roll with jam and instant coffee; while some hotels will have buffets where you will have more variety. While you are experiencing what a Moroccan family would eat, some travellers do find the provided breakfasts a bit “bread heavy” and enjoy buying fruit the day before to supplement their breakfast.

 

Lunches and Dinners
Moroccan cuisine is world famous and your CEO will be taking the chance to show you the best of it. Staples include cous cous, a type of grain topped with stew, tagine, which is actually the name of the pot this tasty dish is cooked in, and brochette, which is bbq skewers of meat. These meals will generally cost between 45 - 70 MAD depending on the type of restaurant and which part of the country you are in. Other tastes not to be missed include pastilla, a sweet pasty with a savoury filling which is traditionally pigeon and harira, a delicious soup based on chick peas and filling enough when teamed with fresh bread to be a whole lunch. If you are heading to the coast, the fresh seafood cooked at one of the local markets is a must eat!

 

Snacks
Morocco's fresh orange juice is highly recommended and you should not leave without trying a glass. The brave can try the tiny snails which are perhaps the local's favourite snack but you might prefer a cone of piping hot bite-size fried cake donuts

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According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between April 1 and May 3 2022. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally this tour still operates effectively during this period and food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

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Not really. There's some light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

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Please note that the climate in Morocco can be both very hot during the day in summer months (up to 50°C) and cold at night in the mountains in autumn, early spring and winter (down to -6°C). Summer months, from April to September, are very hot throughout Morocco. Winter months between November to March can be cool to cold, especially in the Atlas Mountains, with high probability of snowfall. Most Moroccan buildings are not equipped with heating, so without proper layers you will be cold at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for the months in which you are travelling and check temperatures before you leave. Bedding is provided in the desert camp and the gîte, but in winter months if you feel the cold you may wish to bring a sleeping bag too.

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Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Please note that if you have booked the 'my own room' option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops, with the exception of Night 10 in the simple mountain gite

 

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On this trip, you can expect to stay in local hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights.

Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower!

While in the mountains our accommodation will be basic refuge-style multi-share with shared unisex facilities. In Merzouga we will stay in a traditional desert auberge (guesthouse)

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If you have pre-arranged an arrival transfer, please note that transfer representatives are no longer allowed to wait for passengers inside the airport. Please exit the airport, and look for the driver holding a G Adventures sign outside of Terminal 2.
Please approach them, and ask them who they are supposed to be picking up (do not tell them your name, they should have this information already). Once they give you the correct name, have your passport ready to show them and you will be on your way!
If you choose to get to the accommodation from the airport on your own, take an official taxi. It will cost approximately 300 Dirhams and take around 1 hour to reach the starting hotel on your voucher.
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.

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Conservative Dress:

• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)

• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Documents:

• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)

• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)

• Passport (required) (With photocopies)

• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)

• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:

• Binoculars (optional)

• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)

• Cash, credit and debit cards

• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)

• Ear plugs

• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)

• Fleece top/sweater

• Footwear

• Hat

• Locks for bags

• Long pants/jeans

• Moneybelt

• Outlet adapter

• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)

• Reusable water bottle

• Shirts/t-shirts

• Sleepwear

• Small travel towel

• Sunglasses

• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)

• Watch and alarm clock

• Waterproof backpack cover

• Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:

• Face masks (required)

• Hand sanitizer (required)

• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)

• Rubber gloves

Optional Items:

• Swimwear

Warm Weather:

• Sandals/flip-flops

• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)

• Sun hat/bandana

• Swimwear

Note: For departures from Nov-Feb the weather can be cold, please bring warm clothing.

Note: The weather conditions and temperature in Morocco can vary greatly from region to region, especially during the winter months (Nov-March). During these months, we recommend packing layers for insulation, as well as a waterproof layer. We also recommend packing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag for the night spent at the mountain gîte.

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  • Anyone under the age of 18 on the date of first travel is considered to be a minor. Minors must always be accompanied by an adult. One adult may accompany up to two minors. Unless otherwise indicated in the Tour description or by The Supplier, the minimum age for minors travelling on any Tour is 12 years old.

  • All bookings with a minor are subject to review and approval by The Supplier. If the consent of a parent, guardian or any other person is required by applicable law for any minor to travel, the accompanying adult is responsible for securing all consents, documentation and ensuring that they and the minor(s) meet all legal requirements to travel, to enter into and depart from applicable countries and regions. The Supplier will not be responsible for any fees, damages, or losses incurred as a result of any failure to secure necessary consents, permits, and approvals.

  • YOU MUST HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE WITH A MINIMUM MEDICAL, EVACUATION AND REPATRIATION COVERAGE OF US$200,000 covering all applicable dates of travel with The Supplier.


Cancellation Policy:

  • You may cancel your booking by notifying The Supplier.
  • Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by The Supplier and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled tour.

Cancellation of a Tour:

(a) Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime deposit will be held by The Supplier in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to The Supplier in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded.

(b) Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime deposit will be held by The Supplier in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded.

(c) Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime deposit will be held by The Supplier in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable.


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