SHORTLIST

Magical Morocco - 13 Days

Discover Morocco’s highlights and hidden gems on this 13 day tour. Wander through the labyrinth like medinas and souks of Marrakech & Fes, discover the imperial city of Rabat and the charming blue city Chefchaouen, soak up the dramatic landscapes of the Rif & Atlas Mountains and sleep under the stars in the Sahara.
Tour details
Tour Provider On The Go Tours
Price From
$2,665
Number of Days
13
Start Location
Casablanca, Morocco
End Location
Marrakech, Morocco
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 28
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Casablanca
Sunday. Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Casablanca airport, you'll be met and transferred to our hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps visit the old medina or sit back and watch the world go by with a pot of tea at Rick's cafe.
Day 2: Casablanca
Casablanca - Rabat. This morning after breakfast, we visit the incredible Hassan II Mosque, rising 210 meters into the air, the third largest mosque in the world is covered in ornate traditional tile work.



After exploring we make our way to Rabat, Morocco's charming capital is ours to explore this afternoon. Take a stroll along the long stretch of beach that starts behind the medina, or just up the hill from the medina is the well-preserved Kasbah of the Udayas, dating back to the 12th century.



Please note: For those who have opted to start in Marrakech you will be transferred to Casablanca on the morning of day 2 to meet the rest of the group.
Day 3: Chefchaouen
Rabat - Volubilis - Chefchaouen. Departing Rabat this morning we visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Dating back to 40AD we take time to explore the triple arched Tingis gate, the columns of the Capitoline temple, the Basilica, the courthouse and much more. We'll then continue to Chefchaouen, nestled in the heart of the Rif Mountains, the city boasts incredible blue-washed buildings and majestic views of the surrounding landscape. The rest of the afternoon is ours to independently wander round the Plaza Uta el-Hammam in the heart of the Medina, or perhaps try some of the local street food and watch the sun set.
Day 4: Chefchaouen
This morning, we make our way to Talassemtane National Park. Located on the eastern side of the Rif Mountains, Talassemtane boasts a wide range of landscapes, as well as housing a number of plant species and mammals including the Barbary macaques and the otter. We make our way to the Akchour Falls and God's Bridge where we can relax and soak up the breath-taking views. Return to Chefchaouen for a late lunch and afternoon at leisure to further explore the Blue City.
Day 5: Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen - Fes. Bordered on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains lies the imperial city of Fes, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of ancient Fes el Bali - the old walled city, with its labyrinth of 9400 alleys. Fes el Bali really is a feast for the senses, with its cacophony of aromas, sights and sounds. During the tour visit one of the pungent leather tanneries that Fes is famous for, where you can enjoy wonderful views of the giant dye pits.
Day 6: Fes
Today is at leisure to explore this Imperial city. Why not take part in an optional Tagine Making Class or a night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town (both payable locally).
Day 7: Ifrane
Fes - Ifrane - Azrou. After breakfast, we make our way through the cedar forests full of Barbary Macaque monkeys on our way through the Atlas Mountains to the French built "swiss" village of Ifrane. We have free time here to enjoy the tranquility of the lakes and waterfalls that flow into the valleys that surround the world's biggest cedar forest in the Mediterranean, before continuing to Azrou, our home for the night.
Day 8: Merzouga
Azrou - Merzouga (Sahara). Departing early, we leave the cool air of the mountains and make our way to the Sahara Desert. It's a long drive, however there's a lot to see on the way. We'll travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the plateau that lies between the Sahara and Tell Atlas range. We'll soak up the spectacular and dramatic scenery of the Gorges du Ziz as we make our way onwards through the High Atlas, stopping to have tea with a berber family en route. We'll continue to Merzouga - our base before we head into the Sahara. Depending on the time of year, spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming before climbing aboard our camels for an incredible trek into the Sahara Desert to watch a beautiful sunset and spend the night at our remote Berber Camp, nestled amongst the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night camping in the Sahara. If you would prefer to take a Jeep to the Berber camp, this can be arranged locally through your guide at no additional cost.



If you would prefer the comfort of a hotel with en-suite facilities this evening, opt for our Sahara hotel alternative at no additional cost. Please do let us know your preferred option at the time of booking.
Day 9: Todra Gorge
Merzouga (Sahara) - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge. Departing early, we climb back on our camels disembarking for a truly stunning sunrise. After freshening up and breakfast in Merzouga we’re back on the road heading for Todra Gorge. Known as Morocco's Grand Canyon, the charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west over the towering vertical limestone cliffs that reach heights of 1000ft.



We continue to the perfumed Valley of Roses, famous for the miles and miles of rose hedgerows that colour the landscape pink. As we travel through the valley, we stop at the women's cooperative where we learn how the rose products are made. Continue to Tinghir, home to the largest silver mine in Africa, and our final stop of the day, where we have the evening at leisure to relax and unwind in our former kasbah hotel.
Day 10: Ouarzazate
Dades Gorge - Skoura - Ouarzazate. Leaving the rose fields behind, our morning begins with a visit to the 300 year old Kasbah Amherdhil in Skoura where we gain a fascinating insight into the ancient traditions of kasbah life. We then continue along the Road of 1000 Kasbahs to Ouarzazate.



Famous for being a prime filming location for many Hollywood TV shows and Blockbusters, we have the opportunity to explore the World's largest film studio. Be sure to explore the iconic Colosseum used in 'Gladiator' and the prop jet used in 'Jewel of the Nile'. Evening at leisure.
Day 11: Marrakech
Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. Travelling over the High Atlas Mountains, we stop along the old caravan route and explore Ait Benhaddou. This incredible ancient fortified Kasbah was built for defense purposes high on a hill and is a stunningly well-preserved medieval city which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia as its beauty is unequal to any other fortified kasbah in south Morocco. Carrying on we continue to Kasbah Telouet. Built in 1860 this kasbah was once home to the very wealthy Thami El Glaoui until he conspired with French Colonialists to delay Morocco's fight for independence.



Descending into the city of Marrakech, Morocco's pink city. We have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the Medina and the delights of Djemaa el Fna, the exuberant market place, which is a hive of activity, sights and smells at both day and night.
Day 12: Marrakech
After breakfast, we set out to explore this fascinating city on a guided tour. Inside the rose coloured medina walls is a tangle of winding streets and alleys that open onto verdant gardens and bustling souks. At the heart of the medina is Djemaa El Fna, the city's exuberant market place and towering over it, is the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the tallest building in the city. We have the afternoon at leisure to purchase any last minute souvenirs or get lost in the medina and see where it takes you.
Day 13: Marrakech
Our amazing tour of Morocco ends today after hotel check out. An included onward departure transfer to airport will be provided. Passengers who have opted to end their tour in Casablanca will depart early this morning.
Inclusions
Breakfast daily, 1 picnic lunch and 1 dinner
11 nights 3-4 star hotels and 1 night simple accommodation at Sahara Desert camp (hotel alternative available)
Guided sightseeing - Volubilis, Fes, Ait Benhaddou and Marrakech
Camel trek or Jeep into the Sahara Desert
Visit to local women's cooperative in Rose Valley
Escorted by a licensed English speaking Moroccan tour guide
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 13
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
02 Jun 2024 14 Jun 2024 Contact Operator $2,665
16 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 Contact Operator $2,665
30 Jun 2024 12 Jul 2024 Available $2,665
14 Jul 2024 26 Jul 2024 Available $2,665
28 Jul 2024 09 Aug 2024 Available $2,665
11 Aug 2024 23 Aug 2024 Available $2,665
01 Sep 2024 13 Sep 2024 Available $2,665
15 Sep 2024 27 Sep 2024 Contact Operator $2,665
29 Sep 2024 11 Oct 2024 Available $2,665
13 Oct 2024 25 Oct 2024 Available $2,665
27 Oct 2024 08 Nov 2024 Available $2,665
10 Nov 2024 22 Nov 2024 Available $2,665
01 Dec 2024 13 Dec 2024 Available $2,665
29 Dec 2024 10 Jan 2025 Available $2,665
12 Jan 2025 24 Jan 2025 Available $2,765
26 Jan 2025 07 Feb 2025 Available $2,765
09 Feb 2025 21 Feb 2025 Available $2,765
23 Feb 2025 07 Mar 2025 Available $2,765
09 Mar 2025 21 Mar 2025 Available $2,765
23 Mar 2025 04 Apr 2025 Available $2,765
06 Apr 2025 18 Apr 2025 Available $2,765
13 Apr 2025 25 Apr 2025 Available $2,765
20 Apr 2025 02 May 2025 Available $2,765
27 Apr 2025 09 May 2025 Available $2,765
04 May 2025 16 May 2025 Available $2,765
11 May 2025 23 May 2025 Available $2,765
25 May 2025 06 Jun 2025 Available $2,765
08 Jun 2025 20 Jun 2025 Available $2,765
22 Jun 2025 04 Jul 2025 Available $2,765
06 Jul 2025 18 Jul 2025 Available $2,765
20 Jul 2025 01 Aug 2025 Available $2,765
03 Aug 2025 15 Aug 2025 Available $2,765
17 Aug 2025 29 Aug 2025 Available $2,765
31 Aug 2025 12 Sep 2025 Available $2,765
14 Sep 2025 26 Sep 2025 Available $2,765
21 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 Available $2,765
28 Sep 2025 10 Oct 2025 Available $2,765
05 Oct 2025 17 Oct 2025 Available $2,765
12 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 Available $2,765
19 Oct 2025 31 Oct 2025 Available $2,765
02 Nov 2025 14 Nov 2025 Available $2,765
16 Nov 2025 28 Nov 2025 Available $2,765
30 Nov 2025 12 Dec 2025 Available $2,765