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Morocco North and South: Mountain Villages and Ancient Kasbahs

Immerse yourself into Morocco on this comprehensive adventure through its diverse landscapes, cultures and oh-so tasty cuisine. Explore the the medinas of Fes and Marrakech and stay active on incredible hikes in the Dades Gorge and to the rock formations of Imsfrane Cathedral while gaining insights on local traditions through meaningful interactions with the communities we visit. Ride a camel at sunset to a desert camp and explore the dunes of the Sahara by 4x4. Morocco dsn't get much better than this.
Tour details
Tour Provider G Adventures
Price From
$8,439
Number of Days
16
Start Location
Casablanca, Morocco
End Location
Marrakech, Morocco
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Virtuoso
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Casablanca: An Immersion into Morocco
Allow your imagination to run wild, dreaming of kasbahs, medinas, and exotic lands as you make your way from the airport to the hotel. A bustling seaport, Casablanca is a mix of old and new with a blend of architectural styles and yet singularly Moroccan. We welcome you to Morocco, and invite you to bring your imagination to life as you explore the country's diverse landscapes and delicious food.
Day 2 - Chefchauoen: The "Blue City"
See the landscapes change as you head north, past farmland and through small villages and watch for large stork nests on the tops of buildings and mosques. Fall in love at once with the charm of Chefchaun as you arrive with picturesque alleyways and shades of blue in all directions.
Day 3 - Chefchauoen: Your OMG Day
Let your interests and energy level guide you today as you have the choice of 2 fantastic and different hikes in the Rif Mountains. The range is known for its narrow valleys, rivers and waterfalls with incredible views and lush scenery. There are so many great hiking options and we've picked our two favourites for you to choose from, both of which allow you to experience local culture and dramatic views.
Day 4 - Fes: Volubilis and Meknes
Morocco is a land of beautiful landscapes and today as you make your way from the Rif mountains to the plains of Fes you'll experience why. Pass through traditional villages and lush farmland, see rural life unfold as you prepare yourself for the next experience, ready to discover Roman ruins and Imperial cities.
Day 5 - Fes: The Medina
Walking through the maze-like medina in Fes is like stepping back in time. Brush shoulders with the locals going about their shopping as people here have done for the past thousand years. Make way for the occasional donkey and embrace the frenetic energy within the market, it is beautiful chaos like nothing you've ever experienced.
Day 6 - Bin El Ouidane: Through the Atlas Mountains
Another day of gorgeous scenery is on the menu. Wind your way from the plains back into the Middle Atlas mountains, an area not often explored by tourists, here you find a very authentic Morocco. Stop at viewpoints, villages and to stretch the legs with photo opportunities around every corner. You'll be amazed at the beauty of the lake as you approach Bin El Ouidane and settle into the serene lakeside hotel in the evening.
Day 7 - Bin El Ouidane: Imsefrane Cathedral
Immerse yourself into the natural and beautiful landscapes on a hike to a massive natural rock formation resembling a cathedral. Sculpted over eons by wind and water, this geological wonder showcases the Earth's history, with layers of sedimentary rock narrating tales of ancient seas and shifting continents. Take yourself even deeper into the culture with a delicious lunch in a family home.
Day 8 - Marrakech: Into the Souk
Another natural wonder awaits you at Ouzoud Waterfall on the way to the bustling city of Marrakech. Throw yourself into the city's ancient historical sector and the lively marketplace full of souvenirs, hopeful shopkeepers, and food stalls for you to practice your bargaining skills. Marrakech brims with energy, history and beautiful architecture and epitomizes Morocco's diversity in cultures, people and delicious food.
Day 9 - Marrakech - Ancient sites and guided spice market walks
See the mix of the old and new as you spend a full free day in Marrakech. Pass modern buildings and ancient structures that begin to tell the story of this bustling city and embrace all of the new cultural traditions, landscapes and delicious food that await.
Day 10 - Dades Gorge: Gateway to the Sahara
See the landscape change dramatically as you pull away from Marrakech, passing verdant green farmland and rocky desert outcroppings before crossing the Atlas mountains along a winding road. You arrive to Ouarzazate, considered to be at the crossroads of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert, where the land becomes more stark as you approach the striking valley of the Dades Gorge.
Day 11 - Merzouga: Desert Camp
Keep the camera handy as you continue east to the sprawling expanse of the Sahara Desert wilderness. There is something magical about the sea of sand for as far as the eye can see, and particularly stunning at sunset. Reaching your comfortable desert camp by camel will be an unforgettable experience, and watching as the sky starts to glimmer with stars as you take it all in from around a campfire.
Day 12 - Merzouga: Your OMG Day
The people who live in this area have thrived despite the harsh environment, settling near natural oases where water and date palms provide some essential elements to survive. Set off into the dunes in 4x4s where you'll have the choice to focus more on the cultural traditions of the Sahara meeting with nomads and villagers, or to focus more on the natural history of the desert, exploring an oasis and meeting with a local farmer.
Day 13 - Aït Ben Haddou: The Caravan Route
Leaving the desertscape behind, you'll head back through farmland and dusty, rocky terrain on the way to the ancient kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou. Wandering the narrow alleyways next to massive clay buildings, picture yourself in one of the many famous movies or tv shows which have been filmed here, all of which the locals will be thrilled to tell you about.
Day 14 - Ouirgane: The High Atlas
The views are stunning as you head up into the High Atlas Mountains, passing through Berber villages and along lush valleys on the way to Ouirgane. The town itself sits next to a reservoir of the river amongst olive trees, and is the perfect base for exploring the area.
Day 15 - Ouirgane: Berber Villages
The picturesque mountain scenery will be your playground as you set off on a hike through olive and juniper trees and quaint villages. Immerse yourself into the daily life of a Berber family and take part in some of their routines like harvesting crops, mastering the art of tea-making, and creating of butter from freshly obtained milk before sharing a delicious traditional meal with them.
Day 16 - Marrakech
Today your adventure comes to an end, but the memories made during your time in Morocco will live on.
Inclusions
  • Your G for Good Moment: Mhaya Village Community Lunch, Meknès Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your OMG Day: Rif Mountain Hike or Akchour Hike, Chefchaouen Your Foodie Moment: Lunch with a Berber Family Your Discover Moment: Marrakech Your OMG Day: Cultural Heritage of the Sahara or Oasis Exploration With Local Farmer, Merzouga Your Foodie Moment: Tagine Cooking Class, Aït Ben Haddou
  • Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Welcome dinner
  • Orientation walk in Chefchauoen
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Guided tour of Meknes
  • Walking tour through the historic medina of Fes including a visit to the tannery
  • Visit the Ain Asserdoun natural spring
  • Sunset yoga class in Bin El Ouidane
  • Hike to the Imsefrane Cathedral
  • Have lunch with a local Berber family and learn how to make their traditional bread
  • Set off in a kayak or a boat at sunset from Bin El Ouidane
  • Visit Ouzoud Waterfall
  • Hike through the valley of Dades Gorge
  • Climb a sand dune at sunset in the Sahara
  • Guided tour of Aït Ben Haddou
  • Take a cooking class to learn how to make a traditional tagine
  • Aromatherapy wellness experience in Ouirgane
  • Hike in the surroundings of Ouirgane and share lunch with a local family Farewell dinner
  • All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
15 Sep 2024 30 Sep 2024 12 $8,779
22 Sep 2024 07 Oct 2024 12 $8,779
29 Sep 2024 14 Oct 2024 12 $8,779
06 Oct 2024 21 Oct 2024 10 $9,119
13 Oct 2024 28 Oct 2024 8 $9,119
20 Oct 2024 04 Nov 2024 10 $9,119
27 Oct 2024 11 Nov 2024 9 $9,119
03 Nov 2024 18 Nov 2024 12 $8,779
10 Nov 2024 25 Nov 2024 12 $8,779
17 Nov 2024 02 Dec 2024 12 $8,779
24 Nov 2024 09 Dec 2024 10 $8,779
01 Dec 2024 16 Dec 2024 12 $8,779
08 Dec 2024 23 Dec 2024 12 $8,779
15 Dec 2024 30 Dec 2024 12 $8,779
22 Dec 2024 06 Jan 2025 12 $9,119
29 Dec 2024 13 Jan 2025 12 $9,119
05 Jan 2025 20 Jan 2025 12 $8,439
12 Jan 2025 27 Jan 2025 10 $8,439
19 Jan 2025 03 Feb 2025 12 $8,439
26 Jan 2025 10 Feb 2025 12 $8,439
02 Feb 2025 17 Feb 2025 12 $8,439
09 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 12 $8,439
16 Feb 2025 03 Mar 2025 12 $8,779
23 Feb 2025 10 Mar 2025 12 $8,779
02 Mar 2025 17 Mar 2025 12 $8,779
09 Mar 2025 24 Mar 2025 12 $8,779
16 Mar 2025 31 Mar 2025 12 $8,779
23 Mar 2025 07 Apr 2025 12 $8,779
30 Mar 2025 14 Apr 2025 12 $8,779
06 Apr 2025 21 Apr 2025 12 $9,119
13 Apr 2025 28 Apr 2025 12 $9,119
20 Apr 2025 05 May 2025 9 $8,439
27 Apr 2025 12 May 2025 12 $8,439
04 May 2025 19 May 2025 12 $8,439
11 May 2025 26 May 2025 11 $8,439
18 May 2025 02 Jun 2025 12 $8,439
25 May 2025 09 Jun 2025 12 $8,439
07 Sep 2025 22 Sep 2025 12 $8,779
14 Sep 2025 29 Sep 2025 12 $8,779
28 Sep 2025 13 Oct 2025 12 $8,779
05 Oct 2025 20 Oct 2025 12 $9,119
12 Oct 2025 27 Oct 2025 12 $9,119
19 Oct 2025 03 Nov 2025 12 $9,119
26 Oct 2025 10 Nov 2025 12 $9,119
02 Nov 2025 17 Nov 2025 12 $8,779
09 Nov 2025 24 Nov 2025 12 $8,779
16 Nov 2025 01 Dec 2025 12 $8,779
23 Nov 2025 08 Dec 2025 12 $8,779
30 Nov 2025 15 Dec 2025 12 $8,779
07 Dec 2025 22 Dec 2025 12 $8,779
14 Dec 2025 29 Dec 2025 12 $8,779
21 Dec 2025 05 Jan 2026 12 $9,119
28 Dec 2025 12 Jan 2026 12 $9,119