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Morocco Kasbahs & Desert
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Perfect for travellers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Moroccos must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to tour the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fs and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: DCKD.B/201520
  • Starts: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Finishes: Marrakech, Morocco
You will Visit
  • Casablanca
  • Fès
  • Merzouga
  • Todra Gorge
  • Aït Ben Haddou
  • Marrakech

Itinerary

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Day 1: Casablanca

Arrive at any time.
Please note that this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca.

You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca, and 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 (closed Fridays) at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 14:00. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the mosque.

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Day 2: Casablanca/Fès

Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch. Take a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fès.
Start early and drive 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 Fès, one of Morocco's most interesting cities. Take some free time to explore upon arrival. Opt to experience a traditional hammam and get to know the locals.

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Day 3: Fès

Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fès medina with a local guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and take in the view from above.
Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fès medina is the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above.

In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing.

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Day 4: Fès/Merzouga

Drive south to the edge of the Sahara Desert before riding a camel into the dunes and overnighting in a desert camp.

Start early today for a drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the edge of the Sahara.

In late afternoon, set off by camel to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos.

Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea). A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts, awaits. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums.


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Day 5: Merzouga/Todra Gorge

Walk through local village farmlands and explore Todra Gorge.
Rise early to get on our trusty camels. 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.

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Day 6: Todra Gorge/Aït 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 Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah.

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Day 7: Aït Ben Haddou/Marrakech

Head to Marrakech and take a guided medina visit. Opt to visit the Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. Don't leave without indulging in a feast at the famous food stalls.
The journey to Marrakech includes breathtaking views throughout the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2260m).

Arrive in Marrakech in time for lunch with the rest of the day free to wander the city.

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Day 8: Marrakech

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures-supported traditional lunch
    • Volubilis guided tour
    • Fes guided tour
    • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride and overnight in a Berber camp
    • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
    • Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah visit
    • Marrakech medina guided walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, camels
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander the winding streets of ancient medinas
  • Sip refreshing mint tea
  • Explore natural gorges and Roman ruins
  • Ride a camel to a desert camp
  • Bargain in exotic souks
  • Enjoy delicious Moroccan fare


Reviews (9)
Robert M Posted on: 

Given the fact that we were in Morocco a week, I thought we saw and did a lot. I didn't leave with the feeling that I missed things. I thought the trip was well organized, but still gave us the flexibility to mold it to the specific tastes of our group. Our accommodations were better than expected, particularly with regard to location. Our guide was helpful, fun and made the trip special. I wouldn't hesitate to book with G Adventures again.

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Katy D Posted on: 

I had an amazing time and was really impressed with the organization of the trip. I could not have organized anything like this on my own. I saw so much more than I could have imagined in such a short amount of time. The people were great and the trip is going to be one of my best travel memories to date.

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Robert M Posted on: 

Although I've traveled a lot in the past, this was my first time travelling as part of an organized tour. I was looking forward to most of the aspects of the tour, but a little apprehensive of other aspects. I was very pleasantly surprised by how wonderful the tour was, how fantastic my fellow travellers were, the amount of things we saw on the tour,and the fantastic balance between city locales and outdoor/natural beauty sightseeing. I know that I could have never planned a better trip on my own.

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Christoph K Posted on: 

A way to see a large swathe of Morocco in a limited amount of time. A mix of history, culture and the physical beauty and variety of the countryside.

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Maarten V Posted on: 

Amazed by the local culture, architecture and food. Enjoyed the company of this group of strangers who were very open minded, easygoing and from all over the world.

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Samantha F Posted on: 

It was an amazing experience and by far one of the most spectacular trips I have ever been on.

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Erin P Posted on: 

I absolutely loved this trip. The combination of truly unique accommodation locations, sites we visited, restaurants and transportation was fantastic. This has been my favorite tour ever, and I will definitely be recommending G Adventures to everyone I know. It was a trip that allowed us to get to meet the locals and get amongst it whilst having a great Tour leader to help recommend and suggest the best the areas had to offer. I was able to see the best of Morocco and have some amazing experiences and moments that I will treasure. Thank you!

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Cheryl P Posted on: 

Fantastic tour, saw much more than I would have if I tried it by myself. Beautiful country, no problems anywhere.

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Peter D Posted on: 

The tour was very informative and fast paced. Throughout our time we were always kept informed of the history and current events that shaped Morocco.

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