Your adventure begins with your arrival in Marrakech, after a short transfer to the hotel we ll have a welcome meeting. Join your fellow passengers as you meet with your fantastic Busabout guide and get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere before heading off for an included delicious dinner followed by an evening of free time. Feel free to explore this Moroccan treasure at your own pace, but bear in mind we will be returning for a more thorough visit in a few days so let the FOMO get the better of you, regardless of your plans enjoy a wonderful night under the clear African night sky.
We begin our journey for the coast and Morocco s capital city, Rabat. Upon arrival we have a guided tour of the local sights including the monolithic Hassan Tower, and a visit to see spectacular patterns and decorations of the Kasbah of the Udayas in the old quarter of town. After all the excitement we board our coach and head to the largest city in Morocco, Casablanca. We make our arrival on the Atlantic shore this evening, so feel free to venture out and party the night away!
We begin our journey to the 'Athens of Africa', Fes. We have a stop en route at the Imperial city of Meknes. Explore the Medina and spend your afternoon enjoying the sights including the spectacular 12th century Grand Mosque, the magnificence of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and the ornate mosaics of the city s gates. Grab a bite to eat and prepare for a guided tour of the famous ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. We arrive in Fes this evening. Relax in comfort and prepare for a day of exploration as we familiarise ourselves with the city.
This morning we embark on a guided tour of the world s oldest and largest medieval city. Get lost in the sights and smells of the local labyrinthine souks and do a bit of shopping, see the world's oldest continuously functioning university, and explore the dye-pits and tanneries of the UNESCO-listed medina of Fes. Grab a delicious local lunch while you re out and enjoy the rest of your afternoon in this unique locale. Tonight we offer an optional night on the town featuring a delicious traditional meal followed by a magical night of cultural entertainment including authentic belly dancing.
We depart in the trusty 4x4 or minivan and begin our southerly journey into the Saharan Desert. We have an afternoon stop to enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch and refresh with a dip in the pool, before heading out to the red sands of Merzouga where we transfer to our friendly, humped mounts for an authentic trek into the desert, make sure your camera is at the ready as this is a bucket list experience you won't want to forget. Tonight we share a truly remarkable evening under the Saharan stars with the local Berbers enjoying traditional food, drink, and music.
We enjoy our breakfast amid the dunes this morning before taking our leave of our gracious hosts and departing east for Morocco s Grand Canyon, Todra Gorge. We arrive at the gorge in the late morning and you have the full day to explore. See the incredible sheer cliffs carved out by millenniums of water erosion, which have now dwindled to form a small stream. Enjoy a delicious local lunch at the Berber co-operative and peruse the numerous handmade rugs, carpets, and kilims on offer and perhaps take some Arabian treasures home. This evening we watch the sunset over the gorge as the fading sun paints the cliffs in a myriad of pastel oranges and blues before enjoying a delicious authentic dinner.
We have an early departure this morning as we make our way to our destination for today, the world famous Ait Benhaddou. As we make our way we have a stop in Ouarzazate where we offer an optional tour of the film studios, which boast a roster of impressive projects including Lawrence of Arabia, The Hills Have Eyes, Gladiator, and even Game of Thrones. As we make our way along the Ouarzazate river we arrive at the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, this storied site has been in too many movies to mention and features many a famous kasbah, some still inhabited. Enjoy a guided tour followed by a delicious local dinner in this stunning location.
Every ending has a beginning and every beginning an end, and today we end off where we began, setting a course for Marrakech straight after breakfast. We arrive around lunch so grab a bite to eat and prepare for a fantastic optional guided tour of the Imperial City and see the glorious Koutoubia Tower housed within the Koutoubia Mosque, this sprawling compound was built in the 1100s and is the largest mosque in Morocco, delve the depths of Djemaa el-Fnaa square and the fantastic marketplace located in the city s historic medina. Tonight we enjoy our final meal together, so join us for a few drinks and say goodbye to magical Morocco in style.
Check-out is this morning after breakfast, we hope to see you again!
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Trip Name: Morocco Highlights - 9 Day
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: $1,044
Supplier Tour ID: MOT/159623
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