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Morocco

Welcome to Morocco – an exotic gateway to Africa. Its mountains, desert and coast are populated by Berbers and nomads, and its ancient medina lanes lead to souks and traditional riads. Explore from the Saharan dunes to the Atlas Mountains on this sensory journey. Landscapes carpet this sublime slice of North Africa like the richly coloured rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains lead you to Saharan oases – offering simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air; views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n’Test pass. On lower ground, discover the rugged coastlines and caves in forested hills, and of course the mighty desert.

Local and Acitve

Dates: 20 April to 02 May 2023
Length: 13 days | 12 nights
Small group: Min 6 | Max 12 guests
Price: $8,990 – your own room guaranteed

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Field of lights dinner

Azawad Luxury Desert Camp

Experience the true beauty and adventure of the desert a night under the stars in your own private tent at this luxury desert camp.

Kata Tjutu National Park

Live Local Experiences

Travel deeper with our immersive local cultural experiences. You’ll meet the locals, learn how to make Moroccan food, visit the Women’s organisation for family development in Dades and much more.

Kings Canyon

Chefchaouen

Visit the historical city of Chefchaouen. Located high in the Rif Mountains it’s affectionally known as Morocco’s Blue Pearl and one of Morocco’s most photographed cities.

Macdonnell Ranges

Medinas and Marketplaces

It’s a treat for all senses as you explore the beautiful medinas and marketplaces of Fes and Marrakesh. Try local foods, explore the leather tanneries, see ancient crafts in action and buy locally made crafts and clothing. 

 

Day 1 – 20 April Casablanca

Ahlan wa Sahlan & welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Casablanca Airport, our representative will be waiting for you for your private transfer to your hotel. There will be a welcome Moroccan mint tea waiting for you upon check-in. Depending on your arrival time, the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Fondly known by locals simply as ‘Casa’, the capital of Morocco is the industrial, economic and cultural heart of this remarkable country, as well as its most cosmopolitan, liberal and progressive city. Whilst most visitors overlook Casablanca in favour of Morocco’s more popular and exotic cities, this sprawling metropolis has plenty to offer the discerning traveller and has many hidden historical and cultural gems just waiting to be discovered.

The city is famous for its spectacular Art Deco and Moorish Revival architecture that was constructed during the Colonial Period. Explore the Old Medina, a tiny, ancient, walled village. And the impressive King Hassan II Mosque with its ornate rooms, masterfully tiled floors and intricately carved wooden ceilings of the Hispanic-Moorish Mahkama du Pacha. Or why not simply watch the world go by at one of the many ocean-view cafes along the waterfront boulevard?

This evening, mingle with your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at Casa’s best traditional restaurant Dar Dada.

Overnight Gray Boutique & Spa or similar (D)

Day 2 – 21 April Chefchaouen

This morning you’ll visit one of the most impressive sites in Casablanca – the Iconic edifice of the Mosque of Hassan II. Opened in 1993 after 7 Years of construction work by dozens of Moroccan architects and thousands of workers from all over the kingdom, this mosque has the tallest Minaret on the planet and is the 3rd largest mosque in the world. The huge building is partly on land and partly on the sea, and in one area, water can be seen through a glass floor. It is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims.

Later, you’ll leave Casablanca and drive north along the coast to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and its Imperial city. It contains numerous fine Berber, Mauresque and Arab monuments. Explore the old quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias. Afterwards, visit the minaret of the Hassan Mosque and the two late kings of Morocco’s Mausoleums.

Continuing north to the city of Chefchaouen, locally known as the blue pearl. Hidden high up in the Rif Mountains of northeastern Morocco, Chefchaouen is a relatively large historical town known for the striking, variously hued blue-washed buildings of its picturesque Medina. Wander along narrow, cobblestone streets lined with leather and weaving workshops and an array of historical monuments. Must-see attractions include the town’s waterfall which lies to the east of the Medina; the ruins of an old mosque on a hill behind the waterfall; and the shady main square of Uta el-Hammam, which is home to the red-walled Kasbah, a 15th-century fortress and dungeon displaying ethnographic and art exhibits.

Overnight Vancii Hotel or similar (B)

Day 3 – 22 April Chefchaouen

Today you’ll explore this beautiful Andalusian town. Its medina has been lovingly cared for with striking blue and whitewashed houses and artistic doorways. Most of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquista, so you might feel like you’re in the hills of Spain while exploring its streets. Enjoy the sights in the main square with the Kasbah (built back in the 18th century), central mosque and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. The market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist souvenirs, it’s very busy but worth a visit.

The town is easy to explore and the old Kasbah is worth a visit. Built by Moulay Ismail, it is now practically a ruin, and next to it is the Great Mosque. Although the medina is small, walk on to the main square and the souks, where women wearing Hayek (traditional veils) sell an array of local goods. If you head on to the Jewish quarter behind the jewellery souk, you will feel the difference between here and the main Arabic feel of the town. Enjoy local goat cheese that the women make at home and sell in the markets. For lunch, you will have the opportunity to taste a yummy Moroccan dish at the only female-owned café in town.

In the afternoon, join a local pastry chef to learn how to make a range of yummy Moroccan pastries and taste your own creations with a cup of mint tea.

Overnight Vancii Hotel or similar (B)

Day 4 – 23 April Fes

Get into your comfy shoes and get ready for an outdoorsy day full of exciting historical sites. After breakfast, you’ll head to the city to the ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of The Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., the Roman ruins of Volubilis. This site became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area.

Afterwards, head to the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Fes is Morocco’s second-largest city and the country’s former capital. It is an exotic mix of Arabic architecture, ancient alleyways, calls to prayer and colourful markets; all mixed in with a good dose of modern culture. Home to the venerated Karaouine Mosque, which dates back to 859 AD and incorporates an Islamic university, it is also home to the country’s most hallowed shrine, the Zaouia Moulay Idriss II. Fes is regarded as the spiritual seat of Morocco. Those with a penchant for shopping can browse the mesmerising colourful markets selling an exquisite array of silver, leather and other handicrafts up for grabs.

Overnight Riad al Makan or similar (B)

Day 5 – 24 April Fes

Explore the spiritual and cultural capital of the kingdom of Morocco on a guided tour. See the architectural treasures of Medina including the famous Fes tanneries and visit ancient buildings such as Mederssa El Attarine and the University and Mosque of Karaouine. Admire the harmonious Mosaic details that adorn these magnificent buildings.

Learn about traditional artisan work at the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. See where artisans employ techniques passed down from generation to generation in order to make tools, carpets, furniture, and musical instruments, in the afternoon feel free to relax at your beautiful Riad (which means Mansion in Arabic), away from the buzz of the busy city.

Overnight Riad al Makan or similar (B)

Day 6 – 25 April Midelt

Depart Fes early this morning and head into the Middle Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be Bhalil Village. Set on the side of a hill, 6 km northwest of Sefrou, the village of Bhalil is a quiet town and there are not too many travellers visiting this part of northern Morocco. You’ll meet your local guide who’ll take you to his personal cave house and serve you mint tea. This small village is notable for its unique cave houses. Bhalil is also known for its production of Jelleba Buttons. Village women can often be found in alleyways, chatting while they diligently work through hundreds of strings and buttons in the creation of traditional Jellaba.

Your next stop will be Sefrou city. This small town has become increasingly popular and one of the most desirable destinations for people who seek serenity and relaxation. After lunch in Sefrou, you will continue your journey to the city of Midelt where you can relax in your Riad and enjoy an included Berber dinner.

Sitting on a plateau between the High Atlas and Middle Atlas Mountains in central Morocco, Midelt is an important agricultural trading centre. The town is also known for producing exceptional handicrafts – particularly carpets, blankets and embroidery – and for its outlying traditional villages, where life has changed little over the centuries.

Overnight Ksar Timnay or similar (B, D)

Day 7 – 26 April Merzouga

Today you’ll make your way into the dunes of Morocco’s Erg Chebbi region of the Sahara Desert.

You’ll have this morning to relax and explore Midelt at your own pace, then with your guide, you will visit a great landmark for women of the Moroccan south Kasbah Myriam. This kasbah-styled workshop helps Berber women develop their embroidery and weaving skills. The workshop provides looms and materials, as well as a simple place to work. Local girls come here to learn these skills from more experienced women, as education isn’t accessible to all in the region. After a stop in the kasbah, you have a Medfouna lunch which is the local dish and must try if you are passing by the doorsteps of the desert.

Once in Erfoud, you will visit a local fossil museum and shop. This region is known as a rich source of prehistoric fossils and stones. About 380 million years ago, it was a floor of a large prehistoric ocean, the first proto-Tethys Sea. Because of different natural factors, various elements of the fauna and flora and maritime life were left after the withdrawal of the sea. This experience will let you step back in time and have a moment of meditation and reflection.

Upon arrival in Merzouga, you will leave your luggage at the auberge. Enjoy a gentle camel ride before you have dinner by the campfire and enjoy some gnaoua music. Your room for tonight will be a Beautiful Bedouin-style tent. Situated on the edge of the Sahara Desert, close to the Algerian border, the small Moroccan village of Merzouga serves as the gateway to the Erg Chebbi, an expanse of impressive dune fields. Merzouga is a Moroccan desert dream destination for visitors who come here to explore the sensational surrounding landscape.

Overnight Azawad Luxury Desert Camp or similar (B, D)

Day 8 – 27 April Boumalne Dades

This morning, awaken early to set to witness one of the best sunrises of your life as you make your way to the village of Merzouga. Take in the incredible beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast, depart Khamlia which is a small village in southern Merzouga. The Khamlia’s Gnawa originated in black Africa having a close and longstanding relationship with the desert. Their ancestors were brought from central and west Africa as slaves, through the Sahara Desert in caravans that arrived in the southeastern part of Morocco. After their emancipation from slavery, they survived as nomads moving regularly in search of favourable land for their herds. Around the 50s and 60s, they started to settle down with the Berber nomads in towns and in the growing urban areas. That is the way Khamlia was founded.

Since then the main sources of income are agriculture, livestock farming and more recently, tourism. Mingle with the locals whilst sipping on tea and enjoying some live Gnawa music. Continue on to the gorges of Todra the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here you will have the option to hike for an hour within the valley, where you will meet locals and learn about the culture and geography. After lunch in the heart of the gorge, you will continue to the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sandcastles and the amazing rocks formations.

Boumalne Dades is located in southeast Morocco’s Tinghur Province, at 1500 metres above sea level in the High Atlas Mountains. It is a spellbinding destination – a city of terracotta buildings set between rugged red cliffs, palm oases and fields of crimson wildflowers. The city’s scenic beauty is matched by its cultural intrigue – it has a rich heritage that includes its traditional art, music and adobe architecture – some of which have remained virtually intact over several centuries. This area is a wonderful base to experience the area’s ancient palaces and forts, Berber villages and spectacular scenery.

Overnight Xaluca Dades or similar (B, D)

Day 9 – 28 April Ait Benhaddou

After breakfast, you have a full day to explore the beauty of this untouched Moroccan backcountry.

First you’ll have one of the most interesting stops of your adventure at the Women’s organisation for family development in Dadès, created by a woman who is originally from a tiny douwar in the region, nestled between the Dades gorges and valley. Life in this little isolated village is tough, the amenities are basic, and the daily routine is difficult particularly for the women.

After this visit, continue towards Ait Benhadou via Skoura, commonly known as the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs. Here, in this quiet little village garnished with palm tree groves, you’ll find one kasbah that stands out from the rest. The Kasbah Amridil, a 400 year old beautiful building, and one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums.

Your final stop of the day will be the amazing Kasbah of Ait Benhadou where you will spend the night perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco’s most iconic sites. Its grand kasbah is one of the most beautiful in Morocco and the fortified village is a fine example of clay architecture. If you think you recognise this place, you probably do, as the town has a long list of film and TV credits, including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator.

Enjoy a relaxing Moroccan Hammam & Massage as soon as you arrive to your beautiful Riad.

Overnight Daar Mouna or similar (B, D)

Day 10 – 29 April Imlil, Atlas Mountains

Today say goodbye to the magical town of Ait Benhdadou and head to the Atlas Mountains via the Tiz n Tichka pass.

First, you’ll stop by the fertile village of Ourika where you will have a homemade lunch with the locals. Continue to the village of Imlil, you will start a light trek from Imlil (1740m) towards Tamatert, where your Beautiful auberge is located.

After you check in, your guide will take you for a hike to the local village of Aroumd and the surrounding douars. You’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the High Atlas mountains (1900m) & the opportunity to experience the authentic traditional Berber culture.

Overnight Dar Assarou or similar (B, L, D)

Day 11 – 30 April Marrakesh

After breakfast, depart on foot for a Berber village called Ouirgane. Crossing a vibrant green valley that stays fresh and lush even during the hottest days of the summer, this village is situated in a scenic valley at 1000 metres above sea level in the High Atlas Mountains.

You’ll have the opportunity to stop in many picturesque villages along the way such as Ouaousaft and Asni, before you finally reach the Ouirgane Lake. Enjoy exploring this beautiful village before tucking into a local dish whilst taking in the stunning views.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the ochre city of Marrakech, a colourful melting pot where European modernity is mixed with ancient vibes. The bustling UNESCO listed city of Marrakesh is an enchanting travel destination in Morocco. It’s easy to lose all sense of time in Marrakech, with its maze of narrow alleyways scattered with donkey carts, snake charmers, castanetists, acrobats, story-tellers, dancers, water-sellers and potion vendors to entertain. If you don’t find all of these as you journey through the winding streets of the ‘Red City’, you will be sure to find them and much, much more at its famous markets. Marrakesh is home to the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and one of the busiest squares in the world, known as Djemaa el Fna which is where you will enjoy dinner this evening.

Overnight Riad al Jazira or similar (B, L, D)

Day 12 – 01 May Marrakesh

After breakfast, you’ll head to the elegant restaurant at La Maison Arabe for a cooking class led by a local chef. You’ll prepare your own Moroccan speciality for your lunch.

Afterwards, you’ll have a guided visit to the Medina. Starting from Le Jardin Secret which dates back to the Saadian dynasty more than 400 years ago and has been the home of some of Morocco and Marrakech’s most important political figures. Discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture.

Next, you’ll wind back through the narrow streets of the Medina through souks and spice markets where women sell many goods from organic make-up products to handmade jewellery and hats.

Continue on to the Bahia Palace then to the Koutoubia Mosque and its minaret. Head back to your riad to get ready for a festive farewell dinner at one the Medina’s best restaurants.

Overnight Riad al Jazira or similar (B, L, D)

Day 13 – 02 May Marrakesh

Following breakfast, today is at leisure until it is time for your transfer to the airport for your onward departure. (B)

Tour Inclusions

  • Solo Luxe hosted tour
  • Small group (minimum 6 | maximum 12 guests)
  • All touring in a private air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking tour leader
  • 12 night’s accommodation in your own room
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Camel ride
  • English speaking tour leader
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Hassan II mosque guided visit
  • Casablanca guided tour
  • Kasbah des Oudaias visit
  • Chefchaouen guided visit
  • Goat cheese tasting at the local Market
  • Local lunch
  • Pastry making class
  • Volubilis entrance fee and guided visit
  • Fes guided tour
  • Foundouk nejjarine entrance fee
  • Mederessa attarine entrance fee
  • Sefrou and Bhalil guided visits
  • Tea with a local family in Bhalil
  • Kasbah Myriem, women-only textiles workshop visit
  • Medfouna Lunch
  • Dinner & Sahraoui music in the camp
  • Visit , Tea & Gnawa live show at Khamlia village
  • Todgha & Dades Gorges walking tour
  • Rose valley – rose water making demonstration with local women
  • Ait Benhadou & Kasbah skoura visit
  • Walk from Tamaret to Imlil
  • Trek to Aroumd Village
  • Lunch in Ouirgane Valley
  • Visit of the Village & Lake of Ouirgane
  • Cooking class la maison arabe
  • Bahia palace Entrance
  • Secret gardens Entrance
  • Guided visit of the Marrakesh Medina
  • Return airport transfers

Tour Exclusions

  • International Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any services not listed under the tour inclusions
  • Items of a personal nature

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