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Adventurous Morocco

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GROUP SIZE: 4-21 | 22 DAYS

Adventurous Morocco

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Casablanca is one of the royal cities of Morocco. This is an ideal place to get in the mood for all the different tastes and colours that Morocco has to offer. |Morocco



Fes, an ancient city with its own identity. Worth a visit are the famous tanneries of Fès. |Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou

In the village Ait Ben Haddou time is standing still. The clay houses have often been used as film sets for o.a. 'Gladiator'.|Morocco



Marrakech is a fantastic city to explore in a couple of days. The old centre, with its endless and jam-packed streets in the soek, the glorious palaces and the great food make this city a very special place. |Morocco




The stylish town of Taroudannt is situated in the Souss valley. This sympathetic town is often called 'Little Marrakech' and offers many sights.|Morocco



Essaouira is an atmospheric little harbour town at the Atlantic Ocean. The impressive Portuguese fortifications still dominate the fishing harbour.

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Casablanca Casablanca
2 Bus Casablanca – Hassan II - Fès Fès
3 Fes Fès
4 Bus Fès / Optional Volubilis & Moulay Idriss Fès
5 Bus Fès-Erg Chebbi Erg Chebbi
6 Erg Chebbi Erg Chebbi
7 Bus Erg Chebbi – Gorge du Dades Gorge du Dades
8 Gorge du Dades Gorge du Dades
9 Bus Gorge du Dades - Aït Benhaddou Aït Benhaddou
10 Bus Aït Benhaddou - Marrakech Marrakech
11 Marrakech Marrakech
12 Marrakech Marrakech
13 Bus, Walk Marrakech - Atlas Mountains Atlas Mountains
14 Walk Atlas Mountains Atlas Mountains
15 Walk Atlas Mountains Atlas Mountains
16 Walk Atlas Mountains Atlas Mountains
17 Bus Atlas mountains-Taroudant Taroudant
18 Bus Taroudant - Essaouira Essaouira
19 Essaouira Essaouira
20 Essaouira Essaouira
21 Bus Essaouira - Marrakech Marrakech
22 Bus Marrakech - Casablanca End of tour Casablanca


Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco!

Your tour starts in Casablanca, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Most of your travel companions will arrive later this first day, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will meet your English speaking tour leader at 8.00 hrs A.M. on day 2 in the lobby of your hotel but we recommend that you also try and make contact this evening, after 20.00 hrs.

Today you can take the opportunity to explore this diverse city. You will stay overnight in Casablanca.

Day 2: Casablanca – Hassan II - Fès

In the morning you can visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the worlds second-largest and the only working mosque in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims. You can only enter the mosque with an organised tour which are run daily (Except Fridays) at 0900, 1000, 1100 and 1400 and costs 120dh per person.

Fès is one of the most exciting cities in the Islamic world with a labyrinth of endlessly winding alleys, up and down, jostling inhabitants, braying donkeys, bright bold colours, swirling scents and a cacophony of noise. There are numerous Koranic schools and mosques in the ancient city.

Day 3: Fes

It is best to visit Fès with a guide as the old city has retained its essentially medieval character and its winding streets can get very busy. The age-old guild system is still partially in use and the inhabitants are close knit in communities of traders and crafts people. The decline of this medina in the past century has been associated with an exodus of well-to-do families. For those interested, a daylong excursion can be organized to visit the most essential monuments, under the guidance of an expert local guide. This is an optional excursion that can be booked locally.

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Day 4: Fès / Optional Volubilis & Moulay Idriss

Free day. You can choose to take an optional excursion to the city of Meknes, and Morocco’s holiest place Moulay Idriss, as well as the remains of Volubilis, the country’s main Roman city. The 8th century town of Moulay Idriss holds the tomb of the founding father of the first Arab Dynasty in Morocco and is built on two hills, between which lies the tomb.

Meknes, this royal city is situated on hills surrounded by orchards and olive groves. The old medina is characteristic for Morocco’s northern cities and the houses have warm ochre-yellow-washed walls and green roof tiles. The city is surrounded by an extensive system of defence walls built in the 17th century by sultan Moulay Ismail, who also built a huge royal city south of the medina whose walls had a total length of 25km. In the centre of the old city you will find the Place el Hedim, a busy and ideal place to watch the local population going about their business while enjoying a coffee. There are colourful markets for olives, fruit, spices and meat, and souks with beautiful carpets, tiles and Berber silver.

Day 5: Fès-Erg Chebbi

From Fes it is a long driving day (440 km, approximately 8.5 hours) through the desert towns of Erfoud and Rissani, to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Along the way you drive through a cedar forest where you can see (with some luck!) monkeys as they scratch around for their daily meals. If you leave early enough from Fez there may still be time to bathe this afternoon at 'La Source Bleue de Meski' – a pool of cool blue water fed from a natural spring from the Meski palmeries. Eventually you drive on a dirt road to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.

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To protect yourself against the sand you can buy a beautiful blue Tuareg scarf. Once at the sand dunes you will be in awe of the spectacular landscape and a night under the stars is an experience you will never forget.

Day 6: Erg Chebbi

Leave your footprints in the virgin sands of Erg Chebbi and take an optional camel ride through the area. This tour should be booked on the spot.

During the tour you will be accompanied by friendly men whose job it is to take care of the camels. They will help you to mount and dismount the camel, something not so easy to do! Your efforts will be rewarded though because the camel provides you with a breathtaking view of the desert.

Day 7: Erg Chebbi – Gorge du Dades

First, we drive to Erfoud and then onto the Gorge du Dadès, on our way, we pass the Gorge du Todra and if possible, we’ll stop at some tiny villages and as evening falls, a mountainous road leads us to the Gorge du Dadès. Before entering the crevice, there is an endless palm tree landscape to enjoy and the crevice itself is very dramatic, with steep sides and very high walls. The setting sun will lend the landscape a mysterious but magnificent glow.

Day 8: Gorge du Dades

For your next day in Gorge du Dades you can take a hike through crevices, fords and the river with a local guide to spot any snakes or scorpions. Waterproof shoes are a must, everybody with an average physical condition can take part in this walk.

Day 9: Gorge du Dades - Aït Benhaddou

We drive along a magnificent mountain road with views of the so-called ‘monkey finger rocks’, to Aït Benhaddou. This tiny village is situated 30km from Ouarzazate (pronounced wa-zar-zat) and is made up of a few houses, restaurants and the main attraction: the Kasbah. This enormous Kasbah was constantly enlarged and became the scene for films such as Lawrence of Arabia and the more recent Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator. When you walk around here, you will forget you are in the 21st century. We overnight in a large tent or nearby hostel (depending on availability).

Day 10: Aït Benhaddou - Marrakech

Leaving behind the quiet Aït Benhaddou you drive through a dry desert landscape and the highest mountain pass in the High Atlas as you travel to the second royal city: Marrakech. You can wander through the lovely large covered souk, where all kinds of craftsmen are at work. Here they make everything: from the most beautiful stones tagines (dishes with pyramid shaped lids) to the famous Moroccan lamps. You can also admire a wide variety of leather goods. Every evening the Djemaa el Fna square is an experience in itself. At the end of the afternoon the first stalls and eateries start popping up and by evening the whole square is full.

The travel time for today is approximately 4.5 hours (200 km).

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Day 11: Marrakech

Today you could visit the Majorelle Gardens. These beautifully serene gardens sit approximately 30 minutes walk from Djemaa el-Fna square in the North East part of the city. The vibrant colours of the bougainvillaea will capture the imagination and themselves be captured by the flash of your camera!

Day 12: Marrakech

If you want to visit the main monuments of the city in a day, it is nice to take the half-day organised excursion. This tour is included in the excursion package but can also be booked on site. It is best to stroll through the medina and to be surprised by all the merchandise and sights you encounter. Marrakech is the city to shop in, if you like interesting Moroccan trinkets.

Day 13: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains

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From busy Marrakech we travel on a wonderful route to reach the High Atlas range, to Imlil, situated in the Toubkal National Park (About 1.5 hours). In this mountain village the guides are waiting with their mules, which will carry your luggage during the walking trip (please make sure you bring luggage packed in soft bags- the mules will struggle to carry a suitcase!) which takes us along rocky footpaths, past villages that seem to disappear into the rock face and through dry riverbeds. You will be treated to grand views and will walk through crevices and valleys. Life in the mountains is calm, hospitable, and very different from Marrakech or the desert. 

How is the trek?
On arrival by minibus in Imlil, the large luggage is loaded onto the mules. You’ll carry a daypack with the things you will need en route, such as water, camera, and jacket. (Excess luggage that is not needed during the trek can be stored in a local hotel in Imlil for a small fee – your guide will give you details about this during a trekking brief before leaving Marrakech). Regular breaks are held to enjoy the views and to enable the slow walkers to catch up. The main attraction of walking through the High Atlas is that you get a chance to get to know the traditional way of life of the Berber population. If you travel too fast, you will miss the essence.

First walking day: Starting in Imlil (1750 m) you go up through the village of Tamattert until the pass of the same name, at 2279 meters. You reach the village of Ouaneskra (2300 meters) where you stay overnight in tents. Along the way you can enjoy a great view of the top of Toubkal, which is covered in snow for part of the year. Duration: three to four hours .

Day 14: Atlas Mountains

On the second walking day we follow the course of the Imenane River with impressive Berber villages along the way and well-made agricultural terraces. In the village of Imsker (1385 meters) we overnight in a gite. This walk lasts for about four to five hours.

Day 15: Atlas Mountains

As we rise and fall slightly as we negotiate the El Bour Pass, we arrive at Oughlad Imi (1375 m) where residents still use traditional watermills there to grind their grain. We increase in height again as we transcend over the forested mountain slopes which lead to the N'Tacht Pass at 2000 meters where we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. During the descent to the village of Tizi N'Oussem (1722 meters), we see the terraced slopes of the fertile valley of Azad. We stay in our tent with beautiful views of the valley, after about five hours walking in total.

Day 16: Atlas Mountains

Today we climb up hillsides with large juniper trees to reach the M'Zig pass at 2490 meters. Here we find panoramic views of the village of Imlil, the mountains of the Toubkal and Oukaimeden. After travelling along a small stream then we descend down to Imlil (1750 m). We'll stay in a ''gite'' (cottage) in Imlil or in a nearby village. Duration: four to five hours.

In the afternoon you can still look around Imlil or visit the kasbah (direction Aremd) which once served as a film backdrop for the movie "Kundun" partially included in the High Atlas. The Kasbah is a project of the English inhabitants of Imlil and Discover organization. A refreshment here costs twenty dirhams, but a portion of the money goes to projects for the villagers.

Day 17: Atlas mountains-Taroudant

We go south over the High Atlas, following a route said to be the most beautiful in Morocco, the Tizi n’Test pass to Taroudant, the fifth royal city of Morocco which has a markedly provincial character.

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Taroudant is in the centre of a fertile agricultural region, which produces vegetables, fruit and olives. You can go on a trip by horse cart around the city walls at sunset. The walls can be climbed at the Bab el Kasbah, which is the largest city gate.

The city’s picturesque souks are too small to lose your way in, and a visit is highly recommended. Taroudant was renowned for its Berber silver, local leather production and Touareg handicrafts, the link with the Sahara peoples still exists and dates from the time of the Sa’ad Sultans who founded Taroudant. The central square has a multitude of cafés that offer shade and the chance to watch life go by.

Day 18: Taroudant - Essaouira

When going shopping in Taroudant, bear in mind that the Berber market in Taroudant is called Jnane al-Jaami and here you can buy spices and dried fruits but mostly household goods and clothes. The Arab souk, however, specializes in handicrafts such as wrought iron, pottery, terracotta, brass and copper, leather and carpets/rugs and also jewellery. After a free morning in Taroudant you will travel to Essaouira, a trip taking between 4.5 and 5 hours.

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Day 19: Essaouira

Essaouira is the most picturesque and relaxed coastal town along Morocco’s Atlantic coast. The town lies on a rocky base surrounded by low shrubs and woods, projecting into the ocean. An isolated spot battered by high foamy waves the whole year round, it’s often called ‘the windy city’ and famous for windsurfing. The old citadel of Essaouira is entirely surrounded by city walls, the tall houses towering above them– whitewashed and often with their doors painted a fresh blue. The medina is quite orderly, with the alleys laid out in a rectangular pattern.

Day 20: Essaouira

Essaouira also boasts a wide and long beach south of the citadel, where you can enjoy a leisurely ‘café au lait’; stroll along the sandy expanse or through the alleys of the attractive market. In the evening, there is fresh fish to savour in the many restaurants.

Day 21: Essaouira - Marrakech

Today we return to Marrakech for our last evening and you can pick up some last minute souvenirs or just relax and take in the atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city. (3 ½ hours/ 185 km).

Day 22: Marrakech - Casablanca

The last day of your tour. Today you will transfer to Mohammed V International Airport Casablanca, where the tour will conclude. Please make sure to book your return flight from Casablanca later in the day to allow for this transfer (please check with us if in doubt). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Morocco.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 22) is not included.
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