Morocco Kasbahs & Desert

Morocco Kasbahs & Desert information and booking

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  • Duration
    8
    Days
  • Service
    Standard
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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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

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Perfect for travellers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco’s 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 Fes and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca
Please note: 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. Please refer to the optional activity section of these notes for prices. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Additional Notes A general note about this tour: it has a very fast-paced itinerary, which covers a lot of ground. This is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the time available, but it also means some early starts, some long drives in the minivan, and less free time than many other G Adventures tours. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B)
Start early and drive to Meknes for a guided walk through this imperial city. Visit monuments, ornamental gates, and winding souks while you soak in the flavour of this charming city. Later, continue 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. Additional Notes We will be staying in the the new city of Fès, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco. This area has the feel of a French provincial town, with its cafés, restaurants, and wide boulevards. Head off for a Moroccan feast at one of the many restaurants and finish off the night with some famous Moroccan mint tea. Included Activities Meknes City Tour Volubilis Guided Tour Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Fès (1B)
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. Included Activities Fès Medina Guided Tour
Day 4 Fès/Merzouga (1B, 1D)
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. Additional Notes Notes for the Sahara Desert tented camp stay: There will be a chance to repack and take only overnight bags out to the desert. The accommodations are basic, with four people per tent (though feel free to sleep out under the stars). Bathroom facilities are...nature. Mattresses with sheet and blanket are provided. For winter months (Nov- April), we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for additional warmth. There will be the chance to shower upon arrival in Merzouga the following morning. Transport Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s))Ride out to the tented camp for the night. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and other handy camel-related safety tips. Camel (1.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Merzouga/Todra Gorge (1B)
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. Additional Notes Due to location, the hotel power is run by a generator and the electricity is turned off every night at approx. 23:00. We recommend bringing a headlamp for getting around at night if necessary. Transport Head back to Merzouga and wave goodbye to your new humpback friend. Camel (1.00 hour(s))Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Todra Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou (1B)
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. Included Activities Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Aït Ben Haddou/Marrakech (1B)
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. Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Marrakech (1B)
Additional Notes Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help you book extended accommodation.