Marvellous Morocco

Comfort, Casablanca to Marrakech

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Watch the sun rise above the highest sand dunes in Morocco and journey through fresh cedar forests in the Atlas Mountains. From the bustling souks of imperial cities and meandering lanes of old medinas, travel into the heart of Morocco without foregoing comfort. Get off the beaten path while exploring mudbrick kasbahs and conquering Saharan sand dunes by 4x4. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van arranged by your CEO, you'll be free to experience Morocco's Roman heritage and Islamic grandeur in style.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion, Merzouga G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
  • Arrival transfer
  • G Adventures-supported traditional lunch
  • Guided city tour of Meknes including the ancient granaries and stables of Moulay Ismail and Bab Mansour
  • Guided visit to Volubilis
  • Guided walking tour of the Fes medina including Medersa Bou Inanya and tanneries
  • Sahara 4x4 dunes adventure
  • Visit Todra Gorge and walk through palm groves
  • Visit Taourirt Kasbah and Aït Ben Haddou
  • Guided city tour of Marrakech including Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore roman ruins and unesco world heritage sites
  • Walk the labyrinth of the fes medina with a local expert
  • Enjoy a 4x4 excursion into the sahara desert
  • Visit a historic kasbah
  • Bargain in exotic souks and marketplaces with the locals

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca There are no activities planned for the day, leaving you free to enjoy this beautiful city at your own leisure. With its art deco and French colonial buildings, the Old Medina, great restaurants and entertainment—there is plenty to keep you busy! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B, 1L) Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, before arriving in Fes. Included Activities: Meknes Community Lunch Meknes City Tour Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 3 Fès (1B) Take a half day medina walking tour, after which enjoy free time to explore. The the traditional Jewish quarter, King’s Palace and the Nejjarine Fountain are all great spots to visit. In the evening there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad which has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. Savour delicious, local specialities while entertainers sing, play music and belly dance. Included Activities: Fès Medina Guided Tour
Day 4 Fès/Merzouga (1B, 1D) Early morning start, watch the scenery of this diverse country change while travelling over the Middle Atlas mountains. Pass through cedar forests and the ski area of Ifrane into the desert regions. Drive by the vast palm groves of the Ziz Valley and right up to the majestic Saharan sand dunes. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Barbary apes en route. Spend the night in a comfortable kasbah style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes. Overnight in Merzouga, enjoying local food for dinner at our hotel. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 5 Merzouga/Tinghir (1B, 1D) After the 4x4 excursion, travel through a stone desert to the breathtaking Todra Gorge followed by a visit to the palm grove. Final stop of Tineghir for a well deserved night's rest. Included Activities: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion Todra Gorge Visit and Walk Through Palm Groves Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Tinghir/Ouarzazate (1B) Start the morning with a visit to the Dades Gorge with its unusual natural rock formations and stunning scenery. Continue with a scenic drive along the "Route of a 1000 Kasbahs" with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit. After lunch continue to Ouarzazate, a former Foreign Legion stronghold. In Ouarzazate opt to visit a Berber herbalist and find out about the traditional medicines and cooking spices of the Berber people. Included Activities: Dades Valley and Route of 1,000 Kasbahs scenic drive Kasbah Taourit Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Ouarzazate/Marrakech (1B) Continue on to the village of Aït Benhaddou. During our visit to the Kasbah, lose yourself in the narrow, winding passageways and feel the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure. Travel to Marrakech through the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2200m in the High Atlas mountains, on winding mountain roads with breathtaking views over the highest peaks of Morocco. Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 8 Marrakech (1B) Free time in the afternoon to explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Tourists and locals alike find everything they desire here; whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns. The selection here is exhaustive, and don’t forget to bargain - it's definitely part of the fun. Opt to indulge in the chaos of the famous Djemaa el Fna square to watch acrobats and fortune tellers playing their trade. Included Activities: Marrakech City Tour
Day 9 Marrakech (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. Included Activities: Departure Day
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