Morocco Kasbahs & Desert - Teenage Adventure

Family, Casablanca to Marrakech

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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.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Overnight at Berber Desert Camp, Sahara Bedouin Camp
  • Meknes guided tour
  • Volubilis guided tour
  • Fes guided tour
  • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride and overnight in a Berber camp
  • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
  • Aït Ben Haddou kasbah visit
  • Marrakech medina guided walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca As this trip does not include any tour time in Casablanca, you may wish to arrive a day early to explore the city’s beachfront, small medina, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture. Don’t miss the spectacular Hassan II mosque. Additional Notes: Please note this is a very fast-paced tour—a lot of ground is covered in a short time. This is great as it enables you to experience so much of Morocco, however, it also entails some long drives and less free time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B) Take a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes and the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fes. 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) Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fes medina with a certified local city guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and the view from above. 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. Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea) and a delicious, traditional dinner under the stars. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums. Additional Notes: On arrival in Merzouga, there will be a chance to repack and take only what you need for this evening in your day pack. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount a camel (along with other useful tips). Be sure to ask them to teach you the trick of tying your turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos. Camp facilities are very basic. Each Bedouin tent sleeps approximately 4 people but most prefer to enjoy the peaceful silence and views of a night under the starry desert skies. Mattresses, a sheet, and blanket are provided. For those travelling in the winter months (Nov- April), we recommend a sleeping bag for additional warmth. It is "back to nature" as far as bathroom facilities go. Included Activities: Overnight at Berber Desert Camp Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours) Camel (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Merzouga/Todra Gorge (1B) Rise early to get back on your trusty camel and watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga. Later, travel 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: There will be a chance to take a shower after breakfast upon return to our Merzouga auberge. Included Activities: Todra Gorge Visit and Walk Through Palm Groves Transport: Camel (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Todra Gorge/Ait Benhaddou (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 (4.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Ait Benhaddou/Marrakech (1B) The journey to Marrakech includes breathtaking views throughout the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m). Arrive in time for lunch with the rest of the day to experience the city. Included Activities: Marrakech Medina Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Marrakech (1B) Depart at any time. We recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this lively city. Additional Notes: Please note that hotel check-out time is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. Included Activities: Departure Day
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