Morocco on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Casablanca to Marrakech

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

In our humble opinion, there’s no better way to spend two weeks than travelling around majestic, marvelous, magical Morocco. In a country with no shortage of highlights, we make sure to hit all the main ones, including Fes, Chefchaouen, the coastal hippie mecca of Essaouira, and plenty of souks to shop in and beaches to relax on. After an overnight stay in a Berber camp and a few market barters under your belt, you’ll feel like a local in no time.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Marrakech Your Big Night Out Moment: Marrakech Your Local Living Moment: Overnight at Berber Desert Camp, Sahara Bedouin Camp
  • Visit to Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Orientation walk in Essaouira
  • Local village farmland walk (Todra)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • See endless desert during a camel ride
  • Find flavours in local souks
  • Get close to history in ancient medinas
  • Hang with the hippies of essaouira.

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that 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. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the mosque. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Casablanca/Tangier (1B) Travel up the coast to Tangier. Get lost in the winding streets and alleyways of the medina, and take a beachfront stroll. Be sure to sample some Moroccan mint tea. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Tangier/Chefchaouen (1B) Explore this beautiful mountain town with white-washed buildings and blue accents. Opt to hike the Rif Mountains, take a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Chefchaouen Enjoy a free day in Chefchaouen to explore. The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own, but with the surrounding mountains, it's a sight to behold.
Day 5 Chefchaouen/Fès Enjoy free time to shop in the world's largest medina, visit a Berber pharmacy, and take in the many colours of an ancient tannery. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Fès (1B) Enjoy another free day in Fes. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above. Additional Notes: Only certified local guides are allowed to act as guides in the medina, so your CEO cannot go with you to the medina during free time.
Day 7 Fès/Marrakech (1B) Travel across Morocco to the bustling city of Marrakech, and enjoy an evening exploring this fascinating city. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Marrakech (1B) A great place to start is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. Do some souvenir shopping or wander the new part of the city for a taste of the modern. Included Activities: Big Night Out
Day 9 Marrakech/Nkob (1B) Travel west into the desert, and stop off at Nkob, which is flanked by the Saghrou Mountains. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Nkob/Merzouga (1B, 1D) 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 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 basic and shared. 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. Included Activities: Overnight at Berber Desert Camp Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) 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 (1.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Merzouga/Todra Gorge (1B) Rise early to get on the trusty camels. Watch the sun rise before returning to Merzouga. Depart early from the camp. Make the first stop of the day at Tineghir to visit the town and go for a walk through the palm groves. Then head to the breathtaking Todra Gorge to spend the night nestled between the sheer cliff walls among the palm trees and gurgling river. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies. Included Activities: Todra Gorge Visit and Walk Through Palm Groves Transport: Head back to Merzouga and wave goodbye to your new humpback friend. Camel (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 12 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 13 Ait Benhaddou/Essaouira (1B) Travel to the coast, and take in the laidback vibe of this coastal town on an orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Essaouira (1B) In the morning, don't miss the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port, with their baskets full of fish. Afterwards, head up to the ramparts on the old city wall for a great view over the city and out to sea. Browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to unwind and relax with a cold beer or shisha pipe (waterpipe). The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, hire a fishing rod or just take a long walk on the beach. In the evening, head to one of the local barbecue fish cafes where you can pick out the catch of the day and have it cooked to perfection for an amazing seafood dinner. Essaouira is also famous for its music scene and offers a great chance to check out a live performance.
Day 15 Essaouira/Marrakech (1B) Continue on to Marrakech where the tour ends upon arrival in the early afternoon. Additional Notes: Please book any onward travel after 4pm. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
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