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 just under 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 Atlas Mountains, and plenty of souks to shop in and medinas to explore. 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 Your Local Living Moment: Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal, Aroumd
  • Enjoy free time in Rabat
  • Explore the blue city of Chefchaouen
  • Visit the medina and souks of Fes
  • Discover the bustling city of Marrakech
  • Local village farmland walk in Todra Gorge
  • Camel ride in the Desert
  • Traditional dinner and drums at a Berber Camp
  • Visit to Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Hiking in the Atlas Mountains
  • 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
  • Explore the atlas mountains.

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/Chefchaouen (1B) Travel up the coast to Rabat. Store your luggage and spend a few hours exploring the city's old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias to enjoy the breathtaking views. After lunch, head to Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest towns in Morocco with it's blue washed hues perched beneath the peaks of the Rif mountains. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Included Activities: Chefchaouen Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 86km) Private Vehicle (3.75 hour(s), 250km)
Day 3 Chefchaouen (1B) 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 4 Chefchaouen/Fès (1B) Travel to Fes. 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 5 Fès (1B) In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing. 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 6 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 7 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 8 Marrakech/Todra Gorge (1B) 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 362km)
Day 9 Todra Gorge/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 (2.80 hour(s), 199km) 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 10 Merzouga/Ait Benhaddou (1B) Rise early to get on the trusty camels. Watch the sun rise before returning to Merzouga. Depart early from the camp. and travel along the Route of 1000 Kasbahs to Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most fascinating and beautiful kasbahs renowned UNESCO world heritage site. Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Head back to Merzouga and wave goodbye to your new humpback friend. Camel (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 11 Ait Benhaddou/Aroumd (1B, 1D) Travel through the magnificent High Atlas Mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260m. Head into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads, arriving at the village of Imlil. With our main luggage transported by mule, embark on the walk from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd (1 hr), arriving at our simple mountain gîte for the night. Enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Settle in and enjoy the tranquility, fantastic views, and clean mountain air of this magical region. Additional Notes: Accommodation is multi-share, up to six beds in each room. Bedding is provided, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth if travelling between November and April. You will also need to bring your own towel. Bathroom facilities are shared. Included Activities: Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 225km) Walking (1.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Aroumd/Marrakech (1B) Journey to Marrakech. After arriving in the "Red City,"opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot. Opt for a guided tour of the Marrakech medina, visiting the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs. End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 70km)
Day 13 Marrakech (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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