Morocco Around

Always dreamt of visiting magical Morocco? Experiencing mysterial places like the souks of Fes and Marrakech? Roam through the blue city of Chefchaouen? Counting stars at night in the Sahara desert?  Listen to the ocean at a picturesque town along the Atlantic coast?

Come and visit Morocco and experience this impressive country in all its diversity!

Travel in 14 days through beautiful Morocco with its fascinating places and its friendly people.

 

Highlights:

  • A 14-day trip that will take you along the highlights of Morocco
  • Roam around in the souks of Marrakech
  • Visit spiritual Fes; with its oldest functioning library and largest pedestrian area in the world
  • Spend a night in the Sahara desert, under the stars. And have a camel ride
  • Visit impressive Unesco World Heritage – Ait Benhaddou
  • Relax at laidback artists’ coast-town Essaouira (movie location for Game of Thrones)
  • Be amazed by the beautiful, wild nature at Todra Gorges
  • Experience the blue city of Chefchaouen

Why Travel Magical Morocco?

 

Private groups:

  • Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements and preferred departure dates.

Departure dates group trips:

  • 21 December 2021 – 3 January 2022 ( 4 – 20 persons per group )

 

Marrakech

Start and end point of the trip

Ait Benhaddou

The famous UNESCO world heritage

Erg Chigaga

The Sahara desert

Essaouira

Casablanca

Chefchaouen

Fes

Gorge de Dades

€ 1100,-  per person (excl. flight)

The Morocco Around trip will take you to the highlights of Morocco. From the impressive cities to the gorgeous High Atlas Mountains, the Sahara desert, and the relaxing ocean. You will experience it all! We will start in Casablanca, where the famous Hassan II mosque is located. Visit spiritual Fes with its immense pedestrian center and old souks, ride on a camel through the Sahara Desert. At night you can count the stars. Later on, we stop at the impressive Todra Gorge. We wander through UNESCO world heritage Ait Benhaddou (also known from the series Game of Thrones) and enjoy the relaxed coastal town Essaouira. This itinerary is completed with wandering through the old streets of Marrakech, delicious Moroccan food, and Moroccan hospitality. Cities, desert, and beach: Morocco Around will be a trip to remember!

Day 1 – Casablanca

Marrakech AroundWelcome to Morocco! We will pick you up from the airport with your transport for the trip; an airconditioned mini-van with a driver. We will bring you to your hotel so you can unpack and refresh yourself. Depending on the time of arrival it might be possible for you to visit the world-famous Hassan II Mosque.

 

Day 2 – Chefchaouen

Around Morocco - ChefchaouenAfter a good night’s sleep, we will drive through the Rif mountains and the Jbela-region in our mini-van to Chefchaouen. We stop to enjoy a local lunch. In the afternoon we will arrive at our destination: Chefchaouen. Also known as the ‘blue town’ or Chaouen. It is a city in northwest Morocco. Noted for its buildings in shades of blue. The city was founded in 1471 as a small kasbah (fortress). Time to discover more of picturesque Chefchaouen and its calm atmosphere and fresh air.

Day 3 – Chefchaouen

Today you have the opportunity to explore the very picturesque and blue city of Chefchouaen. Our guide will tell you all there is to know about this beautiful village and we will roam around through the streets and visit the main square and the holy spring.

Day 4 – Fes

Morocco Around -VolubilisYallah -as they say in Morocco- Let’s go!  We will drive for about 4 hours in total through the most fertile and cultivated land of Morocco. On our way, we visit the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. After visiting Volubilis we will continue to Meknes. Meknes is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. In Meknes, we will visit the old gate and the granary and enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch.

In the afternoon we will continue our drive on to Fes. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating, and overwhelming – a visual feast for the senses – with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city (medina). Like you are taken back in time and stepped into the tale of 1001 Nights. The World’s oldest library is recently reopened in Fes. This library –founded by a woman- is open for visitors.

 

Day 5 – Fes

Morocco Around - FezTime to explore vibrant Fes. Did you know that the medina of Fes is the largest in the world? This old city center will its small alleys and nothing but pedestrians and mules is truly enchanting. We will spend a full day discovering the oldest Medina in Morocco, together with a city guide. We will walk around and visit the oldest -still-functioning- university in the world. We will visit the quranic school, the tannery, admire how pottery is being handcrafted, and go to the mausoleum of Moulay I Driss and enjoy the panoramic view of Fes.

 

Day 6 – Sahara Desert

Morocco Around - Sahara desertWe will leave the intensity of the city behind for the simplicity and the calmness of the Middle Atlas Mountains. We will have a long ride today of about 8 hours, through the impressive landscapes that Morocco has to offer. The area is populated with wandering nomadic shepherds attending to their flocks. Pass through cedar forests that are home to Barbary apes, North Africa’s only monkey. We will pass along the Moroccan ski resort. Later on, you will see the canyons that were once formed by lava and the land where the tasty dates grow. Of course, we’ll have a regular stop for coffee and lunch, and to admire some of the beautiful views. You will stay at a hotel at the Sahara border.

Day 7 – Sahara Desert

Today we will start early. But for a good reason! We will watch the breathtaking sunrise in the Sahara Desert. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss. The rest of the day will be a relaxing day at the pool of your hotel.

 

Day 8 – Todra Gorge

Todra Gorge After experiencing the immense Sahara Desert, we will continue our journey to the impressive Todra Gorge. A 300m-deep fault splits the orange limestone into a deep ravine at some points just wide enough for a crystal-clear river and single-file trekkers to squeeze through. We will spend the night in a hotel nearby.

 

Day 9 – Ait Benhaddou

We will start the day with a visit to the Todra Gorge. The next stop will be the city of Ouarzazate, for a visit to the old film studios where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky, and Black Hawk Down were filmed.

 

ait-benhaddouNext on to your destination of Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. Ait Benhaddou is also known as Yunkai in Game of Thrones. We will visit the Kasbah and admire the beautiful view from the top.

Day 10 – Essaouira – a beach town

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoWe will ride out of High Atlas Mountains. We will head to the coast; to Essaouira. This laidback artists’ town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. We will arrive in the early evening. You can enjoy a dinner with fresh fish and other delicious Moroccan food. Our stay will be in a riad.

Day 11 – Essaouira

Rise and shine to do a guided city tour to discover beautiful Essaouira and its rich history. This small city oozes history and cultural heritage. Essaouira is the perfect spot to enjoy the Moroccan atmosphere; with the traditional souks, the small shops, and nice restaurants with delicious fresh fish. A stroll around the harbor is a lively experience; the beautiful blue fisher boats to watch and the fresh fish being sold are quite a picturesque experience. In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy and relax – you can roam the city or relax at the beach.

Or -optional- you can join a local family in the afternoon. You will visit the local market together to buy ingredients and join them at their home to cook and share a delicious traditional, self-prepared Moroccan meal together.

Day 12 – Marrakech

Morocco Around - MarrakechOn to the bustling ‘Red City’; Marrakech. Driving through the land of the argan trees we will be heading to our last stop; Marrakech. In the afternoon you will have free time to wander around yourself. Perhaps you can join the thronging crowds for dinner at the famous Djemaa el Fna square. When night falls on this square it transforms into a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers, and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup.

 

Day 13 – Marrakech

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoIn the morning you will have a guided tour by one of the city guides of Marrakech. He will tell you all about the traditional souks, life in the souks, and the handcraft that you will see. I the afternoon you have free time for your last souvenirs and in the evening there is a farewell dinner with the group.

 

Day 14 – Marrakech

You will have free time in Marrakech and we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Or you have the option to book extra nights and spend some more time in magical Morocco as an extension to your Morocco Around tour.

What’s included:

  • Stays: 13 nights in 3-star hotels/riads or a gite (rural hotel)
  • Full Escort: Fully escorted by a local guide
  • Meals:All breakfasts. And lunch and dinner in the Sahara desert
  • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 transfers from and to the Airport and around, camel ride
  • Free purifying water-bottle

What is not included:

  • Lunch and dinner (except in the Sahara Desert)
  • International flights (we can book them upon request)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Additional stays before or after the trip, although these can be booked additionally

€ 1100,-  per person (excl. flight) 

Practical information

How to get there

Direct flights are available from cities in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. We can arrange the flight for you on request.

Passports and visas

Travelers are responsible for their own valid travel documents.

All people traveling to Morocco need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.

EU and UK citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for a stay of up to 90 days. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate in their country for current visa information.

Money

Morocco’s currency is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks, ATMs and exchange offices in all major cities such as Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech. ATMs and banks are harder to find in rural areas. In Morocco, the most commonly used payment method is cash

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by the Moroccan government. Consult your local doctor and take the itinerary with you to see if any vaccinations are required for you.

Luggage

Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you are traveling light. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are useful, although we recommend that your bag has carry straps. You also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Sleeping bags

In the winter months (November to March) there may not be enough heating (sometimes any) or enough blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag if you are traveling during that time.

Clothes

Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during the day, we recommend wearing several layers of clothing. And for the hikes; Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!

Morocco is an Islamic country and while Moroccans can be very liberal in the big cities, it is highly appreciated – especially in the countryside – if you cover your shoulders and knees. This applies to both men and women.

Summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something similar to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.

Tips

Normal tips are approximately 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Keep in mind that tips are NOT mandatory, but are only given when you are satisfied.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are insured at least for medical costs, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of baggage and personal belongings.

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