Exploration

 

15 day / 14 nights tour - Itinerary

Day 1 •
Marrakech

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Welcome to Marrakech and Morocco!

Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your Riad in the city medina, where you can settle in.

Rest of your day would be free in Marrakech. Perhaps you can visit the Jamna El Fnaa which is the hub of the old medina or medieval part of the city. At night time the square is lit up with food stalls, street entertainers and story tellers. Alternatively you can take a wander in the new town of Gueliz, along the rose gardens of the Mohamed VI Boulevard, or amongst the upmarket cafes in the Hivernage next to the medina.

Night in the Riad Imilchil, Marrakech or similar.

Day 2 •
Marrakech - Essaouira

After breakfast your private transport leaves the city to cross the plains near Marrakech and then travel through the green fields near the coast, passing argan orchards to the coastal town of Essaouira.

Overnight in the Riad Zahra, Essaouira or similar. (B&B)

Day 3 •
Essaouira

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Breakfast in your hotel and then a day free in Essaouira to explore the harbour, beach or medina.

Although this 15th Century town is quite small, there are plenty of places to visit. The medina is full of little shops selling the local speciality of Thuya wood carvings. The European sailors in the past used to call the place Mogador and the style of boat building in the harbour is definitely Portuguese style, but the masses of blue fishing boats make a great photograph.

Alternatively you can try out some water-sports from the beach or have a spot of sunbathing.

Overnight in your hotel. (B&B)

Day 4 •
Essaouira – Agadir - Taroudannt

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After breakfast drive down the Atlantic coast to the city of Agadir and onwards past banana plantations to the foothills of the Siroua mountains.

Night in Taroudannt, the Berber capital of the south. Taroudannt sights include the ramparts and the souks (Arabe and Marche Berbere souks). There are even tanneries outside the city walls - (too smelly a process to be in the town!).

Overnight in the Riad Maia, Taroudannt or similar. (B&B)

Day 5 •
Taroudannt – Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate

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Breakfast in your hotel.

The route passes through scenic landscapes including the saffron growing fields near Ouarzazate before a visit to the biggest solar power plant in Africa. The newly opened, El Noor 1 solar plant should be followed by several others and will provide almost half the energy needs of the country in due course.

From the modern to the ancient- visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before reaching Ouarzazate.

This ancient mudbrick village is a World heritage site and was also used as a backdrop for various films such as “Gladiator” and “Game of Thrones”. After the visit head up to the passes of the High Atlas at over 3000m. It is possible to visit the Palace of the Glaoui at Telouet before heading down to the plains of Marrakech. The Telouet palace, another Glaoui stronghold in the past, is quickly falling into ruin, but the reception rooms still show the ornate and amazing decoration that was through the palace and harem rooms.

Overnight in Ouarzazate at Le Petit Riad or similar. (B&B)

Day 6 •
Ouarzazate – Gorge of Dades – Gorges of Todra

After breakfast travel along the valley of the Roses and onwards to the Gorge of Dades.

The Gorge du Dades is a pretty valley with scenic rock formations. There is an opportunity to visit here before travelling onwards to the Gorges of Todra, with its high cliffs and clear river waters.

A chance for a walk here before spending the night in the Hotel Tomboctou or similar. (B&B)

Day 7 •
Gorges of Todra – Rissani – Erg Chebbi – Desert Camp

Breakfast at your hotel.

A shorter drive past the oases of the Rissani area- see the lines of the underground rivers with the khettara or deep wells dug to access water. Onwards to the very edge of the Sahara desert.

Here we meet your camel team and walk into the desert camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi dunes.

Overnight in desert camp. (B&D)

Day 8 •
Desert Camp – Gorge du Ziz – Midelt

An early start perhaps to see the sun rise over the dunes and then travel over the High Atlas seeing the Gorge du Ziz and onwards across the plateau, past the desert nomad camps to the town of Midelt.

Overnight in Kasbah Taadert or similar. (B&B)

Day 9 •
Midelt – Fes

After breakfast head for A leisurely day over the Middle Atlas mountains, not so high as the High Atlas mountains, but in some ways more remote, with a cedar forest covering the slopes. Perhaps a chance to see the Barbary apes in the cedar forests before descending to the Imperial city of Fes.

Overnight in Riad Lalla Fatima, Fes or similar (B&B)

Day 10 •
Fes

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Breakfast in your hotel.

Morning guided tour of Fes and afternoon free to explore further. The souks wind down the hill side, with many little alleyways and small cafes to see, and take a welcome cup of tea. Palaces and madrassa are decorated in Zellige, or small colourful tiles, in vast geometric Islamic designs. Places to visit include the Merenid Tombs dating from the 16 Century; the Foundouk El Najjarine, a world heritage site; Bou Inania Medersa - a madrassa or school dating from 1350, and the museums of Armes and Dar El-Batha. All of these including the souks and the tanneries mean that you could have a busy day!

Overnight in your hotel. (B&B)

Day 11 •
Fes – Chefchaouen

Travel through the dayets or small lakes to the foothills of the Rif Mountains and to the “blue” city of Chefchaouen. This town had only been visited by 3 westerners by 1920 but then was inhabited by a number of Spanish that brought another language to the area. The streets are painted in a photogenic blue colour that is a wash on the walls of the buildings. The town is fairly small, so a wander around will bring you to the main souks and square. Afternoon free to explore the area.

Overnight in Casa Hassan, Chefchaouen or similar. (B&B)

Day 12 •
Chefchaouen – Rabat

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Breakfast in your hotel.

The route visits the Atlantic coast and travelling southwards to Rabat.

The city of Rabat is the capital of Morocco and has the main government buildings and palaces, but includes ancient areas such as the Chellah, Oudaiyas and the port of Sale (the origin of the “Sallee Rovers” Moroccan pirates in the past that got as far as the UK and Ireland on their raids).

Stay in Riad dar Alia, Rabat or similar. (B&B)

Day 13 •
Rabat – Marrakech

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Breakfast at your hotel.

Leave Rabat and travel onwards to the city of Marrakech.

In the afternoon take a tour around the souks, palaces and madrassa of the ancient medina. The souks tend to be divided into areas selling the same things, so making it easier to haggle! There are the gold and silver souks, magic souks, spice souks and iron-monger souks, in fact you can just about buy anything somewhere. Start by buying some dried fruit at the entrance to the souks to nibble on while walking… Outside the souks the medina has beautiful Islamic and Berber architecture in the Bahia palace and the madrassas. We recommend a visit to the tanneries if you have time.

Ovenight in Riad Imlichil or similar. (B&B)

Day 14 •
Marrakech

A day free to explore more of the sights of Marrakech while enjoying the atmosphere of the city. Maybe see the Jardins Majorelle, or spend more time in the busy souks. The Jardins Majorelle, a vibrant oasis of plants and pools near the medina. A 12 acre botanic garden designed in the 1920’s by the French painter, Majorelle has many different plants including a bamboo and cactus garden which is set of by the bright colours and the water features and pools.

Overnight at your hotel. (B&B)

Day 15 •
Marrakech

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Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure transfer to the airport in good time for your flight.

Tour Rates (prices per person – sharing twin/double standard room – in £ sterling)
Number of People
All year round
2 people
£1705.00
3 - 4 people
£1465.00
5 - 6 people
£1175.00
Single Supplement
£350.00

 

For the rate for a solo traveller please contact us directly

Tour available every day, all year round

> Hotels quoted– subject to availability
Hotels in
# of Nights
Hotels
Marrakech
3
Riad Imilchil or similar.
Essaouira
2
Riad Zahra or similar.
Taroudannt
1
Riad Maia or similar.
Ouarzazate
1
Le Petit Riad or similar.
Gorges of Todra
1
Hotel Tomboctou or similar
Desert Campsite
1
Campsite
Midelt
1
Kasbah Taadert or similar
Fes
2
Riad Lalla Fatima or similar
Chefchaouen
1
Casa Hassan or similar
Rabat
1
Riad dar Alia or similar
> Services included in this tour:
  • All hotel accommodation (3 nights in Marrakech, 2 nights in Essaouira, 2 nights in Fes, 1 night in Tarouddannt, 1 night in Ouarzazate, 1 night in Gorges of Todra, 1 night in Midelt,1 night in Chefchaouen and 1 night in Rabat ) on Bed & Breakfast basis including all government taxes and service charges.
  • Additional dinner on Day 7 in the desert camp included.
  • Camel safari - Camping (mattresses, cooked meals and all porterage and guide supplied) for 1 night.
  • Camel hire for group to and from desert camp
  • Guide with group
  • All entry/ user fees to the sightseeing as outlined.
  • Local English-speaking tour guides in Marrakech and Fes.
> Services excluded in this tour:
  • Visa Entry for Morocco (if required).
  • Tipping.
  • Travellers insurance.
  • Other meals and drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Any Optional tours.
  • Flight tickets.
  • Extra camel hire, quad biking, sand surfing gear, entrance fees and extras.
  • Anything not mentioned in the (Included in this tour section)
> Remarks & abbreviation:
  • Single supplement applies for a single person staying in a single room and is in addition to the total amount per person (when travelling with other people).
  • Special rates apply for a single person travelling alone – please ask for a quote
  • This tour can easily be extended if required.
  • B&B (bed/breakfast) / B&D (breakfast/dinner) / HB (bed/dinner/breakfast) / FB (full-board).

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