Day 1: Marrakech.
Welcome to Morocco! Be sure to arrive in time for your pre-departure meeting at 6:00pm, an arrival transfer from Marrakech airport is included on day 1. Your first night will be spent at our joining where we enjoy a traditional dinner. Overnight Marrakech (D)
Day 2: Casablanca.
En-route this morning we travel up to Casablanca, made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. We will have the option of visiting the stunning Hassan II mosque, which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. Overnight Casablanca (B)
Day 3: Meknes.
After breakfast we head straight to Rabat , Morocco’s capital city where we will spend the morning to visit Oudaia Kasbah, Hassan tower, the Royal palace and Chellah. After lunch we will move on to the third of our Imperial cities, Meknes, to enjoy some free time. Overnight Meknes(B)
Day 4: Chefchaouen.
After breakfast, we’ll embark on a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site dates back to AD40 and once ruled the entire Roman province of Mauritania. We’ll then head on to Chefchaouen for a guided tour this afternoon. High up in the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen boasts a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the Kasbah (built back in the 18th century), central mosque and cafes with authentic menus. The busy market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist fare. Overnight Chefchaouen (B)
Day 5: Fes.
Enjoy some free time in Chefchaouen this morning - spend your time exploring this beautiful city or relax at the hotel. We’ll then enjoy a leisurely lunch in Chefchaouen before moving on to Fes in the afternoon. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, and its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five, themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. Overnight Fes (B)
Day 6: Fes.
Today we embark on a fully guided tour of the city of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and the Medina, and learn the fascinating history of the city. We'll later return to the hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. (Full day city tour included)Overnight Fes (B)
Day 7: Midelt .
This morning we journey over the Moyen Atlas to stop at Midelt. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquil mountain setting, this is a great spot to cool down and relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes. We will enjoy a small hike in the afternoon. We spend the night in this mountain location. Overnight Midelt (B, L, D)
Day 8: Sahara.
Desert Today we enjoy a stunning drive rewarded by a fantastic Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. It is now time to head towards the desert and Merzouga, where we transfer to camels for a trek into the desert for a night at our Berber Camp. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. (Camel trek included)Overnight Berber camp (B, L, D)
Day 9: Todra Gorge.
Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. We will have an early lunch at the Berber co-operative where you can see and buy authentic, Berber handmade rugs, kilims and carpets. The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, walking through the Palmerie or trying our optional activity of Rock Climbing. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. (Optional rock climbing). Overnight Todra Gorge (B,L,D)
Day 10: Ait Benhaddou.
We bid fond farewell to Todra this morning en-route to Ait Benhaddou via Ouazazate. We will stop for lunch along the way and have a chance for an optional tour of the Film studios in Ouazazate, famous for films such as Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ and the Living daylights. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the famous Kasbah and village. This is where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed. (Tour included) Overnight Ait Benhaddou (B, D)
Day 11: Essaouira.
Today’s drive is truly stunning as we traverse the high Atlas Mountains on our way to Essaouira. A colourful fishing town situated within 15th century Portuguese fortifications, where great beaches and surf beckon. Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the Medina , so you’re unlikely to get lost. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets, an antidote to the bustle of the Imperial cities. (Optional horse trekking, quad biking). Overnight Essaouira (2B)
Day 12: Essaouira.
Day 13: Marrakech.
We are leaving Essaouira back to Marrakech this morning, to explore the final one of Morocco’s four Imperial cities we visit on this tour. Marrakech set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Its great pride and landmark is the Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville. It is said that after the third of these was completed, the sultan had the eyes of his architect put out, lest he should build another more beautiful tower elsewhere. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city’s UNESCO-listed medina & Djemâa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Overnight Marrakech. (2B)
Day 14: Marrakech.
We have a guided city tour in the morning which leaves us the afternoon free to explore the city further, relax by the pool and /or enjoy some of the optional activities. Overnight Marrakech
Day 15: Marrakech.
Your adventure tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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