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Morocco Encompassed (15 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Morocco  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 929 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 959 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Morocco has so much to offer, and this 15 day adventure tour makes the most of it. Starting in Marrakech, travel north to the Atlantic coast and the cities of Rabat and Meknes, before heading over to beautiful Chefchaouen and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Moving on to Fes with its incredible medina, the tour heads south again for a camel trek in the Sahara Desert and an overnight stay in a Berber camp. Then, travelling west, visit the Todra Gorge, pass through the Atlas mountains and wind up at Essaouira back on the Atlantic coast. Finally, arrive back in majestic Marrakech in time to explore and marvel at this incredible city.

Day 1 - Marrakech:
Welcome to Morocco! Following your transfer from the airport to our joining hotel, you can relax by the hotel pool before the pre-departure meeting at 18:00 hrs. where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers. 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 visiting the 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 an afternoon relaxing and swimming, where you can also order some lunch. 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, 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 Ouarzazate. We will stop to buy lunch along the way and have a chance for an optional tour of the Film studios in Ouarzazate, famous for films such as Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ and the Living Daylights. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Ait 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. Overnight Essaouira (B)

Day 12 – Essaouira:
Today we have the whole day to explore and enjoy the sights and activities of Essaouira. There is an opportunity to do some optional activities. Overnight Essaouira (B)

Day 13 – Marrakech:
We are leaving Essaouira and back to Marrakech this morning; to explore the final one of Morocco’s four Imperial cities we visit on this tour. Marrakech is 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. (B)

Day 14 – Marrakech:
This morning, why not book our optional guided city tour which leaves the afternoon free to explore the city further, relax by the pool and / or enjoy some of the optional activities. Overnight Marrakech (B)

Day 15 – Marrakech:
Your adventure tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport (if travelling to and staying in joining hotel)
- All transport
- Full Board: 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners including a Berber camp dinner
- Full guided tour of Chefchaouen
- Guided tour of Volubilis
- Full day city tour of Fes
- Guided tour of Ait Benhaddou
- Full tour of Rabat
- Camel trek and Berber camp in the Sahara Desert

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Visas
- Tipping kitty ($65 USD)
(used for hotel porters, hotel waiters, local guides used for City tours, airport drivers, Berber camel herders, restaurant tips)
- Optional activities
- Drinks
- Lunch x 11 & Dinner x 9
- Spending money
- Tip for Guide is not included in the tipping kitty. If you are happy with the Guide’s service we recommend 2-3$ US Dollars per day, or local currency equivalent.

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Location: England
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