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Journey through Morocco

13 days from £3440 per person

Starting in the medieval city of Fes, long considered the spiritual capital of Morocco, this is a journey through historic Morocco and the many landscapes that make this country special. The old city of Fes has a vast Medina with many historic buildings and an intricate network of narrow lanes. Visit the Roman ruins at Volubilis then traverse the Atlas Mountains to the Berber fortresses of Erfoud and the mighty Sahara Desert. Leaving here, drive north through rugged, spectacular scenery, past fortified Kasbahs vibrant Marrakech ending your journey by the coast in beautiful Essaouira.

Route: Casablanca – Fes – Erfoud – Ouarzazate – Marrakech – Essaouira

Itinerary Highlights

Go shopping with the locals in Fes and take in the colourful sights and aromatic delights as you wind your way through the heart of the medina that dates back to the ninth century.

Take respite in one of the many rooftop cafes in the Djemaa el-Fna square and watch locals charm snakes and sell their wares as you sip on sweet Moroccan tea.

Essaouira, formerly Mogador, was established as a port for Marrakech. The pleasant seaside atmosphere and narrow alleys of the medina lend it a photogenic quality.

Itinerary: Journey through Morocco

Fly from London with Royal Air Maroc to Casablanca. (N)
Accommodation in Casablanca: Royal Mansour Hotel (or similar)
This morning leave Casablanca by chauffeur driven car to Rabat the capital of Morocco where you will have the opportunity to explore the Kasbah des Ouadaïas with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. In the afternoon continue to Fes where you will stay at Riad Fes, a former residence of a noble Fassi family dating from the 1930s and situated in the heart of old Fes. (B)
Accommodation in Fes: Riad Fes (or similar)
Today explore this fascinating city, one of the largest medieval cities in the world, with your local guide. Venture in to the Medina of Fes el-Bali declared by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures and where the palaces, mosques and fountains are among the most beautiful in Morocco. (B)
Accommodation in Fes: Riad Fes (or similar)
Drive out through rural countryside to visit ruins of the Roman City at Volubilis and the nearby Imperial City of Meknes. (B)
Accommodation in Fes: Riad Fes (or similar)
Leave Fes after breakfast for the scenic drive to Erfoud. The road from Er Rachidia to Erfoud offers some spectacular scenery and the Ziz Gorge, with its ancient Berber fortresses, is a particular highlight. (B/D)
Accommodation in Erfoud: Kasbah Xaluca (or similar)
This morning follow the Ziz River to Rissani the last settlement and the end of vegetation before the dunes of the sand sea begin. Later return to Erfoud and in the afternoon travel by four-wheel drive vehicle to the incredible Merzouga Sand Sea. (B/D)
Accommodation in Erfoud: Kasbah Xaluca (or similar)
Today drive through some of the finest scenery in Morocco following the ‘Kasbah Route’ to Ouarzazate, taking time to stop en-route to visit the Todra and Dades Gorges. On your arrival stay 40kms outside of Ouarzazate at Les Jardins de Skoura, an old farm dwelling that has been beautifully developed into a charming guesthouse. (B/D)
Accommodation in Ouarzazate: Les Jardins de Skoura (or similar)
This morning visit the magnificent Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, the best preserved, and most famous, of the entire Atlas region. Afterwards continue through the mountains to visit Kasbah Telouet a former palace of the Berber chieftain Oash El Glaoui. From Telouet cross the Tizi-n-Tichka which at 2,260 metres is the highest pass in Morocco. In the afternoon arrive into Marrakech. (B)
Accommodation in Marrakech: Jardins de La Koutoubia Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Villas des Orangers (or similar)
Marrakech is one of the world’s great cities with the High Atlas Mountains, normally snow-capped until late spring, forming a dramatic backdrop to the magnificent ochre walls that surround the vibrant and colourful Medina. Today, tour the city with your guide visiting the 12th Century Koutoubia Minaret, the beautiful carvings of the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which is noted for its fine architecture. Walk through the souks teeming with shops and craftsmen to the famous Jemaa el Fna Square which comes alive at sunset with its vibrant mix of entertainers. (B)
Accommodation in Marrakech: Jardins de La Koutoubia Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Villas des Orangers (or similar)
This morning leave Marrakech and drive to the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira. With twisting lanes, low white–washed buildings and picturesque harbour, Essaouira is a relaxing and atmospheric place to spend your remaining few days in Morocco. (B)
Accommodation in Essaouira: Heure Bleue Hotel (or similar)
At leisure to relax and enjoy Essaouira. (B)
Accommodation in Essaouira: Heure Bleue Hotel (or similar)
Today leave your hotel and return to Marrakech Airport in good time to catch your return flight to London with Royal Air Maroc. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

Morocco Holiday Review

“You may be interested in our impressions of a marvellous trip. The programme was well balanced and and gave a good overview of the interesting country. By alternating town and countryside we got a good idea of ancient and modern Morocco.

The local organisation had obviously done its job and accomplished it smoothly. A lot of praise goes to our driver, Mr Hassan, who was always cheerful and helpful, but above all an excellent driver.”

A & MG - Morocco - April 2015

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