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Your first stop will be Fes where you can spend a few days exploring one of the oldest medinas in the world, steeped in history and at present less discovered than Marrakech. Stay in a beautifully restored riad in heart of this ancient city. The following day you will visit Volubilis, a Roman town which contains some superbly preserved mosaics, and also Meknes which was once the heart of the Moroccan sultanate.

You will then drive south, through dramatic scenery as you cross the Atlas Mountains and then arrive into desert. You will stay for 1 night at the boutique Ksar Jellal before driving into Erg Chebbi which offers superb desert scenery, with some dunes rising to 800 feet. You will arrive at your private desert camp before riding into the Saharan sunset on the back of a camel. You will return to a hearty evening meal under the stars before retiring to your tent for the night.

You will then drive West towards Skoura via the palm plantations of Tinerhir and the sheer cliffs of Todra Gorge. You will spend two nights in the boutique Jardin De Skoura, or you may wish to opt for the de luxe Dar Ahlem nearby.

You will pass Ait Benhaddou on the road to Marrakech, one of the more impressive Kasbahs in Morocco. The road takes you over the Atlas Mountains and down into the city where you will spend two nights in a Riad located in the Medina. The city itself is a maze of souks, sights and sounds and the best policy is to explore by foot and see where you end up! Explore the busy souks, mosques and palaces for a few days and feel the buzz of the city, particularly the Djemaa el Fna which comes alive at night with acrobats, snake handlers and storytellers.

Your final two nights in Morocco are spent in the mountains near Marrakech in Kasbah Tamadot - a place to unwind in the setting of breathtaking natural beauty.

You may wish to extend your time in Morocco by heading to the coast at Essaouira, or have more time in Marrakech.

This is only a guideline of what can be seen in Morocco, and at Scott Dunn we have traversed every route so that you can create your perfect itinerary.

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When to travel

Morocco can also be visited year-round, although it does get cold in winter, with averages in the late teens. Summers months can be unbearably hot, especially in the months of July and August. Late autumn (September to November) and early spring (February to April) are the best time to visit, with daytime temperatures in the 20s and low 30s Celsius.

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Location and directions

Fes, Erfoud, Skoura, Marrakech & Asni

Full tour of Morocco starting in Fes, then heading into the Atlas Mountains and Efroud. Then heading west towards Skoura and Marrakech.

How to get there

3-hour 30-minute direct flight to Fes. Riad Fes is about 30-minutes drive from Fès International Airport.



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