Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Sahara Desert, Skoura, Marrakech
based on 11 nights & selected experiences
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Half Board in the Desert Camp
Guide price per person based on 2 people travelling with a daily guiding service, daily experiences and private transfers throughout.
At a Glance
Visit the popular cities of Fes and Marrakech and understand the different ways of lives of the locals
Journey into the golden sands of the desert and see how Nomads live in this barren landscape
See the varying landscapes from desert oases to large rock formations
Visit the village ruins that inspired Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator
Buy arts and crafts and see the process of their production
Best time to Visit
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Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn, when temperatures are 20°C to 25°C by day and at least 10°C by night, and November to February, with cooler nights but similar daytime temperatures and light rainfall possible. The weather in March and April features sporadic, light rainfall with some sandstorms in April, while June sees dusty siroccos (desert winds). From mid-June to August temperatures rise into the 30s and occasionally 40s.
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday.
Our Essential Morocco itinerary takes you from the Imperial cites of the North into the less-discovered paths of the Sahara Desert, through the Valley of a thousand Kasbahs before ending in Marrakech, the heart of Morocco. Through this journey you will encounter artisans at work, undulating desert sand dunes, busy markets and stunning architecture, presenting the highlights of this diverse, vibrant, beautiful country.
Days 1-2: Rabat, Northern Morocco
Welcome to Morocco! After arriving into Casablanca airport you'll be met by your private guide and driver who'll take you on a short guided tour of Casablanca and the Hassan II Mosque, one of only two mosques in the country that non-Muslims are permitted to enter, and a truly magnificent building. Spend your time exploring the mosque and the compact medina to discover that there's more to this city than its famous name.
From Casablanca you'll move on to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. On a guided visit you'll discover some of the city highlights such as the spectacular Andalusia gardens of the Oudaya Kasbah, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Hassan Tower and Rabat's Archaeological Museum.
After exploring the city, spend your first night in Rabat.
Accommodation: Villa Diyafa (1 night)
Days 2-4: Chefchaouen, Northern Morocco
Departing Rabat with your guide and driver, venture North to Tétouan, a wonderfully authentic town heavily influenced by spanish architecture, where your guide will take you on a guided visit.
An hour and a half drive south of Tétouan takes you to Chefchaouen, known as Morocco’s blue city, due to the consistent blue hue which adorns the buildings throughout the winding streets. Surrounded by the high peaks of the Rif Mountains, the buildings around the city are reflective of its past inhabitants showcasing influences from Andalusian, Jewish and Portuguese architecture. Chefchaouen’s inhabitants are also a melting pot of Moorish exiles, Muslims and Jews as well as the Berber tribes people, who you will see wearing colourful threads.
Enjoy a guided visit of this very picturesque city, discovering 18th-century Kasbah's and the local markets.
Accommodation: Riad Cherifa (2 nights)
Days 4-6: Fes, Fes and northern Morocco, Morocco
Venturing South towards Fes you'll stop en route to tour the beautifully-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing on to Moulay Idriss, one of Morocco’s main pilgrimage sites.
Continuing on to Fes, take a step back in time to this historical city where, due to the large vehicle-free zone, many still use donkeys as a means of transportation. This busy, bustling, populous city is a haven for artisans and known especially for its pottery and leather, and it is possible to watch craftsmen at work, often using age-old methods which have been passed down from generation to generation. There is also a vibrant culinary scene here where you can sample local dishes and spices.
During a guided visit, you'll uncover Fes's thriving artisan scene, as well as exploring the medieval new Medina and the 14th Century religious college.
Accommodation: Palais Ommeyad (2 nights)
Days 6-7: Erg Chebbi, Morocco
From Fez, the journey into the Sahara Desert is a long one, around a seven-hour drive, but you are rewarded by venturing to areas that few visitors to Morocco explore, heading truly off the beaten track and into Nomadic lands and vast open spaces. Along the way, you’ll experience a range of sceneries as rocky landscapes and tarmac roads will soon give way to golden sand dunes, where a 4x4 vehicle is a must.
On arrival at your camp, you will be greeted by traditional tents and colourful woven rugs, with little else around as far as the eye can see except for endless sand, and perhaps the occasional camel. The silence and calm of the desert is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the starry sky is unforgettable. We have included a camel ride for you.
Accommodation: Desert Luxury Camp (1 night)
Days 7-9: Skoura
After a memorable night in the desert your journey continues towards Skoura, and the Valley of a thousand Kasbahs. A Kasbah is a traditional fortress, recognisable for their burnt-orange mudbrick colour and high, defensive walls. Many of the Kasbahs in this area are now abandoned, although some have been restored to their former glory. We'll take you on a 4x4 tour to explore the palm groves, where you'll enjoy a picnic in a scenic spot, feeling as if you have been transported back thousands of years.
Skoura is the meeting place of traders, where traditionally locals would travel for days in high heat to bring their produce to the market.
Close by, Ouarzazate is popular with film-makers, with many famous movies having been shot in the area such as The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator. We'll take you on a guided tour of the Atlas film studio - the largest in the world. Here you'll see many recognisable film sets such as the Colossuem from Gladiator and a plane from Jewel of the Nile.
Accommodation: Ksar El Kabbaba (2 nights)
Days 9-12: Marrakech
The final stop is Marrakech, where you will find civilisation once more in this enchanting, highly popular city. The journey to Marrakech is a fascintating one where you'll experience changing landscapes as you leave the rocky surrounds of Skoura before climbing up to pass over the scenic Atlas Mountains. Your guide will suggest stops en route for your comfort.
Along the way you'll visit Ait Ben Haddou, a fortress town dating back to the 17th Century that is still inhabited to this day. The winding streets and spectacualr buildings have fetaured heavily in many films and TV shows such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
Marrakech is a melting pot of cultures and influences and is highly recognisable by the tall minaret (tower) of the Koutoubia mosque. Here the main walled city – the medina – seems like an endless maze of market stalls selling shoes, jewellery, rugs, ceramics and much more. There are several squares, however the best know is Jemaa el-Fnaa, where, after the sun has set, the market stalls give way to musicians, dancers and story tellers, creating a vibrant, lively atmosphere.
You'll have a guided visit of the ornate Majorelle gardens as well as having a guided visit of the city, exploring the markets and visiting museums and tombs.
A guided day trip takes you into the Atlas Mountains, where small authentic Berber villages lie nestled among the mountain peaks. Mules are a common mode of transport here, as some of the most remote villages are difficult to access by car, offering a calmer atmosphere to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
At the end of this itinerary you’ll feel you have gained a true insight into this diverse, enchanting country.
Accommodation: La Maison Arabe (3 nights)
Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Sahara Desert, Skoura, Marrakech
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