18 days (ex Casablanca)
Explore Taroudannt’s rosy city walls, Ride a camel over the sand dunes of the Sahara, Take in the music and architecture of Marrakech, Soak up the romantic ambience of Morocco’s Essaouira, Wander a medieval market in the city of Fes, Experience colonial Casablanca, Hike in the High Atlas Mountains, Breathe Morocco’s clean mountain air in Chefchaouen
14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Train, Taxi, Private Bus, Minibus, Bus, Overnight sleeper train, 4×4
Hotel (9 nts), Riad (3 nts), Guesthouse (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt), Gite (1 nt), Camp site (1 nt)
Day 1 Casablanca
Get acquainted with the distinct architecture and European flavour of the most famed city in Morocco, Casablanca. For those who arrive early, head to Hassan II Mosque – one of the largest mosques in the world – or take it easy with a glass of sweet mint tea in one of the many great cafes.
Day 2 Rabat/ Moulay Idriss
Travel from Casablanca to Rabat and see monuments spanning the history of Morocco, including the delightful Kasbah des Oudaias, on a walk through the city’s old quarter. Spend the night in the sacred hilltop town of Moulay Idriss. Once forbidden to non-Muslims, the picturesque medina offers an excellent insight into traditional Moroccan life.
Days 3-4 Volubilis/ Fes
Discover remarkable mosaics on a tour of the Volubilis ruins then see the imposing gates and walls of Meknes. Take a step back to the Middle Ages in the city of Fes, considered the cultural and religious centre of Morocco. For an evocative walk, head to the atmospheric Fes medina to wander through the maze-like alleyways.
Days 5-7 Chefchaouen/ Tangier
Nestled between two peaks in the RifMountains, charming Chefchaouen is the perfect place to relax. Spend time here admiring the blue-washed houses, shopping for unique handicrafts in the medina or simply sitting in a cafe, watching the world go by. Travel to Morocco’s northern coast town of Tangier and perhaps indulge in fresh seafood before making the final journey to Marrakech aboard an overnight train.
Days 8-9 Marrakech
The North Morocco Adventure finishes back amongst the sights, scents and sounds of Marrakech. Tantalise senses with a walk around the city’s main square and rub shoulders with crowds of visitors and locals alike.
Day 10 Aroumd
Stay in a mountain gite with incredible views while exploring the High Atlas Mountains. Hike to the burial place of a medieval saint.
Day 11 Ait Benhaddou
Explore the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah, Morocco’s internationally acclaimed film set, as featured in Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Day 12 Zagora
Embark on a journey towards the mighty SaharaDesert, through the lush DraaValley and on to Zagora – a small oasis town on the Sahara fringe that is perfect for an overnight stop.
Day 13 Sahara Camp
Travel along rugged mountain ranges, through seas of sand and past the occasional desert oasis of date palms. Investigate an ancient library filled with manuscripts and discover the green-glazed pottery of Tamegroute. Enjoy a camel expedition across the Sahara at dusk and spend the night under the stars.
Day 14 Taroudannt
Climb aboard a 4×4 for an epic trip out to the Erg Chigaga sand dunes. Look out for the incredible sight of goats climbing argan trees on the way to the bustling market town of Taroudannt. Take to the souqs and haggle with local traders for silver jewellery or colourful Moroccan ceramics and mosaics.
Days 15-16 Essaouira
Travel to the seaside gem of Essaouira and discover a variety of active or relaxing things to do. Essaouira’s old medina is a fascinating place to explore with a local guide, or perhaps take the opportunity to relax by the beach or browse the bubbly markets.
Days 17-18 Marrakech
Farewell the beach and head from Essaouira to Marrakech. Once again, get lost in the mayhem of the souqs or seek out MajorelleGardens to relax in a tropical oasis.