Morocco is the land of legendary hospitality, so mind your manners.
Bring a scarf to cover your shoulders and take off your shoes if you enter someone's home (plan ahead and wear clean socks).(Was Backroads of Morocco)
Casablanca - Meknes
Prepare for your first mouthful of mint tea. It's hot, syrupy and so sweet it makes Taylor Swift look like Rihanna. Get acquainted with CasablancaDrive to Meknes and wander around the old medina with a guide (B)
Fes. Short name, long history. It's the best place to have a local
guide because they'll skip straight to the juicy bits. This is as close
to the original Morocco as you'll get (minus all the Sultans).Take a guided tour of the old city to a tanneryWhy not visit the nearby Medersa el Attarine, built in 1323Enjoy some free time and perhaps check out the nearby spa town of Moulay Yacoub (2B)
Midelt- Mergouza - Erg Chebbi
The humble scarf really comes into its own here, protecting you from
the sun and making sure your mouth and nose don't fill up with sand.
Grab one from the markets before we head off on our sunset camel ride. Travel south through a variety of terrain Enjoy an easy but spectacular walk in MideltPass the 500-year old ruins of the Ksar of Meski Head into the village in Merzouga Set off on a sunset desert camel rideSpend the night at a desert camp (2B, D)
Todra Gorge - Dades Valley - Ait Benhaddou
It's like stepping into another time - mudbrick kasbahs, green palm
groves, men in robes and...mobile phones? You can't fight progress. Day 7Set off on another early morning camel ride through the dunesExperience sunrise in the Sahara desertTake a short hike to Todra GorgeDay 8Travel along the ‘road of 1000 kasbahs’ Enjoy a walk in the Dades GorgeStop to visit the family-owned mud-brick home at SkouraExplore the
many old streets of Ait Benhaddou and perhaps climb up to the fortress for a view over the
old town (2B, 2D)
High Atlas - Marrakech
UNESCO calls it "a World Heritage site of oral and intangible
heritage of humanity". What they're trying to say is that Djemaa el Fna
is a big, crazy melting pot of madness. Shop for leather bags, tangines,
rugs, shoes (think Carrie Bradshaw) and jewellery. Day 9Pass numerous Berber villages and take in views of the countrysideVisit their crumbling mud-brick citadel in TelouetArrive in Marrakech and perhaps visit the Jemaa el Fna, a hub of exciting local entertainment and cuisineDay 10Take an orientation walk of the old medinaEnjoy free time to explore the souks and alleyways of Marrakech Perhaps visit the El Badi Palace, the Majorelle Garden or
the Museum of Islamic ArtIndulge in one last optional group dinnerDay 11The trip ends today after breakfast (3B)
While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.
Key: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner