Days
11
Price from
$1,575AUD

Fall in love with Morocco on this 11-day journey

Experience the aromas, colours and sounds of the Moroccan medinas in this short trip that is all highlights, with most time spent in Fes, Marrakech and the delightful coastal town of Essaouira.


Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Style
Peregrine
Code
PGMS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Experience the aromas, colours and sounds of the Moroccan medinas in this short trip that is all highlights, with most time spent in Fes, Marrakech and the delightful coastal town of Essaouira.

Itinerary

On arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive at any time.
Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings and your tour leader may make contact in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Les Saisons or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In Casablanca you will see the impressive Mosque of Hassan II, opened in 1993, and second only in size to the great mosque at Mecca. It can accommodate 25,000 worshipers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims.
Later you will drive to Rabat, the elegant capital of Morocco and your first Imperial city. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating to the Almohad and Merenid dynasties and others that are far older.
The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now know as the Chellah, where you'll visit the remains of the citadel. You will also see the vast minaret of the Hassan Mosque and explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias. In the late afternoon you will continue to Meknes.
Accommodation
  • Riad Ritaj or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chellah - entrance
  • Guided tour of Hassan II Mosque
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning in Meknes you will discover the charming streets of the old medina - a perfect prelude to Fes. From the northern gate, Bab Berdaine, you'll walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail who, in the 17th century, turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city.
You'll visit the lovely Bou Inania Medresse (religious school) and there's time to explore the old souk. Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and as you approach it, you will see it prominently sited along the edge of a high plateau. Today it is the most impressive Roman site in Morocco and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. You'll explore the many public buildings and at the House of Orpheus you'll see several fine mosaic floors intact, before continuing on to Fes.
Accommodation
  • Riad Almakan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour - Meknes
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco, Fes is vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming - a visual and pungent assault on the senses. It is made up of three distinct ‘cities’, or quarters, and you will be based in the elegant ‘Nouveau Ville’, or New City, which has a distinctly French/European character.
Today you'll head into the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, arguably the world's most fascinating and confounding old city. Medieval Fes was one of the world's great centres of education and culture: both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and its libraries are legendary. Its mosques are of great renown. And it was to Fes that many of the Muslims (and Jews) expelled from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella came in 1492.
As you walk through the streets and alleyways, passing historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, it is not hard to imagine being back in the Middle Ages. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting the Belghazi Museum, Medresse el Attarine, the tanneries and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn.
Lunch is included in the guided tour of the Medina
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Riad Almakan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fondouk Nejjarine
  • Guided walking tour Fes
  • Mederassa Bou Inania
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Bine el Ouidane is our destination today. We will take approximately 5 hours drive in our comfortable private van, with frequent stops along the way. You will witness beautiful and ever changing Moroccan landscape as well as slow, rural life. On many occasions we will have a chance to buy fresh local fruits and vegetables, which are mostly grown in nearby villages. Small village shops would often sell original handicrafts too, if you would like to stock up on souvenirs.
Bine el Ouidane is a small settlement beautifully placed on the bank of the lake surrounded by sheer rocks. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy the calmness and peacefulness of the place. Perhaps take a short walk to have a closer look at the majestic Bin el Ouidane dam, an arch shaped wall that not only provides a hydroelectric power to the surrounding settlements, but most importantly irrigates fields in Beni Moussa and Tadla plains. Without the irrigation system, it would be nearly impossible for local farmers to grow their crops.
Evening is free to enjoy as you please.
Accommodation
  • Bin Louidane hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
You will bid farewell to Fes and set off on a five to six-hour drive to the fabled city of Marrakech, where you stay in a traditional riad within the medina.
This evening, why not head to Jemaa el Fna, the great square, one of the largest public spaces in the world. It's unique to Marrakech and an excellent introduction to the city.
Every night it will come alive with snake-charmers, musicians, story-tellers, fire-eaters and hundreds of small restaurants; it's like a magical, mystical, outdoor circus.
Accommodation
  • Riad Hamdane or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast you will set off on a morning tour of the old medina. You'll visit the beautiful Bahia Palace, a splendid mansion built in 1866 for a former slave who had risen to a position of importance in the government of Moulay Hassan. Explore the tranquil inner courtyards, fragrant with orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up this elegant home.
You will continue to the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace, which houses a fine collection of Morrocan art and sculpture and you will then walk through the streets of the old medina as you make your way back to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day will be free to explore further, or shop in the bazaar.
Accommodation
  • Riad Hamdane or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour around Marrakech
  • Palais Bahia
  • Photography Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You will leave after breakfast and drive to Essaouira, a three hour drive away. The narrow streets of this charming coastal town are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and as you walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates.
It is one of North Africa's most attractive settlements and soon you'll find ourselves slipping into its easy-going rhythm. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and it is fun to observe the daily catch and its subsequent auction. Elsewhere there are markets, numerous shops and several fine art galleries to distract the visitor, along with a wide variety of restaurants.
Your tour leader will help guide you through the maze of options.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Miramar or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD650
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD900
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD300
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD300
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD1990
  • Imlil & Aroumd day tour - MAD1817
  • Asni & Ourigane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Quad biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1320
  • A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD450
  • Tajine cooking class - MAD546
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD660
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Essaouira Food & Culture day trip - MAD840
  • Horse riding - MAD250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
There will be time this morning for either further exploration or relaxation before it is time to return to Marrakech.
After settling back in to your hotel you will likely be drawn back to the Djemaa el Fna, and the surrounding medina. Eating out at one of the many outdoor restaurants overlooking the square is a great way to finish your trip.
Accommodation
  • Riad Hamdane or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12.00 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Marrakech.
Optional Activities
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD650
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD300
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD900
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD300
  • Quad biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1320
  • Asni & Ourigane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Imlil & Aroumd day tour - MAD1817
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD1990
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD660
  • Tajine cooking class - MAD546
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD450
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Traditional riad, Feature Stay

Included Activities

  • Chellah - entrance
  • Guided tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Guided walking tour - Meknes
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Fondouk Nejjarine
  • Guided walking tour Fes
  • Mederassa Bou Inania
  • Guided walking tour around Marrakech
  • Palais Bahia
  • Photography Museum

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