Morocco Kasbahs & Desert
8 days
From $ 939
Duration8 days

Perfect for travellers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco’s must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Tour the dunes from atop a camel for an authentic way to experience the Sahara, explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fès and Marrakech, all allowing you to discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.

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  • Duration: 8 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Casablanca
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ages: 12+
Morocco Kasbahs & Desert - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Casablanca
Please note that this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca.

You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca, and take some time to see its medina, beachfront, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture.

Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, and 15:00, and on Fridays at 9:00, 10:00, and 15:00. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the mosque.
Arrive at any time. A general note about this tour: it has a very fast-paced itinerary, which covers a lot of ground. This is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the time available, but it also means some early starts, some long drives in the minivan, and less free time than many other G Adventures tours.
Day 2: Casablanca/Fès

Start place: Casablanca

Start early and drive through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After, continue to Fès, one of Morocco's most interesting cities. Take some free time to explore upon arrival. Opt to experience a traditional hammam and get to know the locals.
Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch. Take a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fès. We will be staying in the the new city of Fès, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco. This area has the feel of a French provincial town, with its cafés, restaurants, and wide boulevards. Head off for a Moroccan feast at one of the many restaurants and finish off the night with some famous Moroccan mint tea.
A G Adventures-supported traditional lunch
Meals: B, L
Day 3: Fès
Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fès medina is the world’s largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above.

Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fès medina with a local guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and take in the view from above.
Meals: B
Day 4: Fès/Merzouga
Start early today for a drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the edge of the Sahara.

In late afternoon, set off by camel to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos.

Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea). A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts, awaits. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums.

Drive south to the edge of the Sahara Desert before riding a camel into the dunes and overnighting in a desert camp.
Notes for the Sahara Desert tented camp stay:

There will be a chance to repack and take only overnight bags out to the desert. The accommodations are basic, with four people per tent (though feel free to sleep out under the stars). Bathroom facilities are basic and shared.

Mattresses with sheet and blanket are provided. For winter months (Nov- April), we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for additional warmth.

There will be the chance to shower upon arrival in Merzouga the following morning.
Enjoy traditional local fare at a Bedouin camp in the Sahara.

End place: Marzouga

Meals: B, D
Day 5: Merzouga/Todra Gorge

Start place: Marzouga

Rise early to get on our trusty camels. Watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga.

Continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.
Walk through local village farmlands and explore Todra Gorge.

End place: Gorges du Todrha

Meals: B
Day 6: Todra Gorge/Ait Benhaddou

Start place: Gorges du Todrha

Travel along the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah.
Visit the Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an intro to Moroccan cuisine.

End place: Ait Boulmane

Meals: B
Day 7: Ait Benhaddou/Marrakech

Start place: Ait Boulmane

The journey to Marrakech includes breathtaking views throughout the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m).

Arrive in Marrakech in time for lunch with the rest of the day free to wander the city.
Head to Marrakech and take a guided medina visit. Opt to visit the Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. Don't leave without indulging in a feast at the famous food stalls.
Meals: B
Day 8: Marrakech
Depart at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help you book extended accommodation.
Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Mhaya Village Community Lunch, Meknès Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Volubilis guided tour including visit to the Roman ruins
  • Fès medina guided tour including artisans' quarter and Fès tannery
  • Sunset camel ride in the desert
  • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
  • Aït Ben Haddou kasbah tour
  • Marrakech medina guided walk including Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, souks and Jemaa el-Fnaa square
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Private air-conditioned van, Camels
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (7 nts)

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