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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Morocco Uncovered tour
Ait Benhaddou Casablanca Morocco Uncovered Trip

Morocco Uncovered

Encounters Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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This 15-day cultural and adventure tour will introduce you to all that amazing Morocco has to offer. It visits most of Morocco's beautiful cities as well as the mountains, desert and of course, the beach

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

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Morocco

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Trip Includes

  • Accommodation in Riads and 4-star level hotels, and a comfortable Berber desert camp
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of an experienced local tour leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to monuments as stated

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Itinerary


Day 1, Arrive into Marrakech. Transfer to hotel
On your arrival in Marrakech airport (RAK) our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in, relax after your flight, and have a first look around. Extra nights before the tour starts are available on request. If you arrive early enough, you can head into Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna Square for a first taste of Moroccan food at one of the main street stalls, while watching the many street performers and salesmen offering their wares.
| OVERNIGHT:
Marrakech hotel
| EXTRAS:
Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour, Single room supplement (MOTMMU)
Day 2, Marrakech, city tour
Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Mausoleum and Bahia Palace which both host intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.
| OVERNIGHT:
Marrakech hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 3, Drive to Ouarzazate via Ait Benhaddou
After breakfast this morning we have a spectacular drive across the Tizi N'tichka col which at 2260m is the highest pass in Northern Africa. We then drive to Morocco's most well known Kasbah at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. After lunch we head on to Ouarzazate or 'place of no noise'. An incredibly dramatic landscape, this area has played host to countless well known films
| OVERNIGHT:
Ouarzazate hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 4, Drive to Tinghir via Boulmane
Departing this morning along the road of a thousand Kasbahs we visit the beautiful Kasbah found at Amerhidel and then arrive into Boulmane from where we visit the impressive Dades Canyon offering great views of the surrounding desert landscape. Later we drive on to Tinghir where we overnight.
| OVERNIGHT:
Tinghir hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 5, Todra Gorge, 4x4 safari & camping at Merzouga
We start this morning with a visit to the nearby Todra Gorge, before continuing our drive through the Atlas Mountains and transferring into 4WD vehicles to travel through the dunes to Merzouga. Here we will watch the sunset over the desert before sleeping under the stars in a traditional Berber camp.
| OVERNIGHT:
Berber camp
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Sunset desert camel ride
Day 6, Merzouga, drive to Fez
Our journey through the Moroccan landscape continues today as we drive on to Fez, following ancient caravan routes and passing through Midelt and the Ziz Valley.
| OVERNIGHT:
Fez hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7, Fez, city tour
Over 1200 years old, the city of Fez is a labyrinth of souks, mosques and spice filled streets. We delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idrss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain and the Bou Anania Medersa. We also spend time confusing our senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez Jdid to explore the cities many varied souks.
| OVERNIGHT:
Fez hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8, Fez, drive to Meknes via Volubilis
We leave Fez this morning for the short drive to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40 Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We then head to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country.
| OVERNIGHT:
Meknes hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9, Meknes, drive to Rabat and city tour
After breakfast we depart Meknes and travel on to the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Strategically located on the Atlantic coastline, Rabat began as a settlement in the third century BC. Here we enjoy a full tour of the city including visits to the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Garden & Kasbah and the Hassan Tower Mosque.
| OVERNIGHT:
Rabat hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10, Rabat, drive to Casablanca and city tour
Today our Moroccan adventure heads to the well known city of Casablanca. Thanks to Humphrey Bogart Casablanca has maintained its status as an enduring romantic location although today the city is regarded as the economic capital of Morocco. Still an incredibly charming city, we enjoy a full tour taking in the Royal Palace, Central Market, Mohammed V square and of course the impressive Hassan II Mosque - able to host 25,000 worshippers and home to the world's tallest minaret.
| OVERNIGHT:
Casablanca hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11, Casablanca, drive to El Jadida
This morning we head along the coast to the port of El Jadida. A fine example of both European and North African culture and architecture, El Jadida was abandoned by the Portuguese in 1769 after over two hundred years rule leaving behind them an impressive citadel and huge fortified walls.
| OVERNIGHT:
El Jadida hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12, El Jadida to Essaouira
After breakfast in El Jadida, we stay on the coastline and head to the small resort town of Oualidia where we visit the local blue lagoon before travelling south to Essaouira passing through Safi.
| OVERNIGHT:
Essaouira hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13, Essaouria, free time
Well regarded as one of Morocco's most beautiful areas, Essaouira has always attracted and inspired artists, drawn by its good light and tranquil, relaxed way of life. Wandering around the old Medina and its fascinating streets dotted with art galleries it's not hard to imagine why the city drew visitors such as Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix throughout the years.
| OVERNIGHT:
Essaouira hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14, Essaouria, drive to Marrakech
We leave Essaouira this morning for the drive back to Marrakech. Upon arrival the rest of the day is free.
| OVERNIGHT:
Marrakech hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15, Marrakech, departure
transfer to the airport
Free day. Transfer to the airport for departure
flight.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Marrakech hot air balloon flight, Marrakech quad-biking, Ourika Valley half-day tour, Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

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