Morocco in 9 Days
Bazaars, Deserts & Atlas Mountains
Get a glimpse of the life and colour of the Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakech, stroll through modern Rabat and experience the story of the thousand and one nights in Fez. Cross the Atlas Mountains to Midelt and Erfoud and enter the desert of Erg Chebbi, the Gorges of Todra and the Dades Valley until you reach the magnificent Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate.
9 days trip including flights*
9 days and 8 nights in destination
LON - RAK
RAK - LON
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to start discovering this wonderful city. A walk through the Medina allows you to enjoy the best of its architecture and the unique, colourful atmosphere of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Marrakech.*
* Dinner not included if you arrive after 20:00.
Important: If your outbound flight leaves at dawn (before 04: 00) you must arrive at the airport the night before the selected departure day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on an eye-opening half-day tour of the wonders of Marrakech, starting with the Minaret of the Koutoubia, dating from the 13th century and the spiritual centre of Marrakech. Visit the Palace of the Bahia, the residence of the old vizir, known for its intricate tile and wood carving decoration. Discover how spices and argan oil are made in a local school before you head to Jemaa el Fna square home to the bustling souks, food vendors and stalls selling wicker baskets, traditional sweets and authentic souvenirs. At nightfall, the square looks magical as it is lit was thousands of lights. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Marrakech at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Marrakech.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off by road towards iconic Casablanca, and enjoy a city tour where you can marvel at the Art Deco buildings and the Dar El Baida White House before visiting the Mohammed V Square and the upmarket Anfa district. Leave in the direction of Rabat to visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas, a citadel that is located to the north of the city. This fortress retains its Arab character of narrow alleys with white and blue façades that lead to viewpoints from which there are incredible views of the Atlantic coast. After the visit, travel to Meknes to see the intricately tiled exterior of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.* Finally, head to the city of Fez. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Fez.
* Please note: The city of Meknes is currently undergoing extensive renovation works and no date has been set for their completion. Many of the city's landmarks are inaccessible and/or hidden behind protective covering, but your guide will endeavour to show you as much of the city as possible during your visit.Please note: The city of Meknes is currently undergoing extensive renovation works and no date has been set for their completion. Many of the city's landmarks are inaccessible and/or hidden behind protective covering, but your guide will endeavour to show you as much of the city as possible during your visit.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day tour of Fez, considered the centre of Islam in Morocco. It is the intellectual and religious capital of the country. Begin with a panoramic view from one of the hills surrounding the city, then visit the bronze doors of the Royal Palace and walk into the medina to visit Medersas, the centre of Koranic studies. Explore the workshops in the artisan neighbourhoods. Walk along the broad Boulevard of Mohamed V and stroll through the endless streets of the world's largest medina. After the visit, return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Fez.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart through the gentle mountains of the Middle Atlas, until you reach the city of Midelt, known for its apple cultivation. Continue along a beautiful route and view Berber life first hand. Arrive in Erfoud, at the edge of the great Sahara desert. Tonight, you have the opportunity to spend the night in a Berber Jaima Camp of your choice in the dunes of the Sahara.* Dinner and overnight stay in Erfoud.
* Optional Night in the Sahara Dunes. Take a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle to reach the high dunes of Merzouga. Admire the magical sunset and spend the night in a typical Berber Jaima Camp, with a traditional dinner included.
Please note: If you would like to book this experience you must reserve it in advance, up to 30 days before departure, as places are limited. You will not be able to sleep in the hotel if you choose this optional night at the camp.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit the captivating Gorges of Todgha, and the Dades Valley, to experience the natural wonders of this unique landscape. Pass by ancient fortresses and lush oases before arriving at the small Berber town of Kalaat M'Gouna, famous for its roses and perfumes. Continue to Ouarzazate, a desert city and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a visit to the Kasbah of Taourirt, the former residence of the Pacha Glaoui called the Lord of the Atlas Region. Continue to the majestic Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This Kasbah, dotted with crenellated towers, is considered one of the most beautiful in the country and has often been a filming location for movies. In the afternoon, depart across the High Atlas mountains en route to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech, and spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Marrakech.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off in the morning for a day in the Atlas Mountains, to experience the local Berber culture. Stop in Asni and visit the weekly Berber Market, before heading up to Imlil, at 1740 metres above sea level, surrounded by quiet mountain villages. From here, meet a local guide an embark on a 4km trek through the stunning landscapes of the mountains to the village of Aremd, set in the exceptionally beautiful valley of Aït Mizane Assif. Stop at a local Berber House for lunch (not included). Return to Imlil and transfer back to Marrakech. Dinner and overnight stay in Marrakech.
Breakfast at the riad. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport of Marrakech or Casablanca to board a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive at the airport and end your trip.
Accommodation: 8 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Meriem Hotel, Wazo Hotel.
Tour of the wonders of Marrakech
Minaret of the Koutoubia, Palace of the Bahia, the Jamaa el Fna square
Not included: Lunch
Casablanca City Tour & Highlights of Rabat and Meknes
Take a city tour of Casablanca to discover its most emblematic sights before heading to Rabat to visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas, a citadel located to the north of the city. Afterwards, travel to Meknes to see the exterior of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
Not included: Lunch
Full-Day Fez City Tour
A full-day tour of Fez. Begin with a panoramic view of the Royal Palace and walk into the medina to visit Medersas, the centre of Koranic studies. Explore the workshops in the artisan neighbourhoods and stroll along the Boulevard of Mohamed V.
Not included: Lunch
Atlas Mountains Journey to Midelt & Erfoud
An unforgettable journey through the Atlas Mountains, travel from Fez to the city of Midelt, known for its apple cultivation. Continue on the scenic route and view Berber life first-hand before arriving in Erfoud, at the edge of the great Sahara desert.
Not included: Lunch
Night in the Dunes of the Sahara
Take a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle to reach the high dunes of Merzouga. Admire the magical sunset and spend the night in a typical Berber Jaima Camp, with a traditional dinner included.
What's included: Transfers in 4x4, dinner and accommodation.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departure from the main UK and Ireland departure airports.
- International flights: UK/Ireland - Marrakech - UK/Ireland. *more information
- 8 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels and riads.See hotels included
- 8 Breakfasts and 8 Dinners.
- Transfers in air conditioned vehicles.**more information
- Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- ATOL Protection.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
For departures on Tuesdays and Sundays, the order of the nights and excursions in Marrakech will be different from the itinerary provided. The following order will apply instead: 1 night Marrakech, 2 nights Fez, 1 night Erfoud, 1 night Ouazazarate and 2 nights Marrakech.
* The international flight does not include hold luggage, only carry-on luggage. We recommend consulting the airline's baggage conditions.
If you are travelling with Ryanair or Wizz Air, we recommend that you check-in online to avoid additional charges. Your reservation includes only one small piece of hand luggage per person (40 cm x 20 cm x 25 cm) which must be placed under the seat in front of you on the plane. Additional luggage (both hand and hold luggage) can be purchased in advance via the airline's website. Any extra luggage that does not meet the specified dimensions and is not booked in advance will be subject to additional fees at the airport.
** The airport transfer will be shared with other travelers in your tour group. You may be required to wait a few hours before leaving , depending on the flight times. If you want to book a private transfer from the hotel in Marrakech to Marrakech's airport you can book it in the next step of the booking process.
Possibility to spend the night in a Berber Jaima Camp in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. If you would like to book this experience you must reserve it in advance, up to 30 days before departure, as places are limited.
Ramadan: From April 2 to May 1, 2022; from March 22 to April 21, 2023.
Eid-al-Adha: From July 9 to July 10, 2022; from June 28 to July 1st, 2023.
Please note: During July and August, occupation in Morocco is very high, by local and international tourism, which can affect schedules due to the intense traffic. The passengers who decide to travel in this period, accept these circumstances and we will not accept claims produced for this reason, which creates difficulty in the operation of the program.
This trip is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain.
However, please note that this tour can be taken privately. There will be a private guide and a specifically designed itinerary to ensure maximum enjoyment. The excursions will be taken via alternative routes with ease of access and the pace will be dictated by the passenger.
To take part in the private tour it is required that the person with reduced mobility is accompanied by a dedicated person at all times, to assist in any necessary situations, such as getting in and out of the transport vehicle, on excursions, and so on.
This tour is not recommended for children under 8 years old, as many transfers can be quite lengthy. It is possible to do the tour privately so that any age group can take part. To book the private tour please contact our customer service department and they will be happy to assist you.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of six months validity.
- VisaNo visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
- CurrencyMoroccan Dirham.
- Electricity220 V. European style two pin adaptor required.
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
- Time zoneGMT + 1
- Other useful informationYou should always barter when shopping in Morocco.
- Tourist Office websitewww.visitmorocco.com
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Children: 2-11 years.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +44 20 8068 3176 or via our contact form.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
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