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15 Days
Casablanca
Marrakech
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 16
Tour Details

Travel to medinas, mountains, deserts and palmeries

Meet a new travel crew on a solo traveller-only adventure through Morocco, visiting the hotspots from Casablanca to Marrakech. Travel from the Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara, the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech and out to the Atlantic coast at Essaouira. Admire the colourful mix between old and new, learn about ancient fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic Berber communities. You’ll travel and stay the local way, and with a leader to get you straight into the action, discover the many mysteries hidden within these majestic lands.

Departure & Return Location

Casablanca to Marrakech

Departure Time

06:00 PM

Price Includes

  • Meals 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • AccommodationHomestay (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)
  • TransportOvernight sleeper train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train
  • Activities
    • Rabat - orientation walk
    • Volubilis - Entrance and Guided Tour
    • Fes - Medina Walking Tour with Local Guide

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Experience local hospitality at a homestay with a charming local family in Moulay Idriss – if you’re lucky, you might even get an invite to a cooking demonstration.

  • Relive a glorious medieval past in Fes city. While many tourists get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the medina, you’ll have a local guide to show you the way.

  • See for yourself the vivid blue hues of Chefchaouen while you explore the houses and laneways of this surreal city.

  • Need a break from your wanders around the narrow streets of Meknes? Replenish your energy with the camel burger cooked right in front of you at a restaurant in the medina.

  • Where else would you find drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers, street food vendors and old medicine men in one place? Why, in Marrakech, exploring the acclaimed Djemaa el Fna.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments.

  • In 2020, Ramadan will take place from 23 April to 22 May. It may cause some disturbance to your travel schedule. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.

  • On Day 2 you will have a chance to discover Rabat on self-guided tour. You will be provided with a map and clear instructions but your tour leader will not be leading you through the city. Rabat is easy to navigate and self-guided touring is a great chance to discover its secrets.

  • The train from Rabat to Meknes on Day 2 can get pretty busy at peak periods, so we’d recommend packing lightly in a rucksack to make sure you can get on and off the train easily.

  • There are some steep steps up to the guesthouse in Moulay Idriss on Day 2, which can be quite difficult to negotiate if you’ve packed heavily. If you need assistance to carry your luggage from the taxi to the accommodation, mules can be provided.

  • On Day 7 of the trip, a 3-hour journey by public bus to Tangier is windy in places so it’s not for the faint hearted. Although the backdrop of the stunning Rif Mountains makes this a truly scenic journey.

  • There’s also an overnight train on Day 7. The train has four-berth couchette compartments with upper and lower bunks on each side, so you may be sharing a confined space with people outside of your travel group. Overnight trains are a great way to meet the locals and other travellers, as well as ensuring you get maximum time in various destinations. This train is occasionally cancelled at very late notice, meaning we take a minivan instead.

Itinerary

Day 1Casablanca

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. If you arrive with time to spare before the meeting, consider exploring the city on an immersive, local-led Urban Adventure.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Casablanca – Jewish Museum – MAD50
  • Casablanca – Villa des Arts Gallery & Museum – Free
  • Casablanca – Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque – MAD130
  • Religious Casablanca Urban Adventures Tour – MAD1206
  • Casablanca – The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventure – MAD948

Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and emergency contact information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive on time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Please be aware that some of our travelers to Casablanca are being approached by locals offering excursions before their Intrepid trip commences. This has been particularly prevalent in and around the hotels used by Intrepid. These guides are in no way connected to Intrepid Travel and we cannot guarantee the safety or quality standards of their tours. For thoughtfully designed and safety assessed excursions in Casablanca, we recommend using our friends at Urban Adventures.

Day 2Rabat & Meknes

This morning take a 1-hour train to Rabat. The town’s history is long and colorful, including Roman settlements, pirates, and, more recently, the Moroccan parliament. Store your luggage at your accommodation, then head out for a walking tour of the city’s Old Quarter and the Kasbah des Oudaias. Catch your breath and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean from this prime spot. Next, board another train for the 3-hour journey to Meknes. After getting settled into your hotel the rest of your evening is free. The imperial city of Meknes was built when Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) set out to create his own version of Versailles, using over 25,000 slaves to construct walls, gates, and over 50 palaces.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Rabat orientation walk

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 3Volubilis

Today, take a guided tour of the World Heritage-listed site of Volubilis, one of the Roman empire’s most remote bases. The remains make an undeniably impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. Enjoy a tour of the ancient hilltop ruins with a local guide. Afterward, return to Meknes and take a few hours to explore at your own pace. The adventurous may want to try a camel burger for lunch at a local restaurant in the medina – don’t knock it ‘til you try it! In the afternoon, take a 1-hour train to Fes, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Fes is the most complete medieval city in the Arab world and the most ancient of Morocco’s imperial cities.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Volubilis – Entrance and Guided Tour

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Special Information

Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses, and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun.

Day 4Fes

Take a guided group walking tour of the Old City, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries, and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania: one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Visit Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine: a beautifully restored 18th-century inn. You’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. After the tour, the afternoon is free. In the evening, enjoy a delicious group dinner of Moroccan specialties like Harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Fes – Medina Walking Tour with Local Guide

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

Please note that today’s experience will include shopping in carefully selected places. As the receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry, Intrepid has established a centralized system of receiving and distributing payments from these recommended suppliers. If you do not wish to participate, you can sit it out and meet your group after they have finished.

Day 5Midelt

Board a private vehicle and leave the city behind for Midelt in the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains (approximately 4 hours). Drive south through a variety of spectacular landscapes including fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests, and barren, rocky landscapes. Nestled in a valley, Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area and surrounded by farmland and orchards. On arrival, stretch your legs with a visit to the nearby village of Berrem and take a closer look at local farming life.

Accommodation

  • Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Walk and visit of Berrem village

Optional Activities

  • Folklore music performance – MAD600

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 6Sahara Camp

This morning make a 5-hour drive towards the mighty Sahara Desert, with stops en route to admire views of Kasbahs and Palmeries. Pass by frontier towns like Erfoud and Rissani before reaching the end of the road at the small Saharan settlement of Merzouga. Drop off your luggage at your overnight camp on the edge of the desert and mount a camel for a 1-hour sunset ride into the dunes. Spend the night in a camp under the stars, sitting back and relaxing while our local friends prepare your small group a hearty feast.

Accommodation

  • Campsite (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Special Information

If you’d prefer not to ride a camel it is possible to walk alongside the caravan on the sand.

Day 7Todra Gorge

This morning you can choose to wake up early and take a walk up a nearby dune for a spectacular sunrise over the desert. Return to camp for a traditional breakfast and then make the 5-hour drive to Todra Gorge. On the way, visit the oasis museum of El Khorbat. Arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon or early evening. The rest of your night is free for you to take in the epic scenery – sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind – where you will be based for the next few nights.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Museum El Khorbat

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8Todra Gorge

Today you have free time to explore the Todra Valley, which you can do at your own pace or on a guided hike. There are a couple of circuits to choose from, but the most popular choice is a ten-kilometer circuit that takes about 4 hours and travels through Amazigh (Berber) villages for a chance to meet locals. For lunch, choose whether you would like to join some local ladies in their mud-brick kasbah – a great opportunity to see local lives in action. Otherwise, lounging by the hotel pool with views over the palmeries and cliff faces is also a good option.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Todra Gorge hike – MAD250
  • Todra Gorge – Lunch in a mudbrick kasbah – MAD70
  • Henna tattooing – MAD50
  • Hamam (public baths) – MAD100

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

We think the optional guided walk around Todra Gorge listed above is probably the best way to get an insight into the local area. It requires a moderate level of fitness, takes place over rocky terrain and has a steady incline, especially at the start. Going back down may be slippery, especially after a rainy day. If you plan to take part, please be prepared with good walking shoes or boots and plenty of water.

Day 9Ait Benhaddou

Travel south today on a 4-hour drive to Ait Benhaddou, traveling past ancient kasbah ruins, former colonial military outposts, and valleys lined with palm trees. Grab lunch en route in Ouarzazate – a popular filming location. Time permitting, you can take a tour of the local Atlas Movie Studios before you continue to Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah – a fine example of clay architecture – has been listed as a World Heritage site. Your time is free on arrival, but you might want to attend an optional cooking demonstration in the afternoon to learn the secrets behind Moroccan specialties like couscous and tagine.

Accommodation

  • Guesthouse (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Ouarzazate – Atlas Movie Studios – MAD80
  • Ouarzazate – Kasbah Taourirt – MAD20

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 10Aroumd

Travel by private vehicle over the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass to Toubkal National Park (approximately 5 hours). At the end of the road in Imlil, store your main luggage, and load a daypack onto a pack mule. Walk into traditional mountain village life with a 1-hour trek to the peaceful village of Aroumd. If you don’t feel comfortable with the walk, you can ride a mule instead. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Amazigh (Berber) culture. Spend the night in a family-run mountain gite. Surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, meet the host family, and enjoy some traditional hospitality and food.

Accommodation

  • Gite (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Aroumd – Mule Ride from Imlil to Aroumd – MAD80

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Special Information

The walk from Imlil to Aroumd and further to the Sidi Chamharouch shrine requires a pair of good walking shoes. You will walk over well-trodden paths that may be muddy, rocky and unstable in places. Your main luggage will be left behind and only hand luggage can be carried to the village for you.

Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but comfortable.

Day 11Essaouira

Take a morning walk through the valleys and trails of the stunning Atlas Mountains. Afterward, head to the Atlantic coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira (approximately 5 hours). Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky, and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. It is one of North Africa’s most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. Arrive your leisure. Your leader will guide you through some options for the rest of the day, such as observing a daily catch and seafood auctions or just to sit back and relax at a seaside cafe.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Half-day hike in the Atlas Mountains

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Special Information

It may not be possible to head on an Atlas Mountains hike in poor weather.

Day 12Essaouira

Today, join a local guide for a walking tour through Essaouira’s old medina, Jewish Mellah, port and skala (sea wall). The rest of your day is free for you to explore at your own pace. Maybe head back to the port for a freshly cooked plate of today’s catch. Or you could browse the shops and art galleries that give this town its charm. If you’d prefer to relax, perhaps indulge in a hammam.

Accommodation

  • Riad (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Essaouira – Walking Tour with Local Guide

Optional Activities

  • Essaouira – Hamam (public baths) – MAD200
  • Essaouira – Berber Massage – MAD350
  • Essaouira – Horse Riding – MAD250
  • Essaouira – Seafood Market Lunch – MAD80

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 13Marrakech

Chat with locals on a public bus ride to Marrakech (approximately 3 hours) this morning. On arrival in the city, the afternoon is free. Meet with your group this evening for dinner at the famous Djemaa el-Fna – one of the world’s largest public spaces. When night falls on this square it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers, and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies!

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Dinner at Djemaa el Fna

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 14Marrakech

Enjoy a free day in Marrakech to explore at your own pace. You could check out the Medina for some last-minute shopping. Or maybe you’d rather see the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle. Your leader knows all of the highlights, so be sure to ask of their favorites. Tonight, consider venturing back to Djemaa el-Fna to dine at one of the outdoor restaurants or search for a rooftop bar for a fascinating view over the square.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Marrakech – Marjorelle Gardens – MAD70
  • Marrakech – Palais Bahia – MAD70
  • Marrakech – Palais Badi – MAD70
  • Marrakech – Saadian Tombs – MAD70
  • Marrakech – Medersa Ben Youssef – MAD40
  • Marrakech – Museum of Marrakech – MAD40
  • Marrakech – Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure – MAD640
  • Marrakech – Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage – MAD750
  • Marrakech – Palmery Cycling Tour – MAD350
  • Marrakech – Asni & Ouirgane Day Trip with Lunch – MAD1806
  • Marrakech – Oukaimeden Day Tour – MAD1882
  • Marrakech – Ourika Valley Day Tour – MAD1817
  • Marrakech – Hot Air Ballooning – MAD2050
  • Marrakech – Cascades d’Ouzoud Day Tour – MAD2207

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 15Marrakech

There are no activities planned for today and your tour ends after breakfast. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring in Marrakech (subject to availability).

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
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