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Highlights of Morocco - Premium

Highlights of Morocco - Premium

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  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    14 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From £1199per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1449 per person
  • Departures
    Selected Sundays from 18 Oct '20 to 31 Jul '22
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 10 nights boutique hotels and premium riads, 1 night auberge, 2 nights mountain gite and 1 night Bedouin camp
  • 15 days land only / flight inclusive
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
  • Travel by private minibus and camel

Morocco

Highlights of Morocco - Premium

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the impressive Todra Gorge
  • Experience a traditional hammam in the village of Tijhza
  • Walk from a remote Berber community into the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
  • Relax in the charming fishing port of Essaouira

For sheer diversity, Morocco is the perfect destination. We explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez and continue our journey to the mountain ranges to the south, where sand dunes and kasbahs are scattered among palm oases inhabited by friendly Berbers. A highlight of our trip is a camel trek in the Sahara and a night at a Bedouin camp. We fit in a visit to Todra Gorge, the beautiful 16th-century kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and enjoy a village walk in the picturesque Tijhza valley of the High Atlas. We complete the trip with a walk along the sandy beach of Essaouira.



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Typical holiday itinerary



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Day 1: Start Marrakech

Meet the group in the early evening for the briefing with our leader. We can go out for dinner in the city depending on arrival flight times, dinner not included).

Riad Hamdane or similar

Day 2: Visit Hassan II Mosque; to the capital Rabat.

A modern and commercial seaport, Casablanca is a complete contrast to the Morocco we are soon to explore. This morning we make our way 3 hours to Casablanca to visit the  Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world. Afterwards, we drive 2 hours to Rabat for lunch, the political capital of Morocco, but second to Casablanca in importance. Although mostly modern, Rabat has an excellent old quarter that we take time to explore.

Hotel le Musee or similar

Day 3: Explore the Roman site of Volubilis and Meknes; to Fez.

This morning we strike out from Rabat over the Northern plain towards Meknes, a drive of around 3 hours.  The scenery changes as the land becomes more cultivated, this being one of the most fertile areas of Morocco. Sultan Moulay Ismail's old capital of Meknes is our first example of one of the imperial cities of Morocco. We meet our guide and wander the narrow streets of the old city, and explore the souk, perhaps having your first chance at bartering for souvenirs. In the afternoon we take a short drive to the largest and best kept Roman ruins in Morocco – Volubilis, once a large Roman town and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. After exploring this site we continue our journey to the ancient city of Fez, where we spend two nights.

Riad la perle de la medina or similar

Day 4: {BOLD}Guided tour of Fez, including visits to the {NOBOLD}{BOLD}Medersa Bou Ananiya (entrance not included) {NOBOLD}{BOLD}and the medina.{NOBOLD}

This fascinating city is the intellectual and religious centre of Morocco. Founded over a thousand years ago, Fez has many mosques and medersas (theological colleges) including the 9th century al-Karaouine University, whose architecture is very similar to that seen in Moorish Spain. The medina in Fez is one of the largest in the world, an immense warren of souks, home to thousands of craftsmen with their tiny shops opening onto the narrow alleyways. Noisy and pungent, the medina of Fez is a totally absorbing and unique experience. Our city guide walks us through different sections of the souk - including those selling leather brass and copper. Of course, no visit to Fez is complete without a visit to the tanneries. Outside the medina we shall visit the Jewish District (mellah), the exterior of the Royal Palace and take a drive up to a panoramic viewpoint over the city. 

Riad la perle de la medina or similar

Day 5: Drive to Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara.

Today we have a long journey, meaning approximately 10 hours spent on the road including plenty of stops and some superb scenery along the way. We venture over the stunning Middle Atlas, down through the picturesque Ziz Valley to the Hamada, a flat stony desert gradually approaching the spectacular site of the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. We stay in a small and welcoming auberge (inn) on the edge of the dunes from where it is easy to climb to watch the sunrise. 

Auberge Yasmina or similar

Day 6: Walk among the dunes; camel trek; camp in the desert.

There is time today with a free morning to explore the largest sand sea in Morocco, or to relax in the shade of a palm tree by the dunes. The sand sea is famed for its pink tones that take on a spectacular rose colour at sunset. In the late afternoon, we partake in a genuine Saharan experience - a 1.5-hour camel trek through the dunes, where we watch the sunset. We then come back to the camp at the edge of the desert to spend the night.

Full-Service camping at Luxury Camp Yasmina

Day 7: To Skoura via the  Todra Gorge.

After sunrise, we leave our desert camp and travel by camel back to the auberge where we can have breakfast and a shower.  We then head towards the little city of Skoura, nestled on a beautiful palm grove and located near Ouarzazate. En-route explore Todra Gorge, and the picturesque oases they hide in (journey time approximately 4 hours). Following the 1000 Kasbahs Road for approximately another 2 hours, you will marvel at the breath-taking vistas of impressive ancient Kasbahs nestled in lush palm groves. 

Kasbah Sawadi or similar

Day 8: Skoura, the Palm grove capital of Morocco

There is the opportunity to take a 1 hour drive to Toundout Valley and enjoy a four hour guided hike crossing through a Berber village and Imi-noulawen valley, where you will learn a little of their culture. Alternatively, relax in and around the lodge walking through the magnificent lush palm groves. Considered as the palm grove capital of Morocco, Skoura will certainly offer peace and relaxation through its various walks discovering multiple palm groves, and Kasbahs.

Kasbah Sawadi or similar

Day 9: Journey to Telouet, via the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.

Leaving Skoura, we re-join the main road and drive west along the 'Route of the Thousand Kasbahs' via the desert city of Ouarzazate and on to the well-preserved Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular sights of the Atlas, made famous as the location of several Hollywood films including 'Gladiator'. After admiring the view, we may see something of the simple village houses. Continuing into the mountains we branch east through a wide flat mountain valley, finally arriving at Anmiter, where we leave our bus and take a 1.5-hour picturesque walk on a gentle uphill gradient to the village of Tigzha, where we spend the next two nights. Our luggage will be transported to the gite for us. For those who do not want to walk, mules are available (100 MAD, payable locally). 

Kasbah Oliver or similar

Day 10: Full day walking in the High Atlas. Evening hammam

We start our day with an optional walk through the villages of the Tijhza Valley, heading up into the hills on mule tracks with the peaks of the High Atlas acting as a fitting backdrop to our walk.  The length of our walk will depend on the ability of the group, but it is likely to be approximately 4 hours. The afternoon is free to relax with a book, enjoy the mountain views, take a stroll through the beautiful landscape or challenge the village children to a game of football!

Tijhza is just one of four villages in this remote valley that has been supported by Exodus for over ten years on various responsible tourism projects. We will visit the village hammam, built with money raised by Exodus clients. This is a truly authentic experience and terrific fun. It is very much a traditional hammam and you are likely to get the opportunity to mix with the villagers, which further adds to the experience. A standard treatment is included, but you will need to purchase a scrubber and soap for 20MAD (£1.50) plus customary tip of 20MAD. Refreshed, we return to the riad for our final dinner in the mountains. 

Kasbah Oliver or similar

Day 11: Over the High Atlas to Essaouira.

Leaving the gite, we walk back to our bus for a short drive to the palace of Telouet. This once grand building stands abandoned and crumbling but we can visit a small part of this labyrinthine, fairy-tale like structure. We continue our scenic drive over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, via the Tizi'n'Tichka pass, which at 2,260m is the highest road in Morocco. The scenery is spectacular and there are some wonderful views of the mountains. We stop at a women's cooperative Argan Oil farm, where you can see the trees growing, get a demonstration of the production process as well as have the opportunity to purchase products. Our journey finally brings us to the flat arid plains of Marrakech, and then onwards to the pretty seaside town of Essaouira. You can expect a total journey time of approximately 10 hours today, with plenty of comfort breaks and photo stops along the way.  

Maison du Sud or similar

Day 12: Free day in Essaouira.

A free day in Essaouira, a charming old Portuguese fishing port overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The settlement dates back to the 15th century but the present town was constructed around 1760 by Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah, who needed a base from which to suppress a revolt from Agadir. Today, the town is extremely relaxed and its whitewashed houses with painted shutters, artisan workshops, boat yards and fishermen provide a marked contrast to the desert, kasbahs and cities we have so far visited. Our hotel is situated in the heart of the old walled city, where we have plenty of time for some shopping in the souks or strolling along the beach. With many pleasant cafes and some outstanding seafood restaurants, there is plenty of choice for our evening meal.

Maison du Sud or similar

Day 13: To Marrakech; guided tour including Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs, finish in Djemma el Fna

After breakfast, we drive back to Marrakech, journey time approximately 2.5 hours.  In the afternoon we enjoy a guided tour to help us find our bearings and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city. Our guide will take us to the Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs, ending in the Djemma el Fna, where the town becomes a maze of bustling bazaars, palaces and mosques. It is worth seeing this renowned landmark in the evening, as Marrakech revolves around this open-air central square, with food stalls, juice-sellers, snake charmers and acrobats, it is a place of night-time entertainment for both local people and tourists. 

Riad Hamdane or similar

Day 14: Free day in Marrakech.

Today is free in Marrakech and there is no shortage of things to do. You might wish to visit the largest mosque in Marrakech, Koutoubia, or venture through the souks and old streets of the medina. After bartering for souvenirs, there will be time for a short visit to the Koranic School and Museum of Marrakech. After this, you can unwind by taking a ½ hour calèche ride (a bright green horse-drawn carriage) to the Jardin Majorelle. These tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo blue and were once owned by Yves St. Laurent, the perfect place to escape the hectic rush of the city. 

For your lunch we would highly recommend the Amal Women's Training Centre and Moroccan Restaurant, which we at Exodus support in their cause to empower women from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to training their students to become self-sufficient and improving their quality of life through acquiring new skills in a professional restaurant setting. For a superb traditional Moroccan meal and the opportunity to support this worthy cause, do pay them a visit.

This evening it's common for the group to enjoy a final meal together on Djemma el Fna. 

Riad Hamdane or similar

Day 15: End Marrakech.

Trip ends after breakfast.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 5pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Hotels, Riad, Gite & Bedouin Camp

Premium departures have been upgraded to a mixture of superior 3 hotels, offering a higher standard of accommodation, in Fez, Merzouga and Todra the properties have swimming pools. In Marrakech and Essaouira, you stay in premium Moroccan riads that simply add to the traditional exotic experience. The single supplement does not cover nights spent in the mountains, desert or the Bedouin camp.

Please note that from the Spring 2019, local authorities have forbidden camps inside the sand dunes in Erg Chebbi. This is for environmental reasons. This means that all Bedouin camps will be set up on the edge of the desert, fairly close to built accommodation. 

Please note that in Winter months some of the accommodation can feel quite cold as they are often poorly heated. Some properties in more rural areas may only have power in the evening (which also means only heating in the evning), however blankets are provided to keep you warm at night.


Meals

14 breakfasts and 4 dinners included.

Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost is approximately GBP4 (USD7). In main towns, it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from GBP20 (USD30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between GBP5-10 (approx. USD8-15) not including drinks. Local beer, wine and soft drinks are reasonably priced, but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian couscous, tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 5pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Transportation

For most of this trip, we use a private bus, the size of which will depend on the group size, with a local driver.The roads in Morocco are reasonably good and driving conditions in towns and on the plains are good. On mountain roads, the pace will be slower. 

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 15 Days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Royal Air Maroc (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 



Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Marrakech

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Marrakech in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

 

The airport in Marrakech is famously inefficient, and transit through it can be a lengthy process. Upon arrival, you can expect at 2 hours to be spent in getting through immigration, security and baggage reclaim. You should have a pen with you to complete the arrivals form and have the details of your accommodation to hand also for this purpose. Operators are not allowed to wait inside the terminal building for clients, so please find your Exodus representative outside the main doors.

Upon departure from Marrakech, we always suggest allowing 3 hours to navigate the airport as checking in, bag drop, immigration and security can take even longer on exit for Marocco. The airport doesn't accept mobile boarding passes, so we suggest having a printed boarding pass to avoid subjecting yourself to further delays.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. As this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available from our customers, but here are the comments that have been received from previous Exodus travellers.

If you're looking for an interesting and informative trip, where every day is different, then this one's for you. The choice of accommodation was very good and definitely enhanced the group's overall experience. Living out of a suitcase isn't everyone's idea of fun but is necessary in order to visit the wide variety of sites across a large area. I'd recommend this trip to anyone wanting a moderately priced holiday in a culturally diverse country which is relatively close to the UK. Thank you, Exodus.

My first Exodus trip and what a cracker; diverse, interesting, informative and full of new and exciting experiences and activities and Adil the tour guide was outstanding. The itinerary is full of interesting stops, numerous extras were added in and adding in multiple extras like hiking in the early morning out to the dunes to enjoy the sunrise, climbing mini mountains and outcrops at Riad Oliver this was a packed trip and just the way I wanted my first experience from Exodus to go. I'm surprised at the cost to what actually was included and the amount of time away, flights and activities. The company was excellent and I quickly bonded and gelled and look forward to my next trip. Well done Exodus!

If you want to learn about the culture and history of a country as well as seeing some spectacular scenery then this is for you. There is a lot of travelling involved and a few early morning departures (8:00am) but enough time for rest to compensate. Maybe a little more space in the mini-bus would have been nicer as the back 4 seats were a little cramped but there were plenty of breaks during the journeys to from Marrakech to Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Merzouga, Skoura, Tigzha, Ouarzazate, Essaouira and back to Marrakech. If you fancy something different here are two examples; 1) A camel ride onto the Sahara to watch the sunset, eat and sleep in a Bedouin Camp with some traditional music, up before dawn early for another camel ride to watch the sunrise then back to the hotel for breakfast, and 2) Two nights in a mountain retreat and a 4 hour morning walk in the High Atlas mountains. Food was good and sometimes exceptional. All accommodation was acceptable and in some cases fantastic. Our tour guide, Ahmed, and driver, Mustafa, were absolutely marvellous. My 15 travelling companions also contributed to the enjoyment of the holiday. This was my first holiday of this type and I will certainly try another - most likely with Exodus. They obviously have years of experience organising holidays like this.

A brilliant trip which covered a lot of the country which is an exciting place to visit.

Prepare for long days, early starts, long bus journey's and a full itinerary - but be rewarded by great varied scenery, busy bustling medinas with their labyrinth of noisy disorientating souks, to the tranquility of the Atlas mountains and the spectacular desert.

I enjoyed most of the holiday but would have like to have stayed in a Essaouira another night and one less night in Marrakesh at the end of the trip as it was lovely by the beach and very relaxing after a lot of driving. The mountains were great, Fes and many other places were great, very interesting trip. I did not like long hours in the mini bus but it was part of the trip.

A good overview of the country taking in the major sights and attractions. Due to the geography of the country there were a some long drives but these were broken up by stops and we were travelling through some spectacular scenery in some cases.

The trip had a great mixture of imperial cities of Morrocco as well as country side and desert. Great to see Essaouira which a starke contrast to other cities. Loved the walks in Torda gorge as well as the high Atlas. Loved the city of Fes with winding souks.

The trip had a great mixture of imperial cities of Morrocco as well as country side and desert. Great to see Essaouira which a starke contrast to other cities. Loved the walks in Torda gorge as well as the high Atlas. Loved the city of Fes with winding souks.

The trip had a great mixture of imperial cities of Morrocco as well as country side and desert. Great to see Essaouira which a starke contrast to other cities. Loved the walks in Torda gorge as well as the high Atlas. Loved the city of Fes with winding souks.

A good introduction to the country and a chance to see the majority of the sights, albeit sometimes briefly. The cities of Fes and Marrakech were interesting, and the time in the mountains and Todra Gorge were enjoyable. The food was good, though perhaps dominated by tourist rather than local restaurants. The guide was excellent and the driver good too. Overall it was an enjoyable trip.

We decided to do a family adventure-type trip for the Hallowe'en mid-term and we picked this trip. It was really a phenomenal experience. We travelled from Marrakech across The Atlas mountains and back (with a couple of days in Marrakech at the end) in a week. We visited some amazing places, had a great time, and the pace and intensity level was perfect for the whole family (four of us, ranging from 9 to 46 years old). Our guide (Mohamed) was really excellent, always attentive to everyone's needs, and always very interesting and insightful in explaining us everything that we saw and was going on around us. Truly, truly recommended.

Really enjoyed this trip - we were lucky to be part of a great group. The trip introduces you to a lot of Morocco, from cities to the coast, from desert to mountains. There is a lot of travelling involved, some long days, but that is the price to pay to see so much of the country. Travel is in a 16 seat minibus (and we were a group of 16) but I didn't find the seats uncomfortable, and there were plenty of stops for coffee, toilets, retail opportunities! I had been slightly wary of going on this holiday as I can't stand being hassled to buy things, but (bar the main square in Marrakech) any hassle was low key and less than I have experienced elsewhere. Moroccan people generally were very friendly and had a very good sense of humour.

Basically travelling around for two weeks having a look at almost everything Morocco has to offer. No two days are the same. No two places are the same. The only constants I found was how friendly the locals are and mint tea!

A relaxing and very enjoyable adventure. First day of camel trecking was enhanced by a terrific sandstorm, followed by torrential rain that fell whilst we were sleeping outside in the Sahara desert. The guide said we needed scarfs to protect us if there was sand storms and we needed them (although at first I thought they were making fun of the travellers).

If you want to see a country fast, and get a good taste, not just in the obvious touristy places. If you are ready for a lot of travelling and a bit of mild discomfort. Then Highlights of Morocco will be for you. There is a real variety. Some reviewers (elsewhere) talk about the hassle they have had from Moroccan sellers. Read what the guide books say about pictures. But I had little *serious* grief from sellers. if your idea of bargaining is an English car boot sale, then yes - it is much tougher, more manipulative. But compared to say Gambia or India... its mild stuff really. And for me the real surprise is the Moroccans themselves. Nice, welcoming people. People who (many) do Sunni Islam fairly seriously, but not of the negative varieties found elsewhere... They are willing to discuss beliefs and welcome respectful discussion. Long Live Morocco.

Overall this was a good and varied trip. The people in the group were lovely, some were a little eccentric (but in a good endearing way). I hope to keep in touch with some people from the trip.

What an exciting adventure my trip to Morocco was with nearly everyday a new city/town to visit in just over two week period. I thoroughly enjoyed the culture past and present, the historical buildings, the vast landscape and the many people along the way.

The main concern was the variability of the accommodation. From a dreadful first hotel in Casablanca - noisy and impersonal - a splendid one in Essaouira and a pleasant but out of the way one in Fez and several rather mediocre places. We were fortunate to have the friendly and informative guide Mohammad and a great driver, who never left us feeling concerned on some challenging roads, Ibrahim - thanks to them both. The route was wrong - driving past Marrakech to spend days at Essaroia and then driving back to Marrakech! Too many local guides were evidently on commission - the one in Fez took us to 4 factory/shops and a pricey restaurant - mind you we skipped off and ate for 20% the cost nearby! Todra gorge was a disappointment with a rather isolated hotel; apart from meeting a delightful family high on the hill above the town and a great meal with another family. The best of the trip was Essarooria, eating with families and the splendid introduction to culture provided through Mohammad - Bert's museum in Marrakech, the Sand Pigeons band', colorful markets and friendly people and great cheap eats cafes where the 4 of us always filled up for less that £10! The worst, the night in the grubby Sahara camp - a real low light! Poor quality touristy nonsense - a Berber camp!!

A good trip covering a vast area gave us a good experience of the country.

Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Thought it was well organised.

This trip did what it said - we saw the highlights of Morocco from city to coast to mountain and desert. It was amazingly varied, balancing time in cities and countryside, and illustrating Morocco's vibrant history, culture and people. I certainly came back with a real feeling for the place and people and a greater understanding of an apparently happily functioning Islamic country.

This really is an incredible trip across Morocco. We got to see not just the cities, the history and the landscapes but a huge slice of Moroccan life as well. We covered an awful lot of ground but everywhere we went there had clearly been an enormous amount of background organisation to make everything run smoothly. We had numerous guides at all the sites we visited, who were all very knowledgeable and good at communicating their enthusiasm. We also stopped at numerous other smaller places such as an Argan oil factory, a pottery and even a huge solar power plant! The architecture, and the atmosphere, of the towns and cities is amazing and the variation in the scenery across the trip is extraordinary. We also got to meet, and chat to, enormous numbers of Moroccans who were all delightful and had a great sense of humour. This really was a panoramic journey through an extraordinary country.

Although I’ve been back home a while. I still have memories of seeing a mules loaded up with our heavy suitcases. Their legs buckling underneath. A taxi brought some of our group up the mountain so it was possible to transport our luggage down in a vehicle. I still don’t understand while animals are used to do this. It’s not quaint - it’s abuse. PleAse look at PETA. In Jordan a collapsed horse carrying suitcases is kicked in the face by its owner. It’s time to stop this abuse. Please check no animals are used on your next holiday. Sorry Exodus but you did not change the situation in Morocco when I complained.

We had 10 people in our group. We all got in well together marking a good start. The experience of the different places we visited gave us a good understanding of Morocco.

Highly recommend this trip. A really varied trip showing the best that Morocco has to offer. Marrakech is very manic and a bit 'in your face' but thanks to an excellent tour leader and local guide the group were able to find our way to such hidden gems as the Majorelle Gardens (Yves St Laurent's former gardens) and the 'Secret' Garden. The trip up to the Atlas Mountains and stay in Douar Samra was nothing short of magical, I got to stay in the Tree House while others stayed in the very unusual and individual rooms in the house or annex. Meals were a delight thanks to the marvellous cooking of Rashida the resident cook and the atmospheric use of candles (there is no electricity in the main house) and traditional low level seating and tables. Your luggage is transported the final distance by donkey and there are also ducks and all vegetables are grown in the Douar's vegetable garden. Fabulous views and sunsets and great walking in the mountains. However the gem is absolutely Essaouira. I had never heard of this place before but it is the most delightful and fascinating seaside town. Again great orientation tour from local guide Rashida and plenty of time to enjoy the shopping, sweeping sandy beach, bars, restaurants and busy exciting fishing harbour. Our leader, Abdul, was very informative and accommodating and great fun. Morocco is well worth a visit and I will be back!

This was a good tour of Morocco - it gave an excellent overview of the country

This was an amazing adventure and a great way to see as much of the country as possible, experience the culture, learn about the history, and meet the friendly locals. We had a great tour leader and driver and stayed in some authentic accommodation sites from an auberge in Merzouga, a bedouin camp in the Sahara Desert, a kasbah in the High Atlas Mountains and a riad in Essaouira.

This was the perfect tour, giving us insight into the history and culture of Morocco. It was quite varied: we visited souks in Meknes, Fez and Marrakech, the Sahara, Todra Gorge, a remote village in the High Atlas Mountains, and the Portuguese town of Essaouira on the coast. We stayed in a range of accommodations, from comfortable hotels to fairly basic but perfectly acceptable homestays (and a camp in the Sahara).

I wanted to see as much of the country as possible. You cover 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) so it's a lot of bus time. The guide, Mohammed, is first-rate. He has a real love of the country and definitely communicates this passion. The driver is excellent as well. Exodus gives you a mountain lodge about an hour walk from motorized roads (mules carry the luggage) and that is something different. Lodging was very good and they picked some nice locations in the medinas. All the lodging was good and I just took the regular trip, not the premium. Moroccan people are friendly and the trip exceeded my expectations.

This was a truly inspirational and varied trip, from the camel trek into the Sahara to watch the sunset and stay in an authentic Bedouin encampment, to the labyrinth of the medina in Fez, to the remote auberge in the beautiful High Atlas Mountains. Every day was an adventure!

Nov 13 - Nov 27 Guide- Abdullah Driver- Said Driver was excellent and very accommodating. Also had a quirky side to him which was great. He was very personable. Thanks Said! Guide was also great -very friendly and knowledgeable about the places we visited and the life of the people. I learned quite a bit of Berber and Arabic dialect. Thks Abdullah! Personally I don't like long drives because it takes an entire day and it leaves nothing to do upon arrival at accommodations so maybe in the future the all day drives can be cut in half whereby we get settled in accommodation after lunch or before evening so we can have time to explore the area and shop for souvenirs than we can continue on after breakfast the next day. Also I think hotels/Riads would be better in an area where there's easy foot access to get around. A couple of times it felt like lockdown upon arrival at accommodations because they were away from everything. And lastly I would have preferred a choice in accommodation; not talking about the dessert places. Overall it was a great trip with a terrific group of people who have given me memories I will treasure forever.

What a fabulous trip. Very well planned and times, lots to see and do, very active and varied. Be careful when going in August as the heat was,at times, a little too much, especially when exploring the cities and Volubilis. We stayed after the trip ended and took a trip to the Ouzoud waterfall, which would be a lovely addition to the trip.

I appreciated the comprehensive nature of this 15 day trip. We visited the Imperial Cities, focusing on the history, usually staying in the Medina, with time spent touring the souks. In addition, we toured the diverse, gorgeous countryside of Morocco, with overnight stays in the desert, Todra Gorge, and a remote Berber village in the Atlas Mts. I enjoyed the size of our group of 10 people of diverse ages. We all got along well, laughed a lot and enjoyed each other's company.

A classic blend of Morroccan culture, sights and activity. We felt we had a real insight into Morrocco and saw the major cultural sights and experienced the desert, mountains,coast and life in the heart of the medinas

Most people had heard of Casablanca but we wanted something else. Our trip took us to teeming cities, oases and high mountains. The hotels were a good standard but sometimes the water supply failed. But this was not home and things like this you take in your stride. Morocco has many beautiful sites and smells and we sampled many of them.

This is an excellent look at Morocco from every aspect.

A thoroughly enjoyable way to see Morocco, excellent guide, great company, good weather, good transport and driver, good variety of hotels and food, brilliant scenery and fabulous city's, towns and villages filled with friendly hospitable local people.

This was a great way to see a lot of country in a small amount of time. There was a lot of 'on the bus, off the bus' and a couple of very long days on the bus. There was only a few of days where there was any physical activity. We also found that we were taken to see 'how things were made' but it ended up being a buying trip.

There is definitely no way I could have seen all of the things shown on the Highlights of Morocco tour on my own. The tour covered almost all of the famous landmarks and showcases Morocco's diversity. That being said, there is a lot of time spent on a bus and some limitations on your everyday freedom to choose activities. I definitely felt safe being part of the exodus group and I thought the accommodations were excellent.

It was excellent trip ,from the desert to the mountain to the west coast essaouira.

This was a brilliant trip with a wide variety of landscapes and interesting cultural highlights to marvel at. Not a trip for the wildlife enthusiast as not many birds or other animals but still well worth the intensive immersion in all things Moroccan .

Excellent trip. Varied from coast to mountains to desert

Great to travel round so much of Morocco in such a short time.

Fabulous trip. Really got an insight into the history and culture of morrocco. Some long days travelling, but there is no way around that on a trip of this sort. Came away with happy memories and admiration for the workmanship of the craftspeople making fabulous items that I would love to own.

Fun in the city in Casablanca, Fes and Marrekech, awe inspiring sites in the desert and gorge, peace and quiet in the mountains, playing by the water in Essaouira - this trip displayed all the sides of Morocco. It was everything one pictures when they think of Morocco and surprises you with variety and charm.

A really busy but welll planned trip - I was very impressed with the support and organinsation

I had some doubts about this trip, but these doubts turned out to be unfounded and this trip was amazing! We were able to get a real taste of Morocco and experience all the country has to offer.

A very comprehensive Moroccan experience with a good balance of organised activities and free time. We had a very knowledgeable tour leader in Mustafa who could share additional information and answer questions informatively as they arose. The tour size was good. We enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. The bus was comfortable and the driver was capable. We felt safe even on the most challenging roads.

A great trip providing an insight in to the culture of morocco and a wonderful variety of locations.

The tour was great way to see a diverse and culturally rich country.  I thought it had a good mix of different cities, activities and sights.  Being on a tour, you got to see alot of Morocco in a short amount of time which might take longer if you were to do it on your own.  It gave me a sense of the country and a good springboard to decide where I wanted to explore further.

This tour gives an excellent insight of Moroccan life, country and culture. The trip requires a fair degree of fitness, not least a couple of very long day transfers in a mini bus.

Thought this trip would meet my needs and it certainly did! Active but with rest periods and paced to meet everyones needs. 

A fantastic holiday experiencing Morocco. Many varied things to see and do.

If you wish to have an insight in to this wonderful country, this is an excellent starting point.  You get to see all that Morocco has to offer - cities, coast, mountains and desert - with a view to being able to decide if there are parts of Morocco you would wish to return to and see in more detail.  I would definitely go back.  Morocco truly surprised me.

I had wanted to visit Morocco for a long, long time and so decided on this trip. I can honestly say that both this trip and the country exceeded all my expectations, it was a fantastic experience, all the more so since I am new to group travel. I feel that the tour allowed us to gain a comprehensive overview of the country, a contry of contrasts in many ways, which is what made it so interesting. 

This is an excellent trip covering the highlights of Morocco.  A lot of ground is covered in a relatively short time allowing you to see a mix of cities, mountains, desert and coast.

This is an incredible experience. It isn't the most relaxing holiday but get what do expect when you cover 2000km passing mountains, kasbahs, arid wastelands, deserts, and imperial cities!

Excellent well planned trip which gave a good overview of Morocco, while at the same time providing an close-up experience of the people and the country .

Overall a very good overview of Morocco which was a complete supplement to the previous week that I did Cycling the Morocco Great South also done with Exodus.  Other than the cities of Marrakech and Essaioura which we had additional time to spend on, there was very little overlapping between the two tours

Having been an independant traveller I had a number of preconceived notions and ideas about group travel and wasn't sure about how I would feel about being on an organzied group trip.  Howeer, this trip not only met but exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed nearly every moment.  I would not hesitate to take another organzied trip through Exodus.

A holiday that encompassed history, culture, wildlife, wonderful scenery and a wealth of experiences in a non-stop adventure.   The holiday more than lived up to its Highlights of Morocco billing.

Excellent overview of Morocco. 

I went as a solo traveller as I read another review advising people who were unsure to take the risk and go on this holiday. It was such a great decision. I really really enjoyed this trip. It has everything - big cities like Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes, it has snow capped mountains (in March anyway), it has the desert and the coast and event greenery up North and in the Palmeries. The days were packed full of activities and we were always exhausted going to sleep at night. It was really worth the money spent on the trip. I would definitely recommend going on a solo trip to anyone who was wondering if it would be for them. You will have fun! And it's such an amazing experience!

This was an amazing holiday! The group of people on the trip were really friendly and they made the holiday.

A great trip to a fascinating country. So much to see and do, a must for anyone with a spirit of adventure.

This trip is a good introduction to the variety that Morocco offers, the cities, the Sahara, the High Atlas, the local villages and of course the souks of Marrakesh - mind blowing!

Fantastic and memorable 2 weeks!

A good introduction to Morocco, packing in most of the country's highlights. It was a terrific trip to a hugeley varied and interesting country - go and visit!  

Excellent itinerary, very well organised.  Our guide - Mustapha - took great care of us and could not have done more.  The driver was also very safe and smooth.

A well balanced trip to see most of the key places and sights in Morocco. However our free day in Marrakech was spoilt due to the Festival of Eid which meant that virtually everything was shut.

This Moroccan trip is an amazing view of life in this country. It gives a feel for the cities, the mountains and the desert and the people that live there. A truely fantastic experiences

All in all, this trip does what it says -  it shows you the 'highlights of morocco'.   From citites to small towns, desert to mountains and the coast all thrown in to a 2 week trip.Fantastic journey with a great group.Thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone considering travelling to morocco.

A trip that was all it was promised to be and more. I had an amazing time and would highly recommend it. 

An amazing trip that really did explore the highlights that Morocco has to offer. The mixture of cities, desert, mountains and the coast enables you to fully experience Morocco's very different landscapes. Friendly people, yummy food and delicious mint tea also helped make the experience what it was!

We had a great time and Morocco was a wonderful experience.  The Group of 15 merged together very well and we were inspired through all the extremes of temperature by our sensitive and entertaining Tour guide, Mustapha and his excellent driver Mohammed.

Whay a stunning and diverse country Morocco is. Deserts, mountains, valleys, gorges, seaside, bustling towns and cities. Friendly people

It was the best value for money trip that we have been on for a long time.  It far exceeded our expectations.

A great trip with a good mix of cities, desert, mountains and seaside. You will see a lot of what Morocco has to offer with ever changing landscapes and scenery around every corner.

This was a great holiday that included so many aspects of Morroco.  To travel from city to desert to mountains to coast meant that there was something new to experience everyday.  This seemed to make the holiday longer as looking back we did so much.  

Except for the weather, which unfortunately was incontrollable, it was a very interesting trip, we did and we saw a lot of things without any rush.

A diverse tour that took me to cities, mountains and villages, highlighting the wide range of Moroccan culture from sheep and goat herders, Berber people and progressive city life - something that would have taken a month to do on one's own.

A whirlwind of diverse activities/accommodations/experiences that in 2 short weeks encapsulated a true and deep Moroccan experience.

Amazing experience, certainly no time to be bored!

A holiday with everything, sun,sea,Sahara, markets, bartering & Shopping!

A photo opportunity around every corner.  Colours you'll remember forever.  The golden sands of the Sahara, the stunning "Berber" blue, the silver moon and stars over the desert and the vibrant colours of the carpets, slippers and tagines lining the walls of the medinas and the ladies colourful floating robes.

A wee adventure in good company

It was a magnificent trip! Full of different feelings and activities every day. A mixture of adventure and culture. Medinas, desert, kasbahs mountains and the ocean!

A well organised trip - felt so good to be guided around without having to make many decisions - a real break from the reality of life! Morocco proved to be a beautiful country full of colour, life and diversity. Away from the hustle and bustle of the souks and medinas, the people were friendly and welcoming.  A good mixture of city, desert, mountains and a brief trip to the coast. Personally, I found the time spent away from the cities most enjoyable but this trip has a bit of everything.

A truly magical experience, we did so many new things and had so many great experiences in such diverse surrounding.  So glad i went, what an experience!!!!!!

Fantastic, amazing tour. Covered the whole of morroco really well. Covered all the different colours of morocco. Gave a good overview for when I come back. The Camal trek was fantastic, Torda gorge breathtaking and the Geet a relaxing time. Made me appreciate morocco's culture!

The Highlights of Morocco was an Amazing trip with an amazing Itinerary. I felt we got to see the "Real" Morocco and not just crowded tourist area's. In fact, I found that besides our group, there were only a handful of tourists in every city we went to, which made the trip less choatic. We saw busy cities and urban area's as well as mountain villages and small towns. There was a wide variety of activities ranging from hiking, shopping and getting lost in the medina to having opportunities to just sit and relax with a cup of berber whiskey (aka Mint Green Tea) and a good book. Most nights we had Tijine for dinner and tried new foods along the way.  

Highlights of Morocco was a good trip to see a good portion of Morocco. We had a great group who all got along well and enjoyed eachothers company. I am happy I chose this trip and I wish it was longer.

Excellent itinerary which meant you could see a huge portion of the country in a short space of time. A couple of long days on the minibus....but i enjoyed watching the changing scenery!! Due to time constraints it did sometimes feel a bit hurried but again we did get to see the country's many highlights!! 

Great trip with a packed but very good itinerary. Some long days in the bus but worth it to see the full range of sites and changing terrain from deserts to mountains and back.

A lot of travelling but well worth it to see such variety,  and so interesting. The minibus a bit crowded and the first not very welcoming.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 14 night guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts and 4 dinners

All accommodation

Transfers for group flights


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Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

10 nights boutique hotels and premium riads, 1 night auberge, 2 nights mountain gite and 1 night Bedouin camp

15 days land only / flight inclusive

Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.

Travel by private minibus and camel

Transportation

For most of this trip, we use a private bus, the size of which will depend on the group size, with a local driver.The roads in Morocco are reasonably good and driving conditions in towns and on the plains are good. On mountain roads, the pace will be slower. 

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 15 Days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Royal Air Maroc (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 



Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Marrakech

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Marrakech in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

 

The airport in Marrakech is famously inefficient, and transit through it can be a lengthy process. Upon arrival, you can expect at 2 hours to be spent in getting through immigration, security and baggage reclaim. You should have a pen with you to complete the arrivals form and have the details of your accommodation to hand also for this purpose. Operators are not allowed to wait inside the terminal building for clients, so please find your Exodus representative outside the main doors.

Upon departure from Marrakech, we always suggest allowing 3 hours to navigate the airport as checking in, bag drop, immigration and security can take even longer on exit for Marocco. The airport doesn't accept mobile boarding passes, so we suggest having a printed boarding pass to avoid subjecting yourself to further delays.



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