Moroccan Explorer

Feel the magic of Morocco on Topdeck’s Moroccan Explorer trip, which starts & ends in the cultural hub of Marrakech. Travel to Casablanca, Fes, the Atlas Mountains & more on this memorable exploration of one of the most diverse countries in Africa. Enjoy the services of a local Trip Leader & superb bucket list inclusions, such as an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert & a guided tour of the vibrant medina in Fes. This adventure never fails to impress!
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Price:
R13 860
DETAILS
Starting fromR13 860
Package ValiditySet departure dates between NOW - MAR 2018.
Duration10 days
DestinationMorocco
Starts inMarrakech
Ends inMarrakech
Age GroupThis is a group tour for ages 18 - 38 years

Description

- Arrival airport/hotel transfer
- 8 nights twin share hotel accommodation
- 1 night in a desert camp
- 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
- Touring by air-conditioned coach
- Assistance of a Trip leader
- Touring & sightseeing of all sites as per itinerary

   
   

Day 1

Marrakech, Morocco

Ditch the map, turn off your phone & get hopelessly lost in a maze of mosaics & souks in the Red City – the best surprises are waiting around every corner. Get acquainted with the gang at tonight’s welcome meeting.

Included today: Airport transfer

Day 2

Marrakech

Be glad you’re not shooting on film when you visit the Saadian Tombs on a half-day tour. The detail in the doors & arches could #breakinstagram. See the Bahia Palace, visit the local medina, then work your way past the snake charmers & sip fresh orange juice in Djemma el-fna square.

Included today: Marrakech half-day city tour

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Marrakech to Rabat via Casablanca

Today we visit the Hassan II Mosque – bearer of the world’s largest minaret (210 metres), with a frickin’ laser beam on top. After lunch, head to the UNESCO World Heritage capital of Rabat & paint the town red blue in Kasbah des Oudaias.

Included today: Hassan II mosque in Casablanca & Rabat city tour

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Rabat to Fes via Volubilis and Meknes

Live la dolce vita in Volubilis, or at least get a good idea of what it was like during Roman times at these well-preserved ruins. Think: historic public buildings dating back a whopping 2,000 years ago. Then, walk through Meknes & go into pattern overdrive in Fes.

Included today: Volubilis Roman ruins & visit to Meknes

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Fes

Mausoleums, Mosques & (funky cold) medinas are in order today on a full-day whip around the city with a local guide. Lose yourself in the 9000 narrow cobbled streets – & world’s largest car-free urban area – in Fes el-Bali, lined with spices, food stalls & tanneries. Or hunt down a hammam for a (body) shine & polish.

Included today: Day tour of Fes

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 6

Fes to Errachidia via Ifrane & Midelt

She’ll be comin’ over the (Atlas) mountains when she comes today. Adjust to the altitude in Alpine-fresh Ifrane, then carve back through cedar forests to Midelt for lunch & head south to Errachidia.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Errachidia to Merzouga Desert Camp

Merzouga looks as if it might be engulfed by the red dunes of the Sahara Desert at any moment. Pull up a pool lounge & savour the view before setting off on camel (optional) to get Berber fever in a desert camp. Climb the dunes & feel your hair stand on end as the sky burns away the last sunlight of the day & melts into a blanket of diamonds. Epic doesn’t even cut it.

Included today: Overnight in Berber desert camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Optional activities: Camel ride

Day 8

Merzouga to Dades Gorge via Todra Gorge

Step into your own Roadrunner cartoon today in the rock climber's nirvana of Todra Gorge. With a 3D landscape of imposing orange sandstone peaks, streams & the odd camel playing outside your window today, the trip to Dades Gorge will seem quicker than a coyote.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9

Dades Gorge to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou

Today, visit Aït Ben-Haddou for UNESCO World Heritage & ‘Desert Hollywood’ beauty combined. If it was good enough to film Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator & The Mummy… to name a few, it’s good enough for you! Roll onto Marrakech before the day is out & prep yourself for goodbyes tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Marrakech

Don’t cry into your couscous. The trip might be over after breakfast but your adventure doesn’t have to be.

Meals: Breakfast