Experience the incredible diversity of Morocco, where culture, landscapes and cuisine converge in a magnificent display. Embark on a 12-day Premium adventure, traversing bustling cities, serene oases, expansive deserts and the welcoming homes of locals. Discover the lively medina of Meknes, the historic Old Town of Fes, and the vibrant Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech. Knead dough and bake bread with locals in Imlil, relish in pastilla at a Fes family's home, and witness a breathtaking evening under the starry sky in the Sahara. From the country's beloved highlights to the little moments that embody daily life, fall in love with the authentic Morocco.
Discover the enchanting diversity of Morocco’s culture, landscapes & cuisine
- Experience the unique tastes of Morocco through Exclusive Experiences, including a picnic at the historic ruins of Volubilis, a homemade pastilla dinner in Fes, and a medfouna demonstration in Khemliya.
- Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture at your Feature Stay hotel in the heart of the Fes medina, where you can enjoy breathtaking views from the rooftop and experience traditional hospitality in every aspect of the property.
- Discover the authentic Moroccan way of life as you journey with a local leader and guides, visit a typical home in Fes, and meet the women behind the Tawesna social enterprise in Ait Benhaddou.
- Witness iconic landmarks during visits to the ancient ruins of Volubilis, the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert, the timeless Ait Benhaddou, the serene oasis of Skoura, and the vibrant cities of Fes and Marrakech.
- Enhance your culinary skills with a hands-on bread making workshop during an Exclusive Experience in Imlil, led by local women. Enjoy the freshly made bread as part of a delicious lunch.
In the morning, you will head out to explore one of Casablanca's most remarkable sites, the Hassan II Mosque. This impressive mosque is the second-largest in the world and open to non-Muslims. Afterward, you will drive to Meknes to visit Mausoleum Moulay Ismail, where the sultan who once made Meknes his capital is laid to rest. Next, you will journey to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, where you'll meet a local guide to help you imagine the once-thriving city. Enjoy a picnic lunch of fresh bread, cheese, fruits and olives from the market. Then, travel to Fes and check-in at Riad Salam, a gorgeous oasis in the heart of the medina, where you'll spend the next two nights. This evening, you'll be welcomed into a local family's home to learn about how to make pastilla, a traditional Moroccan pie, while chatting with your friendly hosts about life in Fes.
Today, explore the Old Town, also known as Fes el Bali, with your leader. Meander through winding streets and alleys, watching donkeys transporting goods and browsing specialty markets. Your guide will regale you with stories of the city's rich history, including its former status as a centre of Islamic and Jewish education and culture. Soak in the sights and sounds of craftsmen at work, fragrant herbs and spices, and bustling chicken coops that transport you back to the Middle Ages.
Fes was renowned for its religious institutions, libraries, and mosques, which you will experience firsthand with visits to the exquisite inner courtyards of the El-Attarine Madrasa, a centuries-old Islamic school, and Funduq al-Najjarin, a magnificent 18th-century inn.
Embark on a journey to the desert oasis town of Erfoud today and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. You'll need to prepare for a long day of driving, but don't forget to have your camera at the ready as there will be numerous stops along the way to marvel at the ever-changing Moroccan landscape. Wind through olive groves, observe shepherds tending to their flocks, pass by forests of cedar, pine and oak, and glimpse valleys filled with date palms - all while gazing at the stunning High Atlas Mountains in the distance. Upon arrival in Erfoud, your gateway to the Sahara Desert, you'll notice the tightly packed red sand buildings that were built by the French in the early 1900s, blending perfectly into the desert landscape. While in Erfoud, be sure to try some of the delicious dates from the local market - they're so good that the town even celebrates them with an annual festival!
Embark on a journey to Khemliya, a Saharan village on the outskirts of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, and immerse yourself in their distinctive style of music and dance. Learn how the local specialty dish of medfouna is made and indulge in it for lunch. Then, take a camel ride through the desert towards a magnificent camp, hidden in the midst of the sand dunes of the Sahara. Relax and unwind in this magical escape from the modern world, and savor the true essence of desert life. Despite the remote location, the tents boast of modern amenities, such as large beds, en suite bathrooms, and authentic décor. Tonight, revel in the extraordinary surroundings and feast on a traditional dinner beneath the stars, followed by live Gnaoua music around an open fire.
Begin your day with an unforgettable experience - a sunrise camel walk across the desert while watching the landscape transform into remarkable shades of orange. After breakfast, drive to Todra Gorge, a massive trench that rises over 250 metres, forming one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. You'll enjoy lunch with a local family living within an old kasbah, where you'll taste regional dishes and get another glimpse inside a typical Moroccan home. Next, head to Skoura, home to a historic oasis, sprawling palm plantations, and a town dotted with mudbrick castles. You'll spend the evening at an excellent ecolodge featuring charming rammed-earth bungalows, water conservation systems, and a range of organic gardens whose produce is used to create the wonderful meals served on-site.
Embark on a delightful stroll through serene palm groves today, with the duration tailored to the group's interests and lasting between two to three hours. As you walk along the gentle terrain, your leader will highlight the significance of date farming in Morocco and showcase agricultural practices of the area. Afterward, explore the Kasbah Amridil, a 17th-century fortified residence that functions as a living museum. The kasbah is impeccably preserved and run by the same family who constructed it, giving you a glimpse of life as it was 300 years ago, with goats wandering the courtyards and an authentic olive oil press. The remaining time of the day is yours to relax at the ecolodge. Bask in the sunshine by the poolside with a captivating book in hand - there are few better ways to spend a leisurely afternoon.
Today, depart from Skoura and head towards Ait Benhaddou, a hilltop site that has remained nearly unchanged since the 11th century. Its kasbah is considered to be one of the most exquisite in Morocco, and the fortified village is an excellent example of clay architecture. You may recognize the location from films and TV shows such as Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, and Gladiator. Explore the Old Town and climb up to the top of the hill for some breathtaking views. Next, visit Tawesna, a riverside teahouse, for a delicious lunch that includes freshly made Amazigh bread, soup, Moroccan sweets, and mint tea. This community-run establishment provides women with a small income to support themselves and their children. They use natural ingredients sourced from local cooperatives to prepare tea and pastries, taking great pride in sharing their stories and giving visitors an authentic Amazigh experience. Then, traverse the winding mountain pass of Tizi Ni Tichka to reach Imlil, a small village located at the base of Mount Toubkal - the highest peak in North Africa.
After breakfast, embark on a delightful stroll through the charming village of Imlil and the surrounding region. The duration of the walk will be tailored to the interests and abilities of the group, but it is expected to take no more than three hours. Along the way, you will gain a deeper understanding of daily life as you observe the locals going about their morning routines. After working up an appetite, a friendly villager will welcome you into their home to participate in a bread-making workshop, where you'll learn about this essential food staple. The freshly baked bread will then be incorporated into your homemade lunch, featuring locally sourced olives, couscous or tagine, and seasonal fruits.
After breakfast, you'll journey to Marrakech, your final destination for the next two nights. Today, a knowledgeable local guide will introduce you to the wonders of Marrakech on a tour of the medina and the lively souks that pulse with the energy of the city. Wander through tranquil courtyards scented with orange blossoms and marvel at the ornate Bahia Palace. Along the way, you'll visit the Koutoubia Mosque, where only Muslims are allowed inside, but the impressive minaret is a must-see. Continue to Djemaa el-Fna, stopping to savor the sweet taste of freshly squeezed orange juice from a local vendor – a truly unforgettable glass of OJ.
You have the day to further explore Marrakech at your leisure. You may want to visit Le Jardin Secret, a charming traditional garden with a magnificent courtyard, or head back into the medina to put your haggling skills to the test. In the evening, consider joining your group for a farewell dinner. Your leader will be happy to suggest some excellent local restaurants.
Your adventure comes to an end today, following breakfast. Typically, check-out time is around 12.00 noon, and you are free to depart at any time. If you have arranged for a private airport transfer, the pick-up time will be communicated to you. Should you wish to extend your stay in Marrakech and continue exploring, additional accommodation can be arranged in advance.