Wander Across MOROCCO
This Morocco tour covers it all. From the mesmerizing towns and cities of Fes, Meknes and Chefchaouen to the towering Rif and High Atlas Mountains, from the magical Sahara desert to the relaxed Atlantic Coast…and an endless list of off the beaten path experiences along the way.
You’ll sleep in a traditional nomad tent out in the desert, visit traditional villages and learn about the traditional life of the Berbers. You’ll explore the country’s most spectacular nature as well – canyons, lakes, gorges, mountains and the surreal Valley of the Roses.
Every day in Morocco offers something new and rewarding…are you ready?
Guide for this tour: Ismail and Earl (read more about Earl here)
Day 1: Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen
From our starting city of Casablanca, we will head up the coast to Rabat to tour some of the historic sites of this Imperial city, including the stunning Kasbah of the Oudayas. From Rabat, we’ll head into the heart of the Rif Mountains through green hillsides of cedar woods to the charming ‘blue town’ of Chefchaouen. You will have the afternoon at leisure to stroll through its pretty winding streets, with great cafés and photo opportunities, while enjoying magnificent views of the Rif.
Day 2: Chefchaouen
After breakfast, we’ll have a guided tour of Chefchaouen during the morning to discover its culture and history, from the blue-glazed houses and buildings that comes from the town’s former Jewish population to the Grand Mosque in the cobbled square and to the intriguing souks (markets), and beyond. After the tour you’ll have the afternoon and evening to enjoy this atmospheric location at your own leisure.
Day 3: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes
Leaving the Rif Mountains, we’ll cross the northern plains towards Fes, Morocco’s most ancient Imperial City, visiting the extensive Roman ruins of Volubilis en route. Our next stop will be the city of Meknes, a smaller, relaxed destination with a fascinating history and beautiful medina. After a visit to Meknes, we’ll continue with a short drive to Fes.
Day 4: Fes
Fes was the first of Morocco’s Imperial Cities, and is one of the best-preserved cities of the medieval world, offering a wealth of cultural heritage and architectural beauty. We’ll have a full day of guided exploration that takes in the Royal Palace, the ancient Jewish quarter, Blue Gate, one of the holiest places in Morocco and a unique market known for dye-works, giving us a complete idea of life in this city.
Day 5: Fes – Ifrane – Azrou – Midelt – Merzouga
An early start will take us towards the Middle Atlas Mountains, passing waterfalls, cedar forests and rock formations before we arrive in beautiful Ifrane. From here we’ll continue up the winding roads to Azrou (possibly seeing some Barbary apes along the way!) before we leave the mountains and reach the Sahara Desert. We’ll spend our first night among the golden dunes at Merzouga.
Day 6: Sahara Desert – camel trek – desert camp
A relaxing day to explore some of the fascinating aspects of life, culture and nature in the Sahara Desert. Our 4×4 vehicle will allow us to visit the unique landscapes of the Erg Chebbi dunes (up to 160m high), hamada (flat desert) villages, and industrial heritage sites from the time of the French occupation and its mining industry. In the afternoon we’ll meet our camels and trek out into the heart of the Sahara for a 2 hour desert sunset experience. We’ll spend the night at a desert camp, in traditional nomad tents, traditional music around the camp fire and a sky full of stars.
Day 7 - 9: Dades Valley
Three days in the stunning Dades Valley and surroundings – sunrise over the dunes, off road excursion into the mountains, traditional Berber villages and nomadic settlements and stunning landscapes in every direction. We’ll also experience the palm oasis of Tinerhir, red rock formations, impressive canyons and the Valley of the Roses, perhaps the most spectacular off the beaten path experience in the country. This will truly be an experience you will never forget!
Day 10: Dades Valley – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech
We descend the lush green Dades Valleyingers’, and head towards Ouarzazate, the provincial capital, also stopping in the spectacular hillside town of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has the largest and best-preserved collection of kasbahs in Morocco. The journey continues along an ancient caravan route to the fortress of Telouet before arriving in Marrakech in the evening.
Day 11: Marrakech
Discover this vibrant city with a guided tour through the main market, the Saadian Tombs, ancient palaces and more. In the afternoon, we’ll head out to Jardin Majorelle, the beautiful gardens owned by the late Yves St Laurent – a tranquil oasis of peace after the bustle of the medina!
Day 12: Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast
Essaouira is a charming white and blue town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, a relaxing drive from Marrakech. Once there, you will have the afternoon at leisure to explore this lovely seaside town – spend time on the golden beach, walk around the city ramparts overlooking the sea, and stroll round the little streets of the medina, watching woodworkers, potters and silversmiths in their workshops. In the evening we’ll head back to Marrakech.
Day 13: Departure Day
*Local guides are used throughout the tour but Earl will be with you the entire time.
Physical Level: While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys by bus or van, early morning wake-ups and other similarly challenging scenarios.
Accommodation: Prices are based on the sharing of rooms and single members of the group will typically be put together in a room with two beds. We will be using budget guesthouses/hotels of good quality that offer comfortable facilities. We will also spend one night at a desert camp, sleeping as a group in traditional nomad tents. (If you wish to have a private room to yourself – for all nights except for the desert camp – the single supplement cost is $610 USD.)
Subject to Change: Keep in mind that the above itinerary and activities are subject to change. Travel almost always involves unexpected situations so things might need to be re-arranged at times. However, it is important to remember that travel is all about the journey, and so even the unexpected situations we may face should be treated as part of the overall experience 🙂
Arrival Details: I do recommend arriving at least one day prior to the first day of the tour so that you’ll be well rested once it all begins. If you do arrive early, I can arrange the extra nights of accommodation for you in Casablanca. Airport pickups can also be arranged and more information about this will be sent to all those who sign up.
INCLUDED in the tour cost:
– Accommodation – quality guesthouses & hotels plus 1 night at a desert camp (sleeping as a group in traditional nomad tents)
– Meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
– Transportation – all transportation within Morocco during the tour
– All activities mentioned above, all associated entrance and guide fees
Not included in the tour cost:
– Flights or other transportation to/from Morocco
– Meals and activities not mentioned
– Travel/health insurance
– Passport/visa fees
– Tips and gratuities
This is our first Morocco tour but here is some feedback from other trips!
“The Mexico tour itself was in one word: Amazing. As I write this, I cannot believe that I’ve seen and done so much in two weeks. Our itinerary crafted a beautifully varied, and well-paced tour. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone and especially someone who wants to start venturing out on their own for the first time. I think the most powerful testimony I can give is this: I already paid my deposit for the India tour for October this year!” – Queenie (USA)
“Wandering through Romania was an incredible trip in every way: great sights, great people, and everything was very well-organized. Earl did a great job of planning an excellent trip in which we got to visit many beautiful places (both well-known and off the beaten path) all while in the company of a small, cohesive group of like-minded travelers. I’ve traveled to 40+ countries and this trip still stands out in my mind as one of the best I’ve been on. I would highly recommend Wandering Earl tours!” – Nadia A. (USA)
“Daydreaming about India every day, what a trip it was! Keep these tours going, they’re awesome! I don’t think you can get this kind of travel experience anywhere else and what an awesome and unique place we all experienced together. Loved the tour! 12 out of 10!” – Colin M. (USA)