Drunk on Colour
Arrive in Casablanca then head on to Meknes and Fes. Next up is Midelt, Merzouga and Erg Chebbi for walks, ruins and desert camps. Then Todra Gorge, Dades Valley and Ait Benhaddou (ie ALL THE COOL STUFF). Finish with a visit to High Atlas then a few days in rad Marrakech.
How to survive a camel ride in Morocco:
- approach with caution, they can smell fear a mile away
- lean back as it stands up
- wear long pants and socks (but not with sandals, that’s just embarrassing)
- camels are open to PDA so don’t be alarmed if your camel gets caught up in a make-out session
- bring some painkillers (your butt will ache in places you never knew existed)
Day 1 - Casablanca
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1.
Free day to explore. Head straight to Blvd de la Corniche, pick a cafe along the waterfront and order a plate of couscous (the food so nice they named it twice).
- Arrive at any time and explore Casablanca under your own steam
Day 2 - Casablanca-Meknes
The Grand Mosquée Hassan II is a beauty. It’s the biggest mosque in Morocco with the world’s tallest minaret (60 stories high). You’ll struggle to fit it all in one photo, so put down the camera and try to take it all in (or take it in three separate shots and sticky-tape them together when you get home).
- Take a visit the Mosque of Hassan II
- Jump on the train to Meknes and pop over to the whitewashed village of Moulay Idriss to stay with a local family.
Day 3-4 - Fes
- Confession: The Fes tanneries stink, but you’ll get a little bunch of mint to sniff on which helps block the pong. It’s also handy if you forgot to brush your teeth.
- Enroute to Fes take in the Roman ruins at Volubilis and wander around the old medina of Meknes with a guide
- Why not visit the nearby Medersa el Attarine, built in 1323?
- Stop by the Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully-restored lodging house
- Take a guided tour of the old city in Fes
- Spend an entire free day exploring
- Perhaps check out the nearby spa town of Moulay Yacoub?
Day 5-6 - Midelt - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi
Ask anyone to describe riding a camel, and the answers range from “Camels are jerks” to “Most uncomfortable ride of my life”. Good thing there’s a Saharan sunset and a night in the desert to look forward to.
Breakfast | Dinner
- Travel south on a bunch of different terrain
- Take an easy but awesome walk in Midelt
- Pass the 500-year old ruins of the Ksar of Meski
- Head into the village in Merzouga
- Sunset desert camel ride
- Spend the night at a desert camp
Day 7-8 - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley - Ait Benhaddou
Hit the ‘road of 1000 kasbahs’ on your way to meet a bona fide Moroccan celebrity. Ait Benhaddou has featured in Game of Thrones (where Daenerys freed all those slaves) and classic films like The Mummy, Gladiator, Prince of Persia and Alexander (actually, ‘classic’ might be pushing it).
- Take an early morning camel ride through the dunes
- Experience sunrise in the Sahara Desert
- Take a short hike to Todra Gorge
Breakfast | Dinner
- Travel along the ‘road of 1000 kasbahs’ and the Dades Valley
- Stop to visit the family-owned mud-brick home at Skoura
- Explore the many old streets of Ait Benhaddou and climb up to the fortress for a view over the old town if you want
Day 9 - High Atlas - Marrakech
See the Berber village of Telouet, a crumbling terracotta-coloured kasbah in the High Atlas Mountains. Fortify yourself with mint tea for the hairy descent to Marrakech.
- Pass Berber villages and take in views of the countryside
- Visit the crumbling mud-brick citadel in Telouet
- Arrive in Marrakech and head down to the Djemaa el Fna
Day 10 - Marrakech
The good: fresh orange juice, haggling in the bazaar, the smell of barbecues at night. The weird: fire eaters, fortune tellers, magicians and snake charmers. The ugly: monkeys wearing nappies.
- Take an orientation walk of the old medina
- Enjoy free time to explore the souks and alleyways of Marrakech
- Optional visit to El Badi Palace, the Majorelle Garden or the Museum of Islamic Art
Day 11-12 - Essaouira
How do you pronounce Essaouira? "Whitewashed houses, bright blue shutters, covered alleyways, beaches, swimming, seafood and medina", is a good start.
** The visit to Essaouira is unescorted. We'll take you to the bus station in Marrakech, put you on the bus to Essaouira and give you directions to the hotel. It's a tiny little place, super easy to navigate and the people are friendly if you get lost (which you won't, because as we said... it's a tiny little place).
- Catch the local bus to Essaouira
- Settle in this World Heritage listed town and explore the new surroundings during free time
- Indulge in a long, leisurely breakfast and maybe wander over to the harbour
- Check out the Museum of Sidi Mohammed Ibn Abdallah
- Snap up some bargains in the medina
- Take a dip at the Plage de Safi if it's not too windy.
Day 13-14 - Marrakech
Back to Marrakech for a bit more haggling (did you see those overnight bags?) a hammam (how ticklish are you?) and one last tagine (remember that little cafe you passed in Rue des Banque Kanariya?).
- The trip ends on day 14 after breakfast
What to Know
• Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.
• Sightseeing (not including entrance fees): Casablanca's Mosque of Hassan II; Meknes' old medina; Fes-El-Bali's souk; Ifrane; Midelt; Gorges du Ziz; Ksar of Meski; Todra Gorge; ‘road of 1000 kasbahs’; Dades Gorge; mud-brick home at Skoura; Ait Benhaddou; Telouet; Marrakech and Essaouira.
• Camel ride and overnight desert camping.
• Local train to Meknes and local bus to Essaouira.
- International flights, arrival & departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Drunk on Colour
Marina - Australia, 19 May, 2013
We had a fantastic experience on this trip.I think that it was made so good because we had an awesome tour guide.Anfetouak Abdessamad(Abdou) he was so knowledgable about where we were going and the culture of Morocco he made our trip fun and exciting and was always ready to help n any way possible
Drunk on Colour
Pierrette - Canada, 7 Oct, 2012
This Moroccan trip was very rich in history and it was a real pleasure to discover this arab and berbere country. We had the chance of having a tour leader who was very knowledgeable of his country and made our trip even more interesting by briefing us along the way on places we were about to visit and things to do.
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What to know
Please note that the days spent in Essaouira are unescorted.
Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.