Hang in Casablanca before a homestay in Moulay Idriss, see lots of cool old stuff in Fes, head on to Midelt, Mergouza and Erg Chebbi for walking, ruins and a sunset camel ride. Ride on through the dunes to Todra Gorge, before visiting Dades Valley and Ail Benhaddou. Finish up with High Atlas and sexy Marrakesh.
Morocco is the land of legendary hospitality, so mind your manners. Bring a scarf to cover your shoulders and take off your shoes if you enter someone's home (plan ahead and wear clean socks).
(Was Backroads of Morocco)
Day 1-2 - Casablanca - Moulay Idriss
Prepare for your first mouthful of mint tea. It's hot, syrupy and so sweet it makes Taylor Swift look like Rihanna.
- Get acquainted with Casablanca
- Train to Meknes and pop over to the whitewashed village of Moulay Idriss to stay with a local family.
Day 3-4 - Fes
Fes. Short name, long history. It's the best place to have a local guide because they'll skip straight to the juicy bits. This is as close to the original Morocco as you'll get (minus all the Sultans).
- Roman ruins at Volubilis and wander around the old medina of Meknes with a guide
- Guided tour of the old city to a tannery
- Optional visit to nearby Medersa el Attarine, built in 1323
- Free time so you can check out the nearby spa town of Moulay Yacoub
Day 5-6 - Midelt- Mergouza - Erg Chebbi
The humble scarf really comes into its own here, protecting you from the sun while simultaneously making sure your mouth and nose don't fill up with sand. Grab one from the markets before you head off on a sunset camel ride.
Breakfast | Dinner
- Travel south
- Easy but awesome walk in Midelt
- See 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
It's like stepping into another time, with mudbrick kasbahs, green palm groves, men in robes and... mobile phones? You can't fight progress.
- Early morning camel ride through the dunes
- Sunrise in the Sahara desert
- 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 perhaps climb up to the fortress for a view over the old town
Day 9-11 - High Atlas - MarrakechBreakfast
What to Know
• Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and local 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; Todra Gorge; ‘road of 1000 kasbahs’; Dades Gorge; mud-brick home at Skoura; Ait Benhaddou; Telouet; and Marrakech.
• Camel ride and overnight desert camping.
- 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
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 13 Apr 2014 - 23 Apr 2014 2 Available US $895 Book Now 27 Apr 2014 - 07 May 2014 0 Request US $740 Contact Us 11 May 2014 - 21 May 2014 0 Request US $895 Contact Us 25 May 2014 - 04 Jun 2014 0 Request US $895 Contact Us 15 Jun 2014 - 25 Jun 2014 1 Available US $870 Book Now 13 Jul 2014 - 23 Jul 2014 3 Available US $845 Book Now 27 Jul 2014 - 06 Aug 2014 7+ Available US $820 Book Now 10 Aug 2014 - 20 Aug 2014 7+ Available US $820 Book Now 24 Aug 2014 - 03 Sep 2014 7+ Available US $820 Book Now 07 Sep 2014 - 17 Sep 2014 7+ Available US $870 Book Now 21 Sep 2014 - 01 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $870 Book Now 05 Oct 2014 - 15 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $870 Book Now 19 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2014 7+ Available US $870 Book Now 02 Nov 2014 - 12 Nov 2014 7+ Available US $820 Book Now 16 Nov 2014 - 26 Nov 2014 7+ Available US $820 Book Now 30 Nov 2014 - 10 Dec 2014 7+ Available US $820 Book Now 21 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 7+ Available US $820 Book Now
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.
Bonnie - Australia, 28 Apr, 2013
The trip gave us a great overall feel for Morocco. We saw the cities to the more secluded areas and the differences that came with that.
Margaret - United States, 12 May, 2013
This was my fourth trip with Geckos. I had a great time traveling through Morocco, experiencing its culture and meeting Moroccan people. I can't name a favorite place because there were so many but I will never forget visiting a local home. A lady invited us into her home for tea.....her hospitality was heartwarming. Sahara!! What can I say....beautiful!!!!
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What to know
Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.