Electric Souk

Camel ride and camping in the Sahara
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jamaâ El Fna
Meknes' UNESCO World Heritage-listed old medina
Todra Gorge and the Dades Valley
Fes - the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco
The mud-brick kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou
The Road of 1000 Kasbahs
When asked to describe riding a camel, most people's answers range from, "Camels are bastards" to "Most uncomfortable ride of your life".
Marrakech
  • 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).

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Casablanca - Moulay Idriss

    Arrive in Casablanca and check out the Hassan II mosque. Get acquainted with Casablanca. Welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.

    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.
    Breakfast

    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
    Breakfast

    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.

    • 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
    Breakfast | Dinner

    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.

    Day 7

    • Early morning camel ride through the dunes
    • Sunrise in the Sahara desert
    • Short hike to Todra Gorge

    Day 8

    • 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
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 9-11 - High Atlas - Marrakech

    UNESCO calls it "a World Heritage site of oral and intangible heritage of humanity". What they're trying to say is that Djemaa el Fna is a big, crazy melting pot of madness. Shop for leather bags, tagines, rugs, shoes (the only good bit about Sex And The City 2) and jewellery.

    Day 9

    • 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 take in the madness of the Djemaa el Fna

    Day 10

    • Tour the old medina
    • Free time to explore the souks and alleyways of Marrakech
    • Maybe visit the El Badi Palace, the Majorelle Garden or the Museum of Islamic Art
    • Indulge in one last optional group dinner

    Day 11

    • The trip ends today after breakfast
    Breakfast
  • What's Included

    • • 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.

       

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival & departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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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.

    Electric Souk

    Bonnie - Australia, 28 Apr, 2013
    4
    Overall Rating

    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.

    Electric Souk

    Margaret - United States, 12 May, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    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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Camel, Minibus, On foot, Taxi, Train
1 night Camping, 8 nights Hotel, 1 night Guesthouse
Casablanca
Marrakech

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