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Essential Morocco Holiday

14 days from £2895pp plus international flights.

This is the Morocco holiday for anyone who wants to experience the enormous variety this country has to offer. Imperial cities, historical sites, mighty sand dunes, towering mountains and sandy beaches - this trip has it all!​

This is a comprehensive and evocative journey through Morocco. From the hustle and bustle of Fez and Marrakech, past traditional Berber villages and kasbahs, dramatic gorges, the Atlas Mountains, with time to enjoy the silence of the Sahara desert, before finishing at the picturesque coastal town of Essaouira, this trip will bring you close to the cultures and varied landscapes of this fascinating country.

You will be staying in top quality accommodation including 2 Relais & Chateaux properties, 1 member of the 'Great Hotels of the World', characterful kasbahs and a gorgeous camp in the Sahara Desert. Dinner is included in the more remote locations, but in the towns you'll be free to dine in-house or take your pick from the local restaurants.

As this is a tailor made trip organised just for you, all services will be private - your journeys and your guiding. This means that the holiday is very flexible each day. Perhaps you want to stop for shopping on a journey one day, maybe you want to stop for photos, perhaps you'd like your guide to go into more detail about the history of an area...

Whatever you want, you can make the trip yours.

Itinerary
Courtyard at Riad Fes

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN FEZ

On arrival at Fez airport you're met by a local representative and taken to your hotel. Situated in the heart of the city, Riad Fes is built around 4 courtyards, each decorated in a different style and with plenty of comfy chairs and sofas where you can relax. The hotel is member of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux group and its impressive facilities include 2 pools, a roof terrace and spa, ideal for unwinding in comfort.
Fez dye pits

DAY 2: TOUR OF FEZ

You have a full day guided tour of Fez. Fez was Morocco's capital city for over 400 years from its beginnings in 789. It is the country's leading cultural and religious centre. There are two distinct towns within Fez: the old town of Fez el Bali which is largely mediaeval, and the 'new' town of Fez el Jedid. Fez medina, the largest in Morocco, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and walking through it is like walking back in time. Your tour includes a visit to the famous tanneries in the heart of the old town, and your guide is on hand to give you background information and answer questions you may have. Breakfast
Gateway at Roman Volubilis

DAY 3: MEKNES & VOLUBILIS

Today you travel by car to Meknes. This historic town was built by the tyrannical Sultan Moulay Ismail (1672-1727). In the course of 50 years, some 50 palaces, many gardens, shops, mosques and 15 miles of walls were constructed. Today you can still see the imperial city of palaces and gardens, barracks, granaries and stables. Later, you continue to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, dating back to the 3rd century BC, where there are some impressive mosaics and a strking entrance gate. Strolling around the site you get a feel for life in this once thriving city. After this visit you return to your riad in Fez. Breakfast
Erfoud, Kasbah Xaluca

DAY 4: TO ERFOUD

Today you set out with your driver to Erfoud, a small town on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The drive takes about 7 hours through spectacular mountain scenery, with stops along the way to take photos and stretch your legs. Water and snacks are provided in the vehicle, but you can stop for refreshments en-route, too. Tonight you're staying in Kasbah Xaluca, an impressive hotel with an inviting swimming pool, hammam and a choice of restaurants for dinner. Breakfast, dinner
La Belle Etoile - Sahara Desert camp

DAY 5: DESERT PICNIC & DESERT CAMP

Travel out into the desert this morning on an exciting 4x4 drive. It's a thrilling way to experience the dunes and gain a sense of the scale of the Sahara. By lunchtime you reach the oasis of Tisserdimine where you'll have a tasty picnic lunch. Return to the hotel for a restful afternoon, and later you're driven out into the desert again to your very own camp beside the impressive sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. There's time to rest and take in your surroundings, enjoying the spectacle of a desert sunset before sitting down to a delicious dinner. Then it's time for bed, a night in your traditional tent in the Sahara. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
The pool at Xaluca Dades

DAY 6: TODRA GORGE, TO DADES

Leave the camp after breakfast and drive to Todra Gorge. This is a magnificent sight with lofty cliffs towering over the narrow canyon, offering great photo opportunities. The journey continues to Dades and your hotel, Xaluca Dades. Facilities include a large swimming pool, sun terrace, heated jacuzzi, a hammam and a sauna. Tonight you dine in the restaurant with a choice of Moroccan and international dishes. Breakfast, dinner
Dades Gorge

DAY 7: DADES GORGE, TO SKOURA

This morning you visit Dades Gorge. It starts as a wide valley with lush vegetation, but soon narrows as the limestone cliffs close in. Leaving the vehicle behind you have the chance to explore on foot, with a guided trek enabling you to experience the scenery first hand. The drive then heads to the desert oasis town of Skoura, with its slender palm trees and many kasbahs. Check in to your hotel, an impressive kasbah offering comfortable and characterful accommodation. There's a pool, terrace and cosy lounge. Dinner tonight is eaten by candlelight in the courtyard. Breakfast, dinner
La Sultana roof terrace

DAY 8: TO MARRAKECH

Today you have a tour of Skoura before beginning the drive to Marrakech. En-route, stop for a guided tour at Ait Benhaddou, a World Heritage Site. It is a collection of kasbahs making up a small village or ksar (a collection of kasbahs) set on a hill. Continue to Marrakech and check in to your lovely hotel near the Saadian tombs. La Sultana is one of the 'Great Hotel of the World', with top quality facilities and service, and you have 4 nights to enjoy here. Sitting on the roof terrace you can hear the lively chatter in the streets below as you enjoy views of the city. Breakfast
Marrakech souks

DAY 9: MARRAKECH TOUR

Today a guide shows you round the city's many sites. Explore the narrow alleyways, the busy souks, squares, and gardens. Spare some time to enjoy a drink and snack at one of the cafes in the main square, the Djemmaa el Fna. You might want to visit the Dar si Said Museum with its collection of arts, crafts and jewellery, or one of the palaces. When you've had your fill of the city, return to the peace and tranquility of La Sultana. maybe treating yourself to a massage in the spa or a swim in the courtyard pool. Tonight you can head back to the Djemmaa el Fna to watch the acrobats and snake charmers and sample some freshly cooked food at one of the busy stalls. Breakfast
Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech

DAY 10: IN MARRAKECH

You have a full free day in this exciting city. There is plenty to see and do. You may opt to visit the Koutoubia Mosque, or the Saadian tombs near the hotel to see the richly decorated mausoleums, with their fine mosaics, magnificent domed ceilings, stalactite plaster work, intricate carvings and marble pillars. You could take a caleche (horse drawn carriage) to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens, owned by Yves Saint Laurent, a wonderful place to wander. Back in the medina you can try out your bargaining skills in the souks as you pick up a few gifts and souvenirs. Later you can relax in the hotel after a busy day. Beakfast
Atlas Mountains

DAY 11: WALKING IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

A short drive takes you away from the city into the Atlas Mountains and a morning's gentle walking through some lovely scenery. This is an area of fertile valleys, where various different crops grow and it is home to numerous Berber communities. On conclusion of the trek you have lunch in the mountainss before returning to the city and your final evening in Marrakech. You might want to venture back to the Djemmaa el Fna for some more excitement, or opt for the charms of your hotel and savour dinner in the restaurant. Breakfast
Essaouira Fort

DAY 12: TO ESSAOUIRA

After breakfast, you have a drive of 2 hours or so to the coastal town of Essaouira, probably the most attractive of Morocco's coastal resorts. Formerly known as Mogador, Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The long and often wind-swept beach leads up to a walled town of narrow streets with white and blue painted houses. You have guided tour to explore the ramparts and souks, visit workshops and watch fishermen bringing in their catches at the harbour. Your hotel, Heure Bleue, has a gorgeous courtyard, cosy lounges and a roof terrace with a pool, sundeck and shaded seating. This is another prestigious Relais & Chateaux property with the high levels of comfort and service you'd expect. Breakfast
The pool at Heure Bleue

DAY 13: IN ESSAOUIRA

You have a free day to explore the old town, harbour and beaches of Essaouira, as well as plenty of time to savour some fresh seafood and go shopping for souvenirs. You have the chance to enjoy a cleansing hammam at the hotel, or a pampering beauty treatment. Top up your tan on the rooftop terrace or find a quiet corner in the courtyard where you can catch up with some reading. Tonight you can dine in the hotel or head into town with its selection of restaurants for your final dinner of the holiday. Breakfast
Breakfast on the terrace

DAY 14: TO MARRAKECH, DEPART

It's time to head for home. After breakfast, bags packed, you have a drive of around 2 hours to Marrakech airport, arriving in time to check in for your homeward flight. Breakfast
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2895 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Accommodation on a twin share basis; airport transfers; ground transfers by private vehicle; meals as specified; water and snacks in the private vehcile; full day tour of Fez inc. entrance fees; guided tours of Meknes and Volubilis inc. entrance fees; 4x4 desert excursion and picnic; halfday trekking in Dades Gorge; guided tours in Skoura and Ait Ben Haddouu; full day tour of Marrkech inc. entrance fees; halfday trekking in the Atlas Mountains; tour in Essaouira inc. entrance fees.

Excludes: International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified as included; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips

Getting there: This holiday starts in Fez and ends in Marrakech. International return flights from the UK cost from about £300 per person, but vary according to season and availability. We can book these flights for you.

Departure dates: This is a private tailor made holiday in Morocco based on two people travelling. You can take the trip whenever you like as we arrange all services to suit your preferences. 

places you will see

places you will see

Fez
Fez
Fez was Morocco's capital city for over 400 years from its beginnings in 789. It is the country's leading cultural and religious centre.

Erfoud
Erfoud & Merzouga
Erfound is an oasis town and Merzouga a small village, about 55kms apart in the Sahara Desert. Both have a selection of hotels and are close to the stunning Erg Chebbi Dunes.
Dades Valley
Dades Gorge
Dades Gorge is part of the Dades Valley, and is atmospheric and dramatic. The winding road through the gorge leads past several kasbahs and villages and though stunning rock formations.

Marrakech
Marrakech
The southern city of Marrakesh, with a backdrop of High Atlas peaks in the distance, will draw you into its charms immediately. Explore the old walled city (medina) where the narrow alleyways of the bustling souks, busy mosques and the main square, the Djemmaa el Fna, will be the focus of your attentions.
Essaouira
Essaouira
Essaouira, two hours drive west of Marrakech, is probably the most attractive of Morocco's coastal resorts and makes a relaxing holiday destination.

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Time: GMT

Flight time: Marrakech is the main international gateway. British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryan Air and Thomson have frequent direct flights from London to Marrakech. There are also direct flights to Casablanca and Fez, and a more extensive service with Royal Air Maroc to other airports within Morocco.

Language: Moroccan Arabic is the official language. It is significantly different from classical and modern Arabic.

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from the embassy

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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