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Join Ucango's Samantha Mann on a fully escorted tour though Morocco's melting pot of culture and custom.

Morocco in A Nutshell

At the crossroads of Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Morocco is a melting pot of culture and custom.
You can feel it in the bustle of the crowded souqs and you can taste it in every aromatic tajine. It’s floating in the air above the
High Atlas Mountains and it’s caught in the grains of the endless Sahara. It’s a vibrancy, an urgency, an assault on the senses.
It is the essence of Morocco. Play it again, Sam.


 Summary 

Visits
  • Casablanca - Meknes - Chefchauouen - Fes - Midelt - Merzouga - Mgoun - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakesh - Essaouira 
Accommodation
  • Hotel 10 nights
  • Auberge 1 night
  • Gite 2 nights
  • Camp 1 night
Rooming Requirements
  • Twin Share
Included Meals
  • Breakfast (14)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Dinner (4)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
Leader/Guide
  • 1 English speaking tour leader throughout.
  • Plus your host - Samantha Mann
  • Local guides in Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Mgoun & Marrakech
Included Activities
  • Per Daily itinerary
Entrance/Admission Fees
  • Where applicable with included activities
Airport Transfers
  • Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis.
Exclusions
  • International airport departure tax
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the
  • itinerary
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in
  • the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and
  • dinners
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 / June 2019 - 
Casablanca

Meals included: None 

Welcome to Morocco!! Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6pm – check with hotel reception to confirm the time. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. As there's little free time included in Casablanca on this trip, to fully explore the city consider coming a day earlier.

Arrival Transfer Included

Optional Activities

  • Jewish Museum - MAD40
  • Villa des Arts - art gallery & museum – Free

Accommodation: Hotel Amouday or similar


Day 2 / June 2019 - Meknes

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast today, Casablanca beckons. Take a 45-minute guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, this extraordinary monument was the late king's most ambitious project and his legacy to the city. Its 200-meter-high minaret is the tallest in the world. Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 25,000 wor shippers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Next, it's about a one-hour and half drive to the capital of Rabat. Rabat's history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties, and others that are far older. The earliest knowns ettlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Chellah, where you will visit the remains of the citadel. You will also see the vast minaret of the Hassan Mosque and explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias. In the late afternoon, continue on to Meknes (approximately 2 hours), the sixth largest city in the kingdom, and former capital of Morocco.

Included Activities:

  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Chellah - entrance
  • Kasbah Les Oudayas Rabat

Accommodation: Hotel Swani or similar


Day 3 / June 2019 - Chefchaouen

Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a morning tour of Meknes. Discover the charming streets of the old medina. From the northern gate of Bab Berdaine walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail, who turned Meknes from a provincial town to an imperial city in the 17th century.You will explore the elaborately decorated public buildings hidden in these winding streets, including the granary of Mouly Ismailand the old souq. 

Next, you will drive to the nearby archeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was one of the Roman empire's most remote bases. The remains make an undeniably impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. When it was damaged by an earthquake in the 18th century, much of the marble was taken for construction in Meknes. Enjoy a tour of the ancient hilltop ruins with a local guide. Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Discover the sea creature mosaic in the House of Orpheus, and see the exploits and labours of Hercules, which are depicted in stunning detail.

Afterwards, make the three-hour drive to Chefchaouen, or the ‘blue city’, which is arguably one of the prettiest places inMorocco. Set against a wide valley and nestled between two peaks in the stunning Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen may take you by surprise. Its medina has been lovingly cared for with striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and artistic doorways. Much of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquistia, so you might feel like you're in the hills of Spain while exploring its streets. Ease into the relaxed pace of life in this rural retreat. Take an orientation walk through the ancient medina and shop for handicrafts, or simply sit at a cafe and enjoy the pleasure of time passing by. If you're feeling peckish, the goats' cheese on offer is a popular treat enjoyed by many visitors.

Included Activities 

  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis 
  • Guided walking tour – Meknes

Accommodation: Hotel Madrid or similar


Day 4 / June 2019 - Fes

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy free morning to further discover Chefchaouen. Take another stroll around the streets and search for your favourite shade of blue. Then perhaps enjoy lunch before boarding our private minibus on a long journey to Fes (approximately 4 hours) for the night. The living museum of Fes has disputable origins; some believe its origins come from ancient Greece, other claim it comes from the Balkans. Nevertheless, the city is a best example of medieval Arab world, and you are soon to find out more of its past and modern times. 

Accommodation: Hotel l’Escale or similar


Day 5 / June 2019 - Fes

Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will discover the city of Fes, the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming– a visual and pungent feast for the senses. Head into the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, arguably the world's most fascinating and confounding old city. Medieval Fes was one of the world's great centres of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and libraries are legendary, its mosques of great renown. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Filled with historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and soups, and where the squawk of chickens, smell ofspice and sound of hammering of copper fills the air, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting, Medresse el Attarine, the tanneries and the splendid Fondouk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and perhaps spend the evening relaxing in this calming oasis, away from the buzz of the medina. 

Included Activities

  • Fondouk Nejjarine
  • Medersa Attarine - Entrance - Fes
  • Guided walking tour Fes

Accommodation: Hotel l’Escale or similar


Day 6 / June 2019 - Midelt

Meals included: Breakfast

Board the private minibus and leave the intensity of the city behind for the simplicity of the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains(approximately 4 hours). Drive south, inland through a variety of spectacular scenery – fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests andbarren, rocky landscapes. The area is populated with wandering nomadic shepherds attending to their flocks. Pass through cedar forests which are home to Barbary apes, North Africa's only monkey, and on to your destination of Midelt. Nestled in a valley, Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and surrounded by farmland and orchards. You may want to stretch your legs as you explore the nearby village of Bremen and take a closer look at local farming life. You couldalso check out an optional traditional music performance in Midelt. 

Optional Activitiy - Folklore music performance - MAD600

Accommodation: Hotel Taddart or similar


Day 7 / June 2019 - Merzouga

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Today it's a five-hour drive towards the mighty Sahara Desert. Since we'll have the convenience of our own private minivan,there will be many opportunities to stop and admire views of Kasbahs and palmeries (valleys lush with date palms, fields and orchards) along the way. Drive through changing scenery, from barren mountainsides to fertile valleys, pausing in frontier townslike Erfoud and Rissani, before reaching the end of the road at the small Saharan settlement of Merzouga. With a backdrop of the orange-coloured Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. Store your main baggage, saddle up your day pack and mount a camel for a one-hour sunset ride into the desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. Anerg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that's formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20 kilometers from the Algerian border, this really feels like frontier country. Spend the night in a desert camp under the stars. Our local friends will prepare a hearty feast, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.Included 

Activities Camel ride to the camp Accommodation: Yasmina luxury Camp or similar


Day 8 / June 2019 - Mgoun

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Enjoy a real Lawrence of Arabia moment this morning with a sunrise camel ride across the desert on the return journey to theauberge. Then drive to Todra Gorge (approximately 4 hours), a massive trench that rises over 250 metres to form one of themost dramatic and spectacular natural sights in Morocco. The limestone stacks make a perfect area for trekking, and so todayyou will take a short walk through the sheer cliffs. Continue your journey inland for tonight’s destination, M’goun (approximately2 hours). You will get closer to the customs and lifestyle of the Berber this evening with the night spent in a traditional Berberhouse.

Accommodation: Gite Tamaloute or similar


Day 9 / June 2019 - Mgoun

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

You have a full day to explore the beauty of this largely untouched Moroccan backcountry. On foot is the best way to discoverthe natural and man-made landscape and the rural way of life. There are a couple of circuits to choose from, but the mostpopular choice, and the one we recommend, is a 10 kilometre circuit that will take about four hours. Accompanied by a localguide, you’ll walk a trail that undulates slightly here and there, but isn't too challenging if you have a basic level of fitness. On thewalk you'll pass Berber villages, meeting local Berbers along the way and perhaps having a chance to share a cup of mint teawith some of them. The surrounding mountains and the famous Rose Valley make a sensational setting.

Included Activities 

  • Guided half day trek at M'goun Valley

Accommodation: Gite Tamaloute or similar


Day 10 / June 2019 - Ait Benhaddou

Meals included: Breakfast

Leaving the M'goun Valley today, set off on the fabled ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’. The first stop is at Skoura Oasis (after approximately 2 hours), home to several privately owned kasbahs. Here visit the Kasbah Ameridhl, with its extravagant decorations and mud-brick fortifications. Continue on your journey to Ait Benhaddou (approximately 2 hours). Perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco's most iconic sites. Its grant kasbah is one of the most beautiful in Morocco and the fortified village is a fine example of clay architecture. If you think you recognise the place, you probably do, as the town has a long list of film and TV credits, including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator. Enjoy a walk through the winding streets of old town, making your way to the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy the views across the surrounding plains. After heading to your nearby hotel for the night, maybe sit back on the roof top terrace and watch the sun setting over the magical Kasbah.

Included Activities 

  • Kasbah Skoura

Accommodation: Ksar El Janoub or similar


Day 11 / June 2019  - Marrakech

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Today you will drive for several hours through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient, exotic citywrapped in European modernity. There’s no rush as the scenery through the High Atlas Mountain passes is magnificent, andthere will surely be calls for several photo stops along the way. On arrival in Marrakech you will check in to your hotel. Thisevening, head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech for afoodie tour, during this experience, you will taste the well-known Moroccan street food followed by dinner in one of the stalls ofthe square.

Included Activities

  • Foodie tour

Accommodation: Hotel Opera Plazza or similar


Day 12 / June 2019 - Marrakech

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast today, meet your local guide and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that arethe lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Continue to the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace, which houses a fine collection of Moroccan art and sculpture. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including LaGiralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Otherwise, perhaps head back into the medina,where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco.

Included Activities

  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour
  • Koutoubia Mosque and minaret
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia
  • Photography Museum

Optional Activities

  • Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
  • Palais Badi - MAD10
  • Saadian Tombs - MAD10
  • Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Museum of Marrakech - MAD40

Accommodation: Hotel Opera Plazza or similar


Day 13 / June 2019 - Essaouira

Meals included: Breakfast

Spend the morning at your leisure in Marrakech, in the afternoon, drive to Essaouira a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. This artists' town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. It is one of North Africa's most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist.

Accommodation: Hotel Miramar or similar


Day 14 / June 2019 - Essaouira

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Another day at your leisure, you may want to explore the city on your own. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. A freshly-cooked plate of the day's catch is included. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days.

Included Activities

  • Sea food market lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Miramar or similar


Day 15 / June 2019 - Departure from Marrakech

Meals included: Breakfast

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning There are no activities planned for the final day and you will betaken to Marrakech airport to catch your flight back home.

Departure Transfer Included

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