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Majestic Morocco (in May 2020 - Feb 2021)

Price: R 46,619.00

9 nights, Casablanca to Marrakesh tour.

Visiting 1 country: Morocco.

Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities spilling over with a thousand-and-one sights. This tour will take you on a magic carpet ride through magnificent Morocco, where adventurous days give way to Arabian nights.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Learn how to cook a traditional tagine in Aït Benhaddou.
  • Spend the night in an authentic Sahara Desert camp and enjoy a Berber feast.
  • Try madfouna: a traditional Moroccan speciality.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Specific departures: Prices per person sharing from:
  • Between 24 October 2020 - 13 February 2021 
R 46,619.00 pps
  • Between 26 September - 17 October 2020 
R 48,529.00 pps
  • Between 16 May - 13 June 2020
  • 05 & 19 September 2020
R 49,479.00 pps

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Casablanca - Rabat - Fes

After meeting the group in charming Casablanca, we’ll hit the road to our first stop: Rabat, where we’ll see the marble Mausoleum of Mohammed V (and the similarly spectacular Hassan Tower). When we arrive in Fes, we’ll get to know each other better over a welcome dinner at our riad. Here’s to a fantastic trip!

Accommodation: Palais Sheherazade (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Fes - Moulay Idriss - Meknes - Fes

After a stop in the pretty whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, we’ll make our way to Meknes – an enchanting UNESCO World Heritage-listed city – for a relaxing walking tour, which winds up at the stunning Bab Mansour gate. Then: we will have the chance to sample some delicious local wines before heading back to Fes for the night.

Accommodation: Palais Sheherazade (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 - Fes

First on the agenda today is a walking tour of Fes’ maze-like medina before we move on to a Moroccan must-see: a leather tannery. We will also visit a workshop that specialises in creating a range of local artisanal products – and gain an insight into the traditional methods used by the city’s craftsmen. You’ll be free to explore Fes for yourself this afternoon, so make the most of it before we move on to Errachidia tomorrow!

Accommodation: Palais Sheherazade (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 - Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Errachidia

Today it’s out of the city and onwards to Ifrane, located in the Middle Atlas mountains. Here we’ll venture into the cedar forest – which is famous for its sweeping views over the surrounding valleys (not to mention its resident Barbary apes). After an included lunch in Midelt, we’ll make tracks to our accommodation in the welcoming town of Errachidia.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Riad (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 - Errachidia - Rissani - Merzouga

Our first stop of the day will be Rissani, where we’ll be treated to a walking tour and included lunch. The dish of the day? Madfouna, an oven-cooked local speciality which is sometimes described as a Moroccan take on pizza! Afterwards, we’ll swap the coach for some four-wheel drives and venture into the desert – where our camp in Merzouga awaits. Tonight’s dinner will come in the form of a Berber feast, complete with a traditional dance display.

Accommodation: Merzouga Desert Camp
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - Merzouga - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge

Today we’ll make the scenic journey to the dramatic Dadès Gorge, passing by the limestone canyons of Todra Gorge along the way. A delicious dinner awaits us when we reach our hotel.

Accommodation: Hôtel Xaluca Dades (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 - Dades Gorge - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou

This morning we’ll set a course for Ouarzazate – where the film Lawrence of Arabia was famously set – but not before making a pit stop at the beautiful city of Kalaat M'Gouna. After finding out more about the city’s role on the silver screen at CLA Movie Studios, we’ll press on to the fortified village of Aït Benhaddou: a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation: Riad Ksar Ighnda (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8 - Ait Ben Haddou

We’ll begin our day learning the secret to cooking the perfect tagine at an included cooking class – and after we’ve made our own attempts at replicating the recipe, we’ll sample the fruits of our labour over lunch! This evening, we’ll take some time to relax back at the riad.

Accommodation: Riad Ksar Ighnda (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9 - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakesh

After stopping off at Aït Benhaddou Castle for a photo opportunity, we’ll move onwards to Marrakech via the breathtaking Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass. Then: what better way to toast the end of our adventure than with a farewell dinner?

Accommodation: Hivernage Hôtel & Spa (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10 - Marrakesh

There’s still plenty of time for a sightseeing tour of Marrakech this morning before we say goodbye.

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Specific departures between May 2020 - February 2021.
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator Back-Roads Touring
Tour Identifier/s BEHMMCC-0
Inclusions • 9 Breakfasts, 7 lunches & 4 dinners.
• 9 nights in boutique accommodation.
• Premium mini-coach transportation.
• Experienced Driver and Tour Leader.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers other than mentioned above.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation other than mentioned above.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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