- Enjoy Marrakech‘s wild, crazy and highly entertaining Djemaa El FNA. By day acrobats, snake charmers, dancers and musicians wow the crowds and by night local restaurants have a cook off.
- Explore the twisting medieval labyrinths connecting Fez‘s ancient souks, mosques, and medina — the most complete medieval city in the Arab World.
- Travel through the High Atlas Mountains amongst snow-capped peaks and Berber tribes — the roof of North Africa.
- Take a camel trek in the massive, rolling Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara desert. Stay in a comfortable traditional Berber camp under the stars in this dramatic and wild landscape. We stay in Berber tents with modern-beds.
- Bargain for Bedouin-made jewelry, spices and ceramics amongst the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen’s medina.
- Discover Moroccan cuisine at local mom and pop restaurants during our Marrakech Food Tour.
- Explore Morocco on this small-group tour. Limited to 10 adventurous travelers.
Majestic Morocco in 11 Days
Mountains, Medinas and the Mediterranean. Sahara, Souqs, Surfing. Camels, Crafts, Couscous. There are too many words to describe Morocco to boil it down to just a simple phrase. Morocco is a rich mix of Berber, Arab and French culture. A land as much defined by its geographic as by its people. Morocco is bordered in the east by the vast and desolate Sahara desert. On the west is the Mediterranean and in the north and center are a series of rugged mountain ranges. Whether an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, or excited to learn about a place through its history — Morocco has something for every traveler.
Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
Begin: Marrakech, End: Casablanca
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech
Arrive in Marrakech. You will be met at the airport and transferred to our beautiful riad near the famous Djemaa el-Fna square in the heart of Marrakech’s historic medina. There will be a 5pm tour orientation meeting and followed by a group welcome dinner.
Note: We recommend travelers arriving to Morocco on Day 1 should land at the airport no later than 1pm to make the evening activities.
Day 2: Marrakech, Morocco
We begin our first day in Marrakech with a morning walking tour of the Red City’s famous medina. Experience the excitement and energy of the street performers at Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna square – including Morocco’s legendary storytellers. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the medina on your own. In the evening, learn about Moroccan culture and food on our fun and immersive Marrakech Food Tour.
Day 3: Telouet Kasbah, Ait Ben Haddou and the High Atlas Mountains
Drive across the High Atlas Mountains enroute to the famous Sahara desert. Explore the once opulent Telouet Kasbah, many rooms still retaining their gorgeous mosaic work and craftsmanship. Visit the stunning, ancient, excellently preserved Almoravid kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Stay at a modern kasbah turned guesthouse and enjoy traditional homecooked Berber-style meal.
Day 4: Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, Todra Gorge, and The Sahara Desert
Drive the ‘Road of a Thousand Kasbahs’. Our two-day roadtrip will end at the massive Erg Chebbi dunes, where the rocky western desert meets the sand of the Sahara. After lunch, take a short walk through Todra Gorge. Spend the evening at a desert lodge on the Sahara dunelines.
Day 5: Camel trek in the Sahara, Camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Camel Trek through the Sahara to our desert camp. Have lunch at a desert oasis and the afternoon to explore the dunes. Enjoy sunset from atop a dune with sweeping views of the Sahara. In the evening, listen to traditional Berber music around a fire with a swath of stars overhead.
Day 6: Travel to Fez
We wake before dawn to watch the sunrise over the Sahara, while trekking with the camels back to our cozy hotel on the duneline. We head north to Fez. Enjoy dramatic views and vistas as we drive through the High Atlas and Middle Atlas mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop in the Middle Atlas to spot the endangered Barbary macaque monkeys. Arriving at Fez in the evening, we will enjoy classic Fesi dishes for dinner at our lovely riad. Stay in a beautifully restored 14th century riad.
Day 7: Fez, Morocco’s Yellow City
Fez, Morocco’s Yellow city, is one of the oldest cities in world. Explore Fez’s ancient medina, getting lost in the maze of small laneways many of which date back 1200 years. In the morning, we have a history and culture walking tour of the historic medina. Then enjoy some free time to explore Fez on your own, shop for local crafts, photograph the ancient city, or relax in one of Fez’ many excellent hammams. In the evening, we again dine on local Fesi dishes.
Day 8: Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City
Visit the quaint village of Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City. Bargain for Bedouin-made jewelry, spices and ceramics amongst the bluewashed buildings of Chefchaouen’s medina. Watch the sunset from the Spanish Mosque, high over Chefchaouen.
Day 9: Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City & Hike in the Rif Mountains
Chefchaouen, with its picturesque pastel blue medina and quaint little mountain town, is a wonderful place to linger. Enjoy a free day to explore this Moroccan-Andalusian town. In the evening, we will dine on famous local dishes with a local family.
Day 10: Casablanca, Morocco’ s White City
We wrap up our time in Morocco with Casablanca, the White City. Marvel at the modern architectural wonder of the colossal Hassan II Mosque with the tallest minaret in the world. Reminisce about our adventures at our farewell dinner in Casablanca.
Day 11: Casablanca
Transfer to the Mohammed V International Airport for your flight home.
Note: We do our best to follow the laidout itinerary, but sometimes unforeseeable situations arise. The itinerary is subject to change. Itineraries, transportation and hotels re subject to change due to weather, road conditions, operating conditions, government decisions or numerous other reasons beyond our control. The Tour Leader retains the right to change the itinerary for safety and convenience of the travelers.
Travel to the Atlantic Coast and visit the old fishing town of 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.
Tour includes: airport transfer, driver, hotels, breakfasts.
Note: The drive between Marrakech and Essaouira is 2.5 to 3 hours (sometimes more depending on traffic).
Please carefully read the Tour Details and ArchaeoAdventures Tour Policies on the Majestic Morocco Tour Details page.
What’s Included In The Tour:
- Small group of 6-10 travelers. Minimum 6 travelers, maximum 10 travelers. A quarter of the size of most tour groups. This small-group tour provides an intimate and personal experience in Morocco.
- Knowledgeable, engaging professional local expert female Principal Guide/Tour Leader who will bring to life Morocco’s rich, complex and important history, as well as, help you understand Morocco and its culture from a female perspective. Our local guides will help us experience Morocco as locals. Come as a traveler and leave as a local. [Note: Only a few women guide groups around the entire country. If our female guide has to cancel for an emergency we may need to substitute a male guide due to the shortage of female guides in this role.]
- Local expert female City Guides in Marrakech and Fez.
- Guided half- day walking tours of Marrkech and Fez medinas.
- All site entrance fees, tours and admissions – at no extra cost. This includes admission fees to the Bahia Palace, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakech’s Medersa, Fez’ Tanneries. (Sites may be subject to change. We do our best to follow this itinerary, but sites can close unexpectedly and without prior notice according to the discretion of the Moroccan government.)
- Camel trek in the Sahara desert.
- Overnight in the Sahara at a Berber-style camp with traditional Berber tents and modern beds.
- Overnight at a modern-day kasbah guesthouse with Berber influences.
- Marrakech evening Food and Culture Tour. [Note: This food tour is led by a wonderful male local guide. We work with the company Marrakech Food Tours, which is co-owned by a woman, but all their guides are male.]
- Breakfasts, and select lunches and dinners. See itinerary for which lunches and dinners are included in the tour. A few lunches and dinners are not included to give travelers more freedom to try a wider range of Morocco’s wonderful cuisine and have free time to explore.
- All Tour in-country transportation including all ground transportation while on tour, transportation to and from the airport, and all camel treks.
- Historic, comfortable, boutique hotels and riads each with their own story and place in history. While in the Sahara we will stay in comfortable Berber tents with modern beds.
- No in-country cash payment. Many tour companies require in-country cash payments. This is a way to keep the initial tour price appearing low, while you actually pay a much higher price for the tour. We believe in the costs being upfront and no hidden fees. We include all tour costs in the listed price.
- Optional single supplement. Looking to bunk by yourself in your own room? We’ve included a number of single rooms for an additional fee.
- Free time. We know how important it can be to have a little time built in for you to explore on your own or simply take a moment to relax. We’ve carefully planned our tours to provide you a balance between structured travel and free time. We offer free time in Marrakech, Fez and Chefchaouen, as well as, some time to explore the dunes around our Sahara camp.
Travelers Are Responsible For:
- Flights to and from Morocco. (Note we begin the tour in Marrakech and end in Casablanca.)
- Beverage purchases at included meals beyond tea, coffee, water. At included meals tea, coffee and water are complimentary. Travelers are responsible for additional beverages.
- Any alcoholic beverage purchases.
- Bottled water and snacks. We recommended budgeting $5 per day for bottled water and snacks.
- Activities and events during free time in Marrakech, Fez and Chefchaouen.
- Lunches and dinners not included in the tour. See the Detailed Itinerary for which lunches and dinners are not included. We recommended budgeting $15-$20 for lunches and $20-25 for dinners.
- Tips for day guides, main guide/tour leader, driver, camel guide, camp staff, restaurants not included in the tour, transfer drivers. See the tipping guidelines on the Morocco Tour Details page.
- Bathroom tips. Bathrooms in small cafes and rest stops during long drives are often maintained by a bathroom attendant. It is customary to tip 1-5 dirham depending on the restroom. Usually a little sign is posted stating the amount.
- Visa costs if a visa is required for you to enter Morocco. Check with your state department to see if a visa is required.
- Traveler’s Insurances. Plans usually start at $80 and can cost as much as $500 depending on the extent of the coverage you wish to have. Check with your health insurance company regarding if they cover illness overseas and how to file a claim if you are sick overseas. Not all insurance companies cover overseas illness. We require all travelers to be fully covered for medical coverage and trip cancellation.
Is This Trip Right for You?
Can you enjoy traveling in a developing nation? Are you a flexible, easy going traveler? Do you embrace new and different cultures?
Morocco has been steadily moving through a fast period of growth and change. It’s an exciting and fascinating time to experience this country. As a developing nation many services, systems and levels of environmental cleanliness are not the same as they are in Europe, Canada and the States. While exploring the country you will see pollution, poverty, overcrowded cities, and sadly malnourished people and animals. Some accommodations in Morocco may not have the same level of amenities found at home, including but not limited to no wifi, limited to no air conditioning, street noise, and other imperfections. You will also see a Morocco working hard toward finding its way forward and finding solution for its economic, social and political challenges. You will experience the stunning ancient Berber culture and traditions, learn about Morocco’s fascinating Islamic, Moorish and French history, meet friendly locals, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Moroccans, and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Sahara Desert, High Atlas Mountains and Moroccan coastline.
Morocco is a great country for travelers who can pack a positive attitude, flexibility, sense of adventure and humor. This tour is an exciting experience for travelers who bring a can-do attitude and embrace the new experiences they will encounter exploring a vibrant culture like Morocco. As with traveling in any country, in Morocco situations, plans and itineraries can change unexpectedly and it’s important to be able to go with the flow.
Travelers on our tours are expected to be willing and able to carry their own luggage whenever necessary. In addition, this tour may require full days of walking and being active and on your feet in a variety of weather conditions.
This trip requires moderate activity level – sustained walking for 2-3 hours over rough terrain, cobblestone, hills, sand dunes and in the heat unassisted. Some days you may be on your feet for a number of hours in the day. A few days there will be up to 8 hours of driving. This trip is not appropriate for travelers using walkers, wheelchairs, other mobility aids, or who cannot stand on their feet for 2-3 hours while walking around cities. This tour also involves a number of hours outside in hot temperatures (70 – 85F, some trips as high as 90s Fahrenheit).
In the Sahara, we ride camels 1 hour to our Beber camp. There we sleep in modern yet simple beds. There are share toilet facilities at the camp but no showers. We only camp one night in the Sahara and depart the next morning before breakfast.
Have any questions or concerns please email our helpful staff at [email protected]
This is an active tour. We recommend that you be comfortable being on your feet for 2-3 hours. This trip requires moderate activity level – sustained walking for 2-3 hours over rough terrain, cobblestone streets and in the heat unassisted. A few days there will be up to 8 hours of driving. This trip is not appropriate for travelers using walkers, wheelchairs, other mobility aids, or who cannot stand on their feet for 2-3 hours while visiting sites and exploring cities. Our tours often involve a number of hours outside in hot temperatures (70F – 85F, some trips as high as 90s Fahrenheit). In the Sahara, we ride camels 1 hours to our Berber camps.
If you have any questions or concerns please email our helpful staff at [email protected].
We run low impact, eco-friendly, sustainable tours. We leave no traces behind, reduce plastic use and leave as small a foot print as possible with our tours. And we ask our travelers to join us in this effort – contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people, wildlife and culture. All our local guides and staff are properly employed, licensed and properly equipped and trained. We utilized local products and focus on economic benefits to local communities, as well as always considering and minimize the negative impact our tours have on the land and local communities. We are growing our efforts to reduce plastic water bottle use, working with our in-country teams to find creative ways to explore countries sustainably and with as little plastic waste as possible. This is an on-going process and easier to implement in some countries compared to others due to logistic, single-use plastic water bottle alternatives and local education around recycling and reducing plastic waste. Over the next 5 years you will see our tours become ever increasingly plastic-waste free. We look forward to helping you travel and explore the region in a sustainable, plastic-free style.
We are currently developing systems with our local partners to reduce single use plastic water bottle usage and waste. Please look for these coming changes, policies and ways you can help, which will be announced in the next few months.
Please read the Traveler’s Insurance Policy on our Terms and Conditions page. Note: This tour requires every traveler to purchase traveler’s insurance.
Please carefully read all the Tour Terms and Conditions before booking your tour.
The trip was amazing! It was a great overview to the beautiful country. The city tours with local female guides were insightful and a great opportunity to really connect with the culture. The accommodations were very charming and the food was delicious! ~ Katherine
In 2016 I adventured to Morocco on the ArchaeoAdventures tour. I was closing a chapter in my life and used the trip as a life reset. It was a fascinating and magical tour with a truly wonderful group of traveling companions, we are still friends today! I found many people that spoke English to help me navigate while I explored the Medinas; friendly locals always guided me to a shop, spa, or restaurant I sought in Marrakech and Fez if I got lost. The food was spectacular, and spices from the markets continue to help me recreate moments I cherish. I came home with so many memories and treasures, which I topped off by adding a photo-shoot by Geneviève Hathaway Photography to keep my experience in the Sahara desert alive in pictures. ~ Jennifer Larsen
My trip to Morocco with ArchaeoAdventures was the tour of a lifetime. We saw and did so much over a relatively short time, and everywhere we went, we were met with stunning scenery and helpful people. Thank you for the opportunity to get to know Morocco with such fabulous travel companions! ~ Lizzie
Morocco had been on my must-go list for a very long time but with so little time to plan or do research, ArcheoAdventures was a godsend. The tour was very well planned…. I am amazed at how much of Morocco we covered and was still managed to get a taste of each city we stayed in. Every time I saw one of those giant tour bus with 30+ people I was so thankful I was traveling with a small group of like minded travelers. I am looking forward to doing their other tours. ~ Cathy H.
The trip was more than I ever expected in every way, starting with the Riads, the small hotels in the heart of the ancient Medinas – beautiful architecture, great breakfast/ dinners, and owners/staff who made us feel completely welcome. We were truly in the culture. The overnight camel trek to the Berber Oasis was absolutely magical, an adventure right up there with the Giza Pyramids and Petra Treasury. A whole new world. Each city was original, exotic and accessible thanks to your careful planning. I would do it again in a heartbeat. ~ John H.
Genevieve and the Archaeoadventures team showed me the heart and soul of Morocco. Through the fascinating food tour in Marrakech and the marvelous artisan tour of Fes, the adventurous camel trek out in the Sahara Desert and stay at the charming Berber camp, and the visit to the stunning Bahia Palace and gorgeous vistas of the blue city of Chefchaouen, I experienced the full depth of Morocco. The hotels were amazing, comfortable and well located in the old part of the cities. Everywhere the food was delicious, locally grown, and safe to eat. All aspects of the tour were well thought out, well managed and so much fun! I highly recommend this tour! ~ Teresa
If you’ve always wanted to experience Morocco, then this is the trip for you! My three friends and I went on the ArchaeoAdventures Majestic Morocco trip in Oct 2018 and had the time of our lives. From the teeming markets of Marrakech to the wide expanse of the Sahara desert to Fez, the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen and Casablanca, we saw it all! If you take this trip, know that Genevieve and her team will take great care of you! ~ Catherine
Our group of four friends had a blast as we traveled from the chaotic medinas of Marrakesh and Fez to the absolutely stunning blue city of Chefchaouen. In between, there were mountains and casbahs and sand dunes and a night sky in the Sahara that I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would see in person. Highlights included the Local Food Tour in Marrakesh, where we had the best couscous of the trip; the beautiful riyad we stayed at in Fez, and listening to the call to prayers from the mosque high above Chefchaouen. But, the best part of the trip was how we did not have to think about anything other than having a good time because Genevieve took care of everything (travel to and from the airport, and hiring barrel men to take our luggage to the riyads, and hiring local guides to give us a truly local experience). It really made for a stress free vacation. I wholeheartedly recommend Genevieve and her tours. ~Barbara C.
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