Days
15
Style
Original
From
1,475AUD

Best of Morocco

This tour explores almost all that Morocco has to offer – picturesque scenery, idyllic views, and an awe-inspiring journey across some of the country’s many culturally and historically significant views. Visit a World Heritage Site, walk through snow-stopped cliffside Kasbahs of the Atlas Mountains, down into green river valleys and across desert plains in the space of a few days, but with enough time to indulge, relax and experience vibrant Moroccan culture in-between.

Start
Casablanca
Finish
Marrakech
Ages
Min 16
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Group size
Min 1, Max 12


Highlights

  • • Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca
    • Chefchaouen, the stunning city of blue and white
    • Meknes - a great Imperial city
    • Fes – the oldest medieval city in the world, medina dye pits and tanneries
    • Hike through scenic Berber villages in Atlas Mountains
    • Ride a camel in the Sahara (Desert)
    • Erg Chebbi sand dunes - reaching some 300m high
    • Camp out under the stars while having a sing-along by the fire
    • Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
    • Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
    • Marrakech - UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna,(medina, souks and market place)

Itinerary

Get ready to begin the most amazing adventure of your life with a small Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
First stop of the tour will be in Tangier, before proceeding to Chefchaouen.
In the morning, guests will be taken on a tour of the medina (an old part of the city or town) in Tangier. The group will depart for Tangier after breakfast to proceed with a guided tour of the city’s notable landmarks which includes the medina, kasbah (a type of fortress), the Grand Socco (Big Square) where the Mendoubia Gardens are located, and Petit Socco (Little Square) an area where mint tea drinking and people watching are popular activities. The afternoon may be spent exploring this bustling and fascinating port city, a melting pot of cultures, cuisine, and nationalities from North Africa, Spain, Portugal and France.
Chefchaouen is situated in the grand Rif Mountains. The mountain tops can be seen above the town and are shaped like the two horns or chaoua of a goat, which gives the city its name. As the group approaches the mountains, a delightful and charming view welcomes them into Chefchaouen. The notable blue and white rinsed houses and buildings slowly come into view. To fully appreciate the allure of this beautiful city, a local tour guide will be assigned to the guests. They will surely make the city tour a lot more interesting and full of insight into the city’s diverse culture and character.

Guests will be taken on a guided walking tour of Meknes, which will include visits to monuments, winding souks, and many decorated gates in the city. Then the group will travel along the hills and take a look around the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Africa. Then the group will proceed to the town of Fes.
A local guide will help us travel to this vibrant era as we navigate our way in this ancient city situated on the hills.
Visiting Fes is nothing short of travelling to the past. The mighty city walls, maze-like Medina’s and a well-preserved Old City has made Fes one of the favorite tourist destination in Morocco.
The guests will travel across the diverse Moroccan landscapes, passing through forests of cedar and pine trees. The group will pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains which features prehistoric rock carvings, past the countryside with its deep valleys lined with palms, olive terraces, fruit trees, and oases of imposing kasbahs. Finally, upon arrival at the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert accommodations will be arranged at a desert hotel or auberge right at the edge of the sand dunes. A dinner of local cuisine follows before everybody settles for the night.
Guests have the morning free for activities like exploring the sand dunes or just simply relaxing at the poolside. They have the option of touring the sand dunes by foot or on board a 4 x 4 vehicular excursion. A one-hour camel ride over the sands is in order in the afternoon. Guests will travel over the dunes to an overnight camp right in the middle of the desert. Local guides will assist in mounting and dismounting a camel, teach the guests how to tie a turban around their heads to keep the sun and sand off their faces, which adds an authentic desert feel to their souvenir photos in the desert. At the overnight camp, guests will be treated to a warm welcome accompanied by a sumptuous meal for the traditional dinner under the stars. Locals will be present to grace the guests with some storytelling and possibly music to the accompaniment of traditional instruments.
A leisurely walk through local villages calls for an early wake up time. Take a camel ride to visit the village farmlands, after which, guests will be led to explore the Todra Gorge in the High Atlas Mountains. The ride is a scenic one, with the Todra Gorge providing a gigantic rock walls which change in color under the sunlight. Further on through the stone desert one will witness the most dramatic scenery the gorge has to offer. Between the cliff walls lies a green oasis of palm trees. This spot is perfect for hiking, or just plain relaxing and taking in the view while sampling some of the local delicacies of the surrounding Berber people. Guests may enjoy the sight as the sun rises, and then proceed with the return trip to Merzouga.
Guests get to experience yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Journey along the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” to reach the town of Ouarzazate where lunch will be partaken. This spellbinding town is home to the Oasis of Fint, the Atlas Film Studios, where films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator have been shot. Then, an excursion to Ait Benhaddou, another famous Kasbah, follows. The Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with most of its walls and interior area still intact. Ait Ben Haddou was once a famous trade stop-over for merchants travelling through the Sahara. It is also one of the many locations in the Ouarzazate where Hollywood productions such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones were filmed.
Set out for a short hike to the Berber village of Aroumd at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. Witness some majestic views of Mt. Toubkal while enjoying a home-cooked meal.
After breakfast, trek back to Imlil to board the van going to the coastal town of Essaouira. It is a funky town with a Portuguese vibe. Estimated time of arrival is around mid-afternoon. For the rest of the day, the guests may explore around town, visit the many various leather, jewelry, and other shops for souvenirs and trinkets. It’s also a good time to gaze across the harbor at the brightly colored ships docking in to deposit their catch for the day. Guests may also opt to stroll along the length of the beach and find some place to enjoy the local catch fresh from the sea.
Free time. Enjoy another free day to discover more about this coastal port town.
Upon arrival at this “Red City,” join a tour by a certified city guide. Walk around the Marrakech medina, see several historical sites such as the Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs. Afterwards, you may opt to explore more of this ancient city’s features and secrets. Take a short break at one of the many tea houses located at the town square and so some people watching while you’re at it. For dinner, you may opt to join a group in one of the famous eating places at Djemaa el Fna.
This is your last day to explore the town.

Start your day by checking out the Djemaa el Fna Square once again. Finalize your souvenir shopping in the souks, and proceed to the other parts of town that you may not have visited yet. You have one full day to soak in the sights, the sounds, the food and the vibe of Marrakech.
Depart Marrakech

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Transport

Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking.

Accommodation

Camp site (1 night), Gite (1 night), Hotel (5 nights), Riad (7 nights)

Included activities

• Guided tour of Hassan II mosque
• Guided tour OF Volubilis
• Guided walking tour Fes
• Guided walking tour of Marrakech
• Guided walking tour of Tinghir
• Camel trek

Dates
22 Apr 2017 6 May 2017

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

AUD $1,475

Total price per person twin share.


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About Us

Each of us involved with Balthazar Tours started off in a humble way, working for a major international tourism group that operated in our home country of Morocco for many years. We were tour guides, drivers and planners. We were deeply in love with our country and we loved sharing it with people from across the world. However, we were concerned about lack of