The best of Morocco
Cross Saharan dunes by camel and lose yourself in bustling souks on this 13-day hit-list of Morocco’s must-sees
The best of Morocco
About this trip
This is Morocco’s ultimate hit list in 13 days, and when we say ‘ultimate’, we mean it.
Following in the footsteps of ancient traders, you’ll dine with indigenous Berber families, sleep in exquisite palace riads and learn to bake bread in the hot Saharan sand. Trekking by camel to a luxury tented camp, you’ll experience silent star-filled nights before plunging into the mayhem of the Marrakech medina on a guided backstreet food tour. You’ll try your hand at traditional pottery and embark on an epic three-wheeled adventure in a classic vintage sidecar.
Most importantly, as the sun sets over a thousand red-tiled rooftops, you’ll discover the meaning of true Moroccan hospitality and forge friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
- Stay in hand-picked 3-4 star hotels
- We offset 0.39 tCO2e (carbon) per person on this trip
- Tips for the guide & driver
- Private minibus & sidecar
- Arrival airport transfer
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team
Day 01 WELCOME DINNER ON A DHOW
Your Moroccan adventure begins in Casablanca, the country’s economic powerhouse, where a private shuttle will be waiting to transport you to the royal city of Rabat. Early arrivals can visit the mighty Hassan II Mosque en route, but otherwise it’s straight on to Morocco’s chilled-out capital, with its Islamic and French-colonial heritage, elegant palm-lined boulevards and evocative Berber kasbah. You’ll have time to freshen up at the 4* boutique NJ Hotel before getting to know your group over a cold beer and Mediterranean dinner on an authentic wooden dhow. It’s the perfect spot for a sundowner and your first experience of warm Moroccan hospitality.
Day 02 MOROCCO'S BLUE PEARL
Today you’re in for a treat as you’ll travel cross-country to one of Morocco’s prettiest towns: Chefchaouen. Tucked into a fold of the rugged Rif Mountains, the bright blue-washed buildings with their red-tiled roofs and Andalusian-style courtyards are impossibly photogenic. Keep your camera to hand as you wander the steep cobbled alleys of the medina packed with artisans selling traditional Berber wares, before trekking up to the waterfall spring for breathtaking views. The town’s compact size means you can explore it all and still have time to dip a toe in the palm-fringed pool at your traditional Moroccan riad.
Day 03 STEP BACK IN TIME
Your journey continues south through fertile fields towards the fertile Middle Atlas mountains. First stop: the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Wandering amongst the crumbling ruins of Morocco’s best preserved archaeological site is a humbling experience. Admire the striking triumphal arch, wonder at the intricate mosaics and spot storks nesting atop the graceful columns. From here it’s just a short transfer to the holy town of Moulay Idriss. A treasure trove of winding alleys, bustling souks and boasting panoramic views back to Volubilis; here you’ll spend some time getting lost and grabbing yourself lunch at a local market. Later, you’ll continue your journey to Fes and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 04 WINDING MEDINA MAZE
Waking up in your riad in the heart of the medina, you’ll know you’re in Morocco. On your doorstep are 10,000 labyrinthine alleys boasting a bewildering array of leather and carpet stalls, apothecaries and metalworkers, spice merchants and goods-laden donkeys. You’ll spend the morning immersed in the medina’s old-world atmosphere, visiting the famous tanneries and sipping mint tea. After lunch, you’ll discover the city’s famous mosques, medersas (Islamic schools) and hilltop forts, stopping off at the fascinating pottery quarter where the city’s distinctive blue and white ceramics are made. As the sun sets, head up to the hotel’s rooftop. Listening to the call of the muezzins radiating out from a sea of minarets and echoing across the city is a quintessential Moroccan experience.
Day 05 CEDAR FORESTS & SMOKED TROUT
After breakfast, you’ll begin your long journey towards the Sahara. Winding your way through the Middle Atlas, you’ll enjoy dramatic views of soaring peaks and deep valleys against a cerulean sky. Stretch your legs on a hike through one of Morocco’s last tracts of cedar forest, home to troupes of mischievous Barbary apes, before lunch at an authentic restaurant where you can sample smoked trout – a local speciality. Continuing south through the mountains, the landscape opens out onto a rocky plain and you’ll feel an irresistible sense of wonder as you first glimpse the spectacular Ziz Gorges: a dense canopy of deep-green palms wedged between striated cliffs. You’ll have a chance to explore this ancient river valley before spending the night in Errachidia, the gateway to the desert.
Day 06 DESERT EXPEDITION
Following the old trading routes, through a vast wilderness punctuated by crumbling mud-brick villages and long valleys of date palm oases, you’ll feel a sense of growing anticipation. After stopping for lunch at Maison Boutchrafine, an artsy French-style guesthouse, the immense dunes of Merzouga appear out of nowhere – your first glimpse of the Sahara. And waiting for you at the end of the road? Your transport to your luxury desert camp: a train of camels. With the shadows growing long in the late afternoon, you can’t help but feel intrepid as you saddle up and trek out across the vast empty swathes of sand. Tonight, you’ll huddle up on carpets and cushions around a welcoming campfire, to dine under a blanket of stars.
Day 07 SAND DUNES & STARS
What better way to experience the perfect stillness of a desert sunrise than with yoga on the dunes? After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, you can explore on foot or try your hand at sand-boarding down the steeper dunes by the camp. Later, you’ll use the hot sand for a Berber tradition – baking bread. First the dough is expertly kneaded then it’s placed into a sand oven. Soon, you’ll notice delicious smells as the sand starts to rise up in a mound. Don’t fill yourself up though as tonight you’ve another Moroccan fireside feast accompanied by nomadic drumming.
Day 08 LUSH OASIS LIVING
It’s time to leave your desert camp behind and say goodbye to your camels. After trekking back to your minibus, you’ll set off westwards towards the spectacular towering rock walls of the Todra Gorge. Travelling across this remote region, punctuated by bright oases and remote villages, you’ll see few other tourists and get a sense of the real Morocco. You’ll take a hike through the deep limestone ravine, squeezing through narrow gaps and finding a spot for a picnic lunch alongside the crystal-clear river. Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular place for climbing and attracts adrenaline junkies from around the world. You’ll spend tonight close to the gorge, in a palm-shaded boutique hotel, complete with pool and a stunning mountain backdrop.
Day 09 HOLLYWOOD LANDSCAPES
Continuing west along the ‘Route of a Thousand Kasbahs’, your first stop today is the immense green oasis town of Skoura. You’ll pause for mint tea and to meet the local women, who will show you how to bake bread in traditional clay ovens. After a brief lunch stop in Ouarzazate, the home of Morocco’s film industry, it’s on to Ait Benhaddou – one of the best preserved kasbahs in the Atlas. The red earthen clay houses crowded together within defensive walls have been the setting of many famous films including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. As the red hues begin to deepen with the changing light, climb to the granary for uninterrupted views of the Atlas mountains.
Day 10 HIGH ATLAS TRAVELS
Today’s journey takes you over the High Atlas mountains on the highest road pass in the country. You’ll stop off at the historic village of Telouet to stretch your legs and explore the abandoned palace of the Pacha of Marrakech. The red exterior walls may have been left to crumble but the rooms within are lavishly adorned with colourful tiles and intricate Moorish decor. You’ll stop for lunch in a private home – a fascinating insight into family life – then it’s over the mountains and down into the sun-drenched Marrakech valley. Before plunging into the heady mayhem of Morocco’s most vibrant city, you’ll have the chance to settle into the stylish urban Bab Hotel where you’ll be staying for the next three nights.
Day 11 VINTAGE SIDECAR ADVENTURE
Your penultimate day is rather special. This morning you’ll recreate the spirit of expeditions from the early 1900s on a vintage sidecar experience. Setting off in style, you’ll venture away from the city and into the rocky plains of the Agafay Desert where you’ll view the lunar landscapes from your unique sidecar viewpoint. Taking it in turns with a fellow Flash Pack traveller to ride on the back of the motorbike or in the sidecar, you’ll navigate the rugged terrain as you make your way up to the Kik Plateau, over 1,000 meters above sea level. Here, you’ll be treated to an exclusive picnic with panoramic views in all directions. Saving the best until (almost) last.
Day 12 BACKSTREET FOOD TOURING
With its intoxicating mix of Moorish palaces, exotic gardens and densely packed streets, Marrakech is an assault on the senses. Founded as a trading hub nearly a thousand years ago, a shopaholic could spend a lifetime here bartering through the city’s souks. Spend your final day diving into the labyrinthine medina, where getting lost is part of the experience. Visit the architecturally astounding Palais Bahia, and weave your way to the bustling Jemaa-el-Fna Square, where a melee of BBQ stalls, date vendors, snake charmers and storytellers all vie for your attention. As night falls, you’ll be led away from the din down secret alleys on a private backstreet food tour. From lamb kefta to harira soup, you’ll get the chance to sample specialities that many visitors miss and deepen your understanding of Moroccan culture.
Day 13 FAREWELL, MOROCCO
Today you’ll be checking out and transferring to Marrakech Airport for your flight home. You’ve done it: a 13-day epic journey across Morocco’s vast and changing landscapes. There’s no doubt you’ll leave with stories to last a lifetime as well as some new friendships, too.
Our favourite hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip
Sahara Luxury Camp
Nothing can quite prepare you for the stillness and ethereal beauty of both the desert and this wonderful camp. Expect cosy tents, al fresco dining and incredible star-gazing opportunities.
Riad Bensouda, Fes
Set around the fountain courtyard, the 18 elegant rooms feature painted wooden ceilings, majestic doors and ancient zellij floors. There’s a courtyard pool, hammam with treatments and a stunning rooftop terrace looking out across the medina, particularly atmospheric at sunset.
Bab Hotel, Marrakech
In the heart of the trendy new town district, this chic Marrakech hotel offers a welcome dose of post-desert comfort. Loft-style rooms are contemporary and bright, with Bo Spa products and crisp white robes. Kick back on the poolside loungers or sip cocktails in the Sky Bar. This is modern Morocco at its best.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Fly into Casablanca Airport (CMN) and out of Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK).
- Do I need a visa?
Currently, citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK, the EU, and Canada, among many others, do not need a visa to travel to Morocco, for a stay up to 90 days.
You will, however, need a passport with six months’ validity and an onward or return ticket (with supporting documents). When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped as some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.
- What time should my flight arrive? (to arrive in time for the welcome meeting)
Before 4 pm ideally. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 6 pm onwards starting at the hotel, which is located approximately 15 minutes away from the airport.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
Check-out time is 11 am but you can leave anytime that suits you. The airport is approximately 15 minutes away from the hotel, and your Pack leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.
- Are airport transfers included?
The arrival transfer is private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times.
We don’t include departure transfers however, the airport is approximately 15 minutes away from the hotel, with the cost of a taxi being 180 MAD, the equivalent of £15/$20.
If you and some other travellers are all getting the same flight, we recommend splitting the taxi journey.
- What fitness levels do I need for this trip?
We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness. Overall, the trip is relatively relaxed.
- What are the drive times like?
This is a trip for people that enjoy a road trip. We use a comfortable vehicle with plenty of space but it’s a long way from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert. We break up the drive by stopping off and staying in incredible places but you could be in the vehicle for up to five hours on some of the days.
- Why you should print your travel documents
There’s a chance that Marrakech airport will not accept mobile versions of boarding passes (and other important documents). With this in mind, please ensure you have printed all boarding passes and other required documents to present alongside any mobile information you have stored on your phone.
- Will the itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try and communicate to you.
What Flashpackers say
"A fantastic trip to Morocco with a great group. This was my third Flash Pack trip and they always go well with a great group of people. "
"Amazing guide, great accommodations. A small group made it easier to get to know others traveling with you. Definitely enjoyed the off-the-beaten-path experience that Flash Pack created."
"Great tour guide and local guides. Excellent itinerary with enough time for unscheduled activities. Good hotels. Wonderful fellow travelers."
"Just an epic experience with everything planned so we could just focus on the adventure. I've also made new friends on the adventure."
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