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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

13 Days | From $3630

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Notes

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 and sleep in exquisite riads. Trekking by camel to a desert glampsite, you’ll experience a silent star-filled night 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.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Max 14 travelers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Stay in hand-picked 3-4 star hotels
  • We offset 0.39 tCO2e (carbon) per person on this trip
  • Private minibus & sidecar
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. 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.

Itinerary

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DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 01 WELCOME DINNER

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    Your Moroccan adventure begins in Casablanca, the country’s economic powerhouse, where a private shuttle will be waiting to transport you to your boutique hotel. Early arrivals might choose to visit the mighty Hassan II Mosque (optional, but highly recommended) before getting to know the rest of your group over a cold beer and Moroccan fusion dinner. It’s the perfect chance to sip sundowners and enjoy your first experience of local hospitality, raising a toast to the adventures to come.

  • Day 02 MOROCCO'S BLUE PEARL

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    Today, you’ll travel cross-country to one of Morocco’s prettiest towns: Chefchaouen. It’s a full morning drive but you’re in for a treat when you arrive. 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 follow your guide on a walking tour of the laid-back town, winding through the steep cobbled alleys of the picturesque medina, strolling down the Spanish Quarter and  past the landmark kasbah. You’ll have free time this evening to go out for dinner (ask your Pack Leader for recommendations), trek up to the waterfall spring for breathtaking views or simply relax at your riad.

  • Day 03 DINE WITH A LOCAL FAMILY

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    Today is yours to relax and explore at leisure, perhaps signing up for a hike in the local hills or exploring Chefchaouen at your own pace. You might enter the red-walled kasbah with its medieval fortress and dungeon, visit the Ethnographic Museum or spend time wandering the streets, watching daily life unfold and stopping off to sample some sweet mint tea. The medina is a good place for some hassle-free shopping, with artisan workshops brim-full of leather bags, colorful blankets, lanterns and jewelry. Tonight, you’ll be invited into the home of a local family in the nearby Rif Mountains, where you’ll be treated to a truly traditional dinner and have the chance to gain a fascinating insight into local Berber life. 

  • Day 04 South to Fes

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    This morning, you’ll begin your journey south to Fes: Morocco’s cultural and spiritual heart. It’s a four-hour journey, so download a podcast, read a good book or simply sit back and enjoy the epic scenery. In its heydey, this ancient city was an intellectual hub for scholars, philosophers, astronomers and theologians who left behind an extraordinary legacy of grand houses, palaces, mosques and medersas (religious schools). On arrival at your riad in the heart of the medina – the world’s largest car-free urban area – you’ll have time to relax, explore or enjoy a traditional hammam. Come sunset, head up to the rooftop to listen to the call of the muezzins echoing across the city – a quintessential Moroccan experience.

  • Day 05 WINDING MEDINA MAZE

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    Waking up in your riad, 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 old-world atmosphere, visiting the famous tanneries, observing weavers at their loom and discovering hidden workshops where generations of artisans adapt centuries-old techniques to a modern market. Later, you’ll visit the gates of the Royal Palace and explore the Jewish cemetery, before pausing at the pottery quarter where the city’s distinctive blue and white ceramics are made. 

  • Day 06 SOARING PEAKS & ATLAS TROUT

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    After breakfast, it’s time to begin your long journey towards the Sahara Desert. Winding through the Middle Atlas, you’ll enjoy dramatic views of soaring peaks and plunging valleys against a deep cerulean sky. En route, you’ll stop off to hike through native cedar forests home to Barbary apes, before lunch at a local restaurant where you can sample delicious fresh Atlas trout. 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 Erfoud, the gateway to the desert.

  • Day 07 DESERT EXPEDITION

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    Following the old trading routes through a vast wilderness dotted with crumbling mud-brick villages and vast date palm oases, you’ll feel a sense of growing anticipation. Suddenly the immense dunes of Merzouga appear out of nowhere – your first glimpse of the Sahara. For lunch, you’ll try local pizza called medfouna, before meeting a family of musicians and visiting a marble factory that processes fossilized desert stone. And waiting for you at the end of the road? Your transport to your desert camp: a train of camels. With the shadows growing long, you can’t help but feel intrepid as you trek out across the dunes. Tonight, you’ll have the chance to sandboard, bake bread in the sand or simply huddle up on cushions around the campfire under a blanket of stars.

  • Day 08 LUSH OASIS LIVING

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    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. Traveling across this remote region, punctuated by bright oases and remote villages, you’ll see few other tourists and get a sense of rural Morocco, where life continues much as it has done for centuries. You’ll take a hike through the lush palm groves and fields that fill the snaking valley before finding a spot to rest alongside the crystalline river. Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular place for climbing and attracts adrenaline junkies from around the world. You’ll spend tonight in a hotel close to the gorge.

  • Day 09 POOL RELAXING

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    Today is all about free time and relaxing – the day is yours to do as you please. You’ll have the chance to head out on an optional walk with your group, venturing further into the gorge where the rock facades reach 300 meters, and on to the end of the valley. The gorge provides great opportunities for beginners to get harnessed up and give it a go. Or you might choose to enjoy your hotel’s facilities instead. With a backdrop of mountains and gently swaying palms, it’s the perfect spot for soaking up the Moroccan sun while you recover from yesterday’s hike.

  • Day 10 HOLLYWOOD LANDSCAPES

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    Continuing west along the ‘Route of a Thousand Kasbahs’, you’ll travel to stunning Ait Benhaddou. One of the best preserved kasbahs in the Atlas, dating back to the 11th century, this stunning medieval city is seemingly frozen in time. The red earthen clay houses crowded together within defensive walls have been the setting of many famous films including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Spend the afternoon exploring the old town’s atmospheric alleys and passageways. Then, as the red hues of the ancient buildings deepen with the early evening light, climb to the granary for incredible uninterrupted views of the Atlas mountains and ancient camel caravan routes.

  • Day 11 BACKSTREET FOOD TOURING

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    There’s time to visit an artist’s gallery before journeying over the Atlas on the highest road in the country. You’ll stop off at the historic village of Telouet to 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 colorful tiles and intricate Moorish decor. Then it’s over the mountains and down into the sun-drenched Marrakech valley before plunging into the mayhem of Morocco’s most vibrant city. As evening falls, you’ll set off down secret alleys on a private backstreet food tour. From lamb kefta to harira soup, you’ll get the chance to sample specialties that many visitors miss and deepen your understanding of Moroccan culture.

  • Day 12 VINTAGE SIDECAR ADVENTURE

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    Your final 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. You’ll take it in turns with a fellow Flash Pack traveler to ride on the back of the motorbike or in the sidecar, as you navigate the rugged terrain to a local lunch spot. Later, you’ll return to Marrakech for your final night in the city. Your Pack Leader can advise on the best spots for a final dinner with rooftop drinks – the perfect way to toast the end of your adventure.

  • Day 13 FAREWELL, MOROCCO

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    Today you’ll be checking out and making your own way to the 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 favorite hotels

Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.

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Merzouga Dunes Camp

Nothing can quite prepare you for the stillness and ethereal beauty of this wonderful camp set admist the pink sand dunes of the Sahara. Expect cozy tents, al fresco dining and incredible star-gazing opportunities under the clear desert sky. 

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Riad Bensouda, Fes

Set around the fountain courtyard, the 18 elegant rooms offer 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.

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Riad Cherifa, Chefchaouen

A boutique riad forged from two 19th-century houses, featuring lovingly restored Andalusian-Moorish decor. Relax by the oasis-like outdoor pool, sip mint tea on the sunny terrace or book in for a treatment at the traditional hammam.

Important Notes

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).

What time should my flight arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?

Before 3 pm ideally. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 6 pm onwards starting at the hotel, which is located approximately one hour 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 your final hotel, and your Pack Leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.

Are airport transfers included?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.

Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.

We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi, which will cost around 180 MAD/20 USD.

Are tips included?

Please note that tips are not included in the cost of this adventure. Suggested amounts per person are:

  • Pack Leader: 5.50 USD per day
  • Drivers: 3 USD per day
  • Local tips: your Pack Leader will be able to advise on how much to tip local guides, restaurants, etc. Some Pack Leaders will collect a tipping kitty at the welcome meeting to take care of local tips.

However, all tips are at your discretion depending on what you feel comfortable with.

Do I need a visa?

You do not need a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist from the EU, UK, USA, Australia or Canada for up to 90 days.

Please check with your local consulate/embassy if the country you are travelling from requires a visa. 

We recommend that you travel with at least six months validity remaining on your passport and can show a return ticket. 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 are the Covid-19 requirements for visiting Morocco?

Due to the changeable nature of Covid-19 entry requirements, we strongly advise Flashpackers to consult the travel advice issued by your local consular services well in advance of your departure date. Some countries do still require travelers to comply with pre-arrival testing and/or vaccination requirements. Links to the key consular services can be found on our Safety page.

What other vaccinations and medication will I need?

We recommend checking with your local travel clinic six to eight weeks before your trip to see if any medications or vaccinations are required.

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 travelers that enjoy a road trip. The total drive time is around 35 hours so we don’t advise joining if you suffer badly with motion sickness or any other ailment that extensive travel can make worse. We use a comfortable vehicle, complete with Bluetooth through which you can connect your Flash Pack Spotify playlist, but there are some long drives, like from Fes to Erfoud, for example. We do break up the drives with local and authentic experiences like visiting a local market at Moulay Idriss, but it’s worth noting that you could be in the vehicle for up to five hours on most of the travelling days.

Why do I need to print my 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 will the accommodation be like?

On this trip, you’ll be staying in three- to four-star riads (boutique Moroccan B&Bs) that are clean and comfortable but not the same standard as a large chain hotel. Riads are typically traditional Moorish houses with beautiful tile work and an interior courtyard with fountain; some of them have hammams and pools. One of the most noticeable differences between hotels and riads is their more intimate size. What you lose in facilities, you’ll gain in authentic atmosphere and hospitality.

What about Ramadan? Will it affect my trip?

Some aspects of your itinerary could change during Ramadan and the national celebration of Eid Al Fitr (the Festival of Fast-breaking) as many shops and restaurants will be closed. It will also be quite difficult to obtain alcohol during Ramadan – your Pack Leader will be able to advise.

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