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Intrepid Journey to Morocco

Casablanca Marakesh Atlas Mountains

Morocco camels tour

Main Highlights: See the best of Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech. Admire the city of Fes, see the sands of the Sahara Desert and visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

Trip duration: 19 Days Tour Code: MI16 Date: 23rd May to 7th June 2016
Cost: $4490.00 Dble/Twin + Airfares Included Extras: Breakfasts + Itinerary activities Airfares: included

Travel from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara, and from the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, the rich history and natural beauty of Morocco await. Observe the vibrant collision between old and new expressed in architecture and artwork. Learn about fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic tribes. Jump in and discover the many mysteries and legends concealed within this moody, ever-changing landscape.

Intrepid Moroccan Adventure 16 days,

Soak up panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains
Explore the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou
Indulge your senses in the souqs of Marrakech
Kick back in the stunning coastal town of Essaouira
Experience medieval Morocco in the city of Fes
Visit the ruins of one sultan's Versailles dreams in Meknes
Trek through Morocco's impressive Todra Gorge

Day 01:– Depart Sydney to Casablanca

Morocco TourDay 02: - Arrival in Casablanca (D)
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Casablanca. Relax, go for a walk or have a swim before dinner

Day 3: Casablanca
Welcome to Morocco. Discover the Art Deco influences of this metropolis. Head out on personal explorations through Casablanca's heart and admire some of its architectural gems, including the beautiful Hassan II Mosque and the imposing Cathédrale du Sacré Coeur.

ACCOM: HOTEL - 1

Day 4: Rabat/Meknes
Stroll through Rabat's serene kasbah before journeying to Meknes, the former capital of Morocco and the site of Sultan Moulay Ismail's palace.

ACCOM: HOTEL - 1

Morocco TourDays 5-6 Volubilis/Fes
Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a guided tour of the ruins of Volubilis. In medieval Fes, wander the narrow alleyways of the medina as the call to prayer floats over Fes el-Bali at dusk.

ACCOM: HOTEL - 2

Day 7 Midelt
Journey through Morocco's cedar forests in the Middle Atlas Mountains to the peaceful, rural village of Midelt. Stop by a handicraft workshop run by Franciscan nuns - a great place to pick up a beautifully crafted souvenir.

ACCOM: GUESTHOUSE - 1

Day 8 Sahara Camp
Moroco TourAfter a camel ride into the Sahara desert, attempt a climb of the towering dunes. Later, fall asleep in a desert camp under a blanket of stars.

ACCOM: CAMP SITE - 1

Days 9-10 Todra Gorge
Wake early and watch a golden sunrise over the desert before heading to the impressive palmeries of Todra Gorge. Feel like burning some energy? Why not go for a hike or try rock-climbing.

ACCOM: HOTEL - 2

Day 11 Ait Benhaddou
Pass through Morocco's film capital, Ouarzazate, on the way to the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou. Explore the streets of this clay kasbah at a relaxed pace, then finish off the day with a meal of delicious couscous.

Morocco TourACCOM: GUESTHOUSE - 1

Day 12 Aroumd
Farewell the Sahara and head to the hills. Perched on a rocky outcrop, remote Aroumd offers stunning views across Morocco. This is the perfect base for exploring the High Atlas Mountains and a chance to experience traditional Berber culture up close.

ACCOM: GITE - 1

Days 13-14 Essaouira
With its Norfolk Island pines and colourful fishing boats, relaxed Essaouira is a gem. Get acquainted with the town's fascinating history on a guided walking tour and then enjoy free time to wander along the beach, visit art galleries or feast on freshly caught seafood.

ACCOM: RIAD - 2

Days 15-16 Marrakech
Explore the tantalising spice market in Marrakech and dine al fresco at a food stall in Djemaa el-Fna, or escape the buzz of the city in the shaded rooms of the Palais de la Bahia, a superb example of ornate Muslim architecture.

ACCOM: HOTEL - 2

Day 17 Marrakech - Casablanca
Today we make the journey back to Casablanca.

ACCOM: HOTEL – 1

Days 18 Casablanca - Sydney
All good things must end so we head home to Australia OR on to the next leg of our journey. Climbing Mnt Toubkal

Mount Toubkal Trek – Optional Extension
Trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak,
Trip duration: 8 Days Tour Code: MT16 Date: 6th June to 15th June 2016
Cost: $990.00 Dble/Twin Included Extras: Breakfasts + Itinerary activities Airfares:

Morocco

Day 17 Marrakech
Follow Marrakech’s ancient medina lanes and uncover souqs, mosques and riads. Sip on freshly brewed mint tea or taste a classic tajine, flavoured with traditional Moroccan spices.

ACCOM: HOTEL - 1

Days 18-19 Aroumd
Watch the snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas emerge in the distance as you leave the chaos of Marrakech’s medina behind. Travel to Imlil and take a short walk to the village of Aroumd. Experience local culture staying in a typical Berber house and acclimatise with scenic hikes in the surrounding mountains.

ACCOM: GITE - 2

Days 20-22 Neltner Hut/Mt Toubkal Summit
Morocco TourHead for North Africa’s highest peak – Mt Toubkal. This is a challenging 2-day hike and at 4167 m, reaching the top is quite an achievement. Walk to base camp at Neltner Hut then set off for the summit early the next morning. After scrambling up the steep final climb, be rewarded with some spectacular views of the entire Atlas range, before descending back to Neltner for the night.

ACCOM: GITE - 2

Days 23-24 Marrakech
Walk back to Imlil and return to Marrakech. Polish up your bargaining skills and hit the souqs - from leather goods, pottery and carpets, to woodwork, jewellery and fragrant spices, it’s a beautiful madness that swallows you whole. Escape the bazaar for a few hours to discover Marrakech’s other attractions: the Bahai Palace, the Saadian tombs or perhaps the tropical gardens at Jardin Majorelle. Return to the square before dusk to watch the Djemaa el-Fna transform into a foodie’s delight.

ACCOM: HOTEL - 2

Day 25 Marrakech - Casablanca
Today we make the journey back to Casablanca.

ACCOM: HOTEL – 1

Days 26 Casablanca - Sydney
All good things must end so we head home to Australia

COST INCLUDED:
Accommodation double/twin Camp site (1 nt), Gite (1 nt), Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (8 nts), Riad (2 nts)
Meals as per itinerary: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
All transfers and sightseeing stated
Transport:  Camel, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train
English speaking guide
Activities:  Entrance and guided tour Volubilis, Guided walking tour Fes, Museum El Khorbat
COST NOT INCLUDED:
Visa fees
International Airfares
Meals & drink other than specified
Other personal expenses not mentioned
Tips
Personal Travel Insurance

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