Morocco Full Itinerary

Day 1

Morning / Afternoon:

  • Arrive at Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG) before 4:00 p.m and take your included transportation to your accommodation in the center of Tangier.
  • After check-in, head up to the terrace for superb views of the Old Medina and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Enjoy a walk through the medina or explore some sites before returning to the accommodation for your welcome meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Evening:

  • Gather with your new friends for your first taste of local Moroccan cuisine.
  • After dinner, stroll on the beach and have a drink in one of the seafront restaurants.

Day 2

Morning:

  • Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before exploring Tangier’s must-see places.
  • Take a short drive to Perdicaris Park, a botanical park containing hundreds of flora and fauna, offering breathtaking views of the Strait of Gibraltar.
  • After your morning stroll through the park, drive to Cap Spartel and climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse to see where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea join.
  • Explore the Caves of Hercules and learn the history of this area.

Afternoon:

  • Drive to Chefchaouen, the famous blue city (~3-hour drive).
  • After checking in to your accommodation, join your Trip Leader for an orientation walk of the old town.

Evening:

  • For dinner, you will be invited into a local’s home to enjoy a home-cooked meal, while learning more about the customs and traditions of the Rifi people.

Day 3

Morning:

  • Breakfast will be served at the accommodation.
  • Meet your local guide, who will take you on a tour of the old town and share the history of Chefchaouen.

Afternoon:

  • Eat at a cafe and watch everyday life in the Uta el Hammam Plaza.
  • This afternoon you will have free time to continue exploring. 
  • We recommend walking up the hill to the Spanish Mosque to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Rif mountains!

Evening:

  • Tonight’s dinner is not included; however, your Trip Leader will be able to provide a few local recommendations!

Day 4

Morning:

  • Have breakfast at your accommodation or head into town to enjoy a meal at a cafe. Leaving the blue city behind, you’ll go to Volubilis, one of Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins. (~3 hour drive)

Afternoon:

  • Take a guided tour through the archaeological site of Volubilis, a former provincial Roman capital.
  • After visiting Volubilis, continue driving to Fes, Morocco’s cultural capital. (~2 hour drive)
  • Check into your riad, a traditional Moroccan home converted into a guesthouse, and get ready for your evening. 

Evening:

  • Meet the local experts who will conduct a pastilla cooking demonstration. This Fes delicacy is well known for special occasions.

Day 5

Morning:

  • Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast today. You will be exploring the biggest medina in North Africa!
  • Join a local guide as they take you through the medina! Here, you can findworkshops, tailors, restaurants, and donkeys in thepacked passageways.
  • View the Quaraouiyine Mosque and University of Al-Quaraouiyine, the leading spiritual and educational center of the Muslim world.
  • Walk through Nejjarine Square and visit an 18th century restored inn. Foundouk Nejjarine, a former lodge for travelers on their journeys, is now a museum (entrance fee included).
  • Continue to Souk Al Attarine, the market of perfume and spice, and visit Madrasa Attarine a 14th century school. The madrasa the Arabic word for educational institution used to host students for religious lessons and teach Islamic scholars (entrance fee included).

Afternoon:

  • Select from one of many cafes and restaurants in the medina, and continue taking in the sights and sounds of this incredible place.
  • This afternoon is free for leisure or additional optional activities. Be sure to check with your Trip Leader for recommendations on what to do.

Evening:

  • Tonight’s dinner is not included, but your Trip Leader will be able to provide a few local recommendations to ensure you are tasting some of the best Moroccan dishes in this region.

Day 6

Morning:

  • Enjoy breakfast at your riad and get ready to hit the road. Today is a long journey, but there will be stops to break it up.
  • First stop is the forest of Azrou. Get off the bus and take a short walk through the forest where you may encounter wild Barbary macaques. (~ 1.5 hours drive)
  • Continue driving to Midelt (~2 hours driving), where you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. (lunch not included)

Afternoon:

  • Get back on the bus and drive to Merzouga, the gateway of the Sahara desert. (~4 hour drive) 
  • Settle into your desert camp and gear up for your sunset camel ride.

Evening:

  • Ride into the Erg Chebbi Dunes on a camel, taking in the endless views of the desert.
  • Opt to climb to the top of one of the taller dunes to watch the sunset.
  • Return to the camp and enjoy some local cuisine while you sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music, and dancing under the stars.

Day 7

Morning:

  • Start your day with another camel ride to enjoy the beautiful sunrise in the desert. 
  • Return to the camp, enjoy breakfast, and prepare for your next Todgha Gorge adventure! (~4 hours driving)

Afternoon:

  • Arrive in Todgha and meet your local guide, who will take you on a walk through the palm groves and surrounding farmlands.
  • Walk along the Todra River, making your way to the gorges that are created by 800-foot (240 meter) tall limestone cliffs! Grab your Instagram photos here and simply enjoy the beauty of this natural area.

Evening:

  • Be welcomed into the home of a local family for a home-cooked meal and continue to learn more about the traditions and customs of the area.
  • Relax in the kasbah, a fortified residence built of mudbrick, and head out to the terrace for a view of the night sky.

Day 8

Morning:

  • After breakfast at your kasbah, it’s time to hit the road and start our drive to Ait Benhaddou.
  • Along the way, we’ll stop by the Boumaln Dades to view the crimson sandstone rock formations of Tamlalt. (~1 hour drive)
  • Continue your day while driving on the famous “‘Road of 1000 Kasbahs:’, going through Skoura and arriving at Ait Benhaddou. (~2 hour drive)

Afternoon:

  • Talk a walk around this town and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Be sure to ask your Trip Leader for suggestions.
  • In the late afternoon, when the heat of the day has settled, go for a guided tour through Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco's most iconic sites, where the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator were filmed.
  • Be sure to make your way to the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy sweeping views across the surrounding plains. 

Evening:

  • This evening you’ll have an included dinner with your group at your accommodation.

Day 9

Morning:

  • Soak in the morning and recap your adventures with your friends at your accommodation.
  • Then, head back to Marrakech, passing through the beautiful High Atlas Mountains. (~4 hour drive)

Afternoon:

  • Arrive at your riad located just outside of Marrakech’s famous medina. Settle in and have some time to freshen up before heading out to explore the medina and eat some tasty Moroccan dishes.

Evening:

  • Join a local guide who will take you through the chaotic narrow alleyways of the medina on the foodie tour.
  • Along the way, you will sample olives, nuts, local treats, varieties of spices, traditional breads, and perhaps sheep's head!

Day 10: Explore Marrakech

Day 10

Morning:

  • After breakfast, go on a guided walking tour of Marrakech with your local guide. Explore the old medina and tranquil courtyards of Bahia Palace, filled with the scent of orange blossom. (entrance to the Bahia Palace is included in the tour)
  • End your walking tour at Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech and the classic icon of the city.

Afternoon:

  • Be sure to ask your Trip Leader for recommendations on where to eat lunch in the medina and enjoy a free afternoon to spend as you like.

Suggestions: Majorelle Gardens, Palais Badi, Museum of Marrakech, or a cycling tour.

Evening:

  • Gather back together and reflect on your Moroccan experiences over a final dinner as a group in Morocco.

Day 11: Relaxation & Departure

Day 11

Morning:

  • Soak in the last morning in Marrakech together on the final day of our Moroccan adventure.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore the town or opt for an early morning hot air balloon experience high above Marrakech.
  • Depart at any time of the day as transportation is not included. Your Trip Leader will help arrange transportation to the Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) airport to catch your flight back home.

Be sure to ask your Trip Leader for suggestions if you spend more time in Marrakech!

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