Trailbreaker

Secrets of Morocco

Morocco is a kaleidoscope of colour, chaos, culture and cuisine. Nestling on the north western tip of Africa it is separated from the rest of the continent by the majestic Atlas Mountains and the timeless Sahara. Its history is more related to the Mediterranean than Africa and exudes a European ‘feel’ in an exotic landscape. The north exhibits a mixture of beautiful beaches, lush valleys and evocative old cities. However as we move east, into the mountains and the desert the Mediterranean character drifts away into a mirage. This is the land of the fabled Kasbahs and ancient stories of times long ago

We begin in Casablanca and Marrakech exotic names that cry out from the tales of the ancients. Explore the Atlas Mountains and haggle with the vendors of Fez. Enjoy a classic camel ride through the desert and sleep under the stars. Explore the blue washed town of Chefchaouen and end your journey sailing from Africa to Europe for a Flamenco twist and Tapas in Sevilla

What People Are Saying

"Morocco is an amazing destination with a cultural experience at every turn. The sights, the sounds, the colour, the food, the friendly and helpful locals all add up to a chance to escape into another world. We enjoyed the opportunity to absorb the culture and see so much more than we would have on our own. From experiencing the ancient Medina in Fes to riding camels in the desert, we savoured a great insight to an exciting and diverse country"
Kerrie Jarman, Australia

16 Day Itinerary
Departure:4th October 2020
Price:EUR€2580          
Day 1 - Arrive Casablanca
Today is arrival day and we will have a group meeting before dinner tonight
Day 2 - Casablanca to Marrakech
We explore the city of Casablanca not only famous for the movie! We include a visit to the Hassan II mosque, the third largest mosque in the world and learn more about the Islamic faith. On to the Habous district with its lively market and old style architecture. After lunch in Casablanca we head south to the walled pink city of Marrakech. We have time to explore the ‘souq’ (market) before dining on the famous ‘Djemaa el-Fnaa’ Square, teeming with Berber musicians, snake charmers and story tellers
Days 3 & 4 - Atlas Mountains
We spend two days in the Atlas Mountains not far from Marrakech. We quickly leave behind the bustle of the city and get back to the natural world. We enjoy a 3-4 hour walk with a picnic lunch and will see traditional goat herders and Berber villages throughout the mountainsides. Staying in a Berber house for the night is a rare experience before a 3 hour amble down to the small village of Imlil. Returning to Marrakech late in afternoon you may choose to savour a ‘hammam’ which is a Moroccan cleansing bath. An experience not to be missed
Day 5 - Marrakech
A full day to explore Marrakech. Getting lost in the ‘souq’ markets is strongly recommended as well as many other sights and sounds to enjoy. Your guide will assist with your options
Day 6 - Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddoun Kasbah
A gorgeous scenic drive through the mountains takes us over the Tizi n'Tichka pass and on to the famous Ait Ben Haddoun Kasbah. Here we find one of the oldest and best preserved Kasbahs in Morocco, a backdrop for many Hollywood films. A Kasbah is an old mud-walled castle with beautifully decorated mud turrets and this one is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We stroll through the amazing structure and learn about Berber life in the Kasbah
Day 7 - Ait Ben Haddoun Kasbah to Todra Gorge
This morning we make our way to Todra Gorge passing through Ouarzazate on the way. This is Morocco’s answer to Hollywood where 'Gladiator' and 'The Mummy' and many other films were shot. Many locals here have been extras in the films and this helps greatly with the town’s economy. We continue on to the Vallee des Roses where exotic products are made from the Damascus Rose. We arrive in the spectacular high walled pink stone Todra Gorge and there is time to take in the spectacular scenery
Day 8 - Todra Gorge to the Sahara Desert
We journey into the Sahara though lush green oases and old Kasbahs, crossing through beautiful desert landscapes and finally reaching the stunning Merzouga dunes. We have time for a swim in the pool and hop on camels late afternoon and ride out into the sea of golden dunes for an unforgettable night under the stars
Day 9 - Sahara Desert to Merzouga
The sun wakes us as it rises over nearby Algeria and after a cup of tea we ride back to our mud castle for a shower and breakfast. We spend the day in and around the Sahara visiting local musicians and also discovering about the fossils in the desert and how they are mined. We take a stroll in the nearby oasis to see how the local Berbers cultivate their gardens. Today we have a special lunch of Berber pizza
Day 10 - Merzouga to Fes
We leave our mud castle in the desert on an early start for our long but scenic drive to Fes. Leaving the Sahara behind we travel through the Ziz Valley and cross the Middle Atlas range passing through the ‘European’ town of Ifrane arriving late afternoon into Fes
Day 11 - Fes
We enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Fes Medina visiting tanneries, potters and other artisans. Fes is based around a maze of narrow alleyways crammed with vendors and shops selling all manner of treasures and the souq is overflowing with beautiful handmade crafts. Haggling is all part of the fun to get the best prices but be sure to bargain hard with a smile on your face
Day 12 - Fes to Chefchaouen
We continue our journey to the Rif Mountains and the beautiful blue town of Chefchaouen nestled on the mountainside. We have time to explore the tiny streets or perhaps sit in a cafe and watch the world go by in this beautiful Berber town
Day 13 - Chefchaouen
We spend the day exploring the surrounding area and can enjoy a waterfall walk or hike in the Riff Mountains if you are so inclined. The day is yours to savour and soak up the atmosphere of this unique area
Day 14 - Chefchaouen to Seville
We move on to Tangiers to catch the ferry to Spain. Tangiers was once a lively place attracting a community of artists, poets, writers and all manner of folk from all over the world. Today it is a shadow of its former self however if time permits we will visit the old Kasbah before boarding our ferry to Spain. On arrival into Spain we travel through whitewashed towns and olive groves to Seville. In the evening we’ll enjoy the intriguing narrow streets of the Juderia neighbourhood and finish in a local restaurant to enjoy Seville’s distinctive cuisine
Day 15 - Seville
A day to unlock historic Seville with a local guide in the morning. In the afternoon you are free to explore the city even further and enjoy a Flamenco Show in one of the many tablaos. A final chance to dine together at any number of fabulous tapas bars to finish our amazing adventure
Day 16 - Depart Seville
Our tour ends and you can depart any time today

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