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Morocco Encompassed

From £1024 for 18 days
Trip Overview
Visit Morocco and discover this land of contrasts - sparkling coastlines, soaring mountains, lush valleys and the vast, unforgettable Sahara Desert. Travel in the footsteps of pirates, sultans and desert nomads, exploring the colonial architecture of Casablanca, the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, the medieval city of Fes and the intricate clay architecture of the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Enjoy the warm local hospitality and embark on exotic adventures - riding a camel over Saharan dunes, hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and haggling for treasures in bustling souqs. Take an exhilarating journey to absorb the extraordinary sights of mysterious Morocco.
Essential Info
Starts: Casablanca
Ends: Marrakech
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IXMSQC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Morocco
What's Included

Meals

16 Breakfasts included
2 Lunches included
3 Dinners included

Transport

4x4,Overnight sleeper train,Private Bus,Private vehicle,Public bus,Taxi,Train

Accommodation

Desert camp (1 night),Gite (1 night),Homestay (1 night),Hotel (10 nights),Overnight sleeper train (1 night),Riad (3 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Widely regarded as Morocco's holiest place, overnight visits to Moulay Idriss were prohibited to non-Muslims until 2005. Experience a homestay with a charming local family; if you’re lucky, you might even get an invite to a cooking demonstration by the ladies of the house

•   Enjoy plenty of time to practise your photography among the vivid blue houses of Chefchaouen

•   Scale the High Atlas Mountains and trek through scenic Berber villages, spending a night in a traditional Berber homestay. Discover the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time

•   Negotiate your way through the winding alleys of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a superb example of Moroccan architecture rich in history and mystery

•   Moroccan cuisine is interpreted throughout the world in different ways. While in Ait Benhaddou, master the way traditional way of preparing Moroccan couscous and tagines

•   Travel through the Sahara desert in a camel convoy, sleep under the North African stars and enjoy an evening beside the campfire listening to Bedouin tales

•   Put your feet up and relax in the laid-back coastal town of Essaouira. This is a good chance to recharge before heading for the colourful chaos of Marrakech

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 3rd Oct 2020
Returning: 20th Oct 2020
£1,335pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 4th Oct 2020
Returning: 21st Oct 2020
£1,310pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 5th Oct 2020
Returning: 22nd Oct 2020
£1,275pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 7th Oct 2020
Returning: 24th Oct 2020
£1,345pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 9th Oct 2020
Returning: 26th Oct 2020
£1,310pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Oct 2020
Returning: 27th Oct 2020
£1,275pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Oct 2020
Returning: 29th Oct 2020
£1,275pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 14th Oct 2020
Returning: 31st Oct 2020
£1,275pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 16th Oct 2020
Returning: 2nd Nov 2020
£1,275pp
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Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6pm – check with hotel reception to confirm the time. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. As there's not much free time included in Casablanca on this trip, we highly recommend you arrive a day or two early so you can explore. Modelled after Marseille in France, the city is famous for its art deco buildings and the modern-day masterpiece, the Hassan II Mosque. A pleasant way to spend the day exploring Casablanca is to wander the old medina and the city walls, then jump in a taxi to visit the Quartiers des Habous, the new medina. Finish the day with a walk along the Corniche, watching the locals play football on the beach, or take it easy with a glass of sweet mint tea in one of the many great cafes.
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