Destinations Destinations
Rabat, Casablanca, Merzouga, Meknes, Fes, Midelt, Todra Gorge, Ouarzazate, Volubilis
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Trekking, Cities, Culinary, Hiking
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

Experience a balance of historic cities and Moroccan nature on this route. Firstly, explore Casablanca, the country’s largest city, moving on to the capital city of Rabat. Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the lesser-visited historic capital city of Meknes before reaching the medieval city of Fes. Go on to see the fossil art of Midelt in the high plains of the Atlas Mountains, then the remote town of Merzouga in the Sahara Desert, where you can go on a camel safari or ride a four-by-four over the dunes. The next day, you will hike through Todra Gorge, whose walls reach a towering 400m high. Stop off to see the kasbahs of Ouarzazate before ending your journey by buying souvenirs in the souks of Marrakesh.

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Casablanca’s history and grand mosque

Morocco’s largest city sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its rich history. Look out for the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and completed in 1993. It’s the largest mosque in Africa and the third-largest in the world, with a 210m tall minaret that punctures the city skyline.

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Exploring Morocco’s largest city is best done on foot, and a great way to do this is by checking out its growing street art scene, which adds a touch of colour to the city’s old white buildings, with the help of a tour guide.

Experience urban life in Rabat

Although it’s the capital city of Morocco, Rabat is lesser-touristed than other cities. Visit Kasbah of the Udayas, the Berber-era royal fort beside the Atlantic Ocean, for its French-designed gardens, hinting at the city’s Islamic and French-colonial heritage.

Explore modern art in Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum

Explore modern art in Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum

Experience modern and contemporary Moroccan culture at the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat. Only opened in 2014, the stunning modern museum building itself took ten years to build, and inside it houses the works of Moroccan and international artists from the twentieth century onwards.

Explore ancient Fes

Founded in the 9th century, Fes is the best-preserved medieval city in the Muslim world and is a colourful and bustling place to explore. Walk through the ornate Bab Bou Jeloud city gate to the former school complex of Bou Inania Medersa before searching for bargains in the souks.

Roman ruins at Volubilis and imperial Meknes

Once believed to have been the ancient capital of Mauretania, partially-excavated Volubilis is an archaeologist’s dream. It’s a beautiful place to walk around and ponder what it must have been like here in the 3rd century BC, when the settlement was developed.

Bake Moroccan biscuits in the hillside town of Moulay Idriss

Bake Moroccan biscuits in the hillside town of Moulay Idriss

Escape the crowds with a visit to the charmingly picturesque hillside town of Moulay Idriss. The town is of national importance thanks to its religious history but still fairly quiet. It is welcoming to visitors and local guesthouses offer the opportunity to bake traditional Moroccan biscuits in community ovens.

Merzouga and the Sahara

Once you’ve arrived at Merzouga — gateway to the Sahara — you will find yourself surrounded by the dry heat and sand dunes of the desert. Explore this remote town before cruising the dunes in a four-wheel-drive or by camel. To get more of a taste of remote Berber life, spend a night camping in a tent under the starry desert sky.

Take a sunset camel trek in the Sahara Desert

Take a sunset camel trek in the Sahara Desert

The western fringe of the vast Sahara Desert creeps into southern Morocco and one of the most authentic ways to experience it is to watch the golden sands melt together as the sun goes down with an evening camel ride.

Walk in Todra Gorge

No trip to Morocco is complete without a walk in the wadis. The steep-cliffed valleys of Todra Gorge are a series of limestone canyons that make for a unique walking experience. Hike along paths that have been carved out by rivers and enjoy spectacular views of pink rock as you pass through. The height of the canyon walls reaches 400min in some places.

Marrakesh via Ouarzazate

A gateway town to the vast Sahara desert, Ouarzazate is best-known for the huge Taourirt Kasbah that is nome to a 19th-century palace. Ouarzazate's red earth landscapes have been the setting for several famous films, supposedly depicting Tibet, Egypt and even ancient Rome. This is the perfect jumping-off place for desert adventures.

Return to Casablanca

Morocco’s largest city sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its rich history. Look out for the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and completed in 1993. It’s the largest mosque in Africa and the third-largest in the world, with a 210m tall minaret that punctures the city skyline.

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Exploring Morocco’s largest city is best done on foot, and a great way to do this is by checking out its growing street art scene, which adds a touch of colour to the city’s old white buildings, with the help of a tour guide.

Where to stay

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Classic

Three star equivalent hotels offering traditional Moroccan hospitality, comfortable rooms and convenient locations...

Expect to pay $290 per night
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Superior

Four-star equivalent hotels often in restored historical buildings with large, comfortable rooms, quality dining, and extra facilities such as pools, spa and terrace bar...

Expect to pay $340 per night
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Deluxe

Exclusive, five star equivalent hotels boutiques with carefully restored architecture, finely-appointed rooms & suites, world-class dining, and personal service...

Expect to pay $440 per night
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