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

This classic route includes Morocco’s culturally-rich cities and a night spent in the dunes of the Sahara. From Casablanca, you will drive to the capital city of Rabat, one of Morocco’s lesser-visited cities, where you can experience local life and see the Kasbah of the Udayas, the Berber-era royal fort. You will then head inland to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meknes. Next on your route is Fes, where you will spend a day exploring souks in the winding streets of one of the world’s largest walled cities. You’ll then venture into the Sahara Desert to Merzouga for a remote Berber experience. The following day, enjoy a hike through the steep-walled Todra Gorge. Finally, travel to Marrakesh, stopping at Ouarzazate, the setting for films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Suggested Itinerary

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Afternoon tour of 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.

Coastal city of 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.

The ancient walled city of 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.

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.

Hike 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.

Mountain views in 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.

Bartering in bustling Marrakesh

Brightly coloured textiles, richly patterned pottery and arabesque jewellery are among the beautiful things you can find in the vibrant Marrakesh souks. The Saadian tombs, decorated with colourful mosaics, date back to the 16th century and are worth visiting for a taste of Marrakesh’s historic architecture.

Get botanical in Marrakesh’s Majorelle Gardens

Get botanical in Marrakesh’s Majorelle Gardens

Seek some shade at the peaceful Majorelle Gardens in Gueliz, a neighbourhood in the heart of Marrakesh developed during the French protectorate era. The colourful and varied botanical garden also features a striking blue Cubist villa and is home to the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakesh and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

Sample street food in the Jemaa el Fna

Sample street food in the Jemaa el Fna

As the sun sets, Jemaa el Fna comes to life with entertainers, street performers and food stallholders selling everything from sheep’s brain, snails and mixed grill. The ambience turns up as evening rolls on. Wander on your own or join a guided street food tour.

Get lost in Marrakesh’s soulful souks

Get lost in Marrakesh’s soulful souks

In a city of countless winding alleyways and palaces centuries old, grab a local guide for a walking tour. You may discover the souks where items are still handmade, palaces with tales to tell, and gardens for a peaceful rest.

Design your own Moroccan slippers in Marrakesh

Design your own Moroccan slippers in Marrakesh

The souks are filled with colourful babouche slippers in a rainbow of colours, styles and sizes, but during a hands-on workshop organised by Atelier d’Ailleurs, guests can make a pair to suit their style. Accompanied by a master craftsman throughout the three-hour workshop, guests select the leather, cut, hammer, sew and select the colourful accessories to accompany the pair of slippers they take home at the end.

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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