Morocco Grand Tour
Morocco, Discovery, 10 days - from £795 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,390 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Casablanca. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients arriving on this day. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to explore the old medina of Casablanca or stroll out to the Hassan II Mosque with tallest free standing minaret in the world. KE group package begins with the evening meeting.
Day 2: We begin by transferring (2hrs) to the Moorish city of Meknes before exploring the spectacular Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest archaeological site in Morocco. In the afternoon we have a sightseeing tour of the ancient UNESCO city of Fes, home to Morocco's largest medina. Tonight we stay in this fascinating city, enabling us to soak up it's colourful atmosphere.
Day 3: Leaving Fes we drive into the Middle Atlas, a mountainous area of cedar, pine and oak. Today we have the opportunity to stretch our legs on a 4-5hr walk beside the peaceful Lake Dayet, home to Barbary macacques which we may spot amongst the trees. This evening we overnight in kasbah accommodation in Midelt, an area where nomdic shepherds still live in traditional tents on high pastures.
Day 4: Across crossing the eastern part of the High Altas via the Tizi n'Talghoumte Pass we explore the timeless village of Tamsahalte on foot. Today we pass some of Morocco's most impressive riverside palm groves, home to up to 800,000 palm trees. Tonight we overnight in a kasbah on the edge of the Sahara and will experience our first desert sun-set from the crest of a dune.
Day 5: A spectacular day of desert walking today (4-5hrs) as we explore the great dunes of Erg Chebbi. Our Saharan traverse will see us crossing from one dune to another as we make our way to our fixed desert camp complete with beds, carpets and toilets! Saharan sunsets and star-filled skies are highlights of this Moroccan desert adventure.
Day 6: Our day starts early as we watch a desert sunrise before breakfast. We then leave our camp behind and drive to Tinerhir, land of kasbahs and palm plantations. Next we head for the spectacular Dades Gorge and set off on foot (2hrs), walking to our hotel. The trail takes us between perched villages, offering great views of the gorge walls. Our hotel tonight is located deep inside the gorge.
Day 7: Today starts after breakfast with with an easy stroll through the gorge where we pick up our transport and journey into the Dades Valley - The Valley of the Roses. We are surrounded by arid mountains and oasis gardens in this area which is home to the Ait Atta Berber people. Tonight our hotel is located in the Dades Valley offering the opportunity to experience some Berber hospitality.
Day 8: Today see us explore the fantastic UNESCO kasbah of Ait Benhadou, one of the largest kasbahs in Morocco and a living `filmset.` This amazing fortified city, or ksar has featured in many movies including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Tonight we overnight in Ouarzazate - The Door of the Desert.
Day 9: After breakfast we take a magnificent drive over the spectacular Tizi n' Tichka Atlas Mountain pass (2260m) as we head for magical Marrakech. The day is free for you to explore at leisure the famous Djemaa-el-Fna, the souks, the beautiful YSL garden or relax at the hotel. We rendevous in the evening to enjoying one last Moroccan night of hospitality, the perfect way to end this memorable tour.
Day 10: KE group package ends after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients departing this day.