Morocco Grand Tour

The ultimate discovery holiday in the Kingdom of Morocco




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Holiday Overview


  • Mystical Marrakech, fascinating Fes and charming Casablanca
  • Explore the beautiful Moorish city of Meknes and ruins at Volubilis
  • Hike through Berber villages and stay in the stunning Dades Gorge
  • Camp on the edge of the Sahara and walk to the dunes of Erg Chebbi

This superb cultural and active discovery holiday of Morocco takes us from superb souks to the stunning Sahara and, from mystical medinas to Morocco's magical mountains, with lovely walks and plenty time of time to explore on foot included!  Starting in colourful Casablanca this active discovery tour travels east by way of the excellent Roman ruins at Volubilis and the pretty Moorish city of Meknes to the minarets and souks of the ancient city of fascinating Fes.  After crossing the lush and green Middle Atlas, we reach the dramatic and wild High Atlas, before stopping off to do some easy walking. Next, a tour highlight as we continue on to the edge of the Sahara Desert where we spend a memorable night in a traditional fixed camp amongst the gigantic dunes at Erg Chebbi.  Leaving the desert behind, we take a walk in the Todra Gorge before overnighting in the heart of the beautiful Dades Gorge.  Next we traverse the palm-fringed Dades “Valley of the Roses” to reach the fantastic UNESCO “filmset Kasbah” at Ait Benhadou.  A final relaxing, free day in the magical city of Marrakech is a fitting end to this brilliant adventure.  Staying in comfortable accommodation and with a variety of relaxed walks throughout the tour from the mountains to the desert, this is a wonderful cultural discovery in a stunningly beautiful and welcoming country.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a 10 day journey through Morocco, stopping off at many of the most famous and most remarkable towns and locations. To enhance the experience on this discovery holiday we have included walks and walking tours on many of the days. These will include anything from an hour or two's exploration of a historic or cultural site, to a half-day walk on forest trails or easy mountain paths. This is not a long or continuous walk and should be well within the capabilities of anyone who keeps themselves in reasonably good shape. Each of the walks is optional, ensuring if you don't want to do the day's walk, there is always the alternative to stay with the vehicle. This holiday includes journeys by minibus and these are a highly scenic integral part of the holiday, with plenty of stops for photographs, refreshment etc.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Casablanca. Complimentary airport transfer are included.
  • Wonderful day of active sightseeing to Volubilis and Meknes. Late afternoon arrival in Fes.
  • Spectacular transfer across the Middle Atlas to our fantastic kasbah in Midelt.
  • Beautiful walk in Tamsahalte before exploring Merzouga and the edge of the Sahara.
  • Stunning day of walking amongst the amazing dunes at Merzouga including great dunes of Erg Chebbi.
  • Transfer to the famed Todra Gorge before walking to our hotel in Dades Gorge.
  • Morning walk through the Dades Gorge. Afternoon exploring the Valley of the Roses.
  • A day of exploring oasis towns, kashahs, palm groves and the UNESCO kasbah of Ait Benhadou.
  • Magnificent journey across the Atlas Mountains to magical Marrakech and the UNESCO centre.
  • Depart Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are included.
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The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Casablanca. Complimentary airport transfer are included.

    On arrival in Casablanca you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little independent exploration.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Wonderful day of active sightseeing to Volubilis and Meknes. Late afternoon arrival in Fes.

    We depart Casablanca and journey to two important and sites nearby Fes. The first stop-off is at Meknes, one of Morocco's other Imperial Cities, which lies on the trunk road between the capital, Rabat and Fes. Star attractions here include the great gate of Bab Mansour and the mausoleum and royal palace of the 17th century king Moulay Ismail. Then, we will visit Volubilis, which was once an important Roman city at the western edge of the empire. This is a magnificent open-air museum and the largest archaeological site in Morocco. In the afternoon we have a city tour of Fes, the oldest of Morocco's 'Imperial Cities'. Rich in history, this is the cultural heart of the country, with its astonishing mix of architecture. We will focus on the old part of the city, the 'Fes el Bali', a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes Morocco's biggest medina. Its souks are a riot of colour and movement, with whole sections devoted to a single type of product - leather goods, ceramics, hand-woven carpets. Tonight we stay in colourful Fes.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

  • Spectacular transfer across the Middle Atlas to our fantastic kasbah in Midelt.

    Setting out from Fes, we will drive south into the green heart of Morocco, the Middle Atlas. Totally different to much of the country, the slopes on the north side of this mountain range are covered in great forests of cedar, maritime pine and oak. We will stop off beside Lake Dayet and enjoy a 4 to 5-hour walk on forest trails, where we can look out for Barbary macacques amongst the trees. A highlight of the walk is the huge (and now dead) 750 year-old Gouraud Cedar, named after a French general. Continuing our drive, we reach the town and occasional ski resort of Ifrane (1665m) which bears a passing resemblance to a Swiss Alpine village with its slope-roofed houses and hotels such as the 'Chamonix' and the 'Perce Neige'. Dropping down on the eastern side of the range, we reach our overnight kasbah accommodation in the market town of Midelt, where the volcanic landscape and wide open spaces have something of the feel of Wyoming or Montana. Villages here are few and far between and the local nomadic Beni m'Guild tribe continue to graze their flocks on the high pastures and to live in traditional black tents. The dominant peak is the impressive pyramid of Jebel Ayachi (3737m) away to the south-west.

    • Accommodation Kasbah

    • Meals bld

  • Beautiful walk in Tamsahalte before exploring Merzouga and the edge of the Sahara.

    Our route today takes us over the eastern part of the High Atlas via the Tizi n'Talghoumte (1907m), one of 3 high passes across Morocco's principal range of mountains. We will stop off to stretch our legs with a pleasant one and a half hour stroll in the timeless village of Tamsahalte, before dropping down through the steep-sided valley known as the Ziz Gorge. There are some impressive, riverside palm groves, most notably at Tafilalet which is reckoned to have 800,000 palm trees. Beyond Erfoud, we start to see the first Saharan sand dunes and finally reach our overnight kasbah accommodation in Merzouga towards the end of the afternoon. There is just time to find a spot on a dune-crest to watch the sun set - spectacle assured.

    • Accommodation Kasbah

    • Meals bld

  • Stunning day of walking amongst the amazing dunes at Merzouga including great dunes of Erg Chebbi.

    Heading out into the desert on foot, we will traverse the great dunes of Erg Chebbi, some of the biggest in all Morocco. Crossing from one dune to the next, we will leave an impermanent record of our passage in the sand, before arriving at a fixed camp in the desert, our home for the night. Traditional tents, with beds and carpets and toilets, as well as a dining tent, make for a comfortable experience. Again, the only place to be at sunset is a high vantage point above the camp. During the hotter periods of the year, our desert walking will be early in the morning and in the evening.

    • Accommodation Bedouin Camp

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to the famed Todra Gorge before walking to our hotel in Dades Gorge.

    After an early start to watch the sunrise amongst the dunes, it's back to the camp for breakfast. Then, we board our vehicles and set off north, then west towards the High Atlas. We stop off at Tinerhir, well known for its palm plantations and ksbahs, en route to the Dades Gorge where we will overnight at a hotel deep within the gorge. On our way to the Dades Gorge we will also have time to pay a visit to the Todra Gorge, this is one of the most dramatic sites in the whole of Morocco and a magnet for rock climbers from around the world. After leaving the Todra Gorge we arrive at the Dades Gorge and make our final approach to the hotel on foot, hiking between rocky ridges and perched villages, with great views of the towering rock walls.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Morning walk through the Dades Gorge. Afternoon exploring the Valley of the Roses.

    After breakfast at our tranquil hotel, we will take an easy stroll through the gorge, meeting up with our transport towards the end of the morning. We then continue our journey via the cluster of villages at Kelaa-des-Mgouna which is an important centre for rose-water production. Here, we are in the 'Valley of the Roses' (an alternative name for the Dades Valley) which is the homeland of the Ait Atta Berber people. The landscape is an impressive mix of arid mountains on the one side and irrigated oasis gardens on the other. Tonight we stay at a hotel in the village of Boutaghar, situated in the Dades Valley.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • A day of exploring oasis towns, kashahs, palm groves and the UNESCO kasbah of Ait Benhadou.

    We will have a couple of interesting stop-offs during the course of today's journey to Ouarzazate. Firstly, at the oasis town of Skoura, with its extensive palm gardens and impressive kasbahs, the best preserved of which is the ornate 17th century Kasbah Amerhidl. Then, we will make a short diversion to visit the kasbah of Ait Benhadou, the most famous in southern Morocco and another UNESCO World Heritage site. This kasbah has featured in lots of movies, including Lawrence of Arabia. We will have time to look around this fortified village, before heading on to our hotel in Ouarzazate.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Magnificent journey across the Atlas Mountains to magical Marrakech and the UNESCO centre.

    After breakfast we take a magnificent drive across the Atlas heading up and over the Tizi n'Tichka pass and onto Marrakech. On arrival the day is yours to explore this magical city. One of the most rewarding options is to take a walk into the labyrinthine marvel of the souk, the biggest such market in Morocco. Here, amongst veiled women, laden donkeys, vibrant colour and pungent aromas you can browse and barter with the stallholders. Each type of goods has its own quarter, with alleys and squares devoted to copper beating, tanneries, slipper makers, spices, hand-woven rugs and many more. Alternatively, you can take it easy in the shaded courtyard of the riad or visit a 'hammam' or steam bath, which is one of the most genuine of Moroccan cultural experiences. In the early evening it is likely you will want to check out the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike. Troupes of Berber acrobats and musicians, together with snake-charmers, water sellers and story tellers begin their evening performances which become more and more animated as the sun sets. At the same time, an amazing collection of food stalls spring up as if by magic in the centre of the square, illuminated by hurricane lamps, offering all manner of mouthwatering delicacies. In the evening, the group will meet to enjoy one last Moroccan evening together!

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Depart Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are included.

    KE group package services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check in for the homeward flight.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Casablanca & Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Fes with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to Volubilis

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Tips for staff
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

During this trip the group will spend 6 nights at tourist class hotels and 2 nights in Kasbahs. There will be a single night in a fixed camp with all amenities at Erg Chebbi. Accommodation is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available at supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs, please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All breakfasts plus 8 lunches and 7 dinners are included in the holiday price. Where there is a wide range of dining options we have not inlcuded dinners, leaving the choice of what to eat and how much to spend to you. In practice, this amounts to 2 dinners which you will pay for direct. Options range from a simple but tasty meal from one of the mouthwatering displays in the Djema-el-Fnaa in Marrakech or the Medina in Casablanca for around £5, up to a fine dining experience in one of the country's top restaurants for around £40 - 45.

Moroccan cuisine is amongst the best in the world and we will take our meals in a range of restaurants and other eateries. A typical Moroccan menu begins with a simple selection of mezze, which might include a bowl of olives or a selection of cooked vegetable salads dressed with olive oil, sprinkled with cumin and served with a dip and flat bread. The tagine or roast meat (or vegetable) dish comes next, served with couscous and often a salad. A simple plate of prepared fresh fruit or dessert marks the end of the meal, before mint tea is served.

All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 10 of the itinerary will be provided with complimentary airport transfers. Clients booking a Land Only Package should let us know if Casablanca or Marrakech Airport transfers are not required and MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you intend to make your own transfer arrangements at Casablanca Airport, taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The airport is approximately 30km from the city centre.

An English-speaking professional local leader will accompany the group throughout the holiday. In addition the group will be supported by various local staff including drivers and local city guides.

Approximately £200 - £250 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £50 for tips for your local guide, specialist sightseeing guides and drivers. This amount will also cover the meals that you will need to pay for directly when in Casablanca and Marrakech. There will be lots of opportunities for souvenir buying in the markets and shops of the towns that we visit. Marrakech, is a great place for souvenir buying and all major credit cards are accepted. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Fes or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged). Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

It is important to remember tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. For your local staff we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give tips as a group rather than from individual group members and suggest you decide together on a level of tips that suits everyone. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of around £50 (in local currency) per group member to a 'pool' should provide an appropriate level of tips.

Your baggage will be carried in the support vehicle. There is no weight restriction other than that imposed by your international carrier. However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag (Your KE bag) and a small day bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots - light weight for the heat, and ankle height to prevent sand entering
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants (it can rain in the desert!)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Long sleeved loose fitting shirts or T-shirts (wicking)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Wide brimmed sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Headscarf (to protect against the sun and wind, can be purchased locally)
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Basic First Aid Kit, with pain killers, blister protection, rehydration salts etc.
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2 – hydration system e.g. camelbak or platypus useful.
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Wet wipes (bio-degradable)
  • Toilet roll
  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small trek towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Light daypack 25/30 litres – 1500-2000 cu in
  • Head-torch / headlamp with spare batteries

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers /sneakers or sandals
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be able to cope with occasional half-days of walking in sometimes hot conditions. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

In Morocco during the summer months and we can expect temperatures on the July departure to reach the mid to high reaches of the thirties Celsius, dropping to around 25ºC at night. In the mountains and at the coast, it will be several degrees cooler. Early and late in the year it will also be generally cooler, with maximum temperatures closer to 30ºC. The weather is usually dry at the time of any of our scheduled departures. However, rain or even short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. The Atlas Mountains. Karl Smith. (Cicerone Press).

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