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Moroccan Discovery

1 country10 cities
6 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Traditional kasbah, MerzougaMoroccan guest house, Skoura
From the High Atlas Mountains to the buzzing medinas and the vast desert expanses, Morocco is one of the most diverse and intriguing countries in the world. Explore the melting pot of African, Arabic and European cultures, stay in a traditional kasbah and visit a desert oasis town.Mesmerising CitiesExplore dynamic Casablanca, Morocco's centre for business and trade, and a city rich with heritage, culture and traditions. We'll discover the former Portuguese port town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast and enjoy the sunshine on the harbour and beaches, then discover the delights of Marrakesh. We'll visit the exquisitely decorated Saadian Tombs and see the beautiful gardens. The lush green, formal spaces are stunning and some are even referred to as the Islamic Versailles!Desert OasesWe travel through the High Atlas Mountains to the oasis town of Skoura, stopping to visit impressive kasbahs and in amazing fortified villages. We'll then spend the night in a traditional Kasbah in the Sahara Desert and watch the sunrise over the endless dunes. We'll see the magnificent Medina of Fes el-Bali in the medieval capital of Fez, where goods are transported by only donkey, handcarts and mules. Then discover the picturesque streets in the incredible town of Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest in Morocco washed with hundreds of shades of blue.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Morocco. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional Kasbah, Merzouga
  • 2 nights in a Moroccan guest house, Skoura
  • 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Mesmerising Morocco

  • Stroll through Casablanca's bustling Central Market.
  • See the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the second largest mosque in the world.
  • Explore the resort town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast and wander through its colourful kasbah.
  • Feel the buzz of Marrakesh's Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square walking through the stalls, snake-charmers and other entertainers on your way to dinner.
  • Visit the 16th century monument site of the Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh.
  • Explore the stunning Jardin Marjorelle, gifted to the city by Yves Saint Laurent.
  • See Marrakesh's Koutoubia Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
  • Take part in a traditional cooking class in a beautiful riad.
  • Wander through the streets of Ait-Ben Haddou, a World Heritage-listed city made famous by the 1962 film 'Lawrence of Arabia.'
  • Visit the majestic Kasbahs of Tifoultoute and Taoirt in Ouarzazate.
  • Stay in a traditional Moroccan guesthouse overlooking a palm grove in the oasis town of Skoura.
  • Try your hand at Morrocan calligraphy in a workshop with a local artisan.
  • Watch as the dunes shimmer with the first rays of sunlight over the Sahara Desert - a truly magical experience!
  • Experience the warm Moroccan hospitality with Moroccan Tea and spiritual Gnaoua music in the small village of Khamlia.
  • Enjoy lunch under the shade of palm trees in the Tissirdmine Oasis, a traditional artists' town.
  • Awaken the senses navigating your way through the Medina of Fez el Bali, bursting with aromatic food stands, local craftsmen, workshops, mosques, schools and friendly locals.
  • Watch in awe as men standing in stone vessels filled with a range of colourful dyes, process the hides of sheep and goat in the ancient operation of tannery in Fez.
  • Enjoy a day leisure to explore the treasures of Fez.
  • Take a scenic sunset walk up to Mt Zalagh for beautiful views over Fez.
  • Fall in love with Chefchaouen - Morocco's magical blue city.
  • Walk the short trail uphill towards a stunning lookout point over the town and surrounding mountains.
  • Explore Meknes, one of the Kingdom's Imperial Cities. See the massive Bab el Mansour Gate and the Old Medina.
  • Visit the impressive archaeological site of Volubilis, once an important Roman city.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $7,645
Start Location
Morocco
End Location
Morocco
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
21 Mar 201909 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,195
18 Apr 201907 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,295
09 May 201928 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,295
30 May 201918 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,295
29 Aug 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $7,295
12 Sep 201901 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,295
26 Sep 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $7,295
17 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $7,195
14 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $7,195
ItineraryExpand
Moroccan Discovery

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco, and its buzzing economic centre, Casablanca! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Casablanca

Today we explore the busy streets of Casablanca and acquaint ourselves with its European-influenced architecture along the Aindiab Esplanade and in the Central Market. We'll visit the Hassan II Mosque - the largest in Morocco and second-largest in the world. After some free time for lunch, we'll tour the Quartier Habous, laid out by the French in the 1920s. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Casablanca - Essaouira

This morning we depart for Essaouira, a charming town on Morocco's Atlantic coast that was once the old Portuguese city of Mogador. [B]

Day 5. Essaouira

We'll begin our day of sightseeing at the city's port to experience the lively atmosphere as the boats come in and fish are sold. We'll then discover the 'Door of the Navy', Moulay el-Hassan Place, and wander through the town's colourful kasbah. [B]

Day 6. Essaouira - Marrakesh

Travelling inland, we make our way to the magical 'Rose City' of Marrakesh. After an orientation tour, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we'll make our way through buzzing Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square to enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner.

Day 7. Marrakesh

Marrakesh is the real heartbeat of Morocco and we'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and Majorelle Gardens. [B]

Day 8. Marrakesh

Enjoy a cooking class in Riad today where we'll try out delicious Moroccan recipes. Have the rest of the day at leisure to explore at your own pace. Why not shop for carpets and crafts in the city's labyrinth of souks? [B]

Day 9. Marrakesh - Skoura

We travel through the High Atlas Mountains to the fortified city of A t Ben Haddou. We'll wander through the Ksar and make our way to the top for beautiful views over the desert. This afternoon we'll make the short trip to Ouarzazate to visit the kasbahs of Tifoultoute and Taoirt, then continue to the oasis town of Skoura. [B,D]

Day 10. Skoura

This morning we visit the palm groves and Amridil kasbah, and have tea at a local pottery. Heading back to our guesthouse, we'll enjoy a typical Berber couscous. [B,D]

Special Experience: Take part in a traditional calligraphy workshop with a local artisan.

Day 11. Skoura - Merzouga

Today we visit the Berber town of Boumalne. This afternoon in Erfoud we'll transfer to 4WDs and make our way across the vast Sahara Desert to Merzouga. Our accommodation for the next two nights is a traditional Moroccan Kasbah! [B,D]

Day 12. Merzouga

Special Experience: Witness an incredible sunrise over the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert.

After breakfast, we travel to a nearby village to enjoy the local Gnaoua music over tea. We'll then visit the traditional artists' town of Tissardmine for lunch amongst the palms. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Merzouga - Fez

We cross over the Middle Atlas Mountains on our way to Fez. Along the way we'll visit the market town of Midelt and have lunch at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Fez

Considered the cultural and religious centre of Morocco, Fez is a window to the Middle Ages. We'll explore the narrow, cobbled lanes and covered souks of the medina, visit the Madressa and famous tannery, and see the Karaouine Mosque. [B]

Day 15. Fez

Today is free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not enjoy a sunset walk up to Mt Zalagh for beautiful views over Fez? Learn more

Day 16. Fez - Chefchaouen

Special Experience: This morning we travel to the magical town of Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest in Morocco, washed in hundreds of shades of blue.

This afternoon we'll explore the picturesque streets on foot. [B,D]

Day 17. Chefchaouen

Optional Walking Discovery: Walk the short trail uphill towards a stunning lookout point over the town and surrounding mountains. Learn more

Or - enjoy the day to discover the delights of this village at your own pace. [B]

Day 18. Chefchaouen - Meknes - Rabat

On our way to Rabat today we visit Morocco's smallest imperial city, Meknes. We'll see the beautifully preserved gates of Bab El-Mansour and the old medina. We'll also see the ruins of Volubilis, once an important Roman city dating back to the 3rd century BC. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Rabat - Depart Casablanca

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia