From the coast to the Atlas mountains, from the desert to the Imperial cities, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast, staying in Riads, historic and coastal hotels
Marrakech - 3 nights
Rabat - 2 nights
Tangier - 1 night
Fez - 3 nights
Erfoud - 1 night
Boumalne Dades - 1 night
Taroudant - 1 night
Essaouira - 2 nights
Morocco as a country is 'grand' in many ways. Measuring some 2,000 kilometres from tip to toe, it dominates North West Africa's coastline, envelops its greatest mountain range, the Atlas, and takes in its tallest peak, Toubkal.
Travelling north to south, fertile soils give way to the desiccated sands of the Sahara. West to east, cultivated coastal plains give way to the intimidating might of the Atlas. Explore the major historical sites and natural wonders of Morocco, whilst revealing its cultural diversity, from Berber and Arabised areas to former French, Spanish and Portuguese cities.
This tour features a careful and varied selection of accommodation, consisting of riads and heritage hotels of character with coastal hotels.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Most Meals Included
8 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Group Size: 5 – 22
Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Marrakech, which was founded in the 11th century and grew rich on trade in gold and ivory culminating in its recognition as the capital of an empire from Toledo to Senegal. Stay three nights at an Angsana Riad, located within the medina.
Day 2 Full-day tour including Bahia Palace, Badia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Dar Si Said museum and the souks. Riad dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Visit Majorelle Gardens and the YSL Museum. Lunch at La Mamounia. (B, L)
Day 4 Travel to Casablanca (3 hrs) for a tour and visit the Hassan II Mosque. Two nights at the Sofitel Rabat. (B, L, D)
Day 5 A tour of Imperial Rabat includes the Mohammed V Mausoleum, Hassan Tower, Roman Sala Colonia and the Oudaya Kasbah. (B, D)
Day 6 Travel to Tangier (3 hrs) on the strait of Gibraltar, reflecting French, Spanish and Portuguese influences, for a city tour. Overnight at the Mövenpick Hotel. Visit the medina, port and Kasbah and the palace museum. (B, D)
Day 7 Drive into the Rif Mountains to Tetouan. Visit the ‘blue town’, Chefchaouen. Travel to Fez (4 hrs) for three nights at the Marriott Hotel or Palais Omayad. (B, D)
Day 8 Visit the Roman city of Volubilis, the hill town of Moulay Idriss and imperial Meknes. Lunch in Meknes, then a tour of its ramparts, imperial granaries and stables. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Tour the ramparts of Fez. Explore the labyrinthine medina and souks, the largest in the world, including Attarine Medersa. Riad Lunch. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Travel across the Middle Atlas to Erfoud on the edge of the Sahara (6 hrs) for overnight at Hotel Xaluca. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Early morning optional excursion to the Merzouga Dunes. Travel to Tinerhir (3 hrs) to visit the Todra Gorges. Overnight at the Hotel Xaluca in Boumalne Dades. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Travel along the spectacular 'Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs' to the former French Foreign Legion outpost of Ouarzazate. Visit the much photographed kasbahs of Tifoultoute, Taourirt and Ait Ben Haddou. Travel to the walled town of Taroudant (4 hrs) for overnight at the historic Riad Dar Zitoune. (B, L, D).
Day 13 Visit Taroudant. Optional carriage ride (bookable locally). Travel to Essaouira (4 hrs) for two nights at Atlas Essaouira. (B, D)
Day 14 A morning tour of this former Portuguese port, visiting the fortifications, medina and market. Afternoon free. (B, D)
Day 15 Return flight from Marrakech. (B)
Exploring the medinas can be hectic and includes a couple of hours of walking.
A selection of small, intimate historic riads, within Marrakech medina. Sitting rooms, patio, roof terrace, a small Angsana spa with hammam and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 4-star hotel located in the heart of the city. A blend of contemporary and Moroccan architecture this hotel offers a restaurants, bars, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 229 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A Moroccan 5-star hotel set in beautiful gardens, overlooking the Malabata Bay. Restaurants, bars, pool, casino, gym and 240 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV, mini-bar and safe.
A Moroccan 5-star Riad-style hotel dating back to the 18th century. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 30 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV, mini-bar, safe and hairdryer.
A stylish 4-star hotel with a selection of restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A Moroccan 4-star located at the entrance of the Sahara desert. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 134 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV and mini-bar.
A Moroccan 4-star hotel with views of the Dades Valley. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 110 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV and mini-bar.
A 4-star traditional hotel nestled at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Restaurant, gardens, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 30 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and satellite TV.
A 4-star (Moroccan 5-star) hotel on the beachfront, 15 minutes' walk from the port and medina. Private beach, pool, restaurant, bar, spa and WiFi (free). 156 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Air Arabia from Gatwick
per person in a twin/double room
Air Arabia from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £695
British Airways from Gatwick £95
British Airways from Heathrow £190 (not operating from May-Oct)
British Airways Club Europe from £395
Extra nights - Marrakech
Angsana Riad (per night) £59
Single supplement £49
Extra nights - Essaouira
Atlas Essaouira (per night) £55
Single supplement £35
Half board (per night) £25
Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer add £60
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 14 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 12 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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