Wander around the maze-like souks of Marrakech and Fez
Explore the bohemian seaside town of Essaouira
Go hiking in the picturesque Atlas Mountains
Spend a night stargazing in a camp in the heart of the desert
Visit the impressive UNESCO sites of Meknes and Volubilis
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Day 2 Marrakech
Over the next few days, you’ll enjoy tours with an expert guide through the souks in the Medina.
Your guide will be able to steer you in a rough direction preventing you from getting lost down the colourful , never-ending alleys. Every section has its own specialty – the dyer’s area, the carpenter’s corner, spices, and most importantly bags and baskets which you will need to carry all your purchases in.
Day 3 Marrakech
Continue to enjoy tours with your expert guide.
You’ll also have plenty of free time to explore Marrakech at your leisure. Wander around the maze-like alleyways, visit the Koutoubia Mosque, and explore the Saadian Tombs.
Don't miss the authentic Djema El Fna where you'll find an array of entertainers from jugglers to fortune tellers to snake charmers. Enjoy sampling some local food and freshly squeezed orange juice, and find a rooftop terrace overlooking the square and sit back, relax, and soak up the atmosphere.
Day 5 Marrakech – Essaouira
This morning you’ll be driven to Essaouira, a journey of around three hours.
Check into your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps take a dip in the rooftop pool, or admire the views over the old city at sunset.
Day 6 Essaouira
Spend two days exploring this bohemian port town on the Atlantic coast.
Wander around the galleries and boutiques, sip coffee in a café, enjoy a guided cycle tour through the city, explore the citadel and harbour, or relax on the beach.
For more action, you can go quad biking or kite surfing.
Day 7 Essaouira
Continue to discover this bohemian port town on the Atlantic coast.
Spend time discovering Essaouira’s streets, relax on the beach, cycle through the city with a guide or - for the more adventurous - try quad biking, four-wheel driving or kite-surfing.
Don’t forget to explore the fishing harbor and the crumbling Essaouira citadel.
Day 8 Essaouira – Atlas Mountains
This morning you’ll be driven to the Atlas Mountains. After the three-hour drive you’ll settle into your mountain retreat, which is run in partnership with the local Berber people.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure - wander around the gardens or rejuvenate in the hammam.
Day 10 Atlas Mountains – Skoura
Today you’ll have a two-hour drive as you’re escorted to Skoura, a flourishing oasis that’s now the region’s commercial centre. Here, palm plantations are criss-crossed by paths that run by crumbling pisé walls up to kasbahs in equally ruinous condition. The whole effect of this is quite beautiful and pervades through the town.
Check into your accommodation, then head out to explore the crumbling kasbahs and palm plantations.
Day 11 Skoura – Erg Chebbi
Today’s journey takes you into the heart of the desert.
You’ll be transported to a desert camp where you can settle into your tent, which seems to come directly out of ‘Arabian Nights’ with a different setting at every turn.
Explore the area on foot, camel or donkey and in the evening enjoy uninterrupted views of the night sky.
Day 12 Erg Chebbi - Fez
This morning you’ll be driven to Fez.
Check into your chic riad in the heart of the city, and then relax. You might like to indulge in a hammam or spa treatment, participate in a cookery class, or enjoy sundowners on the roof terrace. We recommend sampling your riad's outstanding fine dining restaurants before a busy day of sightseeing tomorrow.
Day 13 Fez
Your stay in Fez begins with a guided tour of the Medina – essential to help you get your bearings in the maze-like souks.
A guided tour will take you through the maze-like souks including a visit to the Zaouia (sanctuary) of Moulay Idriss II. Founder of Fez, he rapidly achieved cult-status after his death. Another Islamic monument which can be seen but not entered is the Kairaouiyne Mosque. It is such an integral part of the city that its shape cannot be distinguished, so many buildings have been built onto its walls.
If you have time, you'll pay a visit to the Moulay Yacoub thermal baths.
Day 14 Fez
Today you'll have plenty of time to roam on your own – now’s the time to visit the Moulay Yacoub thermal baths if you haven't already, or to explore the surrounding area on horseback.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities to suit your interests prior to departure.
Day 15 Fez - Rabat
The final day of your tour takes you to explore Meknes, the former Imperial capital of Morocco, and the impressive Roman ruins at Volubilis. Both sites have UNESCO World Heritage status.
Afterwards, you’ll continue to Rabat, where you’ll check in and have time to explore the city. Rabat is still untouched by mass tourism and an easygoing and lively city. The beaches are only a few minutes away, or if you’re not souk’ed out, explore the Medina and the Kasbah of the Oudayas.
Day 16 Departure
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.