17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights

Including return international flights, all accommodation, an overnight camping experience in the Sahara Desert, daily breakfast plus some lunches and dinners, food tour in Marrakech, wine tasting in Essaouira, and more.

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  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
  • 17 day Best of Morocco tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Prepare to be bewitched by the charms of medinas, remote villages and legendary landscapes on a 17 day Best of Morocco tour.

Feel like Ingrid Bergman or Humphrey Bogart as you fly into Casablanca. Uncover the city’s French colonial heritage as you have some free time before meeting up with the group for a welcome dinner. Count off the myriad monuments from the Almohad and Marinid dynasties with a guided trip around Rabat, the Moroccan capital city, and visit the ruins and mosaic-lined Decumanus Maximus of Volubilis, a former outpost of the ancient Roman Empire. Get caught up in the cultural and artistic spirit of Fes and discover the sights and sounds of its distinctive districts, including the well-preserved old city and its souks, tanneries and traditional houses.

Venture into the landscape of the High Atlas Mountains, and make a stop in the rural village of Khamliya to hear stories about the residents’ tribal past and to share a traditional local lunch. Clamber onto the back of a camel for a ride across the sands of the iconic Sahara to the site of your desert camp. Spend a night among the dunes and feel like Lawrence of Arabia the following morning with a sunrise camel ride back across the sands. Be awestruck upon first sight of the canyons and cliff-faces at Todra Gorge and enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family while in the area.

Travel to Marrakech and first become acquainted with the city’s famed medina on a guided morning tour, winding through the narrow streets and wandering past Bahia Palace, Le Jardin Secret and Koutoubia Mosque. You have an opportunity for independent exploration around Marrakech and your second day in the city winds down with a food tasting excursion through the medina. Get a taste for the flavours of authentic Moroccan cuisine and then sit down to a group dinner at a local restaurant in Jamaa el Fnaa square. Embrace the easy-going nature of Essaouira, a port city once frequented by Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, and be sure to take a walk by the waterfront to see the collection of blue-hued boats bobbing up and down in the water.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff Casablanca

Head to the airport and catch your flight to the bewitching city of Casablanca in Morocco.

Day 2: Casablanca (D)

Welcome to Morocco! Your flight touches down in Casablanca, a city to some best-known for its classic eponymous movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Make your way to the hotel for check in and use the remainder of the day to relax in your room. A welcome meeting begins at 6pm (confirm the start time with hotel reception upon arrival) to officially mark the start of your adventure through magical Morocco. Afterwards, the group heads out for dinner at a local restaurant – a great way to get to know your fellow travellers!

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 3: Casablanca – Rabat (B)

Your first full day of touring begins with a trip to Hassan II Mosque. This extraordinary structure is one of the most striking architectural legacies of the former king and it was the most ambitious construction project of his reign. It is the largest mosque in Africa! Also take note of the 200-metre-high minaret – the tallest of its kind in the world. Following your time at the mosque the group makes the 45-minute drive to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. The history of Rabat is certainly colourful, and the city has played host to various Roman settlements, groups of pirates and, now, the Moroccan parliament. The monuments dotted around the city, some dating back to between the 10th and 15th centuries, are a testament to Rabat’s multi-faceted heritage. Meet up with a local guide for an afternoon tour of this incredible city.

Day 4: Rabat – Volubilis – Fes (B)

A post-breakfast excursion takes you out to the ruins of Volubilis. Once a provincial Roman capital, Volubilis is now the foremost ancient Roman site in Morocco and houses a remarkable collection of ruins. Explore the site with a local guide, learn about its history and admire the detailed mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus. Remember to have plenty of drinking water, as well as a hat and sunscreen in your day bag as temperatures can be high. The group continues to Fes later on.

Day 5: Fes (B, D)

Fes is an intoxicating city; it holds rank as the cultural and spiritual heart of Morocco and as such it flaunts a vibrant and energetic landscape. The city is broken up into distinct quarters and your time in Fes is based near the medieval old city (all while staying in an elegant riad-style hotel!). Explore the old city today, walking through its twisting alleyways and labyrinthine laneways and passing old-world libraries, landmarks and facades. Be enthralled by the spices available in the souk, and feel your eyes widen as you take in the stalls offering everything from fruits and herbs, to soups, livestock and copper cookware. Some of the sights you’ll take in today including Medersa Bou Inania, Fondouk el-Nejjarine and the local tanneries. Such sense-stimulating exploration is sure to have you working up an appetite and an invitation to share a home-cooked meal with a local family at the end of the day is an incredible treat.

Day 6: Fes (B)

You have the day as free time to continue your discovery of Fes however you like. Head back into the medina, capture the beauty of the golden gates at the Royal Palace, meander the streets of the Jewish Quarter, or take a stroll through the peaceful grounds of Jnan sbil (the Bou Jeloud Gardens). Foodies will want to continue feasting on delicious Moroccan cuisine and should set their sights on procuring plates of tagine (stew cooked in a clay pot), pastilla (a meat pie traditionally made from pigeon), brochettes (spiced skewers usually cooked over charcoal), and almond briwat (deep fried filo pastry filled with sugar, cinnamon and nuts).

Day 7: Fes – Erfoud (B)

Leave the frenetic pace of Fes behind as the group travels into the High Atlas Mountains. This drive takes you through lush valleys, thickly blanketed forests and rocky landscapes. There is a quick stop in the small market town of Midelt to stretch your legs and have lunch at leisure before continuing to Erfoud.

Day 8: Erfoud – Merzouga (B, L, D)

Jump into a 4WD for the drive to Khamliya or Khamlia. This tiny village is the home of descendants of the Gnawa tribe. You’ll learn about the Gnawa people while here and have the opportunity to try a local culinary specialty – Madfouna, or Berber pizza. The group travels further into the famed golden sands of the Sahara Desert afterwards. Swap four wheels for the four legs of a camel as you take a sunset ride and are then taken to your tents for this evening’s overnight desert camp experience.

Day 9: Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Ouarzazate (B, L)

Channel your inner Lawrence of Arabia or Gertrude Bell as you wake up amidst the dunes of the Sahara Desert this morning. A sunrise camel ride takes you across the desert, and then it is back into the vehicles for the drive to Todra Gorge. This trip takes about 4 hours. Todra Gorge is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Morocco; limestone river canyons and trenches with cliffsides that rise up to 250 metres high. It makes for a truly impressive sight. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a local Berber family upon arrival, and later continue to Ouarzazate for this evening’s overnight stay.

Day 10: Ouarzazate – Marrakech (B)

This morning’s itinerary features an outing to Ait Benhaddou. This ancient village is known as a ighrem and sits along the former caravan route connecting parts of the Sahara with Marrakech. The village’s buildings were built from earth, and four families still reside within this incredible site. Pop culture vultures may recognise the village from its role in the film Gladiator or TV show Game of Thrones. Head into the village and walk around its fascinating cityscape, and be sure to head to the highest point of the village for incredible views of the surrounding region. Sit down to a refreshing cup of mint tea with a local family, and then hit the road bound for Marrakech. Arrive in the evening.

Day 11: Marrakech (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and then meet your local guide for a tour around Marrakech medina. Walk through tiny streets and past locals going about everyday life. Peer into quiet hidden courtyards and see sights include Bahia Palace and Le Jardin Secret. The latter is a historic riad formerly owned by a powerful local chief. A tour around the outside of Koutoubia Mosque follows and you have the afternoon as free time afterwards.

Day 12: Marrakech (B, D)

You have this morning in Marrakech as free time. Meet up with a local guide in the evening for a food tasting excursion through the medina. Savour samples of well-known Marrakech street food – harira soup, kebabs, grilled vegetables, maakouda (spiced and fried potatoes) and fish with chermoula. These bites serve as a tasty prelude to tonight’s group dinner in Jamaa el-Fnaa square.

Day 13: Marrakech – Essaouira (B)

Travel to the coastal town of Essaouira. Enroute there is a stop at a local vineyard for a tasting of traditional Moroccan wine. This port city sits along the Atlantic coast and is known for its bewitching laidback lifestyle, rampart-protected medina. Take in the sea air as you wander sandstone walkways, past white-washed houses, and soak up the sights of this town – a favourite destination for artists and creatives, including the likes of Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix.

Day 14: Essaouira (B)

You have a day of free time to spend in Essaouira however you fancy. Shop for souvenirs and handicrafts back in the medina, check out the catch of the day in the busy fish market, or take a walk along the beach (a tip here: it can get very windy!).

Optional: Visit a Hammam
Additional cost applies.

Optional: Berber Massage
Additional cost applies.

Optional: Horse Riding
Additional cost applies

Optional: Seafood Market Lunch
Additional cost applies
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Day 15: Essaouira – Casablanca (B)

The group bids goodbye to easy-going Essaouira and sets out on the return journey to Casablanca. Along the way there is a stop at El Jadida. This port city has gone by many names – Mazighen, al-Breyja, Mazagan and al-Mahdouma – and is a popular resort destination with local tourists. Walk through the old Portuguese City or find a local restaurant for lunch. Arrive in Casablanca in the afternoon and have the rest of the day as free time. Tonight is your last evening in Morocco.

Day 16: Casablanca – airplane-takeoff  Australia (B)

You are free to check out and depart the hotel at any time this morning. Perhaps enjoy one final walk in Casablanca or squeeze in some last-minute sightseeing before heading to the airport as necessary to board your return flight to Australia.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 17: Australia

Arrive in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with Emirates or Etihad Airways TEST
  • Arrive early or extend the stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 13 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Overnight desert camp experience in the magnificent Sahara, with sunset and sunrise camel rides
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 2 lunches and 4 dinners including a home-cooked lunch with a Berber family
  • Food tasting experience in the Marrakech markets
  • Wine tasting at a local vineyard in Essaouira
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the tour itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transport with English-speaking tour guides throughout


Highlights:

  • Have free time to be captivated by the magic of Casablanca and visit Hassan II Mosque, and journey to the Moroccan capital of Rabat to be taken on a tour of the city with a local guide
  • Travel to the former ancient Roman outpost at Volubilis and learn about the ruins here, and continue to the magical medina at Fes to meander through the atmospheric souk, past historic khans and local tanneries
  • Venture into the High Atlas Mountains and then into the iconic landscape of the legendary Sahara Desert for an overnight camping experience among the dunes
  • Channel Lawrence of Arabia with sunset and sunrise camel rides, and make a pitstop at Ait Benhaddou to explore this fortified village and admire the view of the surrounding plains
  • Arrive in Marrakech and head into the magnificent medina on a guided morning tour and enjoy another day of free time in the city before indulging with an evening food tasting experience
  • Sample Moroccan wine with a stop at a local vineyard, and then follow in the footsteps of Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix by falling for the laidback charm of Essaouira
 

Fine Print

 

How to book: TEST

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $499 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2-3 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Optional tours
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $299  per person in addition to your twin share price.

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date. 

Group Size: 5-20 people 

Child Policy: Same price as an adult – Minimum age 5 years.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Casablanca: Moroccan House or similar
Rabat: Bouregreg or similar
Fes: Fes Inn or similar
Erfoud: Palms or similar
Merzouga: Yasmina Camp or similar
Ouarzazate: Tichka Salam or similar
Marrakech: Les Trois Palmiers or similar
Essaouira: Miramar or similar

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people 

Triple Share: Not available 

Optional Tours:

Jewish Museum – $7
Hamam (public baths) – $30
Berber massage – $55
Horse riding – Essaouira – $38
Seafood Market Lunch – Essaouira – $12

The prices are an approximate costing displayed in Australian Dollars and are subject to change due to currency fluctuation. Please note, all optional are only payable on tour in local currency only and cannot be prepaid prior to departure. Optional tours are subject to availability, weather conditions and minimum numbers.  

TransfersArrival transfer is based on one group transfer. The entire group will be transferred from the airport together.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Tipping: If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following amounts provided are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

  • Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants – leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
  • Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest MAD20-30 (approx. AUD$3-$4) per person per day for local guides.
  • Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however MAD10 (approx. AUD$2)  per person per day is generally appropriate. 
  • Tour leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip $3-$6 per person, per day can be used. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. 

Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don’t have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. Please don’t tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs or extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable. 

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

21 May 
4 June 
30 July 
6 August 
20 August 
10 September 
24 September 
8 October 
15 October 

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy airfares departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates or Etihad and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of carry-on and one checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with Emirates or Etihad Airways
  • Arrive early or extend the stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 13 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Overnight desert camp experience in the magnificent Sahara, with sunset and sunrise camel rides
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 2 lunches and 4 dinners including a home-cooked lunch with a Berber family
  • Food tasting experience in the Marrakech markets
  • Wine tasting at a local vineyard in Essaouira
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the tour itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transport with English-speaking tour guides throughout

 

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