MOROCCO ROAD TRIP 2023

Trip Overview

With an eclectic mix of Berber, Arab, and European lifestyle traits woven into everyday living, Morocco is a cultural traveler’s dream destination. Add another layer of geographical attractions in the form of the Atlas Mountains, parts of the Sahara Desert and a landscape that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and you have a riveting destination. Adventures Overland’s convoy will roll out from Morocco’s historic city of Marrakesh. In the following days, you will experience Morocco’s nomadic communities, savor delectable cuisines, visit alpine destinations, marvel at its ancient Roman ruins and delight in the blue-walled town of Chefchaouen. Gear up for a multi-faceted self-driving experience through Morocco’s rich culture and a wide variety of landscapes as the convoy crisscrosses from South to North before finishing at Casablanca by the Atlantic.

About the trip

Duration

9 Nights / 10 Days

Trip Cost

INR 335000 GST +5% Per Person (EMI Option Available)

Trip style

Self Drive Road Trip

Landscapes

Desert, Mountains, Highway

Activities

Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding in Desert, Camping, Hot Air Balloon in Marrakech

Upcoming Dates

25th Feb 2023 – 6th Mar 2023

Route Map

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive In Marrakech

Marhaba: Welcome to Morocco! Marrakesh is one of the most atmospheric cities in the world and is divided into two parts. One is the traditional city known as 'Medina', and the other is the modern European-influenced district known as Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. As you arrive at your centrally located hotel, you will observe the stark contrast between the two parts. Upon reaching the hotel, you'll meet your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Marrakesh.

Day 2

Marrakech (City Tour)

A city tour is in store today with planned cultural attractions to mosques, historical monuments, old medina and souk. You can also go for a hot air balloon ride which we can arrange for you in the early morning before the city tour. Morocco is considered an imperial city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major economic centre and tourist destination. It has the largest traditional market or souk in Morocco. The city is home to several historical monuments and tombs you will see during your tour, including La Koutoubia (from outside), Dar El Bacha, and Jemaa el-Fnaa square, considered one of the best-known squares in Africa.

Day 3

Marrakech to Ouarzazate via Ait-Ben-Haddou (192 km)

This morning, you will check out and take the road to Ouarzazate. En route, you will stop to see the fortified red-earth Kasbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the most famous ksar (a group of traditional earthen buildings surrounded by high walls) in the Ounila Valley, representing the culture and architecture of southern Morocco. From there, you will continue to the city of Ouarzazate, where you will stay overnight. The enormous Kasbah of Taourirt, a 19th-century palace, is a big attraction here.

Day 4

Ouarzazate to Merzouga Desert via Valley of Roses/Dades & Erfoud (373 km)

On the 4th day, the convoy will go off-roading in 4x4 cars scaling the desert, en route you will have the opportunity to see El Kelaa M'gouna (Valley of Roses) near a small town located in Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet. The journey will continue to Dades gorges, a series of rugged wadi gorges carved out by the Dadès River in the high range of the Atlas Mountains, flowing some 350 kilometres (220 mi) southwest before joining the Draa River at the edge of the Sahara. The many-coloured walls of the gorges range anywhere from 200 to 500 meters (650 to 1600 feet). The convoy then moves to Erfoud, a small Sahara desert oasis in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of eastern Morocco. It is known as the gateway to the Sahara. Famous for its fossils dating back hundreds of millions of years and the photogenic ancient Ksar M'Aadid, 5km north of town. From there, you will continue to your private camp in the Erg Chebbi desert.

Day 5

Merzouga Desert (Day at leisure)

A day full of immersive experiences begins early. Enjoy a sunrise camel ride. Head out for breakfast in a majestic tent, followed by a memorable day in the desert. Drive your private 4*4 private car for a heart-warming self-drive experience. Later you will stop for lunch, followed by a visit to a nomad family, where you will enjoy tea with them before returning to your private camp.

Day 6

Merzouga desert to Fes via/Errachidia Midelt/Ifrane (477 km)

Today, the convoy rolls towards Fes. An array of attractions and beautiful sceneries, and small villages await. Errachidia, a beautiful city in the Saharan region, is also rich in history. Midelt is the next attraction on the way. Enjoy a meal here. Its serene atmosphere, situated in central Morocco between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountain ranges, is a crucial highlight along with its breathtaking landscapes, fossils and springs. Then, you will enjoy a quick tour of the beautiful, unique town of Ifrane before heading out to the hotel in Fes for an overnight stay.

Day 7

Fes (City Tour)

The group will go out for a city tour of Fes on the seventh day. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fes is home to traditional handicraft centres, educational institutions, and tanneries. Known as the cultural epicentre of Morocco, it boasts attractions such as the 14th century Bou Inania Madrasa, which was once a school, and the Karaouine Mosque and University. While the mosque is the second largest in Morocco, and the University is known to be one of the world's oldest universities. We visit Nejjarine Mosque and Al Attarine mederssa next. The latter is known for its beautiful courtyard surrounded by geometric patterned tiles that decorate the walls and floor. Afterwards, you will enjoy a guided food-tasting tour in the medina. This culinary journey will further help the group explore Morocco's rich heritage and culture through its food. A variety of pastries and a wide choice of local traditional dishes of Moroccan cuisine await us.

Day 8

Fes to Chefchaouen (210 km)

The convoy on this day will drive to Chefchaouen. It is located in the Rif Mountain Range and is a unique place in Morocco. A walking tour through the town's narrow blue-painted walls (some of you might see flashes of Rajasthan) in quietude brings alive its charm. Home to the Moors after being defeated in Spain, it attracts Europeans today for its setting and historical context. You will have the opportunity to see the Kasbah and souk as well.

Day 9

Chefchaouen to Casablanca (344 km)

The convoy will leave Chefchouen for the last destination on tour – Casablanca. En route, you will stop at Volubilis, considered one of Morocco's largest and most important archaeological sites. It features the remains of settlements dating from the pre-Roman to the early Islamic. Through your tour, you will have the chance to discover its fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colourful tiles depicting Roman mythology. From there, you will move to see Meknes; if time permits, we will include Bab Mansour & Place El-Hedime (Square of Ruins), which links the medina and the Kasbah. After that, the convoy heads to the hotel in Casablanca.

Day 10

Departure

After driving through Morocco's history, culture and shifting natural landscapes for the last nine days, we hope you'll have added a fresh perspective to the human experience. The richness of Morocco, from its people to its culture, can only be appreciated when witnessed first-hand. As the Morocco self-drive tour ends, you will bid goodbye to fellow travellers, some of whom might have become your lifelong friend by now. But as they say, the end is an opportunity for new beginnings.

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Testimonials

A collection of stories and experiences of the Adventures Overland travellers from around the world which portray the exact moments we strive to live for.

Rina Bhansali

Product Director - OTO CBD, London

Iceland 2016 | Alaska 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2017 | Jordon 2017 | Spiti 2018 | South America 2018 | Africa 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020 | Ladakh Sep 2021

Every expedition is loaded with the most memorable sensory experiences.

Dr Abhijit Deo

Orthopaedic, practises in Nagpur

RTL 2017 | Spiti Valley | Iceland | Alaska 2016 | Jordon 2017 | South America 2018 | Russia 2020

Someone in convoy rightly said that the road to heaven is bound to be tough. Phenomenal.

Dilpreet Singh Bindra

Director Operations at JW Marriott

Bangkok | Spiti 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Africa 2019

My journey continues with AO to fulfil my quest to explore the world.

Nishita Shalin Sarvaiya

Director, Adam Exports

Russia 2018 | Spiti 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Iceland 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020

Fantastic experience and Adventures Overland team made sure everyone had a great time.

Nainesh Nandu

Director, Krome Realtors LLP

Russia 2018 | Jordan 2018 | Spiti 2019 Iceland 2019

I have travelled thrice now - Russia 2018, Jordan 2018 and Lahaul & Spiti 2019 with them. It’s not the destinations but the journeys that matter.

Useful information

Trip Inclusions

Accommodation (9 nights on twin sharing basis) in luxury hotels and camps

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Airport Transfers

Self-drive 4X4 vehicle (4 people sharing 1 vehicle)

Fuel, toll fee and maintenance charges of the vehicle

Escort vehicle with a driver

Adventures Overland crew and support team

Certified English speaking guide during transfers and site visit

Entry fees to sites, mentioned below:
Marrakech (Dar El Bacha)
Ait Ben Haddou (Kasbah Ait Benhaddou)
Ouarzazate (Kasbah of Taourirt, Atlas studio)
Fes (Bouaanania, Nejjarine Mosque, El Attarine)
Volubilis

Visit to a Nomad Family

Camel ride and Sandboarding in desert

Adventures Overland Merchandise

Vehicle Branding

Visa Assistance

Trip Exclusions

Meals and drinks other than listed in the itinerary

International air ticket

Refundable Security Deposit for vehicle

Morocco Visa Fee

Medical and travel insurance etc.

Porterage, Tip and Gratuity

Lunch on day 1

Alcohol

Any cost arising out of unforeseen conditions like ill health, land blocks, bad weather etc.

Any charges for carrying Video Camera or Still Camera

Any activity not mentioned in inclusions

Any expense of personal nature

Hot air balloon ride in Marrakech

5% GST

5% TCS

Cancellation Policy

  • 10% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled before 60 days of the departure date
  • 25% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 60 – 45 days of the departure date
  • 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 45 – 30 days of the departure date
  • 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 30 days of departure date

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 15 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount.
  • The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of expeditions do you organise?

Adventures Overland offers two types of Expeditions – Fixed Departures and Customized Tours. As part of our Fixed Departures, you will be self-driving your (or a rented vehicle) in a convoy of vehicles that is always led by at least one support vehicle and 2 crew members. For a bigger convoy, we provide a lead and a sweep vehicle. Customized Tours are those where you travel on your own chosen dates and we can customize the route as per your preferences.
For such journeys, we make all necessary travel arrangements including hotel bookings, permits, excursions and if required, we can send a support team with the group.

In which parts of the world do you organize expeditions?

We organize expeditions all around the world in 6 continents every year. We organize fly anddrive expeditions in Jordan, Russia, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, South America, Africa and Australia where you don’t need to bring a vehicle as the vehicle is included as part of the package.

What kind of people travel on your expeditions?

Since 2012, we have been proudly putting together off beat and luxury bespoke tours all
around the world for solo travelers, families, couples and senior citizens who come from
different walks of life and comprise of entrepreneurs, professionals, industrialists, doctors, creative minds etc. mostly aged 35 years & above.

Are your expeditions suitable for solo woman travellers and families?

Our expeditions are ideal for solo travelers (male and female) and families with kids. The
average male female ratio on most of our expeditions is 60:40. Families, couples and senior citizens join us frequently in all kinds of expeditions.

Is driving mandatory on these expeditions?

Driving is NOT mandatory on any of our expeditions and you are most welcome to enjoy the journey, sit back and relax while someone else is behind the wheel!

How much driving experience do I need to join an expedition?

Drivers must be a minimum 25 years old. We expect you to be a confident and competent
driver, with plenty of driving experience. You should normally have held your driver’s
license for a minimum of two years. Please also note that most of our expeditions include
sections of gravel or dirt roads, as stated in the Expedition Summary. We never travel off
road; it is simply that there are sections where the road is not paved.

Our expeditions call for all participants to be good team players, who are flexible and
adaptable when things do not go as planned and will muck in as requested by the Expedition
Leader. Self sufficiency is important and being able to manage yourself – your well being,
hygiene & health – is vital, together with having a good sense of humour. Overland
travel can be challenging and bring up the most unexpected of situations. This means that
you will all be expected to work together as a team to resolve any problems we may
encounter, but always subject to the authority of the Expedition Leader.

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