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.
9 Nights / 10 Days
Self Drive Road Trip
Desert, Mountains, Highway
Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding in Desert, Camping, Hot Air Balloon in Marrakech
ROAD TO LONDON
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Accommodation (9 nights on twin sharing basis) in luxury hotels and camps
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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)
Visit to a Nomad Family
Camel ride and Sandboarding in desert
Adventures Overland Merchandise
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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