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Magical Morocco Grand Tour


  • Discover the sights and sounds of Marrakesh’s souks
  • Explore the narrow cobbled streets and ancient mosques of Fes
  • Wander Essaouira’s white-washed streets and pick up a piece of local art work
  • Witness the sunrise over the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Trek between Berber villages in the Atlas mountains with panoramic views of the high peaks

Discover the bustling cities of Fez and Marrakech, the Sahara Desert, the dramatic Todra Gorge, the Atlas Mountains and the charming coastal town of Essaouira on this comprehensive two week tour of Morocco. You will meet Morocco’s people, experience its culture and explore its landscapes.

Morocco is a country filled with contrasts - from imperial cities to the expansive desert, and from dramatic mountains and gorges to lush valleys. This tour has been designed to give you an in depth experience of this magical country. On this Grand Tour of Morocco, you will be travelling independently with your own driver/guide.

Stay in hand-selected accommodations, giving you an authentic experience of this fascinating country, stay in boutique riads, homely hotels and 1 night in a luxury camp in the Sahara desert! In each location you will be guided by local expert guides who will give colour to your experience by sharing their intimate knowledge of the area.

DAY 1: Arrive Fez

After arriving at Casablanca Airport, you will be transferred to the start of your Moroccan journey at the imperial city of Fez. (approx 4h).

Overnight: Boutique Riad Yacout, Fez (B)

DAY 2: Discover Fez

The imperial city of Fez was founded at the beginning of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II and this enchanting city has been a seat of government, philosophy, medicine and religion since then.

Today your guide will lead you through the 2,000-year-old medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still trawl alongside buyers. Wander  through the ancient market, itself a fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys and bustling souks which assault the senses with spices and exotic delicacies. Visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats erupting in an explosion of brilliant colour. Then, climb to the venerated Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fez.

Activity: 4-6 hour walking tour with certified guide

Overnight: Boutique Riad Yacout, Fez (B)

DAY 3: Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes

A ride past centuries-old olive groves and vineyards brings you to Meknes, the Ismalian capital, famous for its 25-mile-long walls and excellent wine. Perhaps enjoy lunch at the grand palace before continuing.

Heading to port Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis, journey back thousands of years and explore on foot the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis sprawled over a wildflower-dotted hillside. A triumphal arch presides over the awesome remains of palaces and mansions, Roman baths and basilicas, and stunning mosaics. From here it is a 5 minute drive to visit the holy town of Moulay Idriss.A short drive will bring you back to Fez for the night.

Activity: 2.5hr walk in Meknes, 1.5hr walk in Volubilis, 30min walk in Moulay Idriss

Drive: Fez-Meknes (40min), Meknes-Volubilis (40min), Moulay Idriss-Fez (40min)

Overnight: Boutique Riad Yacout, Fez (B)

DAY 4: Fez to Merzouga

Begin your journey through the Middle Atlas experiencing fragrant cedar forests filled with chatty Barbary apes and rustic Berber villages. Perhaps stop for lunch in the beautiful Midelt in its spectacular location between the Middle and High Atlas and enjoy breathtaking views of the eastern High Atlas. From Midelt, it is a three hour drive to Erfoud, the last city before reaching the desert where you transfer to a 4x4 vehicle and the start of your Sahara experience. You will overnight tonight in the charming Kasbah du Sud which sits on the edge of the sand dunes in Merzouga.

Drive: Fez-Midelt (3h), Midelt-Erfoud (3h), Erfoud-Merzouga (30min)

Dinner & Overnight: Auberge du Sud,  Merzouga (B, D)

DAY 5: The Sahara Desert & Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes

Start your Saharan journey with a 4x4 vehicle exploration of the desert, a visit to a Nomad village, and lunch with the locals in the Saharaoui town of Rissani. Return to the Kasbah and enjoy some time relaxing by the pool before the next part of your adventure.You will walk or ride by camel over the sands as the sun begins to set and as you reach the magnificient Erg Chebbi sand dunes, witness them turning a wonderful red hue. As night falls, listen to the intoxicating beat of Berber drum music and song, enjoying a Moroccan home-cooked feast before sleeping under the stars in your private berber tent.

Activity: 2hr walk in the desert area in the morning, 2hr walk or 1.5hr camel ride to desert camp

Dinner & Overnight: Luxury Camp, Erg Chebbi Dunes (B,D)

Your luxury private tent has a real bed, table and chairs and a private bathroom.

DAY 6: Todra Gorge, Rose Valley & Ouarzazate

After enjoying a special Berber breakfast, head back to Erfoud to re-join your car and continue with your journey.

Departing for Todra Gorge travel along the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Jewel of the Nile, Rich river valleys, palmeries and mud-brick fired homes make this an essential part of any Moroccan experience.Take a short exploratory walk into the Todra Gorge with its high walls of pink and grey rock which surround you.

Continue through the Dades valley, making a special stop at a rose factory before continuing to your hotel in Ourzazate.

Activity: Exploratory walk in the Todra Gorge

Drive: Desert Camp-Erfoud (2.5h), Erfoud-Todra Gorge (2.5h), Todra Gorge-Ouarzazate (3h)

Overnight: Hotel Sultan Royal Golf, Ouarazazate (B)

DAY 7: Ouarzazate -  High Atlas Mountains/Ourika Valley

Begin your day today with a 2 hour walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient fortified city.

Continue your adventure through the majestic High Atlas Mountains with their lush oasis valleys. You’ll stop for a break at one of the Berber villages  and enjoy a cup of tea with a Berber family.

Arrive at your next overnight stop, a luxury Kasbah in the beautiful Ourika Valley where you can enjoy an optional cooking course.

Activity: 2hr walk through Ait Ben Haddou

Drive: 4 hours

Dinner & Overnight: Kasbah Omar, Ourika Valley (B,D)

DAY 8: Trekking in the Ourika Valley/High Atlas

The Ourika Valley is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys of the High Atlas.

Today you can choose from several hikes between 4 to 7 hours accompanied by your personal trekking guide. The walking in this area is spectacular; with winding hillside paths, hidden Berber villages, singing birds and trickling streams all heightening the senses.

Activity: 4-7 hours trekking

Dinner & Overnight: Kasbah Omar, Ourika Valley (B,D)

DAY 9: Ourika Valley - Essaouira

A short drive today takes you to the charming coastal town of Essaouira, a former Portugese settlement in the 18th century and now a charming fishing village.

Your certified guide will take you on a stroll through serene squares where you can browse artisan shops and peruse art galleries before having a spectacular lunch by the sea, where freshly caught fish of the day is grilled to perfection before your eyes.

Activity: 4 hour walking tour with certified guide

Drive: 2h 45m

Overnight: Boutique Riad Mimouna, Essaouira (B)

DAY 10: Free Day Essaouira

A day at leisure to explore Essaouira. Perhaps enjoy a horse ride along the beach or just relax at one of the many seaside cafes.

Overnight: Boutique Riad Mimouna, Essaouira (B)

DAY 11: Essaouira - Marrakech

Morocco’s ‘red city’, Marrakech awaits you today.

After driving from Marrakech, enjoy a whistle-stop tour by car around the ancient city walls, passing by the Royal Palace and Marrakech palm grove.

In the evening relax on your terrace and soak up the atmosphere.

Drive: 2 hours

Overnight: Boutique Riad Slitine, (or similar)Marrakech (B)

DAY 12: Discover Marrakech

A full day to explore Marrakech with your private guide. Explore the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks. Enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah where some of the best jewelry of Morocco is sold. Visit the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entry into the 9th century walled medina.

Activity: 6-8 hour walking tour

Overnight: Boutique Riad Slitine, (or similar) Marrakech or similar (B)

DAY 13: Free Day in Marrakech

A day at leisure to explore Marrakech. Take in the bustling Djemma el-Fna square with its snake charmers and delicious food being cooked over hot coals, and get lost in the serpentine labyrinth of the vibrant souks, unchanged for over 1000 years.

Overnight: Boutique Riad Slitine, Marrakech or similar (B)

DAY 14:Transfer to Marrakech Airport

Transfer to Marrakech airport for your return home with plenty of tales of Arabian and Berber days and nights.


Your trip includes 8 nights in boutique Riads, 4 nights in hotels and 1 night in a private luxury tent  

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

Single rooms are available, there is a supplement payable. Unfortunately this walk is not available to solo walkers.


13 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included. Dinners are include in the Ourika Valley, Merzouga and on the night you stay in a private luxury tent at Erg Chebbi Dunes.




Boutique Riad - Fez

Riad Yacout, Fez

Riad Yacout is in the heart of the medina. It features a winter garden with central fountain, sculpted cedar doors, luxuriously equipped rooms and suites, and terraces with wonderful views of the bustling medina.







Auberge du Sud, Merzouga

Auberge Café du Sud is located right on the edge of the biggest sand dunes of the northwest part of Africa called “The Dunes of Erg Chebbi”. The hotel has a restaurant with great Moroccan food with all the typical dishes of the region.







Luxury Camp - Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes

Luxury Desert Camp - Erg Chebbi Dunes

Sleep under the stars in your own luxury private tent in the desert. Your tent has a proper bed, a table and chairs as well as your own private bathroom in the tent.







Hotel Sultan Royal Golf - Ourazazate

The Hotel Sultana Royal Golf offers a taste of a desert paradise. The grounds cover one and a half hectares landscaped with palm and olive trees, fragrant mimosa, laurel and rose bushes and look onto Ouarzazate Lake.







Kasbah Omara - Ourika Valley

Kasbah Omar is an authentic, luxurious, boutique style hotel situated in the midst of an ancient Berber village, overlooking the beautiful Ourika Valley.







Riad Mimouna - Essaouira

Riad Mimouna - Essaouira

Located next to the ocean, the Mimouna is a traditional riad offering peaceful accommodation and a large terrace with panoramic sea views.







Riad Slitine - Marrakech

Riad Slitine - Marrakech

Stay in a boutique riad in Marrakech. These restored town houses offer a truly elegant and seren taste of Moroccan culture in the heart of Marrakech's medina.Relax in a (heated) plunge pool or on a sun-drenched terrace.





This trip is available to start on any day of the week year-round. Please note that during the festival times of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr that many restaurants and shops will be closed and this may affect your overall experience. If you are planning on going to Morocco during these times and your dates are flexible then you may wish to consider changing dates. For more information and advice, please don't hesitate to contact our specialists. The dates for Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr change on a yearly basis.

2017 Dates

Ramadan is from 27th of May until the 25th of June

End of Ramadan Eid Al Fitr is from the 25th-27th of June

Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice of Sheep) is from the 1st until the 3rd of September 

Time of Year

In the summer months between June and September the temperatures in the cities can soar, however remain cooler in the mountains. You may wish to note however that one of the most popular times of year to visit the High Atlas and Ourika Valley for walking is indeed during the summer months.  

Grade & Fitness

This discovery trip is graded easy and suitable for all abilities and ages. Sightseeing is by foot, car and 4x4 vehicle. On the day's trekking in the Ourika Valley you will be walking for between 4 and 7 hours and the walking can be adapted to suit your abilities.

Transfer & Vehicles

Private transportation, gas, tolls and an English-speaking driver are included for the duration of the trip in an air-conditioned car.

Your Guides

You will be accompanied by knowledgeable certified guides in Fez, Meknes, Volubilis, the Ourika Valley, Essaouira and Marrakech. In the Sahara you will be accompanied by a Nomad guide.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

Unfortunately we are not able to offer this tour to solo walkers but single rooms are available for a supplement.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

General Information 

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to/from Morocco

Air - We recommend flying into Casablanca Airport and out of Marrakech Airport. Both have good connections to the UK and Europe.


  • 8 Nights in boutique riads
  • 4 Nights in hotels
  • 1 Night in a luxury camp in a private tent
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Airport transfers Casablanca Airport to Fez and Marrakech to Marrakech Airport.
  • Private Car, Gas, Tolls & English speaking driver for the entire trip
  • Nomad/camel guide in the Sahara
  • Knowledgeable certified guides for a day in Fez, Meknes, Volubilis, Ourika Valley, Essaouira and Marrakech
  • Museum fees
  • All taxes


  • Flights to Casablanca/from Marrakech
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches and 8 dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Tips to drivers, guides and staff at your discretion


  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Room upgrades
  • Additional nights

Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations do fill up quickly. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This discovery trip is graded easy and suitable for all abilities and ages. Sightseeing is by foot, car and 4x4 vehicle. The days trekking included in the Ourika Valley is between 4-7 hours but can be adapted to suit your abilities.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

We recommend flying into Casablanca Airport and out of Marrakech Airport. Please refer to the travel details section of the website for more information.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodation offered within this tour is extremely popular. Please note you can start this toury on any day of the week.

You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

When is the best time of year?

In the summer months between June and September the temperatures in the cities can soar, however remain cooler in the mountains. You may wish to note however that one of the most popular times of year to visit the High Atlas and Ourika Valley for walking is indeed during the summer months.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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