Best of Morocco - 13 days

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The journey of a lifetime awaits in Morocco on this exhilarating two week adventure. From the sights and sounds of Marrakech, the ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and the vast Sahara Desert, to the history of Fes, Rabat and Meknes, there’s plenty to amaze. Plus top off your trip with a relaxing few days by the coast in breezy Essaouira.

Highlights
  • Essaouira - Enjoy some free time in this ancient medina with its wind-swept beaches and charming cafes
  • Marrakech - Wander around the UNESCO-listed medina, mosque, palaces and souks and visit Yves Saint Laurent's famous blue gardens
  • Casablanca - Explore Morocco's largest city and visit the famous Hassan II Mosque
  • Rabat - Enjoy a guided tour of the capital of Morocco
  • Meknes - Discover this great Imperial City
  • Volubilis - Marvel at UNESCO-listed Roman ruins
  • Fes - Explore the oldest medieval city in the world and visit its medina, dye pits and tanneries
  • Erg Chebbi sand dunes - Spend a night under the stars in the Sahara
  • Todra Gorge - Admire this towering red canyon
  • Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO Listed ancient kasbah
Age Policy
18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult
Destinations
  • Africa
  • Morocco
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Singles
Day 1: Marrakech

Saturday. Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel in the centre of town. Free time is offered for the remainder of today to independently explore this amazing city.

Day 2: Majorelle Gardens & Marrakech City Tour

Marrakech - Casablanca - Rabat. This morning we visit the Majorelle Gardens. This afternoon we meet the group travelling from Casablanca and enjoy an afternoon tour of medina and famous Koutoubia Mosque.

Day 3: UNESCO World Heritage Listed - Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate

Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate. Departing Marrakech we head across the High Atlas and stop at magnificent Ait Benhaddou before ending the day in Ouarzazate - the Hollywood of North Africa.

Day 4: Camel trek in the Sahara

Ouarzazate - Todra Gorge - Merzouga (Sahara). Today we journey deep into the Sahara, stopping at scenic Todra Gorge en route. Tonight we enjoy Berber hospitality and the stunning starry night sky.

Day 5: Fes

Merzouga (Sahara) - Fes. Climbing back on our camels we witness an amazing sunrise in the Sahara before returning to the hotel to freshen up. Later we continue to Fes admiring the beautiful Moyen Atlas mountains on the way.

Day 6: Fes

Fes. today we enjoy a guided tour of Fes el Bali - the old walled city.

Day 7: Todra Gorge

Fes - Volubilis - Meknes - Rabat. Departing Fes this morning we visit the UNESCO listed Roman ruins of Volubilis and the Imperial City of Meknes. After lunch and some free time our final stop of the day is Rabat – Morocco’s capital, where we overnight.

Day 8: Ait Benhaddou

Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech. We take a guided tour of Rabat in the morning before continuing to Casablanca to visit the Hassan II mosque and end the day back in Marrakech.

Day 9: Marrakech
( overnight in Essaouira )
Marrakech - Essaouira. Today we have a leisurely morning before starting our journey to Essaouira on Morocco's Atlantic Coast via private transfer, and upon arrival enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Why not find a restaurant in the charming old town and try the local cuisine.

Day 10-12: Free time in coastal Essaouira
( overnight in Essaouira (2), Marrakech (1))
Essaouira – Marrakech. Spend the next three days exploring the sights and delights of Essaouira at your own pace. Early evening of day 12 we return to Marrakech for the night.

Day 13: Goodbye Morocco

Today your touring arrangements come to an end after breakfast.

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners inclusive of a traditional Berber meal at our Sahara camp
  • 11 nights 3-4 star hotels and riads and 1 night camping at a Berber desert camp in the Sahara Desert (hotel upgrade available)
  • Guided sightseeing - Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Todra Gorge and Ait Benhaddou and Marrakech
  • Camel trek into the mesmerising Sahara Desert
  • Escorted by a licensed English speaking Moroccan tour guide days 1 to 9
  • Specialist local guides at some sites
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 13
  • All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
  • All road taxes and tolls


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow USD$2-3 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD$1-2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$70-90pp, paid in local currency

Keith Macleod 03-May-2019

This was my first time with On the Go tours & my first time in Morocco. It has been just fantastic. The tour gives you a real insight & taste to the country, it is so much more varied that I ever realised. The places visited are lively, full of character & colourful. Our guide, Lhoucine was full of stories about each place, ensuring that we enjoyed all aspects of his country. He was courteous & respectful at all times & responded with humour to each of our national characteristics. There were some enjoyable stop offs on the long travelling days & he responded very well to all our various demands & needs. Overall an excellent adventure with a great group of people, staying in some fantastic Riads right in the centre of local life & organised effortlessly.

Rating: 5/5




Colin Patchett 16-Oct-2018

Our second trip with On the Go Tours. The tour was excellent, with informative and friendly local guides. The accommodation was very good with friendly hosts. The tour group was very welcoming which led to relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The tour guide Jamal was excellent with his knowledge of the country and its people. Jamal was the person who made the trip special by making us laugh and smile everyday.

Rating: 5/5




Sally Neilson 22-Sep-2018

I have just completed the Best of Morocco trip and like my fellow explorers, I had the most amazing experience. Even though we had a variety of ages and nationalities, we blended together, partly because of our combined love of travelling but also because of our fantastic guide, Hicham Tora. He was very helpful, kind and considerate even when there were little glitches, as there always is in life - without him, our adventure would have been different. The local guides in each of the cities/villages were also very good at their job and they always made it fun. I loved our accommodation - especially in the traditional Riads I was truly amazed at the hospitality and welcome shown to us in all hotels and Riads. I will be recommending this trip and On the Go to all that will listen and hope to travel again as I love the smaller groups.

Rating: 5/5




Beryl Metcalfe 22-May-2018

It was a fascinating and interesting tour. Lhoucine was excellent, full of knowledge and so kind and willing to help us all. The experiences were wonderful with many high points. The negatives were having to return to Marrakech for a night because two people joining in Casablanca were to have a city tour. Although it was in the trip notes, it seemed unnecessary to the rest of us, who could easily have transferred directly to Essaouira. The second negative was the awful riad in Essaouira! There was a nasty smell in the lobby, our room was cramped and dark with no air con (room 22). We couldn't open a window as it opened at waist height and looked into all the other rooms. On the whole, we had a great time and the tour provided us with so many experiences. We were lucky enough to be with a great group of people and it was very jolly. Lhoucine gave us his phone number and we could contact him at any time. He was very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble and his manner gentle, calm and quiet but with a great sense of humour and fun. He also provided fantastic picnics on the picnic lunch days and he and our driver were so efficient in setting up and clearing away. An excellent guide!

Rating: 4/5




Guy Maegraith 03-Sep-2017

This was our third "On the Go" tour and definitely what this company has to offer is always of a high standard . The guides and drivers without exception have been excellent.. On this tour Jamal surpassed both those high standards and exceeded our expectations in the most delightful and unexpected ways.He is a knowledgable and proud Morrocan..He is keen to share his heritage and country. No question is too hard or too trivial to answer. Jamal is a gifted communicator with a wicked sense of humour and he loves both surprising and pleasing his guests. Jamal is also diplomatic when he dealt with the various personalities on the tour. He gave great practical support and overcame language barriers when travellers needed to see Doctors or retrieve cards that had been swallowed by ATMs....even when doing so encroached on his own free time and in one case and using his own car. Jamal gave up that time quietly and with a smile in his face.He even got up at at 4.30 a.m to meet us and make sure we met up with our local guide to take a sunrise balloon ride over Marrakech. Jamal is truely deserving of recognition for the valued contribution he made to our trip.Well done Jamal, you are a legend.

Rating: 5/5




Cressida Murray 25-Aug-2017

Thank you so much for creating such a fantastic tour. It was absolutely amazing! Morocco is such a beautiful country with so much to see and do and the people are lovely. I still can't believe how much of the country we saw in such a small space of time! I enjoyed every minute of it. Jamal was a fantastic guide and went way beyond the call of duty to provide us with the best experience. Jamal really made the holiday, he joined us for meals out and took us to the most fantastic restaurants. He was great company and the whole group got on really well with him. Jamal is great with people and really went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable. He even got up at 4am and met us at our hotel to take a few members of the group to our pickup vehicle for out hot air balloon ride. He was so bright and cheerful even at that time of the morning! Jamal always had a smile on his face and was always so positive. He took one member of our group to hospital and picked her up which I thought was lovely, he is such a caring person. The tour was so much fun and everyday was packed with exciting things to explore and do. I was very impressed with the places that we visited and with the hotels that we stayed in. Most of them were quirky and all had something special about them. The Sahara Desert was amazing, an experience I will never forget! I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide and can't praise Jamal enough, he was excellent!

Rating: 5/5




Sophie Jacques 19-Aug-2017

I've just returned from a fantastic fortnight exploring Morocco. The combination of an excellent group of people, a superb tour guide and a wide variety of experiences really made for an amazing trip. I've never been on an organised tour before, I'm usually someone who arranges my own accommodation and transport and explores with friends or family. Despite feeling slightly nervous before setting off, I am now already looking at your website deciding on my next destination. This tour lived up to the name of 'on-the-go', we saw so much of the country, each place we visited offered a different perspective and its own 'WOW moment' - I would struggle to pick a favourite. Each hotel was unique and well equipped (although there was something special about the beautifully named 'Palais des Princesses' in Marrakech.) Our tour guide, Jemal, worked tirelessly to make the tour memorable and fun. HIs patience, sense of humour, organisational skills and ability to read the needs of our group make him perfect for the job. Please pass on my thanks, he certainly went above and beyond to make our trip special.

Rating: 5/5




Briony Kernan 14-Nov-2016

I had a great time on the tour. The group of 11 was a good number, not too big unlike some other tour companies. All of the hotels were great, with the exception of the Volubilis in Fes, which was rather disappointing. Aziz was an excellent guide; very knowledgeable and he read the group well, correctly surmising that we didn't want to be off at the crack of dawn. In addition, he is clearly a kind and caring person, helping a couple of people on the tour who were unwell. I would thoroughly recommend him as a guide. The itinerary was perfect - it really gave us a feel for Morocco and I really enjoyed the change of pace at the end with the Essaouira extension. In conclusion, we were very impressed with the tour and definitely intend to use On the Go tours again for another trip.

Rating: 5/5




Phillip Kiely 24-Oct-2016

A wonderful and fascinating tour. Mohamed was a great guide, smart, funny and friendly. He made the tour. Accommodation was fine, although in some places things did not work - ie no hot water, missing light bulbs.

Rating: 5/5




Phyllis Ho 02-Sep-2016

Lahcen was great! Kind, thoughtful and knowledgable. Tour was well planned. Love the food. Would have loved to spend more time on Morocco but limited holiday time. Sahara and the surfing at Taghazout were definitely highlights.

Rating: 5/5



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Touring with On The Go Tours

From a first foray into Egypt in 1998, On The Go Tours have expanded their operations to more than 60 countries, offering award-winning small group tours to destinations around the world. Their Middle East and North Africa portfolio now includes Jordan, Israel and Morocco, whilst other regions include Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Indian Subcontinent. From Machu Picchu in Peru to the extravagant Taj Mahal in India, On The Go Tours get you to the main sights of whichever destination you choose to visit. There’s also a range of special festival tours, Christmas and New Year adventures and much more, from overland adventures to luxury cruises. They always uncover some hidden gems too, be it canoeing to a local home for lunch in Sri Lanka or riding a rickshaw around the maze of Hutongs in Beijing, China.

With three different ranges of trips to choose from, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Signature tours are everything that makes On The Go Tours special, with local tour guides, small groups and a great quality of accommodationEssentials tours keep the costs down whilst still delivering true adventure, with a mixture of public transport in Japan and overland trucks in Central Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Whilst on their Handpicked tours, On The Go Tours work with local partners to deliver authentic experiences in amazing destinations, from Iceland to the Galapagos archipelago.

Sustainability and environmental awareness are also at the heart of On The Go Tours’ operations. Whether it’s planting trees in Cambodia, donating stationary to a school in India or funding the conservation of endangered Bengal tigers, protecting the regions they visit is at the forefront of the way they do business. Signature tours with On The Go Tours also make use of locally-run hotels and eateries wherever possible, and tour guides are mostly English-speaking locals. Overall, around 70% of travellers holiday funds remain in the destination visited.

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