- Hike to the summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco, at 4,167 metres
- Spend two days altitude-trekking along winding mule trails in the Atlas foothills
- Escape the crowds and wind down to nature in juniper forest and remote emerald valleys
- Stay at traditional Berber guesthouses, with insight into local culture and food
- Indulge in a Moroccan hammam ritual, complete with a luxurious body treatment
- Stay at a garden hotel in the heart of Marrakech, with a riad-style pool and Art Deco interiors
Join us on the ultimate Moroccan road trip and voyage through vibrant cities, rugged mountains and epic desert. Starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech, get set to swim through waterfalls, explore blue cities and trek through gorges. Saddle up for a sunset camel ride in the Sahara, then sleep beneath the stars in a luxury desert camp. Step back in time in the historic city of Fes, and see Game of Thrones filming locations in Ait Benhaddou. Go on a secret food safari through Marrakech, and discover remote Berber village in the Atlas Mountains. All whilst staying in stunning hotels and riads, diving into sparkling pools and relaxing in boutique hammams along the way
Think of this adventure as the best hits album of Morocco, full of all the classics you could ever wish for with extra special bonus features along the way. Sure, we’ll ride across the Sahara on camels, but then we’ll stop for sundowners admiring the blazing dunes and ride onwards to a luxury glamping site beneath the stars. Forget merely hiking through the Atlas Mountains, join us as we stop for lunch with local Berber families and drink fresh mint tea on rooftop terraces. In the cultural explosion of Morocco’s vibrant cities, we’ll go off the beaten path on secret foodie tours in Marrakech, dine like a local in Fes and channel your inner Game of Thrones character in Ait Benhaddou. From the jagged peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the horizon-stretching dunes of the Sahara, join us as we travel through the exotic depths of this enchanting country. Along the way there are waterfalls to swim and blue cities to discover, all whilst staying in charming hotels with inviting pools and amazing hammam spas. It’s an epic road trip of constantly changing scenery, so strap yourself and prepare for the ultimate Moroccan adventure. New horizons await.
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- Saddle up for a sunset camel ride in the Sahara, followed by luxury desert glamping beneath the stars
- Explore the dazzling ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen
- Trek through the striking Todra Gorge, stopping for lunch in the home of a local Berber family
- Embrace the sensory overload of Fes on a culture-packed tour
- Go wild water swimming in the waterfalls of Akchour
- Follow in the footsteps of Game of Thrones and Gladiator characters in Ait Benhaddou
- Haggle through the vibrant souks of Marrakech on a secret foodie tour
- Stay in a series of stunning boutique hotels, with amazing pools and relaxing hammams
Day 1: SALAAM ALEIKUM TO MOROCCO!
Step into your airport transfer and be whisked into the heart of Casablanca. Here you’ll find a lively and modern city where you can explore at your leisure. At 6pm, meet your Pack Leader and fellow Flashpackers for a welcome meeting, then head out into the city for dinner and drinks at the atmospheric Café Ricks.
Touch down in the whitewashed city of Casablanca and grab your shades, ready to be dazzled by the exotic delights of Morocco. Your adventure begins in the cosmopolitan hub of Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and a dynamic blend of old and new. Here art-deco facades stand alongside glitzy skyscrapers, with the Atlantic Ocean shimmering beyond. After your airport transfer has whisked you to your hotel, head out into the streets to soak in the energy of this vibrant city. Take a stroll through the colourful markets of the old medina or hop in a taxi to visit the new medina of Quartiers des Habous. Then finish of your exploration with a stroll along the oceanfront Corniche, watching locals play football on the beach or sipping sweet mint tea in a nearby cafe. Come evening, it’s time to let the Flashpacking fun begin with a welcome meeting at 6pm with your Pack Leader. From here you’ll be led to the lively Rick’s Cafe for dinner, as seen in the black and white classic Casablanca. Channel your inner 1940s film star as you listen to the live music filling the room and and tuck into a Moroccan feast. Let the drinks flow and get to know your fellow Flashpackers over a tipple or two, Salaam Aleikum to Morocco!More +
Day 2: CHASING WATERFALLS IN AKCHOUR
Travel northwards from Casablanca to the waterfall-rich region of Akchour. Drive through the endlessly changing scenery to reach your boutique eco-lodge nestled in the landscape, then dive into the waterfalls for an afternoon of wild water swimming.
Rise and shine for the first full day of your Moroccan adventure. Today we’re hitting the road out of Casablanca and travelling seven hours north to Chefchaouen, going off the beaten path to stay in the waterfall-clad town of Akchour. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2016, check into your cosy lodge here before heading out for a free afternoon of water-plunging adventure. After your drive from Casablanca, those shimmering waters will be a welcome sight as you dive beneath waterfalls and swim in turquoise lagoons. Kick back and relax as you look up to the water cascading down, feeling your cares fade away in the Moroccan sunshine. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please here in Akchour, so go chase some waterfalls and make the most of this magical setting.More +
Day 3: EXPLORE THE BLUE CITY OF CHEFCHAOUEN
Mooch through the vibrant ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen, winding your way through its insanely picturesque streets and getting some envy-inducing Instas. Spend the afternoon doing whatever you please here, discovering quirky shops and alfresco dining spots.
Grab your cameras and prepare for some serious Instagramming today. Our destination is the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest spots in Morocco and a photographer’s dream. Set against a wide valley and nestled between the striking peaks of the Rif Mountains, here you’ll find a stunning medina of azure-blue walls, white-washed houses and decadent doorways around every turn. Rebuilt by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquistia, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in a Spanish hilltop town as you wind your way through the charming cobbled streets. Today you’re free to explore at leisure here, be it discovering secret archways, getting a henna tattoo or mooching through the colourful shops of this laid-back city. There are also plenty of hammams to indulge in some soothing relaxation, or you could pull up a pew at a cafe and simply watch local life unfold before you. Such a picturesque city was made for alfresco dining so be sure to hit up a local restaurant for dinner, we hear the goat’s cheese is a local favourite.More +
Day 4: A FES FEAST FOR THE SENSES
Hit the road through olive groves and rolling hills, stopping at the beautiful ruins of Volubilis. Then arrive in the medieval city of Fes and check into your luxury hotel for the next two nights. This evening we’ll head out into this cultural heartland for an authentic dinner tucking into local pastille.
This morning we’ll leave behind this world of waterfalls and blue cities, and travel south to the historic city of Fes. Along the way we’ll pass through rolling hills and olive groves that seem to stretch on forever, stopping at the archaeological wonder of Volubilis to admire the ruins of this former Roman capital. Here you can weave through the pillars and archways of these impressive remains, discovering the beautifully preserved mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus. After soaking in the history here and hitting the road for 2 hours, we’ll then arrive in the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco – the dazzling city of Fes. Prepare for a sensory overload in this noisy and vibrant city, bursting with unusual flavours, an endless labyrinth of streets and donkey carts packed with colorful goods. Your luxury hotel is an oasis of calm in this dynamic city, so check in and head straight to the hammam after your long drive. Dinner is then served in true Fes style with some signature pastille at a local restaurant. With veggie options available too, pastille is essentially filo pastry stuffed with chicken, almonds, onions and covered with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. Feel every inch a local as you tuck in and embrace this local delicacy, knowing tomorrow you’ll be immersing yourself in the intoxicating sights of this unique city.More +
Day 5: STEP BACK INTO THE MIDDLE AGES
Feel like you’re back in biblical times on a walking tour through the historic streets of Fes, weaving through its bustling souks and haggling with the locals. You have a free afternoon to make the most of this cultural capital, be it stocking up on souvenirs or relaxing in the pool of your boutique hotel.
Wake up in the stylish Moroccan interiors of your luxury hotel, ready to get out in the action of city life. This morning we’re going on a history-packed tour through the old city of Fes, known locally as Fes el Bali. This medieval city is home to the mother of all medinas, where you’ll feel as though you’ve have stepped back into the Middle Ages as you wind through one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world. This souk is alive with haggling markets, talented craftsmen, snake charmers and echoing mosques, all against a backdrop of intricately tiled archways and sand-colored rooftops in every direction. You’ll have a free afternoon to explore this exotic city, be sure to visit the newly restored Madera Boo Inanna which has only recently been opened to tourists and is a stunning building to behold. The famous Chaouwara Tannery is also well worth a visit with its iconic view overlooking the colourful dye pits. After overwhelming your senses and stocking up on souvenirs, you can then kick back at your charming hotel and spa – argan oil massage anyone?More +
Day 6: ONWARDS & UPWARDS TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Travel onwards into the epic beauty of the Atlas Mountains, watching the landscape transform from lush forests into the rugged highlands. Arrive in the charming town of Midelt, tucked between the mid and high Atlas Mountain range and with plenty of great hikes to sink your boots into.
Bid farewell to the bright lights of the city because today we’re wilderness bound and heading for the mountains. It’s onwards and upwards to the High Atlas Mountains, travelling through fertile green valleys, striking cedar forests and barren rocky outcrops to reach the small but charming town of Midelt. This Swiss-style market town can be found between the mid and high Atlas Mountain range, reaching 1500m and with all the views to prove it. Here views of the jagged mountain peaks seem to rise out of nowhere, with the Moulouya River running through the dusty plains. This is the perfect spot to break up the journey to the Sahara, and an ideal location for a spot of hiking. After fuelling up at lunch, it’s time to stretch your legs and get your lungs pumping with a hike into the nearby hills. Here you can wander through scenic apple orchards and discover rural life off the beaten path, before reaching your Midelt home for the night. Spend the evening relaxing and drinking mint tea with your fellow Flashpackers, resting up before your Sahara adventure begins tomorrow…More +
Day 7: GLAMPING IN THE SAHARA DESERT
Have your bucket lists at the ready as we travel deep into the Sahara Desert. Here you will mount camels and ride off on on a sunset voyage, stopping for sundowners and taking in the view of never ending dunes. Your home for the night is a luxury glamp site nestled amongst the dunes, where a private chef is waiting as well as a night of dancing under the stars.
After exploring cities and hiking mountains, next up we’re travelling to the spectacular beauty of the Sahara. After a 5 hour drive watching the Atlas Mountain scenery gradually transform into the Sahara, we’ll arrive in the iconic desert landscape. Against the vivid orange sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, we’ll reach the Saharan village of Merzouga by mid afternoon. Here you’ll feel wonderfully isolated from modern life, watching the vast 150m high dunes rolling on for miles and miles. This is one of the most incredible landscapes in the world so have your bucket lists at the ready as we saddle up on camels and ride off into the sunset. With the dunes lit up by the blazing skies, feel overpowered by nature as you sip sundowners and take in the horizon-stretching views without a tourist in sight. Instead, you’ll see Bedouins strolling across the sand in their authentic attire and the twinkling lights of your luxury glamping site. Your desert home for the night looks fresh out of a film set, with the boutique tents filled with the flickering glow of candlelight. Here a delicious dinner awaits you, with live music rolling across the dunes and a night of dancing beneath the stars ahead.More +
Day 8: FROM THE DESERT TO TODRA GORGE
Enjoy an alfresco breakfast at your luxury desert camp, taking in the dazzling dune views before we hit the road to the Todra Valley. Here you’ll find vast canyons and amazing hiking routes, so get an early night tonight ready for a trek-tastic day tomorrow.
After an alfresco breakfast in the rolling dunes, it’s time to swap the Sahara for the epic scenery of Todra Gorge. We’ll drive for 5 hours through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to reach this vast canyon where the sheer rock walls reach up to 300m high. Here you’ll find mud-brick villages perched on the hillside and your hotel for the next two nights in the Todra Valley. Take in the views of rocks sculpted by the wind and lush green valleys found within the terracotta plains. After checking into your hotel, put your feet up and and relax – all set for an epic hike tomorrow.More +
Day 9: GORGE-OUS HIKING
Choose between two different hike options and head out into the breathtaking Berber scenery. Here you’ll be led through the vast Todra Gorge and the mountains beyond, passing through remote villages and stopping for lunch with a Berber family. Hike back to your hotel where a relaxing massage is definitely in order, along with a refreshing dip in the pool.
Lace up your hiking boots today for a trek through Todra Gorge and the mountains beyond. With your expert guide leading the way, you’ll trek along a beautiful circuit route for 10km across the undulating valley. Passing through remote Berber villages, enjoy this glimpse of authentic life as you meet friendly locals and share fresh mint tea along the way. In the distance, you’ll see the famous Rose Valley glowing in the distance and jagged mountain peaks towering alongside. For lunch, you’ll then be welcomed into the home of a local Berber family who have put on a spread of delicious traditional dishes. Tuck into this well-deserved feast and share stories with this local family, getting to know what real life is like up here in the mountains. Afterwards, head back out into the pure air of the Todra Valley and make your way back to the hotel. Alternatively, there is a 5km hike to do as a group instead if you’d prefer a shorter hike through this stunning scenery. Either way, the hotel pool is ready and waiting for when you return, or a relaxing hammam massage to soothe any aching muscles.
Day 10: GLADIATORS, ARE YOU READY?
Cruise along the legendary ‘Road of 1000 Kasbahs’, stopping at the shimmering Skouras Oasis and striking fortifications of Kasbah Ameridhl. Then arrive in the hilltop city of Ait Benhaddou, as seen many a Hollywood blockbuster and the perfect spot for some rooftop mint tea with a view.
Your Moroccan adventure continues today along the fabled ‘Road of 1000 Kasbahs’, driving across the rugged mountain terrain to reach the mud-brick city of Ait Benhaddou. Along the way we’ll stop at the beautiful Skouras Oasis, where this scenic palm grove is home to privately owned Kasbahs that blend in with the striking scenery. We’ll also stop by the Kasbah Ameridhl, where the mud-brick has been extravagantly decorated into intricate fortifications. After cruising onwards through this ever changing scenery, we’ll then arrive in the hilltop city of Ait Benhaddou. Perched high in the cliffs, the fortified city looks frozen in time from the 11th century and is an iconic example of clay architecture. If it seems familiar then you’ve most likely seen it on screen, with its long list of film and television credentials including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator. We’ll walk in the footsteps of Hollywood greats on a walk through the winding streets of the old town, making your way to the top of the hill for an amazing panoramic view across the surrounding plains. From here, we’ll carry on to your hotel where you can kick back on the rooftop terrace and watch the sun setting over the magical Kasbah. This is the life.More +
Day 11: A SECRET FOODIE TOUR IN MARRAKECH
Embrace the vibrant mayhem of Marrakech on a secret foodie tour through its flavour-packed streets, discovering the best local hangouts and getting the spicy lowdown. Your hotel for the night is a stylish oasis in this chaotic city, where the amazing pool and hammam spa are ready and waiting.
No trip to Morocco is complete without embracing the exotic sights of Marrakech, so today we’ll drive for a couple of hours through the winding Atlas roads to reach this enchanting city. Here ancient history collides with European modernity to create a unique city steeped in rich culture. Upon arrival, you’ll be led on a flavour-packed foodie tour to discover the best hidden food spots away from the tourists. We’ll haggle our way through the colourful souks, weaving past cobras in baskets and endless beating drums. You’ll sample local olives, dried fruits, seeds, fresh pastries and many other Moroccan specialties served up right on the street. We’ll also visit a local spice market to get the lowdown on which spices to use in Moroccan dishes, your dinner parties back home will never be the same again. Tastebuds dazzled and recipes noted, we’ll then carry onto your charming hotel for the night. After a day getting your step count soaring, the hammam here’s got your name on it for some well-earned relaxation.More +
Day 12: HISTORY & HAGGLING IN MARRAKECH
Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Marrakech, perfecting the art of haggling in the dynamic souks and exploring the peaceful charm of Le Jardin Secret. Fine tune your photography skills at the Photography Museum and admire the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, then hit up a local restaurant with your Flash Pack pals and enjoy a final farewell feast.
After eating your way through Marrakech’s foodie hangouts yesterday, today we’ll be soaking in the rich history of the city. Fuel up at breakfast today, ready to spend the last full day of your Moroccan adventure immersing yourself in this amazing city. Kicking off with a tour of the old medina, here we will mooch through the bustling markets that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Get your haggling hats on early with vendors often being more open to inclined to sell a bargain earlier in the day. After this bombardment of colour and flavour, we’ll then discover a slice of serenity at Le Jardin Secret. Lesser known but equally as beautiful as Majorelle Garden, here you can admire this ornate palace complex with designs dating back to 400 years ago. Surrounded by stunning photo opportunities around every corner, we’ll then carry on to the Photography Museum where you can get snap happy in this former palace. Home to an awesome collection of Moroccan art and sculptures, feel inspired as you admire the striking blend of old and new. After admiring the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, we’ll then wind back through the streets of the old medina to the lively Djemaa el-Fna. Here you can spend the afternoon stocking up on amazing souvenirs to squeeze in your suitcase home, and take your pick of the restaurants lining the square for a farewell dinner with your fellow Flashpackers. It’s the last night of this Moroccan whirlwind so get some drinks in a raise a glass to your Moroccan adventures.More +
Day 13: HEADING HOME OR CLIMBING MOUNTAINS?
Arrange your taxi back to the airport and think back on your last fortnight of Moroccan adventure. For those of you who can’t bear to leave, why not extend your adventure in the ocean-side city of Essaouira? Or you can stay an extra night here in Marrakech and join our alternative adventure that treks to the summit of Mount Toubkal – the choice is yours…
All good adventures must come to an end so the time has come to say goodbye. With memories made and friendships forged, think back on all the amazing experiences you’ve had in the last fortnight. You have dined like a filmstar in Casablanca, swum beneath waterfalls in Akchour and explored the stunning blue city of Chefchaouen. From here you stepped back in time to the Middle Ages and experienced the sensory overload of Fes, all before unwinding in the pure air of the Atlas Mountains. You ticked a Sahara camel ride off your bucket list, sipped sundowners in the rolling dunes and slept beneath the stars in true glamping luxury. You hiked through the mighty Todra Gorge, had lunch with a local Berber family and enjoyed rooftop mint tea in the medieval city of Ait Benhaddou. Then, ending with plenty of haggling and history in Marrakech, it is from here where you can arrange your own transfer to the airport. Alternatively, you could stretch out your Moroccan adventure with an optional extension to the charming port city of Essaouira. Or, if you stay an extra day here in Marrakech, you can then join our Moroccan adventure trekking to the peak of Mount Toubkal. Mountain conquering or returning to reality? It’s a no brainer.More +
Fly into: Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)
Fly out of: Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK)
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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