29 October 2018
Cost:from AUS$3,650 twin share
Morocco is an exotic gateway to Africa, a land of dreams, myths, and legends. Morocco’s mountains, deserts and coast are populated by Berber people, called “Amazigh” (free people). Follow the winding ancient medina lanes which lead to souks and riads, and follow us for a trip of a lifetime.
Arrive in the modern city of Casablanca, known as Morocco’s economic capital, maybe tour the Hassan II mosque. It is one of North Africa’s most elaborate mosques, a stylish example of architecture that should be at the top of your list. If the mood strikes, take a peek inside Rick’s Café, to feel like you’ve really just been swept into a famous movie scene.
Visit Morocco’s spiritual capital of Fes. This walled-in city is one of the world’s largest, complete with narrow streets of unique spices, fresh fruit, genuine Moroccan artwork and exquisite Berber carpets for sale. Along with shopping for some of these traditional specialties, take a royal visit to the King’s Palace, experience the local potters at work, or take in the interesting tanneries, original to this region of Morocco. It is one thing to sample Moroccan food, but yet another to learn the secrets behind the ancient preparation and secret ingredients that make it so unforgettable.
Head off on an adventurous trek through the Middle Atlas Mountains, view the breathtaking scenery as you traverse among jagged rocks, forests and Berber villages. As you head down to the Sahara Desert, take a break for lunch in the unique town of Midelt. Once you arrive at the Kasbah in Erfoud, treat yourself to a cooling dip in the swimming pool. Ride by camel, just in time to catch an awe-inspiring sunset. This is the time of adventure, as you spend the rest of the night in one of the deluxe Berber tents for an unforgettable experience.
Head to Marrakech, by way of Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. This jewel of Morocco proves that the most treasured of all do not come on the well-traveled path. If you’ve ever dreamed about walking on to a movie set, this is one of the most filmed areas in all of Morocco. Such films as Jesus of Nazareth, Lawrence of Arabia, and even The Gladiator were all set here, so be on the lookout for familiar landmarks. Set out on a morning trek with your mountain guide! You will explore the beautiful setting of the High Atlas Mountain and visit several villages along the way!
In Marrakech head to the Djemaa el-Fna. This is the medina’s center square and one of the main attractions for any visitor trying to get a true sense of life in Marrakech. Rich with entertainment, native storytellers, and local delicacies, this square should not be missed. If you are in search of a relaxing cup of tea to top off your adventures, you can get one while sitting on the café terrace, looking down into the bustling square below. Experience centuries old history at the Saadian Tombs, the Palace of the Bahia, or one of the other hidden treasures of this region. Enjoy a traditional lunch, and then continue on to Koutoubia Mosque. Cap off your adventure-filled afternoon by searching for some authentic souvenirs within the souk (market). Expect to find countless unique spices, original Berber carpets, traditional Moroccan artwork and fresh fruit.
This tour is available as an add on to the Portuguese Way