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Imperial Cities of Morocco with Atlas Mountains Mini Tour

8 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Morocco, Africa
Intermediate Pace

Travel through the Atlas Mountains into the Sahara Desert. Visit Kasbahs, ancient palaces and Berber villages & enjoy camel rides across the sand dunes. Staying in a luxury tent, riad and 4-star hotel with 3 dinners included.

2021 Dossier

2022 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Spend a night in a luxury desert camp
  • Watch the sunset atop a sand dune
  • Visit Riads and Kasbahs in the Atlas Mountains
  • Fascinating tours of Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech
  • Explore Fez's ancient medina a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the breathtaking Ouzoud Waterfalls
  • Soak up the sounds, and smells of Marrakech's souks
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery in the Middle Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the historic settlement of Meknes & Roman ruins of Volubilis
Train
Coach
Boat
Airplane
Walking
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Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Marrakech

Dinner

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Marrakech. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, arriving in time for your first dinner in Morroco's atmospheric capital city.

Day 2
Marrakech to Casablanca

Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, journey north to Morocco's largest city, Casablanca, and uncover this modern metropolis stretching along the Atlantic coastline. On arrival, wander around the League of Arab States Park, a verdant area dotted with palm trees, before continuing to the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church with its exquisite stained-glass windows. Passing the busy shopping area of the Habous Quarter, you will arrive at the esplanade of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque which boasts the world's tallest minaret. Check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.

Day 3
Casablanca to Fez

Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Rabat for a half-day city tour of Morocco's colourful capital city. Visit the Hassan Tower, a 12th century minaret built from distinctive red sandstone and one of the few parts remaining from the original Hassan Mosque, then explore the nearby mausoleum of Mohammed V with its stunning mahogany domes and intricate gold leaf decorations. Travel onward to the ancient Roman town of Volubilis, the country's best-preserved archaeological site. Wander past crumbling pillars and intricately laid mosaics then delve deeper into Morocco's historical fabric on a visit to Meknes. There, explore the settlement of the ruthless tyrant Sultan Moulay Ismail who founded this imperial city for his harem of 500 wives and 12,000 horses. View the Sultan's resting place, which boasts some of Morocco's best craftsmanship, mosaics and stucco then journey to Fez, arriving in time for dinner.

Day 4
Fez

Breakfast & Dinner

Brimming with history, numerous civilisations have settled or passed through Fez, leaving a legacy of palaces, mosques and museums filled with precious treasures. Begin your full-day city tour at the ancient medina of Fez, home to the architecturally rich Andalucian Quarter. Traverse some of the 9,000 streets of this maze-like district, passing some of the city's oldest and most esteemed mosques and religious schools, including the 1,200-year-old Al Kairouyine university and grandiose El Qaraoyin Mosque. The city is alive with traditional crafts and a visit to a local tannery provides a fascinating insight into the sights and smells of a craft that has remained unchanged for centuries.

Day 5
Fez to Beni Mellal

Breakfast & Dinner

Bidding farewell to Fez this morning, journey past the small town of Azrou, enjoying fantastic views of the area's shimmering lakes and dense cedar forests on a spectacularly scenic drive. Arrive in Beni Mellal, tucked away in the Middle Atlas Mountains, in time for dinner at your hotel.

Day 6
Beni Mellal to Marrakech

Breakfast & Dinner

Depart for Marrakech this morning, stopping first at the breath-taking Ouzoud Falls, set within the friendly Berber village of Tanaghmeilt. Take in this 3-tiered waterfall and the surrounding valleys, caves and gorges, keeping an eye for resident apes who drink from these waters. Check into your hotel in the ochre-coloured city of Marrakech and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at leisure. Later this evening, visit the world-famous Djemaa El Fnaa Square and witness the vast esplanade transform from a day market to an immense show of dancers, musicians, soothsayers, snake charmers and dancing monkeys.

Day 7
Marrakech

Breakfast & Dinner

Today's tour takes you to the El Bahia Palace and tombs of the Saadian princes, then on to Dar El Basha Quarter to see its traditional Moroccan restaurants. Peruse the basketwork, dried fruit, spices and fabrics of Kessabine and Smarine souks (markets) and explore the ancient, former slave market of Rahba Kedima Square, where locals arrive in droves to buy potions for magic spells and ingredients ranging from bark to chameleons. While dinner is provided at the hotel, an optional evening of belly dancing and folklore is also available (at a fee).

Day 8
Marrakech to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your extension.

Day 9
Marrakech to M'hamid Elghizlane

Breakfast & Dinner

Check out of your hotel early this morning and start your trip into the Atlas Mountains. Journeying through the Tichka Pass, the highest road pass in Morocco, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys dotted with Berber villages and Kasbahs. Stopping for lunch at Agdz you will continue into the palm-lined Draa Valley, passing by the towns of Zagora and Tamegroute. Exiting the valley in the late afternoon, you will stop to meet the camels who will be carrying you onward to your luxury tented camp, arriving in the evening for dinner after watching the sunset over the desert from the top of a sand dune.

Day 10
M'hamid Elghizlane to Ait Benhaddou

Breakfast & Dinner

Today you have the option of an early start with a stroll before breakfast to enjoy the sun rising amongst the sand dunes. Following breakfast back at camp you will ride your camel back to M'hamid and meet your vehicle for the start of your journey to Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village and UNESCO World Heritage Site along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Arriving in the afternoon and checking in to your riad, you will have time to visit the stunning stronghold of Ait Benhaddou, used as a backdrop for many a Hollywood blockbuster. Return to your riad in the evening for dinner.

Day 11
Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech

Breakfast & Dinner

After a late breakfast at your riad, you will travel through the Ounila Valley along an ancient caravan trail to Telouet, a Kasbah also known as the Pasha's Palace. Take in this age-old structure famed for its intricately decorated walls. Leaving Telouet, you will head back to Marrakech via the National Road which winds its way past valleys and mountain peaks as it descends into Marrakech. Arrive into the city in the late afternoon in time for dinner at your hotel.

Day 12
Marrakech to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £1,178
1 Date
11th Jan - 21st Jan
£1,178
February 2023
from £1,258
1 Date
1st Feb - 11th Feb
£1,258
March 2023
from £1,308
2 Dates
15th Mar - 25th Mar
£1,308
22nd Mar - 1st Apr
£1,398
May 2023
from £1,318
2 Dates
10th May - 20th May
£1,318
31st May - 10th Jun
£1,318
July 2023
from £1,418
1 Date
12th Jul - 22nd Jul
£1,418
August 2023
from £1,418
1 Date
9th Aug - 19th Aug
£1,418
September 2023
from £1,318
1 Date
13th Sep - 23rd Sep
£1,318
October 2023
from £1,468
1 Date
11th Oct - 21st Oct
£1,468
November 2023
from £1,288
1 Date
8th Nov - 18th Nov
£1,288

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp
1 nights
Agadir, Morocco
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Riad Tamdakhte
1 nights
Agadir, Morocco
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Tour Reviews

David Trevethick

19 Apr 20

We were well lookedafter from start to finish. It was just unfortunate that Covid-19 intervened. The Mercury rep met us at the airport on arrival and stayed with us when we left. Hamsa our guide was excellent, and looked after us above and beyond, especially when we had to stay in our room at the end. Driver was excellent.

G Thomas

01 Apr 20

The guide was excellent caring for us very well in difficult circumstances. When places closed he found alternatives for us which still made a super holiday. Ihsan was a godsend ensuring we were able to get on our BA flight home when flights were being cancelled.

Jane Day

22 Mar 20

Our guide for the tour was marvellous, very reassuring re flights, a good sense of humour and very knowledgeable,

Jennifer Shailes

19 Mar 20

Hamza, who was our guide, deserves a medal for his outstanding efforts. A natural communicator with a sense of humour too, he was personable and caring from the start. He was a brilliant guide explaining all the history, politics, architecture, folklore,etc, as it became relevant and showing us his beautiful country with amazing knowledge. When we asked questions he was incredibly informative and even found out more answers from other sources about the wildlife for some of our group. We will always be grateful for having Hamza as our guide. An absolute gem! Thank you.

Melinda Zaharia

23 Jan 20

Very good service. Everything was very nice, the guide Hamza very helpful and good knowledge about the sights, the driver very professional,we enjoy every day and everything was very well organised

Anuraja Wijesekera

23 Nov 18

the hotels were good including the food

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Important Information

A visa is not required for your trip to Morocco. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your initial flight is to Marrakesh Menara Airport with British Airways, departing from London Gatwick South Terminal. Your return flight is from Marrakesh Menara Airport with British Airways. Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size one personal item (such as a handbag or laptop case) not exceeding 43cm x 22cm x 25cm. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham which is a closed currency and will need to be exchange in resort. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned in your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. We would recommend approximately 150DHS (£11.00) per person which is split between the drive and guide. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience. It is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency, please do not give coins as these are difficult to exchange.