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Imperial Cities of Morocco including

Atlas Mountains Mini Tour


Route:
  • UK
  • Marrakech
  • Casablanca
  • Fez
  • Beni Mellal
  • Marrakech
  • Atlas Mountains
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £399pp

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

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Atlas Mountains Mini Tour

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.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Marrakech

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.

  • Dinner
2
Marrakech to Casablanca

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
3
Casablanca to Fez

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
4
Fez

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
5
Fez to Beni Mellal

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
6
Beni Mellal to Marrakech

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
7
Marrakech

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).

  • Breakfast & Dinner
8
Marrakech to the UK

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

  • Breakfast
9
Marrakech to M'hamid Elghizlane

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
10
M'hamid Elghizlane to Ait Benhaddou

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
11
Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
12
Marrakech to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner where stated will be taken at local restaurants or at your hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes.

Important Information

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp 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.

Flight Information

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.

Health and Vaccinations

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.

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

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.

Currency Information

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.

Personal Expenses

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.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
15 Jan 202025 Jan 2020£399£749£1148SOLD OUT
05 Feb 202015 Feb 2020£419£899£1318SOLD OUT
11 Mar 202021 Mar 2020£439£859£1298Book Now
18 Mar 202028 Mar 2020£449£889£1338Book Now
15 Apr 202025 Apr 2020£449£1079£1528Book Now
13 May 202023 May 2020£449£899£1348Book Now
20 May 202030 May 2020£449£899£1348Book Now
16 Sep 202026 Sep 2020£439£889£1328Book Now
14 Oct 202024 Oct 2020£419£1039£1458Book Now
11 Nov 202021 Nov 2020£399£839£1238Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

2019 - 13th November Hotel Change

Please note that for these departure dates, in Casablanca, you will be staying at 4* Kenzi Basma Hotel and in Fez, you will be staying at 4* Hotel L'escale. Please refer your final ticketing documentation for more information about these changes. Please note Hotel l'escale does not serve alcohol.

2020 Departures;

Please note the Atlas Mountains Excursion has a drive of approx. 10 hours.

2020 Departures

Your 2 night stay in Fes will now be at the 4* Across Hotels and Spa.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Moroccan Dirham

Average Flying time

3 - 3 ½hours

Min/Max temperature

13 °C / 24 °C

Spoken languages

Arabic, French and English

When to go

Weather can vary throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Casablanca

Fez

Marrakech

What to pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and charger
  • A plug adaptor - the electricity in Morocco is 220 V. You will need a round 2-pin plug adapter
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