15 Day Morocco Adventure

March 15, 2020

Trip price: $5100 AUD

Deposit: $1100 AUD

Have you always wanted to go to Morocco, but hesitated because you didn’t want to go by yourself? This trip is for those who dream of waking up in the Sahara desert and watching the sun rise over the dunes; of walking through the hustle and bustle of the medinas, the air filled with the scent of spices; or of experiencing the hospitality of Berber nomads.

Highlights

Women only! Get ready for some laughs together

Small groups, maximum 12 spots

Ride a camel in the Sahara

Savour a taste trail of ancient Fez

Hike in the Atlas Mountains to the Sidi Chamharouch Shrine

Enjoy lunch with a Berber family

Sleep in a luxury Saharan desert camp

Explore the alleyways of the blue city of Chefchaouen

Walk through the Medina of Marrakech

Trip Details
Price

$5100 AUD per person

Deposit: $110 AUD

Private supplement: $1855 AUD — only 2 available

Don’t want to pay the private supplement? Most of our bookings are from solo travellers – let us match you with another person to save on costs.

 


Trip length

15 days, 14 nights


Dates

March 15 to March 29, 2020 (SOLD OUT)

October 13 to October 27, 2020 (NOW TAKING BOOKINGS)

$250 Earlybird discount available for October.

Don’t see your dates? Join our waitlist!

Have a group? Contact us and we can arrange a private departure!


Meeting point

TBC


Ending point

Riad Al Jazira
​8 Derb Mayara, Sidi Ben Sliman, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Phone​: ​+212 5244 26463


Group size

Maximum 12 — guaranteed departure


Participation requirements

Please see our “Is this trip right for you?” section to see the participation requirements.


Included
  • Transport: private vehicle, camel, 4WD, airport transfers
  • Leader & guide: 1 English-speaking tour leader throughout; local guides in Fez, Marrakech, Volubilis, Kasbah Skoura, Atlas Mountains
  • Entrance/admission: fees where applicable with included activities
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners

Not included
  • Airfares
  • $200 AUD tip kitty for guides & drivers
  • Any required visas
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches & dinners
  • Personal travel insurance

Our accommodation

All of our accommodation is a minimum 4-star level with a huge focus on character. We’ve deliberately splurged on some beautiful places for you to look forward to, specifically historic riads or kasbahs.

Why Choose This Tour?

We’ve put together the perfect balance of adventure, fun, authentic experiences, great food, and interesting accommodation… that is, the kind of trip you could never organise unless you had your own group of friends spread around Morocco

We've got a team of the best guides who love travel and know how to serve you... and perhaps the most important bit: we know exactly where the great food is hidden

This trip is for active women who are culturally curious and who love to try new things – it's all about the right balance of fresh air, food, and cultural experiences

The accommodation is perfectly located and handpicked – we’re chasing an amazing time during the day plus a good night’s rest

Morocco Map Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! We’ll meet you as you arrive at Imam Mohammed V International Airport and get you in a transfer to your hotel. Your adventure starts that evening; enjoy your first Moroccan meal with one of the ladies of the Association Nationale AL HIDN. It’s a non-profit Moroccan community organisation that not only empowers women by providing them with the socioeconomic tools that they need, but also supports children in their growth and incorporation into society.

Accommodation: Le Hotel Casablanca or similar
Included: Dinner

Day 2: Chefchaouen

The Hassan II Mosque is one of the largest in the world, and it’s our pleasure to visit this architectural marvel. From here, we have a lot of ground to cover as we head on to Chefchaouen. It’s a bit of a drive, but trust us: it’s worth it. “Chaouen”, as it’s fondly known, is a small yet striking town famous for its blue houses. Enjoy an orientation walk as we arrive, before we dine together at a rooftop restaurant and enjoy the dusk atmosphere in this beautiful town.

Accommodation: Riad Dar Cherifa or similar
Included: Breakfast, dinner
Driving time: 6 hours

Day 3: Rif Mountains Hike

This morning, we visit Akchour, just outside Chefchaouen. Declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, it’s well worth the hike to get to the waterfalls, where we stop for a picnic. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and chat in the fresh mountain air. This evening, you’ll have some free time — take the chance to wander the blue alleyways.

Accommodation: Riad Dir Mounir or similar
Included: Breakfast & lunch

Day 4: Volubilis

We’re on the move again today as we travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis, 3 hours away. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, making this distant outpost of the empire fascinating even for the non-history buff! Afterwards, we roll into Fes, the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. This place cannot be properly described in words, but if it could, we’d say something along the lines of vibrant, bold, intriguing, and overwhelming (in the best way possible, of course!) We’ll spend three nights here, soaking it all in.

Accommodation: Riad Salam Fes or similar
Included: Breakfast & dinner
Driving time: 4.5 hours total (Chefchaouen to Volubilis, 3 hours; Volubilis to Fes, 1.5 hours)

Day 5: Fes Market Tour

Join us for a “taste trail” of the historical and magical Medina of Fes. Sample your way through dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, and olives. (Didn’t understand half of those words? Guess you’ll have to come on the tour to find out what they are!) A highlight will be the honey souk — learn why this liquid gold is absolutely essential to Moroccan cooking. It’s a lot of walking, so you’ll get the chance to take the afternoon off to explore or relax as you please.

Accommodation: Riad Salam Fes or similar
Included: Breakfast & lunch

Day 6: Fes Craft Workshop

An exclusive experience awaits us today as we step into the workshop of the master craftsman Hamsa El Fasiki. Hamsa brings generations of experience to his work, and his specialities are bronze sculpting, leather works, and bookbinding. Even if you’re not great with your hands, you’re bound to learn something new. Follow this unique activity with free time to explore! We suggest a short hike uphill to watch the sunset over Fes.

Note: To ensure every participant receives personal attention from Hamsa, we’ll be splitting the group into a morning class and an afternoon class. You’ll have the other half of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: Riad Salam Fes or similar
Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Erfoud – The Door to the Desert

Today is a long day with a total of six hours of driving, but we promise it’s worth the effort! This trip will take us to Erfoud, otherwise known as the “door to the desert”. We’ll of course make short stops along the way at beautiful oasis towns so that you can stretch your legs. One of our notable stops is Ifrane — the “Switzerland of the Atlas Mountains” — where we’ll have a much-needed coffee break. Once we arrive in Erfoud, enjoy your evening relaxing in the well-appointed Hotel Kasbah Xaluca (or similar).

Accommodation: Hotel Kasbah Xaluca or similar
Included: Breakfast & dinner
Driving time: 6 hours

Day 8: The Sahara

Today, jump in a 4WD vehicle to visit a village populated by sub-Saharan nomads. In this village, you’ll witness their music, dance, and beautiful dress. For lunch, enjoy a local dish: bread stuffed with veggies, meat, and herbs (vegetarian option available!) We’ll drive to our camp just before sunset, then enjoy a camel ride as the sun dips over the horizon. Finish off the evening in the Sahara Luxury Desert Camp.

Accommodation: Sahara Luxury Desert Camp or similar
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

Day 9: Ait Benhaddou

Today, set your alarm early and wake up before the sun to watch the sunrise over the Sahara. This breathtaking experience is the perfect way to start our day! Afterwards, we continue onto the Skoura Oasis and then Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco’s most iconic sites. Its grant kasbah is mesmerising, and the fortified village will whisk you to times past. This is a big day, but an incredibly beautiful drive with varied scenery will make it all worth it. We’ll finish up with a visit to Tawesna tea room, a cooperative run by local Moroccan women.

Accommodation: Riad Caravane or similar
Included: Breakfast & dinner
Driving time: 5 hours

Day 10: Atlas Mountains

Day 10 is the day for a drive through the majestic Atlas Mountains. It’ll take 5 hours to arrive to Imlil, a Berber village that is wedged into a spectacular valley. After a short walk through the village, we’ll check into our accommodation, Kasbah du Toubkal — possibly our favourite space of the trip. Spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the view.

Accommodation: Kasbah du Toubkal or similar
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner
Driving time: 5 hours

Day 11: Atlas Mountains

A memorable day awaits as we engage in our second hike of the trip. Join our Berber mountain guide as we trek through the Atlas Mountains surrounding Imlil up to the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. We’ll follow this up with a traditional local lunch before retiring back to the kasbah for some tranquil afternoon R&R.

Accommodation: Kasbah du Toubkal or similar
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

Day 13: Marrakech

After twelve full days in Morocco, you’ll probably be wanting to learn how to make some of your favourites at home. That’s why this morning includes a cooking class with a local chef that will fill our morning and bellies! In the afternoon, we’ll head out on a tour of the Medina of Marrakech. Explore the Bahia Palace and its tranquil courtyards, filled with the scent of orange blossoms.

Accommodation: Riad al Jazira or similar
Included: Breakfast & lunch

Day 14: Marrakech

Our last day together in this wonderful country means it’s time for a bit of girly fun with the “Shine Like a Moroccan” experience. We’ll try on traditional clothing, get made up with henna, and just enjoy being doted on. The afternoon will be at your leisure as we get ready for a farewell meal at a restaurant with a bit of a twist to it. Cheers to a fantastic holiday together!

Accommodation: Riad al Jazira or similar
Included: Breakfast & dinner

Day 15: Departure from Marrakech

We have no activities planned today since today we say our final goodbyes… for now! We’ll transfer to the airport in Marrakech for departure. If you’ve bought return flights to Casablanca, the train from Marrakech to Casablanca takes just under 3 hours and is a comfortable option. Onto your next adventure! And remember… once a Patchie, always a Patchie.

Included: Breakfast & airport transfer

The Essential Info

Moroccan culture is very inviting! Each person you encounter on our tour will be happy to meet you and enjoy your company.

Please know that we’ll do everything we can to provide an amazing trip, but if you’re having issues of any sort, please let your group leader know as soon as possible.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule, most countries expect that you have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport.

At the time of publication, Australian passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Morocco. Given that situations can change, it is recommended to stay in touch with the Wikipedia page on the subject, which is regularly updated, but please confirm with us upon booking.

Medical and Health Information

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip, please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assessed your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Patch reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons, our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs, including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

Currency

The currency of Morocco is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Bank notes come in denominations of MAD 200, 100, 50, and 20. Smaller values are issued as coins in values of 10, 5, 1 as well as 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. Changing money is easy! You’ll find banks and exchange bureaux in Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, and in all major airports. Please note that sometimes Australian dollars are not accepted in exchange bureaux or banks, so the safest option is to bring US dollars. In the desert and Atlas Mountains, opportunities to exchange money are limited. There are ATMs in all major cities, which accept Visa, Mastercard, and other credit cards connected with Cirrus. Some ATMs that belong to smaller banks will not work, so occasionally you may need to try two or three before you are successful.

We strongly recommend bringing a combination of cash and credit cards. Credit cards are useful for large purchases such as carpets or gold from a large store, but generally speaking they are not accepted in many places. Local restaurants, markets, and many hotels will only accept cash as payment for goods or services. Please ensure you only use banks, licensed money exchangers, or hotels to change currency. We also suggest that you keep your receipts. Do not change money with street touts as this is illegal.

Tipping

For each trip, we establish a tip kitty to avoid the hassle and discomfort of paying tips during the trip. The recommended contribution is $200, and this will be managed by your guide.

Prices in Morocco

Morocco is often misjudged as being an inexpensive destination. With tourism booming, due in large part to the influx of cheap flights from Europe, prices for some items are becoming more equivalent to prices you would be used to at home. Eating in local restaurants, roadside stalls, and from markets can be inexpensive, but for nights out at tourist-friendly restaurants, you can expect to pay much more. With drinks, tipping, and of course shopping, it can all add up. Budgets are a personal choice, but please bear in mind that you should not expect Morocco to be a budget destination.

Bargaining

In Morocco, some services and products are not a fixed price, which means that your bartering skills will be tested, from hiring taxis to buying a souvenir in the medinas. This can be challenging for travellers who have not experienced this before. Ask your leaders for advice when you arrive! We find that the best approach is to smile and have fun, as this is an entrenched part of Moroccan culture.

Emergency Funds

Please make sure you have access to an additional $500 to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g., a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action, or an outbreak of avian flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Your tour includes breakfast each day and several other meals as indicated in the itinerary. You will therefore need additional funds to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. Credit cards are accepted in most goods shops and restaurants, though smaller outlets will generally only take local currency.

Shopping is a personal thing that varies enormously. On average, people spend between 25-50 euro on knick-knacks, ceramics, and other souvenirs. If you plan on purchasing a carpet, prices can be anything from 100-500 euro or more.

You should carry sufficient funds for shopping and any additional sightseeing/optional activities you may wish to undertake. You will find a suggested list (with approximate costs) in your trip notes.

Clothing & Footwear

Bear in mind that the weather will vary significantly from place to place, and also depending on the time of year. Morocco is a dry country, but rain is possible anywhere – please come prepared for this eventuality. Laundry facilities are available in some destinations.

Please also bring appropriate footwear for your trip and remember that we’ll be engaging in multiple walking tours and hiking activities. Bring comfortable shoes that support your feet/ankles. Your body will thank you!

Climate and Seasonal Information

Being a desert country, Morocco can have a lot of variation in its weather conditions. The night time in winter (November through March) can be quite cold, with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees or less overnight. This is especially the case in mountainous or desert regions.

Summer can be very hot everywhere we go, and it can get quite uncomfortable. You’ll need to come prepared for this, remembering the cultural standards of dress in Morocco. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a hat!

Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?

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Morocco is a conservative country, so we recommend you dress reasonably conservatively – that is, cover your shoulders and knees. That being said, Morocco receives many visitors, and the locals have a relaxed attitude when it comes to visitors and tourism in general.

When purchasing flights, where should I fly into and out of?

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This trip begins in Casablanca, Morocco and ends in Marrakech. We ask that you fly into Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, as that is where your hotel transfer will be waiting for you. If you wish to go back to Casablanca upon finishing, there are multiple trains departing Marrakech on a daily basis. The train ride takes nearly 3 hours and for a much more comfortable experience, we recommend a first class ticket, which is not much more expensive than the second class.

How much money should I bring? Can I bring my bank cards?

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We recommend being prepared to spend the equivalent of around 500 euro. It’s possible to spend ​less, but you’ll most likely find yourself buying souvenirs, gifts, or treats. Bank cards are generally usable in Morocco, and ATMs are generally, but not always, available. It is better to change your money on arrival, or you can simply make withdrawals at ATMs before heading into areas with less coverage.

Can you accommodate my dietary requirements?

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Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea.

Meals eaten out are reasonably priced — kebabs and bread cost only about MAD 30. In main towns, it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from MAD 220 upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between MAD 80-120 depending on what you drink.

An overall food budget estimate would be about MAD 150-200 a day. Soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices, but generally speaking alcohol is not widely available in Morocco for cultural and religious reasons. Still, in some hotels and restaurants you will be able to purchase beers, wines, and spirits, but you can pay Western prices or more for imported alcohol. Please be aware of local laws, beliefs, and traditions by being respectful while consuming alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for, but there is a fairly limited choice (mainly vegetarian couscous and tagine or omelettes). This is particularly the case in rural parts of this itinerary. Please note that, if you have any special dietary requirements, you should inform us prior to the trip. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible, we will cater to dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own food.

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