Morocco, with its famous medieval
mosques and citadels, is truly the
jewel of North Africa and exudes a
sense of living history. What’s more,
this fascinating destination, set amid
the backdrop of the stunning Atlas
mountains and the shimmering Atlantic,
features remains and reminders of
numerous civilisations. Venture off the
beaten track to the Rif mountains and
Sahara desert, visiting Morocco’s most
renowned historical attractions and
many lesser-known gems with expert
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Fly from London Gatwick to Rabat with Royal
Air Maroc and transfer to Hotel Rabat (or similar) for 2 nights. Evening welcome
dinner at Villa Sbihi, the house of a former
On a tour of Rabat, visit the Kasbah of the
Oudayas, built under the Berber Almohad
dynasty in the 12th century, and the Hassan
Tower minaret. Over the Bou Regreg river is the
more relaxed city of Salé, infamous in the 17th
century for its Barbary pirates and now known
for its craftsmen. (B)
Travel by road to the blue-walled town of
Chefchaouen perched beneath the rugged Rif
mountains. Take a walking tour to discover the
kasbah with its charming garden, Ethnographic
Museum and art gallery. Continue to the cobbled
main square, Plaza Uta el Hammam, shaded
by trees. The 15th-century Grand Mosque has
a distinctive octagonal minaret and the town
offers handicrafts not available elsewhere. Stay
overnight at Dar Echchaouen (or similar). (B)
In the morning, drive to Meknes. In the
afternoon, tour the winding streets of the
medina. See the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail,
a lavish tribute to the sultan who made Meknes
his capital in the 17th century, before walking
through the markets in Place Hedim, originally
used for royal announcements and public
executions. Continue to Fez and stay 2 nights at
Hotel Zalagh Parc Palace (or similar). (B)
Spend the day exploring Fez. Start with a tour
of the city’s ramparts and Old Fez. Visit the local
communal bakeries and enter artisan workshops
to discover the secrets of their ancestral arts.
Continue for a private visit to the last brocade
weaver still using a traditional Jacquard loom.
Inside the 14th-century Medersa Attarine
discover the intricate architecture and end the
morning with a tea ceremony with the Glaoui
family in their palace which was once the home
of their grandfather, the Vizir of the king of
Morocco. In the afternoon, visit the Medersa
Bouanania and Dar Batha, the late 19th-century
palace of King Hassan I, which is now a museum
of traditional art. (B)
Drive south through the Berber town of Ifrane
in the Middle Atlas to Erfoud. This oasis town is
known as ‘the Gate to the Sahara Desert’ and
is often used as a filming location. Overnight at
Palais du Desert (or similar). (B)
This morning visit the city of Rissani, with its
18th-century ksar (castle), a virtually impenetrable
warren of alleys; then continue on to the ruins of
Sijilmasa. In the afternoon, set off for the desert
dunes of Merzouga by four-wheel drive, stopping
for mint tea with nomads. Continue the journey
with a camel ride at sunset. After a traditional
dinner accompanied by local entertainment,
overnight at Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp (or
similar) with en suite bathrooms. (B, D)
Drive along the ‘Road of a Thousand Kasbahs’ which follows the southern slopes of the High
Atlas mountains, stopping at Tinerhir to walk in
the Todra gorge. Continue to Skoura, an oasis
town surrounded by palm groves, and spend 2
nights in Ksar Ait Benmoro (or similar). (B)
Today take a 4x4 guided tour of the Palmeraie,
known for its local pottery, and meet with some
potters to learn about the traditional process.
Continue to see 17th-century Kasbah Amerhidil,
one of the grandest in the region, Kasbah Dar
Ait Sidi el-Mati and Kasbah Ait Abou. (B)
This morning drive to Ouarzazate and visit
Kasbah Taourirt, where a meeting with a
representative of the Conservation Centre for
Heritage Rehabilitation (CERKAS) has been
arranged (subject to availability). Continue to
the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou and visit
its magnificent kasbah, a Unesco world heritage
site. In the afternoon, continue to Marrakech and
stay at Kenzi Farah (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Discover the hidden side of Marrakech: its
Quranic school, foundouk, old bakery and city
furnace. In the afternoon, visit Bahia Palace
and Baddi Palace or ‘the incomparable palace’.
Continue to the Saadian tombs. Farewell dinner
in the 16th-century riad Dar Sherifa. (B, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow via
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local tour manager.
This tour is better suited to
the hardier traveller as it includes some basic
accommodation and long road journeys.
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness.
Diana Driscoll read
ancient Middle East and
Islamic studies at Soas.
Her area of expertise is
the Islamic world: religion,
history, culture and
languages. She has travelled extensively in
Central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East,
south Asia and China.
Dar Echchaouen is a riad located near Chefchaouen's medina. The 16 rooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style.
Hotel features: Restaurant, swimming pool, garden.
Room amenities: Free Wi-Fi, air...
Hotel Kenzi Farah is located a 20-minute walk from the lively Jamaâ El Fna Square within a 3-hectare private park in the cosmopolitan district of L'Hivernage. The 385 rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with Moroccan touches.
Hotel features: 3 restaurants, piano bar, fitness area, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, sauna, spa
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, free Wi-Fi,...
Hotel Rabat is ideally located in the heart of the capital, close to ministries, embassies and the downtown area. The 114 rooms, of which 12 are suites, are all equipped with air conditioning, minibar, television, wireless internet access and a safe. There are several dining options serving Moroccan, eastern and classic French cuisine. There is also a bar and coffee...
Kasbah Ait Ben Moro is a refurbished 17th-century kasbah on the outskirts of Skoura. Its 17 charming guestrooms all have private facilities. There is a restaurant and a roof terrace with breathtaking views of the High Atlas mountains, the surrounding palm groves and the remains of the fairytale Kasbah Amerhidil. The kasbah is made of pisé (reinforced mud) and has a charm and character of its own. Although rooms are simple, for those seeking authenticity in typical Saharan style, this is an ideal place to stay.
Features: Terrace, garden, outdoor swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning,...
Situated in the village of Merzouga, fronted by the rolling sand dunes of Erg Cheddi, the Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp offers five tented accommodations featuring elements of traditional Berber decor. The tents are equipped with en suite facilities including either a bath or shower and there is also a restaurant. The camp is an ideal base from which to enjoy the impressive sand dunes of the...
Located in the oasis of Erfoud in southern Morocco, the Palais du Desert & Spa is a luxurious castle-style property located in the suburbs of the town, close to the palm grove and Zerktouni mosque. The property offers 44 well-appointed rooms equipped with modern amenities including wireless internet access. There are two restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes while the lounge bar is an ideal location for after dinner drinks. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and spa offering a full range of...
The Ramada Fez is ideally located in the heart of the new town in Fez. All the 133 rooms, including five suites, are spacious and equipped with satellite television, high-speed Wi-Fi internet access and mini-fridge. The hotel has three restaurants and two bars. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and spa with sauna and steam...
Diana read ancient Middle East and Islamic studies at Soas. Her area of expertise is the Islamic world: religion, history, culture and languages. She has travelled extensively in central Asia, north Africa, the Middle East, south Asia and China.
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RAK2016: 11 Nights
Being home to one of the oldest universities in the world, Fez is considered to be the...
One of Morocco’s four Imperial Cities, Marrakech was founded in the 11th century at the...