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 (regional connections available)
to Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc. Drive to
Rabat and spend 2 nights at Riad dar el Kebira
(or similar). Evening welcome dinner at Villa
Sbihi, the house of a former governor (subject to
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
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 Riad Dar Echchaouen (or similar). (B)
Drive to the Unesco site of ancient Roman
Volubilis and see the ruins and mosaics. Continue
to Meknes, tour the winding streets and visit the
Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, a tribute to the
sultan who made Meknes his captial in the 17th
century. Walk through Place Hedim, originally used
for royal announcements and public executions.Continue to Fez and stay 2 nights at the Riad
Salem Fez (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 traditional Jacquard looms.
Inside the 14th-century Medersa Attarine
discover the intricate architecture and enjoy a tea
ceremony in a palace which was once the home of
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, D)
This morning visit the city of Rissani, with its 18thcentury
ksar, 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 Auberge Chez Talout (or similar). Dinner with
cookery demonstration. (B, D)
Today take a 4x4 guided tour of the Palmeraie,
known for its local pottery, and meet with 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)
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 kasbah, a Unesco world heritage site. In the afternoon,
continue to Marrakech. Stay at Les Borjs de la
Kasbah (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Discover the hidden side of Marrakech including
its Quranic school, foundouk, old bakery and city
furnace, before visiting 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. Fly to London via
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is based in 4-star
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local tour manager.
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness. It also includes some long
road journeys and is therefore better suited to the
Please note that there are many
private visits on this tour, but their exclusive
and personal nature means they are subject to
confirmation nearer the time of departure. If visits
have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we
will seek alternatives of equal interest.
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.
Watch our video interview with Diana on Compass Online.
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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RAK2018: 11 Nights
Chefchaouen is located in the Rif mountains of northwest Morocco.
Erfoud, a huge oasis, is situated in the very centre of the Tafilalet, cradle of the Alaouite dynasty.
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...
The capital of Morocco, modern Rabat is a planned city of wide boulevards and handsome public buildings and gardens.
Skoura is a small town 35 kilometres east of Ouarzazate, in the location of the Dades, Todra and Draa valleys.