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Morocco - Casablanca to Marrakech - Walking Holiday

Region: Rest of World // Dates: 29 March - 18 April 2020
Morocco - Casablanca to Marrakech Walking Holiday

From imperial cities, cedar forests and the Sahara Desert to the mighty Atlas Mountains and Atlantic coastline, this 3 week journey showcases Morocco’s cultural and natural charm. Starting in Casablanca, we visit one of the world’s largest mosques then travel north to the imperial city of Rabat. We explore the old town, visit La Chellah necropolis and the fortified quarter of Kasbah des Oudaias. Stopping at Volubilis, a partly excavated Roman city, we visit Mulay Iddriss Tomb, before arriving at the imperial city of Fes. We wander and weave through the ancient medina, exploring madrasas, mosques and palaces. Near Azrou, short walks in the Middle Atlas Mountains feature giant oak and cedar forests, home to the endangered Barbary ape. We spend two nights near Merzouga in a desert camp surrounded by Sahara sand dunes, sunsets and clear open skies. Traversing a high pass through Dades Gorge, we hike into the Todhra Valley at Tinerhir, past lush palmeries, mud brick Berber villages into the Valley of Roses. We take cooling walks in the date palm groves of Skoura and visit the awe-inspiring Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. This World Heritage listed pre-Saharan earthen village was also a film location for movies such as ‘Gladiator’ and more recently ‘Game of Thrones’. In the High Atlas Mountains, we stay several nights at the luxury ecolodge, Kasbah du Toubkal, perched above the village of Imlil. Here we enjoy leisurely hikes to learn more about the Berber culture in well preserved mountain villages. We continue to the Atlantic coastline to glimpse a past life of traders and seafarers in the fortified ‘blue and white’ seaport of Essaouira. Ending in the vibrant city of Marrakech we have time for local walks and exploration of the colourful souks.

Overview

From imperial cities, cedar forests and the Sahara Desert to the mighty Atlas Mountains and Atlantic coastline, this 3 week journey showcases Morocco’s cultural and natural charm. Starting in Casablanca, we visit one of the world’s largest mosques then travel north to the imperial city of Rabat. We explore the old town, visit La Chellah necropolis and the fortified quarter of Kasbah des Oudaias. Stopping at Volubilis, a partly excavated Roman city, we visit Mulay Iddriss Tomb, before arriving at the imperial city of Fes. We wander and weave through the ancient medina, exploring madrasas, mosques and palaces. Near Azrou, short walks in the Middle Atlas Mountains feature giant oak and cedar forests, home to the endangered Barbary ape. We spend two nights near Merzouga in a desert camp surrounded by Sahara sand dunes, sunsets and clear open skies. Traversing a high pass through Dades Gorge, we hike into the Todhra Valley at Tinerhir, past lush palmeries, mud brick Berber villages into the Valley of Roses. We take cooling walks in the date palm groves of Skoura and visit the awe-inspiring Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. This World Heritage listed pre-Saharan earthen village was also a film location for movies such as ‘Gladiator’ and more recently ‘Game of Thrones’. In the High Atlas Mountains, we stay several nights at the luxury ecolodge, Kasbah du Toubkal, perched above the village of Imlil. Here we enjoy leisurely hikes to learn more about the Berber culture in well preserved mountain villages. We continue to the Atlantic coastline to glimpse a past life of traders and seafarers in the fortified ‘blue and white’ seaport of Essaouira. Ending in the vibrant city of Marrakech we have time for local walks and exploration of the colourful souks.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Visit the imperial cities of Rabat, Fes & Marrakech
  • Stay in traditional riads & restored kasbahs
  • Marvel at Hassan II, one of the world’s largest mosques
  • Join a traditional cooking class in Fes & enjoy mouth-watering Moroccan fare
  • See endangered Barbary Macaques & the cedar forests of Ifrane National Park
  • Stay two nights in a Sahara desert camp & an ancient Ksar (fortified village)
  • Hike past Berber villages to a dramatic canyon in the Todhra gorge
  • Visit Skoura’s lush palm & olive groves with a local guide
  • Spend several days hiking in spectacular Toubkal National Park
  • Journey to the Atlantic coast & the fortified town of Essaouira

Details

Details:

29 March - 18 April 2020 (20 nights)

Twin share/person (starts Casblanca/ends Marrakech)
Advanced Early Bird: A$10,950 extended until 11/112019
Regular: A$11,450
Single Supplement: on application
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Special Interest:
Gourmet, Botanical, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 5–18km per walking day with some longer options (moderate options due to rugged terrain, some ascent/descent). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Leo San Sebastian

    Leo San Sebastian grew up in Spain’s Basque Country and has been a professional tour leader for over three decades, leading walking holidays throughout Spain, Morocco, the French Swiss & Italian Alps, South America and Asia. Over the past 13 years he has created and led interNATIONAL PARKtours Spain and Morocco programs. Leo’s knowledge, care and concern for travellers and passion to showcase local areas will ensure a wonderful journey.

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