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Solos Only

Morocco, a captivating display of colour, tradition, culture, delicious food and immense landscapes. Join this boutique adventure just for solo travellers, arriving to Casablanca where your 14 day adventure begins.

Escorted by an expert local guide, enjoy city touring of Casablanca before making tracks to explore the various sides of Morocco from Marrakech to Imlil, to the Atlas Mountains, exploring Fes with an easy paced three night stay and the contrasts of the blue washed buildings of Chefchaouen before returning to Casablanca.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    14 Days
  • Status:
    Early preview
  • Region:
    Africa
  • Destinations:
    Morocco
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
  • Transport:
    Minivan
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    14
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

 

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 11 nights quality hotel stays
  • 1 night guest house
  • 1 night luxury desert camp
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • Desert camel ride
  • All entries for attractions included in the itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • Private group transport tourist minivan 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available
  • Small group, not more than 14 travellers

    # Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.

    Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers if booking a tour only package, or not travelling on nominated tour flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Porterage at airports
  • Tips
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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16 - 29 OCT 2020
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Trip Code: morocco20-10

Itinerary

DAY 1
Casablanca

Arrive to Casablanca, the starting point for your discovery of Morocco.
This evening meet with your tour director and guide for a welcome drink and tour briefing.


DAY 2 
Casablanca – Marrakech
 

This morning before we make our way to Marrakech we take in a guided city tour of Casablanca. Visit the Mosque of Hassan II, situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, and impressively can hold up to 25000 worshippers. It is an enormous architectural masterpiece and the second largest religious building in the world, and its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 metres.  After lunch, travel to Marrakech.

Meals: Breakfast


DAY 3 
Marrakech 

This morning, take in the sites of Marrakech with a traditional horse and carriage ride. Visits include the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian tombs and the Bahia Palace. By lunch, we end at Djemaa el-Fna square where there is time to take lunch and an unscheduled afternoon, to explore the market ‘Souk’, with smells of spice, and buy some souvenirs.  

Meals: Breakfast

 
DAY 4  & DAY 5
Marrakech - Imlil 

From Marrakech, it’s an easy drive of a few hours, crossing a vibrant green valley. arriving to Imlil for our next two nights of stay for an adventure in the Atlas mountains.  The Imlil village is located at the foothills of the highest mountains in Morocco (Toubkal Summit 4165m).

We have two days in Imlil and the option to explore with an organised easy paced walks of three hours each day to discover the Berber culture. You’ll visit typical villages and also a local waterfall.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (day 4 & day 5)

DAY 6
Imlil - Ait Ben Haddou - Boumalne Dades

Today is one of the longer days of travel, about 7 hours. We will have an early Berber breakfast and head south to Ait Ben Haddou village, and crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m) which makes it possible to join the semi-arid regions of the south-east of the High Atlas from the more fertile plains of the Atlantic.

Later in our drive, we will stop to visit the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou to explore the narrow alleyways of the clay Kasbahs. Three hundred Berber families used to live here, but now it’s only home to half a dozen. Ait Ben Haddou was built in the 11th century and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage listing, and the Ksar Ait Benhaddou is one of the most extraordinary Kasbahs in Morocco.  Located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou is both dramatic and picturesque. The site has been a popular setting for films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

After lunch, we leave Ait Ben Haddou behind and head towards Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses. A highlight of the region are the Dades Canyons with immense landscapes along the Dades River before arriving for our overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 7
Boumalne Dades – Merzouga

Today, our Sahara adventure will start with a drive along the street of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, a little desert spring town, well known for its ravines and stream. We keep on Todra gorges, where we will have some free time to investigate the desert spring and the gulches, and find a local bistro for lunch. By the end of the day our camel caravan is waiting for us for a camel trek experience across the sand dunes for a terrific view of sunset and watching the changing shades of light over the dunes. Just at sunset, we should be arriving to our Sahara desert luxury camp. An in the glory of the stars, enjoy a Moroccan dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 8
Merzouga – Fes

Leaving Merzouga and the Sahara Desert in our wake, our first stop is at a little lookout from which we can admire the Ziz Valley as we begin our climb up the Middle Atlas Mountains. After,  we stop at the half-way point between Merzouga and Fes for a delicious lunch and make a stop in the Cedar Forest. You can expect to see monkeys, but we have no idea just how many furry friends there will be, baby monkeys climbing over their mama monkeys. From here, onto Fes for our next three nights of stay.

Meals: Breakfast


DAY 9
Fes

Today, a full day tour of the UNESO World Heritage city of Fez. We see the famous tanneries and Andalusian and El Quaraoiyin Mosques. We visit Najjarine Square where you can sit and watch the world go by in a café, or visit the Souks. In the afternoon we visit New Fez (Al Jdid) which is considered the most colourful and always bustles with life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Dinner at a local restaurant and show


DAY 10
Fes

From Fes, we take an excursion to visit Moulay Idriss, Volubilis and Meknes. First stop, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, a small hilltop town that stands at the base of Mount Zerhoun with a labyrinthine of the medinas. Then not far away we visit Volubilis, the most impressive of the Roman sites in the country. Volubilis contains essentially Roman ruins of an ancient city built in a commanding site. Today, it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Finally we continue to reach the imperial city of Meknes by early afternoon and tour its focal monuments, such as El Hedim square and Bab Mansour. Meknes prides itself on its friendly and relaxed atmosphere.By late afternoon we have returned to Fes.

Meals: Breakfast 


DAY 11 & DAY 12
Fes – Chefchaouen

From Fes we head north, deep into the Rif Mountains, where Earth meets the Heavens, to explore the enchanting sky blue city of Chefchaouen.

We start off early, as it’s a 2.5-3 hour drive up into the Rif Mountains, to reach Chefchaouen. Nestled in a green mountain valley at 600 metres above sea level, Chefchaouen was originally built up as a hidden outpost to push back the increasing incursions of European powers into Morocco starting from 15th century.  After the the fall of Islamic rule in Spain, Muslim Andalusian refugees flocked to Chefchaouen to begin new lives on the African continent. Until the middle of the 20th century, when Spanish rule of northern Morocco began, Chefchaouen had held a reputation for being impossible for non-Muslims to enter. Today, that’s all different: tourists just can’t get enough of Chefchaouen’s charms. Much calmer and cosier than Fez, Chefchaouen’s most striking feature is, without a doubt, its old city’s picturesque sky blue painted walls and streets built on a mountainside. Among the major sights in Chefchaouen are the Kasabah (fortress), the Ras El Maa river valley, and the hillside Spanish Mosque (a 30 minute hike from town).

Meals: Breakfast (Day 11 & Day 12)


DAY 13 
Chefchaouen – Asilah – Casablanca

This morning we leave the blue city for a small Mediterranean town, Asilah. A gorgeous seaside town on the northern coast of the country, Asilah has a rich and varied history. With roots as far back as the 16th century, when it was on the main trade route used by the Phoenicians, it was later captured by the Portuguese before coming under Moroccan rule in the 17th century. Each successive culture and society has left its mark on the town, making modern day Asilah a fascinating display of Morocco’s unique heritage. A Portuguese fortress leans precariously over the cliffs, while charming blue and white Moroccan houses line the streets.

Finally, we head back to Casablanca for a final night of stay after our highlight visits through the country.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 14 
Departure

Our colourful adventure comes to an end after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

 

DUE OUT NOVEMBER 2019


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Casablanca            
Depart from: Casablanca          

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
On request, the flight itinerary is provided with a quote.

If joining the tour from outside Australia, once you have secured your place on the tour please talk to our travel team about making your own flight arrangements. At this time please ask our travel team about airport transfer options.

TRANSFERS
Airport transfers are included for travellers arriving on the nominated group flights, booked with us, on day 1 of the tour, 1 day pre tour and the final day of the tour.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 14 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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