Deserts & Mountains of Morocco

Morocco Guided Walking Holiday

Famous Jemaa el Fna square crowded at dusk. Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: 13 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
from £2,599pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

From Marrakech to Fes, Morocco’s ancient cities offer many charms. Explore the exotic delights of the medinas as you wander through the maze of alleys and take in the wonderful sights and smells of the many souks. Follow the trail of the nomads to the peaks of the High and Middle Atlas Mountains in the company of experienced Berber guides who will introduce us to the hidden valleys, Kasbahs, oases and villages of this starkly beautiful part of North Africa. Stay in the Sahara and experience the delights of a sunrise over the magnificent Erg Chebbi dunes.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the charming ‘blue’ city of Chefchaouen
  • Explore the cultural capital of Fes and its ancient medina maze
  • Walk in the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains
  • Stay at a luxury camp in the Sahara Desert and see the sun rise over the Erg Chebbi dunes
  • Discover the imperial city of Marrakech with its colourful souks

What’s included

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms, including 2 nights camping with en-suite facilities
  • Half board from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on departure, plus 4 lunches and less 1 dinner
  • A full holiday programme of guided walks and sightseeing with a specialist local guide
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees 
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach or minibus
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Worldwide holidays, our day-by-day descriptions will help you understand where you’ll be exploring and what you’ll be doing. The itineraries are put together carefully to give you the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons. In the wake of disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak to planning, this is particularly relevant to itineraries in 2022.

We arrive in Casablanca. The guide and transport will meet you just outside the Airport concourse and you will be transported to your hotel in Casablanca. 

Our second day begins with a walk around the Hassan Tower and nearby mausoleum before visiting the Roman city of Volubilis. Volubilis dates from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD and continued to be inhabited right up to the 18th century, when some of the marble was used for palaces in Meknes. Explore the site on foot, where there is still a well-preserved forum and many mosaics to be seen, as well as various houses, arches and an olive press.

We then continue to the Imperial city of Fes, where we stay for 2 nights. The following day we enjoy a walking tour of the ancient medina of Fes and see the architectural gems and palaces of medina. The souks are a colourful and noisy arena of bartering and beautifully laid out stalls

Travel north to the ‘blue’ city of Chefchaouen (2 nights). Nestled in the Rif mountains with its medieval alleyways and small blue-wash houses, Chefchaouen is the perfect base from which to explore this region. Walk in Talassemtane National Park with its vast cave systems and cork oak forests. Look out for wildlife including barbary apes and wild boar.

Enjoy walks in the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains before continuing our journey to Ifrane (1 night). With its pitched roofs and wooden houses this charming town is often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Morocco’.

We leave the Middle Atlas Mountains for the Sahara Desert at Merzouga (2 nights). Journey through the plains between the two big mountain ranges of the Middle and High Atlas and the gorges of Ziz with opportunities to see nomads and meet a Berber family for tea. Walk into the desert to camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi dunes.

Walk or climb the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes and trek through the Sahara with camels. Visit the local village of Khamlia to see the gnaoua musicians and fossil museum. There's also the option to have a go at sand surfing! (Payable locally)

Wake early to see the sun rise over the dunes. Travel through the foothills of the High Atlas along the Valley of the Roses. Walk through the Todra gorge with its towering walls of rock before heading onwards to Ouarzazate (1 night).

Drive to the UNESCO Ksar (Berber castle) of Ait Ben-Haddou. Walk to the top of the Kasbah and see the traditional pre-Saharan habitat. We continue our journey through the high passes of the Atlas Mountains to discover the Palace of the Glaoui at Telouet. The wonderful zellige carvings and tiles have been preserved as a marvel of Moroccan craftsmanship in the middle of the mountains. Continue to Marrakech (2 nights).

A walking tour of Marrakech introduces us to the souks and stalls of this imperial city and the magical hub-bub of the Djemma el Fna. Take an afternoon at leisure to explore a little further: perhaps visit one of the traditional hammams, take a tour of the tanneries, visit the palace or the explore the relaxing haven of Majorelle gardens. The evening is then also at leisure for you to explore the many delicious delights of this incredible city.

Take a scenic drive past the plains of Marrakech to the verdant coast near Essaouira (1 night) see the Argan forests en route including a visit to a women’s cooperative which processes the Argan. Explore Essaouira in the afternoon, see the beach and harbour with its blue boats and walk the ramparts

A free morning to explore the alleyways and medina of this 18th century UNESCO town before heading up the coast and returning to the city of Casablanca (1 night).

After breakfast transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK

Morocco Itinerary Map

Hotel Anfa Barcelo Casablanca - Morocco

Situated in the Centre of Casablanca, this hotel is of Art Deco design, and together with a number of comfortable bedrooms, also has a spa, a fitness centre and several restaurants. Outside there is a big terrace overlooking an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms all have air conditioning, satellite TV and there is a free WiFi service available.

Riad Salam Fes - Morocco

This traditional riad is centred in the old medina of Fes and comprises of a number of different suites and rooms decorated with Moroccan mosaics and cedar wood ceilings. It also has an authentic Hamman and spa on the premises, and 2 swimming pools available. The property has free WiFI in the rooms.

Riad Cherifa, Chefchaouen - Morocco

Located in the heart of the city’s medina, and built out of two traditional Chefchaouen houses this riad has traditional Andalusian- Moroccan architecture. With all amenities including air conditioning and Wi Fi available, the property also has a number of terraces and some small gardens to relax in.

Hotel Michlifen, Ifrane - Morocco

This charming alpine chalet-style 5* hotel is situated amidst the wondrous Middle Atlas Mountains. During winter, snow falls over the resort – the hotel’s name means ‘snow flake’ – and in the summer it enjoys a cool mountain climate.

Luxury desert camp, Merzouga - Morocco

A truly unique and magical place to stay, the luxury desert camp is sure to be a highlight of your trip. Blending traditional Berber design with modern comforts, the handmade Bedouin tents all offer proper beds and solar-powered showers in the ensuite facilities.

Dar Chamaa - Morocco

Built in the same way as the local kasbahs (buildings made with pise construction and with local skills), this hotel is based on a central courtyard, riad style to keep it cooler in the summer months. The hotel is situated in the Ouarzazate palmeries and has a swimming pool and garden. The water is all heated by solar panels and all bedrooms and rooms have air conditioning and free WiFi.

Riad Palais Sebban, Marrakech - Morocco

Situated at the heart of this vibrant city’s medina, and only a short walk from the famous souks of Djemma el Fna, this luxurious 4* riad offers you a truly authentic Moroccan experience.

Atlas Essaouira Spa, Essaouira - Morocco

Occupying an enviable beach front position on Morocco’s coast, this 5* hotel features contemporary, well-appointed guest rooms with views of Andalucian-style gardens or beach panoramas.

Essential Information

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug

Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment 

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment 

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £43 per night
13 nights
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:

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