Morocco Guided Walking Holiday
Explore vibrant souks, rolling deserts and imposing mountains
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
- 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
- 13 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms, including 2 nights camping with en-suite facilities
- Half board from dinner on arrival 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 and an HF Holidays' leader
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- Travel by air-conditioned coach or minibus
Our hotels have been selected to offer accommodation of real character and comfort, with a true Moroccan flavour wherever possible. Many of our hotels on this trip are 5* - this truly is a luxury holiday! More detailed accommodation information will be available in the Trip Notes.
Rabat - Sofitel Les Jardins des Roses
This 5* hotel is located close to the Royal Palace and is surrounded by gardens with roses and eucalyptus trees. Full of intricate details, achieved with the beautiful combination of French and Moroccan architecture, this hotel is sure to be a welcome haven on arrival.
Fes - Hotel Sahrai
Built on the site of a former palace, this 5* hotel is simply sumptuous and awash with Moroccan style and comfort. The name derives from the Moroccan for magic, and it certainly lives up to expectations.
Chefchaouen - Lina Ryad & Spa
Located in the heart of the city’s medina, this luxurious 5* riad offers enviable views of the surrounding mountains.
Ifrane - Hotel Michlifen
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.
Merzouga - Luxury desert camp
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.
Ouarzazate - Hotel Sultana Royal & Golf
Enjoy a taste of desert paradise in this luxurious hotel, complete with landscaped gardens where palm and olive trees, mimosa, laurel and roses grow.
Marrakech - Riad Palais Sebban
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.
Essaouira - Atlas Essaouira Spa
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.
Casablanca - Hotel Barcelo
Situated on the central Boulevard d’Anfa, and so within walking distance of the city’s markets, this 4* hotel features Moroccan style with European facilities.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Morocco Guided Walking & Sightseeing Holiday
Walks will vary from city tours at a relaxed pace to trails in the foothills and deserts of Morocco. Distances range from 3 to 8 miles (4.8 to 12.8km). Sections of the paths in the foothills and mountain areas can be rough, and some journeys to walks are likely to involve travel on dirt roads. Travelling days include walks or sightseeing stops, as well as comfort breaks.
Day 1: arrive in Casablanca
We arrive in Casablanca and drive up the coast to Rabat, where we'll spend the night.
Days 2-3: Volubilis and Fes
Our second day begins with a walk around the Hasan II 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.
Days 4-5: Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen
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.
Day 6: Ifrane and the Middle Atlas Mountains
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’.
Days 7-8: Sahara Desert
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)
Day 9: Valley of the Roses and Ouarzazate
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).
Days 10-11: to Marrakech
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.
Day 12: to Essaouira
Take a scenic drive past the plains of Marrakesh 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.
Day 13: to Casablanca
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).
Day 14: Return to UK
After breakfast, we'll drive to see the Hassan II mosque; if time allows, we'll also have a short visit before we continue to transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK
A full passport is required to enter Morocco, valid for the intended period of stay.
No visa is required by British citizens with full right of residence in the UK. Those who are not British citizens with right of residence in the UK should consult their local Moroccan embassy or consulate.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccines: Hepatitis A & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Diphtheria, Typhoid and rabies are sometimes recommended too.
The climate in the different regions of Morocco is very varied, and we have chosen dates that are likely to give the best all-round weather for visiting. However, you can experience all four seasons in one day in Morocco! Be prepared for heat and cold, for some rain and for dry and dusty conditions.
The unit of currency is the Moroccan Dirham (dh). Moroccan Dirhams can only be obtained in Morocco. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in larger towns, although service in smaller towns can be erratic. Most major hotels now have more reliable ATMs. Most major credit cards are accepted in larger restaurants, hotels, guest houses and the occasional shop in the souks, with Visa and MasterCard being accepted most widely. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
We recommend taking some hard currency (Sterling, Euros or US Dollars), credit / debit cards, in order to give you a few options. Your guide will be able to advise on where to change money. Exchange rates do not vary significantly between banks.
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.
Mountain Leader Bill Chase has been leading walking holidays for HF Holidays since 2002 and has led holidays all over Europe and in Nepal, Bhutan, India and North America. A retired garden designer/contractor with an interest in landscape history, Bill enjoys the different customs and cultures he experiences. Bill has found that most people he meets around the world are friendly, kind and helpful.
Bill lives in the Black Mountains of Wales where he is actively involved in the local walking community. He will be leading our January 2019 holiday.
Peter has been leading with HF Holidays since 2005 and has led trips in the UK, Europe and Worldwide (Cuba, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the USA). He has completed three expeditions in Morocco, twice with school groups (combining working in a community bordering on the edge of the Sahara and trekking in the Atlas Mountains) and a third trip (with friends) trekking in the Anti Atlas. He has never fallen off a camel!
Previously he had a career in the chemical industry and he is now a board member of an environmental charity (The Falkirk Environment Trust) and a membership assessor for candidates aspiring to become chartered environmentalists. In conjunction with his love of travel he has an abiding interest in all aspects of the natural world, in any spare time he is doggedly pursuing an attempt to complete a round of climbing all the ‘Grahams’ of Scotland.
Peter is leading our September 2019 holiday.
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Dates & Prices
|23 Sep 2019||MRWHW - Morocco - Without Flights||13||£2,499.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single room: £499
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person