Morocco Extended

Duration:

11 days / 10 nights

Early Signup: From $1,695

Regular: From $1,895

Or $195 Down

THE EXPERIENCE

Experience the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, the desert, mountains, small villages, and big cities of this North African country as you explore Morocco like a local.   

Meander through colorful bazaars, snack on Moroccan delicacies, and stroll through tranquil courtyards. Begin your journey in Tangier, known as the Gateway to Africa. Experience the Blue City of Chefchaouen and go souvenir hunting in one of the world’s largest medinas in the city in Fes. Ride a camel to the edge of the Sahara Desert and camp for a night under the stars. Lastly, close out your adventure in the Red City of Marrakech.

Start

Start: Please be ready to go at Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG) in Tangier at 4:00 pm.

Arrival time is not mandatory but guarantees included group transportation.

Finish

Finish: Trip ends in Marrakech. Transportation to the airport is not included. Hotel checkout is at 11:00 am, and you can depart anytime on Day 11.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration--please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

Physical Activity:

Light

This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.

Physical Activity:

Moderate

This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Physical Activity:

High

This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.

Cancellation Policy:

Very Flexible

This trip has a 30-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

Cancellation Policy:

Flexible

Because this trip has non-refundable tickets we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip less $195, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

Cancellation Policy:

Flexible

Because this trip has non-refundable tickets we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Arrival in Tangier

Welcome to Morocco! Arrive at Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG) and take included transportation to your accommodation in the heart of Tangier.

Tangier has been home to the early Phoenicians, Romans, and Arabs dating back to the 7th century. Today, Tangier is a mixture of multicultural heritage with unique architectural design, attracting artists and writers who find their inspiration from the Mediterranean and Atlantic. 

Go for a stroll through Old Medina, grab a snack at a boutique cafe, then enjoy the local cuisine with an opening dinner with your group.

Day 2

Tangier Immersion

Walk through the forest of Pedicaris Park and enjoy fantastic views of the Strait of Gibraltar while keeping your eyes peeled to observe several species of birds.

Visit Cape Spartel and climb to the top of the historic lighthouse to see where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea come together.

Explore the Caves of Hercules, where legend has it that Hercules rested in this system of caves after separating the European and African continents.

Arrive in Chefchaouen and go for a walk through the old town before enjoying a home-cooked meal in a family household.

Day 3

Chefchaouen, The Blue City

Welcome to Chefchauen, the Blue Diamond of Morocco. The town’s unique charm with its blue-rinsed houses gives you a feeling of walking in a dreamland.

Learn about the Chefchaouen’s history on a guided walking tour and hear how the unique blue paint was brought by Jews who sought refuge in town during the 15th century.

Spend a leisurely afternoon choosing your own activities or simply enjoy the slow pace of life in the city surrounded by the Rif Mountains.

Day 4

Volubilis Archeological Site

Join a local guide and walk through the streets of the Roman city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Morocco.

Join a local guide in the Roman city of Volubilis and walk through preserved ruins.

In the afternoon, arrive in Fes, the former capital of the Moroccan Empire. Fes is known as the spiritual and cultural heart of the country. It is said that the past is still alive in Fes, so be sure to soak it in.

In the evening, meet with local culinary experts who will demonstrate how to make pastilla, a traditional Moroccan dish made of layers of meat and pastry. Don’t worry, of course you’ll get to taste this Fes delicacy as well!

Day 5

Explore Fes

Wander the medina of Fes, North Africa’s oldest and largest medina, which dates back to the 9th century! Stroll these maze-like narrow streets with a local guide. Pass through bustling squares and souks lined with shops which will be selling just about everything you can imagine.

Catch a glimpse of two of the world’s oldest universities, one being Quaraouiyine Mosque, an important center of Islamic learning. Visit the courtyard of Medersa Attarine, which houses a masterpiece of intricate zellij tile work, carved stucco, and ornate cedar wood carpentry. See traditional woodwork at the Nejjarine Museum.

Spend your evening taking in more sights and sounds and taking in the lively atmosphere of Morocco’s cultural heart.

Day 6

Erg Chebbi Dunes & Desert Camping

Today, you will make your way to the desert of Merzouga! Passing through the Azrou forest, you will encounter wild Barbary apes. Stretch your legs with a short walk through the woods.

Continue driving to the Midelt, a small town gently settled between the high and the middle Atlas Mountains known for its apple production. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the beautiful landscapes of this region.

Experience the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes, one of the world's iconic landscapes. Gaze at the dunes that tower up to 150 meters as you arrive at the edge of the Sahara Desert. Ride camels out into the desert, enjoying a spectacular sunset along the way. 

Stay the night in a traditional desert camp and have the chance to try some local cuisine. Sit around an open fire, enjoy some live music, and dance under the stars.

Day 7

Desert Sunrise and the Todgha Gorge

Wake-up early and enjoy another camel ride to experience the sunrise across the desert. 

After breakfast, drive to the Todgha Gorge. Here, you'll hike with a local guide through palm groves and villages to the impressive 800-foot trench, a stunning natural sight in Morocco.

Be welcomed into the home of a local family for a home-cooked meal and spend your evening relaxing in your kasbah or fortified house.

Day 8

Ait Benhaddou

Continue your adventure by driving on the famous “Road of 1000 Kasbahs” with a stop at the Boumaln Dades to view the crimson sandstone rock formations of Tamlalt.

Visit Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco's most iconic sites. This beautiful, fortified village served as an important point along the caravan dating back over 1,000 years. Due to its unique architecture and magical ambiance, the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator were filmed here. 

Walking inside the huge kasbah, you have the opportunity to explore some of the old houses from the inside. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the desert landscape and surrounding plains.

Day 9

Marrakech Foodie Tour

Drive through the beautiful High Atlas Mountains crossing Tizi n`Tichka, the highest mountain pass in Morocco. Your destination is Marrakech, where the hubbub of modern life mixes with rich traditional culture. 

Arrive at your beautiful riad, a traditional Moroccan home converted into a guesthouse in the heart of Old Medina. Walk in the old narrow streets of the medina, then to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world. 

Meet your local guide and go curb that food craving you are having for Marrakech food on a tasting tour. Explore the backstreets of the medina, taking in a mixture of food scents while tasting a variety of local bites.

Day 10

Explore Marrakech

After breakfast, start your morning with a guided walking tour of Marrakech. Elbow your way through locals rushing in the labyrinthine alleys, where every move, sound, and smell spark curiosity. Stroll in the bustling souks of the medieval medina, and watch the commerce take place around you.

You will have the opportunity to visit the Bahia Palace, once a royal residence, and admire the combination of eastern and Moroccan Andalusian architecture on the tiled walls, carved ceilings, and mosaic floors.

After lunch, the rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world.

This evening enjoy one last Moroccan dinner at a local restaurant in the medina.

Day 11

Relaxation & Departure

On the final day of our Moroccan adventure, wake up early to enjoy the last morning in Marrakech together. 

Enjoy some free time to explore the town or opt for an unforgettable hot air balloon experience overlooking the city of Marrakech.

Ask your Trip Leader for suggestions if you choose to spend more time in Marrakech.

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Morocco Extended

What's Included:

  • 11 days & 10 nights shared accommodations in riads, a desert camp, and local guesthouses.
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, & 6 dinners
  • Visit to Perdicaris Park in Tangier
  • Entrance fees to Cap Spartel and Hercules Caves
  • Home-cooked dinner in Chefchaouen and Todgha
  • Guided walk in the Blue City of Chefchaouen
  • Pastilla cooking demonstration & dinner
  • Guided tour of Volubilis
  • Guided tour through the Fes medina
  • Entrance fees to Nejjarine Museum in Fes
  • Entrance fees to Al Attarine Madrasa in Fes
  • Visit to Azrou Forest
  • Experience the Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • Sunrise & sunset camel rides
  • A guided walk around the villages of the Todgha Gorge
  • Trip Leader led orientation walk in Ait Ben Haddou
  • Guided foodie tour in Marrakech
  • Guided walking tour through the Marrakech medina
  • Entrance fees to Bahia Palace
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Morocco.

Transportation and optional activities are not included.

Book with confidence: it’s free to switch your trip more than 30 days out.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration — please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions. All Under30Experiences trip prices are in USD.

Duration:

11 days / 10 nights

Early Signup: From $1,695

Regular: From $1,895

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