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Kasbah, Dunes and Trek in Morocco

Image of Ait Benhaddou in Morocco - KILROY
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Recommended duration

3 weeks



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Flights and touring

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Journey from Casablanca to Essaouira on this trip that takes in the highlights of Morocco including the souks of Marrakech, the sand dunes of the Sahara and the vistas of Mt. Toubkal.


Start in Casablanca where you'll be joining like-minded backpackers on an 8-day group trip to Marrakech, taking you through several smaller Moroccan towns along the way. Journey through the Atlas Mountains and to the edge of the Sahara desert for incredible natural and manmade sights, including the stunning Todra Gorge and the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Spend a few days in Marrakech before embarking on a 7-day trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal, sitting at 4,170-metres above sea level. Once back in Marrakech, we recommend that you find your way to the coastal town of Essaouira, where you can spend some days by the beach. It's time on your own, so how long you stay is up to you.

*From price per person based on shared accommodation


What's included
  • Return economy class flights from the UK to Morocco, arriving in Casablanca and departing from Marrakech
  • 8-day small-group adventure tour Casablanca to Marrakech
  • 7-day Mount Toubkal Trek
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Free time in Essaouira
  • Booking fees
  • Your own personal travel advisor
What's not included
  • Travel insurance (but we can help you with that)
  • Vaccinations (ask us about our discount with Nomad Travel)
  • Meals (other than those specified)
  • Optional activities
  • Travel to and from Essaouira

Travel suggestion Highlights of Morocco

Home - Casablanca - Volubilis - Fez - Merzouga - Todra Gorge - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech - Mount Toubkal - Essaouira - Marrakech - Home

This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be customised to suit your unique travel plans. Make it longer, make it shorter. Add in the things you want to do. Get in touch with our travel experts to turn this itinerary into your dream trip.

Casablanca to the Sahara group adventure tour

Arrive into Casablanca and meet your travelling companions for the next eight days. If you want to explore the city and its medina, beachfront, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture, we can arrange a few nights of pre-tour accommodation.

Leaving the city the next day, you head to Fes, famous for its photogenic tanneries and labyrinth streets. You'll stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis along the way with plenty of time to explore the artisan quarters of Fes.

Next up is the Sahara desert where you'll ride a camel over the sand dunes to witness the sunset before heading back to your hotel for a night of entertainment under the stars.

Merzouga to Marrakech Kasbahs and Gorges

Rising early for sunrise, leave the Sahara behind and head to Todra Gorge for a short hike and overnight stay before continuing to the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll also visit the town of Ouarzazate, home to filming studios where the Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia films were shot.

The last stop on your group tour is Marrakech where you'll explore the medina and have time to visit the bustling Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. It's the perfect place for a spot of souvenir shopping.

Mount Toubkal Trekking adventure

After a few days on your own in Marrakech, it's time to embark on another group trip, this time to the summit of Mount Toubkal. It's the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, and we promise you that it's worth the climb when you overlook the valleys from 4,167-metres above sea level. Remember to bring good walking shoes, as you'll be hiking most days.

Essaouira Time to chill

After a rather exhausting trek up Mount Toubkal, it's time to relax. We recommend that you find your way from Marrakech to Essaouira by local bus where you can enjoy the best of this gorgeous coastal town. Chill by the beach, eat delicious seafood and check out some of the colorful stands at the local souk.

When you're ready to find your way home again, catch a bus back to Marrakech and board the plane. If you're not ready to go home yet and want to explore more, let us know and we will make it happen.

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