Chefchaouen, Morocco
4.7
| 12 reviews

The Ultimate Adventure Through Morocco

9 nights
Easy

An epic journey from Casablanca to Marrakech, via Chefchaouen, Fès, the Sahara Desert and Todra Gorge

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with a local, English-speaking guide plus specialist guides in Akchour, Fes and Todgha

All accommodation

4 nights in hotels, 4 nights in cosy riads and an unforgettable night under the Saharan stars

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

Rock climbing gear

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.7
| 12 reviews
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
A beautiful trip!
April 2024
Carolyn O.
April 2024
April 2024
Jamie F.
April 2024
April 2024
Jamie F.
April 2024
April 2024
Jamie F.
Wonderful adventure
January 2024
Kat C.
Wonderful adventure
January 2024
Kat C.
Wonderful adventure
January 2024
Kat C.
Overall, I had a great time on this trip. T...
October 2023
Katrina
Overall, I had a great time on this trip. T...
October 2023
Katrina
Overall, I had a great time on this trip. T...
October 2023
Katrina
Overall, I had a great time on this trip. T...
October 2023
Katrina
Fantastic trip allowing me to see the best...
January 2023
Nicola
Fantastic trip allowing me to see the best...
January 2023
Nicola
Amazing experience that’s truly “off the be...
December 2022
Salena
Amazing experience that’s truly “off the be...
December 2022
Salena
Amazing experience that’s truly “off the be...
December 2022
Salena
Amazing experience that’s truly “off the be...
December 2022
Salena
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Explore kasbahs, Berber-Roman ruins, cobalt blue streets and bustling medinas in Morocco’s ancient cities and walled villages

Hike in the shadow of undiscovered peaks in the verdant Rif Mountains and wild swim in the cool waterfalls of Akchour

Snooze under countless stars at a Saharan Berber camp and try your hand at rock climbing on the ravine walls of Todra

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Casablanca

Your host will meet you on arrival at Casablanca Airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local Moroccan restaurant and have a chat through the adventure to come with your tour leader and fellow adventurers.

Day 2

Casablanca to Chefchaouen

Hiking

2hrs

Driving

5hrs · 350km

Leave Casablanca behind after breakfast as you settle in for the road trip to Chefchaouen, the famous ‘Blue City’ and one of Morocco's most iconic locations. Head out for a walk through the winding cobblestone streets, surrounded by cobalt-hued walls dotted with tiny local craft shops, before a spot of people-watching in the shaded medina. Hike up to the Spanish Mosque for amazing sunset views of the blue town nestled on the hillside and cradled by the Rif Mountains.

Day 3

Akchour Falls

Hiking

3-4hrs · 12km · 400m up · 400m down

Head outside the Blue City today for a hike to Akchour Falls, a hidden gem nestled in the Rif Mountains. The trail winds past rivers, small cascades, rock formations and through a verdant forest until you reach Akchour, where the falls plummet into the turquoise pond below. Tuck into a well-deserved picnic lunch at this beautiful spot and enjoy some downtime here, before heading back to Chefchaouen for a free evening to explore the restaurants and bars.

Day 4

Chefchaouen to Fès, via Volubilis

Hiking

3.5hrs

Driving

5hrs · 232km

Hit the road to Fès after breakfast, with a spectacular pit-stop en route: the ruins of the ancient Berber-Roman city of Volubilis. This was an important outpost of the Roman Empire and is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Walk around the ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before hiking on to the nearby holy town of Moulay Idriss, perched on the Zerhoun Mountains, where white cube houses are dotted on the green hills. Grab lunch and do some people-watching in the walled medina, where you'll see devotees honouring at the shrine of Morocco's first Islamic leader. Driving on to Fès, once the intellectual and spiritual heart of Morocco, check in to your next riad and head out to explore the narrow old alleyways before tucking into a delicious dinner of traditional Fès dishes.

Day 5

Fès

Meet up with a local guide today and delve into the sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells. Meander through Bab Boujloud and get lost in the labyrinth of the medina where workshops, tailors, bazaars and restaurants are dotted throughout packed passageways. Rub shoulders with locals and donkey carts and wind up at the unusual Chouara Tannery. Visit the Mosque of Kairouine, which was once the leading spiritual and educational centre of the Muslim world. Enjoy some downtime at your stunning riad and an evening free to explore the city's options for dinner.

Day 6

Road trip to the Sahara

Hiking

2hr

Driving

8-10hrs · 463km

Leave the hustle of the city behind on an amazing road trip through the High Atlas Mountains, driving along fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes to the small town of Midelt, where you'll tuck into a picnic lunch. Carry on through ever-changing scenery from the mountains to the desert, all the way to the Saharan village of Merzouga, surrounded by the dusty orange sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Settle into your Berber camp, hike to the top of a dune for a golden sunset glimmering through the desert, and watch the clear sky turn into an array of dazzling stars.

Day 7

Merzouga to Todra Gorge

Driving

4hrs · 220km

Climbing

2hrs

Rising early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the Sahara, you'll bid farewell to your Berber hosts at camp as you head towards Todra. Stop on the way for a walk at Ksar El Khorobat, an ancient walled village where the families who live here preserve the centuries-old lifestyle. Have lunch at a nearby kasbah, then continue the journey to the Todra where the adventure is ramped up. Meet up with a local rock climbing instructor, listen to some introductory tips and get kitted up to tackle a series of easy climbing routes set in the spectacular high walls of the gorges. If you don't fancy climbing, you may prefer to have a wander around the picturesque limestone river canyons.

Please note: The rock climbing activity is not possible on the trip starting on 19th July 2024. Instead, this will be replaced by a moderate 3-5 hour bike ride with rest breaks around Todra Gorge. Mountain bikes and helmets will be provided.

Day 8

Hike the Todra Gorge

Hiking

4hrs

Time for the biggest hike for the trip today as you trek through the spectacular Todra Gorge. Start off on the trail meandering through fertile palm groves, passing farmers and their children along the way. Sip some thyme tea with a nomad family in the mountains before hiking deeper into the gorge, finding yourself surrounded by the breathtaking 400m high limestone high cliffs which flank the Todra River, the walls getting narrower the further you hike into the ravine. In the evening, relax with a typical hammam experience in a public bathhouse alongside locals in Todra.

Day 9

Todra to Marrakech

Driving

8hrs · 410km

After enjoying your last Berber breakfast, drive to explore a slice of the 11th century. Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since then, is one of Morocco's most iconic sites. Enjoy a walk through the winding streets of the old town, making your way to the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy the views across the surrounding plains. After that, continue the drive through the winding roads of the Atlas bound for Marrakech – an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. The evening is yours to spend at leisure: savour a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 10

Farewell, Morocco

Your adventure comes to an end as your host transfers you to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Berber Camp · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7 – Day 8

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Moroccan food is a unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours. Local specialities include tagine (a stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous and pastilla (flaky pastries stuffed with meat and dusted with cinnamon and sugar). Food is often softly spiced with cumin, turmeric and ginger.

Breakfast will usually feature bread, jams, cookies, fruit, juice, coffee and milk. Dinner will usually include soup, a classic Moroccan tagine, couscous, olives, nuts and fruit.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request this on your passenger information form.

What is the accommodation like?

Casablanca

On your first night of the trip, you'll usually stay at the 3-star Al Walid hotel in Casablanca in twin-share rooms with an en suite bathroom. The hotels offers free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, a bar as well as a gym.

Chefchaouen

In the Blue City, you'll stay at Hotel Ziryab, a beautiful hotel in the heart of Chefchaouen. It has a restaurant and café serving traditional Moroccan and international dishes, a terrace with panoramic views of the medina and a pool. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Fes

In Fès you'll spend two nights at either the Riad Al Makan or the Riad El Yacout, both are stunning and are positioned in the medina. They each have a sun terrace overlooking the old town, plus a spa, with optional massage services and a range of treatments available. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Sahara Desert

Beneath the clear starry skies of the Sahara Desert, you'll stay at Sunny Luxury Camp, a family-run Berber camp nestled in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Each of the luxury tents has authentic decor, modern toilets and showers. You'll enjoy warm and friendly Moroccan hospitality throughout the camp, with traditional teas and cakes and a campfire at night.

Todgha Gorges

You'll spend two nights at Hotel Taborihte, an authentic kasbah full of history and charm. Set on the edge of the beautiful Todra Gorge, this charming accommodation features simple but clean rooms with comfortable beds and private bathrooms with hot-water showers. The hotel's location gives great access to the gorge and the views from the swimming pool and terrace are stunning.

Marrakech

Your final night of the trip in Marrakech is spent at either the 3-star Racine Hotel, the Stars Hotel, or Hotel Almas. All offer Wi-Fi access in all areas and twin share rooms with en suite bathrooms. Guests can also enjoy a lovely outdoor pool and sun terrace.

Nb. In 2024, your final night will be at the nearby Red Hotel in Marrakech.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Easy

This is a very light physical adventure, with limited strenuous activities. The longest hike is a 12km distance with 400m elevation gain and loss which is easily doable by anyone with basic fitness levels, and capable of walking for a few hours. There are plenty of stops with a long picnic and rest at the falls to relax and recharge for the hike back down. Your rock climbing instructor will talk you through how to start, so no prior experience is needed here, just a sense of adventure. All physical activities can also be opted out of if you're not keen on giving them a go.

What if i need to skip an activity?

All physical activities can also be opted out of if you're not keen on giving them a go.

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daysack to carry personal items during each day of exploring.

Morocco has a sub-tropical climate with temperatures between 18°C and 28°C, although they can soar to 35°C in the summer and fall to as low as 5°C in the winter. However, the weather varies from region to region due to the country's geographical setting. The eastern and southern regions are very dry and hot all year round as they are surrounded by the scorching Sahara Desert, while the Atlas Mountains, which snake from south to north and divide the country in half, make the climate in the centre more extreme with unforgiving heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. This trip visits a big variety of Morocco's climatic regions which makes for a trip perfect for tackling any time of year.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Marrakesh Menara Airport

Any time on Day 10

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at the international airport in Casablanca and transfer you to your riad in the city. On the last day of your trip, your host will transfer you from your accommodation in Marrakech to the airport in time for your flight home. Please note that mobile boarding passes are not accepted at Marrakech airport. You will need to present a printed boarding pass on departure.

For those arriving early or wanting to stay on, extra nights and transfers can be arranged with your host at an extra cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are direct flights to Casablanca from the UK and various major hubs in Europe, as well as direct flights to Casablanca from New York. There are myriad indirect options into Casablanca depending on your start point. There are return direct flights from Marrakech to major airports across the UK and Europe, though currently there are no direct flights between Marrakech and North America, so you'll need to transit en route, depending on your carrier.

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What's included?

  • All equipment for rock climbing

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Small daypack (15+ litres)

CLOTHES

  • Breathable wicking layers with some stretch for hiking and climbing (shorts, leggings and t-shirts are all fine)
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight long sleeve top for sun/wind protection
  • Casual clothes for hot/warm weather
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Scarf/something to cover shoulders for women
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Underwear and socks
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in)
  • Sandals and/or casual shoes (for leisure time, non technical)
  • Socks and an additional warm layer for cool/cold evenings from November-March

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc.)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Face mask
  • Lip balm
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Post trip accommodation in Marrakech (Double/twin room)

Payable Before Departure

Post trip accommodation in Marrakech (Double/twin room)

Per Night

Post trip accommodation in Marrakech (Single room)

Payable Before Departure

Post trip accommodation in Marrakech (Single room)

Per Night

Pre trip accommodation in Casablanca (Double/twin room)

Payable Before Departure

Pre trip accommodation in Casablanca (Double/twin room)

Per Night

Pre trip accommodation in Casablanca (Single room)

Payable Before Departure

Pre trip accommodation in Casablanca (Single room)

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private airport transfer - Casablanca airport to accommodation

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - Casablanca airport to accommodation

Private airport transfer - Marrakech accommodation to airport

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - Marrakech accommodation to airport

Miranda B.(June 2024)
A great way to see Morocco

This amazing trip allows you to see a lot of Morocco in a reasonable amount of time. As other reviews have said, there is a lot of driving, but the minibus was comfortable, and I was with a great group who made the driving time fly by 🫶:skin-tone-2: (we were only five people). The hotels were all excellent, and the balance between guided tours and downtime was just right. I particularly enjoyed the camel ride to our tents in the desert!

This is definitely an 'Easy' trip, with only one hike, one mostly flat walk, and optional rock climbing, so it felt much more like a holiday than an adventure. However, the sights we saw and the delicious food we ate made up for the reduced number of physical activities.

Our guide was really friendly and very flexible, which made the trip more relaxed and easy-going. I will be going back to Morocco in the future, and would definitely do a MBA trip again 😊

Elizabeth W.(May 2024)
The trip was a great

The trip was a great way to see so much of Morocco - a good balance of exploring cities and nature. There was a lot of driving but that was the only way we'd fit so much in 10 days!

Chen Z.(April 2024)
A memorable trip!

This is a well designed and organised trip. As much as possible of the variety of the culture and landscape, the historical sites and natural wonders were showed to us within a limited 9 days. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to have a comprehensive and initial understanding of this beautiful country, and will take it as a good starting point for any future indulging in.

Our guide Hamid and driver Abdul were undoubtedly the key factor of this successful and memorable trip. Their professionalism, kindness, and rich knowledge (may I emphasis all the absolutely delicious restaurants we were recommended to?) made all the lovely time we enjoyed. Very grateful for their help and efforts during the trip.

Christopher W.(April 2024)
An excellent tour - thanks!

The guide Hamid and driver were both excellent, friendly, well organised and very keen to make everything as smooth and hassle free as possible. I've been to Morocco three times before but this was easily the most authentic and varied. There was a good highlight everyday. Included meals were good. Good places were also recommended / booked for self funded meals. Some breakfasts were basic. Very good value overall. Do consider spending extra time in Marrakesh at the end. Some days have long drives, but they were definitely worth it.

Carolyn O.(April 2024)
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!
A beautiful trip!

I recommend this trip very highly, it's a wonderful introduction to a country well worth seeing. As a relatively unfit person, I appreciated the balance of physical activity with cultural excursions and opportunities to learn about Morocco's rich history and art traditions. The hikes were a challenge for a city walker, but our guide was willing to hold my hand all the way down a mountain whenever I felt unsteady.

I can't overstate how much the successful chemistry of this trip owes to our guide Hamid and driver Abdul, who couldn't have been lovelier. They were generous with their time and energy, warm, fun, professional, gracious and extremely patient. Hamid's long experience as a guide really comes across, as does the thought he's put into positioning us in the tourism ecosystem to best support communities worth investing in, like master craftswomen keeping traditional arts alive. I felt totally safe in their care, and enriched by Hamid's palpably sincere love of a beautiful country. I'm grateful that the way it was shared with us offered opportunities for insight and deeper exchange that I wouldn't have found on my own, or with a tour catering to tastes for lesser complexity.

No moment was wasted – even my getting overheated and skipping the Sahara camel ride led to a thrilling jeep ride over the Erg Chebbi dunes that turned me into a born-again dune buggy person at 39. Video by Hamid, seen here checking in on me while getting some good IG content on my behalf without being asked, like the gifted host he is.

This trip is amazing value and I would recommend it to anyone. I'm grateful for our hosts' care in striking the balance between trust and autonomy that adventure is made of. Absorbing some of Morocco's warmth has been a joy.

Jamie F.(April 2024)
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April 2024

This trip was fantastic, I had not expected to be blown away by the beauty of Morocco, it's vastly different landscapes, the friendly people and the sights. Thanks to our wonderful Guides (Hamid & Abdul) who were such great ambassadors for their country. They were the backbone of a truly wonderful experience and made every activity in an action packed schedule flow smoothly, two absolute gents.

Pippa W.(January 2024)
Off the beaten track

Such a great & well planned trip through parts of Morocco I'd never have discovered alone. Days alternated between activity and travel.

We covered a lot of ground but with changing landscapes, lots of well-chosen stops and a great guide and driver (thanks, Mo & Slimane!) it never felt like too much travelling.

The tour took us properly off the beaten track - I particularly loved the hammam where the local kids were agog at tourists. And the additional guides we had in Fes and Volubilis were so informative and entertaining.

Mo went out of his way to accommodate different requests, and was super considerate and thoughtful.

Recommended!

Kat C.(January 2024)
Wonderful adventure
Wonderful adventure
Wonderful adventure
Wonderful adventure

This really is a great adventure to some of the highlights of Morocco and particularly to some of the off the beaten track places and people you'd rarely find on your own. This was my 4th time in Morocco but it definitely felt like the most authentic trip and I learned a lot.

Our guide/host, Mo, was fabulous. Knowledgeable, considerate and enthusiastic about his country and wanting you to have the best trip possible. Our driver, Sliman, was also great. We covered so many kilometres but he did them all so carefully and patiently, with a smile on his face.

There was a lot of driving involved, but it never felt like as many hours as it actually was because they are clever with stops and breaking up the driving days with the high activity days. And if you want to see the breadth and depth of places you do on this trip you're going to have to cover a few kilometres.

We couldn't do the rock climbing due to weather/temperature which at first I was a little disappointed about, but we were given options for alternative things to do and the lunch that formed part of the option we chose, at a Berber house, was the best meal we had (and all the meals were very good!).

Highly recommend this trip if you want a mix of activity, culture, good food and sightseeing.

Laura(October 2023)

Fantastic group and host

Katrina(October 2023)