visiting remote Morocco

Morocco Overland Group Expedition 2019

Start Tangier
Finish Casablanca
Days 22
Theme Overland
From $2285 USD
Group Min 4
Group Max 16
Morocco Hinterland Expedition Itinerary

If you are looking for to explore the reality of an ancient destination and a biblical culture adding to that, remote and untouched natural settings of old cities and diverse mountains rock formation forcing valleys of canyon depth, the vastness, and dissolution of the Sahara desert then Morocco is what could satisfy your desires.  This land of Millennium Imperial Cities walking tours, trekking high peaks of the Atlas Mountains from the evergreen ranges covered with cedar, oak, and pine trees with fauna and flora unique to this region to the stark arid imposing mountains offers the hikers and nature enthusiast an adventure to explore of high magnitude.  This Morocco small group adventure tour presents you with the best vistas and landscapes exploring the back roads traveled only by locals or seasoned explorers.  Adding to this mountain discovery an introduction to the immense openness of the Sahara desert trekking you will treasure forever.  You are about to embark on a unique overland expedition we handpicked for you to hike in the footsteps of ancient Saharan caravan trails.  This 2019-2020 Morocco hiking tour is real and better than production from National Geographic documentaries.

An expedition of this magnitude is what we call a Morocco Discovery. Trekking, hiking, exploring, discovering, camping, visiting all over Morocco from High North to Deep South, from the farthest point east to the extreme west of this marvelous and naturally endowed destination, are what you have dreamed to realize in travel adventures.  Morocco has fascinated world trotters since the dawn of time.  If you like a Morocco tour that features ancient history, archaic societies, cultural encounters, active and adventure discoveries, exotic explorations, off the beaten paths, all in most diverse and beautiful natural setting then this group overland tour is for you.   A journey in the hinterland of Morocco hiking with a small group 2019/2020. So keep it a discovery. Join in the spirit of an explorer this adventure tour in the hinterland of Morocco. Book your tour early and save 10% discount. Check our Morocco Discounted tour in December 2019.

An Adventure as lovely as it gets

  • Taking an overland expedition in Morocco is exploring the natural and human reality of this destination. Traveling the back roads and footpaths of Morocco Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert is to accomplish a unique discovery in this particular part of North Africa. This expedition opens opportunities for active travelers to immerse in the culture by visiting rural area or places not accessible to mass tourists is what we are best at. Hinterland overland tour offers you access, to best peaks and valleys, Saharan oases and mountain cliff hanging villages, tribal markets, private homes, and nomad camps.

  • Enjoy starry nights in natural setting of a cedar forest or by a natural lake, or a high peaks of the Atlas Mountain also at the grand open of the desert where you will feel the sky almost tumbling down over your head or as they say your extend your arm and reach a star. Walk the footpaths thousand years old, have a dinner with traditional with a family. Enjoy backed fresh bread and a tagine cooked before your eyes to honor you as a guest. Experience the true and genuine Moroccan hospitality in tribal fashion.

  • Encounter the walled ancient cities of Tangier, Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Taroudant, Essaouira and much more (Gathering places) a rich book of historical and architectural remnants from the Phoenician era to modern Art Deco. Walk in most impressive and authentic old city in the world. Explore the rural Morocco landscapes and daily life of Native Berbers in Atlas Mountains, Sahara desert and southern Morocco oases and valleys, a world of marvels yet to be discovered.

  • Savor from open market small eateries like Moroccans do and enjoy a typical shish kabab skewers and Kefta (minced Meat) and vegetable tagines and couscous fresh as it could be all cooked right in before your eyes. Flash your meal later with a typical mint tea brewed for the occasion.

A year around tour roaster works for you?

  • This Overland tour of Morocco runs monthly except in August. It is a small group of maximum 16 active travelers. The average of each group is 10 participants. Best time to thoroughly is fall and springs. July is good but you have to endure some heat in the Sahara part. January is cold especially in the Atlas Mountains.

  • While on the trek a cook is traveling with the expedition to prepare the daily 3 meals. Each day 2 members of the group take turn to help with washing the dishes. Buying extra food is available in big cities and we will point that to you to have your own supply for your extra food like power bars and beer/wine etc. Bottled water is on us throughout the tour. You could ask our guide to liaise with the various guardians of the accommodation that we stayed in for basic provisions. Vegans and vegetarians are welcome.

  • In cities we use boutique hotels and even small Riads in the mountains camping when we can or using available good guesthouses and Gites. In oases and Sahara desert we camp or use oases guesthouses. In valleys and Mountains we use Kasbah Inns or natural camps. Sometimes we use farmers compounds and open air camps in their groves near water.

  • Best cost and best services guaranteed compare with all other tour planners in Morocco. All hand-picked, top notch guides to give the best Morocco overland trekking experience.

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Pricing & Availability

Departing Finishing Seats Total in USD
Sat 29 Feb 2020 Sun 22 Mar 2020 Available $2285 INQUIRY
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Fri 29 May 2020 Sat 20 Jun 2020 Available $2285 INQUIRY
Mon 29 Jun 2020 Tue 21 Jul 2020 Available $2285 INQUIRY
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Itinerary

Arrival at Boukhalef Airport in Tangier or one of its ports, Your guide will be waiting for you to greet you then transfer to the hotel.  The morning will be at leisure. You will meet the rest of your small group and begin your Morocco adventure trip. The afternoon will be devoted to exploring the marvels of Tangier.  Time mostly will be spent in the Kasbah and El grand Soco.  Mershan quarter in the old city and M’sella quarter.  Dinner and overnight are at Solazure Hotel.

Today we will take you to the picturesque city of Asilah, then Larach to explore the marvels of white towns of Morocco, traditional fishing ports, Rif Mountains evergreen red cedar forests, Berber villages unique to this undiscovered region.  Endly, you will find yourself in  the Marvelous Chefchaouen Mountain town and its vibrant aura of beauty and charm. Your adventure tour will take to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis and the first Islamic city Moulay Idriss before you reach the Marvelous city of Fez. Enjoy a comfortable night in your hotel to be ready for your guided walking tour of the Medina.

Your driver will take you on a day trip visiting historic sites and interesting towns on the road to Fez.  Visit the highlights of Meknes via Volubilis and Moulay Idris, an excursion which  embodies much of Morocco's early history:  Volubilis as its Roman provincial capital and Moulay Idris in the creation of the country's  first Arab dynasty. Continue on to Fez, dinner and accommodation at Hotel Merinides.

The most ancient of imperial capitals, and the most complete medieval city of the Islamic world, Fez is undeniably unique.  Culturally, spiritually stimulating with its haunting and beautiful sounds, infinite visual details, and unfiltered odors, Fez seems to exist suspended in time somewhere between the Middle Ages and the modern times. Besides its electricity it owes absolutely nothing to the West.  As a spectacle, this is an entirely satisfying experience and a learning process about the sophistication of the Moroccan artisan.  Visiting in the morning some of the important sightseeings such as the Bouinania Medersa, the Moulay Idris Mausoleum,  the Karaouiyine Mosque, the Attarine Medersa, and the Nejjarine museum.   We will break for lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant,  continue exploring the Medina in the afternoon with our best guide who will introduce you to the hidden treasures of the Medina of Fez and its workshops.  Dinner and accommodations are at your Hotel.

We will start the day by an excursion to the ancient city of Sefrou.  The city that has thrived in the Phoenician and Roman time, an out post that has linked Africa to Europe as trade Caravans use to meet there to exchange goods and Vehicle from camel to mule.  An old trade outpost of sub-Saharan, it is also a three thousand yeas old spiritual center with lot of Judaic roots.  Shrines and notable places around the city are pilgrimage sites to Moroccan Jews today.  After a little Middl atlas hiking to explore these landscapes we will proceed to Bhallil to visit the troglodyte dwellings that have existed from Neolithic time and still serve the purpose.  Return back to fez for dinner and accommodation.

After breakfast we will start our overland trekking up to the Atlas Mountains. The first hills you see of the Middle Atlas seem oddly un-Moroccan. Evergreen pines, tall cedar trees on the peaks and poplars stand copiously on the foothills, laced with flowing streams and plowed plots.  The road across is almost ceremonial.  Azrou, Our small group expedition continues on its track hiking across the best Morocco landscapes. The first real town of the Middle Atlas, stands at a major junction of routes, it's an important market center for Berber tribes in the vicinity, and it has long held a strategic role in controlling caravan trade from Saharan desert and the Berbers of these mountains.  The Middle Atlas cease at Midelt, where suddenly, through the haze, appear the much greater peaks of the High Atlas formidably rising behind the town to reach a massive range, the Dgebel Ayashi at over 12,000 ft.  The drama of this sight, tremendous in the clear, cool noon, is the most compelling reason to stop over for lunch.  Erfoud, one of the most pleasing of all southern routes: a dry, red belt of the desert, and then suddenly, a drop into the valley filled  with date palm groves. Dinner accommodations are at camp with the Tuaregs over the dunes of Merzouga. You can ride your camel to camp or simply hop in our Land Rover to cruise these gigantesque dunes.

An experience not to be missed is to watch the sun rises from the spectacular Merzouga dunes of the Sahara, so beautiful that no word can describe. Breakfast with the Touaregs and continue on to explore the holy ancient city of Rissani in your 4X4 Land  Rover.  Dinner and accommodations are in Erfoud.

The highest the narrowest gorges in the region are Todras, only 15 km from Tineghir. Traveling through the Dades valley in spring you will find the bloom of thousands of Persian roses filling up the air with an ethereal aroma certainly from heaven - cultivated as hedgerows dividing the different plots. Thousands of Kasbahs scattered in a surreal fashion as sand castles standing erect in the shadow of time along the Dades river. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Bougafer in Tineghir.

Travel in the morning to Zagora exploring the marvels of the Anti Atlas mountains and the beauty of the Draa valley oases and Kasbahs, stop in Agdez and other sun baked mud hamlets of small villages among this largest belt of continuous oases in the world.  Dinner and lodging at Tinsouline Hotel.

A very interesting full day excursion to the real gateway of the Moroccan Saharan Desert. We will drive through the lowlands and then along the mountain passes to Tamegroute.  There, we will stop to visit the famous Moorish Koranic Library, with rare books and documents, some are written on gazelle hide from the 13th century.  Return to Zagora.

Travel between the Sahara and the Atlas mountains across some of the most remote and breathtaking landscapes in the Sahara desert to reach the Oasis of Foum Zguid where the horizons stretch the imagination to a feeling of vastness and isolation of the Sahara desert.  After lunch we will cruise to Tata where we will enjoy a night in a typical Kasbah raised from the ground to challenge the tallest palm trees.  

After breakfast we will travel Bedouin Caravan Trails west to Guelmime, an ancient trade outpost, the exotic oases of Goulimine.  Caravans still gather once a year to buy, sell and barter from major sub-Saharan countries of the Sahel and West Africa.  Sometimes even from East Africa, a journey that takes months to sail the vast desert of the Sahara.

Travel in the morning from the best oasis of Goulimine to the Jewel of southwestern Morocco, the magnificent Tiznit.  Named after a woman who has marked the Moroccan myths,  the “Seductive”,  Tiznit still lives up to the reputation of its founder.  Lunch on the road in some of the best eateries this well cultured region of Souss has to offer in its varied staples of Berber tagines cooked as in earthen pots in the same way ancient ancestors did.  Dinner and accommodation are at hotel Tiznit. 

Travel from the stark desert to the lush plateaus of the High Atlas Mountains where this ancient village is nestled among groves of almond groves.  The afternoon will be devoted to the natural sites and Neolithic rock carvings this region is so known for.  A natural library scattered all over these slopes with a rich collection of archives of mankind ancient history.  Dinner and Lodging are at hotel Les Amadiers.

We will travel across great Berber villages known for their distinguished beauty, especially Through Ait Baha that overlooks a valley with unique rock formation.  Reach the walled medieval city of Taroudant at the gate of the rich valley of Souss.  Dinner and accommodation at a dignitary dwelling converted in our days to an atmospheric and intimate guesthouse Riad Ennakhil.

Explore the city surrounded by regal, red-ochre walls, often referred to as “Little Marrakech”.  With its authenticity and conservative style, today Taroudant surpasses the charm and beauty of Marrakech in the eyes of many discoverers,  a day to enjoy the colorful pallets of a typical Moroccan city.    

Depart to Imlil via Asni and Tizi n’Test pass at an elevation of 11,000 ft. in an impressive site dividing these mountains in two distinct aspects.   One side acts as a shield to protect the hinterland from the Sahara harsh and dry expansion, the other side collects the moisture of the Gherbi winds from the Atlantic ocean, soft and evergreen.  Such is the life of the Berber dwellers,  a day of mountain hiking through the high peaks and deep valleys.  This is an experience to treasure for a lifetime. Overnight and dinner will be at a guesthouse. 

Morning will be devoted to trekking in the Toubkal plateau.  After lunch we will proceed to Marrakech visit cliff hanging villages and wards like Asni and Tahnaout. Arrival in Marrakech the "Morocco City" as the early travelers called it for it has always been something of a pleasure city, a market place where the southern tribesmen and Berber villagers bring in their goods, spend their money, and find entertainment.  For tourists, it's an enduring fantasy  - a city of immense beauty, low, pink, and tent-like before a great shaft of mountains, and immediately exciting.  Visit of the famous Jemaa El Fna square. Dinner will be in a typical Marrakesh  restaurant,  Overnight at the hotel.

Morning devoted to discovering the historical sites, visiting at the Menara irrigation pools, Bab Agnaw Gate, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Badia Palace, Dar Si Said museum.   Explore the vibrant souks of Marrakech in the afternoon. Dinner Fantasia, will be reserved for you at a typical festivity of neighboring tribal dances and spectacular displays of horsemanship. Overnight will be at the Hotel.

Travel to Essaouira (Mogador), apart from the immediate impact of sea air and the friendly animation of the town, the predominant images of Essaouira are of the Atlantic - of the ragged coast and offshore islands, the vast expanse  of empty sands trailing back along the promontory to the south, and the almost Gothic scenery of the eighteen century fortifications. Lunch will be at Chalet de la Mer restaurant overlooking the ocean.  Dinner and accommodations are at Hotel Des Iles.

Travel to Casablanca via El Jadida with a stop at El Oualidia for a seafood lunch.  Drive along the coastline to El Jadida to visit the citadel, a vestige of the Portuguese occupation during the 11th century.  Continuation to Casablanca with an accomplished feeling that you have traveled in the same footsteps of antiquity, leaving you with an immediate  nostalgia for this hospitable land.  Goodbye dinner and overnight at Zohor Restaurant.

Morning Departure to Mohamed V Airport  to connect to your flight back home

Inclusions

  • 22 night accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Full board in the Desert
  • Land transportation in 4x4 Chauffeured vehicles
  • Camels over the Dunes
  • Services of English-speaking guides and Tour leader
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • Erfoud: Hotel Belere, 1 night
  • Tinghir: Kasbah Lamrani, 1 night
  • Zagora: Hotel Tinsouline, 2 nights
  • Tata: Auberge Tata, 1 night
  • Guelmim: Hotel Guelmim, 1 night
  • Tiznit: Hotel Tiznit, 1 night
  • Tafraout: Hotel Les Amandiers, 1 night
  • Taroudant: Hotel Salam, 2 nights
  • Imilil: Kasbah Imilil, 1 night
  • Marrakech: Hotel Reda, 3 nights
  • Casablanca: Hotel Suisse, 1 night
  • Essaouira: Hotel des Iles, 1 night
  • Merzouga Dunes: Desert Camp, 1 night
  • Fes: Hotel Batha, 3 nights
  • Chefchaouen: Dar Akchour, 1 night
  • Tangier: Hotel Solazure, 1 night