Morocco on a Shoestring

Morocco on a Shoestring

Morocco on a Shoestring

Trip Details:

Operator:   Encounters Travel
Price From: 819 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 8 days

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About this program

This budget-friendly trip provides an incredible introduction to Morocco’s ancient historic cities, bustling medinas, and a wonderful chance to experience local Moroccan cuisine and culture.

You’ll start your journey in Casablanca, before visiting the city of Marrakech, the old town of Rabat, UNESCO World Heritage Site at Volubilis, and of course the mazy medina at Fez.

Your trip includes all of your accommodation during the tour, transportation, transfers, a multilingual tour leader, English speaking guides for sightseeing, meals as indicated, and entrance fees to the monuments as stated. 

Over the 8 days to come, you’ll have the opportunity to visit exciting locations, such as: 

  • The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • Old City of Rabat
  • Historic Ismalian Capital of Meknes
  • Roman ruins at Volubilis
  • Mazy souks of Imperial Fez
  • Beautiful Beni Mellal
  • Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech
  • Royal Palace Mechouar

This is the cultural immersive tour of a lifetime for the wallet-conscious traveler!


DAY 1: Arrive into Casablanca

Upon arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Casablanca. The staff will help you get settled and introduce you to the area. OVERNIGHT: Casablanca hotel

MEALS: Dinner

EXTRAS: 4-star hotel upgrade, Extra day without airport transfer - pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer, Single room supplement (MOSHSH), Extra day in Casablanca - pre-tour

DAY 2: Casablanca to Rabat

Start today with a tour of Casablanca, Morocco's economic capital. You'll visit the central market, the Royal Palace, the Habous district, Mohamed V Square, the Anfa residential area and the exterior of the impressive Hassan II Mosque on the seafront.

After lunch, you'll head to Rabat, Morocco's administrative capital and tour the old town, including the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, and Mohamed V Mausoleum.

OVERNIGHT: Rabat hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: To Fez via Meknes; Volubilis

You will leave Rabat this morning and drive to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country.

Next is the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez.

OVERNIGHT: Fez hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Fez, city tour

Over 1,200 years old, the city of Fez is a labyrinth of souks, mosques and spice filled streets.

You'll delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idrss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain, and the Bou Anania Medersa.

You will also spend time confusing your senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops, and local restaurants before heading to Fez to explore the cities many varied souks.

OVERNIGHT: Fez hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: To Marrakech via Beni Mellal

You will reluctantly leave Fez behind this morning and begin your journey back to Marrakech.

Along the way, you'll make a short stop in beautiful Beni Mellal which dates back to 1688. You'll arrive back into Marrakech this evening and the remainder of the day is free for some last minute exploration or shopping.

OVERNIGHT: Marrakech hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: Marrakech, city tour

Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city.

You will then visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship.

In the afternoon, you'll head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.

OVERNIGHT: Marrakech hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: Marrakech, free time, transfer to Casablanca

The morning is free today for you to explore Marrakech further - a great chance for some final sightseeing and shopping in the bazaars.

Alternatively, a hot air balloon flight or quad biking trip are also available this morning.

After lunch, you'll drive back to Casablanca for your final evening (if you wish, you can stay on in Marrakech and finish the tour here).

OVERNIGHT: Casablanca hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS: Marrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking

DAY 8: Casablanca, free time, transfer to airport for departure

You have some free time in Casablanca today until you are transferred to the Mohamed V Airport airport for departure.

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Extra day without airport transfer - post-tour, Departure airport transfer

Country Fast Facts


Flag Flag_of_Morocco
Official Language(s)Berber, Arabic
Population33,848,242 (2014 census)
Climate(s)Warm Desert, Warm Mediterranean, Cold Desert,
Major Airport(s):Rabat/Sale International Airport (RBA), Casablanca Mohammad V International Airport (CMN), Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK)
Economic Driver(s):Mining, Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism, Agriculture

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