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Morocco Encompassed

Morocco Encompassed - Intrepid Travel
Morocco Encompassed - Intrepid Travel
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7 reviews
Starts
Casablanca
Destinations
+11
Ends
Marrakesh
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Highlights

  • Ride a camel across the Sahara
  • Lose yourself in the markets of Fes
  • Conquer the High Atlas Mountains
  • Indulge in colonial Casablanca
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping, Guesthouse, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Jeep & 4WD, Local Transport, Private Vehicle
Start in Casablanca and end in Marrakesh! With the in-depth cultural tour Morocco Encompassed, you have a 18 day tour package taking you from Casablanca to Marrakesh and through Casablanca, Morocco and 11 other destinations in Morocco. Morocco Encompassed includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • TF
    Written on January 1, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    I was lucky enough to have a group of people from all over the world to travel Morocco with. The north part of this tour took us through the major cities of Morocco, from Casablanca to Fez to Chefchoaouen using welll organized vans and local trains. The commutes were relatively short (a few hours). Restaurants were decent; not great, some seemed like tourist traps. Nobody seems to get orders right (very common thoroughout all of Morocco). The second part of the tour was a lot of travelling, ranging from half a day to a whole day. Sites of interest were rushed to avoid visiting them in the dark (note: this is for the wintertime when the sun sets much earlier). The main goal was really to get to the Saraha desert, which takes quite a while (think 2-day trek each way). Nice local tour guide who kept us on track but was a bit absent minded (e.g. forgot my change, acknowledged questions but did not follow up, provided poor recommendations).
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  • MC
    Written on December 8, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    Good tour for the money if you can be your own guide. If you really want to see this country, you will need to do your homework beforehand, have a clear idea of what you want to see, and be willing to break with the itinerary. For example, the official itinerary reduces Fez, the world's best-preserved medieval Islamic city, into a pre-packaged shopping trip, skipping that city's magnificent architecture almost entirely.
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  • Morocco Encompassed reviewer 3
    Written on October 27, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great tour, great guide, well planned
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  • Morocco Encompassed reviewer 4
    Written on November 11, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

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  • Morocco Encompassed reviewer 5
    Written on November 30, 2014
    3.5 - Good

    This was a good introduction to Morocco. Highlights were Chefchaouen (which is a dreamy, laidback, beautiful place...and the hotel was amazing!) and Moulay Idriss, both in the northern part of Morocco in the first half of the tour. The local guide Rachida who took us on a day walk around Essaouira at the end of the tour was also fantastic. The second half of the tour in the southern part of the country felt a lot more rushed, where we had a lot of terrain to cover in a short time, so there were some very long uncomfortable drives to endure. Sometimes we were so rushed that there wasn't time to do the advertised 'optional activities' (e.g. the movie studios in Ait Benhaddou), and many on my tour group agreed that it would have been nice to have an overnight stay in Tangier so we could see what this city and its surrounds have to offer...since we were only there for a few uncomfortable transit-hours where we were waiting for an overnight train to Marrakech which had unexpectedly changed to a later departure. I felt that this tour heavily catered to avid shoppers, which I am not! Meaning that there were lengthy lingering 'shopping stops' that held up the whole group and were of no interest to me...but due to the labyrinthine nature of Fes and Marrakech's souks, we had to all stay together to avoid getting lost. Thanks to my guide Rachid for assisting me when my phone got stolen and my bank card was eaten by an ATM, rendering me cashless! He was very patient, helpful and organised, and reassured me that everything would work out, which it did!
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  • Morocco Encompassed reviewer 6
    Written on October 1, 2014
    1.0 - Bad

    I am an extensive traveller and have been on many adventure holidays. I have just come back from an Intrepid Moroccan tour with the worst guide I have experienced. While some people experienced problems right from the briefing session when the guide got upset because someone was trying to speak French to him (although the guide was fluent in French) the real issue started a couple of days in when the group didn’t want to do an optional meal activity. When informed of the group’s decision he refused to provide any information on what other options there were for nearby restaurants to the hotel. He got upset that we were not listening to him and said he would be in the foyer for the next 15-20 mins before he would be gone for the night. We later found out that he got further upset because we did not invite him out with us even though it was explained to him that we thought he had made other arrangements by what he told us. Luckily enough there was another Intrepid group at the hotel and after talking with their guide he was happy to provide many safe local options and directions to get there. His group also went to eat at one of these local options on the second night which was recommended by their guide. We assumed that ‘kickbacks’ might be happening for the guide with the optional activity but who knows as we were very confused with the reaction from our guide. From this point our guide ignored us so that at bus stations we stood at one end as a group while he stood at the other by himself. He organised bus tickets so that he sat away from the group (except once when the poor unlucky girl had a rather icy ride to the next destination). Basically, he did not talk to us and we did not get any information on the country, culture or anything else. He just handed out bus tickets and hotel keys and disappeared. One of the guys in the group had a one-on-one with him to try and sort the situation out but to no avail. At no time did the guide try to attempt a resolution to the situation, which as a tour leader, that is what I would expect the ‘leader’ to do. Some of the paying clients in the group took on more of a leadership role than the guide. In the end two people left the tour early while the rest did their best to still have a good time. I could go on with other examples but I think the point has been made. Never have I (or others in the group) come across such an unprofessional, immature and arrogant tour guide. You would think we were there to please him rather than the other way around. I am both angry and disappointed that this should have happened not having experienced anything like this before. I will be complaining to my travel agent who will talk to an Intrepid Representative. I know other people who were on the tour are also doing the same. I should point out that while I found the tour itself OK it was greatly marred by the tour guide experience. At least it was a good group of people so we had a good time meeting each other. However, spending a substantial amount of money and travelling to the other side of the world excited about the holiday and having this happen has left me a bit stunned. Lucky for me, I tacked a mountain climb with another major adventure tour company at the end of this tour and found the exact opposite. The guide was totally professional, mature in attitude, participative, and totally dedicated to the need of the individual client as well as the group dynamic. As a traveller who talks to a lot of people I will be singing the praises and recommending this company. While I won’t be writing Intrepid off as I think the group lucked out with an unprofessional guide, I do question the recruitment process that can allow such a situation as this to occur when clients pay so much and are so far from home. Hopefully, this feedback will be noted and passed up the line at Intrepid so that a constructive outcome can come from this bad experience.
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  • Morocco Encompassed reviewer 7
    Written on November 20, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

    The tour was fantastic. The highlight was definitely sleeping in the Sahara Desert and seeing the Moon Rise in the early hours of the morning! Amazing.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Casablanca
  2. Day 2: Rabat/Moulay Idriss
  3. Day 3: Volubilis/Fes
  4. Day 4: Fes
  5. Day 5: Chefchaouen
  6. Day 6: Chefchaouen
  7. Day 7: Tangier
  8. Day 8: Marrakech
  9. Day 9: Marrakech
  10. Day 10: Aroumd
  11. Day 11: Ait Benhaddou
  12. Day 12: Zagora
  13. Day 13: Sahara Camp
  14. Day 14: Taroudannt
  15. Day 15: Essaouira
  16. Day 16: Essaouira
  17. Day 17: Marrakech
  18. Day 18: Marrakech

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  • March 9, 2016

    What is the schedule for day 9 during the day? Do you have the names of the hotels/riads at each location during this tour?

    You will have free time to explore independently while in Marrakech on both days 8 and 9 of this trip, until the organised dinner on the 9th night. Intrepid has listed many sights to see in Marrakech, so the options are all yours!

    In regards to accommodation, this will not be confirmed until closer to the departure date of the tour, therefore we won't be able to advise which hotels/riads you'll be in at each location until closer to each departure.

  • February 1, 2016

    What is the schedule for day 9 during the day?

    It looks like you've got free time to explore independently while in Marrakech on both days 8 and 9 of this trip, until the organised dinner on the 9th night. Intrepid has listed so many sights to see in Marrakech, so the options are all yours!

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About the countries

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Visa

Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Location
Casablanca is the starting point and Marrakesh is the endpoint.
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TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 April 2018 the full payment of $1,535 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1535 for Morocco Encompassed, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,850 km.
  • Casablanca (Morocco)
  • 88 km
  • Rabat (Morocco)
  • 120 km
  • Moulay Idriss (Morocco)
  • 35 km
  • Volubilis (Morocco)
  • 38 km
  • Fes (Morocco)
  • 129 km
  • Chefchaouen (Morocco)
  • 82 km
  • Tangier (Morocco)
  • 503 km
  • Marrakesh (Morocco)
  • 105 km
  • Ait Benhaddou (Morocco)
  • 147 km
  • Zagora (Morocco)
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