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Backpacking Morocco

Get ready to experience one of the most culturally rich countries on earth. From riding camels to our desert camp and listening to Berber music played under the stars, to surfing the waves outside the charming city of Essaouira, to waterfall hiking in the High Atlas Mountains. You’ll visit movie sets, old Kasbahs frozen in time, bed down in magical Riads, and learn the secrets of making the perfect tagine from a local family. Welcome to Morocco and a journey that promises to be a mesmerising blend of discovery and excitement!

  • 22 Meals (Vegetarian Options)
  • All Trips and Excursions
  • No Hidden Charges
  • All Accommodation
  • Airport Pick Up & Drop Off
  • All In-Country Transport
  • Local English-Speaking Guides
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Backpacking Morocco

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Embark on an extraordinary adventure in Morocco and discover a land where the Sahara Desert meets the majestic Atlas Mountains, and where ancient cities beckon you to explore their winding alleys and bustling souks.

  • Length 11 Days
  • Avg. Age 20-45
  • No. Of Activities 21
  • No. Of Meals 22
  • Avg. Group Size 8-22
  • Operator Trusted Partner
  • Starting Point Marrakech
  • Ending Point Marrakech

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Tour Dates

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Magical Morocco

You made it to Morocco! Get ready for an amazing adventure. Once you land at Marrakech airport, our driver will be there with a big smile to greet you and whisk you away to a beautiful Riad in the heart of the old city. It will feel like stepping onto a movie set. In the evening, we’ll treat you to a special welcome dinner at a traditional Moroccan restaurant near the famous square of Jemaa el Fna. Get ready for a feast fit for royalty.

  • Meals Included Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Welcome Dinner
Day 2

Let's Explore Marrakech

Today is all about immersing yourself in the vibrant energy of Marrakech. Our knowledgeable tour guides will take you on a full-day adventure through the old Medina. We’ll visit iconic spots like Jemaa El Fna Square, the impressive Koutoubia Mosque (from the outside), the historic Saadian Tombs, the magnificent Bahia Palace and the beautiful Ben Youssef Madrassa. But that’s not all! We’ll also take you to cool hidden gems in Medina, like a local bakery (Ferran), a Farnatchi and a Foundouk or Caravanserai.

Feeling hungry? In the early afternoon, we’ll take you to Amal restaurant, a fantastic non-profit organisation that empowers women with culinary skills. And of course, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the vibrant Souks, bargain like a pro and visit the famous Henna Cafe. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a refreshing cup of traditional Moroccan mint tea, also known as “Berber whiskey.” You deserve it!

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Old Medina Day Tour, Explore Souks
Day 3

Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Dades Valley

Road Trip Time. Get ready for some jaw-dropping scenic views as we hit the road through the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Our first stop is the incredibly scenic Ait Ben Haddou village. Yep, you guessed it – it’s the same place that made an appearance in Game of Thrones. While exploring the ancient Kasbah, we will take some epic pictures and then have time to grab some lunch. As if that’s not enough, we’ll then cruise through the charming Rose Valley on our way to our next location. Our day will wrap up with a cosy hotel check-in in Dades Valley, just in time to catch the beautiful sunset over the magical scenery.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Ait Ben Haddou village walk (Game of Thrones), Sunset viewing
Day 4

Dades Valley, Todra Gorge, Merzouga Desert

Time to hit the road again and this time we’re off to the majestic Sahara Desert. But first we’ve got a few stops along the way. First up, the quirky Monkey Toes rock formation in Dades Valley – you’ll want to snap a few pics of this! Then, we’ll explore the stunning Todra Valley and Gorges in Tinghir. It will feel like stepping into a painting. After that, prepare for a camel ride like no other. We’ll take you into the heart of the desert dunes to witness the most captivating sunset you’ve ever seen. Finally, we’ll reach our desert camp, complete with comfy tents and a bonfire where local Berbers will entertain us with some traditional music under the stars. This night is one for the memory books.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Desert Camping
  • Activities Included Monkey Toes Rock, Todra Valley and Gorges in Tinghir, Camel Ride, Desert Sunset, Traditional Berber Music by the Bonfire
Day 5

Explore the Desert 4WDs, Sunset Meditations & Nomadic Tea Parties

Rise and shine, desert lovers! We recommend waking up early to catch the glorious sunrise near the camp and join a meditation session. We’ll fuel up with breakfast before heading off on our 4WD desert adventure. We’ll take you to the fascinating fossil area and visit nomadic families, where we’ll have the chance to learn all about their cattle-based lifestyle and enjoy some traditional tea. Afterwards, we’ll also explore the mysterious Mifiss Mines, an intriguing ghost town that used to be an active coal mine. Later in the afternoon you will be speeding down the dunes on a sandboard just as the sun begins to set. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the desert like a true adventurer and experience some real Moroccan desert culture.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included 4WD Desert Adventure, Fossil area visit, Nomadic family visit, Mifiss Mines, Sand dune sandboarding
Day 6

Merzouga Desert, Rissani Market, Draa Valley, Ouarzazate

After breakfast in our hotel, we’re off to explore the bustling Rissani Market. These markets are high-energy traditional market with over 600 stalls, and their very own Donkey parking lot. Make sure to haggle with the local vendors and don’t forget to snag some traditional handicrafts, clothing, and jewellery. And because we like to keep things outdoorsy, we’ll grab some fresh food from the locals for a picnic lunch under the shade of acacia trees. Then we’ll hop back in the bus, driving through the picturesque Draa Valley, arriving at our destination for the night – Ouarzazate.

  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Rissani Market, drive through Draa Valley
Day 7

Ouarzazate - Imlil & Movie Tour Day

Wake up and smell the fresh Moroccan coffee – it’s time for another adventure! After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to Atlas Studios. These studios are world-famous for being the filming locations of movies like The Mummy, Gladiator and The Hills Have Eyes. We’ll take you on a tour of the studios, revealing the secrets behind some of the most famous scenes in movie history. After the tour, it’s time to get back on the road and explore the majestic High Atlas Mountains – prepare for some jaw-dropping scenery. Finally, we’ll arrive at the tranquil village of Imlil nestled in the mountains, where our cosy homestay awaits us.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Activities Included Atlas Studios Tour, Drive through High Atlas Mountains
Day 8

Waterfall Hikes & Authentic Cooking Class with a Local Family

Today’s adventure begins with a refreshing trek to the stunning Imlil waterfalls. After the hike you’ll have time to have some lunch we’ll head back into the village to explore. Stroll through the local market and then get ready for a cooking class with a local family who will teach you the art of making Tagine and Couscous – two of the most famous dishes in Morocco. Finally, we’ll sit down and enjoy our tasty creations family-style. Bon appetit!

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Activities Included Imlil Waterfalls trek, Market visit, Tagine Cooking Class
Day 9

Essaouira: Skala de la Ville & Surf Lesson

We’re off to the charming seaside town of Essaouira today and remember to pack your swimsuits and sunscreen. We’ll drive for about 3.5 hours through groves of olive and argan trees, arriving in time for an unforgettable adventure.

First, we’ll explore the old town, Skala de la Ville, fishing port and historic medina – perfect for all your culture and travel needs. Feeling peckish? Essaouira is famous in Morocco for its seafood so we encourage you to join a fresh seafood lunch by the beach. Afterwards, time to hit the waves with a surf lesson in one of the best surf spots in the country. Finally, we’ll treat ourselves to dinner and drinks at one of Essaouira’s famous rooftop restaurants.

  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Explore Skala de la Ville, Surf lesson
Day 10

From Essaouira to Marrakech: A Delicious Farewell

Before we bid adieu to Essaouira, we’ll make sure to squeeze in some last-minute shopping at the souks. Then, in the afternoon, we’ll gather for a fabulous farewell dinner in vibrant Marrakech.

It’s the perfect time to reminisce about all those incredible experiences we’ve had on this tour. Cheers to an unforgettable journey!

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Time exploring the historic souks
Day 11

Marrakech - Goodbye

On the last day, we will arrange for your transfer from Marrakech to the airport, ensuring you get an easy and comfortable send off.

We hope we have shown you why Morocco is a dream African destination and should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Have a safe journey to wherever you are off to next and always remember to #exploremore.

  • Meals Included Breakfast


  • Old Medina Day Tour
  • Explore Souks
  • Ait Ben Haddou Village Walk (Game of Thrones)
  • Sunset Viewing
  • Monkey Toes Rock
  • Todra Valley and Gorges in Tinghir
  • Camel Ride
  • Desert Sunset
  • Traditional Berber Music by the Bonfire
  • 4WD Desert Adventure
  • Fossil Area Visit
  • Nomadic Family Visit
  • Mifiss Mines
  • Sand Dune Sandboarding
  • Rissani Market
  • Drive Through Draa Valley
  • Atlas Studios Tour
  • Drive through High Atlas Mountains
  • Imlil Waterfalls Trek
  • Market Visit
  • Tagine Cooking Class
  • Explore Skala De La Ville
  • Surf Lesson
  • Time Exploring The Historic Souks