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Chefchaouen Extension

Exploring Morocco's Mediterranean Gem

Below is a description of this extension when done in conjunction with our Morocco: Camels to Casbahs adventure, pre-trip. If you would like to do it post-trip, or if you are participating on a different Morocco adventure, please contact us for details.


Explore atmospheric Chefchaouen, an incredibly picturesque blue-walled city. Inside its ancient gated medina, nearly every building is whitewashed or painted some shade of azure, contrasting with the terracotta rooftops and red-walled casbah. Leather and textile workshops line the city’s twisting cobblestone streets, and the souks are filled with colorful wares. The Berbers who live in the surrounding villages are also known for their ironwork and textiles.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Meet your private guide and driver this morning, either at the hotel or at the Casablanca Airport. A scenic five-hour drive brings you to the dramatic "blue" village of Chefchaouen (pronounced shef-SHA-wen). Arrive in the late afternoon, and check into the Lina Ryad or Riad Cherifa. The city is filled with atmospheric restaurants offering both international cuisine and delicious Moroccan dishes. Many offer al fresco seating with views of the grand mosque, the medina, and the majestic Atlas Mountains. Dinner is on your own this evening...L

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Day 2

After breakfast, enjoy a morning walk up to the Spanish mosque by way of the Ras el-Maa springs for a panoramic view over the mountains. You'll tour the medina, including the casbah, Outa el Hammam square, and the friendly souks. There is an option to visit a local weaving shop or cooperative. For a cultural experience, enjoy lunch with a local family. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Lina Ryad or Riad Cherifa...BLD

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Day 3

This morning we take a side trip to the natural wonder of Akchour Falls in the wild, rugged Rif Mountains, with an optional challenging hike to God’s Bridge—a natural red rock formation high above a series of sapphire pools and sparkling waterfalls. We may return to Chefchaouen in early to midafternoon, giving you another opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of this artistic, laid-back retreat. Overnight at Lina Ryad or Riad Cherifa...BL

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Day 4

After breakfast, drive back to Casablanca through the Rif Mountains and the Berber town of Ouazane, (a spiritual capital for Sufis and Moroccan Jews), then cross the fertile plains of Loukous to arrive back in Casablanca. Driving time is approximately 5 hours. In the late afternoon, join the Morocco: Camels to Casbahs group...B


Length: 4 days
Cost From: $1595  
Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart: Casablanca, Morocco
Lodging: 3 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

Walking tours, cultural activities