Day 1 – Friday: Ferry from the UK to Spain
We meet at Portsmouth for the evening ferry to Santander – a chance to spend the evening and the following day relaxing at the beginning of the tour and avoid the drive down through France. The ferry and cabins are included in the price. There are options to upgrade to Luxury Suites which you can book through us in advance.
Day 2 – Saturday: Arrival in Spain and travel to Palencia/Valladolid
The ferry docks in Santander in the evening. After disembarking we travel towards Palencia or Valladolid, where we will spend our first night camping. The distance we manage to travel on this day will depend on the time of the ferry’s arrival which in turn dictates where we camp.
Day 3 – Sunday: Palencia/Valladolid to Algeciras
After crossing Spain, our next overnight stop is Algeciras. We camp at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar, which is located near the port, making it easy to catch the ferry to Tangiers in the morning.
Day 4 – Monday: Algeciras to Chefchaouen
Today we spend the day travelling into Morocco! The setting for our camp overlooks Chefchaouen, the blue city, as all the buildings in the old town are blue. The city is located in the Rif Mountains on the borders of France, Morocco and Spain. We should arrive here at mid-afternoon allowing you to explore as you wish.
Day 5 – Tuesday: Chefchaouen to the Cedar Forest
We need to be on the road by about 10am today, as we head towards the Rif Mountains and then on to the Cedar Forest. This is the first night wild camping near Tahar Souk in the Cedar Forest.
Day 6 – Wednesday: Cedar Forest to Plateau de Rekkam
We work our way to Guercifand fuel up, then begin our travels through the Plateau de Rekkam; the Plateau is the ‘empty quarter’ of Morocco. Another night of wild camping, this time in the desert, however, this will be a new experience as the wide-open space allows you to see for miles.
Day 7 – Thursday: Plateau de Rekkamto to Boudnib
We set off through the ‘empty quarter’, where you will see herds of camels, travel through dried out river beds, past Bedouin camps, and head to Ben Tajjite. From here we will travel over the famous Col de Belkassem, and arrive in Rekkham Boudnib where we will camp for the night in a French owned campsite. You are able to upgrade to a Bedouin tent here if you wish, which costs approx. £15, however we’ll need to know in advance to book the tents.
Day 8 – Friday: Boudnib to Erg Chebbi
Today you will experience proper sand dunes as we head down the border to Erg Chebbi. We will drive through some stunning desert, river crossings, and stop for lunch in an Oasis. You will spend the night right next to the sand dunes, where you will get the chance to upgrade to an Auberge for the night if you want a break from camping!
Day 9 – Saturday: Erg Chebbi to Tinehir
An opportunity to drive the sand dunes! We recommend a guide for this and it’s an additional, but relatively small cost, which is dictated by how many of the group want to go. After driving the dunes, we head to Tinehir at the head of the ‘Gorges du Todra’ via Alnifand over the JbelOugnatrange. We will spend the evening at one of the campsites at Tinehir which is a major tourist attraction.
Day 9 – Sunday: Tinehir to Dades/Ouarzazate
You will have the chance to drive the Gorges du Todra, a well-known attraction in Morocco, so we need to get here early to avoid the tourists. Provided the pass is not flooded we will drive down the Gorge and, weather permitting, along a 20-mile river bed, which can take up to 8 hours to complete. Depending on the time and conditions, we will either camp at the Dades or on the route towards Ouarzazate.
Day 10 – Monday: Dades/Ouarzazate to Overlanding World
We continue our journey over the spine of the High Atlas Mountains with a wild camp here at around 8500ft! It will be very cold here with temperatures reaching below zero, so you will need warm clothes including hats, scarves, coats, and a very good sleeping bag. We will explore the Tizi-n-Tichka pass and then wind down the mountain to Marrakech to arrive at one of the centres of the Overlanding World. On arrival you can relax and watch the Overlanders coming or going, or head in a taxi to visit the JemaaEl Fnawhich comes alive at dusk.
Day 11 – Tuesday: Overlanding World and Marrakech
A day of rest and a chance to explore Marrakech after your journey across Morocco. There is much to see here and a chance to eat and shop well!
Day 12 – Wednesday: Marrakech to Volubilis
We start to head north to Volubilis, a partially excavated Roman city near to the city of Meknes. The city was the Roman capital of Mauretania – we will visit the ruins in the morning and spend the night at a campsite nearby.
Day 13 - Thursday: Volubilis to Salamanca
We leave Morocco and start our journey home through Spain, aiming to reach Salamanca where there is the option of either camping or a hotel. Salamanca is the jewel of Northern Spain and there is a chance to eat in the beautiful city centre and relax after a day of travelling.
Day 14 – Friday: Salamanca to Portsmouth
We leave Salamanca at around lunchtime, and head through northern Spain to reach Santander in time for the evening ferry to Portsmouth.
Day 15 - Saturday: Arrival back in the UK
After a day spent relaxing on the ferry, sharing memories, stories, photographs and addresses with the friends you’ve made on the trip we arrive in Portsmouth around 8:30 pm where we bid farewell and travel home.
While we endeavour to keep to the itinerary described, we reserve the right to make alterations to take into account issues beyond our control such as weather, track-closure and other considerations.