Morocco is considered one of the most romantic countries in the world. It boasts a heady mix of European, African, Moslem and Berber cultures along with legendary cities, ancient mud-brick kasbahs, rolling sand dunes, snow-capped mountains and an extensive and largely undeveloped coastline. It is so colorful that first-time visitors might be excused for thinking they have walked into the middle of a Hollywood movie set. Indeed, Morocco has long been a favoured location for the film industry, due in part to an accommodating local bureaucracy. As you travel through this amazing country you are hit with an overwhelming sense of unreality. Is it really possible that a place can be both so exotic and so improbably picturesque? This, then, is the secret of Morocco, a destination that bombards the senses as we take the backroads from Casablanca to Marrakech. On the Backroads of Morocco tour with Gecko’s Adventures, travel from Casablanca travel by train to Meknes, to explore the beautiful old medina. A little further on reach Fes, where time seems to have overlooked the ancient streets and alleyways of the old quarter. Spend two days here, immersing in this splendid medieval city, and then travel south to explore the great sand dunes on the western edge of the Sahara. A dramatic change of landscapein Todra Gorge and nearby explore the picturesque Dades Valley. Then travel along the fabled ‘road of 1000 kasbahs’, visiting an amazing family home at Skoura and the outstanding mud-brick town of Ait Benhaddou. The final destination is Marrakech. Spend the last evening in the great square – Jemaa el Fna – the heart and soul of this fine old city.     Backroads of Morocco tour with Gecko’s Grassroots Adventures is priced from $1050 per person.