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Top Trip Memories

  • Tasting freshly roasted lamb on the appropriately named Lamb Alley in the Jemaa El Fna – the large marketplace in Marrakech
  • Awaking at 4:30 AM to ride your camel across the dunes at Erg Chebbi just in time to see the sun rise on the Sahara
  • Browsing the flatbreads, jams, olives, and cheeses provided at our Riad – a Moroccan home with an interior garden, many of which are rented to tourists like small bed and breakfasts
  • Meeting a Moroccan local in Chefchaouen who explained the health benefits of the local vegetable soup to us in Spanish (since we did not speak Arabic and he did not speak English), before buying our dinner as a gesture of warmth and welcome
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Tour Tips

  • You can literally see all four seasons during one week in Morocco. From the seas of the coastal town of Essaouira to the desert at Erg Chebbi, you might experience snow flurries, warm breezes, and even be surprised by a rainstorm. This environmental and geographic diversity makes Morocco a beautiful place to visit at any time of year.
  • Although your tour will likely provide guides who speak your native tongue, if you wander out on your own, keep in mind that the population mainly speaks Arabic and French (with some Spanish in the north).
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Morocco Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.5 out of 5

98%

recommend

814 Reviews

  • Excellent 486
  • Great 270
  • Average 49
  • Disappointing 6
  • Terrible 3

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.5
  • Guide
    4.5
  • Activities
    4.5
  • Lodging
    4.5
  • Transportation
    4.5
  • Meals
    4.5

Tour Reviews

Great trip Irma was Fabulous!

Fantastic Morocco and Spain & Portugal

5.0
December 2016
Travel Talk
Recommend: Yes
Would recommend finding hotels with pools like Granada especially during summer. Also would prefer to spend 1 night in Lagos and 1 less night in Seville.

Great COSMOS value

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

4.0
November 2016
Travel Talk
Recommend: Yes
I am a budget solo female traveler. I have traveled with COSMOS for about 20 years in the past, all over Europe, Switzerland, Turkey, etc. The best thing is that I never have to pay extra for single supplement when I room with someone. If Cosmos can not find a room mate for you, you end up having the whole room. Because of this feature, I was able to travel everywhere by my self with reasonable price. Cosmos always provides great value for the bucks. I would do it again. I highly recommend to you all.
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Awesome Experience

Majestic Morocco

5.0
November 2016
Travel Talk
Recommend: Yes
We just returned from the Majestic Morocco Tour ending November 13 and we were truly overwhelmed with the experience. The tour guide Larbi El Mahdar was incredible, he was gracious and kind and his goal appeared to be ensure that our visit was a success! and he accomplished that. His knowledge was great, he helped each individual as if they were the only person on the trip. He was a great representative for Morocco as we referred to him as the "Minister of Tourism" throughout the trip. Our entire trip was enjoyable due to the accommodations and the way he handled each person's unique need. Thank you Larbi for ensuring our trip was a great experience!
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Incredible Experience

Majestic Morocco

5.0
November 2016
Travel Talk
Recommend: Yes
We just finished our tour an hour ago and I have to write and rave about this wonderful experience. Everything exceeded our expectaions. We have taken close to 20 SmarTours trips and this will be a favourite. Our guide, Larbi El Mahdar was superb. He was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge, so helpful and patient, anticipated potential problems and solved them before they could happen. He was always happy and kind (even after answering the same question repeatedly). The tour was filled with diverse interesting sites and experiences. The evening camel ride and sunset in the Sahara was incredible. Hotels, meals, and the bus are pleasant, comfortable, and excellent.
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Walking up Mt. Toubkal.

Mt Toubkal Climb

5.0
November 2016
Travel Talk
Recommend: Yes
Great to be able to walk to the highest mountain in North Africa and in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. No special skills or climbing gear was required for the trip. For this trip you needed to be reasonable fit and able to cope with moderate high altitude walking. The weather was kind to us, but there were numerous clouds around the top of the mountain meaning that our distant views were not clear. Close mountain ranges looked impressive. Lush green valleys contrasted with stark bare mountain tops. A walk well worth doing.
Reaching the top of Mt. Toubkal.

Group leader was very good. He had excellent local knowledge, knew the trip tracks and venue well.

This walk is not a stroll in the park. I would only recommend it for seasoned walkers who enjoy a reasonably hard walk in mountainous terrain.

Not recommended for families with young children or for those who usually go for 'strolls' in suburban areas.twp

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Morocco Trips & Tour Advice

Morocco is where Europe and Africa meet – both literally and figuratively. The influence of Spanish and French culture can be heard in the discussions on the streets with French a common second language to Arabic and Spanish heard often in cities like Chefchaouen. Add the beauty of the Mediterranean, the Sahara Desert, and the sprawling Atlas Mountains that divide the country’s north from the south and you get one of the most beautiful environmental contrasts anywhere in the world.

Start your trip in Marrakech, where deals on Moroccan carpets, samples of olives, and spices can be found in the Jemaa El Fna, the famed square and market where capitalism knows no bounds. From there, ride into the desert and see Ait Ben Haddou – a desert fortress that’s been in many great movies such as “Gladiator.” Make sure to arrange a camel tour into the desert where you’ll spend the night under the stars, and then awake early to see the sun rising on the Sahara. Continue north to Fes where the Medina (the old town) is even more impressive than that in Marrakech. If time permits, find yourself in Chefchaouen, a small town known for blue painted homes visible for miles.

Marrakech: Negotiation is king

When you arrive in Marrakech, the first rule is “everything is negotiable.” From the taxis to the markets, haggling is simply a way of life in this town. As you arrive on the breathtaking Jemaa El Fna, take in the beauty of the square and the local architecture before you start wandering down the long corridors of the Medina – the market where deals on everything are waiting to be had. Do not miss Lamb Alley – a place with some of the most flavorful and moist meat, served with fresh bread and a bowl of salt.

The Desert: A Gateway to a Land of Beauty Think back to the scene in Gladiator when Russell Crowe’s character Maximus is fighting other gladiators in the ring. That scene was shot at Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site that thankfully has been preserved well enough for you to explore. As you proceed onwards to Dades Gorge, prepare to gasp at the vibrant colors of the rock as you wind through narrow canyons. You should end your tour at Erg Chebbi, where a young man on foot will guide you and your camel to a desert camp. Spend the night eating a typical Moroccan meal consisting of chicken tagine, steamed vegetables, and classic Moroccan tea. And when you awake early, worry not. Your groggy, coffee-less self will manage to get going because soon you’ll be seeing the golden-orange hues of sun as they illuminate the Sahara. A sight not to be missed on any Moroccan tour.

Overall Thoughts

Morocco evokes so many senses at once that sensory overload will set in within your first day. From the smell of spices and street food in the medina to the brown colors of the clay in the walls of local buildings, prepare for a sumptuous experience for the soul. Despite language barriers, the country welcomes tourists with a warm heart, a rich history, and a cup of tea. Make sure you soak it all up – especially the tea. It’s fantastic.

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