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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

4.6 out of 5

99%

recommend

1,669 Reviews

  • Excellent 1,116
  • Great 495
  • Average 49
  • Disappointing 6
  • Terrible 3

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.6
  • Guide
    4.6
  • Activities
    4.6
  • Lodging
    4.6
  • Transportation
    4.6
  • Meals
    4.6

Tour Reviews

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
It was a great break. Starting in Marrakech which was really frantic and intense, we then moved to the mountains and stayed in the most fantastic gite in the mountains which were stunning and then a final couple of days in a place called Essaouira which was stunning and chilled.
Such a great mix, the tour in Marrakech was great and we went to some really interesting places we might of missed if the tour wasn't guided.
The walk in the mountains was amazing.
There were a few of these to be honest. The mountain hike (walk) was beautiful almost every other step was a new stunning photo opportunity.

He was fantastic, he was passionate about Morocco he gave us great advice about where to eat and what to avoid. He told us of all the good work that Exodus was doing to provide responsible tourism and how tourism had helped not only him but Morocco as a country.
He was great.

Make sure you find out how to use a an Arabic toilet (it wrong footed me)

It was a great holiday that I would happily recommend to anyone.

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Great trip with 3 diverse locations

Marrakech, Mountains & Coast

4.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Well organised trip with 3 very different locations offering some sight seeing, mountain walking, free time and culture in good proportion. Great group and lovely holiday.
Atlas mountains views, ambience, accommodation, food and people.

Issmail was a very good guide for my taste. Very helpful, knowledgeable and obviously committed to his country, making sure that we all enjoyed the very best of it without being ¨pushy¨ . Lots of fun and laughs had!

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A Wonderful Moroccan Experience

Marrakech & the Sahara

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
I had always wanted to go to Morocco and this 8 day journey did not disappoint! The week took us through varied landscapes and sights! Wonderful and beautiful whether looking out the windows of our mini bus or our trek through the desert or our stay in the gite in the High Atlas Mountains! And of course chaotic, magical Marrakech. Just go!
Two highlights for me were our desert trek and sleeping out in the Sahara! As well, our stay in the gite was an experience I won't forget!

Our group leader, Hassan, was extraordinary! He made this trip even more fascinating and interesting with his knowledge of the country and it's people. He has a great personality and sense of humour! Our whole group of 12 travellers would agree! Thank you Hassan! I am proud to now call you friend!

No need to pack a sleeping bag for the overnight stay in the gite or desert. All sheets and blankets are provided. I was happy I had my hiking boots as we did a fair bit of walking. Take extra tissues, hand sanitizer or wipes as toilet paper may be scarce in some places. Just enjoy the many cultural differences and enjoy the people!

My husband and I had a wonderful time and we would go back to Morocco again!

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Morocco in March

Marrakech & the Sahara

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was an excellent and varied trip but what made it extra special was our fantastic guide Hassan Hiss. He was extremely knowledgeable, well-organised and patient and calm at all times. Everything went like clockwork and he made everything seem effortless which it cannot have been - there was a lot to co-ordinate.
Superb Hassan! All the superlatives, thank you for looking after us and giving us a super and very memorable week.
I loved the chance to ride a camel into the Sahara and spend the night there. Another highlight was the hammam with two local ladies looking after us.

Fantastic, great, Hassan was all that could be expected and much more.
The talks he gave us, while on the coach and as we walked and in the evenings, were really interesting and informative. I felt he gave us a real insight into Morocco and the different ways of life of the people there.

We did not need a sleeping bag!

Thank you for a lovely week, it was a great introduction to the country, the culture and the people.

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A great introduction to adventure travel

Marrakech & the Sahara

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Morocco is a beautiful country, wonderful people, stunning landscape and healthy wholesome food. This trip gives you a chance to experience the amazing contrasts that the country has on offer, from the stark beauty of the Sahara, the beautiful mineral rich mountains of the High Atlas to the frenetic pace of Marrakesh. The trip to the 16th century Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, where they filmed Gladiator and Game of Thrones was fascinating and other small chances to sample local traditions like a Hamam and a tea ceremony were also welcome. This is a great introduction to adventure travel.
There were so many. The night sky in the desert was clearer than you'll ever see it with no light pollution.

Hassan Hiss deserves high praise. Nothing was too much trouble for him. His local knowledge allowed us to experience things which would not be available to someone doing this tour on their own.

Be prepared for some long trips on the mini bus. Longest was about 5 and a half hours. There were plenty of coffee stops and photo stops to ease the tedium and also there is a marvellous landscape to enjoy en-route.

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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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