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Morocco - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Morocco is home to some of the world's most exotic cities and adventures. Fes is a medieval wonderland of twisting alleys and souks brimming with colorful items for sale. Marrakech is best known for its central square where snake charmers, acrobats, and magicians vie for attention. From camel rides into the desert to swims in the ocean at Agadir, there's no other place quite like Morocco.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Morocco Experiences and Attractions

Top Morocco Experiences

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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Morocco Trip Reviews

1,202 Morocco Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 733
Great 373
Average 75
Disappointing 13
Terrible 8

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TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

Zegrahms Expeditions Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

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Operator Zegrahms Expeditions

This was our third "On the Go" tour and definitely what this company has to offer is always of a high standard

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The guides and drivers without exception have been excellent.. On this tour Jamal surpassed both those high standards and exceeded our expectations in the most delightful and unexpected ways.He is a knowledgable and proud Morrocan..He is keen to share his heritage and country. No question is too hard or too trivial to answer. Jamal is a gifted communicator with a wicked sense of humour and he loves both surprising and pleasing his guests. Jamal is also diplomatic when he dealt with the various personalities on the tour. He gave great practical support and overcame language barriers when travellers needed to see Doctors or retrieve cards that had been swallowed by ATMs....even when doing so encroached on his own free time and in one case and using his own car. Jamal gave up that time quietly and with a smile in his face.He even got up at at 4.30 a.m to meet us and make sure we met up with our local guide to take a sunrise balloon ride over Marrakech. Jamal is truely deserving of recognition for the valued contribution he made to our trip.Well done Jamal, you are a legend.

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Operator On The Go Tours

Best of Morocco

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A beautiful country and people. The sights, sounds and smells are unforgettable. Some hiccups but our travel director, national guide and skilled driver managed them well. Thanks for arranging a spectacular trip and making our travel dreams come true. Destinations are far, so a lot of time spent on the bus but all worth it. Wish Tangiers was included

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Operator Trafalgar

Excellent tour guide!

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I'm not sure if you recognize excellence of tour guide specifically, but I just wanted to express how impressed I was with my tour guide of adventure Morocco tour. Abdoul Moussali was an exceptional tour guide who was informative, friendly, caring, and hilarious. This trip was definitely one of the best I have ever had, and by far the best tour I have ever been on. Please let me know if there is any way I can nominate him for any further recognition. I am also sure that many, if not all, of the other travelers would be interesting in recognizing his excellence in any way possible.

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Operator Travel Talk

Awesome Experience

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

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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Operator SmarTours


  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Mohammed was excellent!

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Operator Explore!

Morocco Tours and Travel Guide

Morocco Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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.

Festivals in Morocco

Morocco hosts many unique festivals. Attending one of these festivals is a great way to experience Moroccan culture to its fullest.

Some top Morocco Festivals to attend include:

1. Timitar Music Festival - Taking place during the summer, this is the pinnacle North African music experience. Attended by upwards of 500,000 people each year, the festival is especially unique for showcasing and highlighting the Amazigh culture. Both contemporary and traditional artists are featured during the Timitar Music Festival.

2. Fes Festival - To take in some ancient and fascinating traditional Moroccan music, the Fes Festival cannot be missed. It features entrancing music and dance and is a wonderful introduction to Moroccan culture. This festival began in 1994, and continues to grow in popularity for visitors and local alike.

3. Gnaoua World Music Festival - Held in Essaouira during the summer, the Gnaoua music festival is a meeting place for musical artists from around the world, as well as a great place to hear the unique traditional sounds of Gnaoua.

4. Imilchil Marriage Festival - This unique celebration takes place in the small town of Imilchil. A local legend with striking similarities to “Romeo and Juliet” began this holiday. It is said that two young lovers from different tribes fell in love but were forbidden to be together. They perished by crying themselves to death. Today the Imilchil Marriage Festival is a way for young eligible people from different tribes to meet each other, with their families blessings.

5. Tan-Tan Moussem - For an off the beaten track experience, this annual fair brings together over 30 tribes from the Southern parts of Morocco for a day of fun events, dancing, food, and discourse. Held every December, it is not frequently attended by tourists, so for the adventurous traveler, this should be on your Morocco list.

6. Festival of Roses - Morocco is an extremely warm climate, so the seasons for abundant plant life are brief but spectacular. Held every Spring in the “Valley of the Roses”, this festival is a frequent inclusion on Morocco tours.

Food in Morocco

Moroccan food is eclectic, combining classic North African flavors with European influences. While fairly healthy, Moroccan cooking can be quite heavy; lamb is found in several dishes like hearty stews. Spices that are commonly used include cumin, saffron, turmeric, ground ginger, paprika, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Typically you eat with your hands in Morocco, which is entirely socially acceptable. Though, be careful that you don’t use your left hand as this is considered bad luck! Bread is commonly used in place of a utensil for ferrying food from place to mouth.

Morocco is a true foodie destination - even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, you may well become one after sampling these classic Moroccan dishes:

1. Tagine - Tagine is far and away one of the most popular meals in Morocco. Named for the clay pots it is cooked in, Tagine is a staple of Moroccan cuisine. Every household has a different twist on the basics, making it a dish with a lot of personality and variation. At its core, Tagine is a thick stew featuring big chunks of lamb, beef, or chicken.

2. Couscous - Another dish that is quintessentially Moroccan, light and fluffy couscous can be found almost anywhere you eat in Morocco. It is commonly added to stews and salads or served mixed with fresh vegetables.

3. Bastilla - This savory pie traditionally was made with pigeon, and you can still find this variation, but today it is more commonly found with chicken. Similar in nature to a pot pie, Bastilla involves a flaky crust.

4. Mint Tea - A delectable and addicting concoction, Moroccan mint tea is served everywhere and is a national drink of sorts in Morocco. It might taste a bit sugary for those who’s palates are more sensitive to sweeter tastes, but you should definitely try it anyway.

5. Sardines - Not a lot of fried food finds its way into Moroccan cuisine, but sardines are one exception. Though they are served a number of different ways, one particularly delicious iteration in Morocco is stuffed and deep fried. You will probably find this dish served as street food in Morocco’s markets.

Travel in Morocco: What to Wear & Safety

Morocco is a Muslim country, and women and particular are advised to cover up. By dressing conservatively, you will be allowed to enter the country's beautiful mosques, and you will avoid more unwanted attention (women traveling to Morocco should expect some level of catcalling -- especially if traveling without a man in their group).

It is also advised to bring a scarf. With a scarf, you can cover your head, neck, shoulders, and hair if a mosque requires it. Also remember when packing -- you want to cover up, but it will also be hot! Breathable materials like linen, rayon, and blended cotton will be your best friend. 

A good safety tip is to avoid marijuana while in Morocco. Although the substance is widespread (and grown in the mountains), it is illegal to smoke, and the trouble of getting caught with it is best avoided. 

On a similar note, you should avoid eating majoun, a type of fudge made with cannabis that may be offered to you. Even eating a small piece of the sweet can have extreme effects, and leave a visitor disoriented and incapacitated.

In regards to safety, Morocco is a relatively safe country. When out in crowded squares, be mindful of your belongings, as just like any other city there is some chance of pickpocketing. Also be aware that there are many "unofficial guides," usually found around the outskirts of the medina.

Be aware that while these guides may try to gauge you price-wise at the end of your trip, they can still be reliable ways of getting around and finding off-the-beaten-path parts of the city. Weigh the pros and cons before engaging in a relationship with an unofficial guide.

In the end, a trip to Morocco can definitely be a safe and family friendly experience! 

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. Let Stride help you soak it all up – especially the tea. It’s fantastic.

In Combination with Spain

One of the bonuses of traveling to Morocco is that it is only a hop, skip, and a jump from Spain. A visitor can take a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar and arrive in the other country in less than an hour. Because of this, it's well worth it to consider taking a day trip to Spain -- or vice versa! 

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Best Times to Visit Morocco

While there truly isn’t a time when you should not visit Morocco, there are some weather related factors that you should take into account before planning your trip. 

During the summer, Morocco can be very hot. When the sun is at its peak, it can reach to the utmost temperature of 100 degrees fahrenheit. Coastal cities are relatively cooler but are still pretty warm. The fall is one of the best times to visit Morocco. It is less crowded and the weather is much more pleasant than the summer months.

Winter, in Morocco, is usually quite cold especially later in the evening. But the skies remain relatively clear with light rain on some days. The spring is another great time to visit. The blooming vegetation accentuates the countryside and the neutral temperatures make walking ideal.

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