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Morocco - Best Tours & Trips 2019

315 trips to Morocco tours from 100 tour companies. 1,033 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.
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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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group 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 Tour 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 Ship 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 Guided 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.
Self Guided / Independent Tour 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 Ship 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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Highlights of Morocco

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 57 / day
$ 1,349
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the impressive Todra Gorge
  • Experience a traditional hammam in the village of Tighza
  • Walk from a remote Berber community into the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
  • Relax in the charming fishing port of Essaouira
Visits:
Casablanca, Essaouira, Fez, Marrakech, Rabat, Morocco
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Best of Morocco Summer 2020

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 195 / day
$ 1,950
From : $ 2,399
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Fez and Marrakesh
  • ORIENTATION of Rabat, Meknès, Erfoud, Ouarzazate, Essaouira and Casablanca
  • VISIT Midelt, Tafilalt Oasis and Bahia Palace
  • VIEW the Royal Palace in Rabat, the Ziz Valley near Tinghir, the Todra Gorge, Aït Ben Haddou and Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Visits:
Casablanca, Essaouira, Fez, Morocco
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Majestic Morocco

SmarTours
Premier
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13 days
$ 200 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 6,897
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hassan II Mosque (Casablanca)
  • Koutobia Minaret (Marrakesh)
  • Jemaa El Fna (Marrakesh)
  • Essaouira Medina
  • Ait Ben Haddou
  • Todra Palmeraie Gorge (Erfoud)
  • Erg Chebbi Desert
  • Camel Ride in the Dunes
  • Royal Palace (Rabat)
Visits:
Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Rabat, Sahara Desert, Morocco
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Complete Morocco Explorer

Global Basecamps
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15 days
$ 291 / day
$ 4,369
From : $ 4,981
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Morocco has many essential sites, beginning with Casablanca, continuing to Chefchaouen, and arriving in Fez
  • Next is an excursion into the Sahara Desert, followed by time in Marrakesh and the coastal city of Essaouira
Visits:
Casablanca, Fez, Sahara Desert, Essaouira, Morocco
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Morocco: Sahara & Beyond

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 184 / day
$ 2,617
From : $ 3,397
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit a women's co-op and enjoy a local lunch
  • Watch storytellers and acrobats at djemaa el fna square
  • Learn about moroccan cuisine with a cooking class in a traditional berber house
  • Traverse the sahara desert by 4x4
  • Try to mimic a local expert's elegant sweeps in an islamic calligraphy class
Visits:
Casablanca, Essaouira, Marrakech, Medina, Sahara Desert, Morocco
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The Best of Morocco: Ancient Medinas to Modern Identity

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 311 / day
$ 4,049
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Learn about Islamic architecture in the heart of the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, Al Quaraouiyine.
  • Walk the food market of Fes before our Moroccan cooking session, and gain an up-close perspective on Moroccan cuisine.
  • Experience the mosques, palaces, gardens and markets of fabled Marrakech on expert-led excursions and independently.
Visits:
Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Morocco
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Morocco Adventure

World Expeditions
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
18 days
$ 139 / day
$ 2,890
From : $ 3,493
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Climb Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest mountain in Northern Africa
  • Stroll through the gardens, mosques, palaces and souqs of Marrakesh
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed medieval city of Fes
  • View sunrise over the Sahara on a camel ride
  • Trek through traditional Berber villages with views of the snow capped Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the exotic and well preserved kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
  • Marvel at the magnificent Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Visits:
Medina, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
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Moroccan Odyssey

National Geographic Expeditions
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11 days
$ 545 / day
$ 5,995
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Benhaddou, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Ride a camel at sunset from a tented camp nestled among the sculpted dunes, and watch the sun rise over the Sahara.
  • Wander the labyrinthine streets of the medina in Marrakech, and observe artisans plying their timeless crafts in the workshops of Fez.
  • Venture into rose-colored kasbahs, and learn about Berber culture while sipping mint tea in a traditional mountain village.
Visits:
Casablanca, Marrakech, Morocco
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Moroccan Explorer

Topdeck
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10 days
$ 88 / day
$ 934
From : $ 1,187
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Get lost in the Medina of Fes
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary
  • Guided tours of Marrakech, Rabat & Fes
  • Rock the Kasbah in Rabat
  • Visit Hassan II mosque in Casablanca
  • Overnight in the Sahara Desert in a Berber camp
  • Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Guided tours of Marrakech, Rabat and Fes
  • Visit Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • Visit the Medina of Fes
  • Stay at a desert camp in the Sahara
Visits:
Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Sahara Desert, Morocco
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Marrakech to Barcelona

Intrepid Travel
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15 days
$ 156 / day
$ 2,970
From : $ 3,164
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Indulge your senses in the chaotic, colourful souqs of Marrakech. Dine on tagine and couscous in Marrakesh’s biggest outdoor food market and enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the Djemaa el-Fna square
  • Experience medieval Morocco in the city of Fes. Follow a local guide through the tangled streets of the medina and snap a photo of the city's famous tannery
  • The sacred mountain village of Moulay Idriss holds a special place in the hearts of the Moroccan people. Spend the night with a local family in a traditional house and enjoy some delicious home-cooked cuisine
  • Admire the Moorish architecture of Casablanca. The city's grand Mosque of Hassan II is one of the most impressive temples in Morocco
  • Get lost in Granada's charming Albaizin, a World Heritage-listed Moorish neighbourhood, before visiting the famous hilltop fortress of the Alhambra across the river
  • Dine and dance in vibrant Madrid, exploring its character-filled neighbourhoods and world-class art museums
  • The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona pulses with culture, art and an outstanding drinking and dining scene. Discover the eccentric modernist architecture of Antonio Gaudi, who made Barcelona his artistic playground. The unfinished masterpiece of La Sagrada Familia is particularly mind-blowing
Visits:
Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Marrakech, Rabat, Seville, Sierra Nevada, Tangier, Casablanca, Medina, Morocco, Spain
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Snow to Desert Multi-Adventure

10 days
$ 96 / day
$ 959
From : $ 1,295
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Trek for two days through the High Atlas Mountain Range and the beautiful Toubkal National Park and meet its Berber families.
  • Visit isolated villages in the mountains and ancient kasbahs.
  • Rock climbing experience in the stunning 300m walls of Todra gorge.
  • Explore the Sahara desert by camel accompanied by local nomads.
  • Enjoy a night sleeping under the stars in the dunes of Erg Chebbi desert.
  • Discover the magic of Marrakech and wander through its alleys and the famous Jemaa el Fna market.
Visits:
Ait Benhaddou, Atlas Mountains, Erg Chebbi, Marrakech, Sahara Desert, Morocco
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Atlas Descent

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 129 / day
$ 1,549
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Ride remote and rugged mountain biking trails 
  • Immerse yourself in vast mountain scenery 
  • Stay in traditional Moroccan Riads
Visits:
Agadir, Morocco
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Morocco Walking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 1,142 / day
$ 7,995
From : $ 9,834
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy Hike along the Plateau du Kik
  • Explore the fragrant Valley of Roses
Visits:
Marrakech, Morocco
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Colors of Morocco

Collette
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 250 / day
$ 2,749
From : $ 3,381
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Learn how madfouna (stuffed bread with potato, meat, onion and Moroccan spices) is made.
  • Experience Moroccan hospitality during lunch with a local family.
  • Select your own ingredients before a culinary workshop at a local riad.
  • Stroll through the cobbled alleyways of the ancient market of Medina.
  • Experience a Moroccan tradition at a henna workshop.
  • Explore Fes, one of the holiest Muslim cities in the world.
  • Board a camel to your nomad camp and overnight in the Sahara Desert.
  • Jump into a 4x4 and make your way to a nomadic village.
Visits:
Casablanca, Marrakech, Morocco
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Migration of the Berbers - 11 days

11 days
$ 154 / day
$ 1,695
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Marrakech – UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna, souks and the Koutoubia Mosque
  • Cascades D’Ouzoud – Morocco’s most spectacular waterfalls
  • High Atlas Mountain Ranges, steep passes, waterfalls, Berber villages and valleys
  • Breathtaking panoramic views over the High Atlas mountains and the valleys below
  • Dades Gorge - valley and stream
  • Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio
  • Aït Benhaddou –UNESCO-listed fortified Kasbah city
  • 5 days trekking with a local Berber family
Visits:
Morocco
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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

1,033 Morocco Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 673
Great 293
Average 54
Disappointing 6
Terrible 7
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

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Mustapha was excellent

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

Would specifically recommend him to anyone planning to go to Morocco.

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Operator World Expeditions

Our tour guide Hicham was exceptional every step of the way he really looked after me and was with me every step of the way from recommending safe restaurants with delicious food, to helping me bargain at the souk, to keeping away the hawkers

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

He was able to answer all of my questions and his knowledge of Morocco is quite extensive. He shared with us a lot of rich Moroccan and Berber culture and I found it so interesting. His friendly and proactive attitude led everyone in the group to be fond of him and even become friends.

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Operator On The Go Tours

Hicham is a wonderful guide, he was knowledgeable, helpful, kind, nothing was to much trouble for him

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

The tour was amazing, as it was my first trip alone i was a little apprehensive, however the whole experience was amazing! I would use your firm again in a heartbeat, cant wait to book my next trip.

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Operator On The Go Tours

When I signed up for this trip I was a little hesitant due to the general warnings that I saw about travelling through Morocco as well as the large amount of time this tour spends on the road

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

This was completely forgotten after the first day due to our tour guide Abdell. His friendly nature and immense knowledge of Moroccan culture made me feel at ease and allowed me to enjoy myself without any worries. He went above and beyond what I would expect from a good tour guide, whether it be having frequent stops on the road to point out interesting cultural facts, sites that were not included in the travel plan or picking up local specialities here and there for us to try.

I can honestly say that at some point during the tour I completely forgot that I was on a guided tour, it felt like I was just on a bus with friends travelling through Morocco and that is what really made this tour for me. This has been the best experience of my life and I just wanted to take the time to thank your company for having such great staff. I don't think I would have enjoyed myself anywhere near as much as I did if it wasn't for Abdell.

If all of your guides are like this then I cant wait to book my next trip!

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Operator On The Go Tours

We had a wonderful time

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

All of our guides were great. Abdellah was a special standout. We learned a lot about the culture and had a great experience.

Thank you for your help and advice. We would definitely travel with On the Go again.

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Operator On The Go Tours

Hisha was great

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

He went above and beyond to make sure that all travellers in the group were comfortable and happy. The tour was so well organised and had a nice itinerary that was so varied. There was something to appeal to everyone's interests. I enjoyed every stop on the tour. The accommodations were wonderful.The camp out in the Sahara Desert was amazing and beautiful.
I loved the entire tour.

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Operator On The Go Tours

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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Things to Know Before You Go

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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