Situated on the northwestern tip of Africa, bordered by Algeria and close to Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar, is the cultural, architectural, and natural wonder that is Morocco. Home to bustling cosmopolitan centers and remote villages, rugged coastlines, the High Atlas Mountains, and the dunes of the Sahara, it is an explorer’s paradise.
Defined by both European and Arabic influences throughout its history, the country is a stunning composition of cultures uniquely reflected in each region. Travel to the vibrant city of Chefchaouen in the northwest Rif Mountains, characterized by blue washed buildings snaked together in a labyrinth of alleyways, plazas and ancient Kasbahs. Head to Essaouira and Asilah for coastal centers with white washed architecture, trading fortifications, and festivals. In Marrakech, the ‘Red City’, you will find ancient sandstone buildings, a medina filled with bustling souks where you can try your hand at haggling, indulge in tantalizing local cuisine, and allow yourself to become transfixed by snake charmers, storytellers and dancers. Fes, on the other hand, offers a more mysterious vibe with intricate winding streets filled with workshops, intimate yet vibrant markets, and renowned history including housing the oldest university in the world.
For those wanting more than the cosmopolitan experience, consider traveling to Merzouga, the gateway to the Sahara for a guided camel ride and night spent in a Berber tent amidst the towering sand dunes and pristine night sky, or head to the High Atlas Mountains and trek one of the many trails along the tallest mountain range in North Africa.
What’s To Love in Morocco
Explore the Dunes of Erg Chebbi
Set off atop a camel as you traverse the mountainous orange dunes glowing with the painted colors of the sunset. Camp in traditional Berber tents at the base of a dune, under the sparkling night sky.
Hike in the High Atlas
Ascend one of several peaks with drastic cliffs, canyons, flowing gorges, picturesque walnut trees, and remote villages.
Tasting Tour in Marrakech
Wander through the streets of the bustling souks alive with aromas, stopping to taste local cuisine from the best street vendors, indulging in traditionally spiced skewered meats, tajine, pastries, maakouda, nuts and dates.
You'll need a local guide to fully appreciate Fes and its maze of alleyways and streets where you can visit artisan's workshops and the oldest tannery in the world to witness experts dance between the vats of dye as they skillfully soak and dry hides.
Roam the Ancient Streets of Volubilis
Just outside of Meknes is the well preserved archaeological site from the 3rd century BC, an outpost of the Roman Empire and thought to be home to 10,000 people. This southern reach of the Roman empire is where many of the materials were sourced to build ancient Rome and from where the lions were captured and brought to the Coliseum.
Immerse Yourself in Berber Culture
Visit a Berber village to discover the culture, customs, and way of life practiced by descendants of pre-Arab ancestors.
Visit the Seaside City of Essaouira
Spend a day in the ‘Windy City’ enjoying its beautiful beaches, wind sports, majestic fortifications, markets, woodcarvings and seasonal music festivals.
Spoil Yourself at Kasbah Tamadot
Enjoy lunch at Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, or better yet book a two night stay.
Go Four Wheeling in the Dunes or Desert
Four wheel along the desert trails or dunes is an exhilarating way to spend an afternoon.
Stay in a Riad
Enjoy a few nights stay at a traditional Moroccan palace, enjoying the gardens, fountains and general ambiance of this luxurious guest house.
The best times of year to visit Morocco are in the spring, from early April to the end of May, and the fall between September and November, avoiding the sweltering summer heat and rainy winter months. If you are looking to hike in the High Atlas Mountains consider traveling in the spring or months of September and October when temperatures are milder and the mountains are not cloaked in snow capped peaks.
If you are planning to travel in the spring, do keep the dates of Ramadan in mind as the month-long festival could alter your travel plans.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Morocco can run from $350 - $800 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon destinations included, lodging, activities, time of year, and single or double occupancy. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations, guides, excursions, entrance fees, equipment rental, ground transfers, many but not all meals.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.