Best of Morocco

15 Days | All the best bits of Morocco, from colourful cities and medinas to the mountains and the desert

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If you’re looking for a two-week adventure full of Morocco’s highlights, this trip is for you! From sacred sites and bustling medinas to the expanse of the Sahara Desert, you’ll be hitting all the popular hotspots and stopping for air in some of the country’s best kept secrets. Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, find the cultural heart of Morocco in Fes el Bali, road trip through everchanging scenery (look out for Barbary apes and nomadic shepherds along the way), ride a camel towards a desert sunset, hike through lush palm groves in Todra Valley, discover popular filming locations in World Heritage-listed Ait Benhaddou, kick back and unwind in seaside Essaouria and top it all off with the street food bazaars and performers in Djemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech.

Trip overview

Map of Best Of Morocco including Morocco
Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
XMSC
This trip generates 38 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn about history and culture from a local tour guide and feel like you've travelled back to the Middle Ages in the labyrinthine medina of bustling Fes.
  • Stay in a traditional Amazigh homestay high in the Atlas Mountains and enjoy a homecooked meal of Moroccan favourites, learning about the culture and traditions of an Indigenous population who stand the test of time.
  • Trek through the dramatic red dunes of the Sahara Desert on a camel’s back, experiencing an unforgettable sunset – then stay under a blanket of North African stars in a desert camp.
  • Kick back in the coastal town of Essaouira and discover the winding laneways at your own pace. Then, meet a local fisherman by the seaside and learn about his life and this traditional practice.
  • Explore the old medina of Marrakech with a knowledgeable local guide, discovering the myriad of sights, smells and sounds along zigzagging lanes. Then, discover the colourful chaos of Djemaa el-Fna Square.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be extremely high in Morocco (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s essential to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water.
  • Ramadan is an annual month-long festival, during which travel can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the day, such as restaurants or cafes, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider this when selecting your travel dates. You’ll find dates and further information in the ‘Climate and seasonal information’ section of the Essential Trip Information. 

Itinerary

Map of Best Of Morocco including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Camel, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Camp site (1 night), Gite homestay (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights)

Activities
  • Rabat - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Fes - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Medersa El Attarine
  • Fes - Funduq al-Najjarin
  • Fes - Tannery visit
  • Midelt - walking tour Berrem village
  • Midelt - Local family visit with tea & pastry
  • Sahara Desert - Sunset Camel Ride
  • El Khorbat – Oasis Museum
  • El Khorbat – Kasbah village visit
  • Sahara - Sunrise
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
  • Atlas Mountains - Half-day hike
  • Atlas Mountains – Local lunch with mountain view
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
  • Essaouira – Local fisherman visit
  • Marrakech - Medina walking tour
  • Marrakech - Tasting Trail
Add on activities
  • Casablanca - The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventure - MAD700
  • Casablanca - Jewish Museum (entrance fee) - MAD50
  • Casablanca - Villa des Arts Gallery & Museum (entrance fee) - Free
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque - MAD130
  • Midelt - Folklore Musical Performance - MAD600
  • Todra Gorge - Full day hike - MAD250
  • Todra Gorge - Lunch in a mudbrick kasbah - MAD100
  • Todra Gorge - Henna Tattooing - MAD50
  • Todra Gorge - Hamam (Public Baths) - MAD100
  • Ouarazate - Atlas Movie Studios - MAD80
  • Ouarzazate - Kasbah Taourirt - MAD20
  • Essaouira - Hamam (public baths) - MAD200
  • Essaouira - Amazigh Massage - MAD400
  • Essaouira - Horse Riding - MAD300
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch - MAD100
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD165
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Palais Badi - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Saadian Tombs - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Museum of Marrakech - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD438
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD540
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2090
  • Marrakech - Cascades d'Ouzoud Day Tour - MAD2207
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715
  • Marrakech - Medina, Palaces & Tombs Urban Adventure - MAD650

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 6 (Desert Camp) and Day 10 (Gite Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. There is a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent to enquire availability.
3. Optional transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca - If you are flying into Marrakech we can provide an optional transfer to the starting point city of Casablanca. This transfer is on request and prepaid. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 524 reviews submitted.
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Geoff · Traveled May 2024
The Best of Morocco trip certainly lets you experience the highlights that the country has to offer. You cover the main tourist cities but also get to see more remote areas that really display the uniqueness of Morocco. I would highly recommend it.
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Carolyn · Traveled May 2024
We have just completed the Best of Morocco trip. It was a fantastic trip, Mohamed our guide was excellent as were all the local guides. The cities were good but the highlights for me were the Sahara Desert, Todra Valley, homestay and Essaouira. The Sahara Desert at sunset was stunning. I would highly recommend this trip.
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Ted · Traveled May 2024
This was an excellent trip and I highly recommend it! I feel as if I truly experienced the diversity and scope of Morocco at a pace that was manageable and enjoyable. Accommodations, activities and transit were all well managed. Our guide, Omar, was exceptional. He is highly knowledgeable and made the trip both interesting and fun. Five stars!
Review submitted 26 May 2024

Brittney · Traveled May 2024
This tour is a fabulous option for your first time to Morocco. It really exposes you to all of the different sides of Morocco. Our guide had great passion for his country and it made us more excited to learn more about Morocco. I left with a real love for the country and it proved to be nothing like what I expected, in a good way. I feel like our guide gave me a more valuable experience vs if I’d gone to Morocco on my own.
Review submitted 24 May 2024

Ursula · Traveled May 2024
Die ganz alten Städte, die Wüste, das Atlas-Gebirge, die verschiedenen Landschaften gefielen mir sehr. Eine ganz andere Kultur wie Asien, Südamerika, Botswana, oder Europa. Die Reise ergab einen guten Einblick in Kultur und Leben von Marokko. Die Menschen sind freundlich, ich fühlte mich sicher. Der Besuch bei Nomaden und Hirten in den Bergen gefiel mir. Es beeindruckte mich, dass man dermassen einfach leben kann in Zelten, Wasser und Holz suchen mit Mauleseln täglich - bis 2 Std. Weg hin und zurück...Der Einblick in eine Argan-Öl-Herstellung (Kosmetik-Produktion), Teppichknüpferei, Gewürzgeschäft war interessant.
Review submitted 27 May 2024
Best of Morocco
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