Morocco Tailor-made Holidays
Magnificent Morocco in 2017
As a country of bold contrasts and striking juxtapositions, Morocco is an intriguing place to explore with something different waiting around every corner. When we design a tailor-made itinerary to Morocco for you, we'll share our first-hand knowledge of Morocco and help you plan the trip of a lifetime. You can enjoy the sights and delights of this fascinating country at your own pace, from imperial cities to Saharan sands and everything in between.
If you're planning on visiting Morocco in 2017, take a look out our best time to visit page which covers everything you need to know on Morocco's climate and planned festivals and events so that you can choose when best to go.
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Places we recommend for a tailormade holiday in Morocco
The exotic country of Morocco is a land of sensory overload – with a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, a border with the Western Sahara and the distinct culture of Islam pervading throughout, it casts a spell that’s difficult to resist. It may only be a short hop, skip and a jump away from Europe but culturally its worlds apart. Whatever you interest, Morocco is bound to impress.
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HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO SPEND IN MOROCCO? Morocco's beautiful imperial cities and spectacular landscapes span the length and width of the country yet it's possible to visit the most popular sites in the space of a week starting in Marrakech and heading east to the Sahara with plenty of interesting stops along the way. With 12 days or more at your disposal you could complete a circuit around Morocco that includes destinations along the southern coast and in the Rif Mountains north of the country.
WHAT SORT OF PACE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL AT? This will depend largely on how long you have to spend in Morocco and what destinations you wish to cover though it's usually possible to work in the occasional morning or afternoon at leisure no matter how short and jam-packed the itinerary. If you prefer a more laid-back holiday experience, aim to spend more time in each place so you don't have to move from one place to another each or every other day. Alternatively, if you're looking to see as much as possible then you can spend full days out and about touring with your guide or specialist local guides depending on the site. Of course, if you want time at leisure we're more than happy to work this into your itinerary.
WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION WOULD YOU PREFER? Hotels in Morocco run the gamut from simple, affordable properties to lavish resorts built in historic buildings. Compared to Western-style standards of comfort, hotels in Morocco tend to be a little lower so Morocco's 4 star is more like a Western 3 star and a 5 star more akin to a 4 star. For many travellers a visit to Morocco wouldn't be complete without spending at least one night in a riad, 18th or 19th century medina townhouses set around a patio garden that has been transformed into a guesthouse. Often stylishly renovated with plush furnishings, mosaic-tiled bathrooms and roof terraces with seating areas, riads tend to have far fewer guestrooms than hotels and so offer a more boutique accommodation experience. Another unique overnight experience popular in Morocco is a desert camp on the edge of the Sahara where you can sleep on camp-style beds in permanent tents and enjoy a traditional Berber barbeque dinner under the stars.
TRAVELLING AROUND MOROCCO - KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS Morocco's relatively compact size means that internal flights are rarely needed and that it's possible to travel overland stopping at places of interest in between the main sites. We provide a car with driver/guide for all Morocco tailor-made holidays, getting you from A to B and taking you around the sites. Although the network of routes is limited, trains in Morocco are comfortable and affordable and can be a great option for those flying into Casablanca and heading south to Marrakech where our fleet of vehicles are kept.
ARE THERE ASPECTS OF MOROCCO THAT YOU ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN? Beyond the popular touring sites there are plenty of unique cultural experiences to be found in Morocco whether it's a cooking class perfecting tagines or a spot of pampering in a local hammam. Film fanatics can visit movie sets that have appeared in the likes of Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator while hikers can follow the ancient migratory routes of the Berbers through the Atlas mountains. Let our tailor-made team know what inspires you and we'll design your dream holiday itinerary to match.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR BUDGET The easiest way to make your budget go further is to travel in the low and shoulder seasons when the weather tends to be colder but hotel prices much lower. Hotels are, on the whole, cheaper than riads offering the same standards of comfort though there's no reason why you can't use a mix of accommodation types on holiday. With a budget to work to, our tailor-made team can recommend the best combination of hotels and touring options to suit what you have to spend.
Inspirations for a holiday in Morocco
Want to create a tailor made itinerary to Morocco that is out of the ordinary? Take a look at our pick of unique things to see and do on holiday to spice up your holiday to this magical country.
Lights, camera, action!
As the film capital of Morocco, Ouarazazate has acted as the backdrop in many famous films from classics like Gladiator to modern flicks like Prince of Persia and has also been featured in the increasingly popular Game of Thrones television series. Pay a visit to the film studio, set over 20 hectares of land, and see familiar setting from your favourite onscreen action.
Swells of Taghazoute
Set on Morocco’s stunning Atlantic Coast, the laidback fishing village of Taghazout has become mecca for surfers thanks to its world-class swells. If you fancy tackling the waves yourself consider heading here for a few days of sun, sand and surf. Spend the days learning how to handle a surf board and the evenings relaxing in a hammock with a cool beer in hand.
Prepare food in Fes
Whether an adventurous gourmand or amateur chef, Fes is the perfect place to put on that apron and try your hand at preparing traditional Moroccan cuisine. Discover the aromas and spices of local gastronomy, learn about where ingredients are sourced, prepare a meal with the help of an expert chef and then sample the fruits of your labour. The trick will be recreating the dishes back home!
If you are searching for a truly authentic Moroccan experience then you cannot go wrong with a traditional hammam. Playing a significant role in local culture, most Moroccans will frequent a hammam at least once a week. Whether you choose a public or private hammam, prepare to be sloshed with water, scrubbed down with olive soap and masked in mineral-rich clay. Opt for an argan oil massage to top it all off.
Trek to the summit of Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, across rugged mountain terrain, through earthen Berber village clinging tenaciously to valley sides, taking in stunning panoramic vistas along the way. Upon reaching the summit you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views across the High Atlas Mountains with the orange dunes of the Saharan desert in the far distance.
Hotel Saharan Sky
Home to Morocco’s first private observatory, the Hotel Saharan Sky boasts a rich inventory of astronomical equipment. Whether you have experience handling telescopes or are new to star gazing, someone will be at hand to guide you through the solar system. Spend an incredible evening star gazing here and then consider heading out into the Sahara for a night under the stars.
Suggested tailormade holiday itineraries for Morocco
Whether you're interested in combining Morocco's imperial cities with a night under the stars in the Sahara desert, or the dramatic High Atlas mountain range with the charming coastal town of Essaouira, we have a range of itineraries to suit your needs with an interactive map further below to help plan your perfect trip.
Where you spend the night should be an experience in itself and in Morocco you cannot go amiss with a traditional Moroccan riad. Unlike modern hotels, riads do not offer a wide range of facilities but they make up for this with warm hospitality, an abundance of old world charm and sumptuous traditional decor. To get off the beaten track, consider staying in an eco lodge or converted Kasbah in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, or spend the night in a desert camp amongst the vast rolling dunes of the Sahara.