Morocco

The hospitable gateway to Africa

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Mandy Sinclair

Sat at the crossroads between Africa and Europe, Morocco is a land of contrasts. Major cities with art-deco centres lead to rural areas that are as diverse as their residents. Rural oases gaze out over the Sahara Desert, while the snow-capped Atlas Mountains tower over the country.

A riot of colour at every turn, a burst of flavour in every plate, and the gentle call to prayer five times per day awaken senses. To best understand Morocco, roll up your sleeves and learn to cook a traditional tagine, soak up the surf culture along its coastline, or learn one of the traditional trades (zellig tilework, leathersmithing, or even coppersmithing) from a master craftsman.

The cuisine — fresh from the field, valleys and oceans — is known for being flavourful rather than spicy. But it’s the warm hospitality and enriching encounters that make a trip to Morocco unforgettable.

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  • Agafay Desert

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  • Marrakesh

    Marrakesh

    Brightly coloured textiles, richly patterned pottery and arabesque jewellery are among the beautiful things you can find in the vibrant Marrakesh souks...Read more
  • Western Sahara

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  • Rabat

    Rabat

    Although it’s the capital city of Morocco, Rabat is lesser-touristed than other cities...Read more
  • Moulay Idriss

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  • Toubkal

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    Morocco’s largest city sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its rich history...Read more
  • Essaouira

    Essaouira

    Sip mint tea and feast on fresh fish as you sit in a coastal eatery and watch life go by in this walled harbour town...Read more
  • Merzouga

    Merzouga

    Once you’ve arrived at Merzouga — gateway to the Sahara — you will find yourself surrounded by the dry heat and sand dunes of the desert...Read more
  • Ait Bougmez Valley

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  • Chefchaouen

    Chefchaouen

    In this city in the Rif Mountains, everything is a shade of blue, from the paved alleyways to the front doors of sky blue houses...Read more
  • Meknes

    Meknes

    Meknes is one of four historic capital cities of Morocco (the others being Fes, Marrakech and Rabat)...Read more
  • Fes

    Fes

    Founded in the 9th century, Fes is the best-preserved medieval city in the Muslim world and is a colourful and bustling place to explore...Read more
  • Midelt

    Midelt

    This small town lies in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountain ranges...Read more
  • Todra Gorge

    Todra Gorge

    No trip to Morocco is complete without a walk in the wadis...Read more
  • Ouarzazate

    Ouarzazate

    A gateway town to the vast Sahara desert, Ouarzazate is best-known for the huge Taourirt Kasbah that is nome to a 19th-century palace...Read more
  • Volubilis

    Volubilis

    Once believed to have been the ancient capital of Mauretania, partially-excavated Volubilis is an archaeologist’s dream...Read more

Morocco's Imperial Cities

Delve into Morocco's history and culture
Approx. 8 days
Casablanca (1 days) → Rabat (1) → Fes (1) → Volubilis (1) → Marrakesh (3) → Casablanca (1)
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Imperial Cities and the Sahara

A journey through Morocco past and present
Approx. 9 days
Casablanca (1 days) → Rabat (1) → Fes (1) → Merzouga (2) → Todra Gorge (1) → Ouarzazate (1) → Marrakesh (2)
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In-Depth Morocco

A grand tour of Morocco's highlights
Approx. 14 days
Casablanca (1 days) → Rabat (1) → Chefchaouen (1) → Volubilis (1) → Fes (1) → Merzouga (2) → Todra Gorge (1) → Marrakesh (3) → Essaouira (3)
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Classic Morocco

Imperial cities, nature and Berber culture
Approx. 11 days
Casablanca (1 days) → Rabat (1) → Fes (1) → Volubilis (1) → Merzouga (2) → Todra Gorge (1) → Ouarzazate (3) → Casablanca (1)
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