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Stoke your travel-love by paying homage to one of the world's greatest traveller, Ibn Battuta by visiting his home-country, Morocco. This nation, which is little over the size of California, packs in its tiny fist, a feast for your senses. A confluence of culture, landscape and rich history resting on the shores of both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Ride a camel across its red tinged sea of Saharan dunes or trek the bends of the High Atlas. Put a brake on your fast life and lap up the restive calms under the cover of million stars or lose yourself in the mazes of its medinas. Tip toe with the history of the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, or observe the vibrant collision between old and new expressed in architecture and artwork. Learn about fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic tribes. Jump in and discover the many mysteries and legends concealed within this moody, ever-changing landscape. The mood of discovery will be peaked as you will accompany a group of like-minded solo-travellers who are on a similar mission of courting the romance of Morocco - a nation with many fascinations.
Modelled after Marseille in France, the city is famous for its art deco buildings and the old medina and the city walls, best explored on a walk.
Introduction to Casablanca is incomplete without exploring it's chief landmark, The Hassan II Mosque. The mosque’s minaret at 689 feet (210 m) high is the world’s tallest and In terms of covered area, the Hassan II Mosque is the largest in the world and has space for 80,000 worshippers.
Take an early morning one-hour train to the historical town of Rabat. Rabat's history is long and colorful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan Parliament. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties, and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Challah. Store your luggage and spend a few hours strolling through the city's old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, continue to Meknes on a three-hour train. The imperial city of Meknes was built when Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) set out to create his own version of Versailles, using over 25,000 slaves to construct walls, gates and over 50 palaces.
World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. Upon arrival, take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact.
Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses – with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas. Take a guided group walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries, and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city's most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Visit the Belghazi Museum, Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th-century inn. You'll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. Top it all off with an exquisite sunset over the Medina while a dozen prayer calls vie for attention is an experience you'll likely remember for a long time.
Head out for the simplicity of the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains. Nestled in a valley, Midelt is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, and surrounded by farmland and orchards. Stretch your legs as you explore the nearby village of Bremmem and take a closer look at local farming life.
With a backdrop of the orange-colored Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the charming Saharan village of Merzouga feels wonderfully isolated, like the modern world has left it behind. Mount on a camel back and venture into the desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20 kilometers from the Algerian border, this really feels like frontier country. Spend the night in a desert camp under the stars. Our local friends will prepare a hearty feast, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.
Explore the Todra Valley through a guided hike through the gorge and over a nearby mountain pass. There are a couple of circuits to choose from, but the most popular choice and the one we recommend is a 10-kilometre circuit that will take about four hours. Simply lounging by the hotel pool with views over the lush palmeries and soaring cliff faces is also a great way to spend your day here.
Centuries ago, Ait Benhaddou was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. In the late afternoon, why not enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets behind Morocco's most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine.
Walk into traditional mountain village life with a one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Aroumd, far from the reach of the modern world. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views of the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Surrounded by the smell of wood stoves and bread, meet the host family and enjoy Berber hospitality and food.
Sink into the easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. A freshly-cooked plate of the day's catch is highly recommended. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days. If you’d prefer to relax, don't miss the opportunity to indulge in a hammam or local-style bath. Stay in a restored riad, or Moroccan mansion, a traditional nobleman's house unique to Morocco that’s a calming oasis away from the buzz of the medina.
An ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity, Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colors of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. When night falls on this square it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers, and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup! Perhaps enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then maybe finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.
Coupled with a Berber lunch at a local family guest house, this is a raw Morocco experience to boot. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll walk a trail that undulates and on the walk, you'll pass Berber villages, meeting local Berbers along the way and perhaps having a chance to share a cup of mint tea with some of them. For lunch, you can join some local ladies in their mud-brick Kasbah, a fantastic opportunity to see how people live in this largely unchanged culture.
With alleys within alleys, and lane ways that lead nowhere, navigating Marrakech's medina alone is a one-way ticket to Planet Frustration. Join this Marrakech tour to see it all, minus the sweaty confusion and language fail!
Receive a Moroccan master class on this Marrakech tour that will send you home with supreme, inside knowledge of tagine making and the delicate art of market haggling. Smug home cook alert!
Moroccan shopping doesn’t have to be a mystery — all you really need to master the medina is a local to show you how it’s done! Visit hidden stalls, shop for real-deal souvenirs like leather, lamps, shoes, carpets, spices, and argan oil, and learn to haggle like a true Marrakech insider. Bonus: we’ve even scored a few exclusive discounts just for this tour.