Morocco Travel Guide

Discover Morocco

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Morocco is a country of many landscapes, as varied as the colors woven into each carpet. It has been overwhelming hapless travelers for centuries. It’s a country diverse with food, religion, language and culture. Experience the energy of the imperial city of Marrakech as you explore the winding streets of the ancient medinas and souks, watch the sunrise above the highest sand dunes, ride camels into the Sahara Desert, and immerse yourself in the exotic colors and cultures that define Morocco.


  • Wander ancient medinas and kasbahs
  • Visit the Majorille Garden, a two-and-a-half acre botanical garden
  • Ride a camel into the Sahara Desert
  • Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains, home to North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal
  • Journey along the Road of 1000 Kasbahs through the Valley of the Roses to the famous Ait Ben Haddou, where many movies have been filmed
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Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech at any time. There are no planned activities on this day, but there is lots to explore. Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco and is a feast for the senses. The “Red City” is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.

–Airport transfer from Marrakech Menara Airport

Overnight in Marrakech

Day 2: Imlil/ Armed 

Today, we’ll take a drive up the towering High Atlas Mountains, home to North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal. It’s also home to many indigenous tribes living in mud huts scattered along the mountainsides, and even nomadic and semi-nomadic families throughout the valleys.

We’ll arrive in the village of Imlil (1,740m/5,708ft) where we’ll store our main luggage and load daypacks before walking through the traditional mountain village and past the nearby waterfall for our one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Armed (1843m/6056ft). Armed is the largest village of the Mizane Valley, an extraordinary looking place, built on a huge moraine spur above the valley, which offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains. Spend the rest of the day exploring the village and the surrounding farmlands. For those looking for a bit more activity and weather permitting, there will be a chance to hike to the pilgrimage shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (2300m/7545 ft). Sidi Chamharouch attracts pilgrims from all corners of Morocco and is known for its power to cure infertility in women and rheumatism, but the spiritual disease is the specialty of this saint. Rumors and legends say he was the King of the Djinns and that a sacrificed animal can cure mental diseases. The shrine is guarded by the tribe of the Ait Mizan and it is forbidden to non-Muslims.

We’ll spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Armed for a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture.

Estimated Travel Time: 2 hours driving
Hike to Armed Village:
1 hour, easy
Hike to Sidi Chamharouch Shrine: 5 miles/ 1300 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 4 hours


–Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Overnight in Armed Village
Note: There will only be the option of shared rooms here

Day 3: Ait Benhaddou

Our journey today takes us along mountain roads and over Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi n’Tichka (2,260m/7,415ft) to Ait Benhaddou. Perched on a hilltop and unchanged since the 11th century, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco’s most iconic sites. Located on the edge of the Sahara, it was once an important stop for caravans passing through as they carried salt across the Sahara, returning with gold, ivory, and slaves. Today, its grand kasbah has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its fortified village being a fine example of clay architecture. You may recognize the place from the many movies and TV shows that have been filmed here over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones.

Upon arrival in Ait Benhaddou, you’ll have a guided tour of what is considered to be one of the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco. The giant fortification, which is made up of six kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars (a group of earthen building surrounded by high walls), is a great example of pise clay architecture.  We’ll also visit a women’s cooperative for weaving Berber carpets and then hit the new town of Ait Benhaddou for dinner.

Horse lovers will also have the option of exploring the landscape around Ait Benhaddou on a guided horseback riding tour. Rest assured, the horses here are well taken care of and the guides are very knowledgeable.

Optional: Horseback Riding (2 hours, approx 700dh)

Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours driving

–Meals: Breakfast
–Guided tour of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
–Visit a women’s cooperative for weaving Berber carpets

Overnight in Ait Benhaddou

Day 4: Dades Valley

Our drive continues as we travel through the Roses Valley, an area as lush and fragrant as it sounds. Our hotel tonight is in the Dades Valley, which has been described as a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. The vividness of the colors will stop you every few steps for a picture. The soil is a deep earthy red that actually becomes a deeper red the further into the valley you go. The mountain walls, carved by the Dades River, range anywhere from 200 to 500 meters (650ft to 1600ft) tall as they twist and dance in an endless pirouette.

This is a great place for hiking. After settling into our hotel for a bit, we’ll put on our hiking boots and discover the unusual rocky outcrops known as “monkey fingers.” This geological curiosity is particularly enchanting at sunset.

Estimated Travel Time: 2.5 hours driving
Hiking Dades Gorge and Monkey Fingers Canyon Loop: 6.2 miles/ 1,026 ft elevation gain/ Loop/ Est 3 hours

–Meals: Breakfast

Overnight in Dades Valley

Day 5: Todra Gorge/ Merzouga

Located about an hour from the Dades Valley is the Todra Gorge, recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons. Wedged between massive cliff walls that have been carved by the Todra River, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

If you are more adventurous and the words Via Ferrata catch your attention, this is also an option here. The Todra Gorge cuts through a mountain, getting as thin as thirty feet at some points, while you can look up the sides of sheer rock faces that reach almost 1,000 feet high. Several of these cliffs are limestone, and there are many climbing routes.

This afternoon, our journey towards the Sahara continues as we make our way to Merzouga, known as the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of the small Moroccan town. This evening, we’ll ride a camel into the dunes to watch the sunset. We’ll learn how to mount and dismount the camel as well as other safety-related tips. Our guide will also teach us how to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off our face and add a little flare to your photos.

After returning to our kasbah at the desert’s edge, we’ll enjoy a cup of mint tea around the outdoor fire pit as we stargaze for as far as the eyes can see.

Optional: Via Ferrata (minimum 4 people, 1.5 hours, Approx 30dh)

Estimated Travel Time: 1 hour driving (Dades Valley to Todra Gorge), 4 hours driving (Todra Gorge to Merzouga)

–Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
–Sahara Camel Trek (1 hour)

Overnight in Merzouga

Day 6: Sahara Desert/ Ouarzazate

We will rise early to watch the sunrise over the dunes before breakfast. Our journey today will take us through the Draa Valley and the seas of sand to the township of Ouarzazate. Known as the “door of the desert” Ouarzazate is home to Atlas Studios, one of the largest movie studios in the world, in terms of land area.

Here, we’ll spend some time exploring the town and visit the Taurirt Kasbah, a citadel set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. As far as fortifications are concerned, this is one of the most impressive of its kind. With almost 300 rooms and a true maze of passageways, steps, and key lock doors, it’s easy to feel lost within the immense structure that only connects to the outside world through a narrow entrance doorway. Afterwards, we’ll visit an herbalist to learn about spices, herbs and oils available in Morocco.

Estimated Travel Time: 6 hours driving

–Meals: Breakfast
–Visit Taurirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate City
–Visit an Herbalist

Overnight in Ouarzazate

Day 7: Marrakech

Today, we’ll continue our journey back to the red city of Marrakech. This afternoon, we’ll visit the Majorille Garden, a two-and-a-half-acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden. It was created by French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle over almost forty years.

We’ll also visit the medina to really get a taste of everyday life in Marrakech. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating back to the Berber Empire. We’ll explore the Saadian tombs, which were discovered in 1917 and date back to the time of the Saadian dynasty sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). We’ll next take a walk through the Jewish quarter, visit Bahia Palace, and then finish our tour at Jemaa El Fna, the main square in Marrakech.

This evening, we’ll celebrate the end of our adventure with a final dinner at Chez Ali, a restaurant and fantasia show with belly dancers, acrobats, riders, fireworks, and folk music. It’s an enchanting show that will be the perfect end to our memorable adventure!

Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours driving

–Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
–Visit the Majorelle Garden
–Guided tour of Marrakech Medina

Overnight in Marrakech

Day 8: Marrakech

Today is departure day and there are no planned activities. Depending on the time of your flight, you’ll have some free time to knock off any shopping you haven’t finished or possibly an optional activity.

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure from Marrakech. Please let us know at the time of booking if you’d like to extend your stay here.

–Meals: Breakfast
–Airport Transfer

Depart Marrakech

English, French speaking Berber Guide
All meals indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
4 nights in Riad, 1 night homestay (gite), 2 nights in kasbah
All transfers listed in itinerary
Hiking in High Atlas Mountains
Hiking in Dades Valley
Guided tour of Ait Benhaddou
Visit to Majorille Garden
Visit women’s cooperative for weaving Berber carpets
Guided tour of Marrakech Medina (visit Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, Jewish quarter, Jamaa El Fnaa Square)
Camel ride through the sand dunes at Erg Chebbi
Visit Todra Gorges, Dades Gorges
Guided tour of Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate City
Final Dinner at Chez Ali
Entrance fees for all monuments and historical sites

Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
Travel Insurance
Accommodations before and/or after tour
Beverages & Meals not specified
Optional Activities
Gratuities for your guides and drivers
Personal Expenses

This trip is intended for the average active adult who feels comfortable being active approximately 3-5 hours a day. There will be a couple of days of hiking on various types of terrain for approximately 4-8 miles, including rough trails with elevation gain/loss of up to 1,300 feet. Of course, you can always opt-out of doing the hikes, but why would you want to miss out on exploring this incredible destination on foot?

Travel insurance is mandatory to participate in any of our international trips. The minimum requirement must provide coverage of $200,000USD for medical expenses including repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some credit card companies offer travel insurance, but proof of coverage will be required. Contact your provider for details.

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Morocco has had its fair share of bad press, but since early 2018, its status has been updated to Level 1, which means it is now considered safe to travel to the country and tourists should exercise a normal level of caution while visiting.

The official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Berber. French is often spoken as Morocco is a former colony of France. English is taught as a second language in schools, but don’t assume every individual you meet will be able to converse in English.

The currency used throughout the country is the Moroccan dirham. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are common, dispensing local currency.

The best time to travel to Morocco is either in the Spring from March to May or in the fall between September and October.

When visiting Morocco, the most important thing to remember is to always dress modestly. Never walk around barefoot. Beach attire is okay for the beaches and nearby hotels, but not for shopping in the market or strolling down the main street of a village.

>> Check out our Morocco Travel Guide

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Pre-Trip Add-On: Tangier, Casablanca, and the Blue City of Chefchaouen

Starting from $635

Want Your Own Room? Single Supplement Fee is $195


2-nights in Tangier at Marina Bay Hotel or equivalent (4-star)
Meals: 2 Breakfasts
Airport Transfer
Day Tour to the Blue City of Chefchaouen w/ Certified Local Guide
High-Speed Train (1st Class) from Tangier to Casablanca
Photo Stops in Casablanca
Private van transportation


Day 1 (Sept 23): Arrive in Tangier and transfer to your hotel.
There are no planned activities on this day, but at the appropriate time, you will be picked up at the airport for transfer to the hotel. Our hotel is located right on the beach with excellent views of the bay and it has an outdoor swimming pool. The city center can be easily accessed on foot within a few minutes and is located near the Forbes Museum and the Museum of Moroccan Arts.

Day 2 (Sept 24): Day tour to Chefchaouen for a tour of the blue city.
Today you’ll be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a 3-hour drive through the Rif Mountains. Once arriving in Chefchaouen, you’ll be met by a local guide who will take you on a tour through this stunningly beautiful city. You’ll visit the Kasbah, Ras El Ma, Outa Hammam Square through the narrow streets of the blue town and have lunch (not included) in a local restaurant before returning to Tangier.

Estimated Travel Time: 6 hours by van

Day 3: (Sept 25): High-Speed Train from Tangier to Casablanca; Private Van Transportation to Marrakech.
After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, we’ll make our wain to the train station where we’ll take the high-speed train to Casablanca. Upon arrival in Casablanca, we’ll be picked up by a mini-van at the train station and taken to the Hassan II Mosque and Muhammad V Square. We’ll leave our belongings in the van while exploring the sites. From here, we’ll drive to the waterfront for lunch (not included) before we hit the road to Marrakech to meet up with the rest of our group.

Estimated Travel Time: 2.5 hours by train/ 3 hours by van

Post-Trip Add-On: Essaouira

Starting from $440

Want Your Own Room? Single Supplement Fee is $150


2-nights in Essaouira at Hotel les Isles (4-star)
Meals: 2 Breakfasts
Private van transfer from Marrakech to Essaouira and return


Day 1 (Oct 2): Private Transportation from Marrakech to Essaouira
This morning, we’ll depart Marrakesh for the seaside beach town of Essaouira. Essaouira is a different side of Morocco. It’s a place for lazy afternoon strolls and steaming pots of mint tea enjoyed while overlooking the ocean. After spending days amongst the frenetic souks and streets of the country’s bigger cities, the peace and tranquility that oozes from the pores of this delightful seaside town is as intoxicating as it is soothing, making it the perfect way to end your Morocco adventure.

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late 18th-century town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. At first, it seems as though this could be a town in Brittany, France — with its fortified walls, the fishing harbor, and seagulls soaring and screaming over the town. Our hotel is located at the gates of Essaouira’s old city, in front of the sea and the port, making it a great base for exploring everything this city has to offer.

Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 2 (Oct 3): Free Day in Essaouira 
Today will be a free day to explore Essaouira on your own. We recommend a visit to the Museum of Sidi Mohammed ben Abdellah, a visit to an argan oil cooperative, a visit to the fish market and port, and a walk along the beach. Essaouira has been dubbed the ‘Windy City of Africa’ and attracts many wind/kite surfers. If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, definitely take a windsurfing or kitesurfing lesson! If watersports aren’t your thing, Essaouira’s beautiful coastline is also great for horse riding, where you can gallop through the waves and over the dunes.

Game of Thrones fans can scale the Skala du Port (the fort that also features in the TV show) for incredible views over the medina. Pro-tip: Head up later in the day when there are fewer tourists and better, less bright light for better photos!

Day 3 (Oct 4): Private Transportation from Essaouira to Marrakech
At the appropriate time, we’ll return to Marrakech for your flight home or to your next destination. Please make sure you don’t book any international flights until 3 pm or later.

Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours

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