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MOROCCO TOURS

If Morocco is on your travel wishlist, then you've come to the right place. Our Morocco tours provide travellers with an authentic Moroccan experience, immersing you in its culture and its unique cuisine.

Overlooked by the towering Atlas Mountains and perched on the edge of the Sahara Desert is where you'll find Morocco - which has long been a melting pot of different cultures that create a rewarding holiday experience for all those looking to explore and Encounter this fascinating part of North Africa.

From cities full of bustling souks, aromatic spices and beautiful mosques to the rugged desert landscapes, home to ancient caravan routes and small oasis towns, Morocco has something for everyone.

Make memories on our Morocco tours

We have several Morocco small group tours and excursions on offer specifically designed to explore the enigmatic sights and sounds of this vibrant country - from large cosmopolitan cities such as Casablanca and Marrakech to the dusty rock-strewn passes of the High Atlas, join us as we camp under the desert stars, discover the lost Roman ruins of Volubilis and spend time relaxing by the sea in bohemian Essaouira. We guarantee it will be a memorable holiday in Morocco!

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We offer a selection of Morocco desert tours ranging from four to twelve days. Book with us today and let our experienced guides give you an insight into the history of Morocco.

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Need some convincing? Here are five reasons why Morocco should be your next travel destination.

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Contact the Morocco tourism board for more information.

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8 Tours | From $790 p/p

Duration:

9 Days

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Morocco

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Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 14

Meals:

B- 15, L - 1, D - 8

Highlights:

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Old city of Rabat, Ancient Meknes & Volubolis ruins, Medina at Fez, camel ride & Berber desert camp, Todra G...


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$1465(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 25

Meals:

B- 8, L - 1, D - 7

Highlights:

Marrakech medina, Djemaa El Fna square, Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Telouet, Ait Benhaddou World Heritage Site, Ouarzazate, Road of a Thousand K...


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$790(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 7, L - 0, D - 7

Highlights:

Views of the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Old city of Rabat, Historic Ismalian capital of Meknes, Roman ruins at Volubolis, Ma...


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$790(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 8, L - 1, D - 7

Highlights:

Marrakech medina, Djemaa El Fna square & city tour, Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Rabat old town, historic Ismalian walled capital of Mekn...


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$790(p/p)

Duration:

9 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 14

Meals:

B- 10, L - 0, D - 2

Highlights:

Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech, Todra Gorge, Dades Canyon, Berber Desert Camp, Dramatic Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou, Taroudant and Essaouir...


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$999(p/p)

Duration:

15 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 14, L - 0, D - 10

Highlights:

Djemaa El Fna Square of Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, oasis town of Tinghir, Berber...


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Duration:

4 Days

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Morocco

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City Break

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Min: 2 | Max: Any

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B- 3, L - 0, D - 0

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Marrakech: Koutoubia Mosque, Djemaa El Fna Square, famous bazaars, optional balloon ride and quad biking


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Duration:

11 Days

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Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 10, L - 0, D - 10

Highlights:

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Old city of Rabat, Meknes city walls, Volubolis Roman ruins, Fes Medina and tanneries, Djemaa El Fna Square ...


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$799(p/p)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time of year for Morocco tours?

Morocco is best explored in spring (mid-March to May) as the landscape is lush and beautiful and the weather is mild. The temperature is also very pleasant in autumn (September to October).

Is it safe to visit Morocco?

Morocco is a safe destination to visit but like many other countries, pickpockets and scam artists target tourists.

What is the official currency of Morocco?

The Moroccan currency is called the dirham, which is divided into 100 centimes and is often abbreviated as Dh. An exchange control in Morocco means that you are not allowed to import or export the Moroccan dirham.

What should you wear on Morocco tours?

Both men and women should dress conservatively and cover their shoulders. Outside of the main cities, the people are more conservative, so we recommend also covering your legs.

What is the official language of Morocco?

The official language spoken in Morocco is Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and many of the locals speak French and English.

Can you drink alcohol in Morocco?

Morocco is a fairly relaxed country and allows for the consumption of alcohol. However, alcohol must be purchased and consumed in licensed hotels, bars, and tourist areas. Tourists and locals alike may also purchase alcohol in most major supermarkets. There are a small number of bars and restaurants which permit drinking outside, and caution should be taken with regards to drinking in public or drinking excessively.

Is Morocco cheap to visit?

Morocco is a relatively cheap destination in comparison to other countries, however the expense of your trip is entirely dependent on your preferences and buying habits. Entrance fees into museums and attractions ranges from 2-15 US dollars per person. Food is also relatively affordable, with dinner for two at a decent restaurant costing between 20-40 US dollars per couple.

Which is better Marrakech or Casablanca?

This is entirely reliant on each person’s individual interests. Visitors generally prefer Marrakech over Casablanca due to its vibrant colours, traditional smells and authentic vibe. Marrakech is also renowned for its tourist-friendly atmosphere. Casablanca on the other hand is more modern and Western than Marrakech, which is why some visitors prefer to visit Marrakech. However, if you are a city person who enjoys shopping and contemporary Western shops and restaurants - Casablanca is for you.

Do I need a visa for Morocco?

For tourists, visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days in Morocco. However, all visitors must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.

What is the best month to visit Morocco?

Morocco is best explored in spring (mid-March to May) as the landscape is lush and beautiful and the weather is mild. The temperature is also very pleasant in autumn (September to October).

Do I need a visa for Morocco?

No, you do not need a visa to visit Morocco unless you are planning to stay in the country for a duration of more than 90 days. It is also important that you have a valid passport with a blank page inside.

Is Morocco expensive to visit?

Morocco is a relatively affordable country to visit as it boasts low entrance fees into major attractions(2-15 US dollars) as well as affordable food. A dinner for two in Morocco tends to cost in the region of 20-40 US dollars, making Morocco a more affordable destination that many other countries.

How do you get around in Morocco?

Getting around Morocco on public transport is generally easy as the country boasts an extensive rail network linking the main towns of the north, the coast and Marrakesh. There are also plenty of buses and collective taxis in Morocco in most major towns and cities.

How many days do you need in Morocco?

A visit of 5-11 days in Morocco will allow you to cover more ground in the country and see more of the country’s major sights. It is recommended to stay a little longer, particularly in the fascinating destinations like Fes and Marrakech.

TOUR REVIEWS

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know. I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!

Took care of every single detail from prior to our arrival in Cario until we we're dropped of at the airport a week later. Our hotels, tours, meals, and tour group we're all wonderful. Our tour guide was wonderful!
The price was great and the people wonderful!

My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.

I was pleased and impressed with the experience in booking and obtain all necessary documents in a timely manner. I am looking forward to my tour and hope the ground experience it just as good. This trip is my dream/bucket list trip.

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Morocco Country Guide

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Time: GMT+1
Dial Code: +212
Area: 446,550 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Morocco is Sebkha Tah -59m (-19 ft.) | The highest point in Morocco Jebel Toubkal 4,165m (13,665 ft.)
Population: 36, 223,153 (2018)
Capital: Rabat
Governemnt: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Language: Moroccan Arabic, Berber, Hassaniya Arabic

Morocco is officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco and is a unitary sovereign state positioned in Northwest Africa. The country is characterised by a rugged mountain landscape, lengthy stretches of desert and a coastline along the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco is part of the Arab League, the African Union and the Union for the Mediterranean. It has the fifth largest economy in Africa.

The capital of Morocco is Rabat and the second largest city is Casablanca. It is also one of the native homelands of the indigenous Berber people - an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa.

The king of Morocco holds vast executive and legislative powers, as Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The government can exercise executive power, but the king can dissolve parliament

The predominant religion of Morocco is Islam and the official languages are Arabic and Berber. Berber was the native language before the Arab conquest in the 600s AD. The Moroccan dialect of Arabic, commonly referred to as Darija, is also spoken, as is French.

With a Mediterranean climate, the weather in the country can be compared to California. The coastal plains remain moderate in temperature throughout the summer as a result of the cold Canary Current off the Atlantic Coast.

Tourism is an important sector in the Moroccan economy and the industry focuses on the country's culture, history and coast. The Moroccan government continues to invest in developing the tourism industry further.

Highlights

  • Erg Chigaga - one of two major Saharan ergs and the largest stretch of sand sea in Morocco.
  • Roman ruins of Volubilis - the remains of a partly excavated Berber and Roman city, near Meknes.
  • Ali Ben Youssef Medersa - a beautiful Islamic college from the 14th century, named after Almoravid sultan Ali ibn Yusuf.
  • Musée Yves Saint Laurent - an impressive museum showcasing collections of haute couture clothing by fashion designer Yves St Laurent.
  • Hassan II Mosque - this elaborate mosque overlooking the ocean in Casablanca was built to commemorate the former king's 60th birthday.
  • Chaouwara Tanneries - a workshop in Fez that has produced world-class leather using traditional methods from medieval times.
  • Jardin Majorelle - an expansive botanical garden in Marrakech, landscaped by the painter Jacques Majorelle over 40 years.
  • Djemaa El Fna - a popular marketplace in Marrakesh's medina quarter (old city) buzzing with merchants and entertainers.

Tips

  • The left hand is used for toilet duties, so it is custom to eat with your right hand.
  • Men should always wait for Moroccan women to offer a handshake first.
  • Haggling is part of the shopping experience so prepare to give it a try.
  • Always have some change available for tipping the locals in restaurants and hotels.
  • Fridays are holy days and many shops and restaurants close.
  • Avoid water from the tap and drink bottled water instead.
  • Many of the mosques are off-limits to non-Muslims except for a few.
  • Ask people and shop owners before taking photographs of them and their wares.

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