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MOROCCO TOURS

Do you want to discover all that Morocco has to offer? Our fantastic Morocco tours and trips provide you with the opportunity to experience new cultures and cuisines.

Lying in the shadows of the imposing Atlas Mountains and bordering the northern edge of the Sahara Desert, Morocco has long been a melting pot of uniquely 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.

Looking for the best Morocco tours? Talk to Encounters Travel Today

We offer a selection of Morocco desert tours ranging from 4 to 12 days. Book with us today and let our experienced guides give you an insight into the history of Morocco.

We are dedicated to saving you time and money on booking tours of Morocco. Get a great deal today with Encounters Travel.

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8 Tours | From NZ$799 p/p

Duration:

9 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

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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NZ$2270(p/p)

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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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NZ$990(p/p)

NZ$1170

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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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NZ$905(p/p)

NZ$1065

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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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NZ$995(p/p)

NZ$1170

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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NZ$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

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

City Break

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 3, L - 0, D - 0

Highlights:

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


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Duration:

11 Days

Country(ies):

Morocco

Tour Type:

Shoestring

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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NZ$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 should you wear in Morocco?

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.

TOUR REVIEWS

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.

Excellent from the initial planning to every step along the way on the trip! Worry free in every way! Islam, Hussein and Mahmoud were the greatest! Please check out my review on Trip Advisor! FIve stars from this girl!
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Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
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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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