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MOROCCO UNCOVERED

Price from
US$2,729
(per person)
Duration
13
Days
Tour Type
Tailor-made

HIGHLIGHTS

Djemaa El Fna Square of Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, oasis town of Tinghir, Berber camp of Merzouga, souks of Fez, Berber town of Meknes, romantic Casablanca
COUNTRIES : Morocco

Morocco is a country where African, Arab and European cultures come together to create a unique identity. Bridging Europe and Africa, Morocco is a land of tolerance, a mixure of cultures and beliefs, and a country famous for its friendly welcome. This fascinating blend of history, architecture, art, music, and food, make Morocco an unforgettable holiday destination.

This 15-day tour will introduce you to all that Morocco has to offer. It visits most of Morocco's beautiful cities as well as the mountains, desert and of course, the beach. The tour begins with a Marrakech tour, we spend a full day exploring the sights of this amazing city, and the following day we head to Ait Benhaddou before travelling through the Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate. We continue our journey by visiting natural wonders on our way to the oasis town of Tinghir. We then head into the desert to sleep under the desert skies in a traditional Berber camp. We continue our journey with visits to the medieval city of Fez, Meknes, the capital Rabat and romantic Casablanca. We continue down the coast to the fortified city of El Jadida. In the morning we continue our trip to the costal town of Essaouira, for some relaxing time in the sunshine, you can spend your time lazing on the beach, exploring the town or surfing. After two nights in this beautiful seaside town we make our way back to Marrakech where you have free time to shop eat or explore before a final night in this enchanting city.

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for the start of your trip.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour, Single Room Supplement (MOTMMU)

Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Mausoleum and Bahia Palace which both host intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

After breakfast this morning we have a spectacular drive across the Tizi N'tichka col which at 2260m is the highest pass in Northern Africa. We then drive to Morocco's most well known Kasbah at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. After lunch we head on to Ouarzazate or 'place of no noise'. An incredibly dramatic landscape, this area has played host to countless well known films

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Ouarzazate hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Departing this morning along the road of a thousand Kasbahs we visit the beautiful Kasbah found at Amerhidel and then arrive into Boulmane from where we visit the impressive Dades Canyon offering great views of the surrounding desert landscape. Later we drive on to Tinghir where we overnight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Tinghir hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We start this morning with a visit to the nearby Todra Gorge, before continuing our drive through the Atlas Mountains and transferring into 4WD vehicles to travel through the dunes to Merzouga. Here we will watch the sunset over the desert before sleeping under the stars in a traditional Berber camp.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Berber camp
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • EXTRAS:
    Sunset desert camel ride

Our journey through the Moroccan landscape continues today as we drive on to Fez, following ancient caravan routes and passing through Midelt and the Ziz Valley.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Fez hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Over 1200 years old, the city of Fez is a labyrinth of souks, mosques and spice filled streets. We delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idrss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain and the Bou Anania Medersa. We also spend time confusing our senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez Jdid to explore the cities many varied souks.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Fez hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Fez this morning for the short drive to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40 Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We then head to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Meknes hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we depart Meknes and travel on to the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Strategically located on the Atlantic coastline, Rabat began as a settlement in the third century BC. Here we enjoy a full tour of the city including visits to the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Garden & Kasbah and the Hassan Tower Mosque.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Rabat hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Today our Moroccan adventure heads to the well known city of Casablanca. Thanks to Humphrey Bogart Casablanca has maintained its status as an enduring romantic location although today the city is regarded as the economic capital of Morocco. Still an incredibly charming city, we enjoy a full tour taking in the Royal Palace, Central Market, Mohammed V square and of course the impressive Hassan II Mosque - able to host 25,000 worshippers and home to the world's tallest minaret.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Casablanca hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we head along the coast to the port of El Jadida. A fine example of both European and North African culture and architecture, El Jadida was abandoned by the Portuguese in 1769 after over two hundred years rule leaving behind them an impressive citadel and huge fortified walls.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    El Jadida hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast in El Jadida, we stay on the coastline and head to the small resort town of Oualidia where we visit the local blue lagoon before travelling south to Essaouira passing through Safi.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Essaouira hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Well regarded as one of Morocco's most beautiful areas, Essaouira has always attracted and inspired artists, drawn by its good light and tranquil, relaxed way of life. Wandering around the old Medina and its fascinating streets dotted with art galleries it's not hard to imagine why the city drew visitors such as Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix throughout the years.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Essaouira hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Essaouira this morning for the drive back to Marrakech. Upon arrival the rest of the day is free.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Free day. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Marrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking, Imlil day trip, Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Included:
  • Accommodation in Riads, 4-star level hotels, and a comfortable Berber desert camp
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of an experienced local tour leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to monuments as stated

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (not required for many nationalities)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Riad Shama
Marrakech, Morocco

Riad Shama is in an 18th-century building with cedar ceilings and a rooftop terrace offering view of Marrakech's Medina. It offers a flower-filled patio, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi access.


Riad Shama is in an 18th-century building with cedar ceilings and a rooftop terrace offering view of Marrakech's Medina. It offers a flower-filled patio, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi access.

Rooms at Riad Shama are air-conditioned and equipped with a telephone, TV and private bathroom.

A traditional Moroccan breakfast is served on the terrace, on the patio or in the comfort of your room. Guests can also enjoy local specialties by the fireplace in the dining room.

The property proposes a hammam, massages and relaxing body treatments.

Medina is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, markets and souks.

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Kasbah Dar Daif
Ouarzazate, Morocco

Kasbah Dar Daif is located 3.1 miles from the centre of Ouarzazate and has views on the Atlas Mountains and the lake. Its furnished patio overlooks the outdoor swimming pool.


Kasbah Dar Daif is located 3.1 miles from the centre of Ouarzazate and has views on the Atlas Mountains and the lake. Its furnished patio overlooks the outdoor swimming pool.

All of the rooms are individually and traditionally decorated. All of the rooms are en suite and some have a terrace. Rooms can accommodate up to 3 people.

Wi-Fi internet access is available in the public areas of Kasbah Dar Daif and is free of charge.

The gastronomic restaurant serves traditional and local specialties. Set-menu options are available.

Guests of the Kasbah Dar Daif are invited to relax in the fire-heated hammam or have a massage. Hiking tours and VTT and canoe rentals can be organised.

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Hotel Xaluca
Dades, Morocco

Located just 12.4 miles from the Dades Gorges, this 4-star hotel is set in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. You can relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub or in the spa's hammam and massage rooms.


Located just 12.4 miles from the Dades Gorges, this 4-star hotel is set in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. You can relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub or in the spa's hammam and massage rooms.

Exposed stone walls and a modern, Moroccan decor are offered in the rooms and suites at Xaluca Boumalene Dades. All accommodation has views of the Dades Valley and the suites have a terrace.

An American-style buffet breakfast is served every morning under the restaurant colourful glass ceiling. You can also enjoy international cuisine after an aperitif in the large bar.

Free Wi-Fi access, a fitness room and tennis courts are some of the other facilities at the hotel.

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Hotel Dar El Janoub
Merzouga, Morocco

Located in Merzouga, Dar El Janoub is a 4-minute drive from the Dayet Srji Lake and a 14-minute drive from Hasilabiad Oasis. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace with views of the Erg Chebbi dunes.


Located in Merzouga, Dar El Janoub is a 4-minute drive from the Dayet Srji Lake and a 14-minute drive from Hasilabiad Oasis. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace with views of the Erg Chebbi dunes.

Rooms and suites feature air conditioning, a seating area and a private bathroom with a shower. Suites include a private terrace with views of the dunes.

Breakfast can be enjoyed every morning at Dar El Janoub. Local dishes are served in the on-site restaurant.

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Riad Dar Bensouda
Fez, Morocco

Dar Bensouda is located in the heart of Fes's Medina, just 15-minute walk from Batha Square. This riad offers en suite rooms, 2 courtyards and a swimming pool.


Dar Bensouda is located in the heart of Fes's Medina, just 15-minute walk from Batha Square. This riad offers en suite rooms, 2 courtyards and a swimming pool.

Dar Bensouda's rooms combine the traditional architecture of the original palace with modern comforts. The rooms and suites are arranged around the fountain courtyard. They are air-conditioned and have a private bathroom. The suites have a bathtub and sitting room.

Bensouda Riad's rooftop terrace provides views of the medina. It has a traditional Moroccan tent where guests can relax and an upper terrace overlooking the Atlas Mountains. Guests also have access to the riad's hammam, where beauty treatments and massages are available.

Dar Bensouda has a 24-hour front desk.

Fes El Bali is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, markets and food.

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Riad Yacout
Meknes, Morocco

Riad Yacout, which dates from 1830, offers a patio with a pond and a solarium on its terrace. It is located in the heart of the Meknes Medina, a 2-minute walk from El Heddim Place, the Bab Mansour Gate and Moulay Ismail Mausoleum.


Riad Yacout, which dates from 1830, offers a patio with a pond and a solarium on its terrace. It is located in the heart of the Meknes Medina, a 2-minute walk from El Heddim Place, the Bab Mansour Gate and Moulay Ismail Mausoleum.

The guest rooms and suites at the Riad Yacout are spacious and air-conditioned. They include a flat-screen TV with cable channels, en suite facilities and authentic decor.

Breakfast can be enjoyed every morning. The Riad's restaurant serves traditional Moroccan cuisine accompanied by Meknes wine, aperitifs and bier. Free WI-Fi is accessible in all areas.

The Riad Yacout also has a shared living room. The property offers a traditional Hammam.

The terrace looks over the old city walls of Moulay Ismail. It is possible to park directly in front of the Riad.

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Belere Hotel
Rabat, Morocco

This Belere is located in Rabat and has panoramic views over the city. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms and each has a TV, free Wi-Fi and a balcony.


This Belere is located in Rabat and has panoramic views over the city. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms and each has a TV, free Wi-Fi and a balcony.

The Belere's 3 restaurants offer Moroccan specialties, international dishes and Spanish cuisine. Guests can relax with a drink in the bar or on the panoramic terrace.

Some guest rooms overlook the Royal Palace garden and guests can enjoy visits to the nearby Medina and Mosques. Rabat Train Station is situated a short walk from the hotel.

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Imperial Hotel
Casablanca, Morocco

Imperial Hotel Casblanca is located a 10-minute drive from the old Medina and a 20-minute drive from the city centre. It offers modern accommodations and a business centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas.


Imperial Hotel Casblanca is located a 10-minute drive from the old Medina and a 20-minute drive from the city centre. It offers modern accommodations and a business centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas.

All rooms at Imperial Hotel Casblanca are spacious and equipped with air conditioning. They feature a seating area with flat-screen TV and sofa. Featuring a bath, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer.

Guests can enjoy local and international dishes at the onsite restaurant. A range of drinks is provided at the bar.

At Imperial Hotel Casblanca guests will find a 24-hour front desk and ironing service.

Imperial Hotel Casblanca is only 0.6 miles from Casa Port Train Station and a 20-minute drive from Morocco Mall. Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport is 24.2 miles from the property.

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Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf & Spa
El Jadida, Morocco

Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf and Spa is situated in a large park, between Mazagan and the old city in El Jadida. It provides luxury accommodation and ocean views.


Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf and Spa is situated in a large park, between Mazagan and the old city in El Jadida. It provides luxury accommodation and ocean views.

The Pullman Mazagan offers a swimming pool and spa. It is set in one of Morocco's finest golf courses.

Guest rooms at the Mazagan are air-conditioned. They include a TV, en suite facilities, and a telephone. All have a balcony or a terrace.

The club house serves light dishes at any time of the day. There are 3 other restaurants serving local and international cuisine. There is also a piano bar, providing a cosy place to relax with a drink.

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Riad Dar L'oussia
Essaouira, Morocco

This riad is located right next to the beach, with panoramic views of the sea, the port and the Medina. It offers a hammam and spa treatments.


This riad is located right next to the beach, with panoramic views of the sea, the port and the Medina. It offers a hammam and spa treatments.

The traditionally-decorated guestrooms at Dar L'oussia are all situated around the central courtyard and are equipped with under-floor heating.

The riad has a restaurant which serves typical cuisine. Guests can eat inside by the fireplace, or on the sunny terrace in the warmer months.

At Dar L'oussia guests can also enjoy the solarium and aromatherapy massages.

Ahl Agadir is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, beach walks and seafood.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single Room Supplement (MOTMMU)
Price from
US$769
per person



Single Room Supplement (MOTMMU)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a room share cannot be arranged.


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour
Price from
US$59
per person



Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

 Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Price from
US$64
per person



Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Min numbers: 2 Adults

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Sunset desert camel ride
Price from
US$44
per person



Sunset desert camel ride
Min numbers: 1 person

This fun 2-hour camel ride takes you out into the desert around your camp to enjoy the sunrise and get some spectacular photos amongst the dunes.


This fun 2-hour camel ride takes you out into the desert around your camp to enjoy the sunrise and get some spectacular photos amongst the dunes.

Marrakech Hot air balloon flight
Price from
US$224
per person



Marrakech Hot air balloon flight
Min numbers: 1 person

The hot air balloon tour lasts about half a day, with the flight itself lasting about 1 hour. You start very early in the morning (around 05.30-06.30) with a pick up from your hotel and a drive in a comfortable 4WD vehicle to the take-off site.


The hot air balloon tour lasts about half a day, with the flight itself lasting about 1 hour. You start very early in the morning (around 05.30-06.30) with a pick up from your hotel and a drive in a comfortable 4WD vehicle to the take-off site just outside the city. Once the balloon is prepared and ready, you take off and float across the beautiful Moroccan scenery. Depending on the weather and the day's selected take off and landing sites, you’ll see different Berber villages, the outskirts of the city, small oases, and terraced irrigated fields as well as the distant High Atlas mountains. A chase vehicle follows you on the ground, in constant contact by radio with the balloon. After landing you rejoin the vehicle and drive back to Marrakesh, stopping for tea and a snack at some of the Berber villages you've passed over.

You get back to your hotel in Marrakesh around midday.

Note: You will miss the Marrakech city tour if you choose this option.

Marrakech Quad-biking
Price from
US$84
per person



Marrakech Quad-biking
Min numbers: 1 person

This is an exciting half day tour in the desert and countryside outside of Marrakech. You drive for around 50km, with a tea break included, and take in some sand dunes and villages en-route.


This is an exciting half day tour in the desert and countryside outside of Marrakech. You drive for around 50km, with a tea break included, and take in some sand dunes and villages en-route. Prices are available for one or two people sharing a quad-bike. This tour fits in very well after the hot air balloon option.

Note: you will miss the Marrakech city tour if you choose this option.

Imlil day trip
Price from
US$84
per person



Imlil day trip
Min numbers: 2 people

The busy trekking centre of Imlil is tucked under Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. You can visit the Asni Berber market (Saturdays), walk up to the Toubkal kasbah and explore the surrounding trails under the mountain shadows.


The busy trekking centre of Imlil is tucked under Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. During the tour you can visit the Asni Berber market (Saturdays), walk up to the Toubkal kasbah and explore surrounding trails under the mountain shadows. Imlil is a nice roadless destination to cool off from the heat in Marrakech and is especially pleasant in October when the whole valley smells of ripe apples. Clear blue skies and sunshine make for great trekking weather. There are numerous small cafes and restaurants to have lunch or buy walnuts and apples to enjoy during a walk. The journey to and from Marrakech takes around 1 1/2 hours each way. This tour is not recommended in winter due to snow and cold weather (December to February). You require a full free day in Marrakech to include this option (it can be fitted into your final day if you have a late evening flight departure).

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Morocco Uncovered tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

This tour uses good quality Riads and hotels rated at the Moroccan 4-star level, plus a comfortable desert berber camp where we stay for 1 night amidst the sand dunes. Riads are converted Moroccan houses or palaces that have an interior courtyard or garden. They tend to only have a handful of rooms, and are full of character with period furniture and friendly hosts. They make for a really interesting way to explore Morocco, but the better ones are popular and fill up quite quickly. The hotels and riads listed for this tour are therefore a guide and may vary depending on your preferred dates and availability when you book. To balance the tour, and in areas where good riads are not available we also use several more modern hotels at around the 4-star level. 

Accommodation is based on double or twin en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will be given a private double room. Single travellers will need to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour.

At the Berber desert camp out in the sand dunes, comfortable permanent Berber tents with mattresses and traditional local blankets are provided. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag, but we do recommend bringing a sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner for extra comfort (and to avoid the sand!). Shared toilet facilities are available.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. The terrain and public transport options in Morocco mean that we use air conditioned private vehicles throughout this tour. These include cars, minibuses or coaches subject to the number of people in your party. We switch to 4x4 vehicles for your desert safari.

Our Morocco tours include a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Casablanca/Marrakech airports (depending on the exact itinerary), your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

As a tailor-made tour, this trip can be run for any number of people, though the size of the Riads used does mean that groups of more than 6 people can be a problem and will need to stay in some different, larger hotels.

Pricing shown on the website is based on 2 or 3 people travelling, with significant discounts available if 4 or more people travel together.

A fully trained, local English-speaking Moroccan guide and driver will accompany you throughout the tour. We also have local representatives in many of the towns and cities en-route who are also at your service, and will be handling some of the practical arrangements for the tour in their area.

At Encounters Travel we only use local Moroccan guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing and many people describe our Moroccan guides as one of the highlights of their holiday.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. Our Morocco tours either start/finish in Marrakech (RAK) or Casablanca (CMN) airports.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. We recommend that you contact your closest Moroccan consulate or embassy for current information for your nationality.

Currently, many nationalities (including USA, Canada, UK, European, Australian, New Zealand) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Morocco as long as your stay is for less than 3 months. Other nationalities should check with their local consulate.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

South Africa: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Namibia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Botswana: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted or travelled through an infected area.
Zimbabwe: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Zambia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Malawi: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Tanzania: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Kenya: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Uganda: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Sudan: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. A certificate may also be required for those departing Sudan.
Morocco: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria not normally present. Yellow Fever certificate not required.

The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary.  You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.

The time in Morocco is the same as GMT (plus 0 hours). Daylight saving adjustments are generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making the time GBP plus 1 hour. During this period the time may revert back to GMT during Ramadan. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.

This is a private tour, and as such can be run on any dates you wish. We can also customise the itinerary to suit your available time, budget, and likes or dislikes about the set itinerary.

Prices shown are based on 2 or 3 people travelling. Substantial discounts are available if 4 or more people book and travel together.

Haggling is a traditional necessity, so never pay too much regard to initial prices. Instead fix an items value in your mind then negotiate towards it unhurriedly (Moroccans never rush their bargaining), and don’t be afraid to simply walk away if the price isn’t right. However, if you do mention a price, then you should be prepared to pay it or risk causing offence. 
Bahsis (bahk-sheesh) or tips are common place and customary in Morocco. Wages for service staff are very low and tips are a necessary supplement to meagre incomes.
While an accepted part of the culture and customs in Morocco, tipping is always optional, and the amounts paid should reflect excellent service. We are often asked for advice on common amounts, and for assistance with tipping. Some suggested guidelines are given below.

Restaurants and taxis: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour guide. We suggest USD 2-3 per person per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however USD 2 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Tour Guides: To answer your next question. . . as a guideline we suggest for your tour guide between USD 25-40 per person for the entire tour, but ultimately, it's up to your satisfaction with their service and your budget. You should not feel pressured to tip any particular amount.

Note - if you are doing a private tour and not joining a group, then you should budget a higher amount for your driver and guide tips.

The local currency in Morocco is the Dirham.  We recommend you bring some cash in a hard currency (US Dollars, GB Pounds, Euros) and a good ATM card. Most major currencies can be converted at most banks, but it's not wise to carry too much.  Euros and US Dollars are welcomed more than GB Pounds. Travellers cheques are not easily exchanged. It can be awkward outside of Marrakech to find an ATM machine that takes your card as many Moroccan banks have ATMs that only work with Moroccan cards.  Don't put your card in an ATM unless you see the symbol that matches your card on the machine, as you might lose your card! We also suggest trying to avoid using Post Office ATMs.  In some smaller towns there are no ATMs that take foreign cards, so be sure you get enough cash to carry you until the next major city. BCM seems to be the best bank, accepting foreign cards in most of their ATMs. 

While in Morocco you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Moroccan Dirham. It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

Luggage: Small or medium sized suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Morocco. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will often be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The Moroccan climate varies according to season and region. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds. Inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in desert and mountains and in the months of December and January. Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the rest of the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) in the winter. So, depending the time of year you are visiting you should pack for both hot and cooler conditions. Modesty rates highly in Morocco, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). In the centre of towns and cities outside tourist areas, and when visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: If your tour includes a Berber desert camp then all bedding is provided. However, as sand has a nasty habit of getting everywhere, for comfort, we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner all year round, and a light sleeping bag in the winter months (November to February) when it can get very cold in the desert. We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C/E). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already. If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

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It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Morocco Uncovered dates & prices

This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.
Season Start Date Season End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
12 Dec, 2016 15 Dec, 2016 US$2729 - - Book now
16 Dec, 2016 10 Jan, 2017 US$2799 - - Book now
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Posted Oct 10, 2016
Mariska has been exceptional! Answering all of my questions in an extremely timely manner. Much appreciated....
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
Service rating : The Encounters team was supportive and on time with everything - good to work with.

Product : This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
Service rating : Our trip was exactly as described without a single problem!

Product : Encounters Travel arranged for us the trip of a lifetime.
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
Service rating : I thought it was great. The only issues I had was the Morocco side had a different pick up title on their pick up so that was a little stressful. The other issue was there was a lot of taking us into 'culture' shops but almost was a sales pitch rather than the experience

Product : I would look at changing some of the hotels. A lot are outdated and need a massive makeover.
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Posted Aug 06, 2016
Service rating : Great service at the tnt travel show - lovely people. When I arrived in morroco the man who picked me up said that the company wasnt called encounters, so this was a concern.

Product : Rather busy but was a good amount of time and saw lots of incredible things
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Posted Apr 20, 2016
Service rating : Good except for the airline tickets. When the tickets didn't arrive within two weeks of the flight, I asked and the tickets arrived. However, ticketing us so late resulted in my very long legs uncomfortably sitting in a middle seat and away from my travel partner. Other travelers on the same Shoestring tour got their tickets much earlier without prompting and were able to sit together on the flights.

Product : The guides and hotels were fine although I wish they had greater knowledge of history and culture. My main issue is how we almost always went to restaurants filled with only other tourists. I understand that may be usual and even preferred by most tourists.
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Posted Apr 16, 2016
Service rating : I found your service very good but I think that you should provide a more personalised pre tour info email. Apart from that very good. I had a query which was responded to and resolved very quickly and efficiently.

Product : The driver and guide on our tour were both excellent and my whole party very much enjoy the tour. The hotels are not very central which particularly in Marrakesh made free time sightseeing especially at night less appealing. That would be my suggestion to make it perfect but it was excellent overall.
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Posted Apr 15, 2016
Service rating : Encounters took care of all the details and did a good job. I was disappointed in Anthony when he didn't send us our flight and tour vouchers until we asked for them -two weeks before the trip! At that point we had very poor seating choices on the airplane.

Product : I think it was too much in too little time. I should have chosen another tour. I would have preferred more free time to explore on my own.
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Posted Apr 15, 2016
I've used Encounters Travel for trips to the Sudan and Turkey, and am getting ready for my second trip with them, to Morocco, Jordan and Turkey again. Mariska has been absolutely outstanding!
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Posted Feb 06, 2016
Service rating : I especially want to mention Mariska Knoesen, the ET representative who was excellent, very responsive, timely, resolved a couple of issues that were not directly related to ET, very pleasant. Would easily interact with ET and Mariska anytime. Hope to again.

Product : While this was a shoestring tour, I feel we had very capable guides, drivers, visited many sites, lodging and meals were fine, comprehensive tour. Cannot wait to go back!! Made many memories and met some wonderful folks from all over the world.
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Posted Feb 04, 2016
Service rating : Mariska was hugely helpful all the way through.

Product : hotels and meals great. Idriss, our guide, was immensely knowledgable. we learned a lot and met good folks. so nice to be driven and to have someone to explain all we were shown.
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