MOROCCO TOURS


Above are some suggested itineraries for tours which can all be customised for you. If you let us have your ideas and an idea of your budget and we will put together an itinerary especially for you. Tours usually begin and end in either Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes or Tangiers however that is again up to you.

Our tailor-made holidays include Imperial Cities, Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, coastal towns and the Sahara. Other activities are up to you and can include hiking, trekking with mules, camel trekking, Jewish Heritage horse riding, hot air ballooning, tasting tours and cookery lessons (see other activities). Alternatively Morocco is perfect for a relaxing romantic break and very popular with honeymooners. Accommodations include medium to high end luxury riads, small boutique hotels, mountain lodges, coastal villas, deep desert or luxury desert camps. All are hand-picked and gorgeous.

Options & Extras

Travelling times

Travelling times (not including stops) are indicated on each day. The trip is private so you can decide on the pace, including where to stop, how long to stop and the departure time each day (notwithstanding the fact that on some days an early departure is highly recommended). Morocco is a large country with a mixed infrastructure! Connections between main cities are excellent. Rural roads are slow.  Morocco is not a place to be rushed. And you must always expect the unexpected, the charm of such a trip being you can never predict what might happen. Morocco has so many charms, it always pays to have plenty of flexibility in your day.

Transport

This will be in a mini-van or Toyota Land Cruiser with an English speaking driver. The trip is private so you may stop wherever you like en route for sightseeing, photography and refreshments.

Guides

Your driver will be knowledgeable, helpful, good company and most importantly a cautious and excellent driver.  He is an integral part to the success of your trip. But he is not an official guide. We therefore arrange guides separately. The guides we use are passionate about their cities – their enthusiasm is infectious. Being specialists they will adapt your tour to your interests.

Accommodation

The places to stay are carefully selected, based on their high quality, uniqueness and service. In the cities we highly recommend staying in a small riad in the medina, an authentically Moroccan experience. All the riads have been sensitively restored. The places we have selected are not ostentatious, but rather understated luxury with charm.

Desert

There are 2 main desert areas in Morocco, being Chebbi and Chigaga. Chebbi is easier to get to and does not require a 4×4. However, it is also busy and in many places overdeveloped. Chigaga offers a more authentic desert experience, feels and is remote and requires a 4×4 to reach. Traveling time to Chigaga is an additional 3 hours. In addition, the journey is also more inspiring, more off the beaten track. However, the suggestion to stay at Chigaga is only a recommendation, and if you prefer to stay at Chebbi, that can of course be arranged.

Cost

The cost is from US $180-450 per person per day, depending on the type of accommodation selected.

What’s included?

  • Knowledgeable, engaging local guides who will bring to life Morocco’s rich, complex and important history, as well as, help you understand Morocco and its culture.
  • Entrance fees where specified.
  • Accommodation as specified including historic, comfortable, riads in the cities and towns, Berber guesthouses, traditional adobe hotel and desert camps. All accommodations include a Moroccan breakfast.
  • Some hotels and camps are full board. Our own luxury desert camp in Erg Chigaga is all inclusive including unlimited soft and alcoholic drinks.
  • All desert camps include a Camel trek in the Sahara desert.
  • Private Transportation as specified with English speaking driver including airport greet on arrival and transfers
  • Free time. We know how important it can be to have a little time built in for you to explore on your own or simply take a moment to relax. We’ve carefully planned our tours to provide you a balance between structured travel and free time. We offer free time in Marrakech, Fez and Chefchaouen, as well as, some time to explore the dunes around our Sahara camps.
  • 24/7 access to our English speaking concierge in Morocco to deal with any issues or changes to the schedule.

What’s not included?

  • Flights to and from Morocco.
  • Any additional days travellers wish to stay in Morocco not booked through Authentic Morocco.
  • Meals where not specifically included and all beverage purchases at meals including alcohol.
  • Bottled water and snacks.
  • Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites apart from where specifically included.
  • Activities and events during free time– including opportunities to explore the medinas, visit additional sites, relax at the hammams (Moroccan spa), and shop for local handcrafts.
  • Traveller’s Insurances.  Check with your health insurance company regarding if they cover illness overseas and how to file a claim if you are sick overseas. Not all insurance companies cover overseas illness. We require all travellers to be fully covered for medical coverage and trip cancellation. We partner with World Nomads for insurance – see insurances.
  • Tips for hotels, drivers, restaurants etc.

Is a Morocco tour right for you?

Morocco is a developing nation that has been steadily moving through a fast period of growth and change. It’s an exciting and fascinating time to experience Morocco. As a developing nation things do not always work the same as in Europe, Australasia and the States, which is of course much of the charm. While exploring the country it often feels like you are going back in time, but you will also see a Morocco working hard toward finding its way to a progressive democracy and finding solution for its economic, social and political challenges. You will experience the stunning ancient Berber culture and traditions, learn about Morocco’s fascinating Islamic, Moorish and French history, meet friendly locals, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Moroccans, and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Sahara Desert, High Atlas Mountains and Moroccan coastline.
Most trips require moderate activity level – sustained walking for 2-3 hours over rough terrain, cobblestone, hills and sand dunes, often in the heat. Some days you may be on your feet for the majority of the day with only short breaks. A few days there will be up to 8 hours of driving. Please advise if any of your group use walkers, wheelchairs, other mobility aids, have back issues or cannot stand on their feet for 2-3 hours while visiting sites and walking around museums. Depending on the time of year our tours often involve a number of hours outside in hot temperatures. All desert trips include a camel trek although some guests prefer to sit these out!
If you do not think you’ll be able to meet this level of activity requirement or if you have any questions or concerns please contact us to discuss and we will design an appropriate tour for specifically for you.