You dream it, we’ll organise it
Morocco has so many exciting experiences to offer that it’s often overwhelming to know where to start. It’s also a deceptively large country and such distances take time to travel. So rather than trying to cram in too much and spending more time on the road than relaxing and soaking up the culture, we offer you our bespoke itinerary planning service to make it work.
Here’s how it works:
* take a look at our itinerary ideas. You might like a week discovering Fez and Marrakech, followed by a desert trip. Or a music festival topped with a trek in the Rif Mountains. Perhaps you’re a foodie and would like a 3-day cooking course before heading to the beach. Mix and match ideas from our Cities, Cultures and Outdoors pages. Need some inspiration? Scroll down here to see some examples of trips we’ve organised.
* Tell us your dreams! Do you want to stay in a riad full of mosaics, carved plaster and cedarwood beams, or spend a night under the stars in the Sahara? Go walking in the High Atlas or surf from the southern beaches? Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll get back to you within a few days with the outline of an itinerary that’s within your budget. We will work with you to fine-tune it so that you are perfectly happy with travel arrangements, destinations, accommodation, focus and any other minute detail.
*We’ll need your dates, ports of entry and departure and your room requirements. An idea of your budget for accommodation is helpful, too.
*Once your itinerary is finalised, we require a 50% deposit to make reservations for transport, hotels and guesthouses, excursions and activities. The balance is payable six weeks before departure.
*We provide you with all necessary pre-departure information. We’re on standby to answer all your questions on etiquette, appropriate clothing, recommended books or apps, local weather conditions and anything else that springs to mind.
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1. Sisters in Morocco for a long weekend
American sisters A and C, in their 50s, are living in Spain for a while, and wanted a quick trip to Fez. Here’s what we put together:
Arriving around lunchtime on a Saturday, A and C were whisked from Fez airport to their fabulous riad, Le Jardin des Biehn, in the medina. That afternoon, they were taken out by an English-speaking guide who showed them the historic monuments and the souks of the medina. In the evening, they stayed at their riad to dine at the Fez Cafe.
Next day, A and C took part with one other couple in the Architectural Insights Tour. In the afternoon, they enjoyed a hammam experience back at their riad. Dinner was at the well-known Resto 7. The sisters went there on foot, guided by an escort from the restaurant.
Their last day in Fez was spent shopping in the souks, with lunch at the delightful Ruined Garden.
A said: ‘We are having the greatest time here! What a world!! Thank you so much. Le Jardin is absolutely fabulous!! Such a beautiful respite with great food! We will highly recommend you to our friends thinking of Moroccan traveling.’
2. Family adventure
Family M from the US had just a week to spend in Morocco. Beginning in Fez, they stayed at Dar Bensouda and spent their first morning on the Artisanal Affairs tour. Here they discovered the famous artisans of Fez, visiting bone carvers, tanners, weavers, copper-beaters, embroiderers and more, picking up their tools and chatting about their lives. On their second day, they were driven to the Ifrane National Park where they took part in the exciting MonkeyWatch programme run by the University of Lincoln, tracking macaques (Barbary apes) through the cedar forests with a GPS device. Lunch with a local family completed their day.
On Christmas day, they went to the tiny village of Bhalil in the foothills of the Middle Atlas mountains where they visited people who live in caves, walked in the mountains and had a barbecue lunch with local Berbers. Then it was off to Merzouga in the Sahara where they rode camels to a camp, watched the sun set over the dunes and had dinner round the camp fire. Heavy snowfall in the Middle Atlas mountains delayed their trip back to Fez, resulting in an unplanned overnight stay in the small town of Midelt. But they made it back to Fez in time for the flight home.
3. Art and design-focussed trip
L & K from California have a homewear shop and K is a photographer. They were looking for inspiration and shopping opportunities, combining this with attending the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. Beginning in Marrakech, L & K visited the Majorelle Garden with its excellent Berber Museum, and were taken on a tour of the top design studios and outlets in the city by our resident shopping expert.Then it was off to the coastal resort of Essaouira for an ocean break, before heading for the High Atlas Mountains. Exploring the kasbah-filled valley east of the mountains, they eventually reached Merzouga in the Sahara. Here L & K trekked by camel into the dunes and spent a night in a nomad-style tent. In Fez, they stayed at the beautiful, laid-back Riad Idrissy, in an ideal location for Sacred Music festival events. Their last couple of days were spent in Moulay Idriss Zerhoune where they stayed at Dar Zerhoune and visited the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Volubilis. A night at the gloriously Art Deco Hotel Le Doge with dinner at Rick’s Café in Casablanca completed their trip before heading to Casablanca airport with quite a lot of excess baggage!
‘We were especially impressed with the drive from Marrakesh through the Atlas mountains and all the way to Fes. We had no idea Morocco had such a varied and spectacular landscape. So many areas looked like parts of America-Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Napa Valley, Northern California.’