Located on both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is a nexus of Arabian, Berber, and European influences. This unique destination offers desert adventures, scenic mountain ranges, vast shorelines, fragrant souks (markets), archaeological and architectural gems, a variety of gastronomic experiences, and a rich history steeped in tradition. It’s location creates the perfect getaway for those looking for a Mediterranean climate, Saharan adventure, or anything in between.
Morocco’s vibrant culture, expressed through food, art, and architecture has beckoned travelers for thousands of years, and today is no different. From museums to temples, luxurious desert oasis to Green Key eco-friendly resorts, Morocco has something for every intrepid traveler.
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Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival, you will be met and greeted by your representative who will escort you on a city tour, which includes Casablanca’s iconic Hassan II mosque, before accompanying you to your hotel in Rabat.
The city’s iconic mosque is one of the most impressive architectural achievements in Morocco from the past few generations and it reflects the beauty and the intricacy of Moroccan traditional arts. After this rich introduction to Morocco, continue through the streets and boulevards built in the 1930s during the French protectorate, where you can still see a lot of art deco architecture. We may stop to visit the Notre Dame of Casablanca, one of the two Catholic churches in the city, and the amazing stained glass work accomplished here by French artisan Gabriel Loire.
Afterwards, be escorted to Rabat, the elegant capital of Morocco and the official residence of the king since the early 20th century. The capital maintains a traditional Moroccan character like all the historical cities of the country.
Your morning begins with a tour of Kasbah Oudaya, a large, impressive citadel founded in the 12th century. The citadel itself contains many landmarks, including a 17th century royal residence turned museum, and an Andalusia style garden. Later, visit Mohamed V Mausoleum, a masterpiece of the Moroccan art and craft and see the medieval Hassan Tower, a minaret for an incomplete mosque. The minaret was intended to be the largest in the world. Afterwards, leave Rabat and head inland to the city of Meknes, which served as the capital of Morocco in the 17th century for the Sultan Moulay Ismail. This king had a reputation of a ruthless warrior but he was also a builder. During his 55-year reign, he developed Meknes from a small town into a majestic capital with gigantic ramparts, monumental gates, palaces and more than 15 miles of exterior walls. Your guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the city, highlighting the impressive granaries and stables built by the Sultan for his cavalry, the Mausoleum of the King located inside a beautifully built mosque, the monumental gate of Bab El Mansour dominating El Hedim square and the colorful food market.
In the afternoon, drive across a beautiful countryside to the archaeological site of Volubilis, the largest Roman colony established in Morocco between the 1st and the 2nd centuries AD. Be guided through the excavated ruins, particularly noted for its amazing, colorful mosaics and remains of Roman monuments such as the Basilica, the Temple and the Arch of Triumph. At the end of the afternoon, you will be escorted to the city of Fez to check into our hotel.
Fez is the oldest royal city in Morocco. Founded in the 9th century, it is said to be the most complete medieval city of the Arab world as it has preserved all its medieval aspects and way of life. Fez will stimulate your senses as your guided tour takes you inside Fez el Bali (old Fez). home to food and spice markets, handicraft quarters, auction squares and colorful stores. With alleyways too small for cars, Fez el Bali is believed to be the world’s largest car-free urban zone. During your tour, see the local communal bakeries and have a look into children’s pre-schools, enter artisan workshops and discover the secrets of their ancestral arts, walk by many historical fountains, mosques and sanctuaries. Also observe the traditional weavers and the famous tanneries. Stop in the Museum Nejjarine to see and learn about the specialized art of Moroccan woodwork and cabinet making. Afterwards, go inside the 14th century Medersa (theological school) to admire its intricate architecture, and pass by the University of al-Qarawiyyin, founded in 857 and considered by many as the oldest continually operating museum in the world.
In the afternoon, visit the royal palace built in the late 19th century as a summer residence for the King Hassan; after entering the complex, see the central four parts garden and the museum of Fez traditional arts established inside in 1915. From there we will continue to Fez El Jedid (new Fez) to discover what used to be the largest Jewish quarter in Morocco dating back to the time of the migration of the Jews from Spain in the late 15th century, visit Take a walk inside this interesting quarter and to visit one of the 17th century synagogues.
Travel period for these rates are November 1, 2020 - October 31, 2021, excluding December 23-January 5
Morocco is a vibrant destination, and the country’s annual festivals add to the rich cultural experience travelers are searching for. Please ask a TourTailor specialist for more information about any of the festivals described below!
Dades Valley, Morocco
Dades Valley in Morocco hides a jewel in the form of Kelaat M’gouna--the hub of rose production in Morocco. This is one of the most beautiful of the Morocco festivals and is an occasion for you to soak in the natural beauty of the region. During the festival, a vibrant and fragrant souks (market) is in place at El Kelaa’s main thoroughfare.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Scattered among the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, the Imilchil Festival began hundreds of years ago. Couples gather at the end of Summer/early Fall to participate in an engagement ceremony before officially marrying at a later date. A temporary souk (market) is set up where tribes sell their wares and stock up before the winter.
This festival brings chefs, diplomats, and politicians from across Morocco and the globe to participate in one of the most interesting gastronomic events in the world. Participants gather to delight in traditional and modern dishes while debating topics related to the annual theme. The entire city buzzes with creative and delicious energy.
In order to ensure that you have the best experience possible, we ask that you please read the following information
A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens, and it should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least one blank page for entry stamps.
No visa is required for U.S. citizens staying fewer than 90 days.
Vaccinations: We recommend that you remain up to date with routine vaccinations. Please also check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your doctor for the most current information and advice about inoculation requirements specific to your trip.
Medication: If you or any of your traveling party are taking prescription medicine, please carry an adequate supply as it may not be easily obtainable while you are traveling. Always place your medication in your carry-on luggage to ensure you have access to it at all times.
Food and Water: Although the tap water is generally safe to drink in Morocco, we recommend that you drink bottled water, which is readily available, while traveling in this region. You should take the same precautions with food and water as you would at home.
Safety: It is always good practice to be aware of your surroundings and to not leave your personal items (especially money) vulnerable. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. When possible, we recommend that you leave your valuables in your hotel’s safe.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance to protect yourself and your investment against any mishap or unforeseen circumstances. It’s important to be fully protected prior (pre-departure trip cancellation) or during your travels, should there be any medical or other complication. It is important that you carry a copy of your policy while traveling.
Morocco’s unit of currency is the Dirham (MAD). Like most others, it is based on a decimal system. One dirham equals 100 santimat. Visa and MasterCard are accepted at major shops in Morocco, but debit cards are more commonly used. ATMs are widely available in Morocco. We recommend that you carry cash in small denominations.
Your itinerary includes the services of local guides and a car and driver. However, gratuities for these services are not provided in the cost of your travel. Additionally, tipping for restaurant services, hotel porterage, room service and optional sightseeing is not included. In restaurants, if a service charge is not already added to your bill, a 10% tip is appropriate. Tipping is at your discretion and based on your satisfaction with the level of service received. Below are the recommended amounts per service:
Private guide: half day: $10; full day $15-20 Driver: half day: $5-7; full day $10-15 Driver-guide: half day: $10-15; full day $20-25 Hotel porters: $2 per bag
If services rendered are for one day only, tip the higher amount. However; if the driver, guide or driver/guide are with you for two or more consecutive days, reduce the per diem by approximately 25%.
Air Travel: Please note that the name on your airline ticket must exactly match the name on your passport to avoid complication. Flight times quoted are local and are subject to change. Check in for domestic flights should be at least one hour before departure, and we suggest three hours for international flights. Check with your TourTailor representative prior to check-in for any changes or delays.
Road Travel: Roads in Morocco are generally good in the major cities, but conditions in mountainous and desert areas can vary. Therefore, we recommend that you use public transportation whenever possible.
Public Transportation: Morocco’s train and bus network connects major cities, offering convenient and comfortable transportation. Smaller local buses are also available.
Because Morocco is an Islamic country, you should dress modestly. Women should avoid wearing short skirts and tank tops and should have a scarf to cover their hair when entering a mosque. Men and women should avoid wearing shorts and anything revealing. Swimsuits are permitted at pools and on the beach, but make sure to have a cover up of some type with you. Dressing in layers is always preferable. Regardless of your destination, make sure that you bring comfortable walking shoes (preferably flat soled) for sightseeing. Please see our recommended packing checklist.
• Travel documentation (travel insurance policy, e-tickets, final itinerary, etc.) • Valid passport (plus a photocopy) • Credit card / cash • Headscarf or bandana for dusty, dry regions • Sun protection (polarized UV sunglasses, UVA/UVB sunscreen, protective sun hat) • Prescription and over-the-counter medication • First aid kit, band aids • Insect repellent • Extra contact lenses / eye glasses • Personal toiletries, lip balm and hand sanitizer • Swimsuit • Comfortable walking shoes and / or hiking boots (depending on activities planned in your itinerary) • Raincoat • Warmer coat or fleece for winter travel • Include appropriate layered clothing suitable for expected climate for your travel date / destination and activity • Cameras and personal electronic appliances with chargers and electrical converters • Important / emergency contacts and addresses • Converter for personal electronic appliances • Phrase book or dictionary • Waterproof zip lock bags
The electrical voltage in Morocco is 230 volts. Two-pin Type C and E plugs are standard. A voltage converter and appropriate plug adaptors are required if you are carrying electrical items with North American 110 voltage.
Morocco’s communications infrastructure is one of the best in Africa. Check with your local cell phone provider prior to departure to determine the availability and charges to make and receive cell phone calls in Morocco. Internet service is available in Morocco, but not always in remote areas.
Wandering the souks of Morocco can be an exhilarating experience, not to mention rewarding in terms of shopping possibilities. Those in Marrakech and Fez are the best. If you’re looking for traditional souvenirs, consider buying a Berber carpet, a tea set, belly dance costume, jewelry or pottery