Morocco is a country of snake charmers, shooting stars and medinas where huge vats of dishes look more like magic potions than dinner.
It’s a world apart and if you’re headed in that direction you’ll want the right person leading you on your magical way.
To help, we’ve rounded up tour companies renowned for their local expertise and unique tour offerings of the country, as well as the top companies to suit a variety of travel styles - so can you leave with all the best memories of this country.
If you have a strong spirit of adventure you’ll go far with G Adventures - literally. The company’s Morocco tours range from off-the-beaten-track itineraries to mix-and-match trips that serve up cities and beaches alongside the more remote places.
Geckos: Geckos tours are designed to allow alone time for everyone when they want it, which means solo travellers to Morocco can have their Greta Garbo moments everywhere from a medina tea shop to that controversial camel burger stand in Meknes.
G Adventures: You can choose to pair with another solo traveller or bag your own room when you travel as a single person with G Adventures.
Best Morocco tour companies for: foodies
G Adventures: Cooking classes, market tours, and meals in local restaurants are all part of the G Adventure offering.
Contiki: Authentic foodie experiences are part of Contiki’s unique selling points, so you’ll be able to opt into experiences like a traditional local feasts when you’re in Morocco.
Topdeck: Topdeck promises to “ensure your tummy is as full as your passport” when you travel to Morocco with it.
Best Morocco tour companies for: budget trips
Topdeck: Topdeck takes the pressure off the budget with little things like its no tipping policy.
Geckos Adventures: Low deposits, regular offers and plenty of opportunities to buy your lunch from a street food stand rather than a restaurant make Geckos’ trips better for the bank balance.
When time is of the essence, heading straight north from Marrakech to experience the different sides of Marrakech is a must. From the bustling maze that is Marrakech, Tangier is a breath of fresh air, more cosmopolitan in nature due to its proximity to the Spanish south coast, and miles more laidback.
North Morocco Adventure from TourRadar
Focus your efforts on the country’s north and blitz through Marrakech, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Moulay Idriss, Rabat and Casablanca over 9 days with the aid of local trains, drinking up the unique culture offered up by each unique city.
Every tour company worth its salt offers their own twist on the desert adventure tour, which sees you sleeping under the stars and riding camels at sunset in the Sahara. Day trips can be made from the bustling city of Marrakech for the time-pressed while longer stays allow you to explore further and indulge in more experiences such as camel rides and desert camp stays.
Moroccan Desert Adventure from G Adventures
You can rock climb in Todra, join a camel train in the Sahara, and spend the night at a Berber camp when you book onto G’s Moroccan Desert Adventure tour.
Booking site TourRadar features tours of Morocco as short as three days and as long as 25 - providing you with a full range of taster tours as well as more in-depth offerings.
Short stints of 3-4 days can focus you on one or two cities, for example the popular Marrakech and its nearby coastal escape Essaouira, or can afford you a trip into the Sahara for an evening.
7-8 day tours are more popular starting points as they’re long enough to offer a mix of numerous cityscapes as well as experiences such as trekking Mount Toubkal or the Sahara.
With 10 days you can find yourself exploring further and deeper getting as far north as Tangier with tours that feature 10+ cities.
Spare 14+ for Morocco and you’ll endure the “grand tour”. These itineraries zip you around the whole country from hotspots like Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Fes to more select destinations such as the Berber villages, Todra Valley, Tafraout, Taroudant and Mirleft. They can also include trips to neighbouring countries such as Spain and Portugal.
Top 3 day tour
High Atlas Mountains and Sahara Adventure Tour from TourRadar
Take the adventurous route for a short stint through the arresting landscape of the Sahara Desert. In 3 short days you’ll pop by 8 locations, camping in the desert and travelling by coach to maximise your time.
Tour company: Morocco Joy Travel
Best for: Active travellers
Places visited: Marrakech, Ait Bnhaddou, Ouarzazate, Dades Gorges, Todra Gorgres, Erfoud, Merzouga, Rissani and Draa Valley.
Tick the highlights of Morocco off your bucket list by soaking up the sights of the souks, traversing the vast desert, mingling with locals in their villages and wandering the unique coastal townships.
Tour company: G Adventures
Best for: 18 to 30s
Places visited: Marrakech, Nkob, Merzouga, Todra Gorge, Ait Benhaddaou and Essaouria.
Save on tours to Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Nile, Ethiopia, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Serengeti Safari, Zanzibar, Botswana, and more from companies like TravelTalk, G Adventures, On The Go, Intrepid and more. T&Cs apply.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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