A land of seemingly endless sand dunes, colourful mosaics and bustling souks filled with the fragrant aroma of spices and oils, Morocco is many a traveller’s dream destination. Ride a camel to a luxury tented camp in the middle of the desert, watch the sunrise over the Sahara, see Sultan’s tombs and explore traditional villages, forts and ancient walled cities before channelling your inner Ingrid Bergman or Humphrey Bogart at Rick’s Café in Casablanca.
Its exotic blend of Arab, indigenous, Sub-Saharan African and European cultural influences makes The Kingdom of Morocco a unique travel destination. The predominantly Islamic country, which borders the North Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and Western Sahara, may evoke images of desert landscapes, but you’ll also find snow-capped mountains, fertile valleys and deep gorges throughout this Arabic-speaking nation.
Our small group tours begin in the capital, Rabat, where guests will visit the medieval fortified Chellah necropolis, the Kasbah of the Udayas and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, who saved Moroccan Jews during World War II. From there it’s onto the photogenic blue-washed village of Chefchaouen, in the Rif Mountains, and an afternoon in the pretty port township of Tangiers.
Explore ancient Roman ruins in Volublilis, near the city of Meknes, and marvel at the Medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site founded in the 9th century which is home to the world’s oldest university.
Food is one of the major drawcards of Morocco, and guests on our private tours will learn how to prepare traditional dishes passed down from generation to generation at a cooking school at Café Clock in Fes before travelling across the Middle Atlas Mountains to the town of Midelt. Then it’s onto the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, stopping to learn about fossils found in the oasis town of Erfoud en route. Guests will ride camels to a luxury camp in the Sahara and watch the sunset over the desert before listening to Gnawa musicians play traditional music and dance with them under the stars. Another highlight is a visit to a desert family to learn about how they live in such a harsh environment.
On our unique tours you’ll also drive along the highest gorge in Morocco, Todra Gorge, and pass deserted villages, ruined hilltop kasbahs and the strange rock formations of the Tamnalt Hills en route to the Rose Valley, where wild roses are picked by local women and used to make fragrant oil, soap and pot-pourri.
Guests can choose to visit the Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate, where movies including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, Babel and parts of the TV series Game of Thrones were filmed. One of Morocco’s most spectacular fortified villages, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ait Benhaddou, lies just a half an hour drive north on the old trans-Saharan camel caravan route from the Atlas ranges to Marrakech.
Admire the mosaics, painted doors and fountains at Palace Bahia on a walking tour of the medina in Marrakech, and wander through souks and the old Jewish quarter. Learn about the oils and spices used in daily life, see snake charmers work their magic at the Square of Djemaa el Fna and visit a hammam for a steam, scrub and massage.
Guests will also visit Toubkal National Park, the modern marina in the port city of Agadir and enjoy lunch at a vineyard near the harbour city of Essaouira before the tour finishes with dinner at Rick's Café in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Casablanca, which was designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic.
The beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen
Essaouria fishing village port, restaurants and the marketplace
Trying to find you way of the Fez walled medina
Marrakesh’s tanning factories and souks
Luxury tent desert stay at the Erg Chebbi dunes
Ait Ben Haddou ancient fortress