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Morocco is North Africa's most accessible and vibrant vacation destination, brimming with a cultural heritage that spans thousands of years, glorious beaches and breathtaking geological wonders. Arrive in Morocco and enjoy a delightful assault on the senses as the colors, sounds and smells of ancient Arabia transport you back in time. The hues of red and orange in the rugs and lamps adorn the stalls of the souks, and the scent of perfume and spices hang in the air. Leave the city for the fresh mountain air or open terrains of the Sahara where tranquillity and stillness prevail in an almost ecclesiastical ilk.
Explore the country with Morocco tours and discover plentiful hidden highlights as you traverse the souks of Marrakech, the wild High Atlas Mountains and the resplendent coastline of Morocco's South Atlantic. Located just off the coast of Gibraltar, Morocco can be easily reached from many destinations. Numerous airlines, including budget carriers, fly to the country's major cities from where you can start your grand Moroccan adventure.
Morocco exudes a distinct charm that is rarely found so close to Europe. Just a short hop across the Strait of Gibraltar and you'll find yourself transported to a land of open deserts, resplendent Arab architecture and fantastic food. Morocco private tours give you the opportunity to explore this captivating North African destination in all its undisputed glory – from the bustling souks of Marrakech to the superb beaches of Essaouira.
Morocco holiday: a unique experience
Though a part of Africa, the country has been heavily influenced by Arab and European culture and a Morocco holiday will give you the opportunity to experience a unique confluence of heritages, not only in the region, but also the wider world. Though not the capital of Morocco, Marrakech is the most visited city and is for many the urban highlight of the country. Most notable is the central plaza Djemaa El Fna which, at dusk, transforms into a gargantuan al fresco restaurant with snake charmers, fortune tellers and street performers to boot. Far above the city streets, though not far from Marrakech, are the snow-capped peaks are the High Atlas Mountains. Home to the native Berber population, the mountains are both visually stunning and historically fascinating highlight of Morocco. Spending time in the desert is an unmissable experience when you travel to Morocco. Watch traditional cultural performances under the stars and tuck into a local feast before retiring to your tent to spend the night in one of the world's last great wildernesses.
Diverse and unique
Despite being small compared to its African neighbours, a Morocco vacation offers wildly diverse opportunities. Cosmopolitan cities with world-class restaurants, rugged terrains ideal for hiking, beaches worthy of any travel blog and, of course, the vast Sahara Desert all await those who book a Morocco package holiday.
Most visitors who commence a round trip Morocco tour start in Marrakech. Though not the capital – this falls to the country's seventh largest city Rabat – Marrakech is the de facto center of tourism. Despite its frenetic nature, time spent in Marrakech is a must. Spend some time getting lost in the intricate web of souks in the ancient Medina and while away the balmy evenings eating your way around the plethora of food stands and stalls in Djemaa El Fna. Though not to everyone's sightseeing preferences, a visit to the tanneries is an informative and surprisingly enlightening adventure for the dedicated travel enthusiast. Casablanca is the largest city in the country and is featured on the itinerary of many Morocco travel tours. This beautiful but beguiling former imperial city today prevails as a city of contrasts. Thought to date back to the 10th century BC, highlights not to be missed when in Casablanca, or Casa as it's known locally, include The King Hassan II Mosque (the third largest in the world), the historic Central Post Office (a fantastic place to send your postcards home), and the smaller but, many consider, more authentic Old Median and its characterful souks. The final city which features on many trips to Morocco is the northern metropole of Fez. Famed for being one of the epicenters of the Islamic Empire, the city boasts one of the Arab world's best preserved ancient centres. At the heart of Fez is the Medina, Fes el-Bali, which also prevails as the world's largest car-free zone in an urban area. Getting lost in the old city is both inevitable and enchanting and you can pick up some authentic souvenirs, haggle for spices and even get your beard shaved. The Berber pharmacy, selling a vast array of local and herbal remedies is worth the visit – even for the young and healthy.
Morocco travel packages
Morocco travel packages don't restrict themselves to the albeit vibrant urban areas. Many also take in the vast Southern Atlantic Coast; home to quaint beach towns which encapsulate influences of Arabia, the native Berber population and the French, who colonized Morocco, in perfect equilibrium. Essaouira is the undisputed highlight of this glorious stretch of coastline. Beach time is the dominant activity when visiting on Morocco travel packages, but away from the shoreline you'll be thrilled to discover resplendent architecture, plentiful hammams and spas and a plethora of restaurants serving up the very best in Moroccan cuisine. Perhaps the most breathtaking feature, at least geologically speaking, is the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert. Different Morocco travel packages opt to explore the desert terrains for varying periods of time, but missing the sight of the rolling sand dunes stretching far into the horizon is an experience one can simply not usurp when can visiting the Kingdom of Morocco.
The months between March and May are largely considered to be the best time for a Morocco vacation. Throughout this period, the temperatures are beginning to rise, regularly reaching a pleasant 77 degrees Fahrenheit, but have yet to reach their peak which happens during the summer months of June, July and August. Throughout spring, Morocco is also at its most verdant, and the hikes into the Atlas Mountains are at their most spectacular making it a beautiful time of the year to go to Morocco. For those who prefer things a little more temperate, the winter season between November and February is the best time to visit Morocco. Even in these cooler months, daily temperatures still reach an average of 59 degrees – ideal for those who prefer to hike, discover and explore in cooler climates. As you might expect, summers in Morocco are hot and dry. This shouldn't preclude a visit during this time but heading to the beach or cooler locations in the mountains may be preferable to staying in the big cities.
Flights increasingly easy to arrange when you plan your own trip to Morocco. The country, and in particular Marrakech, is served by a number of airlines – including many of the budget carriers. Some important Morocco tips for travel include making sure you pack attire which is appropriate for visiting places of religious worship and ensuring you have warmer clothing for high altitude hikes. The local currency in the Moroccan Dirham and while taking a little cash with you is always an advisable option, ATMs are plentiful at airports and in all major urban hubs across the country. Morocco guided tours are well suited to those who want to have their itinerary in Morocco taken care of by a cohort of professional travel experts of Morocco private tour guides.
Kamal went out of his way to make my tour of Morocco a rewarding experience hence it made Morocco one of my favorite countries. And Idris my driver you couldn't get better.
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Hamza is a very professional, he managed very well on all the trips, as well as the chauffeur, he guides us all the way from beginning to end of the trip back.
Quick inputs when planning the trip. Staff (drivers and guides) extremely professional (driver Brahim was the best in class!). All trip followed smoothly as planned. Highly recommend Kamal's services.
Well, our trip to Morocco has unfortunately come to an end. Far too soon! We really enjoyed our experience very much. Every step of our journey was faultless, so we would like to thank Kamal and the various vendors he used, for ensuring that everything went well. We were even more impressed because it was all arranged so last minute on our part but Kamal still managed to tweak the itinerary to our satisfaction and make all the necessary bookings over the popular travel period before Christmas.
A special mention should go to Oumar, our driver from Snoubi Travelling, who’s driving style is very safe and considerate and therefore allowed us to totally relax during the long distances we covered. He is a true gentleman, and I would highly recommend his services. When you spend 12 days in the company of a stranger, it is important that the customers feel comfortable with him. And we certainly did.
We have no complaints about any of the accommodation. Generally it was all fine. A highlight, however, would have to be Riad Tafilag in Taroudant. This is really an excellent establishment. The architecture and interior design is fabulous, and with all the beautiful nooks and crannies created a very homely feel, where we felt comfortable to just ‘chill’. However, what is more important is the quality of the cooking, which was probably the best we experienced in all of our trip. The chef (she is way better than just a cook!) created some exquisite dishes over the 2 days we were there. She never repeated herself, and she introduced some very interesting twists to the dishes. The staff at this riad are well-trained, professional, friendly, intelligent and articulate. My daughters and I learnt so much of contemporary Morocco from them. This is an important aspect of every trip we take.
Lastly, I should mention the wonderful experience at the Madu Luxury Desert Camp in Merzouga which allowed us to spend a night in the Moroccan Sahara, with great service, music and camel rides provided by the friendly staff.
My review is based on the service provided by our driver Idris. He was an excellent driver, punctual and very helpful throughout the entire trip.