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Our most complete tour of Morocco, including Marrakech, Casablanca, the beauty of the Atlas Mountains and a night in the desert city of Ouarzazate.

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Holidays to Morocco

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Extraordinary Tours & Holiday Packages to Morocco

Choose our extraordinary Morocco tours to the most visited country in Africa. The Kingdom of Morocco offers striking views of the Atlas Mountains and the possibility to enjoy overnight excursions in the desert. Morocco also boasts 1553 miles (2,500km) of wild coastline with azure waters and excellent surf.

Visit epic cities with medinas full of treasures and diverse culture. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views as you explore one of the world’s incredible canyons. Discover this and more when you join one of our tours.

Our guided trips to Morocco include flights, transfers, accommodation, tours, and some meals. Let Exoticca broaden your horizons. Our local guides will show you Morocco through their eyes, giving you a unique experience in this exotic land

Trips to Morocco from the UK

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Visit the first country to recognize the United States as a nation. Sultan Mohamad III granted US ships protection and access to local ports in 1777, expressing his desire to be a “friend to the Americans”. 

The country boasts one red and one blue city, Morocco and Chefchaouen, with four unique imperial centers. Unlike most countries, the most attractive urban sights aren’t shiny or modern. Browse the vibrant medinas, bazaars, and souks that offer insight into everyday life.

Many who join the Morocco tours, come for an adventure on the dunes and to sleep under the stars in tented Bedouin camps. See villages carved into the walls of gorges and ancient kasbahs. Visit Berber tribes and sample fresh dates and nuts right off the tree.

This exceptional destination is incredible for both the leisure and active travelers. Take in the sights and relax or enjoy some surfing or kitesurfing. 

Some journey to North Africa’s tallest peak in the Atlas Mountains or look out for the largest carp in the world at Lake Bin el Ouidane.

Connect with one of the best Morocco tours in the United Kingdom. Flights depart from most major airports including London, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast, and Edinburgh. Direct flights are available and approximately two hours long. It’s best to arrive the night before if you’re flying at dawn.

Top points of interest in Morocco

Morocco holiday packages offer a long list of legendary sights and experiences that justify its position as the most popular destination in Africa. Let’s take a closer look at some of the country’s extraordinary attractions.

Marrakesh

Marrakesh is one of four imperial cities or former capitals and a major economic center. The city boasts mosques, the 19th century Bahia palace, and Le Jardin Secret with courtyards, mosaics, and manicured gardens.

Stroll through the medina with its historic district containing narrow streets and fountains. Walk around the walled, old city on our Morocco tours. It’s surrounded by 12 miles (19 km) of pink walls built 900 years ago, once enclosing the entire city. 

The core is the Jemaa el Fna square, which buzzes with street food stalls and snake charmers. Within the colorful souks or markets you can find bargains on souvenirs, leather bags, and traditional colorful carpets. 

Merzouga

This city near the Algerian border is a great place to kick off your Morocco Sahara desert tours. In the southeast, Merzouga is remote but offers an ideal gateway to the massive expanse of dunes north of the town.

You can take epic desert tours through the Erg Chebbi region by camel or 4X4 vehicle. Experience an overnight stay in luxury tented camps. The region’s proximity to the city means there’s running water and electric power available in several camps.

Chefchaouen

Visit this city in the northwest of the Fir Mountains on our Morocco tours. Called Chaouen for short, this old town is famous for the blue-washed buildings. Also known as the “Blue Pearl” of Africa.   

Pop into traditional leather and weaving workshops that you’ll find along the steep, cobbled streets, offering Instagram-friendly photo opportunities. Early mornings are best for taking pics as it’s cooler and less crowded. 

The Place Outa el Hammam is a shaded square brimming with restaurants and home to a 15th century kasbah. Spend an hour in this fort with its dungeon and beautiful gardens

Browse boutiques and bazaars for trinkets, unique clothing, and souvenirs. For stunning views over the city, stroll up to the Spanish mosque. Enjoy a glass of sweet mint tea as you take in the spectacular sunsets on the roof of a nearby cafe. It’s an unforgettable experience. 

Fez

The second-largest city with over a million inhabitants, Fez is seated in the north west Atlas Mountains and surrounded by hills. It’s a strategic location, within reach of several other important urban centers.

The architecture shows examples of medieval Marinid, Moorish, and Moroccan influences. The two old medina quarters are a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest pedestrianized zones. Beyond lies the larger Ville Nouvelle of the French colonial era.

The old-world atmosphere surges through narrow alleyways that wind through vibrant souks and past madrasas, mosques, fountains, and palaces. Fez has legitimate claims to the cultural and spiritual home of the diverse nation, a key stop on our Morocco tours from the UK. 

Morocco: Off the beaten track

Our travel experts use their personal experiences to craft unique and fulfilling adventures. It’s our mission to offer affordable and accessible trips to exotic locations such as Morocco.

Discover the ancient Berber town, Kalaat M’gouna. The mountainous terrain allows you to enjoy a short hike or walk. This little town is well known for its roses and included in one of our excursions.

Trekking in the Atlas Mountains or touring through the Sahara desert is the epitome of forging your own route. These off-the-beaten-path options in Morocco have literally no path. Utilize your scheduled free time with adventure tours in Morocco.

Book your trip to Morocco with Exoticca

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Our team of experts at Exoticca produces and directs all-inclusive trips to Morocco. They include your flights, hotels, transfers, tours and some meals. We’re committed to providing broad access with authentic experiences in exotic locations. 

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers

Our trips to Morocco combine captivating sights with unique journeys to create lifelong memories. We draw on personal knowledge and local information to craft inspiring and compelling trips full of fun, education, and experiences.

Our all-inclusive trips to Morocco generally include flights, hotels, transfers, tours, and even some meals. Careful check your chosen option as we have a range of different offers. We test-drive our routes to ensure efficient and epic travel with comfort and care.

Morocco partially or fully guided tours

Exoticca offers Morocco small group tours with guided, escorted, semi-escorted, or independent choices. We work with knowledgeable local guides to ensure you live an authentic experience, providing history and local folklore.

Our guides take pleasure in showcasing all the main attractions while on your guided tour. You’re guaranteed a good time. Unplug from the daily grind, and recharge your batteries. They ensure you get the most from your holiday.

We offer various tours to suit our customers' diverse needs. Don’t hesitate to inform our representatives what you prefer. Their aim is to provide you with a memorable experience carefully curating a detailed itinerary

Crafted by our own travel experts

Our travel experts produce the most extraordinary holiday packages. The itineraries for each of our Morocco tours include the most exotic locations. 

They utilize their years of experience to formulate tours that suit various travelers’ interests and budgets. Their meticulously formulated holiday schedules ensure you get to create lasting memories.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best month to travel to Morocco?

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Spring and fall are the traditional tourist seasons. However, spring may see rainy days, especially in the north. Summer days are hot, but offer balmy evenings. Winter evenings can be pretty cold, but crystal clear views and great surf compensate.

Is Morocco an affordable place to travel

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Morocco can be an inexpensive place to travel. It’s considered one of the most budget friendly countries to travel to. There is the more costly option for travelers who prefer to travel in luxury. 

How should I dress in Morocco?

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Wear modest, long, loose-fitting, breathable clothes on Morocco tours. It helps with the heat and protects against the sun. Use a scarf or shawl to cover shoulders, but you aren't required to wear head coverings in Morocco.

Do they speak English in Morocco?

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English is an emerging language in the country and is especially noticeable in bigger cities. In most tourism-oriented industries, staff have good English and can generally help or procure assistance. Local official languages are a Moroccan dialect of Arabic, and Berber.

What money is used in Morocco?

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The official currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, which divides into 100 santims. It’s possible to use US dollars or Euros in a few tourist areas, but Dirhams are more popular for everyday spending. .

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More information about Morocco

holiday to Morocco is an adventure into a country of rich landscapes. From its famous fortified villages, better known as kasbah, its huge ocher-coloured dunes of the Sahara, the green of its large palm groves and high snow-capped mountains, to its labyrinth-like medinas and bazaars. Below, we show you the reasons why choose a trip to Morocco is worth it.

 

Geography of Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is located in the northwest of the African continent, in the so-called Maghreb region. It borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Algeria to the East, the Sahrawi Arab Republic to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital is Rabat, but the most populated city is the famously immortalised Casablanca.

Morocco’s almost 36 million inhabitants are distributed in the 16 regions in which the country is divided. These, in turn, are subdivided into 27 prefectures and 45 provinces. Arabs and Berbers represent the majority of the population, although there is also an important Jewish community.

The country has two major mountain systems: the Rif, which borders the Mediterranean coast, from the Muluya River to the Strait of Gibraltar and whose highest peak is Mount Tidighine at 2452 metres; and the Atlas mountain range, a must visit on any tour to Morocco, formed of three mountainous massifs: the Great Atlas to the south, where the highest mountain in the country is found, the Central Atlas and the Anti Atlas that reaches out to the Atlantic coast.

Between the Rif and the Central Atlas stretches the valley of Sebú. To the east of the country are the High Plateaus and to the south the great desert of the Sahara. The most important rivers are the Oum-er-Rbia and the Sebú, which flow into the Atlantic and the Muluya, which flows into the Mediterranean.

The official language is Arabic whilst the Berber languages of tarifit, tashelhit and tamazight, are spoken in the Souss, the Rif and the Atlas. Most Moroccans speak French, which is used commercially and there is also a small Spanish-speaking population.

Islam is the official religion and 98.3 per cent of the population is Sunni Muslim, with the king being the highest authority.

The country is a constitutional monarchy with an elected Parliament. King Mohamed VI holds broad executive powers and directs military forces.

In the economic context, income comes from services, agriculture, and the mining industry, phosphate, food, leather, textiles and tourism, with infrastructures prepared to accommodate countless organised travel options and package holidays, from upscale resorts to cosy medina riads.

The climate varies between the desert of the south, the Mediterranean of the north and the continental of the interior, with temperatures ranging between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius, although in certain areas of the country it can occasionally reach up to 50 degrees.

The flora of Morocco is one of the richest in North Africa with some 4200 species. It is the country with the largest forests in the Maghreb, which contain cork oaks, holm oaks, conifers, junipers, cedars, firs, pines, argan, thorns, while in the arid zones there are date palms. As for the wildlife, there are foxes, rabbits, otters, squirrels, gazelles, wild boars, baboons, panthers, ibis hermits and horned vipers.

History of Morocco

Morocco is an ancient nation and as such, it has a long and fascinating history. The human presence in the territory dates from the year 8000 BC. Since then, a long list of communities have left their marks on the land. Fishermen and breeders of Saharan horses arrived around 2500 BC, joining the indigenous populations. At the end of 800 BC, Phoenicians and Africans arrived from the East and the Romans eventually invaded in the 4th century BC. Continuous challenges and rebellions on the part of the Berbers towards the Roman Empire resulted in the expulsion of Romans in the 5th centuryVandals, Visigoths and Byzantines succeeded the Romans, although the lands of the high mountains were always dominated by the Berbers.

In the 7th century, the indigenous Berbers, Jews and Christian converts, were aware of the new religion founded by Mohammed bin Abu Talib, the prophet Muhammad, who revealed that there is only one God and that believers share the common duty of submitting to his divine will. Following his death, in the year 632Islam spread to central Asia and western Africa.

The Umayyad leader Uqba bin Nafi reached the Atlantic coast of Morocco in 682 but failed to break the Berbers. It took time and compatibility with the concepts put forward by Muhammad, which emphasized the duty, courage and loyalty of the group, which led to the conversion of many in Morocco to Islam. Through diplomacy, the Umayyads managed to impose themselves in the country in the 8th century, although in the middle of the century they were exiled and the new leaders dominated the trade of silver, gold and slaves.

In the year 786 the descendant of Muhammad, Idris I, fled to Morocco, was appointed imam or religious leader by the Berbers, unified the north of the country and converted Fez into the capital. Their descendants expanded the power of the dynasty in the north of the country and part of Europe.

Meanwhile in the south, a detractor prophet established an illegitimate Islam, and the behavior of the military in the area, caused a dissatisfaction that led to the emergence of the Sanhajas, a Berber tribe of tenacious warriors from the Sahara, who created the dynasty of the Almoravids with its capital in Marrakech, which was later razed by the Almohad Berbers in 1147, ending with the power falling into the hands of the successors of Emir Ben Ali Ben Youssef.

The Almohad defeat came in 1269 at the hands of the Berbers who established the Benimerin dynasty, during which madrasas were built in the important cities and whose empire was devastated by the plague and by the continued assassinations of the leaders at the hands of their advisers. From 1420, the Wattasíes began to exercise control and in 1465 the last Sultan Merinid Abd al-Haqq was killed. In spite of everything, they were not able to consolidate their power, as the Portuguese possessed dominion over the main ports of the country by the beginning of the 16th centuryMelilla was conquered by the Spaniards in 1497. The Berber Saadians of the Draa Valley fought against the Lusos, restoring internal trade and European markets which supplied sugar, ivory, gold and slaves. The Saadian dynasty ruled the south until 1554 and the entire territory until the death of Sultan Ahmad el Abbas in 1659. The indulgent nature of the Alaouite Kingdom allowed Jews to demarcate their own neighbourhoods or mellah in several of the cities.

The sixth Sa'did Sultan, Ahmad I al-Mansur, was the most famous of the dynasty. He built the great palace of Marrakech and participated in alliances with Christian economies until his death in 1603. The civil war of 1620 to 1627 led to the fall of the Saadians and the arrival of Alawites, descendants of the illustrious Muhammad. The reign of the second ruler, Mulay Ismail, was based on despotism and cruelty, and the capital was moved to Meknes. The Alawi dynasty lasted until the twentieth century.

France allied with the Berbers around 1830 and Spain took over some northern cities such as Ceuta. In 1880Europeans and Americans established duty-free trade in Tangier. Under the Sultanate, the Algeciras Conference was held in 1906, in which it was agreed to hand over the management of banks, customs and Moroccan policy to France and with the Treaty of Fez in 1912, the country became a French protectorate.

In 1944, the Independence Party demanded the end of the French mandate with the support of the United States and the United KingdomFrance allowed the king to return to his country in 1955 and independence was achieved in 1956.

The dissatisfaction of Moroccan society for inequality between rich and poor and tax burdens, together with half political unrest, led to large protests in Casablanca in 1981, to which the Government responded with violent repression that resulted in deaths and imprisonment. But popular activist pressures led the king to found the Equity and Reconciliation Commission with the aim of investigating the human rights abuses that occurred during his reign. His successor since 1999 and until today, Mohammed VI, guaranteed the repair of the damage caused to the victims of the so-called "Years of Lead" by means of indemnities. The monarch has made great democratic changes, but the Casablanca attacks of 2003 resulted in the deduction of some civil liberties.

The traces of a past of emperors, warriors, viziers, sultans and settlers, has created a social fabric that surprises the gaze of the western traveller. A tour to Morocco is the best way to gain insight into the complex history of this country.

Why is Morocco Africa’s most visited country?

The light falls on Morocco in a unique way, so that the colours warmth and harmony of the landscapes are unlike those seen anywhere else. From the pure and exciting tones of nature, infinite colour combinations are born with which towns and cities have integrated themselves.

Morocco exhibits pure life, showing itself in all its splendour amidst the bustle of its busy and nocturnal streets and squares. Away from the noise, the deafening silence of the desert, a treasure of the country, is where you can experience the most exciting adventures.

A package holiday to Morocco will give you the opportunity to experience many things, from finding yourself lost in labyrinthine medinas; counting millions of stars in the cold nights of the desert; entering the arid landscapes of mountain ranges; smelling the aroma of mint tea and spices; admiring the iconic belly dance; being captivated by the majestic architecture of arches, stuccos, mosaics and carved wood of the imposing monuments to listening to the eternal call to prayer.

Morocco is the pearl of North Africa and the jewel of the Arab world. Morocco is not a mirage, it is a fantastically real illusion.

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

  • Visa

    No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

  • Time zone

    GMT + 1

  • Currency

    Moroccan Dirham.

  • Language

    Arabic.

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  • Electricity

    220 V. European style two pin adaptor required.

  • Other useful information

    You should always barter when shopping in Morocco.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.

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