Morocco Tours: From Desert Safaris to Tours of Morocco’s Imeprial Cities
Morocco is more than a beach destination under the sun. UK tour operators running organised tours to Morocco are plentiful. You can find Morocco tours to cover almost any activity – from mountain trekking in the Atlas to desert overland safaris and golf tours in imperial cities. Even bird-watching and bicycle tours!
Popular Morocco Tours
In-depth cultural and heritage tours are popular in Morocco. These focus mainly on the imperial cities: Marrakech, Fez and to a lesser extent Meknes and Rabat. Marrakech and Fez are steeped in history, with medinas (old quarters) filled with old mosques, walls, palaces, museums and gardens to explore. They also offer a great shopping experience with their bustling and varied souks. Itineraries differ between operators but usually include a day trip to the Middle Atlas near Fez and the High Atlas mountains overlooking Marrakech.
Most trekking companies operate trekking and walking tours in the High Atlas in spring, summer and autumn. The High Atlas contains spectacular mountain scenery, traditional Berber villages and some of the highest peaks in North Africa. In winter, when the terrain is rather difficult, alternatives are further south including Djebel Sarho, Anti-Atlas and Djebel Sirwa.
In the Sahara, desert tours are generally either overland “exploration” safaris in Land Rover and customised trucks or camel treks. The focus of your exploration will be the great desert stretching beyond Ouarzazate: the oasis town of Zagora, the gorges of Tadora and Dades, the fortress villages built by local Berbers and the desert dunes at Merzouga or Mhamid. A highlight of any desert tour, beyond the tranquillity and scenery, is meeting Berber nomads and experiencing their unique way of life.
Special-interest tours are also making a foray into the market with a few UK operators offering specialist tours in the country. There are many great – and not overcrowded or overly expensive! – Golf courses in all the major destinations in Morocco. Horse-riding is possible in the mountainous terrain of the High Atlas, especially around the Draa Valley. Water sports are focused on the largely underdeveloped Atlantic coast around Agadir: surfing is based in Taghazout, just north of Agadir, which has excellent right-hand breaks and windsurfing in the resort of Essaouira draws international devotees and enthusiasts from around the world.