Morocco: See & Do it ALL in 12 Days, 1st Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Group SizeUp to 6 Persons or Exclusive to Your Group
Are Solo Travelers WelcomedYes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tour!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► Camel Riding Along Red & Soft Sand Dunes
► Touring an Ancient Village Made Famous by International Films
► Having an Authentic Meal Inside a Native’s Home
► Dinner & Traditional Music Before Sleeping in a Desert Camp
► Oases & Perfectly Landscaped Gardens
► Checking Out Outdoor Food Stalls & Centuries-Old Markets
► Hiking While Surrounded by a Giant Waterfall
► A Visit to an Organic Oil Factory
► Immersing in the Cultures of Buzzing Marrakesh & Fez
► Exploring the Country’s Most Popular Coastal Town
► Walking the Maze-Like Streets of a Charming Blue Village
► And Much, Much More...
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
English-Speaking Tour Guides
All Transportation, Except Flights
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Breakfast x 1
Dinners x 3
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Day 1: The ‘Red City’, the ‘Ochre City’ & the ‘Daughter of the Desert’
Our tour starts in Marrakesh, a city with more nicknames than most. Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the country and yet, its most popular. It is from Marrakesh several daytrips are made. Today’s activities will depend on your arrival time. There is much to explore in and around the old town and it is easy to get lost. Thankfully, however, we have a private tour guide to show us Marrakesh’s impressive attractions.
Day 2: Giant Waterfalls & Hiking to the Top of Them
We make a daytrip today to Ouzoud Falls. There we have a guided hiking tour. Ouzoud Falls is the collective name for several tall waterfalls which empty into the El-Abid River gorge. Ouzoud Falls, standing 600 meters tall, is unsurprisingly the most visited site in the region.
Day 3: Tree-Climbing Goats, an Organic Oil Factory & a Charming Coastal Town
We make another daytrip today, this time heading to Essaouira. En route, we pass by tree-climbing goats (really, no joke!) and stop at a small factory where organic argan oil is produced. This oil is good for skin and hair. Once in Essaouira, we are provided with a guided tour. The partially fortified old town (a.k.a. medina) has a layout designed by European colonists in the late 18th century. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medina is dotted with bastions, ramparts, art galleries and lively outdoor markets.
On a side note, swimming is encouraged only in the summer months, as the water is too cold during the winter and even fall seasons.
Day 4: Over a Dozen Outdoor Markets, Street Entertainers & Architectural Landmarks
Today is all about exploring Marrakesh. Home to around 18 markets (a.k.a. souks), some describe this city as ‘one giant marketplace’. Historically, Marrakesh has served as a marketplace where tribesmen and Berber villagers would buy and sell goods (such as carpets) and find entertainment on the streets. Hundreds of years later, the goods and especially the entertainment are as alive as ever. The heart of the city is Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Expect to see acrobats, drummers, pipe musicians, dancers, storytellers, comedians and fairground acts. No less compelling than these entertainers are the city’s architectural attractions. We spend the day visiting them.
Day 5: Exploring Marrakesh's Greatest Attractions
We spend this last day in Marrakesh exploring the city. There is so much to see: palaces, city views, a citadel, garden oases, tanneries, mosques and much more.
Day 6: The Country’s Iconic Village & One of the Largest Movie Studios in the World
Although we relocate from Marrakesh ultimately to a village in the desert, we make two must-visit stops along the way. The first stop is to the historic and fortified village of Ait Benhaddou and second, to the town of Ouarzazate. Ait Benhaddou serves as a fine example of Morocco’s earthen clay architecture. Several films shot in Morocco have used both Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate as locations. Movies filmed there include The Mummy, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Ouarzazate is a town best known for its film studio called Atlas Studios. Atlas is one of the largest movie studios in the world in terms of land area. We visit a cinema museum which displays many of the studio's props.
Day 7: Camel Riding on Red Sand Dunes, Dinner & a Show Under the Stars & Sleeping in a Luxury Camp
Our desert exploration continues north today. The first destination is Dades Gorges. They are a series of rugged wadi gorges carved out by the river. The next destination is Todgha (a.k.a. Todra) Gorges. They are a series of limestone river canyons. En route to our final destination, Erg Chebbi, we make a stop in the village of Rissani, home to a locally famous pizza-like dish called madfouna. Erg Chebbi is where our luxury camp is located. We sleep in a tent. Erg Chebbi is essentially a large sea of red dunes formed by wind-blown sand. After arrival, we go camel riding with a tour guide. Dinner is included on today’s tour. Before the night ends, we watch a traditional show with music and fire.
Important to note, although the camp usually has Wi-Fi and should have electricity, outages do happen from time to time.
Day 8: Monkeys & Scenic Stops on a Road Trip to Fez
We start the day with breakfast, which is included on today’s tour. Afterwards, we relocate from the desert to the city of Fez (also spelled Fes). Several scenic stops are made along the way. Before arriving in Fez, we visit the Cèdre Gouraud Forest, home to monkeys.
Day 9: The Middle Ages Meet the Modern World & Having a Traditional Meal Inside a Native’s Home
Fez is truly a crossbreed between the Middle Ages and the modern times. Today we dive right into the sightseeing: fortresses, mosques, a tannery, centuries-old brass-working shops, a historic university, city views, souks and more. Fez is Morocco’s second most popular tourist destination after Marrakesh, but it hosts no fewer must-see landmarks. Following the tour, we are taken to a native Moroccan’s home. There we watch how traditional food is prepared as well as have dinner. The combination of tasty cuisine, rich culture and good company creates an unforgettable experience.
Day 10: The Best-Preserved Medieval City of the Arab World
We spend this last day in Fez exploring some more. The firstborn of Morocco’s four royal capitals and arguably the best-preserved medieval city of the Arab world, Fez will for sure stimulate our senses. There are no fewer must-see attractions to visit today than the day before. This is why we spend the entire day sightseeing.
Day 11: The Blue Pearl Village of Africa
Although our final destination today is the city of Tangier, we spend the vast majority of our time in a charming blue village called Chefchaouen. It is nicknamed the 'blue pearl of Morocco'. The beauty of Chefchaouen's mountainous surroundings is enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted old town. It is an attractive place for tourists generally and influencers especially. There are so many postcard-perfection locations to take a selfie. Among the places we visit is, of course, the main square. It is lined with cafes and is filled to the brim with locals and tourists mingling.
Note that the arrival time in Tangier is in the evening. Tangier is simply used as a base from where to leave Morocco the following morning.
Day 12: Our Tour Ends Today
Tangier is the final destination on our tour around Morocco. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport or the harbor, whichever you prefer.
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I was amazed by not only the cultural sites we visited in Morocco but also the natural sites. Ouzoud Falls was remarkable and picturesque. Out of all the places we visited, I am glad CharlieTheTraveler included these natural sites. They were unique and showed the true beauty of Morocco, both landscapes and wildlife alike. It was a beautiful experience I will never forget!
Morocco was a great touring destination and CharlieTheTraveler planned daytrips that highlighted this. I enjoyed all the daytrips, but the one that stands out to me after returning from the trip was Essaouira. There was so much to do and it would have been overwhelming for me had it not been for our company-provided tour guide. I enjoyed walking around with him and hearing more about the town and getting recommendations for where to go in the town. I also enjoyed the swimming, which was a great way to end this daytrip before we headed back to the hotel!
I could not have planned a better trip to Morocco than CharlieTheTraveler provided. They had an organized itinerary which provided structure to the trip. Although there was the structure which I liked, I also appreciated the balance of autonomous time to explore and enjoy the nightlife of the area. There was never a shortage of activities but I also never felt like there was too much to do with too little time. It was the perfect amount of both time and activities!
What stood out about the Morocco trip to me is the tour guide. He really made it a point to make my trip enjoyable. It was also evident CharlieTheTraveler only provides the most experienced tour guides for their trips, as our tour guide was well-versed in the area and had a good understanding of the local restaurants, the culture of the native people, and the atmosphere. It was the best way to travel and I cannot wait to book my next destination with this company.
All of Morocco is beautiful and interesting, but I could not have organized all of the daytrips CharlieTheTraveler did. It would have been too much for me to do and too stressful, so I am very glad this company took care of almost everything. They made sure to prepare me for the climate, what to pack for, and what to expect on the trip. I loved walking through Marrakesh, as there was so much to explore and it was an authentic cultural experience.
I am easily distracted and very rarely can do more than one thing per trip I take. I chose to go with a guided tour with CharlieTheTraveler to Morocco. It was structured and ensured I got the most out of my trip abroad. I enjoyed all of the experiences the daytrips allowed, which included walking tours and authentic meals recommended by the tour guide. I don’t think I will ever be able to take a trip without this company again!
I was once advised to visit Morocco by a friend, but I could not find time to plan a whole trip with all the research it would have taken, as I knew nothing about the area. I read some reviews about the trip through CharlieTheTraveler and it seemed like a perfect solution! I was thoroughly impressed with how much they planned and how knowledgeable they were about Morocco, which saved me tons of time! After I returned the trip, I felt like an expert myself!
I found CharlieTheTraveler had a good balance of activities on the Morocco trip. Activities varied from walking tours to swimming to a hike to a waterfall. I was never bored and had time to myself in the evenings to continue exploring on my own with recommendations by our tour guide. The company prepared me well for the trip and I don’t think I could have navigated around Marrakesh or Fez on my own! These were two beautiful cities with a lot to explore that the company did an excellent job organizing daytrips to.
I enjoyed the trip to Morocco organized by CharlieTheTraveler, as I consider myself a cultural and spiritual person. I was fascinated by the immersion into the Moroccan culture and the tours of the mosques in all the cities. This company planned a perfect trip to such an interesting country. I would never have thought I would get such an authentic experience with a touring company, but CharlieTheTraveler delivered!
I’ve tried to plan a cultural trip before, but it took way too much of my time to even start to plan an authentic experience. I am thankful to have found CharlieTheTraveler, as they took the pain out of traveling. I was able to experience Morocco in a unique way with authentic experiences every day of the 11-day trip. There were so many amazing sites we saw and our tour guide made sure I got the best out of all of it.
My sister wanted to travel with me but neither of us were willing to plan a whole trip. I had read reviews on multiple touring companies but found CharlieTheTraveler had the best reviews with the best-sounding trips. As soon as I booked for her and I, I was immediately impressed by the company. Preparing for the trip was made easy by the detailed itinerary provided. There was also excellent communication made, so by the time we got to Morocco, I knew I was in good hands with the tour guide. My safety was definitely the company’s main priority, which allowed me to actually enjoy myself.
Morocco seemed to have everything I wanted in a trip – beaches, museums, beautiful buildings, markets. I don’t think I had a moment on this tour that I didn’t like. CharlieTheTraveler organized a great trip to this destination. My favorite part was going to the markets, as this is the best way to be immersed into the culture of the native people.
What I liked most about CharlieTheTraveler was the tours did not seem out of textbook. Our tour guide was not a walking robot of information. Everything about the trip was authentic and real. I was immersed into the culture of Morocco in each daytrip. Although I liked every aspect of the trip, I especially felt drawn to the mosques as I know they hold so much meaning. It is an important part of the culture, so I was happy to have been brought to so many!
I researched touring companies that traveled to Morocco, as that was on my bucket list. CharlieTheTraveler was one of my options and, by the looks of the reviews and the layout of their trip, seemed like the best option for me. I was right, as I experienced culture, nature, and food unlike any trip I have ever been on. Initially I was nervous about still having to do research on restaurants, but the company did so much planning for me, they even recommended the best places to eat in each area we were in on each day. I have never seen such an organized touring company before!
I love to travel, so finding the right touring company was important to me. CharlieTheTraveler had great reviews and interesting trips, so I felt confident booking a trip to Morocco through them. Booking was made easy and preparing for the trip was even easier, as the company laid everything out for me. I enjoyed all of the activities, especially the historical sites we visited. It made me appreciate the culture much more!
I recently returned from my trip to Morocco through this company. I am truly impressed by everything they did to make sure I had the best 11 days in such a wonderful country. They highlighted the best aspects of the destination and ensured I was fully prepared for all of the daytrips that were planned. I am excited to see what other trips they have available and book my next one!
Morocco is a center of culture and history, but this company exposed me to the country’s natural and spiritual life as well. I was impressed by CharlieTheTraveler and how much they included in the trip for a low price. There was little I had to plan myself as they took care most of it for me. I arrived in Morocco with no stress which allowed me to fully experience everything this country offered!
Many touring companies have big groups of 20 or so people, but CharlieTheTraveler is not one of them. I appreciated the small group size, as it allowed us to get to know each other and made me feel safe. After the first day in Morocco, no one was a stranger and we were all comfortable with one another. I had a lot more fun touring the markets and shops with my new friends than I would have alone or with a group of 20 strangers!
My niece had recommended CharlieTheTraveler, as she went on a trip with them. I am not an adventurous person, so I did not want a trip with too many active excursions. The trip to Morocco was perfect for me, as it allowed me to opt out of some of the swimming activities. Altogether, I enjoyed the cultural and historical sites we visited and felt like I had an authentic experience that did not force me out of my comfort zone.
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How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Morocco in 12 Days” tour is available for $1,888 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. Also included is 1 night of lodging in the desert. If you would like typically 4-star lodging included for the remaining 10 nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,493 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. To better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. Would you like to keep the 4-star lodging we typically offer or do you prefer upgrading to 5-star hotels?
2. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
3. Note that on this tour, you sleep with other tourists in a luxury camp tent only for 1 night, specifically when in the desert. For all other nights, all rooms are exclusive to you and those in your party. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start this tour?
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-5: Marrakesh, Preferred Accommodation: Le Meridien Nfis
Night 6: Boumalne Dades, Preferred Accommodation: Dar Ahlam Dades
Night 7: Erg Chebbi, Preferred Accommodation: Dihya Desert Camp
Nights 8-10: Fez, Preferred Accommodation: Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace
Night 11: Tangier, Preferred Accommodation: Royal Tulip City Center
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
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