• Panoramic of Marrakesh, Morocco

    Discover Morocco With Expert Local Guides That Feel Like Family

    Deep in the dunes of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/morocco/" target="_blank">Sahara</a>, a Blue Man, or a <i>Tuareg</i> man adorned in blue robes, materializes at precisely the right moment with a string of camels for you. In the maze of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/morocco/" target="_blank">Fès Medina</a>, your newest <i>djellaba</i>-wearing friend veers you into a one-person-wide alley to bypass a gridlock of donkeys piled high with hammered copper. On a country walk, just as your stomachs start to wonder about lunch, a local family opens the door of their home and invites your family in for a hearty meal.<br><br>It may feel like good luck, as if somebody in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco </a>rubs a magic lamp for you just in time, every time. But when you and your family go exploring with <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a>, you quickly discover that you’re actually in the hands of a choreographed caravan of locals who love to surprise you at every turn with exceptional access to their exotic homeland.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BZK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>To mastermind it all, you’ll have the full-time attention of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">amazing expert guides like Saida</a>. She’s a thoroughly modern Moroccan, but with deep roots in tradition. A respected journalist in an earlier life, Saida broke the veiled ceiling to become one of Morocco’s first female guides many years ago. At the same time, she and her husband raised two daughters in the labyrinth of Fès. She’s your go-to resource if you want to talk shopping in the souks, international politics or the fine points of going to school in a centuries-old riad. Saida is fond of saying, “My friends are your friends,” and she’s not shy about proving it.<br><br>That kind of kismet happens when you go strolling in the foothills of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Middle Atlas Mountains</a>. Out there, the apple orchards are carpeted in wildflowers. The only other traffic on your trail is a boy leading a donkey—Morocco’s renewable cargo vehicle of choice—loaded with firewood. But remote and rural as the setting is, up ahead Tarik and Badria are on the lookout for you at their home. They make sure the mint tea is hot and ready to pour. Your kids can hop onto mountain bikes for a spin ... and you all sit down together for a lively home-cooked lunch.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BZP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Farther afield, caravans heavy with gold used to find shelter in the ksar of Rissani, a fortified Berber village. Today, the treasure that awaits you is Ali, a native Berber with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and an uncanny talent for bringing history to life. In the shade of date palms that ring the nearby oasis fields, Ali also turns out to be the perfect cultural matchmaker as he introduces you to the farmers and their families.<br><br>Even the Sahara—as endless and empty as it looks from your Land Rover—is hospitable beyond what you could ever imagine. At the base of soaring, caramel-colored dunes, that spot of blue you see from a distance is Ibrahim. He’s a Blue Man, from the tribe named for their indigo-dyed clothes, and he’s your man with the camels. They’re ready to carry you on a cinematic ride into the desert. If any of you want to climb off to surf down one of the dunes, your wish is Ibrahim’s command. Then, just before nightfall, he’ll help you dismount at your own <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">luxury tented encampment</a>. Dinner is cooking, the campfires are burning bright, and you all settle in for a perfectly orchestrated night under the starriest skies you’ve ever seen.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BZF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>You’ve never traveled in the care of such a big and friendly entourage at every step. Whether you’re swaying to the snake charmers in Marrakesh, making nice with Barbary Apes in a cedar forest or meeting students in their classrooms in Tamzenddirt, you’ll have wonderful, unexpected experiences because you are expected at every turn. To truly see and understand<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank"> Morocco, it takes a family</a> ...and ours is ready and waiting for yours at every step.

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  • Woman standing in store in Morocco looking at Plates

    Fall In Love With Morocco In 6 Days

    That morning in Essaouira, we knew we’d struck gold. A contingent of our group split off with one of our guides to go paddle boarding on the bay. The Mediterranean sun felt fantastic. The oomph it took was just the break our muscles needed. The views of the city walls and Mogador Islands left us with no doubt that we were in Morocco. Meanwhile, the others were just as absorbed in a kitchen where a local chef gave a cooking instruction in tagine, Morocco’s classic stew. It was a homey, lively, sensory session that was full of laughs and a chance to dig into the local culture. When we came back together, the debate over who had the best morning ended in a draw. In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>, everybody wins. <br><br>Those early moments on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank">newest </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank">Morocco itinerary</a> proved a lot. First and foremost, that six days is plenty of time to experience this African kingdom. The trip came to be because a private group asked if there was a practical way to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank">explore </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco </a>in just one week. Indeed, there is! Exotic as it feels, Morocco is nearer than many travelers realize. Casablanca is closer to most U.S. gateways than <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">Rome</a>, and it’s roughly the same distance as <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">Paris</a>. Plenty of travelers go to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/europe/" target="_blank">Europe </a>for a week... so the same is eminently doable in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>. Add to that the fact that Classic Journeys has more than 22 years worth of friends, contacts and wonderful experiences in Morocco, and handcrafting this new itinerary was as easy as sliding down a desert sand dune. That special trip was such a success that we are now offering it as a second Morocco travel option for you. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGI&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bgu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The days are a leisurely cascade quintessentially Moroccan cultural experiences. In Essaouira (aka Astapor in Game of Thrones) the medina is a time-stands-still place where a guided stroll includes centuries-old fortifications and shops spilling over with silver and carpets. You meet the Amazigh Berbers on a walk in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Out there, argan trees that grow only in Morocco yield nuts whose oil is used for everything from drizzling on couscous to moisturizing shampoo. You’ll come wiz us to ze Kasbah as well. That’s the Kasbah Abderazak in this case, an old fort where today a craftsman turns goats’ milk into cheese. <br><br>As far as we’re concerned, no visit to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco </a>is complete without an excursion into the desert...and the only way to go is on a camel. A Berber blue man will meet you with his mounts. You tie on a burnoose and then sway into the Agafay desert in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains. Your ride ends at a luxury desert encampment with gleaming white tents, cushy beds, and all the amenities. A feast of a dinner is on the fire, and it tastes all the better because you enjoy it while watching dusk turn into starlit night. When the new day dawns you have another choice of activities – either a bike ride or a guided walk on paths end at an oasis of palm and olive trees. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Camel ride in desert" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGI&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fA21" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>As any trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco </a>must, yours makes its way to Marrakesh where you shop the souks, explore quiet water-splashed gardens, and sit down to an extravagant farewell dinner in a palatial private home that’s world-renowned for its interior design. <br><br>Back at home, we had a dozen opinions about which moment was the best. But then that’s the hallmark of a vacation so full of exceptional and exotic experiences. The one thing that everyone agreed on our is that six days is absolutely enough time to leisurely fall in love with <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>. <br><br><br><b>THE COMFORTS OF MOROCCO</b><br>On your visit, days full of a rich variety of activities and cultural experiences end in the quiet elegance of some of the country’s finest lodgings. <br>  <div><b><i>Essaouira - </i>L’Heure Bleue Palais</b> <br>Set in an 18th-century riad in the city’s heart, this Relais &amp; Chateaux property focuses inward on its private courtyard. The rooftop pool overlooks the medina and the sea. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGI&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bgz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><i>Agafay Desert</i>  - Scarabeo Camp </b><br>Snow-white tents rise from the sands and offer 360º views of the desert and Atlas Mountains. The luxurious tents include regular beds, a traditional Moroccan lounge and carpeted floors.<br> <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGI&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bh4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><i>Marrakesh - </i><b>S</b>ofitel Marrakech Lounge &amp; Spa </b><br>A contemporary 5-star oasis of calm is near all of the city’s treasures. A palm-lined fringed pool looks outward to the mountains, and there’s also a spa and a hammam for your pleasure. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGI&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bh0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></div> <br><b>Have you been to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco </a>with us before?</b> Would you like to go back without repeating yourself? This <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">new 6-day itinerary</a> visits different regions of the country and offers an array of fresh experiences to welcome you back. 

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  • Essaouira Old City, Morocco

    11 Wonderful Ways to Experience Morocco Like Nobody Else

    Whether you&#39;re strolling the crest of the colossal <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Saharan sand dunes</a>, winding through the alleyways of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">F</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">é</span></span></span>s Medina</a>, exploring an ancient <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Kasbah fortress</a>, or awakening in a traditional tent carpeted with kilims in the middle of the desert - Morocco is full of surprises, a vivid culture, and unparalleled beauty. Cool cedar-forested mountains. Narrow gorges with ribbon-like oases in their depths. As you enjoy a cup of traditional mint Moroccan tea while perched on a pile of colorful Berber rugs, you may wonder if you ever have to leave. Morocco delivers everything you&#39;d want from a vacation and more. Take in the stunning natural sights, noisy and vivid marketplaces, and the warm hospitality from a culture accustomed to the diversity of Berber, Arab, Jewish, African, and Mediterranean influences. Morocco is enigmatic and exotic all at once - a bucket list destination without a doubt. Check out our top <u>11 Must-Do Experiences</u> while visiting Morocco below:<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#1 EXPLORE THE MEDINA IN ESSAOUIRA</a></b><br>The coastal city of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Essaouira</a> is a must-see in Morocco and is a perfect introduction to the vivid Morrocan culture mixed with the laid-back vibe of a beach town. Explore the local medina on foot and wander through its renowned art galleries and wood workshops, where craftsmen create everything from carpets to silver jewelry.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CB4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#2 GO GLAMPING IN THE DESERT</a></b><br>Just a few short minutes outside of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Essaouira</a>, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful countryside and at the doors of the ancient Kasbah Abderazak. Here, you can enjoy a day of camel riding and cheese-making in the desert before arriving at an incredible site: a charming bivouac of a dozen or so Berber-inspired tents in one of the most beautiful corners of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>. As evening envelops the camp, enjoy the incredible stargazing over a dinner of cumin-scented stew and traditional herbal tea.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CAk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#3 COOK &amp; PADDLEBOARD IN ESSAOUIRA </a></b><br>Explore the beautiful bay on a stand-up paddleboard that offers terrific coastal views of the Medina walls and surrounding Mogador Islands. Or explore the traditions of the Moroccan table and learn how to prepare an authentic couscous and tajine with the help of local chefs. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CBO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#4 EXPLORE THE FÈS</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"> MEDINA</a></b><br>Take a guided walk through the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">largest Medina in the western part of the Islamic world</a>. This walled city has changed little since the 9th century and you&#39;ll see small workshops, craftsmen at work on copper and brass, and the tannery where leather is created and dyed as it has been for countless centuries. Later, stroll in the ceramic district where artisans will share how they create fine tiles and mosaics.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CAa" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#5 COUNTRYSIDE OF FÈS</a></b><br>Take a memorable walk in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">countryside surrounding Fès</a>. Walk through forested footpaths, past lush apple orchards and olive groves, and enjoy the views of the ochre-colored villages as you greet locals along the way with their donkeys in tow. If you wish, purchase fresh local pastries in the countryside towns and snack on locally-grown roasted almonds. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CAz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#6 SEE THE MIDDLE ATLAS MOUNTAINS</a></b><br>A journey through the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Middle Atlas Mountains</a> is a must, as you&#39;ll be rewarded with stellar scenery and some of the most spectacular views in Africa. Stroll through cedar forests, admire the high plateaus, and clay cut and stone villages scattered throughout the countryside as Barbary apes and shepherds accompany you along the way. As you move into the High Atlas, the scenery shifts to tall peaks, deep gorges, and pre-Saharan hills and sand dunes scattered with medieval Kasbahs and clay villages. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CAu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#7 RIDE THE DUNES OF MERZOUG</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">A AT SUNSET</a></b><br>Just an hour outside of Fés, explore the soaring <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">red sand dunes of Merzouga</a>, the highest dunes in the world. From here, watch the sunset over the dramatic landscape on camel rides for an unforgettable experience through the dunes as the vibrant colors of the sky melt into the sandy hues of the dunes in the distance.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CAp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#8 WALK THROUGH TODRA GORGE</a></b><br>Take a scenic walk through one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco&#39;s most magnificent natural sights</a>, the 900-foot deep Todra Gorge. Explore the narrow gorge with ribbon-like oases in their depths and the lush greenery—including oleander, laurel, and fig trees—that flourish in this environment. Walk through fields of alfalfa, henna, barley, and mint in the shade of palm and almond trees. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CBJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#9 EXPLORE AIT BEN HADDOU</a></b><br>Take a short trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Ait Ben Haddou</a>, one of the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbahs in the Atlas region. This ancient fortress is abundant in cultural significance and rich history, as it served as a rest area during medieval times for the caravans that traveled from Marrakesh to Timbuktu. It may also seem vaguely familiar to you, as it has been used for the scenes in almost 20 films - a sight to see! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CB9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#10 JOURNEY INTO THE OURIKA VALLEY</a></b><br>Journey into the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Ourika Valley</a>, surrounded by the High Atlas Mountains. Explore the stunning scenery, lush and fertile valley, and numerous running rivers and gushing waterfalls. Explore villages in the valley like <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Anins</a>, where you can enjoy large weeping willows, winding hillside pathways, and roam the dusted streets - admiring the perched houses constructed from locally-crafted clay. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CBE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">#11 WANDER IN MARRAKESH</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Marrakesh</a>, the fourth of Morocco&#39;s imperial cities, has long been a center of African Islamic civilization and is one of the most popular destinations in Morocco for a reason. The most famous philosophers and scholars in the world converged here in the Middle Ages, which helped create the outstanding architecture and public gardens that will stun you upon arrival. Make your way  to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Djemaa el-Fna</a> square and take a guided tour of the souks, where you can shop for Berber carpets, chat with merchants, admire artisan jewelry, and purchase other unique Moroccan crafts.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SMf&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CAf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><br>If a trip to any of these locations interests you, I invite you to join a handcrafted <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journey&#39;s culture + walking trip to Morocco</a>. Luxurious lodging, local guides, amazing cuisine, and a phenomenal cultural experience awaits you in Morocco. 

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