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Noureen "I went on this trip with my best friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We would recommend Morocco as a destination to travellers, as long as they do their research beforehand. I need to stress and highlight that Morocco is a beautiful country with lovely people and an amazing culture. That in mind, when people visit this country, they must keep an open mind and spirit. One memb..."
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23 reviews
Starts
Casablanca
Destinations
+8
Ends
Marrakesh
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Highlights

  • Discover ancient Roman settlements
  • Enjoy epic views over the Atlantic
  • Explore rural life and folklore music
  • Visit Marrakech’s incredible monuments
Age range
15 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Local Transport
Start in Casablanca and end in Marrakesh! With the in-depth cultural tour Best of Morocco, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Casablanca to Marrakesh and through Casablanca, Morocco and 9 other destinations in Morocco. Best of Morocco is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • ES
    Written on October 12, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    the trip was exactly what I thought it would be: intresting , colorful and well organized
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  • JL
    Written on September 16, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Very recommendable trip in Morocco. Itinerary very well designated. You'll get the most of the country. Tour leader Yousseff did an excellent job. He gave good information about the contry and the places we visited and tried the best so anyone in the group was as comfortable as possible.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Jose Luis, thanks for sharing your experience! It is wonderful to receive feedback like this from our passengers, and we always pass it along to our global team (including your guide) where it is very much appreciated. We’re delighted that you had a great time in Morocco with us, and we hope to see you on another trip soon… Where to next? :) Kind regards, Intrepid Travel
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  • MA
    Written on June 8, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    My trip was fabulous, the guide Ait Alla Mohamed Was excellent
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  • TS
    Written on June 4, 2017
    1.5 - Rather poor

    One of the worst tours I've ever been on. This was one of the final tours our guide was doing and it really reflected in the quality of the tour. This is my first trip with Intrepid and I really regret not going with more reputable tour companies like Gadventures. The whole time was a push to eat and buy what they are selling, the worst are the "coops" ...who's really getting this money? The "guided tour" if you can call it that, was just taking the group to shops ( yes disclosed in the notes) but the day is wasted as the guide waits around for his commission in each shop ( especially in Fes). I would have prefered to go on my own and get lost or go to Chef....such a waisted day. The only good thing about the trip was Essouria and the guide was knowledgeable until the end when she takes you to a silver shop and again waits for commission. Ps the 10% is not because you're on the Intrepid tour everyone that walks in gets it. Always negotiate and don't trust what the guides are telling you.
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  • BS
    Written on May 29, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent all round experience of Morocco with a local and knowledgeable guide. Intrepid use locally owned hotels and select reputable businesses to deal with.
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  • SK
    Written on May 26, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The overall experience was eye-opening, love the cultural diversity. Our tour guide, Khaled Ait Lnoh, was thoughtful, accommodating and fun to be with. He is awesome, and I enjoyed his company. Living accommodations can be better, I would like to see some improvements on living arrangements.
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  • AH
    Written on April 24, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was an excellent trip in which you travel to many places without the hassle of trying to sort the arrangements yourself. The local guides used were all friendly and informative and the main guide, Khaled, was great – both as a guide looking after the group and as a mate you could have a laugh with. He did his best to keep everyone happy and to keep everyone involved ( I must admit we had a great group that clicked in the main, so that helped also). Highlights of the trip for me were sleeping in the Sahara (just watch out for those goats) and the night we sat on the hotel terrace in the mountains, just staring at the stars whilst we played some mellow tunes. The hotels were all actually better than I expected and the food was good, although you might not want to order Pastilla if you don't like icing sugar on your Chicken pie! Camel Burgers in the Medina were really good, they taste a bit like Giant Panda! As mentioned in the trip notes, Morocco is not as cheap as you might think, so you just need to make sure you understand that an evening meal can be around £15-£20 in some places – not every day, but not unusual either and you can go cheaper if you wish. There are one or two long travel days of around 5 hours, but you stop every 60-90 minutes or so for toilet/coffee breaks. I was in t-shirt most of the time, so I don't know if it's really necessary to bring that many layers – depends on how much you feel the cold I guess – but probably the only time I felt I could do with a Jumper (or Sweater for the non-Brits) was the night in the High Atlas Mountains. Plenty of opportunities for shopping along the way and it is not unknown to find the odd Beer here and there, although sometimes you have to pay £3-£4 for a small bottle (maybe stock up at a supermarket?). Our driver, Lachon, drove safely at all times, the trains were comfortable and the local bus from Essouriara to Marrakech was a big modern bus, like found in most countries. I haven’t described the country itself because (1) wait and see its beauty for yourself and (2) the sights are described in the itinerary anyway or a can be found by doing a little research on t'interweb. So, I highly recommend this trip and in a way I wished I hadn’t already done it, so I could experience it all again! Cheers Mate!
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  • Best of Morocco reviewer 8
    Written on October 18, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I hv an awesome n most memorable trip of my life. The experiences of stay in riads n gite were just wonderful. Staying with a Berber family gite in Aroumd, riads at Todgha Gorge and Ait Benhaddou were marvellous experience. Of course, spendind the night in Erg Chabis, Western Sahara in a camp , the feeling was just beyond description. The seafood at Essaouira was really tasty n cheap, very fresh n wide selection. I loved the sea urchins. It will cost me bomb to eat in Tokyo .... seafood urchins sushi. Overall the trip was really great n value for money. The Moroccan tour leader, Hicham Hidaya is really knowledgeable, friendly, always smiling, patience and tremendously helpful. Highly recommended.to anyone interested in going. You don't know what you missed. My best trio ever. Thank you and God bless.
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  • JL
    Written on October 17, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great trip, tour guide was kind and considerate and patient. Would recommend Intrepid to anyone.
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  • NL
    Written on October 13, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    I went on this trip with my best friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We would recommend Morocco as a destination to travellers, as long as they do their research beforehand. I need to stress and highlight that Morocco is a beautiful country with lovely people and an amazing culture. That in mind, when people visit this country, they must keep an open mind and spirit. One member of our group asked a lot of inappropriate questions and would often bring the mood of the group down. The lifestyle and mentality is not the same as in North America or Europe, and that has to be accepted, not constantly challenged with judgemental comments. Accommodations: For the most part, the accommodations in this package are acceptable. Some hotels are in desperate need of maintenance, which would make the stay that much more enjoyable. Also, please note that while most hotels have wifi, it doesn’t work in the bedrooms in many cases. I think that the “homestay” should not be referred to as such, because we did not actually interact with the family. It was more of a guesthouse, a family run hostel. The idea of homestay is where you integrate with your host family, interacting and learning from them. We did not have this experience. Visiting the Berber camp, however, was amazing. We were welcomed into the tent that served as home for the family. We did not stay there, but it was definitely a beautiful experience. Transportation: Our bus driver was amazing. He was friendly and easy to talk to. He made jokes with us, even played pranks. This package includes a lot of road trips, so the mini-bus was comfortable, although the AC was not always working ideally. But overall, I would say that the transportation provided on this trip fit the needs of the travellers. Meals: The food is Morocco is very good and vegetarian friendly, but not very diversified. After 5 days, I was pretty tired of Tajines and couscous, BUT it was good at least. LOTS of bread. Food is not expensive overall, and at any restaurant, you can always find a cheaper option for those people on budget. The one thing I did not appreciate is that in certain cities/villages or for certain meals while commuting between cities, we were not given the option of where to eat. We were taken to a certain restaurant and therefore had to pay the fare of whatever the options were. Or in certain hotels, the option of going out to explore the city was unavailable to us, so we ate at the hotel, but those meals were not included. My suggestion for such meals is to include it in the package price. They were not expensive and the food was good, but if I don’t have the option of where to eat, I don’t want to have to put my spending money towards that meal. It might seem insignificant, but spending money was budgeted and therefore I would like to spend it the way I want. I did not enjoy most cocktails I tried, but wine was pretty good overall. Shopping: Most tour guides (for multiple operators) will tell you to wait for Marrakech to shop. DON’T. Shop as you go along, if you see something, bargain for the best price and buy it. The local market in Meknes would be a good place to buy things. Also, buy your fruit from local street vendors/markets vs supermarkets, commercial supermarkets are 3-4 times the price for fruits and vegetables. Guide: Our guide was satisfactory overall. He presented us with options for our trip and we had the liberty to choose what we wanted to do. However, his communication skills were not always amazing. We had to ask for clarifications or details many times. Near the end of the trip, he seemed to be turned off by something, and he was less outgoing than at the beginning. He did, however, share his views on his country and details about his personal life, which was much appreciated. We were able to get some perspective through conversations with him. He was knowledgeable about his country and people, which is always a plus. General comments: As mentioned in the tour description, the groups are mixed age. We had a pretty good mix of 50% 35 and under, and 50% over, so I think everyone found good company within the group. The suggested activities are not always the best ones (i.e. the garden in Marrakech is underwhelming in my opinion and not worth the entrance we paid, given that it was the priciest). Do your own research and in cities where there is free time, explore! The marketplace in Marrakech is so alive and busy with activity. Definitely take the time to walk around, even if you have no intention to buy anything. Be aware that people will try to sell you things. Just ignore them or say no thank you and keep walking. The marketplace in Meknes is a completely different vibe. Visit both if you can, to see the difference. Fez is an amazing city as well. There is so much life on the streets near our hotel. The garden is beautiful. We ate a random small restaurant that was completely empty, and it was potentially the best, most flavourful meal we had on the entire trip. We also had coffee and Moroccan pastries in a local coffee shop that was completely empty; the pastries in the window tempted us. We were not at all disappointed. EXPLORE! The fort in Essouira near the water front is beautiful. If you go there, do not miss it! The Sahara Desert and camel trek was definitely a highlight. If the weather permits it, sleep under the stars, outside of the tents. It is an absolutely beautiful and breathtaking experience. Climb the sand dunes. Wake up early to watch the sunrise. Get sand stuck in your hair, it’s worth it.
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  • Day 1: Casablanca
  • Day 2: Rabat/Meknes
  • Day 3: Volubilis/Fes
  • Day 4: Fes
  • Day 5: Midelt
  • Day 6: Sahara Camp
  • Day 7: Todra Gorge
  • Day 8: Todra Gorge
  • Day 9: Ait Benhaddou
  • Day 10: Aroumd
  • Day 11: Essaouira
  • Day 12: Essaouira
  • Day 13: Marrakech
  • Day 14: Marrakech
  • Day 15: Marrakech

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    • February 1, 2017

      Can a fit 72 yr old travel on a tour with an age range to 70?

      There is no upper limit for ages on this particular tour with Intrepid, however they do require any passengers 70 years old and over to complete a Self-Assessment Form.

    • December 1, 2016

      Is the single supplement mandatory in this tour?

      It is not mandatory that you pay a single supplement as a solo traveller on this tour. Intrepid allows you to be paired in an accommodation with another solo traveller of the same gender, the single supplement fee will only be charged if you opt to get a room on your own.

    • December 1, 2016

      How do we get cash when we arrive to Morocco?

      In the desert and Atlas Mountains opportunities to exchange money are limited. There are ATMs in all major cities, which accept Visa cards, MasterCards and cards connected with Cirrus. Some ATMs, belonging to smaller banks, will not work so occasionally you may need to try two or three before you are successful. We would strongly recommend bringing a combination of cash and credit cards. Credit cards are useful for large purchases such as carpets or gold from a large store, but generally speaking they are not accepted in many places. Local restaurants, markets, and many hotels will only accept cash as payment for goods

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      These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      Typhoid
      Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      Hepatitis A
      Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      Tuberculosis
      Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      Hepatitis B
      Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      Rabies
      Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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      Location
      Casablanca is the starting point and Marrakesh is the endpoint.
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      TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 12 December 2017 the full payment of $964 is necessary.
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      No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $964 for Best of Morocco, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 1,151 km.
      • Casablanca (Morocco)
      • 88 km
      • Rabat (Morocco)
      • 118 km
      • Meknes (Morocco)
      • 25 km
      • Volubilis (Morocco)
      • 38 km
      • Fes (Morocco)
      • 153 km
      • Midelt (Morocco)
      • 146 km
      • Todra Gorge (Morocco)
      • 158 km
      • Ait Benhaddou (Morocco)
      • 256 km
      • Essaouira (Morocco)
      • 168 km
      • Marrakesh (Morocco)

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