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Imperial Cities and Desert MR

Visiting: Morocco
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Imperial Cities and DesertScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 41 reviews
(9 out of 10)


A comprehensive tour of Morocco they does exactly what the trip notes state.
Some long drives and with a full group of 15 it made the transport cramped and uncomfortable.
Do the camel ride and sleep in the Bedouin tent - a little expensive for what you get as you forfeit the hotel room but still do it.
Pack for the cold in February. It's cold after the sun goes down and in the mornings.
You can eat cheaply and well - not aways at the restaurants recommended by the guide. Not the chicken pie in Fes. Expensive and not very nice.
Guide - was very good with lots of knowledge and very organised. Driver very good and very safe.
Extra nights not really needed either side.
Hotels don't always have hot water - but just go with it. Hotel staff very helpful and good breakfasts.
Take walking poles for the walk. 600m ascent and 600m down - on loose stones. Great views so worth it.
Tea with Berber man very good. Could stay longer there.
Royal Air Maroc flights very good and on time. Transit in Casablanca for Gatwick flight was very good.
Morocco is a great short haul destination. Do it!
Confirmed traveller: 19 February 2017
Published on: 21 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


Whitley Bay
This tour exceeded my expectations in every way. The sights were superb, the accommodation good, the pace was just right and our tour leader was excellent.

Highlights included Volubilis, walking in the Todra gorge, relaxing in Essaouira and staying in a lovely little chalet at La Bergerie with its log fires.

Be prepared for all weather conditions, with plenty of warm clothing for early mornings and night time. Some hotel restaurants are very cold.
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2017
Published on: 06 January 2017
(7 out of 10)


A good way to see Morocco, great variety, with the main cities covered, but also the
Saharan side of the Atlas mountains. If you do this trip between December and February it can be very cold, snow in the mountains, hotels with stone floors and inadequate or ineffectual prepared with serious winter clothing...slippers for the hotels rooms etc.
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2017
Published on: 02 January 2017
(9 out of 10)


Great leader, gave us many options as was possible. The itinerary was very varied and gave us an insider view of Morocco, it's people and customs.

It should be emphasized that the weather in December is cold and can be wet, take suitable winter clothing.

Highlights were many but for us walking in Todra Gorge, visiting a local hammam and a cooking demonstration were special.
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2017
Published on: 02 January 2017
(9 out of 10)


St Briavels, Glos.
An extremely varied tour, with many highlights: desert, mountains and the imperial cities. Hassan, our guide, was excellent. I cannot think of any significant improvements.
A minor point is that the suggested allowances for meals, etc. is too low, although this can partly be accounted for by the recent fall in value of the pound.
Confirmed traveller: 06 November 2016
Published on: 08 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


A good mix of cultural and historical sites. A varied itinerary with a large range of different geographical panoramas.
The moderate pace could be increased in various locations with options to do more challenging treks and visits.
The desert camp and camel ride to get there was stunning. The night sky without light pollution is not to be missed.
For shoppers there was a variety of opportunities and Explore ensured that we saw real Morocco.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2016
Published on: 23 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


This is a great way to see the scenery and culture of Morocco. The itinerary is skilfully devised to include both busy cities and tranquil places such as mountain villages and the desert. Our leader was very informative. The hotels are comfortable and full of character with traditional decor.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2016
Published on: 22 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Fast pace, varied sights, excellent organisation between places.
Archetecture and decorations amazing, scenery breathtaking.
Atlas Mnts stunning scenery, difficult to fit more time in a 14 day holiday, will have to return!

Tour leader competant, knowledgeable, thoughtful and caring.

Hotels were varied and truly part of the experience, shiny lace 4 posters to cool spas! Gave an 8 only because 3 star hotels can't be a 10.

Would have liked to have seen the yarn dye pots in Fes, even in preference to the leather ones.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 30 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


The tour itinerary and tour leader, Lahcen, were excellent. Morocco is a fascinating destination and has history, culture and active adventures to appease everyone. Our tour leader shared his knowledge and passion of his country which enriched our group’s experience greatly. He took of care of the individual needs of the group as they arose with immense consideration. The tour itinerary itself is active and is great introduction to the variety of things to see and to do in Morocco.

Highlights would be being in Morocco during the Eid al-Adha, Fes, camel trek and campout in the Sahara, Tinghir & Todgha Gorge, and Essaouira. I would not change a thing about the itinerary.

The only thing that could be improved upon is the hotels in some destinations. As a former travel agent that sold this tour and Explore often, I think the hotel in Casablanca and Erfoud could have been better. But of course I understand that it does depend on what is available.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 29 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


The explore leader was fantastic - his knowledge was outstanding - we saw so much and the desert was amazing - such great fun, so much to see and do. The country has so much to offer - the scenery in the mountains was incredible such fantastic experiences - anyone wanting to see the real morocco should experience this tour
Confirmed traveller: 29 May 2016
Published on: 02 June 2016