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Imperial Cities and Desert MR

Visiting: Morocco
Tour Duration 15 Days
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Imperial Cities and DesertScores 8.1 out of 10 based on 15 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Our leader gave us a wonderful insight into his country taking us through the historical cities in the north and through the desert and it's communities in the south. He gave us his personal connections to the place and the trip was filled with sights and sounds. Everything was incredibly well organised and I never had to worry about accomodation or transport. A great introduction to Morocco.
Confirmed traveller: 03 January 2016
Published on: 05 January 2016
(10 out of 10)


Houston, Texas
I would recommend taking this trip before late November. Most of the hotels had swimming pools and I could tell that all would perform better in slightly warmer weather. Most of the cities, when the cold sets in have a moist cold and the hotels are not really set up for warmth. Also, while all were perfectly acceptable, each could have done with a strong manager to go through and troubleshoot room by room, fixing the little incidentals that don't ruin a trip but make the hotel experience "just okay". Broken faucets, non functioning heaters, bidets that don't work, hot water that runs out, minor repairs, stuff like that. Again, no deal breakers but moments of inconvenience. The trip is well balanced. True, it follows the standard tourist route but this is because those are where the most interesting things are. And the local guides were great. True, the recommended restaurants followed a predictable pattern. But with one exception in a hotel restaurant in Tinghir, all were very good value and very good food. You will of course visit the obligatory tile, carpet, leather, metals its places. But the talks there are fine and the appropriate amount of time is spent there. We weren't shopping on this trip so we took these stops,with a grain of salt. First day in Casablanca, buy yourself a plastic bucket to do your laundry in, at the nearby Acima grocery store. Do stick with tagines and couscous. Delicious.
Confirmed traveller: 06 December 2015
Published on: 08 December 2015
(9 out of 10)


The tour provided a great insite into Morocco. It covered all places i needed to see. Hassan, the tour guide was outstanding.
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 21 November 2015
(6 out of 10)


We visited some interesting places on this trip, the better being Ait Ben Haddou, Essaouira and Fez (had it not been pouring down with rain all day).
The walk in the Todra Gorge was disappointing as it was actually a mountain hike so not what we were expecting or prepared for.
Although we didn't expect hot weather (going at the end of January)we experienced extreme cold, rain and snow (forcing us to change our route and schedule resulting in a ridiculously long road journey) so felt that the trip should not have been run quite so early in the year, as this is apparently not uncommon.
There was little time spent in Casablanca, Rabat and Fez which was a shame as we did not have the time to explore these places, yet there was time spent in other locations where there was little to see or do.
The food on the whole was most excellent although some of the breakfasts were very poor. The accommodation was to a good standard throughout the trip.
We had Ali as our tour leader. As a guide he was excellent with great knowledge, and very interesting to talk to, however we did not feel that he always acted in the best interest of the group, for example in the choice of overpriced restaurants in some instances.
Overall our feeling about the trip was that it was a 10 day trip stretched to 2 weeks and our tips to others booking it would be not to go too early in the year and seek out some good local places to eat for yourselves.
Confirmed traveller: 15 February 2015
Published on: 20 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


Learning about the varied history of Morocco and seeing the key historical sites and their imposing buildings.
Learning about the local traditions and religion (Islam).
Being there during the feast of Eid al-Adha (sacrifice of sheep).
The Marjorelle gardens in Marrakech.
The villages in the desert like Ait Ben Haddou.
The friendliness of the locals.

Be aware, there is quite a lot or driving on some days although the roads are good.
Confirmed traveller: 27 September 2015
Published on: 08 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


A great introduction to Morocco, hotels are reasonable considering the price. Would be good to get to Casablanca early if you want to see the city and visit ricks cafe. A word of warning, there are much better restaurants in the cities than the guide takes you to, although they are a few pounds more expensive, also don't buy anything from the shops the guide takes you to, they are overpriced. First time I've come across this on this type of holiday, but my first trip with explore, so could just be an explore thing.
Confirmed traveller: 31 May 2015
Published on: 04 October 2015
(9 out of 10)


The whole trip was well balanced, good local knowledgeable guides with the stay at Essaouira particularly memorable.
Confirmed traveller: 04 January 2015
Published on: 03 October 2015
(9 out of 10)


We were there during Eid. This led to fantastic scenes of sheep markets and frantic Christmas like preparations from the locals.
Morocco is an amazing country of contrasts and a was a pleasure to visit.
Confirmed traveller: 12 October 2014
Published on: 02 October 2015