The Grand Tour of Morocco

A 13 day private tour in Morocco. We focus on authentic travel experiences and discover the best of Morocco.

The Grand Tour of Morocco


The Grand Tour of Morocco is a 13 day voyage of discovery through this ancient land. All the highlights of the country are included such as Marrakesh, Ait Ben Haddou, the Erg Chebbi desert and Fes.

If this is going to be your first time visiting Morocco, then this is the perfect tour for you. The tour is led by expert local guides and uses carefully selected authentic accommodation.

Designed by local experts to show you the highlights of Morocco, this tour can be ran at anytime of the year.

Day 1 – Marrakesh

On arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your private driver for a transfer to your hotel in the city. Marrakesh is known for its colourful chaos, where you can leave your cares behind and go with the flow, exploring the labyrinth of twisting alleyways, with spice sellers, fortune tellers, snake charmers, and monkey handlers. Your driver will provide you with an overview of what to expect before you check-in and enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

Overnight at the Riad & Spa Bahia Salam (D)


Marrakesh (Marrakech)

Situated to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and fringing the famed Sahara, the bustling UNESCO-listed city of Marrakesh is an enchanting travel destination. It is also home to the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and one of the busiest squares in the world, known as Djemaa el Fna. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this square in the evening as it transforms into an enormous, open-air restaurant, and browse through exquisite carpets, spices and a myriad of other items. Art, design and architecture enthusiasts flock to the city to see its incredible artisan achievements, so beautifully expressed at the glorious Bahia Palace, Dar Si Said and Saadian Tombs, as well as at several museums. The other-worldly Jardin Majorelle is also unmissable.


Day 2 – Explore Marrakesh

Today you'll enjoy a full day guided tour of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city in Morocco (after Fes). Also known as the Red City, it is home to numerous prestigious monuments which bear witness to the colourful history of North Africa. In the morning you'll take in key sites such as the Bahia Palace, the UNESCO Heritage Agdal Gardens, and Koutoubia Mosque. The afternoon will then be dedicated to local life, taking in the mesmerizing souks and famous Djemaa el Fna square, the epicentre of Marrakech in the medina (old town). The lively atmosphere that never slows down generates an exciting buzz accommodating a variety of tastes with everything from monkey tamers to musicians, tattoo artists, and merchants with fascinating shops.

Overnight at the Riad & Spa Bahia Salam (BD)


Day 3 – A free day to explore

You’ll have the day to do as you wish today, with options (payable locally) for day trips to coastal Essouira or the Atlas Mountains. If you’d like to see more of Marrakech, stick around and relax or take advantage of one of the many spas with hammams for a tranquil soak and perhaps some indulgent treatments. You might delve into the culture through its food with a cooking class, or just wander the enticing streets. Enjoy dinner at a typical Moroccan restaurant, or at your hotel.

Overnight at the Riad & Spa Bahia Salam (BD)


Day 4 - Ait Ben Haddou

We will say goodbye to Marrakech this morning, setting off with your private driver on a scenic journey up and over the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views as you rise through a series of mountains and valleys before descending down the other side and stopping to visit Ait Ben Haddou, a remarkable fortified kasbah that sits high atop a hill. The medieval city has been featured in famous films like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gladiator,” thanks to its unrivalled beauty. You’ll continue the short distance Ouarzazate, another popular Hollywood filming site for everything from “Game of Thrones” to James Bond movies. On arrival check in to your hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Driving time today will be around 4 hours.

Overnight at the Riad Ksar Ighnda (BD)


Ait Ben Haddou

Set along the former caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara, Ait Benhaddou is a popular destination in the Ouarzazate province. This ancient Moroccan village is a traditional mud-brick city edging the High Atlas Mountains. It has featured in many Hollywood movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Jewel of the Nile, and Gladiator. Thanks to the Hollywood touch-ups through the years, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is well preserved. It is a ‘ksar’ which means fortified village and served as a convenient stopover for hundreds of caravans of camels following the renowned trans-Saharan trade route. Travellers can wander the ancient alleyways, view the traditional architecture, and visit the granary perched at the top of the hill. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Mausoleum of Ben-Haddon at the foot of the hill on the opposite side of town, and soak up the breath-taking views.


Day 5 – Erg Chebbi Desert

After breakfast you’ll be taken to visit the world-famous Atlas Cinema Studios in Ouarzazate. Known as the Hollywood of Africa, it is the largest film studio in the world and has been used to film many well-known classics. You’ll then venture into the desert, passing through palm groves and fields of roses before stopping at magnificent Todra Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Morocco, with its towering limestone cliffs that change colour with the position of the sun. We then arrive in the Merzouga region of the desert, changing to travel in a 4x4 for an exhilarating ride over the sand dunes before arriving at the desert camp. Marvel at the Sahara sunset before enjoying dinner around the campfire and settling in to spend the night in a Berber-style tent.

Overnight at the Desert Luxury Camp (BD)


Erg Chebbi Desert

Situated in the vast desert region of Saharan Morocco, dividing Morocco and Algeria, Erg Chebbi is one of two Moroccan ‘ergs’, which are a sea of dunes. What it lacks in size - compared to the deserts of Algeria, Libya and Namibia - it makes up for in its extraordinarily scenic golden landscape, which changes colours dramatically at sunset. The dunes of Erg Chebbi span over 30 kilometres and rise up to 160 metres.


Day 6 – Erg Chebbi to Fes

Wake up and join a camel ride out in the dunes to enjoy a stunning desert sunrise. Then return to the camp for a hearty Berber breakfast, before checking out and continuing by road to Fes. This long journey will take you back up and over the Atlas Mountains, passing cedar forests filled with Barbary monkeys, and maybe glimpses of the nomadic Berbers as they travel through the mountains. Stop in Ifrane, with its Swiss alpine looks, before reaching your hotel in Fes where you’ll enjoy dinner tonight.

Overnight at Palais Ommeyad (BD)



Morocco’s second-largest city and the country’s former capital, Fes (Fez) is an exotic mix of Arabic architecture, ancient alleyway calls to prayer and colourful markets; all mixed in with a good dose of modern culture. Home to the venerated Karaouine Mosque, which dates back to 859 AD and incorporates an Islamic university, and to the country’s most hallowed shrine, the Zaouia Moulay Idriss II; Fes is regarded as the spiritual seat of Morocco. Music lovers should try to synchronise their trips with the annual Festival of Sacred Music, one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar showcasing diverse performances of spiritual and religious music; while those with a penchant for shopping can browse the mesmerizing colourful markets selling an exquisite array of silver, leather, and other handicrafts up for grabs.


Day 7 – Fes (Fez)

Meet up with a local guide for a fascinating tour of this ancient city, considered to be the cultural capital of the country. Walk through the bustling streets, just a few of some 9,000 different passageways, taking in the atmospheric souks and medina. Look out for colourful spices and skilled artisans and visit Nejjarine Square with its famous fountain. You'll also visit alluring madrasa Bouanania Medersa, the mausoleum of Mouley Driss, Karaouiyine Mosque, and the oldest university in the world, founded in 859AD.

Overnight at Palais Ommeyad (BD)


Day 8 – A day at leisure in Fes

You’ll get a full day to enjoy the country’s cultural capital at your leisure. No activities are included today. For an authentic local experience, relax at one of the many hammams throughout the city. You might want to do some shopping at one of the oldest souks, like the Henna Souk which offers traditional cosmetics like henna and ceramics. Be sure to visit the Golden Gates at Royal Palace, one of the top spots in Fes for photos, before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Overnight at Palais Ommeyad (BD)


Day 9 – Fes to Chefchaouen

This enchanting adventure continues as we leave Fes after breakfast, taking a scenic drive toward the Rif mountains and the famous Blue City, Chefchaouen. Stop for a guided tour of Meknes, the fortified Ismailia capital visiting the imposing port, the Herri Essouani, and the Jewish Quarter. You’ll also visit the Moulay Ismail Shrine, an 18th-century mausoleum with Islamic architecture, and the Roman ruins of Volubilis - the 3rd century BC capital of Mauritania. Continue to Chefchaouen, with

its vibrant blue architecture nestled in the hills. We arrive late afternoon and check-in to your hotel. Driving time should be around 4-4.5hrs today.

Overnight at Dar Echchaouen Maison d'hôtes & Riad (BD)



Hidden high up in the Rif Mountains of north-eastern Morocco, Chefchaouen is a relatively large historical town known for the striking, variously hued blue-washed buildings of its picturesque Medina. Visitors can look forward to wandering along narrow, cobblestone streets lined with leather and weaving workshops and an array of historical monuments. Must-see attractions include the town's exquisite waterfall; the ruins of an old mosque on a hill behind it; and the shady main square of Uta el Hammam, which is home to the red-walled casbah - a 15th-century fortress and dungeon displaying ethnographic and art exhibits. This charming town also serves as an ideal base for travellers eager to explore the traditional villages and dramatic mountains of the scenic surrounding area.


Day 10 – Explore Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is a truly beautiful mountain town, renowned for its azure Andalusian architecture. The town was originally established in the 15th century by Moors and Jews fleeing the Reconquista of Spain. Walk through truly unique structures, stopping at Uta el-Hammam, the town's central medina (old town) where the locals meet in cafes. Chefchaouen gives visitors a glimpse of a more rural way of life as opposed to the large busy cities.

Overnight at Dar Echchaouen Maison d'hôtes & Riad (BD)


Day 11 – Chefchaouen via Rabat to Casablanca

After breakfast and checking out of your Chefchaouen hotel, your driver will transfer you to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. On arrival you'll meet a local guide to explore the city which is located on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. You'll visit the 12th-century Hassan Tower and Mausoleum, a masterpiece of modern Alaouite architecture, along with Roman ruins and the Kasbah des Oudaias which overlooks the sea. You'll then take the last leg of your journey into

Casablanca, arriving mid-afternoon.

Overnight at Gray Boutique Hotel (BD)



Casablanca lies on the Atlantic coast, in central-western Morocco. Fondly known by locals simply as ‘Casa', the capital is the industrial, economic, and cultural heart of this remarkable country, as well as its most cosmopolitan, liberal, and progressive city. While most visitors overlook Casablanca in favour of Morocco’s more popular and exotic tourist areas, this sprawling metropolis has plenty to offer the discerning traveller and has many hidden historical and cultural gems just waiting to be discovered. The city is famous for its spectacular Art Deco and Moorish Revival architecture, constructed during the Colonial Period. Explore the Old Medina, a tiny, ancient, walled village; visit the impressive King Hassan II Mosque; discover the ornate rooms, masterfully tiled floors, and intricately carved wooden ceilings of the Hispanic-Moorish Mahkama du Pacha; or simply watch the world go by at one of the many ocean-view cafes along the waterfront boulevard.


Day 12 – Casablanca

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco located on the Atlantic coast, it is the country's chief port and its economic hub. The town and the medina of Casablanca, as it is today, was founded in 1770 AD by Sultan Muhammad III ben Abdallah and there has been a settlement in this location since the 7th Century B.C. This morning your driver will meet you and take you on a guided tour of the city, including a visit to Mohammed V Square, the spectacular Hasan II Mosque, and a walk along the

evocative 'corniche' waterfront.

Overnight at Gray Boutique Hotel (BD)


Day 13 – The end of the grand tour of Morocco

Sadly, your adventures in Morocco have come to an end. At an appropriate time your driver will transfer you privately from the hotel to Casablanca International Airport, arriving in plenty of time to check in for your onward flight. (B) 


Get in touch with Our Local Tour to book the Grand Tour of Morocco

Departure Dates

This is a tailor-made tour and can be arranged for any departure date. Contact us for further information.

Price from - from £2995 per person (based on two people sharing)

Single Supplement - £795

Included in the Grand Tour of Morocco

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation with deluxe vehicle A/C with driver for the whole tour
  • All accommodation as shown or of a similar quality
  • Daily breakfast (B), plus lunch (L) and dinner (D) as shown in the itinerary
  • Services of local expert English speaking guides
  • All visits/photo stops as mentioned in the program

Not Included in the Grand Tour of Morocco

  • International travel to the start and end point - contact us for information and flight options
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any visa requirements
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for driver and guide
Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. 

Visa and Passport Information


British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. However, the Moroccan Consulate General in London advise that your passport should be valid for at least 3 months on your date of entry to Morocco. If your passport does not meet this requirement you may face difficulties and you should check with the Moroccan authorities and your travel provider before travelling. Before travelling, make sure your passport isn’t damaged. Some travellers have been refused entry when travelling on damaged passports.  

Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. 

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Our Local tour that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities.

Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. 

What to bring on your escorted tour of Morocco.


Lightweight clothing is essential however a warmer jumper is advisable for cooler evenings in the mountains  A light rain coat is advisable. There is a laundry available in most hotels.


Lightweight comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals. Waterproof footware is recommended.

Luggage while on your tour

Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.


We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea. 


Banking and Currency


Moroccan Dirham (MAD; symbol Dh) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Dh10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.


Mon-Thurs 0830-1230 and 1500-1830, Fri 0830-1200 and 1500-1830.

Most major credit cards are accepted in larger restaurants, hotels, guest houses and the occasional shop in the souks, with Visa and MasterCard being accepted most widely.

Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in larger towns, although service in smaller towns can be erratic. Most major hotels now have more reliable ATMs.

Traveller's cheques are accepted in some areas but are not advised, as the exchange can be problematic and it can be difficult to find a bank able to cash them, although some of the main tourist hotels offer this facility.

Travel, Transport and Getting Around

The high-speed toll roads connecting Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech and El Jadida are of excellent quality. Coastal communities and most large towns are also well served by good roads. In the interior, south of the High Atlas Mountains, road travel becomes much more difficult, especially across the Atlas Mountains in winter. International and local car hire companies have offices in major towns, cities and airports. Car hire is generally expensive, and prices vary with the season. The minimum age for driving a hired car is 18, although many hire companies will require drivers to be 21 or over.

Metered petit taxis are available in major towns. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped, although it is common to round fares up at least to the next dirham on short trips. Larger, grand taxis are usually Mercedes cars, used for travel outside medinas and to areas outside towns. These can be shared, but fares should be agreed before departure as they don't have meters.

Bike hire is available in most major towns - although attempting to cycle through city traffic is inadvisable. For those travelling longer distances, bikes can be transported on trains and buses.

Making use of the extensive bus network is the cheapest and most popular way to get around Morocco. Buses serve most communities, and private operators compete for custom on the more popular routes. The major bus companies are Compagnie de Transports Marocains, Trans Ghazala, and ONCF. There are extensive bus services in Casablanca and other main towns. Pre-purchase tickets are sold.

Traffic drives on the right in Morocco and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory. The speed limit is 40kph (25mph) in cities and built up areas, rising to 80km (50mph) on more major roads, up to 120km (75mph) on motorways. No alcohol at all is allowed in the bloodstream when driving.

Foreign driving licences are accepted, as well as International Driving Permits. Third Party insurance is required. Insurance documentation and a licence must be carried with you at all times. Insurance can be arranged locally.

The Moroccan rail system, run by Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) provides regular services. The network runs from Oujda in the northeast to Casablanca on the west coast, Tangier on the north coast and Fes and Marrakech in the interior. However, only a small part of the country is served, and even large centres such as Agadir and Essaouira are not covered.

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Water sources outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilisation is advisable. Bottled water is the best bet and is available everywhere. Milk is unpasteurised, so boil before drinking. Meat and fish should be freshly cooked and served hot. Vegetables are typically served cooked. If eating fruit, try to stick to fruit that can be peeled before eating. Most produce is grown organically, without chemical pesticides or fertilisers but it’s highly likely to have been washed in unsterilized water.

Fusion isn't a new trend in Morocco, where the cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean, Arabic, Jewish, Persian, West African and Berber influences. Meals range from the diffa, an elaborate multicourse feast featuring couscous and grilled meats, to quick brochettes (kebab) from a roadside stall. Produce is seasonal, grown locally and typically without chemical pesticides or fertilisers.

Tagines, the fragrant stews of meat, vegetables or fish, named after the distinctive conical earthenware vessel they’re cooked in are the Moroccans main staple. Flavours revolve around a subtle array of spices, and traditionally every spice shop would have its own secret ras el hanout spice blend recipe.

Restaurants range from buffet diners to high-end establishment serving gourmet fare. Many now offer à la carte menus and a three-course fixed-price menu is still common at dinner. Restaurants in cities and large resorts are cosmopolitan, offering a good selection of cuisines, including typical Moroccan fare, plus French, Italian, Spanish and fusion dishes.

The best way to experience the true flavour of Moroccan cuisine, however, is to sample the street food. Djemaa el Fna square in the centre of Marrakech sees an explosion of pop-up food stalls after dark, and most other cities have their own foodie quarters. Scrumptious local specialities such as almonds, olives and a rainbow array of spices can be found in souks across the country.

Laws on alcohol are fairly liberal (for non-Muslim visitors) and bars in most tourist areas stay open late. Wines, beers and spirits are available to tourists. Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol. By law, no-one is allowed to drink alcohol in view of a mosque or during Ramadan, although tourist establishments sometimes flout this rule. Locally produced wines, beers and mineral waters are reasonably priced, but imported drinks tend to be expensive.

Tipping waiting staff is expected (if service is satisfactory), usually up to 5 dirams on small bills, and around 10% for larger bills.

Climate and Weather

Morocco’s climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general the country has a tropical climate, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C (95°F) and as low as 5°C (41°F) in the Sahara. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds whilst inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in the months of December and January.

Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) during the winter.

Owing to the relatively high winter temperatures, and summers that are dry rather than unbearably humid, Morocco is an all-year round destination. If you really want to avoid the heat, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of April to May, and September to November.

Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Lightweight cottons and linens are best worn during summer, with warm medium weight wear for the evenings, during the winter, and in the mountains. Waterproofing is advisable in the wet season, particularly on the coast and in the mountains. Both men and women should be careful to wear clothing that is cognisant of cultural sensitivities – long sleeves and low hems will be looked on favourably. Sunscreen, a sunhat and sunglasses are essential especially in summer.

Internet Availability

Access is unrestricted and is widely available in business centres, hotels and in internet cafés. A one month prepaid unlimited internet access card for laptops, iPhones and smartphones is available from Maroc Telecom (who also have the best national coverage).

Electricity and Plug Standards

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Morocco are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Kingdom of Morocco usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts.

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