5 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS

IMPERIAL MOROCCO

Stroll through medieval alleyways, explore majestic
palaces and gardens, and uncover the secrets of
centuries-old craftsmanship.

ABOUT THIS EXAMPLE
MOROCCO TOUR

Explore Morocco’s Imperial cities, where medieval history and vibrant culture converge. Experience the regal splendor of Rabat, the timeless allure of Fes, the Moorish architecture of Meknes, and the majestic beauty of Marrakech. Each city offers a unique glimpse into Morocco’s rich heritage and royal past. Join us on this unforgettable adventure through the heart of Morocco’s Imperial legacy and discover why these four cities are UNESCO Heritage Sites. *This is an example itinerary. All trips are custom-crafted to your interests and needs.

Your example 5-day, 4-night
Imperial Morocco

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IMPERIAL MOROCCO

Day 1 — Marrakech to Rabat Day 2 — Rabat to Fes Day 3 — Fes Day 4 — Fes to Marrakech Day 5 — Marrakech

IMPERIAL MOROCCO

Day 1 — Marrakech to Rabat Day 2 — Rabat to Fes Day 3 — Fes Day 4 — Fes to Marrakech Day 5 — Marrakech

Ocean Road To Ancient Architecture

Your tour begins in the morning and leaves the famous Red City of Marrakech for Rabat, the capital of Morocco. You’ll take the motorway to Casablanca and then the ocean road to Rabat. Along the way you will pass through small towns nestled in fertile agricultural areas. Once in Rabat, you will have the opportunity to see many things such as the Kasbah Oudaya that dates back to the 12th century Almohad Dynasty; the Hassan Tower that was started in 1195 and was intended to be the largest minaret in the world until the Sultan died during construction; and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, located adjacent the Hassan Tower.

The mausoleum is considered an architectural masterpiece of the Alaouite Dynasty. You will spend the night in a charming riad in Rabat.

Explore the Medieval Capital

On day two, following a delicious breakfast, you will leave on the road to Fes. On the way, you will pass through the famous city of Meknes. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail. The city is named for the Berber tribe, Miknasa, that settled there in the 9th century. You will also have the opportunity to visit nearby Volubilis, a partly excavated Roman city dated back to the 1st century AD.

You will continue your journey and reach Fes by nightfall for dinner and overnight in a charming riad.

Morocco's Spiritual Heart

Today you’ll have a guided exploration of Fes, Morocco’s spiritual heart. Founded in the 9th century, the walled city is home an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Within the majestic walls of Fes, over 9,500 narrow streets and dim alleyways wind endlessly, weaving around thousands of stalls showcasing centuries-old craftsmanship.

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary sensory experience unlike any other. Few outsiders truly grasp the mysteries hidden within the bustling labyrinth of Fes, where every corner is alive with vibrant colors, captivating music, and exotic aromas. As a newcomer, you may feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to a bygone era, surrounded by the timeless rituals of Moroccan life.

Yet, amidst the chaos, you’ll soon realize that the city’s inhabitants have carried on these traditions for centuries, creating an enchanting tapestry of history and culture within the noble walls of this Imperial city.

A Former Capital City

Today, your journey returns to Marrakech, renowned as Morocco’s vibrant red city. En route, you’ll stop and spend some time in Casablanca where you’ll visit the Hassan II Mosque. There are guided tours for non-Muslims, but even simply standing outside the mosque is an amazing experience. It’s so tall, it seems to brush the sky. 

The Museum of Moroccan Judaism is an optional stop. As the only museum devoted to Judaism in the Arab world, you will see to see a testament to Morocco’s Jewish history.  You’ll enjoy lunch in Casablanca before continuing your journey back to the Red City of Marrakech via the motorway.

centuries-old traditions and modern life intertwine

Today, you’ll have a private Marrakech city tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll delve into the heart of this vibrant city, where centuries-old traditions and modern life intertwine seamlessly.

Marvel at the intricate architecture of the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, wander through the bustling Jemaa el-Fna square, and immerse yourself in the intoxicating scents and sounds of the many souks.

From the historic Ben Youssef Madrasa to the enchanting Bahia Palace, each stop reveals a new facet of Marrakech’s rich cultural heritage.

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The result was a once-in-a lifetime trip.

My family and I could not have had such a meaningful, insightful visit to Morocco without Nancy, our incredible guide Youness, and the expertise of Open Doors Morocco. No question was too small to ask as we customized a boutique, ambitious 8-day trip together, and the result was once-in-a lifetime trip.

Brooke (New York)

What’s included in your
Morocco tour

We take care of all the details of your custom tour of Morocco so that you don’t have to.

Experienced Local
Moroccan Tour Guide

Fluent in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and local dialects.

Private Transport

Spacious, fully-equipped, driver & fuel.

Handpicked Accommodations
Choose Comfort, Premium, or Luxury ranked by us based on guest satisfaction.
Meals
All breakfasts included. Lunches and dinners included where indicated.
Airport Transfers

Airport transfers included.

Private Guided Tours
Private city tours, food tours, kasbah tours, hiking tours, and more.
Local Encounters

Always genuine, always unique.

OUR PROMISE

Whatever you want your custom tour of Morocco to include, we’ll create something fully unique for you — and only you.

If you want your world to get bigger and feel smaller at the same time, book this trip

No question was too small to ask as we customized a boutique, ambitious 8-day trip together, and the result was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. From the beauty of Chefchaouen to an unforgettable adventure in the Sahara to in-depth guided walks through Fes and Marrakesh, we got to see and learn so much of this beautiful country in the time we had. We can’t say enough positive things about Open Doors Morocco and its people. If you want your world to get bigger and feel smaller at the same time, book this trip.

Brooke (New Jersey)

Answers to your
FAQs

To see all our most frequently asked questions, check out our full FAQ page.
How should I pack for Morocco?

For the most part, Moroccans are very good at accepting cultural differences. That said, as a Muslim country, modesty is important. In general, larger cities are more tolerant than rural areas. However, just like anywhere, showing too much skin can attract unwanted attention. It can also cause discomfort to locals. We recommend the following, especially in smaller cities, villages, and the countryside:

Women
Long skirts or dresses that cover the knees
Maxi dresses with scarves to cover shoulders
Jeans or pants
Loose fitting tunics and blouses
Shirts with sleeves, short sleeves are fine
Cuddl Duds – for warm layers in winter

Men
Long pants
Jeans
Shorts are acceptable, but less common among adult males

General
Clothing that doesn’t expose the décolletage, shoulders, or thighs
Comfortable shoes
Flip Flops
Scarves, hats, or turbans for sun protection
Ear plugs in case of unwanted noise
Small packs of Kleenex for unstocked restrooms
Hand Sanitizer
Covid Rapid Tests
Electrolytes – not found in Morocco (the Nuun brand is an easy one for traveling)

Can I drink tap water, is it safe?
We do not take chances and ensure that you have access to bottled water at all times. Water used for tea and coffee has been boiled and is considered safe to drink.
When is the best time to visit Morocco?
The geography of Morocco is such that all throughout the year there are locations where the climate is mild. For instance, during the summer months when it is extremely hot in the interior of the country, the coast is a cool respite. Summertime is the best time to hike and explore the higher altitudes of the Atlas mountains. In winter, the Atlantic coast is warm. The desert is very hot in the summer, but pleasant at other times of the year.
How does Open Doors Morocco determine pricing for tours?

Like the old adage says, “You get what you pay for.” We have no interest in being the cheapest tour in Morocco. You receive an excellent value and return home with amazing memories and new friends in Morocco. Our tours are not cookie cutter, one size fits all tours. While we have example itineraries on our website, everything is customized. Because we put a great deal of focus on each of our tours, we limit the number of bookings at one time. This enables us to build great individualized itineraries and match people with our excellent hosts. We do not compromise on the quality of our local hosts.

We believe in paying our local hosts fair living wages. This is also something we will not compromise. One of the primary reasons we started Open Doors Morocco was that we saw the disparity in the tourism industry here. In most cases, the locals work the hardest, yet are compensated the least. The majority of Moroccans working in the tourism industry are not able to support their families on their income. At the same time, we won’t compromise on the expectations we lay out for our hosts. We have high standards for our local hosts and they rise to the occasion because they love their jobs and engaging with their foreign guests. You can read an outsider’s review on our vision by visiting Sixnie and Salt: Ethical Tourism: What is it? And Why Should You Care about It?

Please note that we do not offer itemized cost breakdowns.

The company is certainly not the least expensive option, but it is very, very, very much worth it!
– Emily D.

Why is it better to book with Open Doors than to travel independently?

There are many reasons to select Open Doors Morocco for your Morocco vacation. First, our primary goals are to create amazing experiences for our guests, while relating ethically with the Moroccan nationals. Those who choose to travel independently in Morocco, stand to miss out on many things that can only be experienced with a local host. We prefer to use the term, “host” rather than “guide” because they are far more than guides. Your ODM host is the touchstone between you and the Moroccan culture. They love introducing guests to their country and being involved in cross-cultural experiences. You will have the opportunity to meet some very special Moroccan people as you travel throughout the country simply because you are with a Moroccan.

Depending on where you are in the country, we may hire an additional guide. For instance, we always hire a guide in the city of Fes. The Fes Medina is a labyrinth and it requires a guide who is licensed specifically for the Fes Medina.

We have never used a guide in any of our travels, but this was the only way I could talk my husband into this trip. I’m so glad we did. We would not have been able to navigate on our own and see as much otherwise.
– Vicky L.

Secondly, traveling with us enables you to forget about the details. We will handle everything from touchdown to departure.

Finally, at Open Doors Morocco we believe in paying our tour hosts a thriving wage. We don’t pay our tour hosts peanuts for their knowledge and expertise. They are passionate about their work and sharing their country with others. The work hard and should be adequately compensated for their work. This is unusual in the tourism industry and it’s something we don’t compromise on.

We enjoyed Said’s company immensely, his knowledge, insights and stories were golden. We discovered spots we wouldn’t have on our own, and I doubt with anyone else.
– Disco Donkey

What types of accommodation do you use?

We do not book in the large “cookie cutter” hotels unless specifically requested. We use accommodations with a Moroccan style that we know personally and have been rated by our guests as excellent. That said, there are various levels of accommodations in Morocco. We will book Standard, Comfort, or Luxury accommodations. Depending on your location, luxury is not always available.

Standard accommodations are clean and simply decorated, yet still beautiful. Comfort (or Superior) accommodations are slightly more plush. Finally, luxury accommodations are the most plush.

In addition to traditional accommodations, we also offer home visits in various parts of the country. These home visits are available for those wishing to experience life in a Moroccan home. Our home visits are well vetted. Some people like to stay in a home visit for 1-2 nights out of their trip. Staying in a home visit is one way to help the local economy. It’s also a sure fire way to make sure you are pampered and spoiled while you are there. Moroccans are amazing hosts!

The care that this company takes in preparing customized itineraries that accommodate all manner of needs/desires (my partner is an above-knee amputee) is impressive, and resulted in great experiences for us.
– Rosemary Y.

How much time do I need in the country in order to experience the Sahara?

There are few words adequate enough to describe the wonder of a visit to the Moroccan Desert, especially when your host was a Nomad who grew up calling it home.
– Deborah K.

To visit the desert, you need a minimum of three days, four is better. In fact, a desert trip wrapped up into a longer tour is the best way to see it. There is so much to experience that it’s difficult to process in a short time period, especially since the desert is far from the primary tourism cities.

As a word of warning, now and then someone will come to us asking to see the “Marrakech Desert” just an hour outside the city. There is no desert directly outside Marrakech, and any tour operator who tries to sell you a tour to the Marrakech Desert is lying to you. The “Marrakech Desert” consists of hills with dust on them.

Additionally, if you run across a tour for $100 – $200 USD, you would be wise to ask questions. It’s impossible to operate a private tour for this amount of money. These types of tours are those that will take up to 17 people per vehicle, and in our opinion is not the best way to experience the desert. A private tour, in a high quality 4×4 with the capability to drive off-road is the best means of travel for this adventure. In addition, when the vehicle is driven by an experienced ODM host, who not only has been to the desert once or twice, but grew up in the desert, your experience is so much richer and authentic. It’s similar to the difference between hiring someone from Delaware to take you on a tour of California and hiring someone born and raised in California to lead you. In other words, how many times in your life will you get to see the Sahara Desert?

Should I exchange money before traveling to Morocco?
Morocco’s currency is the dirham. For the most part, Morocco is a cash country. Plan to use cash, and be pleasantly surprised when you find opportunities for credit cards. It is possible to order the Moroccan dirham from your bank prior to travel. However, this is not necessary and is usually more expensive. There are ATMs all throughout the country. Also, your host will be happy to take you to a money exchange cashpoint that will give you the best deal. We do not recommend using the ATMs or the the exchange counters in the airport as you will pay a higher exchange rate. If you are an American citizen, the bank Charles Schwab, offers an excellent checking account. They do not charge any foreign fees on purchases or ATM withdraws. If you are charged for using a foreign ATM, they will refund the charge to you at the end of every month. It is good practice to notify your credit card companies and / or bank as to the dates of your travel to Morocco. Traveler’s checks cannot be used in Morocco.
Should I purchase a Travel protection plan / insurance?

While Open Doors Morocco does not require guests to purchase travel protection, we highly recommend that they do. Those who choose to protect their trip are responsible for arranging this on their own. We work with Arch RoamRight, and you can request a quote HERE. Arch RoamRight offers a free child policy with each parent policy purchased. Whichever company you choose, we encourage you to look for a policy that covers emergency medical expenses, emergency evacuation, trip interruption and delayed arrival, trip delay, baggage delay, missed connection, in addition to the other elements you believe are important.

Further, if you feel nervous about cancellations due to global pandemic, a personal health issue, or other reasons, we recommend highly looking into a “Cancel for no reason” policy. We recommend that you purchase your coverage at the time of booking and double check the small print to ensure it covers all you want it to cover. Many policies will cover pre-existing conditions as long as the policy is purchased within a certain number of days that the deposit is paid.

I have special dietary restrictions. Can you cater to these?
Open Doors Morocco is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements or allergies and we will pass the information on to your guide and hotels. For those who have significant dietary restrictions, it is a good idea to bring along a card stating your dietary needs in French and Arabic. We are happy to help with translations. Having a card will help when you find yourself eating in a location where your guide isn’t with you.
Will Open Doors Morocco help me book airfare?
Open Doors Morocco does not book airfare, nor are we responsible for changes or delays in your reservation or flight. However, we are more than happy to provide tips and even research suggested flights.
Who will be my local host / guide?
Open Doors Morocco makes host assignments one month to a few weeks before your trip. We will communicate this information as soon as the assignment has been made. All of our hosts are friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced and share Open Doors Morocco’s passion for transformative travel. Each of our hosts offers a unique personality, perspective, and passion to share with you during the trip.
What type of vehicles do you use?
The majority of the time we use Toyota Land Prados. These are the same as Toyota Land Cruisers in the United States. Although the legal limit is six guests in these vehicles, we have found that four guests is the limit in terms of comfort. In much of Morocco, 4x4s are the best means for transportation. However, there are exceptions depending on the make up of the group. For families, we often use Mercedes minivans. If the desert is included in a trip where a van is utilized, it will be necessary to switch out to 4x4s in the desert. A mini bus is often utilized for a group tour. If a group is traveling to the desert, it is necessary to switch out to 4x4s at that time. Some small groups travel in a caravan of 4x4s.

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