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Our Morocco

Impressions of Morocco sure to linger in your memory…

Piles of spices in bustling markets, orange trees, courtyard fountains, colorful tiles, pink walls and palm trees of Marrakesh, and the city walls of Fez.

Must see…

Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh is a quintessential and unique Moroccan experience. With its snake charmers, water sellers, musicians, food stalls and small shops, it looks like a movie set. Yet it’s completely authentic.

Kids love…

Riding camels, sliding down sand dunes, getting henna tattoos, and learning to belly dance.

Touring the souks…

The ancient markets in Moroccan cities are a travel highlight. They are also labyrinths and it’s great to have an expert lead the way through the various quarters to explore the crafts, mosques, schools and industries that have been in existence for centuries.

Shop for…

Gorgeous lanterns, tile work, ceramics, rugs, custom furniture made with wooden marquetry or mosaic tiles, designer kaftans, Moroccan tea sets and much more.

Unexpected sights…

Roman ruins. Fossils of sea creatures revealed in desert rocks. Snow-capped peaks and desert sand dunes.

Local beauty tip…

The desert air in Morocco can dry your skin and hair, but argan oil—from the seeds of the native argan tree—is an excellent natural moisturizer that’s used in a wide range of local products. We can also arrange a visit to an argan oil factory.

At the carpet shops…

Beautiful, hand-knotted Moroccan carpets are a popular purchase for many visitors and we know the best shops. Part of the experience is sitting in the rug shop and sipping mint tea as the merchant unfurls a seemingly endless variety of wonderful rugs.

Moorish architecture…

A distinctive architectural element in Morocco is the horseshoe-shaped arch, which is typically framed by colorful tiles, stone tracery, calligraphy or other decoration.

Local knowledge…

The evocative call to prayer echoes across Moroccan cities several times a day. Many shops close temporarily, creating a moment of relative calm in the hubbub, before quickly re-opening a few minutes later.

Over-the-top luxury…

Morocco offers some of the best luxury hotels and resorts in Africa, including Kasbah-style hotels, boutique ryads, remote desert hotels, tented-style accommodations, and sophisticated city hotels and resorts.

Only in Morocco…

Hassan II Mosque is a showcase of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and one of the largest mosques in the world. It’s also open to non-Muslims.

Once in a lifetime experience…

Sitting around the fire in your private Bedouin tented camp in the Sahara Desert while musicians play traditional gnawa music and you dine on traditional Berber cuisine.

For foodies…

Learn the art of Moroccan cuisine during a private market tour and cooking class in Marrakesh.

Favorite dishes…

Moroccan mezze salads (hot and cold), delicious breads and rich olive oil, merguez (spicy sausage), lamb or chicken tagine with couscous, and pastilla (savory meat pie in a flaky crust or the dessert version with custard, phyllo and cinnamon).

For garden lovers…

We love Moorish gardens, reflecting pools and design elements found throughout Morocco. The country’s most famous garden is Jardin Majorelle, a retreat in Marrakesh with vibrant blue buildings, cacti, and walkways for peaceful strolls

Insider experience…

Visiting the home of a Berber family for lunch or a cooking class.

Riad or hotel?...

Let us know your personal style and we can help select the perfect property for you, including small boutique-style traditional riads and favorite resort hotels, including Kasbah Tamadot (consider splurging on one of their luxuriously appointed Berber Tent rooms), Dar Ahlam (an exclusive hotel in the desert), and the Amanjena (luxury urban resort in Marrakesh).

Of Jewish interest…

In addition to exploring the mellah (Jewish quarters) in major cities, consider visiting a synagogue service or opt to have a meal with a local Jewish family.

Best of the outdoors…

Hiking and mountain biking in the High Atlas Mountains, surfing in Essaouira, sandboarding down dunes in the Sahara Desert.

The perfect combination…

With easy flight connections, Morocco pairs well with European destinations such as Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, London and Paris.

Artisans of Leisure perk…

A top national guide and a driver will accompany you throughout your trip, making touring completely flexible to your interests and pace. Also, your driver will be available in the evening for dinner transfers—it’s great to have a local help navigate the backstreets to find the top restaurants.

Experience Our Morocco.

Contact Artisans of Leisure to start planning a private, customized tour.

Testimonials

Our Morocco trip was fantastic. We've had great guides consistently on your tours, and our guide on this trip was truly outstanding in terms of knowledge, flexibility, personality...a real gentleman and frankly just a lot of fun to be with. The trip exceeded our already lofty expectations.
~ T.K., New York, NY

Just a quick note to thank you for planning a most wonderful trip to Morocco!
~ M.B., Brooklyn, NY

Morocco was outstanding. This was the best family vacation we have ever had. We loved the pace of travel, the variety of locations (desert, mountains, beach, etc.), and the very knowledgeable guide. The hotels were all excellent. The guide and driver went above and beyond our expectations. Of the four tour companies we have used (each multiple times), Artisans of Leisure is the only one that has provided a flawless experience. Thanks again for putting together such an extraordinary trip for us!
~ G.G., Newtown Square, PA

We had a marvelous time. The hotels were lovely, Morocco fascinating, our driver careful and our guide all one could want! We are already discussing our next trip.
~ M.P., Deakin, Australia

My clients had a great time in Morocco and had high praise for their driver and guide. They are excellent observers and I always enjoy hearing their reports after a trip. They were very impressed with your company and the arrangements you made for them. I'm sure they will be back to book again, and will recommend your services to others.
~ E.L., Toronto, Canada