From the air, Morocco is a patchwork of Berber villages, medieval towns, surfing beaches and Sahara sands, shaping the landscape from High Atlas Mountains to Atlantic shores. Up-close are mosques and medinas, mint tea, music, and magic.
From imperial capitals to oasis towns, and from spice-scented souks to spectacular scenery, Morocco mixes mystique with history, ancient ruins with medieval monuments, desert sands with surfing shores, and Bedouin settlements with Berber villages.
Jules Verne’s tours cover all four of the country’s capitals, former and current. The most visited is mesmerising Marrakech, with citadel ramparts encircling a labyrinth of lanes and alleys, sprinkled with souks, and centred on the mystics, musicians, and magicians of legendary Djemaa el-Fna square.
Medieval Meknes is the least known, its magnificent Bab el Mansour gate leading into the Moorish medina, a blend of Islamic and Maghreb monuments, secret courtyards and ornate riads.
Fez was the first of the four, with a thousand years of history, enthralling architecture, and 15th-century fountains confirming its reputation as Morocco’s cultural capital; and Rabat is the current capital, spreading from the banks of the Bou Regreg River to the Atlantic shore, its Oudaya Kasbah a haven of tranquillity, with an Andalucian garden, flower-filled alleyways, and ocean views.
Coastal towns and cities on our various routes include Casablanca, the country’s largest metropolis, its opulent Hassan II Mosque a masterpiece of Moroccan craftsmanship; and Tangier, strategically set on the Strait of Gibraltar, and mixing an air of exotica with Portuguese, Spanish and French influences.
Taroudant is a rather majestic market town, hidden in a shell of honey-toned city walls, with superb souks and two main squares at its core; and Essaouira is both busy port and laid-back resort, with oceanfront ramparts, a market, medina, crescent bay, and flotillas of bright blue fishing boats.
Inland are the Sahara sands and Bedouin settlement of Erfoud oasis, its Mars-like landscape a much-used film location; the peaceful town of Moulay Idriss, cloaking two hills with whitewashed houses, a spiritual aura and a step-back-in-time tempo; Imlil, a rustic Berber village, perched 1,740-metres above sea level in the High Atlas Mountains; and atmospheric Boumalne Dades, its buildings in the same ochre and rose as the rock of its desert plateau, rising above a stunningly scenic valley.
In a country studded with historic sites and haunting scenery, our Grand Tour of Morocco is a superb circling of the country, taking in all these places, and more, to reveal its culture and character, splendours and secret gems.
With a generally tropical climate, Morocco’s huge diversity of landscapes is matched by equally variable temperatures, often as high as 35° in the summer months, and as low as 5° in the Sahara nights. Spring and autumn months are the most temperate for touring, and winters are pleasantly warm but can be wet. Avoiding the heat of the high season, and the most likely weeks of the rains, Jules Verne tours cover the months from late January to May, and late August to early December.
Multi-faceted Morocco tempts every type of traveller with its busy cities, beguiling towns, colourful culture, and astonishing topography. Its heady blend of Arabic, African and European influences will delight avid historians and inveterate hagglers alike; and a sense of adventure and intrigue is ever present, from desert dunes to lush valleys, magnificent mountains, and ocean shores. Our tours range from 4 nights in heritage riads to 14 nights of discovery, travelling in small groups of like-minded people.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne visits iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. Our journeys in Morocco visit seven UNESCO sites, from the country’s four capitals to the ruins of Roman Volubilis, and the medinas of picturesque Tétouan and vibrant Essaouira; and we include immersive experiences of Morocco’s culture with stays in heritage hotels, a rooftop dinner in a city riad, and lunch in Imlil’s unique mountain retreat.
All our guided tours to Morocco are ABTA and ATOL protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee, so you can book with complete confidence.
The VJV Riad
A brilliant short break in magical Marrakech, this tour is based within the old medina, staying at the traditional Angsana Riad, where historic character is combined with contemporary comfort, and landmark sites, from souks to palaces, are all within easy reach
Highlights of Morocco
Focused on the four Imperial capitals, this is a fascinating tour of Morocco’s history, mysteries, and monuments, from mesmerising Marrakech to fountains in fabulous Fez, ravishing Rabat, the current capital, and medieval Meknes, least known and less visited