Sabbatical & Experiential Travel to Morocco
Holidays & Sabbaticals to Morocco – In a Nutshell
Embark on a journey through Morocco, where the echoes of mighty dynasties resonate in the very fabric of its existence. Immerse yourself in the story woven by fortified walls, labyrinthine medinas, majestic minarets, and secluded mountain kasbahs. History intertwines seamlessly with modern life in Morocco’s bustling souks, enchanting riads, mouthwatering gastronomy, and indulgent hammams. Morocco doesn’t just offer culture; its deserts hold the promise of adventure and its mountains the freshness of forests and snow. Whether you crave history, nature, art, or all of the above, the ornate richness of Morocco beckons.
Morocco update: Marrakech was back on its feet and bustling within hours of the Sep 2023 earthquake and was much less affected than media images portrayed. The Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains, which were the worst affected, are in the process of being reconstructed. Many mountain kasbahs are welcoming guests as they reconstruct affected parts. Most cities in Morocco were entirely unaffected.
Experiences you shouldn’t miss in Morocco
- Discover the souks: Dive into Marrakech’s souk: a vibrant labyrinth of treasures. Uncover colourful ceramics, shimmering lanterns, and skilfully engraved metalware… and embrace the art of haggling!
- Streetfood: mingle with locals enjoying merguez sausage and flat bread at a communal table in the atmospheric twilight of Jemaa el Fna square, the hub of Marrakech.
- Riyad living: Stay in the ornate cosiness of a riyad nestled in the medina, with each room uniquely and lavishly decorated
- Waterfall: hike around the impressive Ouzoud waterfalls outside Marrakech
- Harbour City: Meander through the streets and alleyways of charming, coastal Essaouira, known for its Argan oil. Perch on the city walls to watch the bustle of the harbour
- Imperial Cities: Pass through the city gates and enter the time of the Sultans as you wind through the ancient cities of Fez, Rabat, Meknes and Marrakech. Soak up the exquisite architecture, explore where alleyways lead and discover hidden gardens
- The Blue City: wander through the evocative hues of the alleyways of Chefchaouen. Around every corner awaits a picture-perfect scene of smooth blue walls and steps dotted with colourful flowers
- Film Stars: Visit the film sets of several Hollywood blockbusters at Ait Ben Haddou. Aside from this more touristy activity, the 17th century clay brick architecture, blending the wood-and-earth town into its surroundings, makes this worth a visit
- Russet mountains:
- Berber Trails: Trek the Atlas mountains through century-old Berber villages, camouflaged in the rusty red of the soil. Support the reconstruction efforts by your presence, following the Sep 2023 earthquake
- Kasbah: Stay in the palatial surrounds of an earthen kasbah in the mountains. The kasbahs that were affected by the earthquake are reconstructing and welcoming guests
Off the Beaten Path in Morocco
- Balloon ride: Take a balloon over the sweeping Sahara in the early morning
- Desert dunes: Stargaze, search for fossils, camel ride and dune surf around Merzouga in the desert, at the looming Erg Chebi dune. Stay in a luxurious berber tented camp
- Casablanca by Sidecar: visit this iconic and modern city in the sidecar of a motorbike
- Fishing village: Take a day excursion to El Jadida from Casablanca to see the old medina of this quaint fishing village
- Surf: Catch some waves at Essaouira, where there is good surfing for beginners and the experienced alike
- Little Switzerland: discover the Switzerland of Morocco: Ifrane. Enjoy beautiful mountain views, forest hikes and even skiing in Dec – Jan!
How to get to Morocco
Flights are direct from the UK to Morocco, taking about 3 ½ hours from London. From New York, direct flights are 7 hours.
When & Weather – Morocco
Morocco‘s cities make a great break when it’s colder in the Northern Hemisphere, with temperatures dropping only to 24 degrees in Winter (Dec – Jan).
The height of summer can be stifling, with temperatures over 30 degrees July – August.
Who will Morocco appeal to?
- Culture lovers
- Adventure seekers
- Families, couples and solo travellers alike
Morocco is home to a great many types of authentic yet luxurious accommodation, all elaborately furnished and finished. Mix up Bedouin desert camps; unique riyads hidden in the town medinas; and secluded, tranquil mountain kasbahs. Luxury international hotels are also plentiful.
Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Morocco.
No matter how long you have to travel, we will ensure your trip is carefully pieced together to suit your interests, pace of travel and budget.
Browse our gallery for inspiration and contact us to find out more.