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Planning a trip to Morocco? We're here to help

May 15, 2020

How in the world do you see everything you want to see when visiting Morocco for the first time?

If I’m catching you at the beginning of your travel planning to Morocco, that’s great! We have more flexibility to play.

Morocco is a country of incredible contrasts and rich, vibrant moments. It’s natural that we would want to take advantage of our time in Morocco and experience everything. From delectable food to mesmerizing music. From the urban cities to the dusty Sahara. From exquisite craftsmanship to breathtaking architecture.

Moroccan architectural interior design

But how do we fit it all in?

When folks reach out to ask for advice about upcoming trips to Morocco, there are two things I want to know first:

1. How important is it to you to visit the Sahara desert and ride camels?

Read more about how to choose which Moroccan dunes to visit and logistics of getting there and back.

2. How much time are you planning to be in Morocco? Have you bought your tickets yet?

Read more about how long you should visit Morocco and how to take advantage of limited travel time in order to see as much as possible.

Morocco Travel Tips

For more insider tips on where to visit on your trip to Morocco, check out this blog post on my favorite locations to visit in Morocco.

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And then beyond that, the trip is up to you and your interests…

Once you decide how long you’ll be in Morocco, if you’re going to the desert or not, and which dunes you plan to visit, the rest usually falls into place. Morocco is many things to many people. There are those that visit and only stay in Marrakech. Others seek out beach and surf adventures all along the coast. Others prefer hiking in the mountains. And there are those that want to learn about Morocco’s complex diaspora of Arab tribes, Amazigh indigenous people, and legacy of Jewish Moroccans.

Riding camels in the Moroccan desert

This is the fun part where you get to decide what's most important to you.

Here are some additional resources for you as you plan your trip to Morocco:

If you want a little help deciding which locations to visit, check out my list of top places to visit in Morocco. Click the button below to read more!

This is my favorite intro book about Morocco as it offers a comprehensive look at culture, customs, history, and tradition. Click on the image below for more information.

Culture Shock! Morocco: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette by Orin Hargraves

And don't forget this one. If you're looking for a more traditional guidebook, Moon Morocco is what you want. This book complements the Culture Shock book well and they both serve different purposes. Click on the image below for more information.

Moon Morocco by Lucas Peters

Looking for more help as you plan your trip to Morocco?

If the idea of narrowing down all the options in Morocco is overwhelming to you, I’m happy to help you plan your trip! I offer a couple different solutions for travelers. Options include:


One hour phone consultation with Alia


A custom-designed itinerary based on your timing, locations you want to visit, and travel schedule.


We’ll put together a custom-itinerary for you, book your hotels, and hire a trusted, reliable driver for you and your fellow travelers.


This is the same as the previous one, except I’ll join your tour as a guide and fixer.

For more information about custom tours, visit our website, or reach out to inquire about custom tour options and rates.

Desert road in Morocco

Finally, if you're interested in joining one of our regularly scheduled tours that run throughout the year, we'd love to have you.

SIGNATURE KANTARA TOUR: Join an existing 12-day Kantara Tour. These tours are designed for 9-15 people and run periodically throughout the year. Visit Kantara Tours website for more information about our Signature Tour.

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