When people throw around the word ‘exotic’, they’re probably referring to places like Morocco.
Places where riding a camel over dunes while the sun shimmers dramatically on the horizon is not an unusual thing. Where tagines come spiked with saffron and argan, carpet merchants haggle in the bazaars and Berber tribesmen herd goats on the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains. A Morocco tour is basically the answer to all your Lawrence of Arabia-type fantasies (right down to the swirling white djellabas): you’ll stay in historic riads, camp beneath the Saharan stars and enjoy some classic Maghreb hospitality (usually featuring plenty of couscous). Whether it’s the wind-battered port town of Essaouira or the crumbling Kasbahs and oases of the deep desert – ‘exotic’ doesn’t come close.
Clear your plate for flavour-filled Morocco, where Berber, Arabic and European influences mix to create an adventurous culinary cocktail. Follow the smell of food through mesmerizing markets and master recipes taught by those that know them best. Grab street food from a souq and share traditional meals in local homes. Take a handful of bustling medinas, mix with a dash of sea and season with fresh local produce, all drizzled with warm Moroccan hospitality for an adventure that will linger long on the tongue and in the memory.
Weather: Excellent, only a little rain one morning towards the end of the tour.
Restaurants: All very good. Enjoyed every one. Great tasting menus. Scenery: Fascinating and so varied. Coach: Very comfortable Volvo. Seating for 56,and with our number of 22, we could move around. Like a little living room. Guide: Very good and she was fun. I think she enjoyed us. Group: Everyone mixed well. I think the newcomers enjoyed themselves. Amazing the 87 year old ones! Puts me to shame. Shopping: Bought a lovely raincoat which I'll wear to death