Daydreaming of a colorful, culture-filled solo adventure? Some of the best advice we can give you is to travel solo to Morocco on our guided tours! This inspiring North African country is just a stone’s throw from Spain, and is where you can ride a camel through the Sahara Desert and take a dip in a hammam spa all in one trip. Read on to find out why traveling to Morocco alone alongside our experts is one of the best adventures you can give your solo-travelin’ self.
If Morocco is on your solo travel bucket list but you don’t quite know where to start, then going guided is the ticket. “Traveling on a guided tour reduced the stress because I didn’t have to worry about navigation, language barriers, safety, and costs,” said traveler Michael after his time on our Portugal, Spain & Morocco tour. Here are three reasons why visiting Morocco as a solo traveler alongside our experts is always a good idea.
If you need some Morocco travel tips in a pinch or have cultural questions, your Tour Director will be a ready resource every step of the way on your Morocco tour. “Our Tour Director Ouadie was knowledgeable, professional, and helped us navigate our way around from simply locating the nearest ATM to treating us to fresh apples and inviting us to taste local sweets,” said traveler Jacqueline. “He was always smiling and genuinely cared about our group. He provided us excellent service and always kept all of us informed.”
There’s so much to see in Morocco (think: winding medinas, miles of desert, staggering mosques that draw people from all over the world). Navigating the country takes some know-how for even the most experienced travelers. But, when you travel solo on our Morocco tours, we handle all the transportation so that you can feast your eyes on the icons without having to lift a finger—or ask for directions.
“This made seeing places I’ve only ever dreamed of seeing so attainable!” said traveler Brittany after her Highlights of Morocco: Marrakech, the Sahara & Fes tour. “It took the difficulty out of navigating through unfamiliar terrain and environments while providing an unforgettable experience.”
When you visit Morocco as a solo traveler with us, you won’t just ride a camel in the Sahara Desert—you’ll sip mint tea with Bedouins and watch a traditional musical performance by Khamlia’s Gnawa people. You won’t just eat chicken tagine—you’ll learn to make it during a hands-on cooking class. Our experts weave immersive cultural moments into every moment of our Morocco tours so that you not only visit the country, but take a piece home with you, too.
“[There was] lots to do and see, more than expected,” said traveler Wayne of our Highlights of Morocco: Marrakech, the Sahara & Fes tour. “Experiencing the local markets and visiting artisans were definitely highlights of this tour, as well as the camel rides in the desert. Not to mention the cooking class, which was extremely well done and entertaining.”
We’ll be honest: It’s nearly impossible to choose only three places to visit in Morocco as a solo traveler. There are so many unforgettable corners of the country, after all. But, while the Sahara Desert, Essaouira, Chefchaouen, and beyond are undeniable gems (and are some of the top places to visit if you have 48 hours in Morocco), we’re going to keep it short and sweet and stick to three of the most famous, can’t-miss cities.
Solo travelers will never be bored in this imperial city, which is the place to see hundred-foot-high minarets, tombs, palaces, sprawling gardens, markets filled with musicians—you name it, Marrakech has it. It’s exactly this boundless variety of things to do and see that make it the perfect place to visit as a solo traveler in Morocco. “Marrakech is a city of contrasts,” said traveler Judy. “There’s something for everyone.”
If Casablanca sounds familiar, you have the eponymous 1920s film starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart to thank. This charming city is even more spectacular in person, and solo travelers on tour in Morocco will be stunned as they explore the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco, and the ritzy La Corniche waterfront. Yep, a little history and architecture, a little sunshine with ocean views—doesn’t get much better than that on a solo trip! Get a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Curtiz’s film, Casablanca →
Fes is sitting pretty as the spiritual and cultural center of Moroccan life, and solo travelers will swoon over everything from the blue-tiled Bab Bou Jeloud gate to the captivating tanneries. Plus, the trip to the city on our Highlights of Morocco: Marrakech, the Sahara & Fes tour is just as impressive as the city itself! “Fes is a mixture of historic and contemporary architecture,” said traveler Judy. “The Ziz Valley and Atlas Mountains make for a beautiful drive to the city.”
Wondering what to do in Morocco as a solo traveler? Rest assured, you could visit Morocco over and over again and still have more to see! This vibrant country offers something for everyone, and your expert Tour Director will be sure you see it all securely as they lead you from the bustling marketplaces to a local cooking school and beyond. Here are three of the top things to do to step into Moroccan culture on your solo tour of Morocco.
From Fes to Marrakech, solo travelers will find winding, walled, UNESCO-listed city centers called medinas—which usually have sprawling marketplaces called souks at their heart. These gritty, beautiful, alluring places highlight the best of daily life in Morocco, and you’ll find yourself stunned as you round each corner. But trust us when we say: You’ll thank your lucky stars that you have a local Tour Director leading the way as you explore on our guided trips to Morocco!
“Morocco is the perfect example of a tour you want to take with Go Ahead rather than on your own,” said staffer Ellie after her time on our Highlights of Morocco: Marrakech, the Sahara & Fes tour. “I cannot imagine trying to navigate the medinas in Fes or Marrakech on my own! Fes’s medina alone has 10,000 streets, all of which can be crowded and winding; if I wasn’t with a Tour Director, I never would have made it out!”
Morocco boasts thousands of mosques, where Muslims around the country gather, worship, and learn together. They are beautiful cultural markers—not to mention the best places for solo travelers to find architecture photo ops! Stand in awe of the massive Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, and more.
“In Morocco, the light was mesmerizing,” said traveler Michael after his Portugal, Spain & Morocco tour. “I’m still dreaming about the country’s beautiful mosques, and how the cinematic sunlight filtered through openings. I loved the simplicity of seemingly intricate architectural details, and the play of light and shadow.” Read about capturing beauty on tour in Morocco →
Tasting authentic cuisine on tour in Morocco is one thing, but learning to craft everything from chicken tagine to mint tea is another! Working with traditional ingredients will give solo travelers a new appreciation for the care and skill that goes into each regional dish, and is also a foolproof way to connect with your fellow travelers on a deeper level and make friends on tour.
“My favorite part of this tour was the cooking class in Marrakech,” said staffer Ellie. “We were all responsible for our whole meal, so being a solo traveler didn’t leave you out by any means.”
If you think the Moroccan people and all those historic views are lovely, just wait until you try the food! The cuisine shines thanks to an array of cultural influences, all those flavorful spices, and ready access to the Atlantic Ocean. So, one of the best things to do in Morocco as a solo traveler is dig in every chance you get—starting with these three iconic noshes.
There’s perhaps no other Moroccan dish that’s more iconic than tagine, which is a savory, slow-cooked stew made with meat, fish, or vegetables. (Not to be confused with the conical clay or ceramic pots the dish is simmered in, which are also called tagine.) The dish is most often served with couscous, which makes for a flavorful, filling bite that you’ll surely want seconds of. “We had tagine often on our tour,” said staffer Ellie. “It is delicious with chicken, green olives, and preserved lemon. I also love couscous and getting to try it in Morocco was awesome.”
If you try just one soup while visiting Morocco, make it this one. Harira is a cultural staple in Morocco—it’s the most common food Moroccans eat to break their fast during Ramadan—and is a healthy bite made with a tomato base, chickpeas, lentils, rice or noodles, and beef or lamb stock. Yum is right.
You simply can’t travel solo to Morocco without having a glass of mint tea. This sugary sip is served every time of day throughout the country, and is a symbol of friendship and welcome. If you want to kick your tea up a notch on a hot day, do as staffer Ellie did and add a dash of bourbon: “I think the best thing I consumed on tour was a mint julep,” she said. “Mint tea is a cultural cornerstone of Morocco and we got to attend a few different tea ceremonies, which were super cool. In 110-degree heat, the iced cocktail version of mint tea hit the spot and was super refreshing.”
One of the top reasons to travel solo to Morocco on tour is the fact that you can kick back while we handle all the details. But, soaking in every moment on tour doesn’t mean being a passive bystander, especially in a country as colorful, complex, and unforgettable as Morocco! Check out 9 helpful tips for traveling in Morocco, and read on for a few extra suggestions to make the most of your solo tour.
While your Tour Director and local guides will be by your side from the minute you step off the plane in Morocco, it never hurts to have a little knowledge in your back pocket, especially as a solo traveler. “Regardless of whether you’re going with a group or on your own, you have to do your research,” said solo traveler and Ambassador Jessica. “I’m a firm believer in that. Get a good guidebook, read it, know what you’re getting into. If you go to another country, knowing a little more about it than you normally would helps you to be more prepared.” See 6 solo travel tips →
If you’re traveling to Morocco alone on our guided tours, you can start making friends before you even leave home by downloading our free mobile app! You can upload a photo and a short bio of yourself, and message the people who will be joining you on tour. Then, their friendly faces will be there to greet you when you arrive in Morocco, and you can keep building on the connections you’ve made.
“My biggest tip for Morocco is check any expectations at the door,” said staffer Ellie. “This is a country that is unlike anywhere else I have been, and being ready to expect anything that came my way was the best thing I could have done.”
“Many people on my tour, including myself, expected to have to be covered up head to toe as Morocco is typically viewed as a conservative country,” said staffer Ellie. “We found out that cities like Marrakech and Fes are actually pretty casual and we could have dressed in lighter clothing than we did. I traveled in September and it was between 90–100 degrees most days, so having lightweight and flowy clothing was an absolute must. When we were in the desert the locals were definitely more conservative, so I do recommend long skirts, pants, and t-shirts instead of tank tops for these areas. I also recommend making sure you have at least one full-length pair of sturdy pants, like jeans, for the camel ride.”
“When walking through the medinas, you are fighting for space amongst a crowd including vendors’ carts, donkeys, horses, and motorbikes—having closed-toe shoes was a must!” said staffer Ellie.
“Bartering is part of the culture and is expected of you,” said staffer Ellie. “Having a Tour Director who knew the local language and could help me barter with vendors was an amazing resource when we were shopping! Our Tour Director knew where to take us for authentic rugs, leather, silver, and ceramics so we could get quality items that were made by locals.”