Morocco Tour Packages & Holidays, Customized Travel

Morocco Tour Packages- Destination Discovery

Morocco Tour Packages- Destination Discovery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a Classic Morocco Tour Package, Your Journey Begins Here. Morocco should be on everyone’s travel list. The best Morocco Tour Packages highlight a combination of sites and monuments along with the best kept secrets of a destination. On a Morocco Tour Package travelers will visit Imperial Rabat and Marrakech, UNESCO Fes, Mosaics in Volubilis, Camel Trek in the Sahara Desert and explore Hollywood featured  castles and ancient kasbhas in the Great South of Morocco’s Ouarzazate region. Morocco Tour Packages offer private, customized journeys that are comprehensive and unique as they tailor each city and experience to you as the traveler. Morocco Tours also take you off the beaten track.

Morocco Tour Packages, Travel Exploration

Morocco Tour Packages, Travel Exploration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Morocco Tour Packages have been hand curated to include handle all of our travelers needs. Each private tour to Morocco that is customized to include an English, Multilingual, speaking driver, Expert, Licensed Historical guides and up close experiences with locals that make for an exciting journey. Our Morocco Tour Packages also include stays at charming, boutique riads and hotels in Marrakech and Fes along with the best luxury desert camps. On a Morocco Tour Package you will discover the cultural diversity of contemporary Morocco.

Some Recommended Morocco Tour Packages are:

Morocco Tour Packages, UNESCO Fes Tour

Morocco Tour Packages, UNESCO Fes Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morocco Imperial Cities Tour: 8 Day, 10 Day and 12 Day Tour Options – From $2,500 P/P (Morocco Private Tour Rates)

Travel to the Moroccan Imperial cities of Marrakech, Fes, Meknes, Casablanca, Rabat and Agadir and Essaouira. Explore their ancient mosques, historic monuments, and rustic cobblestone streets. Indulge in Moroccan food traditions on a Fes Food Tour and explore Essaouira’s Portugese Ramparts.

Sahara Desert Tour: 4 Day, 5 Day and 8 Day Tour Options – From $1500 P/P (Morocco Private Tour Rates) 9-Day Tour to Morocco’s Sahara Region

Travel throughout Morocco’s Sahara in Merzouga. Visit the Erg Chebbi dunes and overnight in a luxury bivouac camp. Visit the old ksars and then continue the road to the village of Ait Ouzzine, located in N’kob, which is nestled within the Middle Atlas Mountains.

Travel to the Oasis of Fint, the Todra Gorge and Dades Valley. Spend the afternoon visiting the Atlas Film studios and Hollywood hit where Game of Thrones was filmed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah in Ouarzazate. Lawrence of Arabaia was filmed also filmed here. Move onwards to Marrakech, the Paris of Morocco.

 

Bread baking with the Berbers

Bread baking with the Berbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morocco Travel Berber Village Tour – From $2,200 P/P (Morocco Private Tour Rates)

7- Day Berber Village Tour

Travel across Morocco to Berber Villages to Imlil. N’kob and Agdz. Learn about the ancient traditions of the Berbers. Visit three villages and learn about Tamazaight traditions. Up close with the Berbers in ait Ouzzine.. Learn how to make couscous, bake bread in the mountains, and explore the art of henna design, local weaving traditions and the craft of pottery. Stay in an old Kasbah fortified village. Meet a local Berber family, sip tea in the Sagro Mountains, and dine on couscous.

Shop The Souks of Morocco – From $3,500 P/P (Morocco Private Tour Rates) 10- Day Shopping & Travel Tour to Morocco

Travel Morocco’s souks in Marrakech, Fes, Ouarzazate. Visit the old medinas and shop for the best goods in Morocco’s Souks and markets at the best prices. Fill your bags with traditional Moroccan shoes that glitter, quality leather goods, embroideries, pottery, Berber carpets in shades of orange, red and blue along with beautiful cactus silk scarves and blankets. The American dollar and Euro are strong against the Dirham. No Morocco travel experience is complete without shopping in the souks.

* All Travel Exploration’s Tours Packages to Morocco are private tours and geared towards couples, families and small groups. Inquire within for more information on tour rates and exclusive offerings.

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Fes Gourmet Festival, A Taste of Morocco in 2015

Fez Gourmet Cuisine Festival

Fez Gourmet Cuisine Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Exploration announces our Imperial City fall cuisine tour slated for November 2015 with a focus on Fes-Gourmet. Inclusive in this gastronomic adventure for foodies are daily Morocco food tours and evenings of delight at the celebrate the Fes-Gourmet festival. The Fes Gourmet Festival is an experience not to be missed and a perfect inclusion on a private tour to Morocco for foodies and leading chefs. Visit Fes with Travel Exploration this November for a once in a lifetime culinary adventure and a Taste of Morocco. Participate in dining at over 10 riads in the Fez medina who offer up unique dishes indigenous of traditional Fes.

Fes-Gourmet is the premiere cuisine festival that takes place annually in Fez and was created by the Regional Association for Maison d’Hotes to celebrate and highlight traditional cuisine of Fes. During the period of November 1st – 11th, 2015 a selective group of boutique riads in Fez renowned for their magnificent cuisine traditions will offer exclusive three course menus created specifically as a part of Fes-Gourmet. Guests who participate in the Fes-Gourmet Festival will respectively enjoy a gourmet menu chosen by each riad in Fez. Each menu offers main courses unique to Fes and traditional Moroccan tea. Other amenities on Travel Exploration’s Taste of Morocco adventure are a Fes Souk Tasting Trail Tour of the old Medina, a Cooking Class in Marrakech led by a Daada Chef and a five-course dining experience in Djemaa El Fna Square.

Fez Gourmet Culinary Tour

Fez Gourmet Culinary Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following menus have already been selected for the Fes-Gourmet Cuisine Festival:

FES GOURMET: Prefixed Rate, Water & Tea Included
RIAD DAMIA Quail Know to honey stuffed to the semolina & raisins
RIAD SOUAFINE Couscous Medfoun of Lamb
Ryad Mabrouka Tagine of Lamb Mrouzia, Raisins & Almonds
DAR VICTORIA Kefta of Whiting & eggs of trout in the Atlas,Saffron Rice
DAR EL BALI Tagine of Chicken with Almonds and apricots stuffed
RIAD Bearded Owl-clover Mekfoul of Shin of beef, onions and tomatoes caramelized
DAR ATTAJALI Tagine Vegetarian the Cardoons, turnips, potatoes, artichokes, Dates & walnuts
RIAD THE SUGAR BOWL OF FEZ Tagine of chicken farmer to tomatoes candied
DAR AL SAFADI Fillet of Beef with sweet spices, vegetables in season
RIAD ANATA Tagine of Lamb with Prunes & Almonds

Luxury and Comfort Boutique Riads in Fez participating in “Fes Gourmet” are: Ryad Mabrouka, Dar El Bali, Dar Attajalli, Riad Braya, Riad Norma, Riad Souafine, Dar Damia, Dar El Ghalia, Riad Al Bartal, Riad El Amine, Le Sucrier de Fès

Fez Gourmet Best Riads

Fez Gourmet Best Riads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Travel Exploration’s Fes- Gourmet and Imperial City Cuisine Tour A Taste of Morocco Today 11 Days/ 10 Nights of Blissful Dining and Culinary Exploration for Foodies

November 1st: Casablanca Arrival. Visit the Grand White Mosque. Seafood tasting and fresh grill of Casablanca. Overnight Casablanca.

November 2nd: Visit Imperial Meknes, the Olive Market, Local Fare and the Roman Ruins of Volbuilis en route to Fes. Fez Gastronomy at a Boutique Riad. Overnight Fes.

November 3rd: Fes Site Seeing Tour. Fes Gastronomy at a Boutique Riad. Overnight Fes.

November 4th: Fes Palaces and Gardens Tour. Fes Gastronomy Dinner at a Boutique Riad. Overnight Fes.

November 5th: Fes Souk Tasting Trails. The best Fes Food Tour. Fes Gastronomy Dinner at a Boutique Riad. Overnight Fes.

November 6th: Cook Up Fes – Participate in a Cooking Class – Options are family style with local specialties or pastry class. Fes Gastronomy Dinner at a Boutique Riad. Overnight Fes.

November 7th: Fes – High Atlas Ifrane Region – Tasting of Local Pastries. Tea with a local family and continue to Marrakech. Marrakech gastronomy dinner. Overnight Marrakech.

November 8th: Marrakech Site Seeing Tour. A Taste of Marrakech- 5 Course Dinner in Djemaa El Fna Square. Overnight Marrakech.

November 9th: Marrakech Cooking Class Led by a Daada Chef. Marrakech gastronomy dinner. Overnight Marrakech.

November 10th: Marrakech Excursion to the High Atlas for a Berber village lunch and Hike or Excursion to the Coastal town of Essaouira. Seafood gastronomic lunch.  Overnight Marrakech.

November 11th: Marrakech – Casablanca Departure.

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Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

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Find Cheap Flights to Morocco for Your Private Tour

Cheap Flights to Morocco

Cheap Flights to Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap Flights to Morocco are available from various domestic and international carriers year round. When visiting Morocco on a private, luxury tour balancing your travel budget with a cheap flight to Morocco is one option that will enable extended stays at boutique riads and hotels in Morocco. You can book a cheap flight to Morocco directly with one of the airlines that services Morocco or with a private travel agent. Some of the airlines that fly to Morocco who offer cheap flights are:

Airlines that Offer Cheap Flights to Morocco: Air France, EasyJet Ryan Air, Royal Air Maroc, British Airways, TAP Portugal, Swiss Airlines, Transavia, Turkish Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Swiss Air, and Vueling. Cheap flights to Morocco can be found online at websites that offer travelers the opportunity to track and compare flight times, dates and rates. Some of the websites where cheap flights to Morocco can be tracked are: Skyscanner.com, Farecompare.com, Cheaptickets.com and Kayak.com

Start your search for cheap flights to Morocco Today and begin planning your private tour of a lifetime. As a traveler you can spend less time looking for flight deals and destinations by simply using a consolidator interest website. All of the sites that offer cheap flights to Morocco offer a variety of economy and premium seating options along with various upgrades for comfort.

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Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

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Canyoning in the Ourika Valley, Family Tour Ideas

Canyoning Ourika Valley

Canyoning Ourika Valley

 

 

 

 

 

Canyoning is an adventure activity which involves walking, scrambling, sliding, wading, jumping and abseiling down a canyon or gorge, and can be experienced almost year round in Morocco. You can spend a halfday or more canyoning in the Ourika Valley, only 45 minutes drive from Marrakech. Sliding down stunning waterfalls, and cliffs and traverse gorges and ravines is part of an Ouirka Valley exceptional Canyoning adventure. Canyoning is perfect for families traveling to Morocco for a private tour and serves as adventurous way to enjoy the countryside. To canyon in Ourika you need to be fit and to have be open to participating in sports that involve heights.

Canyoning on a family tour is recommended for those aged 16 and over. There are a few companies that specialize in canyoning and rafting in Morocco with Splash Morocco being at the forefront.  Professional and experienced guides along with all necessary equipment including ropes, harnesses , helmets sturdy footwear and wetsuits are provided on a Canyoning adventure along with jackets for the colder months of November through to March. You will have everything necessary to ensure a thrilling day out.

Scramble and climb over boulders and rocks, slide yourself down rockslides and jump into shallow cascade pools going further into the heart of a canyon, surrounded by lush green vegetation with birds and wildlife.

For real adventures who want to discover Morocco on a family tour there is also the option of rafting trips on the Ahansel River, the Oum Er Rbia, the Ourika and the Nfiss rivers and exploring which were the best and most scenic rivers in Morocco for rafting and camping.

Canyoning is an all round activity and offers the adventurous a variety of dry and wet conditions. It’s just one of an increasing number of outdoor activities available in Morocco. White-water rafting and tubing, kayaking, surfing, quad-biking, desert tours, mountain-biking or hot air ballooning can all be booked as standalone adventures or part of a Morocco Private Tour for those wanting to get out of the city and enjoy energetic adventure in a stunningly beautiful countryside.  

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Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

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Hiking in Morocco, Morocco’s Best Kept Secret Treks

Ait Ashok, Ourika Valley Morocco

Ait Ashok, Ourika Valley Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of Morocco’s Best Kept Secret Valleys and Seacoast Regions for Hiking are location in the provinces of Essaouira, Azilal, Al Haouz, Ifrane, Ourika and Chefchaouen. With its diversity of geography and landscapes, Morocco offers plenty of opportunities to hike and trek. And even less experienced walkers need not miss out on the stunning coastal views, mountain panoramas and picturesque river valleys – there are many shorter or less challenging walks as well as the opportunity to trek on mule, camel or horseback. Here are five of Morocco’s best-kept scenic hiking destinations.

Cap-Sim, Essaouira (Photograph by Lynn Sheppard)

Cap-Sim, Essaouira (Photograph by Lynn Sheppard)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essaouira Province

A longer stay in Essaouira offers the chance to get out of the medina and explore the surrounding countryside. The Cap Sim promontory, south of Essaouira and between the medina and the small seaside town of Sidi Kaouki, is reachable along the broad sandy beach when the tide is out. Given the prevailing trade winds from north to south, it is advisable to start in Essaouira and either organize a ride back from Cap Sim or the nearby village of Sidi Ouassane (beyond the lighthouse and home to a large wind farm) or continue to Sidi Kaouki (around 20km/12 miles along the beach from Essaouira) and pick up transport there, rather than turn back into the wind. Cap Sim can also be reached overland from the village of Ghazoua (8km/5 miles south of Essaouira). Walkers will be rewarded with views of deserted beaches, rock pools and caves and the occasional herd of goats grazing on the vegetation which clings to the windswept dunes and cliffs. The panorama is particularly attractive at sunset.

Ait-Bougemez, Happy-Valley

Ait-Bougemez, Happy-Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azilal Province

Beyond the city of Azilal, the Provincial capital, a road – only paved since 2001 – climbs up to Morocco’s so-called “Happy Valley” at Ait Bougemez. Remote and apparently untouched by many aspects of modern life, it is like a Moroccan Shangri-La. The Ait Bougemez Valley itself is a plateau in the High Atlas Mountains offering plenty of walks alongside babbling brooks where women wash their clothes, beside verdant green fields and under ancient walnut trees on the outskirts of small villages. Two cone-shaped peaks rise from the valley floor, one of which is home to the communal granary (agadir) of Sidi Moussa. It is a short, steep hike up to the granary, where a caretaker will happily show visitors around a small museum inside and up to the roof for the stunning views. For the more energetic, Ait Bougemez benefits from its proximity to M’Goun (Morocco’s 2nd highest peak after Mount Toubkal at 4,071m/13,350 ft) and its surrounding massif.

Al Haouz Province

Accessible on a day trip from Marrakech, the Ourika Valley is a very popular destination among Moroccans and tourists alike. Typically, day trippers visit the town of Setti Fatma in the valley to eat in a riverside restaurant and hike up to the seven waterfalls, which are easily reached with sturdy shoes via a combination of steps and scrambling over rocks. However, in the peak season this small town becomes overwhelmed with visitors. For those wishing to get off the beaten track and experience a more peaceful hike, Ait Ashok is a recommended destination. Hikers in the Ait Ashok area walk among fruit tree orchards fed by bountiful water flowing off the High Atlas Mountains and between small farming villages. In Spring, when the wind scatters the fruit blossom like snow, a trek is particularly pleasant. Later in the year, hikers can see the harvests of walnuts, almonds, apples and other fruits.

Ifrane Province

The area around Ifrane, in the Middle Atlas Mountain range, is known as the Switzerland of Morocco, due to its altitude which results in snow and skiing in winter. The protected area of the Ifrane National Park covers an area of 500 km² (193 sq. mi) and although the last Atlas Lions are long gone, it is one of the last remaining habitats of the Barbary Macaque monkey. Hikers in this region walk among huge forests of Atlas Cedar, where the birdlife is unparalleled. Ornithologists can expect to see birds of prey such as the red kits and common kestrel and the lakes in the park also support several duck species.

Talassemtane National Park

Talassemtane National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chefchaouen Province

In the North of Morocco, in the foothills of the Rif Mountains and near the Mediterranean Coast, the area around the famous blue city of Chefchaouen is protected under the auspices of the Talassemtane National Park. The park covers some 145,000 hectares (358,000 acres). Hikers can either organize day hikes from Chefchaouen or undertake longer trekking excursions, staying within the park itself in a number of guest houses or in tents. The local environment is home to Rif Monkeys as well as countless native bird varieties and plant species, many of which are endangered. A popular destination for a day hike is the Akchour Falls and/or the Bridge of God. As long as the river is not in flood, various paths take walkers along the river banks and over a couple of hills. Routes can be selected according to fitness level and desired length of hike and in the peak season there are cafes on route where the weary can rest and enjoy a riverside tajine. The easiest hike is to God’s Bridge, a steep gorge at the base of which the river flows and which is spanned by a wooden bridge.

No matter your fitness level, Morocco’s diverse countryside of coasts, mountains and valleys is easily accessible and enjoyable. Hikes and walks of varying durations and challenge level can be arranged in many regions. It really is worth getting out of the cities to enjoy Morocco’s beautiful nature, stunning vistas and perhaps the hospitality of a rural Berber family along your route.

Written by Lynn Sheppard 

Lynn Sheppard has lived in Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast for more than 2 years, supporting local non-profits, writing and becoming an expert on all things Swiri (ie. Essaouiran). She blogs at Maroc-phile.com and for other travel industry clients.

For more information about Hiking in Morocco within the Essaouira Region

For more information about Hiking in Morocco within the Chefchaouen Region

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Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel.  We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

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Morocco Luxury Tours to Africa

Royal Mansour, Marrakech,  Luxury Morocco Tour with Travel Exploration

Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Luxury Morocco Tour with Travel Exploration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore Africa on a Morocco luxury tour. Morocco luxury tours are custom-designed to deliver authentic, unique travel experiences. On a Morocco luxury tour you will immerse yourself in the history, people and culture of contemporary Morocco. Hand curated by our experts the customized tours that  Travel Exploration offers are for the inquisitive traveler.

Our private cultural tours and outdoor adventure tours are one of a kind and the perfect choices for couples, families and small groups. Travel Exploration’s Morocco luxury tours have earned a reputation of excellence from travelers around the world and also from Trip Advisor.

On a luxury tour to Morocco Travelers will discover Andalusian and Moorish architecture, glorious houses of worship, magnificent marketplaces, mystical Kasbahs and Berber villages. What sets our customized private tours apart are the hand curated choies we offer we offer which are inclusive of English-Multilingual speaking drivers who work for our company full time, local expert historical guides who are the top in their field and from each city and region you will visit on a Morocco Luxury Tour along with the best choices of riads and boutique hotels that are tailored to your taste as a travelers.

Luxury Desert Camp Morocco Luxury Tour

Luxury Desert Camp Morocco Luxury Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine trekking across the Sahara Desert in a private camel caravan at sunset followed by an Arabian Nights dinner in Luxury Desert Camp in the heart of the Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi Dunes. Morocco has been at the crossroads of world cultures for centuries and makes for the perfect luxury travel destination.

Morocco’s delicate balance of ancient traditions and contemporary culture blend together to offer a 21st Century travel experience. Travel Exploration has insider access that offers unique, private encounters to those who choose to travel with us on a Morocco luxury tour.

Things Your Will Experience on a Customized Morocco Luxury Tour:

Private picnic Sip tea in the Valley of Nomads with Cave dwellers

Dine on Couscous with the Berbers in the Saghro Mountains

Participate in a private, Cooking Class with a Dada Chef

Visit exclusive, Riad and Villa gardens, all led by the best historical guides who are Moroccan and an experts in their field.

Stays at Boutique Riads and Hotels

For More Information about a Private Morocco Luxury Tour or call (800) 787-8806.

Morocco’s Imperial CitiesSeaside Resorts,Sahara Desert,Berber villagesA Taste of MoroccoMagical Kasbahs, Ruins & WaterfallsAbsolute Morocco, The Best of MarrakechFes, and Ouarzazate

Discover The Best of Morocco - Travel Exploration
Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

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Storytelling in Morocco, Preserving the Art of Hikayat

Storytellers of Morocco, Photograph by Soufiane Bouhali

Storytellers of Morocco, Photograph by Soufiane Bouhali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storytelling is experiencing a revival in many Western countries right now, but the tradition of oral storytelling, or hikayat, in Morocco is almost 1,000 years old. Morocco has a strongly oral culture – everything from recipes to stories to legal agreements have been passed down from generation to generation in the absence of the means to record such information and against the backdrop of widespread illiteracy. In the past, storytellers travelled around to perform in public places and at community events and palace celebrations. They were not only a form of entertainment – they were also used by the authorities to pass information and moral messages. In today’s era of satellite TV and the internet, storytelling is a dying art. Although visitors to Marrakech may find the odd storyteller on Place Jmaa el Fna, the crowd around them is smaller than ever and because the stories are told in Arabic or a Berber dialect, the performers cannot attract the support of foreign tourists.

 

Storytellers of Morocco

Storytellers of Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, Cafe Clock in the Kasbah district of Marrakech is the perhaps unlikely bastion of this oral tradition. Both the cross-cultural cafe, with modern graffiti on the walls and the best camel burger in town on the menu, and the storytelling program based there, were developed by Mike Richardson, the cafe’s British owner. Since December 2013, even before the second branch of Cafe Clock officially opened its doors in Marrakech that March (the first is in Fez), a group of young, enthusiastic Moroccans had gravitated around master storyteller, ‘Haj’ Ahmed Ezzarghani. Since then, they have been working hard to preserve the storytelling tradition and bring the old stories and fables to a wider audience. Haj collected stories during his work as a travelling salesman and performed them in the turbulent 1950s outside Bab Boujloud in Fez.

Haj meets with his young apprentices three times per week at Cafe Clock. At the first meeting, Haj recounts a story, which the apprentices translate into English and practice. The next time they meet, they perform the story in English and Arabic for the group. Haj doesn’t understand much English, so the young storytellers help each other out and he critiques the theatricality of their performance. On the third meeting, they perform the story for the Cafe Clock audience.

Storytellers of Morocco Jawad ElBied

Storytellers of Morocco Jawad ElBied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a core of four apprentice storytellers, who are all students of English in Marrakech. Jawad Elbied, 24, is just finishing his English degree with a dissertation in Moroccan Storytelling. He says: “Storytelling has a special value in Moroccan society, but young kids today don’t know the stories – they are only interested in the internet and YouTube. Haj reminds me of my grandfather and his generation. He reminds us of our origins.” It is clear that storytelling has benefitted Jawad and his fellow apprentices. He speaks confidently and eloquently in English and twice a week he does so before a large crowd at Cafe Clock. Furthermore, through the Hikayat Program, which is in the process of becoming a non-profit association in Morocco, he has had the opportunity to travel around Morocco and even to Iran to share the stories and teach them to others. The storytellers have also appeared on the UK’s Channel 4 and on Al Jazeera.

“The value of stories is that they enable the audience to create their own film; to imagine the characters and the action in their own way,” Jawad explains. “We need to reach out to new audiences by being creative and offering attractive stories.” Through the association, the storytellers hope to use modern technology to diffuse the stories and record them for future generations.

If you would like to hear the stories, they are performed on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm Cafe Clock Marrakech. As well hearing the apprentices in English, visitors also have the opportunity to see Haj in action. Even for those who don’t understand Arabic, his performance is a piece of theatre, a relic of a bygone era brought to life and definitely worth seeing! The Storytelling Program has also been extended to Cafe Clock in Fez, where a group of apprentices works with a local master storyteller. The Hikayat Morocco group is also available for performances and workshops and can be contacted via Cafe Clock or via their own website Hikayat Morocco.

Recommended Reading: The Last Storytellers, Richard Hamilton

For more information about Storytelling at Café Clock

Written by Lynn Sheppard 

Lynn Sheppard has lived in Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast for more than 2 years, supporting local non-profits, writing and becoming an expert on all things Swiri (ie. Essaouiran). She blogs at Maroc-phile.com and for other travel industry clients.

For more information about Storytelling in Morocco or the Art of Hikayat on a Marrakech Tour 

Morocco’s Imperial Cities, Seaside Resorts,Sahara Desert,Berber villages, A Taste of Morocco, Magical Kasbahs, Ruins & Waterfalls, Absolute Morocco, The Best of Marrakech, Fes, and Ouarzazate

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Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel.  We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

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