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Though you could easily spend the majority of your vacation wandering around Marrakech's medina or historic mosques, no visit to Morocco would be complete without exploring the country's desert. A variety of tour options are offered, including all-terrain drives, camel rides and hikes. The Ourika Valley, the Atlas Mountains, Ouzoud Falls and the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage-listed group of clay dwellings that once served as a trading post) are just some of the locales you may see during a desert tour.

For half- or full-day excursions from Marrakech, visitors recommend local companies like M & A Tours, Dunes & Desert Exploration and Arib Voyages, citing their friendly guides and tasty lunches (which are served at a local restaurant or in a Berber home) as highlights. Multiday tours are also available from traveler-approved operators, such as RoughTours Company and Moroccan Active Adventures. These trips generally cover a few meals and accommodations (either a tent at a camp or a room at a hotel) for some or all nights of the itinerary.

Desert tour prices vary by activity, company and trip duration but commonly start at 40 euros (about $50) per person and include hotel pick-ups and drop-offs. Additional charges may apply to enter attractions that are a part of tour itineraries. Due to Morocco's conservative culture, several tour operators recommend keeping your shoulders, chest, midriff and knees covered while on an excursion and throughout your stay. Most companies offer tours daily.

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The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this 11th-century labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.

Past visitors said that the medina is a must-see, especially at night. Most of its popular food and merchandise stalls are situated in Jemaa El Fna, but for a less crowded atmosphere, explore the streets outside the medina's main square. It's easy to lose your bearings here, so some former travelers also suggest visiting with a guide. Companies that offer guided walks around the medina include Marrakech Guided Tours and Marrakech Tour Guide – both recommended by recent travelers.

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