“Morocco’s centuries-old history and culture are incredibly diverse and deeply captivating,” says Jeremy Palmer, senior vice president for Land Journeys at Tauck. What’s nice about this destination is that visitors can expect a range of experiences, from exploring ancient cities and palaces to shopping the souks, to being pampered at a hammam.

destinations-casablanca-mosqueWhile you’re there: There are plenty of unique experiences to be had, according to Palmer, including a sightseeing tour of Marrakech by horse-drawn carriage, an exploration of the Roman ruins at Volubilis—a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a tour of the traditional leather tanneries of Fez; and visits to Morocco’s iconic mosques, shrines, bazaars and palaces. A particularly memorable experience is to immerse yourself in the Berber culture just outside the city. You can dine on local dishes, watch dancers perform and listen to traditional music—all in a tented setting in the desert.

Where to Stay: Hotel Sahrai in Fez features Givenchy’s first spa in Northern Africa. The 40-acre, oceanfront Four Seasons Marrakech has the perfect location in the heart of the Red City.

Palmer never leaves home without: A U.S. powerstrip and an outlet adaptor for the country I’m visiting. “With the powerstrip, I need to bring only one adaptor and I can plug in my phone, iPad etc., in a single location. With everything plugged in, in one place, I’m also less likely to accidentally leave something behind.”

Jeremy PalmerOur expert: Jeremy Palmer, senior vice president for Land Journeys at Tauck.

Text by: Leigh Crandall