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 cous cous). 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.
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Morocco tour reviews
Our Morocco trips score an average of 4.77 out of 5 based on 676 reviews in the last year.
Morocco Uncovered, January 2017
Intrepid had a older 30+ crowd and a very much guided tour. The itinerary was the best experience of Morocco covering all the best places! Comfort level was high, and the guides are great !
Review submitted 19 Feb 2017
Best of Morocco, December 2016
If you are travelling in the rainy season (December), take a fold up umbrella - I got drenched in Rabat and had to buy the first one I could find which was cumbersome. Always keep small change on you - many places charge for you to use the toilet facilities - normally 2 Dirhams. Carry a small pack of tissues with you for emergencies - occasionally you will make a loo stop and there is no loo roll. There were enough blankets in the desert camp to negate the need for a sleeping bag, even in the coldest winter in Morocco in a decade but do take waterless handcleaner with you as the toilet setup is very basic and there is nowhere to wash your hands. Then have an amazing time - there is so much to see on this tour you will be talking about it for weeks afterwards.
Review submitted 18 Feb 2017
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Morocco travel highlights
Enjoy Moroccan hospitality at a homestay in the High Atlas Mountains
Ride a camel across the golden sands of the Sahara
Stroll through Rabat’s serene kasbah
Transport in Morocco
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Morocco, you may find yourself travelling by:
Accommodation in Morocco
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Morocco you may find yourself staying in a:
Admire beautiful arches and tiled mosaics while staying in a traditional Moroccan riad.The Riad is the Moroccan traditional house, normally with two or more storeys around an Andalusian-style courtyard that contained a fountain. Riads were the stately city homes of the wealthiest citizens such as merchants and courtiers.
Morocco holiday information
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Morocco travel FAQs
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance (in general, visa processing can take approximately 20 working days)
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Americans and British citizens do not require a visa to visit Morocco for stays up to 90 days. All other nationalities should check with the Moroccan Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.
While tipping isn't mandatory in Morocco, rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is generally standard practice. Taxi drivers and porters will also accept tips, 10 dirham is usually sufficient in this case.
Morocco's cities have internet access available in internet cafes and hotel lobbies. In some cases, free Wi-Fi can be accessed in public places. Less internet access is available in rural areas, so be prepared to 'disconnect' when travelling out of Morocco's big cities.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Morocco's cities and metropolitan areas, although expect limited coverage in remote or mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone while in Morocco.
Morocco's toilets are a mixture of modern flushable toilets and squat toilets, so be prepared to encounter both. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.
Mint tea = 5-10 MAD
Fresh juice = 10-15 MAD
Basic meal = 50 MAD
Expensive meal = 150 MAD
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Morocco. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this.
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash.
ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren't always an option.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 11 Jan Independence Manifesto Day
- 1 May Labour Day
- 26 Jun Aid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
- 30 Jul Throne Day
- 14 Aug Oued Ed-Dahab Day
- 20 Aug Revolution Day
- 21 Aug HM Mohammed VI's Birthday
- 1 Sep Aid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
- 22 Sep Islamic New Year / Muharram
- 6 Nov Green March Day
- 18 Nov Independence Day
- 1 Dec The Prophet's Birthday
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Morocco go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/morocco/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Morocco
1. Be considerate of Morocco’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
11. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Morocco, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
This organisation builds prosthetics and wheelchairs for people with disabilities. They also provide day services and physical rehabilitation for children with mental and physical disabilities.
Photo provided by Horizon.
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org