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MOROCCO TOURS & HOLIDAYS

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Sunset camel rides in the Sahara, the winding streets of the ancient medina in Fez, markets and carpet merchants in Marrakech, tasty tagines, crumbling Kasbahs... It's exotic, the shopping is great, the culture rich and so much more. Morocco is an all round highlight, a feast for your senses and an incredible holiday destination.

From a short stay to a longer adventure, have your Morocco holiday as you would like it. Choose your accommodation style - from local hotels to traditional riads and take a Private Tour with your own personal driver. If you'd like extra company and information, book an escorted guide too. Either way, Travelbay will take care of you from start to finish and everything in between.


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Travelbay India ToursIt's been fantastic dealing with you - the best experience I have had with a travel agent ever and I hope to deal with you again.

Kay Bolton



Travelbay Morocco Tours - Customer Review

“Our trip to Morocco was AMAZING; it was very easy, fun, interesting, beautiful and more. I would highly recommend it! It was also helpful to have a driver and a trip that was organised and arranged beforehand.

Some of my favourite parts of the trip included: Staying in the desert camp, going on the camels, walking around and looking at Todra Gorge and most importantly, the food. Ouidad, our guide in Marrakech, was very friendly, spoke very good English that we could easily understand and showed us around the city, slowly and carefully."

~ Ursula Bathurst (age 11)


Travelbay Morocco Tours - Transport and tour guides in Morocco

Private Tours

All Travelbay Morocco Tours are Private Tours.

Depending on the size of your private group you will either have a private car or minivan.

You will have a personal driver with you for the duration of your holiday. In some locations you will have a local guide and there is the option to book an escorted guide.

Camels

If your tour includes an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert, a sunset camel ride is included - a quintessential Moroccan experience and wonderful way to watch the sun go down.

Drivers

For the duration of your time in Morocco you will have a personal driver with you. It will be the same driver with you throughout your holiday.

Drivers are like tour facilitators. They can liaise with you about the starting times and the different stops along the way.

Please note: drivers are not the same as licensed, local or national guides. In some locations you will have a local guide. If you would like a guide with you for the entire tour, please contact us about booking an escorted guide.

Local Guides

In locations such as Fez, Marrakech and Volubilis you will have a local guide in addition to your personal driver.

The local guide is a licensed English speaking guide with and knowledge of the history, culture and sites you will be visiting.

Escorted Guides

There is the option to book an escorted guide to accompany you for your time in Morocco - they will be with you for the duration of your holiday. A supplement applies, please contact us for a quote.

Similar to local guides, they are licensed English speaking guides with knowledge of the history, culture and sites you will be visiting. They are known as national guides and their knowledge extends to all of Morocco.

If you opt for an escorted guide, you won't need the local guides.


Travelbay Morocco Tours - Accommodation in Morocco

Choose your accommodation style:

Budget - 4 Star - 5 Star - Superior Riads

Usually your hotel will be centrally located.

We provide pricing options for each star rating.

Superior Riads are traditional Moroccan houses - think ornate tiled mosaics and beautiful arches. They are usually built around a central courtyard and are considered boutique hotels.


Morocco is a great place to take the kids and have a family holiday. All Travelbay Morocco Tours are Private Tours, which means you’ll have your own Private Family Holiday in Morocco with a personal driver and private vehicle.

Take camel rides in the Sahara, eat yummy food, wander the markets and Medinas… all at your own pace.  


A BRILLIANT adventure for my family

“Travelbay organised a brilliant adventure for my family and I in Morocco. Our drivers and guides took great care of us as we journeyed from the heart of the Sahara Desert - up through the spectacular scenery of the Atlas Mountains visiting magical earthen clay Kasbahs, fortresses and the goliath Todra Gorge. We finished our trip in Marrakesh where we were blessed to have a wonderful guide who journeyed with us through her city, giving us a fascinating window into todays way of life, politics, religion, work, souk markets, craftwork and food. Travelbay helped us pack lots into our 5 day trip, everything ran smoothly, we loved this family holiday."

~ Lucinda Garthwaite

Travelbay Morocco Tours - Customer Review

All of our Morocco Tours are suitable as Family Tours. We can also tailor a tour so that you and your family get exactly the holiday you are wanting. Contact us for more info.


Morocco Facts

Capital City: Rabat

Population: 36.5 million

Languages: Amazigh and Arabic are the two official languages. French is spoken all over the country and Spanish is spoken in northern regions. English is limited though widely spoken in all touristic spots.

Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Time Zone: (GMT) Casablanca

Dialling code: +212

Religion: 99% of the population are Muslim.


Morocco weather

Travelbay Morocco Tours - Atlas Mountains - Climate in Morocco

Morocco’s climate is diverse and varies from region to region. There is simply no bad time to visit Morocco as it and can be enjoyed all year round. If you prefer a milder climate the more favourable months to visit Morocco generally are between April to May (Spring) or September to November (Autumn) when the climate is not too hot or too cold.

It is typically a subtropical climate with long dry and hot summers, short, mild and wet winters. However, temperatures can fall as low as 5°C in the Sahara Desert and below zero in the Atlas Mountains. The further inland you go from the ocean, the more extreme the temperatures.

The coastal regions are pleasant all year around.

Winter: (December - February) The winter in the north bordering the Mediterranean is wet and rainy, while in the south near the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and can be very cold at night.

Summer: (June - August) Average summer temperatures in the coastal cities range from 15 to 28°C. Temperatures can exceed 35°C the further inland you go.

Rain falls typically from November to March in coastal areas while the remainder of the country is mostly dry.

Western Coast ie: Casablanca
Summer: 18° – 26°C
Winter: 10° – 19°C

North – Inland ie: Fez
Summer: 19° – 35°C
Winter: 5° – 18°C

South – Inland ie: Marrakesh
Summer: 20° – 36°C
Winter: 7° – 23°C

Sahara Desert ie: Merzouga
Summer: 17° – 37°C
Winter: 7° – 20°C

Atlas Mountains Temperatures can drop below zero in winter and often be buried in snow. Summer is generally sunny and warm, but cool at night.


How to get there

Travelbay Morocco Tours - How to get there

Flights from Australia to Morocco are approximately $1,800 - $2,700 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service.


Interesting facts on Morocco

  • The Sahara Desert covers a large portion of Morocco and is the largest desert in the world. But the entire country isn’t desert. There are also mountain ranges, forests and fields.
  • Morocco is the largest processor and exporter of sardines in the world.
  • Traditionally the liver, not the heart, is considered to be the symbol of love in Morocco.

Visa information

If you have a valid Australian passport you do not need a visa to enter Morocco, so long as your visit does not exceed 90 days.

It is likely on arrival you will need proof of a confirmed onward ticket and a valid visa for your next destination if applicable.

To find out the visa requirements for Morocco, you can check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.


Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

In Morocco, it is customary to tip waiters, porters in hotels and terminals, toilet attendants, taxi drivers, helpful museum curators, and even human parking meters (gardiens de voitures).

There is no rule as such, however we have included the below as a guide only (USD$)

  • Guide: $6 or $7 per person per day
  • Driver: $3 per person per day
  • Local guide (offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): $2 per person per half day of sightseeing
  • Porter: $1.00 per bag per person
  • Waiter staff: $1.50 per person (lunch or dinner)
  • Chamber maid: $1.00 per person per day

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.


Currency

Travelbay Morocco Tours - Moroccan Dirham - Currency in Morocco

The currency used in Morocco is the Dirham (DH or MAD) which is divided into 100 centimes.

In practice, tourists rarely see anything smaller than a half-dirham coin and coins go up to 5 DH. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 200 DH.

Well-known credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, restaurants and most shops.

Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money.

What currency to take is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines readily available in the cities.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Morocco to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.


Shopping in Morocco

Travelbay Morocco Tours - Morocco HolidayInformation - Shopping in Morocco

There is some wonderful shopping in Morocco and you may wish to leave space in your luggage so you can fit your shopping in - unless of course you want to buy a rug! (You can usually arrange shipping for rugs and carpets ūüėä)

We personally recommend:

  • Moroccan leather - the finest Moroccan leather can be found in Fez where the tradition of tanning and dyeing goes back to the 13th Century. You can buy shoes, handbags, wallets, belts, jackets...
  • Ceramics - the intricate designs and bright colours are what Moroccan ceramics are known for. There is a huge selection to choose from.
  • Carpets & rugs - another traditional item in Morocco, often made from wool and woven by hand, there are some beautiful rugs in Morocco. Be prepared to negotiate and don't forget to include the shipping into your negotiations.

Where can I go?

Anywhere and everywhere. Here are some suggestions, but there is no limit - you can go virtually anywhere. Marrkech, Fez, Chefchaouen, Sahara Desert, Ait Ben Haddou, Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate, Merzouga, Tangier, Rabat, Dades Gorge, Meknes, Casablanca, Tinghir, Essaouira, El Jadida. Ifrane, Voulbilis and more. Many customers also combine a holiday in Morocco with Spain and/or Portugal.

When can I go?

You can pretty much choose any date (subject to availability) and we can usually accommodate everyone including short notice and long term bookings.

Is my departure guaranteed?

Once you have paid for your booking, your holiday is guaranteed on your chosen departure date - except in cases of major weather events and alike in which case we do our best to adjust your holiday accordingly.

 

Is my money safe?

 

All funds received from customers are paid into a Trust account and secured against holidays purchased. Travelbay is ATAS Accredited and a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. We are also members of ACS, the AFTA chargeback insurance scheme.

Do I need any vaccinations?

 

We recommend you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Do I need a visa for Morocco?

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel.

If you have a valid Australian passport you do not need a visa to enter Morocco, so long as your visit does not exceed 90 days.

It is likely on arrival you will need proof of a confirmed onward ticket and a valid visa for your next destination if applicable.

To find out the visa requirements for Morocco, you can check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

Is tipping customary and how much do I tip?

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In Morocco, it is customary to tip waiters, porters in hotels and terminals, toilet attendants, taxi drivers, helpful museum curators, and even human parking meters (gardiens de voitures).

There is no rule as such, however we have included the below as a guide only (USD$)

  • Guide: $6 or $7 per person per day
  • Driver: $3 per person per day
  • Local guide (offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): $2 per person per half day of sightseeing
  • Porter: $1.00 per bag per person
  • Waiter staff: $1.50 per person (lunch or dinner)
  • Chamber maid: $1.00 per person per day

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.

What type of adaptor plug do I need for Morocco?

Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth).

A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: https://whatplug.info/to/ and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.

Travel tip: Take a power board with multiple outlets. This way you can use the one adaptor and plug in multiple devices or electronics.

What is internet access like in Morocco?

Internet cafes are common in the cities and hotels lobbies often have WIFI. Outside of the cities and in more rural areas, internet access may be less common.

Can I use my mobile phone in Morocco?

Mobile reception is generally good in the urban areas and big cities. Mountainous and more remote areas may not have network coverage.

You will need to check with your mobile carrier at home about roaming and charges and make sure global roaming is activated before you leave home.

Can I drink the water in Morocco?

It is not recommended to drink the tap water in Morocco.

Bottled water is readily available (we even use bottled water for brushing our teeth).

We personally recommend avoiding ice in cold drinks and to peel any fruit or vegetables.

What currency do they use in Morocco and can I get money out of an ATM?

The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham.

Well-known credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in larger shops.

Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money.

What currency to take is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with.

ATMS can be found throughout Morocco, although in the more rural parts they may be limited.

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Morocco to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

When is the best time to travel to Morocco?

Morocco is a popular destination all year round - you can visit anytime!

Popular times to visit Morocco are April to June and September to November when the weather is warm and dry.

November to March is the high season with May to September being the low season.

Note: Ramadan will commence between the end of April and late May. During this time some restaurants and shops may be closed or operating on reduced hours.

What is the weather like in Morocco?

Morocco’s climate is diverse and varies from region to region. There is simply no bad time to visit Morocco as it and can be enjoyed all year round. If you prefer a milder climate the more favourable months to visit Morocco generally are between April to May (Spring) or September to November (Autumn) when the climate is not too hot or too cold.

It is typically a subtropical climate with long dry and hot summers, short, mild and wet winters. However, temperatures can fall as low as 5°C in the Sahara Desert and below zero in the Atlas Mountains. The further inland you go from the ocean, the more extreme the temperatures.

The coastal regions are pleasant all year around.

Winter: (December - February) The winter in the north bordering the Mediterranean is wet and rainy, while in the south near the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and can be very cold at night.

Summer: (June - August) Average summer temperatures in the coastal cities range from 15 to 28°C. Temperatures can exceed 35°C the further inland you go.

Rain falls typically from November to March in coastal areas while the remainder of the country is mostly dry.

Western Coast ie: Casablanca
Summer: 18° – 26°C
Winter: 10° – 19°C

North – Inland ie: Fez
Summer: 19° – 35°C
Winter: 5° – 18°C

South – Inland ie: Marrakesh
Summer: 20° – 36°C
Winter: 7° – 23°C

Sahara Desert ie: Merzouga
Summer: 17° – 37°C
Winter: 7° – 20°C

Atlas Mountains Temperatures can drop below zero in winter and often be buried in snow. Summer is generally sunny and warm, but cool at night.

What clothing should I pack?

We recommend layers for Morocco - even in the summer months, at night in the desert it is cool.

Depending on the season you are travelling in, pack accordingly - the summer months are hot and in the winter time in Morocco sees snow on the mountains.

Morocco is predominantly a Muslim country and we recommend wearing shorts, dresses and skirts that cover at least your knees as well as covering your shoulders.

It's always a good idea when travelling to have comfortable shoes.

What's happens on arrival?

Your personal driver will meet you at the exit of Terminal 2 outside the airport. If your flight arrives into Terminal 1 please make your way to the exit of Terminal 2 to meet your transfer (around a 2 minute walk). Your transfer will be holding a sign with your name on it.

What is a Superior Riad?

Riads are traditional Moroccan houses often built around a central courtyard. They are smaller than most hotels and could be considered a boutique hotel.

Do I need travel insurance for Morocco?

Travelbay strongly recommend travel insurance – we are very happy to provide you with a free quote.

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