Regular Season 12-day Tours

$2,900 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

Accommodation is on a twin share basis and if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender.

If you decide at the booking stage that you would like a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the single supplement. The single supplement fee for this trip is $550. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check-out.

What is included :

  • 11 nights accommodation (including luxury desert camp)
  • Private, air-conditioned ground transportation
  • Local guide throughout
  • Activities as indicated on itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

What is not included :

  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • International flight
  • Insurance
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route.

  2. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations and our philosophy is : Come as a stranger, leave as a friend! Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made was a highlight of the trip.

    Check out the pictures from our last trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

    • One of the highlights of this trip is wandering around the Fes medina on day 5. Please note that you will be on your feet for at least 5—6 hours, but the sights, smells and sounds make are well worth any weariness at the end of the day.
    • The camel ride on day 7 is a fun way to see the Sahara, but if you’d prefer, it’s possible to walk alongside the caravan on the sand for about an hour or we can arrange alternative transportation.
    • The dunes of the Sahara are also best discovered on foot, which is why the itinerary includes a trek. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness and appropriate footwear and clothing to enjoy it. If trekking isn’t really your thing, you can speak with your leader about alternative activities to do.
    • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren’t accustomed to the heat, so please consider carefully what time of year you travel.
    • Longer walks and hikes as well as longer transfers could feel harder at times, therefore, alouth we will plan some breaks to rest, you should be aware that a medium level of fitness will be required at times.
    • In 2020, Ramadan will take place from 23 April to 22 May. Travelling in Morocco during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience. However, some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your local guide will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.
    • Travelling with Globe Drifters is all about embracing local customs, so please be aware that as Morocco has a tipping culture and travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services. The “What should I tip in Morocco?” question below in the FAQ will provide you with suggestions as to what standards are appropriate.
    • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on regular occasions.
    • We’ve sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with our style of travel, but keep in mind the service and accommodation in Morocco may differ to western standards. Please be aware that most accommodation will have at least 1-2 flights of stairs to climb to get to the rooms, therefore, you should be able to carry your own luggage. Our best advise is to try to pack as light as possible.
  3. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time during which the guide can help arrange any activity that might interest you. Most of the activities can be arranged with little to no notice. Optional activities are not included in the trip cost and will be paid at your own expense.

    Below are some examples of optional activities in the local currency.

    • Henna Tattoo – MAD 50
    • Hammam (public baths) – MAD150
    • Tajine cooking class – MAD650
    • Hot Air Balloon – MAD2050
    • Massage and Hammam in a luxury spa – MAD750

    These activities can be arranged and paid for through the local guide once in Morocco.

  4. No, international airfare is not included in the cost of this tour so all flight arrangements are up to you. If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years has been Skyscanner. This is a straightforward website to help you find flights to Morocco.

    Please do not book any flights until you have received a confirmation from us which will be sent to you after paying your deposit.

  5. Yes, we can! All accommodation on our tours in Morocco is based on a twin-share arrangement. This means that there will be two people per room and if you join the tour as an individual, you may be sharing a room with two beds with another member of the same gender from the group unless you paid the single supplement or you are going with someone with whom you requested to share.

    If you would like a single room throughout your tour, you can purchase the single supplement. The single supplement for this trip is $550. You can purchase the single supplement at check-out.

  6. The official currency of Morocco is the Dirham (MAD). The Dirham is a closed currency, meaning that you can’t buy or sell it outside of Morocco.

    It should also be noted that Australian or New Zealand Dollars aren’t usually accepted, so sticking with Euros, U.S. dollars or British sterling is probably the best plan.

    Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using a currency converter online.

  7. You’ll need to wait until you arrive in Morocco to exchange cash. As mentioned previously, because it’s a closed currency you’ll need to exchange cash upon arrival in Morocco.

    Often, currency exchange services offer poorer rates at airports and hotels. You can change currency easily in the major cities and tourist areas of Morocco. The airports have several exchange desks – so it’s worth shopping around. If you aren’t happy with the exchange rates offered, then simply change what you need immediately and look for a better deal in town.

    Many travelers choose to avoid the hassle of exchanging money by withdrawing cash from an ATM when they arrive at the airport.  ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When traveling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren’t always an option. Finally, When bringing cash to exchange upon arrival, make sure that you have clean, crisp notes.

    Your guide will advise you when you will be visiting an area that is cash only with no ATM’s around and thus the group will make a stop at an ATM and exchange house before heading into those areas.

  8. Credit and debit cards aren’t widely used outside of the cities in Morocco. However, in high-end establishments you shouldn’t have a problem paying with your card, though American Express isn’t commonly accepted. Anywhere else, it’s advisable to carry cash in case you come across a retailer that cannot take card payments.

    If you do decide to use your card when you’re abroad, make sure your bank knows you’re planning a trip. If not, they may see a spike in unusual activity outside your home country and block all your cards until they have contacted you.

    The high-end shops that sell items such as rosewater, argan oil, berber rugs, pottery, leather goods, etc…will accept credit/debit cards and usually they can provide shipment to your home address at a reasonable rate.

  9. While tipping isn’t mandatory in Morocco it is customary. 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 (1 USD) is usually sufficient in this case.

    On the first day of your trip your guide may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, which everybody contributes an equal amount to at the start of the tour. Your leader then uses this to tip drivers, local guides and hotel staff on your behalf.  In Morocco this can be beneficial as it is hard to break large bills and get small change for tips.

    If you wish to take a picture of a market vendor, artisan products, a snake charmer, etc… expect to be asked for a tip of around 10-20 dirhams (USD 1-2).

    Tipping your bus driver and tour guide : At the end of the trip, if you are satisfied with the service that you received from your guide and bus driver, you are more than welcome to tip them, especially if you feel they did an exceptional job and helped you have a great trip. Below are recommended amounts based on past travelers’ feedback :

    • Moroccan tour guide : $60 – $120 USD (≈$5 – $10 per day)
    • Moroccan driver : $25 – $40 USD (≈$2 – $3 per day)

     

  10. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for a few lunch and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    Like most travel destinations, Morocco does not lack in its offerings of unique items.  Past travelers have said it was their favorite country for shopping so pack light!  You will be visiting a lot of really fantastic places that offer unique items.

    Based on past travelers’ feedback, an estimated minimum total to bring for spending is between USD $500 – 700. WE HIGHLY ADVISE BRINGING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

    Below are some average prices for food and drink for one person.

    Lunch + drink 20 MAD
    Dinner + drink 120 MAD
    1 Pint of beer 30 MAD
    Total Per Day 180 MAD 


    Please note that this is only an estimation and on some days you’ll spend more (or shop more) and less on others. 

  11. Americans, Australians, Canadians and EU passport holders traveling to Morocco for less than 90 days DO NOT need a visa. You may be required to show proof of exit from Morocco in the form of a departure ticket.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  12. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Morocco, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to Morocco! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data.

    While mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Morocco’s cities and metropolitan areas, 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.

  13. All hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well.  In the Sahara desert wifi will be extremely limited if non-existent.  In the more rural towns wifi can be slow and may not work in your hotel room and you may only have access to wifi in the hotel lobby area. Be prepared to ‘disconnect’ when traveling in the rural areas of Morocco.

  14. Voltage for outlets is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage so both devices are necessary.

    The plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this:

  15. Temperatures in Morocco during all seasons will vary depending on the region, but are generally warm to hot during the day and cooler at night. Pack lightweight clothing and don’t forget your sunscreen! Also note that in the desert, temperatures drop very low at night, therefore a warm coat and warm pajamas is a must all year-round. Please be aware that the weather across Morocco can be unpredictable, so it is best to be prepared for extremes.

    Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) during day and night for Morocco.

  16. Regardless if you travel in summer or winter time, always bring a warm coat, warm pajamas and socks as temperatures in the desert drop very low at night despite the warm and hot days (upper 30’s and lower 40’s at night in winter). Although it will be hot, it is important to dress modestly in order to be respectful of the culture as well as to avoid unwanted attention. Shorts and tank tops are not recommended, especially for females.

    Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Flashlight/headlamp
    • Umbrella (for shade & rain)
    • Lip balm (it gets dry in the desert!)
    • Jacket/coat (for cold nights)
    • Warm pajamas and socks
    • Swimsuit
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Flip flops/sandals
    • Sunscreen 
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
    • Small backpack or across the shoulder bag for the day
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • hair dryer if needed (some hotels will have but not all)
    • Snacks for the road (cliff bars, nuts, etc…)

    Winter Months : If going in the winter months which are between November and March we suggest bringing a scarf, warm jacket, sweater, warm pajamas and socks and a hat/beanie as it does get quite cold during these months.

  17. Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services at a fee, if needed. It is best to give laundry to the hotel staff in the morning and it is usually ready by that evening.   

  18. Most areas of Morocco that you will visit on this trip experience less crime compared to the bigger cities such as Marrakech and Fes. During your time in the larger cities, it is suggested to travel in groups of two or more even though it is very unlikely that you will face any violence. As with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings with a secure over the shoulder day pack that closes tightly. This way your belongings won’t easily become the property of any purse snatchers or pickpockets. Situations such as those just mentioned are most common in larger cities at famous attractions where large numbers of Moroccans and tourists tend to congregate. The United States State Department offers general travel information about this country. See below for more information.

    U.S. State Department Travel to Morocco

     

  19. Hotels throughout Morocco offer a wide variety of foods. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the tour although options might be limited.

  20. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Morocco to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  21. Yes, we offer private tours to Morocco for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

  22. Our friendly team is here to answer all of your doubts or questions! Feel free to reach us at any time by email at: info@globe-drifters.com 

Visa

Americans, Australians, Canadians and EU passport holders traveling to Morocco for less than 90 days DO NOT need a visa. You may be required to show proof of exit from Morocco in the form of a departure ticket.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

Flights

If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years is Skyscanner. Once you have booked your flights, please send us your flight information. Your arrival city is Tangier and your departure city is Marrakech.

Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

Temperatures in Morocco during all seasons will vary depending on the region, but are generally warm to hot during the day and cooler at night. Pack lightweight clothing and don’t forget your sunscreen! Also note that in the desert, temperatures drop very low at night, therefore a warm coat and warm pajamas is a must all year-round. Please be aware that the weather across Morocco can be unpredictable, so it is best to be prepared for extremes.

Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) during day and night for Morocco.

Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

The accommodation in which you will be staying in Morocco are locally-owned or family-run hotels rather than big chains with hundreds of rooms and big crowds of tourists. We try our best to select accommodations with impeccable service as well as old world charm and that are centrally-located. Almost every hotel we go to has a swimming pool but depending on the time of year you visit it might be too cold to swim.

Many of the hotels do not serve alcohol on the premises (including your first hotel). If you would like to have a glass of wine with dinner at the hotel you will need to pick up some wine/alcohol at the duty free upon arrival.  Many of the ‘European style’ restaurants serve alcohol in the cities we go to.  There will be one stop at a grocery store for snacks and alcohol before heading into the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains.

Tangier

Housed in Tangier’s original bank, constructed in 1907, this refurbished riad now hosts guests from around the world with 16 rooms on the property. This riad was voted by Lonely Planet as having one of the best rooftop terraces in Tangier with views of the Bay of Tangier from the terrace.

The restaurant here comes highly recommended. They offer freshly squeezed juices and organic products.  Vegan and vegetarian meals are on offer.

This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach and in the city center.

 

Chefchaouen - Blue City

Located in a convenient spot in Morocco’s Blue City, this riad is a wonderful choice to explore this magical city. This intimate riad will charm you with its traditional artisan work, tiled hammam, sunny terrace, and oasis-like pool.

Newly opened in 2016, this hotel has 12 rooms available. All are fully equipped with a high attention to detail. The riad is located in a quiet side street at one of the main intersections of the old medina.   The riad combines two traditional Chefchaouen houses and has retained its original Andalusian-Moroccan architecture. The tradition atmosphere of the riad preserves and maintains its cultural heritage, while seamlessly combined with modern luxuries.

Fes

This riad offers rooms with luxurious tapestries and traditional decor.  From the rooftop you can overlook the whole medina with some of the best views in the city.  Note that this hotel only takes cash for food and drinks.

Midelt

This hotel will not be your favorite quite honestly but it is the #1 hotel for the region. This hotel is a major stop for many groups making their way to the Sahara as it is the half way point coming from Fes.  They have comfy beds and hot showers but limited wifi in the rooms.  Beer is sold on the premises.

Erg Chebbi

See reviews and more information about our Sahara Luxury Desert Camp by clicking HERE.  All tents have a private bathroom with a shower and hot water.

Boumalne Dades

This hotel is located in the middle of the Dades Gorges and the building itself is part of the mountain.  Every room has a panoramic view of the surrounding gorge.

Ait Ben Haddou

This hotel offers the most spectacular view of all the hotels on the trip! The picture above is the view from our hotel, the perfect spot to relax in the evening!

Marrakech

*All hotels are subject to change.

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Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Morocco.

CDC Morocco