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Our Morocco tours are each individually designed by a local Moroccan team. Representative sights and monuments from throughout Morocco’s history are included to present a continuity and perspective, you simply won’t find with typical package tours. Of course, you’ll see all of the major sights, but you will also visit many lesser known but equally interesting places. And some of our special tours feature visits to sites that are closed to the general public .
We will customize your Morocco tours to your special interests and customize your tour to your special interests and needs. Our Morocco tours can be arranged for one, two, or more people. Whether you enjoy history, architecture, arts and crafts, natural scenery, beach resorts, mountain trekking, or archeology, Imperial Cities we can personally design a tour for you!
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Morocco is a country with different contrast, It is amazing how rapidly the landscape changes. From green on the atlas mountains to red-yellowish coloration of the Sahara to a hilly, greenish colored countryside barely 20 miles further to the west. dry valleys, wide plains with washouts, 2m deep, forming natural labyrinths. And after some further mile everything changed again to soft hills and palm gardens. A real land of variety. The distinct areas of Morocco (Coast on the west, Rif Mountains in the North, Atlas Mountains in the interior, Sahara Desert to the south & east) make for differing climates across the country, so that it is a good destination all year round, to catch the sun, experience the vibrancy of the cities, or to go walking in the mountains.
Daily sunshine can range from 13 hours in the desert to 9 & 10 on the Atlantic coast. In the winter, you’ll see up to 6 hours in the North, increasing to 7 or 8 as you move south. The north coast (Tangier) and the Rif mountains Chefchaouen) have a Mediterranean style climate: hot and generally continuous sunshine between May and September, warm & sunny days interspersed with rainy periods for the rest of the year, we at Morocco tours we highly recommend…..( Read More ).
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Weather apart, the Islamic religious calendar and its related festivals will have the most seasonal effect on your travel. The most important factor is Ramadan, the month of daytime fasting; this can be a problem for transport, and especially hiking, though the festive evenings do much to compensate.
You are probably safer in Morocco than in most European countries.
Several years ago the Moroccan authorities set up a Tourist Brigade Police Force, whose main objective is the safety and well being of foreign tourists.
Naturally like any touristic city, there is opportunistic theft - It is not advised to leave Mobile phones, Cameras or any item that you value directly on the table at a Cafe whilst you enjoy your drink. Even packets of cigarettes have been known to be taken by opportunists.
There are also a number of pickpockets, and don't be fooled by people's appearances, even old ladies have been known to partake in a little pickpocketing.
But in terms of safety, you should have no fears. Even walking around late at night you are usually perfectly safe, though late at night you may get the odd bit of hassle from touts asking you if you want "something for the mind". But take sensible precautions as you would anywhere; don't carry large sums of cash or wear expensive jewellery/watches, keep your bag strapped across your body, that sort of thing.
The main thing to be concerned about is crossing the roads, as there are mopeds, bikes, cars and mules all competing. With regard to mopeds, they are illegal to drive in the medina but are somehow tolerated. They are driven slalom-like at speed along narrow paths with millimetres to spare. One slight "rule" is to walk on the right hand side of the street and let them avoid you rather than you trying to get out of their way. If crossing a busy road latch onto a Moroccan (preferably an old woman or one with a child) and follow their lead. Keep an ear open for the little beep of the moped approaching behind you and keep to the right side to let it pass. Bicycles are a bit of a pest too but the same rules apply.
It is also a common courtesy to the men and boys who push their carts through the winding alleyways, to let them pass. Listen out for their call ("Antak", "attention" or a hiss) as they approach you from behind and let them pass.
Visitors should also be aware of self-appointed tour guides who offer to help tourists navigate the maze of narrow streets, and then request payment for this. Acting as a guide without a license in Morocco is illegal. However, many do want to try to just make a few Dirham for the days meal.
Most will be polite and courteous, but some have been known to be intimidating and even fewer involving small gangs of men, who guide you to various places.
Generally, if you do need help to find somewhere, ( such as a hotel ) you can usually find a lad or a boy who will lead the way. It is generally accepted to pay them 20 Dirham for their help, even though they may look unhappy with this, it is worth a lot to them. They may ask for more, but you just have to politely refuse. Another tip if you're lost is to ask some-one in a shop (they can't offer to guide you) to point you in the right direction.
If you do accept help for finding a hotel etc, the plain guide is to follow what your instinct tells you with regards trust.
Health and Safety
Morocco Tours & Excursions takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Things to try during your Morocco tours
These slow-cooked stews are synonymous with Moroccan cooking. Chicken, olive and citrus is a well-known favourite, but there are endless variations using different meats, vegetables and seasonings.
2. Cous Cous
Forget instant cous cous and try the real deal in Morocco. Often served with vegetables and meat, regional varieties sometimes also include everything from sweet raisins to spicy harissa or smoky almonds.
3. Fresh Fruit
Morocco has an amazing array of fruit available in the markets, shops and juice bars. Choose from bananas, mangoes, oranges, avocados or peaches - eat fresh or get them whipped up in a juice.
4. Mint Tea
While travelling through Morocco you'll probably drink more sweet mint tea than ever before. Offered as a gesture of hospitality when visiting someone's home or shop, it's considered impolite to refuse, so accept graciously.
Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller not Morocco Tours & Excursions company. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Morocco.
UK, EU, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and USA nationals do not require a visit at present to enter Morocco . Please check if you are from another country.
RSA (South African) passport holders need to obtain visas in advance of arrival. Please check your personal visa requirements with the embassy.
There are around 56,986 km (35,409 mi) of roads (national, regional and provincial) in Morocco. In addition to 1,416 km (880 mi) of highways.
The Tangier-Casablanca high-speed rail link marks the first stage of the ONCF’s high-speed rail master plan, pursuant to which over 1,500 km (930 mi) of new railway lines will be built by 2035. The high speed train – TGV – will have a capacity of 500 passengers and will carry 8 million passengers per year. The work on the High Speed Rail project was started in September 2011.Construction of infrastructure and delivery of railway equipment will end in 2014 and the HSR will be operational by December 2015.
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Morocco tours & Excursions company use 4x4's for the diffrent roads on Morocco, a short journey can take you from city to snow and sahara desert, so a 4x4 a really needed for a real adventure. for large groups the company use bus and mini-bus.
In Sahara desert Morocco tours & Excursions company use 4x4, ATV or camels for the onces who wants the real desert tour.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM; t 0890 000800, w royalairmaroc.com) operates domestic flights from its Casablanca hub to major cities nationwide. You will usually have to change planes at Casablanca in order to travel between any other two points, unless both are stops on a single Casa-bound flight (Dakhla to Laayoune, for example). In general, flying is not really worthwhile except for long-distance routes such as to Laayoune or Dakhla in the Western Sahara, when they can save you a lot of time. A one-way ticket from Casablanca to Laayoune, for example, would set you back 1360dh (£101/$161) and take one hour and forty minutes (plus journey time to the airport, check-in time and delays), compared to nineteen hours by bus. Casa to Dakhla – 1124dh (£84/$133) one-way on RAM – would take you two and a quarter hours by air compared to 28 hours by bus.
Information on Morocco’s airports, including daily departure lists for some of them, can be found on the website of the Office National des Aéroports at w onda.ma. You should confirm flights 72 hours before departure. Student and under-26 youth discounts of 25 percent are available on RAM domestic flights, but only if the ticket is bought in advance from one of its offices.
Trains cover a limited network of routes, but for travel between the major cities they are easily the best option, comfortable and fairly fast, but sometimes subject to delays.
There are two main lines: from Tangier in the north down to Marrakesh, and from Oujda in the northeast, also to Marrakesh, joining with the Tangier line at Sidi Kacem. Branch lines serve Nador, El Jadida, Safi, Oued Zem and Casablanca airport. A high-speed line (LGV) from Tangier to Casablanca is scheduled to open in 2015 (for latest news see w tgvmaroc.ma), with extensions planned down to Marrakesh and Agadir, as well as eastward all the way (political frictions allowing) through Algeria and Tunisia to Tripoli.
Schedules change very little from year to year, but it’s wise to check times in advance at stations. Timetables are displayed at major train stations, and any station ticket office will print you off a mini-timetable of services between any two stations. You can also check schedules (horaires) and fares (tarifs) on the ONCF website at w oncf.ma, though you cannot buy tickets online. Except for sleeper services, tickets do not need to be booked in advance; you can just turn up at the station and buy one. There are two classes of tickets – first and second. Costs for a second-class ticket are slightly more than what you’d pay for buses; on certain “express” services (“express” refers to the level of comfort rather than the speed), they are around thirty percent higher. In addition, there are couchettes (145dh extra) available on the Tangier–Marrakesh and Casablanca–Oujda night trains – worth the money for both the comfort and the security, as couchette passengers are in their own locked carriage with a guard. Most stations are located reasonably close to the modern city centres. They do not have left-luggage facilities.
Bus travel is generally only marginally cheaper than taking a shared grand taxi, and around thirty percent slower, but also safer and more comfortable, though on some older buses leg room is limited, and for anyone approaching six feet or more in height, long journeys can be rather an endurance test. Many long-distance buses run at night when they are both quicker and cooler. Most are fitted with reading lights but they are invariably turned off, so you will not be able to read on buses after dark. Also note that the rate of accidents involving night buses is quite high, especially on busy routes, and most of all on the N8 between Marrakesh and Agadir.
Travelling during the day, especially in summer, it pays to sit on the side away from the sun. Travelling from north to south, this means sitting on the right in the morning, on the left in the afternoon, vice versa if going the other way. Travelling from east to west, sit on the right, or on the left if going from west to east. In fact, Moroccan passengers often pull down the blinds and shut the windows, which can block out the scenery and make the journey rather claustrophobic. Note too, especially on rural services, that some passengers may be unused to road travel, resulting in travel sickness and vomiting.
CTM and private lines
Buses run by CTM (the national company; w ctm.ma) are faster and more reliable than private services, with numbered seats and fixed departure schedules, which can be checked online. CTM services usually have reading lights, though you may have to ask the driver to turn those on. Some of the larger private company buses, such as SATAS (which operates widely in the south) and Trans Ghazala (which runs in the north) are of a similar standard, but many other private companies are tiny outfits, with a single bus which leaves only when the driver considers it sufficiently full. On the other hand, such private buses are much more likely to stop for you if you flag them down on the open road, whereas CTM services will only pick up and set down at official stops.
Most towns have a main bus station (gare routière), often on the edge of town. CTM buses usually leave from the company’s office, which may be quite a way from the main bus station, though in several places CTM and the private companies share a single terminal, and in some cases the CTM bus will call at the main bus station when departing a city, though not when arriving.
Bus stations usually have a number of ticket windows, one for each of the companies operating out of it. There is occasionally a departures board, but it may be out of date and in Arabic only, so you should always check departure times at the appropriate window. Bus conductors or ticket sellers may be calling out destinations in the bus station in any case, or may greet you as you come in by asking where you want to go. On the more popular trips (and especially with CTM services, which are often just once a day in the south), it’s worth trying to buy tickets in advance, though this may not always be possible on smaller private-line services.
You may occasionally have problems getting tickets at small towns along major routes, where buses can arrive and leave already full. It’s sometimes possible to get round this by taking a local bus or a grand taxi for the next section of the trip (until the bus you want empties a little), or by waiting for a bus that actually starts from the town you’re in. Overall, the best policy is to arrive at a bus station early in the day (ideally 5.30–6am).
On private-line buses, you generally pay for your baggage to be loaded into the hold (or onto the roof). The standard fee is 5dh, but this may be foregone on short hops. Note that you only pay to have your baggage loaded, not to have it unloaded on arrival, whatever anybody may say. On CTM, SATAS and Supratours buses your luggage is weighed and you are issued with a receipt for the baggage charge (usually 5–10dh, depending on weight and distance – allow time for this procedure). On arrival, porters with wheeled box-carts (chariots) may offer their services, but always agree a price before engaging one.
An additional service, on certain major routes, is the Supratours express buses run as feeder services by the train company, ONCF. These are fast and very comfortable, and run from Tetouan, Essaouira, Agadir and the Western Sahara to connect with rail services from Oujda, Tangier and Marrakesh. Timetables and fares for Supratours buses can be found along with those for trains on the ONCF website (w oncf.ma). Supratours services compare, in both time and cost, with CTM buses. They do not use the main bus stations, but depart from outside their own town-centre offices (detailed in the text). Through tickets to and from connecting rail stations are available (Essaouira through to Fez, for example), and travellers with rail tickets for connecting services have priority. It’s best to book tickets in advance if possible.
By shared taxi
Shared grands taxis are one of the best features of Moroccan transport. They operate on a wide variety of routes, are much quicker than buses (usually quicker than trains, too), and fares vary from slightly more than the bus to around twice as much.
The taxis are usually big Peugeot or Mercedes cars carrying six passengers (Peugeots are less common but have a slightly less cramped seating arrangement). Most business is along specific routes, and the most popular routes have more or less continuous departures throughout the day. You just show up at the terminal (locations are detailed in the guide) and ask for a place to a specific destination. The best time to arrive is early morning (7–9am), when a lot of people are travelling and taxis fill up quickly; lunchtime, on the other hand, is a bad time to turn up, as fewer people will be travelling, and the taxi will take longer to fill up. As soon as six (or, if you’re willing to pay extra, four or five) people are assembled, the taxi sets off. Make sure, when asking about grands taxis, that it is clear you only want a place (une place in French, plassa in Arabic, or hold up one finger) in a shared taxi (taxi collectif), as drivers often “presume” that a tourist will want to charter the whole taxi, which means paying for all six places. Women travelling alone may wish to pay for two places and get the front seat to themselves rather than be squashed up against male passengers.
Picking up a shared taxi on the road is more problematic, as they will only stop if they have a place free (if a passenger has already alighted). To hail a taxi on the open road, hold up one, two or more fingers to indicate how many places you need.
Fares for set routes are fixed, and drivers do not usually try to overcharge tourists for a place (though occasionally they try to charge for baggage, which usually travels free of charge). If you think that you are being overcharged, ask the other passengers, or check the price with your hotel before leaving. Occasionally, five passengers may agree to split the cost of the last place to hasten departure, or one passenger may agree to pay for two places. You pay the full fare for the journey even if travelling only part of the way.
If you want to take a non-standard route, or an excursion, or just to have the taxi to yourself, it is possible to charter a whole grand taxi (une course in French, corsa in Arabic). In theory this should be exactly six times the price of a place in a shared taxi if the route has a set fare, but you’ll often have to bargain hard to get that. Hotels can sometimes be useful in helping to charter grands taxis.
Some people consider shared taxis dangerous. It is certainly true that they are prone to practices such as speeding, and overtaking on blind curves or the brows of hills, and that they have more than their fair share of accidents. Drivers may work all day and into the night, and it seems a large number of accidents involve them falling asleep at the wheel while driving at night, so you may wish to avoid using them for night-time journeys, especially on busy roads (the N8 between Marrakesh and Agadir is the worst). Note also that with the seating arrangements, it is not usually possible to wear a seat belt, though if you pay for two places, you can get the front seat to yourself and put the belt on.
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