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MOROCCAN MOSAICS

Price from
US$990
(per person)
Duration
9
Days
Tour Type
Small Group

HIGHLIGHTS

Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech, Todra Gorge, Dades Canyon, Berber Desert Camp, Dramatic Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou, Taroudant and Essaouira
COUNTRIES : Morocco

This tour gives a great insight into the incredible history and culture of Morocco as well as its beautiful scenery, taking in the Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and Atlantic Coast. We start with a full day tour of the magical city of Marrakech, visiting mosques and minarets and bustling bazars. The next day we leave and head through Berber villages as we travel through the Atlas Mountains over the highest mountain pass in Africa to the spectacular rocky gorges at Todra and the Dades Canyon. Our next highlight is a jeep safari, sunset camel ride and comfortable overnight Berber Camp amidst the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi sand desert. Then we drive through the scenic Draa Valley to Ouarzazate, where numerous movies have been filmed. The UNESCO World heritate site of Ait Benhaddou is next before we head towards the coast, stopping at the walled market town of Taroudant on the way. We'll hope to see herds of camels and some of the regions famous tree climbing goats along the way. Finally we enjoy some free time at the lovely seaside town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast before heading back to Marrakech to finish the tour.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don't work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in central Marrakech for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. If you arrive early enough, you can head into Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna Square for a first taste of Moroccan food at one of the main street stalls, while watching the many street performers and salesmen offering their wares.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Single room supplement (MOSGMM), Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour

Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Mausoleum and Bahia Palace which both host intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. Then we head to the lively souks and bazaars in Marrakech's famous medina. Home to many different types of traders these narrow and winding streets are bustling with activity and full of sights sounds and smells uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

After breakfast this morning we enjoy a spectacular drive across the Tizi N'tichka col which at 2,260m is the highest pass in Northern Africa. You'll get great views of the Atlas mountains, with many of the tops covered with snow for much of the year. We then descend and pass Ouarzazate, or 'place of no noise'. An incredibly dramatic landscape, this area has played host to countless well known films. Our final highlight today is a drive through the Dades Canyon with its steep winding access road with numerous switchbacks providing great views of the steep cliffs and the river below which rushes dramatically through the gorge, especially in the spring when the mountain snows are melting. We finish today in Tinghir where we spend the night.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Tinghir hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Our next taste of dramatic Moroccan scenery comes at the Todra Gorge close to Tinghir, where we'll stop for a short hike along the valley floor with rocky cliffs towering above us on both sides. We then continue along the 'road of a thousand Kasbahs' to Erfoud before switching into 4WD vehicles to travel to Merzouga and through the Erg Chebbi sand desert to a traditional Berber camp amidst the dunes. Here a sunset camel ride is included plus a walk to the top of some of the dunes for spectacular views as the sun sinks below the horizon. You'll enjoy a hearty Bedouin meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere, before sleeping in comfortable Berber camel-hair tents.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Berber camp
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast with our Berber hosts we head out of the dunes and drive back to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouita Dynasty. We leave our 4WD vehicles here and drive to Erfoud. Lodged in an idyllic setting between the Atlas mountains to the north and the Sahara desert to the south, Erfoud is the administrative capital of the region. We continue back along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs through the Draa Valley to Ouarzazate where we spend the night. While in Ouarzazate we include a tour of the movie studios that have taken advantage of the amazing scenery in the area. Some of the most famous films that have been shot from the Atlas Studios here include Lawrence of Arabi, The Living Daylights, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Man who would be King, The Mummy, Gladiator, Asterix & Obelisk, Kingdom of Heaven, Kundun, Legionnaire, Hanna, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), as well as part of the TV series Game of Thrones. Our final visit today is to Morocco's most well known Kasbah at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. This is a huge fortified city (ksar - a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls), with houses and kasbahs crowding together inside the defensive walls, an excellent example of traditional Moroccan earthen clay architecture.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Ouarzazate hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Sunset desert camel ride

Our drive today skirts the foothills of the Atlas mountains with some great views to our right hand side, stopping for a break en-route to see the Kasbah at Taliouine and to learn about the production of saffron, the world's most expensive spice, which takes place in only this area in Morocco. If we're lucky we'll see some of Morocco's famous tree climbing goats before we arrive in Taroudant this evening. These goats have learned to climb the local Argan trees in search of the fruit and nuts inside. Taroudant is a large walled Berber market town, and its souqs are reputed to be the best in the south with some excellent local crafts on sale. As you are off the main tourist trail here, you'll get a much more authentic glimpse of everyday life, as well as finding better value in the markets than in Marrakech. The town walls are some of the longest and best preserved in Morocco, with their mud construction changing colour atmospherically as the day progresses - they're best seen in the early evening. You'll have some free time here in Taroudant to explore the souqs, and walk along the walls.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Taroudant hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We head to the coast today with our first stop at Morocco's main resort town of Agadir. We'll take a short tour of the harbour and the famous High Kasbah, destroyed by the earthquake of 1960, before continuing along the coast towards the North Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira. Well regarded as one of Morocco's most beautiful areas, Essaouira has always attracted and inspired artists, drawn by its good light and tranquil, relaxed way of life. Wandering around the old Medina and its fascinating streets dotted with art galleries it's not hard to imagine why the city drew visitors such as Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix throughout the years. Essaouira has a wide sandy beach, though the prevailing winds and currents mean this is more of a mecca for kite surfers than for swimming or sunbathing.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Essaouira hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

The first half of the day is free today to explore Essaouira further. You could visit the working port with its busy fish auction market and traditional wooden boat builders; explore the craft stalls and shops in the walled Medina which is UNESCO World Heritage listed and a great example of late 18th century European fortifications in Africa; take a boat trip to the nearby island of Mogador which is a nature reserve popular with birdwatchers; try a windsurfing or kitesurfing lesson from the beach; or just explore randomly at your leisure. While you're here it's also well worth having a meal at one of Essaouira's well known fish stalls, where a wide range of local freshly caught fish and seafood are displayed, ready to be cooked in front of you and served with bread and salad. After lunch we drive back to Marrakech (approx. 2 1/2 hours) for a final evening in this chaotic and busy city.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Marrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking

Your day is free today to explore Marrakech further, and perhaps do some final souvenir shopping and sightseeing before we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Subject to your flight time, we can also offer a range of day trips and excursions, including a spectacular hot air balloon flight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Marrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking, Imlil day trip, Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Included:
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels as per the itinerary
  • Overnight Berber desert camp
  • Jeep safari and sunset camel ride
  • All transport and transfers in AC vehicles
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Professional local English speaking tour guide throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to sites visited in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (not required for most nationalities)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Golden Tulip Farah Hotel
Marrakech, Morocco

Situated on Avenue President Kennedy, this welcoming 4-star hotel is nestled away in the Hivernage district, a peaceful and elegant residential neighbourhood.


Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech is a modern 4-star with 3 acres of private gardens in the residential area of Marrakech, ten minutes from the Medina and the Koutoubia Mosque. The 187 rooms are decorated in bright colors and equipped with wooden furniture. All rooms offer air conditioning, TV with satellite channels, a balcony, minibar and telephone. The hotel has a fitness center, tennis course and tennis table 

The hotel has several bars and restaurants can accommodate customers. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, sipping a drink at the bar or in the shade of a tree.
You are welcome to Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech!

This wonderful hotel offers just what the most demanding guest looks for:

  • 187 Rooms with all amenities
  • 16 Duplex
  • 4 Suites
  • 36 independant renovated bungalows
  • Internet Centre
  • Various restaurants and bars on site
  • Sauna
  • Fitness Center
  • Beauty Salon Services
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis court
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Saghro Hotel
Tinghir, Morocco

Views of the Toghda Gorges or the Kasbah are featured in the rooms at Hotel Saghro. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a coffee shop and a bar in a location just 9.3 miles from the famous gorges.


Views of the Toghda Gorges or the Kasbah are featured in the rooms at Hotel Saghro. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a coffee shop and a bar in a location just 9.3 miles from the famous gorges.

A minibar, satellite TV and air conditioning are standard facilities in the rooms at Hotel Saghro. All rooms are individually decorated in a Moroccan style and some have a private balcony.

The hotel serves a continental or an American-style breakfast on the terrace every morning. Guests can also relax in the bar with an aperitif before sampling the restaurant's international or Moroccan dishes.

Free Wi-Fi and free public parking are additional facilities available on site. Guests can also organise excursions at the 24-hour reception or buy souvenirs in the gift shop.

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Merzouga Berber Camp
Merzouga, Morocco

Our Berber desert camp provides comfortable permanent tents with mattresses and traditional local blankets. Shared toilet and shower facilities are available.


Spending the night at a Berber camp in the desert is many people’s highlight of their visit to Morocco. Our group tours use comfortable mid-range camps with traditional camel hair tents with proper matresses and bedding.  Bathrooms are separate but close by. A delicious full Berber meal is served and we normally finish the evening around the camp fire with some local musicians playing. Camel rides through the sand dunes are available and its well worth walking to the top of the dunes for a spectacular sunset.  

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Hotel le Fint
Ouarzazate, Morocco

Located in the centre of Ouarzazate, Hotel le Fint offers an outdoor swimming pool, a piano bar with views of the mountains and lake and a garden. The Kasbah is just 550 yards away.


Located in the centre of Ouarzazate, Hôtel le Fint offers an outdoor swimming pool, a piano bar with views of the mountains and lake and a garden. The Kasbah is just 550 yards away.

All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a private balcony with a pool view, a TV with satellite channels and heating. The en suite bathroom includes a bath or shower.

A continental breakfast is available each morning at Hôtel le Fint. Guests can also enjoy Moroccan cuisine in the on-site restaurant.

Additional features include a 24-hour reception, a concierge service, TV lounge, free Wi-Fi access and free private parking. The airport is ideally located 1.2 miles away and the bus station is 1.6 miles from the property.

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Hotel Tiout
Taroudant, Morocco

Hotel Tiout offers 3-star accommodation in Taroudant, with cosy rooms, designed to accommodate the requirements of any guest. The hotel is within walking distance of the Mosque Al Hassan Al Awwal.


Located in the centre of Ouarzazate, Hotel Le Fint offers an outdoor swimming pool, a piano bar with views of the mountains and lake and a garden. The Kasbah is just 550 yards away.

All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a private balcony with a pool view, a TV with satellite channels and heating. The en suite bathroom includes a bath or shower.

A continental breakfast is available each morning at Hotel Le Fint. Guests can also enjoy Moroccan cuisine in the on-site restaurant.

Additional features include a 24-hour reception, a concierge service, TV lounge, free Wi-Fi access.

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Hotel des Iles
Essaouira, Morocco

Just a 10-minute walk from Place Moulay el Hassan and Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum, Hotel des Iles offers 4-star Essaouira hotel accommodations. You'll also be within a short walk of Skala du Port and Skala de la Ville.


Just a 10-minute walk from Place Moulay el Hassan and Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum, Hotel des Iles offers 4-star Essaouira hotel accommodations. You'll also be within a short walk of Skala du Port and Skala de la Ville.
 
A nightclub and dry cleaning/laundry are offered at this hotel. Relax in the outdoor pool during your stay. Fancy sipping an ice-cold drink by the pool? Don't miss out as there is also a poolside bar. If you want low-key dining options, you will be pleased to find barbecue grills, a picnic area and 24-hour room service.

Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide express check-in and express check-out. Free WiFi is provided.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (MOSGMM)
Price from
US$249
per person



Single room supplement (MOSGMM)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a room share cannot be arranged.


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour
Price from
US$69
per person



Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

 Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Price from
US$99
per person



Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Min numbers: 2 Adults

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Marrakech Hot air balloon flight
Price from
US$269
per person



Marrakech Hot air balloon flight
Min numbers: 1 person

The hot air balloon tour lasts about half a day, with the flight itself lasting about 1 hour. You start very early in the morning (around 05.30-06.30) with a pick up from your hotel and a drive in a comfortable 4WD vehicle to the take-off site.


The hot air balloon tour lasts about half a day, with the flight itself lasting about 1 hour. You start very early in the morning (around 05.30-06.30) with a pick up from your hotel and a drive in a comfortable 4WD vehicle to the take-off site just outside the city. Once the balloon is prepared and ready, you take off and float across the beautiful Moroccan scenery. Depending on the weather and the day's selected take off and landing sites, you’ll see different Berber villages, the outskirts of the city, small oases, and terraced irrigated fields as well as the distant High Atlas mountains. A chase vehicle follows you on the ground, in constant contact by radio with the balloon. After landing you rejoin the vehicle and drive back to Marrakesh, stopping for tea and a snack at some of the Berber villages you've passed over.

You get back to your hotel in Marrakesh around midday.

Note: You will miss the Marrakech city tour if you choose this option.

Marrakech Quad-biking
Price from
US$99
per person



Marrakech Quad-biking
Min numbers: 1 person

This is an exciting half day tour in the desert and countryside outside of Marrakech. You drive for around 50km, with a tea break included, and take in some sand dunes and villages en-route.


This is an exciting half day tour in the desert and countryside outside of Marrakech. You drive for around 50km, with a tea break included, and take in some sand dunes and villages en-route. Prices are available for one or two people sharing a quad-bike. This tour fits in very well after the hot air balloon option.

Note: you will miss the Marrakech city tour if you choose this option.

Imlil day trip
Price from
US$99
per person



Imlil day trip
Min numbers: 2 people

The busy trekking centre of Imlil is tucked under Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. You can visit the Asni Berber market (Saturdays), walk up to the Toubkal kasbah and explore the surrounding trails under the mountain shadows.


The busy trekking centre of Imlil is tucked under Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. During the tour you can visit the Asni Berber market (Saturdays), walk up to the Toubkal kasbah and explore surrounding trails under the mountain shadows. Imlil is a nice roadless destination to cool off from the heat in Marrakech and is especially pleasant in October when the whole valley smells of ripe apples. Clear blue skies and sunshine make for great trekking weather. There are numerous small cafes and restaurants to have lunch or buy walnuts and apples to enjoy during a walk. The journey to and from Marrakech takes around 1 1/2 hours each way. This tour is not recommended in winter due to snow and cold weather (December to February). You require a full free day in Marrakech to include this option (it can be fitted into your final day if you have a late evening flight departure).

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Moroccan Mosaics tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

We use good quality hotels rated at the Moroccan 4-star level on this tour (except Taroudant which is 3-star). Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards. However, we’re confident you’ll be impressed by the quality of the hotels used. Accommodation is based on double or twin en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will be given a private double room. Single travellers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, they may choose to share a twin room with another traveller of the same sex. If there are no other single travellers available to pair up with at the time of your booking, then we will need to add the single supplement to the tour price, but will refund this or deduct it from your balance payment if we are able to pair you up later on.

At the Berber desert camp out in the sand dunes, comfortable permanent Berber tents with mattresses and traditional local blankets are provided. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag. Shared toilet facilities are available.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. The terrain and public transport options in Morocco mean that we use private vehicles throughout this tour, including a 4x4 for your desert safari.

Your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers (24-hour service) are included on the first and last days of the tour. Should you require airport transfers on additional days before or after the main tour, then we can arrange these for a small fee as long as you have booked the extra accommodation with us. If you have arranged your own accommodation for any extra nights, then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers.

We are committed to being a small group operator as we feel this gives everyone in the group the best chance to get to know their fellow travellers and to hear and make the most of their guide. There's no point in us providing great guides if you've got to peer over 30-40 shoulders to see them! So, we won't ever put you in a 50-seater coach with 49 other people and just one guide. Instead, we set  these tour departures to have a maximum of 20 travellers per guide.

The minimum number of travellers required for the tour to run is 4. If there are only 2 or 3 people in the group then those travellers will be offered the opportunity to still do the tour but to pay a supplement of GBP150 per person. This will be refunded should the group size increase closer to departure (this is very rarely an issue as this is one of our most popular tours).

In Morocco we provide fully trained, local English-speaking guides for all of the sightseeing tours. Our local reps in all the towns and cities en-route are also at your service, and will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour.

At Encounters Travel we only use local Moroccan guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing and many people describe our Moroccan guides as one of the highlights of their holiday.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. Our Morocco tours either start/finish in Marrakech (RAK) or Casablanca (CMN) airports.

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary.  You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.

We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting on Saturday throughout the year. All departures are guaranteed to run if a minimum of 4 travellers is reached. If we  do not reach this minimum number, we will offer you the option to either pay a small supplement to do the tour exactly as planned, change your departure date (or destination) or provide you with a full refund. Departure dates and prices are listed on our website and in our brochure. Please check the website for the most up-to-date prices and any special offers.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

We are able to arrange a comprehensive policy for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Eurpoe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

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You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation.

For up to date health information & vaccination requirements for Morocco we recommend that you contact your GP or a travel clinic. Information can also be found here...

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/morocco.aspx

General vaccination recommendations for Morocco include Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus & Typhoid.

Tipping is common practice in Morocco as a sign of appreciation for services provided. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and will provide you with more information and suggested amounts in our pre-departure pack.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

Many nationalities (including USA, Canada, UK, European, Australian, New Zealand) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Morocco as long as your stay is for less than 3 months. Other nationalities should check with their local consulate.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

South Africa: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Namibia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Botswana: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted or travelled through an infected area.
Zimbabwe: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Zambia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Malawi: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Tanzania: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Kenya: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Uganda: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Sudan: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. A certificate may also be required for those departing Sudan.
Morocco: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria not normally present. Yellow Fever certificate not required.

The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Moroccan Mosaics dates & prices

This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.

Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
27 Feb, 2016 06 Mar, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
12 Mar, 2016 20 Mar, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
26 Mar, 2016 03 Apr, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
02 Apr, 2016 10 Apr, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
09 Apr, 2016 17 Apr, 2016 US$1090 US$990
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23 Apr, 2016 01 May, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
07 May, 2016 15 May, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
21 May, 2016 29 May, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
04 Jun, 2016 12 Jun, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
18 Jun, 2016 26 Jun, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
02 Jul, 2016 10 Jul, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
16 Jul, 2016 24 Jul, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
30 Jul, 2016 07 Aug, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
13 Aug, 2016 21 Aug, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
27 Aug, 2016 04 Sep, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
10 Sep, 2016 18 Sep, 2016 US$1025 - - Book now
24 Sep, 2016 02 Oct, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
08 Oct, 2016 16 Oct, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
22 Oct, 2016 30 Oct, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
05 Nov, 2016 13 Nov, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
19 Nov, 2016 27 Nov, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
03 Dec, 2016 11 Dec, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
17 Dec, 2016 25 Dec, 2016 US$1090 - - Book now
24 Dec, 2016 01 Jan, 2017 US$1090 - - Book now
31 Dec, 2016 08 Jan, 2017 US$1090 - - Book now
04 Jan, 2017 12 Jan, 2017 US$1090 - - Book now
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MOROCCAN MOSAICS Reviews
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Posted Aug 16, 2015
Service rating : Excellent service and contact

Product : A brilliant tour. Guides excellent, nothing to criticise.
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Posted Jan 12, 2015
Service rating : I purchased my rid tour as part of a group coupon. Is obituary hesitant but my tour was great. The staff at Encounters were professional and helpful. I had a lot of questions but no one made me feel like a pest. Good experience.

Product : I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!
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Posted Aug 11, 2014
Would have rated them excellent but our return flight information was incorrect or the flight time was changed and Encounters did not notifiy us. The flight was listed as 2pm but was actually 1pm.
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Posted Jun 18, 2014
Service rating : The tour guide was personable and engaged with the group and accommodated us in making the tour enjoyable. He went beyond and above at times.

Product : The trip as a whole was interesting, giving us a taste of the Morocco culture, plus the differences of landscapes from mountain to dessert. The Sahara camp out was disappointing, it reminded me of a tourist KOA camp site in the States and the food was not very good. But, I felt it was an educational and eye opening experience.
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Posted Jun 17, 2014
Service rating : Very prompt service. They always responded to my queries in a friendly and professional manner. I would use again.

Product : Some minor improvements would benefit the tour. Having said that we had an excellent guide and a very good time
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Posted Jun 17, 2014
Service rating : Ant was great. Personable, great response rate, great customer service.

Product : The non-hotel portions of the tour were great value for the money. Highlights included the camel ride and the 4x4 driving. Our tour guide, Idris, was FANTASTIC. Truly informative and treated us like kings and queens. Our driver Moustafa was also excellent, one of the kindest folks I've ever met. The hotels were generally, in a word, disappointing. While I think at some level they were commensurate with what we paid, the Berber camp was truly subpar. There were waterbugs in the shower, the lights didn't work, and the tents were just dirty and tired. In general with the hotel rooms, we only wanted 3 things - working A/C, hot water and clean linens. Generally speaking we were lucky if we got 2 out of the 3. Recommend upgrading from the Golden Tulip to somewhere else in Marrakech, there are so many better options at the same price. The one truly awesome hotel we stayed at was the Palais Asmaa. The rooms and the grounds were just outstanding. Everything else was very tired.
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Posted Jun 17, 2014
Service rating : Fast responses and easily accessible information, excellent website

Product : Lots to see but a little too much time spent travelling. Lots of time in hotels which is not super appealing to me.
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Posted May 24, 2014
Service rating : Loved every minute of our trip

Product : What a beautiful country
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Posted May 23, 2014
Service rating : Very well organized travel agency. Always reachable on phone (which is a highlight because nowadays that is a rare privilege).

Product : I would take this opportunity to communicate our experience from this trip. I will sum it up in one word -- GORGEOUS. And the BIGGEST reason for this was the tour guide -- Mr. Zouhair Mohamed. He was extremely knowledgeable about a variety of things (culture, cuisine, dance, music, locations, history, geography, local services, in short everything that was essential for us to get a full experience from this trip), and he was proactive at all times to provide us the best experience possible. He was very entertaining throughout the trip, and he made sure we were engaged in the various aspects of the tour at all times. He was also patient, flexible, and effective in managing the diverse group of people who were on the trip. He was successful in satisfying the different needs and interests of the various people in the group. He deserves to be much more than just a tour guide.
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