Our head office
Encounters Travel
Leigh House
Varley Street
Leeds, LS28 6AN
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
+44 203 725 8921
tours@utwtravel.com
Agent log in

MOROCCO ON A SHOESTRING

Price from
US$699
(per person)
Duration
7
Days
Tour Type
Shoestring

HIGHLIGHTS

Views of the impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Old city of Rabat, Historic Ismalian capital of Meknes, Roman ruins at Volubolis, Mazy souks of imperial Fes, Beautiful Beni Mellal, Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech
COUNTRIES : Morocco

This affordable budget tour provides a fantastic introduction to Morocco's imperial cities, with busy medinas and amazing historic sites to explore and great opportunities to try local Moroccan cuisine. Starting and finishing in Casablanca, the tour includes the popular city of Marrakech, the old town of Rabat, amazing ruins at Volubilis, and of course time to explore the bustling medina at Fez. We can also offer a similar variation of this tour starting and finishing in Marrakech if that fits in better with available flights.

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 Casablanca for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Casablanca hotel
  • MEALS:
    Dinner
  • EXTRAS:
    4-star hotel upgrade, Extra day without airport transfer - pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer, Single room supplement (MOSHSH), Extra day in Casablanca - pre-tour

We start today with a tour of Casablanca, Morocco's economic capital. We'll visit the central market, the Royal Palace, the Habous disctrict, Mohamed V Square, the Anfa residential area and the exterior of the impressive Hassan II Mosque on the seafront. After lunch we'll head to Rabat, Morocco's administrative capital and tour the old town, including the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, and Mohamed V Mausoleum.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Rabat hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Rabat this morning and drive to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Next is ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the mediaeval city of Fez.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Fez hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Over 1,200 years old, the city of Fez is a labyrinth of souks, mosques and spice filled streets. We delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idrss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain and the Bou Anania Medersa. We also spend time confusing our senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez to explore the cities many varied souks.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Fez hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

We reluctantly leave Fez behind this morning and begin our journey back to Marrakech. Along the way we'll make a short stop in beautiful Beni Mellal which dates back to 1688.

You'll arrive back into Marrakech this evening and the remainder of the day is free for some last minute exploration or shopping.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

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 Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

The morning is free today for you to explore Marrakech further - a great chance for some final sightseeing and shopping in the bazaars. Alternatively, a hot air balloon flight or quad biking trip are also available this morning. After lunch we drive back to Casablanca for our final evening (if you wish, you can stay on in Marrakech and finish the tour here).

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

You have some free time in Casablanca today until you are transferred to the Mohamed V Airport airport for departure.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day without airport transfer - post-tour, Departure airport transfer
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Local English (may be multilingual) speaking escort/guide during the sightseeing
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to monuments as stated

Excluded:
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • 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.
hotel-diwan-casablanca.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Diwan Hotel
Casablanca, Morocco

The Hotel Diwan Casablanca is located in the city centre, just a 5-minute walk from the Casa Port Train Station and 1.5 km from the Hassan II Mosque.


The Hotel Diwan Casablanca is located in the city centre, just a 5-minute walk from theCasa Port Train Station and 0.9 miles from the Hassan II Mosque. Guests can relax with a massage in the hotel's spa and fitness area.

The contemporary rooms at Hotel Diwan Casablanca are air-conditioned and some have a balcony. Each room features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom includes a bathrobe.

A buffet breakfast is served every morning. Guests can enjoy international cuisine in the Emeraude Restaurant, with a buffet and a la carte options.

Guests can shop at the Bab Marrakech souks just a 15-minute walk away or visit the Old Medina, which is 550 yards away. Free Wi-Fi is available on site.

hotel-rihab-rabat.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Rihab Hotel
Rabat, Morocco

Hotel Rihab is a sleek new hotel with air conditioning. It's located in the neighbourhood of Hassan. It boasts clean and well furnished rooms.


menzeh-zalegh-fez.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Menzeh Zalagh Hotel
Fez, Morocco

Situated in 10 km of the airport in the heart of the new city, in a green and peaceful district, the hotel enjoys an exceptional sight of the Medina of Fez, which we can achieve on foot in 15 minutes.


mogador-kasbah-marrakech.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Mogador Kasbah Hotel
Marrakech, Morocco

This 4-star hotel is located in Marrakech, 4 km from Marrakech Airport. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a free shuttle bus to the city centre every 2 hours.


This 4-star hotel is located in Marrakech, 4 km from Marrakech Airport. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a free shuttle bus to the city centre every 2 hours.

Combining a Moroccan and contemporary style, the rooms are air-conditioned and include satellite TV. They also feature internet access. The Mogador Kasbah restaurant serves international food and guests can enjoy a snack in the poolside bar and relax in the tea lounge. The Hotel Mogador Kasbah also offers room service and a selection of light meals, served until midnight.

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 (MOSHSH)
Price from
US$184
per person



Single room supplement (MOSHSH)
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.

 Single Room Supplement - 4-star upgrade (MOSHS4)
Price from
US$209
per person



Single Room Supplement - 4-star upgrade (MOSHS4)
Min numbers: 1

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.

4-star hotel upgrade
Price from
US$139
per person



4-star hotel upgrade
Min numbers: 1 person

This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from 3 to 4-star. Prices are based on twin/double share, single room supplements apply.


This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from local 3 to 4-star to a higher 4-star level. Prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double bedded room. Single room supplements apply. Upgrades are also available to 5-star hotels if you'd like some extra luxury. Please contact us for details and prices.

Extra day in Casablanca - pre-tour
Price from
US$79
per person



Extra day in Casablanca - 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 Casablanca - post-tour
Price from
US$79
per person



Extra day in Casablanca - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

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.

morocco-shoestring-map.jpg
Morocco on a Shoestring 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 3 and 4-star level on this tour. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards and where 4-star hotels are used these can be considered around the 3-star level. Accommodation is based on double or twin en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will have 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 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.

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 AC minibuses or coaches throughout this tour, subject to the final size of the group.

Our Morocco tours include a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Casablanca/Marrakech airports (depending on the exact itinerary), your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

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.

On our Shoestring tours we allow for larger groups than our other trips, and this tour can run with a maximum of 45 travellers.  We may also share this departure with travellers booking through other operators so you may join with travellers booking with different companies and from different countries. This can make for some really interesting groups and new people to meet.

The minimum number of travellers required for the tour to run is 2.

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. Please note that whilst all tours will be conducted in English we may also use multi-lingual guides to accommodate guests from other countries.

At Encounters Travel we aim to 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 rate our Moroccan guides as one of the highlights of their tour.

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 2 travellers is reached. If we  do not reach this minimum number (which happens very rarely), we will offer you the option to either pay a small supplement to do the tour exactly as planned, to change your date, to transfer to another tour, or we will 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...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange 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 'Europe' 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).

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
www.facebook.com/encounterstravel
www.twitter.com/encounterstravl (yes, without the 'e')

Haggling is a traditional necessity, so never pay too much regard to initial prices. Instead fix an items value in your mind then negotiate towards it unhurriedly (Moroccans never rush their bargaining), and don’t be afraid to simply walk away if the price isn’t right. However, if you do mention a price, then you should be prepared to pay it or risk causing offence. 
Bahsis (bahk-sheesh) or tips are common place and customary in Morocco. Wages for service staff are very low and tips are a necessary supplement to meagre incomes.
While an accepted part of the culture and customs in Morocco, tipping is always optional, and the amounts paid should reflect excellent service. We are often asked for advice on common amounts, and for assistance with tipping. Some suggested guidelines are given below.

Restaurants and taxis: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour guide. We suggest USD 2-3 per person per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however USD 2 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Tour Guides: To answer your next question. . . as a guideline we suggest for your tour guide between USD 25-40 per person for the entire tour, but ultimately, it's up to your satisfaction with their service and your budget. You should not feel pressured to tip any particular amount.

Note - if you are doing a private tour and not joining a group, then you should budget a higher amount for your driver and guide tips.

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. We recommend that you contact your closest Moroccan consulate or embassy for current information for your nationality.

Currently, 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.

The time in Morocco is the same as GMT (plus 0 hours). Daylight saving adjustments are generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making the time GBP plus 1 hour. During this period the time may revert back to GMT during Ramadan. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C/E). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already. If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

The local currency in Morocco is the Dirham.  We recommend you bring some cash in a hard currency (US Dollars, GB Pounds, Euros) and a good ATM card. Most major currencies can be converted at most banks, but it's not wise to carry too much.  Euros and US Dollars are welcomed more than GB Pounds. Travellers cheques are not easily exchanged. It can be awkward outside of Marrakech to find an ATM machine that takes your card as many Moroccan banks have ATMs that only work with Moroccan cards.  Don't put your card in an ATM unless you see the symbol that matches your card on the machine, as you might lose your card! We also suggest trying to avoid using Post Office ATMs.  In some smaller towns there are no ATMs that take foreign cards, so be sure you get enough cash to carry you until the next major city. BCM seems to be the best bank, accepting foreign cards in most of their ATMs. 

While in Morocco you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Moroccan Dirham. It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

Luggage: Small or medium sized suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Morocco. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will often be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The Moroccan climate varies according to season and region. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds. Inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in desert and mountains and in the months of December and January. Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the rest of the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) in the winter. So, depending the time of year you are visiting you should pack for both hot and cooler conditions. Modesty rates highly in Morocco, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). In the centre of towns and cities outside tourist areas, and when visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: If your tour includes a Berber desert camp then all bedding is provided. However, as sand has a nasty habit of getting everywhere, for comfort, we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner all year round, and a light sleeping bag in the winter months (November to February) when it can get very cold in the desert. We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Know Before you Go' campaign

Morocco on a Shoestring 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
17 Dec, 2016 24 Dec, 2016 US$869 - - Book now
24 Dec, 2016 31 Dec, 2016 US$869 - - Book now
31 Dec, 2016 07 Jan, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
07 Jan, 2017 14 Jan, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
14 Jan, 2017 20 Jan, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
21 Jan, 2017 27 Jan, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
28 Jan, 2017 03 Feb, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
04 Feb, 2017 10 Feb, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
11 Feb, 2017 17 Feb, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
18 Feb, 2017 24 Feb, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
25 Feb, 2017 03 Mar, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
04 Mar, 2017 10 Mar, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
11 Mar, 2017 17 Mar, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
18 Mar, 2017 24 Mar, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
25 Mar, 2017 31 Mar, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
01 Apr, 2017 07 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
08 Apr, 2017 14 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
15 Apr, 2017 21 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
22 Apr, 2017 28 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
29 Apr, 2017 05 May, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
06 May, 2017 12 May, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
13 May, 2017 19 May, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
20 May, 2017 26 May, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
27 May, 2017 02 Jun, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
03 Jun, 2017 09 Jun, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
10 Jun, 2017 16 Jun, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
17 Jun, 2017 23 Jun, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
24 Jun, 2017 30 Jun, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
01 Jul, 2017 07 Jul, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
08 Jul, 2017 14 Jul, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
15 Jul, 2017 21 Jul, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
22 Jul, 2017 28 Jul, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
29 Jul, 2017 04 Aug, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
05 Aug, 2017 11 Aug, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
12 Aug, 2017 18 Aug, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
19 Aug, 2017 25 Aug, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
26 Aug, 2017 01 Sep, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
02 Sep, 2017 08 Sep, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
09 Sep, 2017 15 Sep, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
16 Sep, 2017 22 Sep, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
23 Sep, 2017 29 Sep, 2017 US$699 - - Book now
30 Sep, 2017 06 Oct, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
07 Oct, 2017 13 Oct, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
14 Oct, 2017 20 Oct, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
21 Oct, 2017 27 Oct, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
28 Oct, 2017 03 Nov, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
04 Nov, 2017 10 Nov, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
11 Nov, 2017 17 Nov, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
18 Nov, 2017 24 Nov, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
25 Nov, 2017 01 Dec, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
02 Dec, 2017 08 Dec, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
09 Dec, 2017 15 Dec, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
16 Dec, 2017 22 Dec, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
23 Dec, 2017 29 Dec, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
30 Dec, 2017 05 Jan, 2018 US$869 - - Book now
06 Jan, 2018 12 Jan, 2018 US$869 - - Book now
Feefo logo
tripadvisor winner 2014 and 2015
MOROCCO ON A SHOESTRING Reviews
Service

Posted Apr 20, 2016
Service rating : Good except for the airline tickets. When the tickets didn't arrive within two weeks of the flight, I asked and the tickets arrived. However, ticketing us so late resulted in my very long legs uncomfortably sitting in a middle seat and away from my travel partner. Other travelers on the same Shoestring tour got their tickets much earlier without prompting and were able to sit together on the flights.

Product : The guides and hotels were fine although I wish they had greater knowledge of history and culture. My main issue is how we almost always went to restaurants filled with only other tourists. I understand that may be usual and even preferred by most tourists.
Read More...
Service

Product

Posted Apr 16, 2016
Service rating : I found your service very good but I think that you should provide a more personalised pre tour info email. Apart from that very good. I had a query which was responded to and resolved very quickly and efficiently.

Product : The driver and guide on our tour were both excellent and my whole party very much enjoy the tour. The hotels are not very central which particularly in Marrakesh made free time sightseeing especially at night less appealing. That would be my suggestion to make it perfect but it was excellent overall.
Read More...
Service

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Service rating : Encounters took care of all the details and did a good job. I was disappointed in Anthony when he didn't send us our flight and tour vouchers until we asked for them -two weeks before the trip! At that point we had very poor seating choices on the airplane.

Product : I think it was too much in too little time. I should have chosen another tour. I would have preferred more free time to explore on my own.
Read More...
Service

Posted Feb 06, 2016
Service rating : I especially want to mention Mariska Knoesen, the ET representative who was excellent, very responsive, timely, resolved a couple of issues that were not directly related to ET, very pleasant. Would easily interact with ET and Mariska anytime. Hope to again.

Product : While this was a shoestring tour, I feel we had very capable guides, drivers, visited many sites, lodging and meals were fine, comprehensive tour. Cannot wait to go back!! Made many memories and met some wonderful folks from all over the world.
Read More...
Service

Posted Feb 04, 2016
Service rating : Mariska was hugely helpful all the way through.

Product : hotels and meals great. Idriss, our guide, was immensely knowledgable. we learned a lot and met good folks. so nice to be driven and to have someone to explain all we were shown.
Read More...
Service

Posted Jan 06, 2016
They were very quick to respond to my inquiries, and booking was very easy.
Read More...
Service

Posted Sep 02, 2015
SERVICES THAT WERE PERFORMED REASONABLY WELL:

(a) Converting Social Living Voucher into Booking, insurance coverage by Encounters Travel.



(b) Program package was of reasonable duration with appropriate time spent in each city.



(c) Transportation and driver performance



SERVICES THAT WERE PERFORMED POORLY:



(a) No program that covered summary sheet containing information for each trip day of the trip was neither provided by Encounters Travel nor by Atlas Travel (Local tour company). Other fellow travelers appeared to have that information. Not having this information made it impossible for my family to get in touch of me during emergencies. It was not practical for me to contract each day of my trip to let them know the name of hotel. Interestingly, only hotel name that I had was for the first day. However, even that hotel name was not correct (instead of Barceló Hotel in Casa Blanca, I was put in the Novatel Hotel).



(b) When I asked the Tour Guide for a summary sheet containing information on each trip day, he said he did not have any and that he will verbally cover during his commentary.



(c) There were 11 (eleven) members in the tour group -- six understood only Arabic and/or French, four understood only Italian, and only one (myself) understood English. Obviously, the information that I could understand was quite minimal that Tour Guide could provide to one person as compared to ten other persons.



(d) Before purchasing my trip, I was given the impression that my accommodation would be in 4-star and 5-star hotels. However, in six out of seven nights, even though six persons were put in 5-star hotels, my accommodation was in 4-star hotels.



(e) There were too many (about 8) "shopping/commercial" stops, where we had to listen commercial pitches on products and prices extremely high. This took a considerable time from our excursion time and those who purchased paid 3-4 times the regular market prices for those goods.



(f) Most of the lunches were organized in isolated places (without any other restaurants in the vicinity) where we were expected to pay US $15 - $US 20 for a set meal. I once had to pay US $ 8 for a soup and soft drink!



(f)
Read More...
Service

Posted Aug 19, 2015
The trip was just alright. We were in a large group that spoke 3 different languages. English was the smallest group and the language that the guide spoke the least fluently. We found that by the time he explained things to us, he was tired and we got really limited information. Sometimes we didn't even know where we were, what we were seeing, or its relevance. Also, if your meals aren't included (full-board), you will be taken to restaurants that are 120MAD each and then told that there isn't anywhere else to eat/the guide doesn't trust anywhere else... We were able to find food around most of the time. You will be taken to mosques and shrines/tombs but won't be allowed to go inside if you aren't Muslim. Just a few downs, but the hotels were good, bus was good, and it was nice to see the country.
Read More...
Service

Product

Posted Aug 14, 2015
Service rating : All very good, easy to book and communication well received.

Our only problem we had was we were given the wrong hotel name on our Itinerery to where we should have been staying, which caused allot of confusion with our pick up, and we ended up staying a night in a different hotel, but it was all sorted out in the morning by hotel staff

Product : Hotels were all very nice with friendly helpful staff, our guide communicated well with us informing us of pick up and drop off times etc, The tour was well planned out, The tour guide was very knowlegable, and did well at communicating in 3 different languages to our group.

It was a good way of seeing many different places in Morocco that we would not have seen had we not done the tour
Read More...
Service

Posted Aug 14, 2015
Encounter Travel has been very prompt to respond to questions and has been very easy to work with so far.
Read More...