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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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A very comprehensive Moroccan experience with a good balance of organised activities and free time. We had a very knowledgeable tour leader in Mustafa who could share additional information and answer questions informatively as they arose. The tour size was good. We enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. The bus was comfortable and the driver was capable. We felt safe even on the most challenging roads.
Opening my eyes at 2 in the morning to a crystal clear night sky brimming with stars in the Sahara! A bit fresh but well worth sleeping outside to have this memory to treasure forever!
Mustafa was organised and accommodating.We had input into where we would dine and the opportunity to enjoy additional experiences if we chose. He was friendly and positive. All we had to do was soak up the sights and culture.
Ensure you read all the information prior to departing! We failed in this endeavour and consequently did not have our sleeping bags and hiking boots! A minor glitch which we overcame!
We highly recommend this trip it was fabulous! Oh to be back in the Sahara!
A great trip providing an insight in to the culture of morocco and a wonderful variety of locations.
I loved being in the mountain village with beautiful views, sunshine and a chance to meet some locals.
Our leader Mustapha was efficient and friendly. He always tried to meet our requests and did his best to keep us happy. He was a proud ambassador of his country!
Make the most of souk shopping in meknes - it's cheaper, less crowded and you have more time than in any of the other cities.
April is a great time to travel for near perfect weather!
Overall this trip is a great way to see the variety of Morocco is a short space of time. We visited a couple of cities in the north, the desert, gorge, mountains, seaside - all very different and interesting.
We had a free day in Meknes where we picked up a local guide who took us round the medina - had a wonderful tour seeing all the local artisans and getting local knowledge about the architecture, people and their crafts - one of our better guides on the trip!! I loved the desert and mountains - beautiful scenery and a great night had round the desert campfire.
Mustafa was a pleasant guide but seemed to focus primarily on taking us to places to shop - we visited a pottery, weaving and metal work place in Fez. Most of the things on sale in these shops were far more expensive then we later found in the souks. Similarly with choice of restaraunts to eat..we were taken to places where we were given a set menu with no choice - far more in food and cost than we wanted.
Essaouira is a good place to buy cheaper souveniers and there is a good selection of all the knick knacks that we saw along our tour. Don't be tempted to buy argan oil products or djelbas at the places you are taken to earlier in the trip --- you can get the same much cheaper here.
Day 2 Casablanca & Rabat was very disappointing - the mosque in Casablanca is just opulence for the sake of it and the only thing we visited in Rabat was a mausoleum. The hotel in Meknes is advertised as CH (Comfortable) and it is anything but...there was no heating in our room and it smelt of damp. Most of the hotels had no easy access to the rooms - no lifts and / or a long walk from the bus to get to the place we stayed. There were always porters on hand but that meant that we were all asked for 200MD towards a tip kitty to pay for these porters and local guides that were hiredKasbah Oliver had very poor bathroom facilities - 1 sink to be shared by all 16 in the group!! No hot water at all ..so no one showered for the 2 nights we stayed there. Yet, they were busy expanding to a 2nd floor with more rooms!!!
Yes! When not staying in a hotel, you will always have a foam sleeping mat or full mattress if staying in a gite.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
Fez is one of the most exciting cities I've ever been to! It's a city locked in time, with it's endless miles of alleyways, shops, hawkers and craftsmen working in gold, silver and pretty much anything you can imagine. Noisy and pungent, hot and claustrophobic, it's one of the most authentic places you can ever visit for a real taste of North African life.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Riding a camel is a fun and truly memorable experience and, although it can be a bit bumpy at times, it is a true taste of this part of the world and shouldn't be missed. Saying that, if you really would rather not do it, you can always walk alongside the group, but this will be hot and tiring - much easier just to jump on board!
Danuta Janik - Morocco Operations
For departures from June to late September, a sleeping bag liner will be sufficient (so a sleeping bag is not needed) and blankets are provided locally should there be the occasional chilly evening. For April, May and October departures, a 3 season sleeping bag is needed. As it becomes colder between November and March, we recommend a 4 season sleeping bag, however it is best to check the weather before departure as it can be warm enough for a 3 season.
Amanda Ceraolo - Product Manager
A normal suitcase on wheels is fine and what I imagine most people will have with them. I took a rucksack only because that's what I always use (and I don't have a decent suitcase!) but most of my group had soft sided bags with wheels and a handle.
The only thing I found handy which I don't think is on the packing list was a light scarf - good when it's sunny to protect you and also if it's windy or dusty in the desert. You can also just pick up something similar locally in one of the markets (the souk in Fez is amazing and great for shopping).
In terms of footwear, you would get away with something like a solid trainer or walking/ trail shoe. Something with ankle support isn't a bad idea for a couple of the walks but this is really erring on the side of caution more than anything else.
Do I need to cover up?
They are quite used to tourists in the larger cities, it's more in the countryside and smaller towns that you probably need to be more aware of clothing. Shorts to the knee should be fine. You will see in the more touristy cities (Marrakech, for example) some tourists walking around in less (I saw some French girls in bikinis walking down the main avenue!) but this is not advised, both in terms of cultural sensitivity and safety.
There are plenty of places to change money, from the airport to banks in the cities. You'll usually meet the leader before you do anything else and he will advise where is best, depending on who wants to change what and how much. I just changed my money at the airport when I arrived, and then I think topped up at an ATM towards the end which was quite easy. Make sure you let your bank know in advance if you want to do this.
I didn't use the internet a lot myself, apart from sending some emails when we passed through Fez. I'm pretty sure some of the hotels have Wifi, and some definitely had computers in the lobbies you could use. There are also internet cafes in all major towns and cities. Again, just ask the leader when you want to use something and he can point you in the right direction.
The gite has mattresses on the floor and it's just nice to have something between you and them, so a liner is advised. They have big blankets but to be honest, some people found them a bit smelly (not all of them, but some!) so it's just more comfortable to have something between you and them.
Pretty much all the hotels will have towels, but I take a small hand towel with me normally anyway, and it's handy for the gite and camp.
Will Shoubridge - Sales
You will find taxis everywhere but the only way to travel around the city and soak up the atmosphere is to jump in a Calesh! If there’s one thing, you do make sure you enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride around the old walled city or medina. Your hotel can arrange for a caleche to collect you pick one up from the ‘taxi rank’ at the entrance to the Djemma el Fna or main square.
Ben Roseveare - Marketing Director
Marrakech is truly a taste of Morocco at it's best. Grab a seat in the huge main square, the Djemma el Fna, and watch the world go by while sipping some mint tea. It's been a place of entertainment for locals for hundreds of years and is packed with everything from food stalls to snake charmers! The Majorelle and Menara gardens are also well worth a visit, and offer some peace in the middle of this hectic city.
At night, anyone looking for somewhere to chill out in the heart of the medina should try the Café Arabe, which has some of the best modern Moroccan food around, as well as great views from their rooftop terrace!
Kim Christie - Customer Operations
Moroccan cuisine is very diverse, with many influeneces due to the interaction of Morocco with the outside world for centuries. The cuisine of Morocco is a mix of Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean and Arab influences. The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous, usually eaten with beef or lamb. Chicken is also very common and the importance of seafood is increasing, especially on the coast. Vegetarians won't have any problems either, although choice can be more limited in remote locations.
The common and tasty tajine is everywhere, a mouth watering stew with meat and vegetables. Green tea with mint is the drink of choice, and you can pick up bocadillos (sandwiches) from street stalls everywhere - you won't go hungry!
Olly Leicester - Sales
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to Morocco where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham and cannot be imported or exported, as it is a 'closed' currency. We suggest you take your personal spending money in good condition notes, either in £, Euros or US$. Local costs - it depends! - £2-4 per day to cover postcards, small souvenirs, soft drinks etc; £15 a day for food is fine (if it's not included).
Danuta Janik - Morocco Operations
You are visiting a predominantly Muslim country, therefore you should dress modestly at all times when visiting cultural sites, and there may also be times when you are asked to 'cover up'. During your trip the tour leader will always advise you on appropriate dress for each day's activities.
If you are asked to 'cover up', you'll need to cover your shoulders, arms and legs. We recommend packing lightweight trousers or a long skirt, and a long sleeved shirt. Women may also be required to cover their hair with a scarf if entering a mosque or religious quarters.
Jim Eite - Product Manager
Please note that the holy month of Ramadan will take place from the 20th of July to the 18th of August 2012 (dates can shift slightly). This is a time when followers of Islam do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. This can sometimes affect the opening hours of certain tourist sites. However we will ensure that that the itinerary is affected as little as possible if you travel during this period. Food and drink is available to tourists during the day.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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