Oct 25-Nov 5, 2023: Morocco Grand Tour

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Annie Emanuelli
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Oct 25-Nov 5, 2023: Morocco Grand Tour
Bucket List

Annie Emanuelli
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12 reviews

$NaN
Oct 25 - Nov 5, 2023
Group size: 2 - 20

About this trip

Is Morocco on YOUR Bucket List?

A trip to Morocco is like visiting a dozen different countries! From the gorgeous red dunes of the Sahara Desert and the maze-like souqs of Fez, to the dazzling blue city of Chefchaeoen and the Alps-like High Atlas mountains, and the exotic romance of the kasbah of Casablanca and spice bazaars of Marrakesh - you will be overcome with the sights, sounds and aromas of Morocco!

Bucket List Travel is excited to offer this amazing 12-day, 11-night grand tour of Morocco that shows you all of this and so much more! 

Stop dreaming; start packing!!

The Best Time to Visit Morocco

The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (March to May) or fall (September and October). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer.


Weather

MARCH

The weather in March is much like the start of spring in any country. With flowers coming out and the sun shining, the weather is generally between 50°F and 68°F  although it can be cooler. Snow and rain are rare at this time of year, but you should pack clothing for all scenarios, as it can be unpredictable.

APRIL-MAY

This is a popular time to visit due to the favorable spring weather of between 59°F and 95°F from the High Atlas Mountains to the desert. Given the diversity of the landscape, weather can differ significantly from place to place and this is particularly true in spring when showers are common. 

SEPTEMBER

Cooling down after the hot summer months, September is an ideal time to visit Morocco as you can enjoy the pleasant warm weather and clear blue skies the country offers as it heads into autumn. The beaches are not as busy from local holidaymakers, the cities welcome gentle breezes and exploring the desert becomes pleasant again.

OCTOBER

October is one of the best months to visit Morocco, as temperatures are cooler and more comfortable. This is a great month for hiking in the mountains and visiting the Atlantic coast, with temperatures dropping in November. October is also date season in the desert region, which is when Skoura, Erfoud and the surrounding valleys are at their most lush and vibrant.

What to Expect

This moderately-paced, escorted tour covers  1,178 miles in 12 days - which means a lot of time on a bus. We will have free water, snacks and wifi on the tour bus every day, and will stop frequently for rest stops and tours. The longest day spent on the bus is between Fez and Erfoud (day 6), which is approximately 9 hours. 

The tour includes a reasonable amount of walking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Most of the sightseeing stops are between one to three hours.

We find our guests are happiest when they can roll with delays and last-minute changes that may happen in the unpredictable world of African travel. 

The best things you can bring with you are flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor!


Arrival Flights

Please plan to fly into and out of Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco.

You need to be in Casablanca on or before Wednesday, October 25, 2023, which means you will probably need to depart the USA on or before Tuesday, October 24, 2023. 

We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 3 PM.

Please ASK US if you have any questions before you purchase your airfare!

Plan to depart from Casablanca in the evening on Sunday, November 5, 2023.

If you are combining this with another trip, please make sure to check with us about arrival and departure flights.

Food

Morocco has fantastic cuisine and the food will doubtless be a real highlight of your trip. 

There are two dishes for which Morocco is especially well-known, tagine and couscous. 

Tagine is a stew cooked in a conical earthenware pot, and often involves some contrast of sweet and sour: so whilst being essentially meat-based, you will find raisins, dates or almonds in there as well. 

Couscous, steamed semolina grains, is a real staple of Moroccan food. Served on a huge communal plate it is topped with a variety of things — chicken, lamb and steamed vegetables are the most common. Meat, other than in the forms above, is normally roast chicken or lamb, which is often served as brochettes — barbecued skewers.

Green mint tea is a ceremonial beverage deep-rooted in the Moroccan traditions. Mint tea is often used to welcome guests in a friendly atmosphere. This thirst-quenching tea is served in a small, colourful glass. Whether it’s served in the city or in the countryside, green mint tea is traditionally poured from three feet high. 

The best Moroccan pastries are msemen (square-shaped pancakes), batbout (similar to pitta), harcha (pan-fried semolina bread) and baghrir (Moroccan pancakes), among others. You won’t be able to get these anywhere else in the world or at least nothing nearly as good as the ones made by Moroccan women. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca - drive to Rabat

Day 2: Rabat to Tangier

Day 3: Tangier to Chefchaouen

Day 4: Chefchaouen to Meknes

Day 5: Meknes to Fez

Day 6: Fez to Erfoud

Day 7: Erfoud to Merzouga

Day 8: Merzouga to Ouarzazate

Day 9:  Ouarzazate to Marrakesh

Day 10: Marrakesh 

Day 11: Marrakesh to Casablanca

Day 12: Depart from Casablanca

Please take a look at the detailed Itinerary below for more information about each location.

International travel is often challenging, and sometimes changes in the itinerary or accommodation are unavoidable. 

If changes are needed, Bucket List Travel will always make our best efforts to provide alternatives that are equal to or better than what was originally planned.

What Should I Wear?

Morocco is a Muslim country that is relatively relaxed, but you'll still draw lot of unpleasant and unwanted attention if you choose to go out in revealing clothing.

Choose to wear something that covers your knees and shoulders and doesn't reveal too much cleavage when you are out in public.

Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket.

 It may get quite cold in some areas we visit, so if you tend to be cold, make sure you bring warm clothes.

Cost and Payment

This 12-day, 11-night adventure is priced $2,399 per person double occupancy (not including airfare to and from Morocco). 

We have a payment plan which allows the entire cost of the trip to be paid in 12 equal monthly installments. (You are welcome to make larger payments at less frequent intervals if you choose.)

Single supplement is $750.

Cancellation and Refunds

In the event that you need to cancel your trip, these fees will be applied:

• Between 150-101 days before your arrival date, $375.

• Between 100-61 days before your arrival date, 25% of the entire tour price.

• Between 60 and 46 days before your arrival date, 50% of the entire tour price.

• Between 45 and 31 days before your arrival date, 75% of the entire tour price.

• Between 30 and 1 days before your arrival date, 100% of the entire tour price.

If the Covid pandemic makes it difficult or impossible to travel at the time you are booked, we will gladly transfer your reservations to a later trip with no change fee.

Money

Local currency is the Moroccan Dirham  (DEE-rahm). 

As of January 4, 2022, the exchange rate was 9.26  dirhams to $1 USD.

The dirham is a closed currency and you can only obtain it once in Morocco, and it should not be taken out of the country. Changing it - or spending it - once you've gone through airport security is next to impossible, so be sure to spend your dirham before getting to the airport.

Credit cards can be used in hotels, major restaurants and shops, but not in many other places. There are ATMs now in most of the major towns that will accept Cirrus debit cards and credit cards for cash advances, and money can be changed at the main bank branches.

ATMs are hard to find in the medinas.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is customary in Morocco.

We have estimated what you might expect to pay in tips during this trip:

Drivers = $5 × 11 days = $ 55

Porters = $4 × 8 = $32 

Restaurants = $2 × 15 meals = $ 30 

Hotels = $5 × 8 = $ 40 

Guides = $10 × 10 days = $ 100 

TOTAL $257

As a convenience to our guests, we offer you the option to pay this amount in advance so you don't have to worry about tipping during the trip. 

This is not required! 

But if you think it would make things easier for you during the trip, please check the option for "Tipping" when you register.

Immunizations

You are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19  before traveling to Morocco. 

There are no other vaccines required to enter Morocco.

All international travelers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination.  These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

CDC recommends these vaccines for travelers to Morocco:

• Hepatitis A and B

• Typhoid

Passport Requirements

Please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel. 

Covid 19

If you book this tour and find that you need or want to postpone it for reasons due to the Covid pandemic situation, we will gladly change your tour date to a later one with no change fees.

Morocco has announced it will reopen to international visitors on January 31, 2022.

Use Type C Plugs

Morocco uses the following: Voltage: 220 V, Frequency: 50 Hz. 

You will need power sockets that are type C / E.

If you have one that works in Europe, then it will work in Morocco.

The Type C plug (also called the Europlug) has two round pins, 4 to 4.8 mm wide with centers that are spaced 19 mm apart. 

Can I Take Pictures of Local People?

When you’re walking through the markets, be careful when taking photos of people and shops. People may get angry at you and even demand money for the photos.

When taking photos of the snake charmers, you will be expected to pay 20 DH. Some may even hassle you for more, so it’s good to first establish a price before taking a photo.

What is THAT Called in Morocco?

What is a souk?

Being a popular place of trade, the Souk means Market in Arabic. It's the traditional supermarket of all Moroccans. You can go there find everything in a welcoming atmosphere ! In the urban environment, the souk usually nestles in the old medinas.

What is a Medina?

Medina means city in Arabic, and refers to the old towns as part of several Moroccan cities. Often walled and characterized by its intertwined alleyways, the medinas are home to traditions and culture, architecture and crafts. Those of Fez and Marrakech are the most famous ones.

What is a kasbah?

The Kasbah, which is built out of mud and straw, is a fortified building defined as several structures behind a defensive wall widely seen in the south of Morocco. Being home to lords, this fortified castle is an important heritage of Moroccan architecture and the villages. 

What is a Hammam?

Inherited from the Romans, the traditional Hammam plays an important part in Moroccans' everyday life, and represents a convivial space. The Hammam ritual includes: steam bath similar to sauna, skin exfoliation and showering.

What is a Riad?

The Riad, which means garden in Arabic, is an old house typical of the great Moroccan families. Composed of several rooms overlooking a patio with a fountain and a picture perfect garden, the Riad has wonderful craftsmanship and architectural work.

What is Zellige?

Zellige is the name given to the ornate and colourful tilework that can be found in many elegant buildings around Morocco. Small pieces of colourful tile are shaped by hand, using a fine chisel, and then set into white plaster to create intricate designs. In keeping with Islamic principles, designs are generally of geometric formations or flower-like patterns.

FAQs

Can I drink the water?

NO. Make sure you always drink bottled water. Use bottled water to brush your teeth; don't open your mouth in the shower; and don't get ice cubes in your drinks.

Should I haggle for prices in the souqs?

YES! There will be no marked prices, so ask the cost of something you like - and expect a ridiculous price. Quickly decide how much you'd like to pay, and offer a little less than that amount. This will allow you to increase your price when the real negotiations begin. Always have a firm final price in mind, and don't go over it. If you don't come to an agreed price, politely say no thank you and walk away. Many times you'll find your final offer will be accepted. Don't trouble yourself wondering if you could have gotten a lower price.. If you paid a price you were happy with, that's all that matters.

Are pickpockets a problem?

As in big cities anywhere in the world, pickpockets will be working in crowded areas. Be very aware if anyone gets unusually close to you, or if several people surround you closely. Just be smart, and you'll be fine.

What language is spoken in Morocco?

Moroccans speak Arabic, Berber, andd French. English is spoken in most areas, but French is more common. English is not used as widely so if you don’t speak French, you may be challenged at times to communicate.

What can I buy in the souk?

Moroccan souks are frenetic, noisy and crowded, and sell a wide variety of crafts and souvenirs. Most popular purchases are ceramics, leather goods, carpets, textiles, spices, jewellery, lamps, shoes and everything in between.

What should I pack?

Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

What is the government of Morocco?

Politics of Morocco take place in a framework of a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, whereby the Prime Minister of Morocco is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Mohammed VI is the King of Morocco. He belongs to the 'Alawi dynasty and ascended to the throne on July 23, 1999, upon the death of his father, King Hassan II.

What Sourvenirs Should I Buy?

Moroccan leather

The leather in Morocco is highly unique and tanned in a way that hasn’t changed in centuries.  You can get leather slippers, bags, jackets, wallets, belts and much more.

Argan oil

Argan trees grow in the south of Morocco, so it is a great place to buy Argan oil that is as natural as possible, made in the traditional Berber way. It is used for culinary and cosmetic reasons, and although it is widely famous for its benefits on all kinds of hair, it is also extremely efficient on acne and skin in general.

Lanterns

Lanterns make for great souvenirs, as their detailed features instantly remind you of the beauty of Morocco. They can be found in most markets and come in different sizes, shapes and materials. Beware of the aluminium ones, as they bend easily and might be a hassle to transport. The heaviest ones might be more expensive.

Rugs and carpets

Beautiful rugs are handmade in Morocco. Rug shops usually have a wide range of carpets on display and can even customise them and ship them to your home.

Babouche (also called  belgha)

Babouche means slipper in French and is widely known as such in the Kingdom.. Slippers are traditional Moroccan shoes, worn for centuries by men, women and children. They come in all colors, materials, patterns and shapes. The prettiest ones are vibrant and can be worn everywhere.

What’s included

  • Hotels
    11 nights at 4* or 5* hotels
  • Tours
    All tours escorted by a private driver and a local guide
  • Entrance Fees
    Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary
  • All airport transfers
  • Meals
    10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 10 dinners with water
  • Free in tour bus
    Water, Wi-Fi, and snacks will be available free on the tour bus
  • Transportation
    All transportation, in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • International Airfare
    Airfare between the United States and Morocco is NOT included
  • Meals
    Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Beverages with meals
    Only bottled water provided
  • Tips
    Customary tips to tour guide, driver, etc.

Available options

Itinerary

Day 1 - Oct. 25, 2023
Welcome to Morocco!

Our guests will arrive in Casablanca,  a port city  in western Morocco fronting the Atlantic Ocean, and be met by representatives from Bucket List Travel.

We'll drive you 56 miles to your in hotel in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. 

We spend the night at Le Diwan Rabat , a first class boutique hotel located downtown and known for its colorful, modern rooms with an Art Deco theme, spa and restaurant (or similar).



Your Organizer


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Annie Emanuelli
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Hi - I'm Annie, the founder of Bucket List Travel! Travel is my life! I left a 30+ year career as a corporate marketing exec to start my own travel business, taking people to Bucket List locations! I'd like to take you somewhere you've always dreamed of going. Stop dreaming, start packing!

Reviews

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This was the trip of a lifetime!! Annie had every detail planned out so well. We saw the most amazing parts of Zimbabwe, Johannesburg and Capetown. Our lodging and meals were incredible! The game drives were amazing! Annie and the guides were so flexible and were able to make a few last-minute changes based on the groups' needs. She made the trip so easy and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Annie and the Bucket List team.
By Elizabeth D for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 02 Nov, 2022
SUCH a wonderful time in South Africa with a bonus trip to Victoria Falls. This trip was planned pre-pandemic, and it as worth the 2.5 year wait! Everything was taken care of, all I had to do for the most part was show up. The guides were phenomenal, making sure that we saw everything we wanted to see, being flexible in their schedules, and quite literally "making it happen" a number of times. Annie is such a joy to work with and does her best to accommodate requests of all of her guests. This is my second trip with Bucketlist Travel and I am looking to book a third (Jordan+) in the near future.
By Kasey P for Sept 18-29, 2022: South Africa! on 31 Oct, 2022
I would highly recommend taking a tour with Bucket list travels and Annie Emmanuel. This was my first tour but I can’t imagine anything better. Annie organized such a fabulous tour encompassing everything you want to see in South Africa. She takes care of everything….you don’t have to worry about a thing. It is an experience instead of just a vacation. You will be driven by a knowledgeable tour guide to all of the sights she has carefully arranged so that you really experience South Africa….and there’s so much to see! All of the accommodations are fabulous! Great hospitality and great food! The game drives were amazing…I saw every animal I had hoped to see there. You can tell she has a passion for travel that she wants to share with others! I plan on taking another tour with Annie because she has other places that I would like to see. I highly recommend her tours… it exceeded my expectations! Thank you Annie!
By Peg B for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 12 Oct, 2022
Annie is THE BEST! She created a wonderful itinerary that allowed us to see so many animals in their natural habitat - including the Big 5, whales and penguins! - and learn about the history of the country through visits to various museums, cultural centers and visiting Cape Town. And we did this all while staying in lovely accommodations and enjoying delicious food. Annie also builds into her trips the opportunity to add on visits to nearby sites. Victoria Falls was fabulous! Thank you, Annie, for another bucket list trip of a lifetime!!
By robin s for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 27 Sep, 2022
This was truly an unforgettable experience. It surpassed all our expectations, from the lodging, to the animal sightings, to the food, the guides, and the cultural experiences. Annie Emanuelli you are the best and I look forward to going on another one of your trips in the future.
By Julie K for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 24 Sep, 2022
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