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Morocco has NO annoyances or serious health problems. Society is non-violent and the Arab Spring of 2011 was little more than public demonstration in a few large cities. The King of Morocco has had his recent constitutional change accepted by the people – June 2011 and so far it has been a success. Harassment to buy items in the market place is less these days – especially with guides present. Like everywhere, common sense with money. For up to date health information about Morocco, consult the WHO website and / or speak to a medical specialist that deals with travel to this region. Malaria is not considered a risk in Morocco.

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Visas are not required for US, Canadian, Commonwealth, British or European nationals. It is normal to receive a 3 month tourist visa upon entry with a passport containing a minimum of 6 months validity. Transport on our TOURS will be in the form of a private Toyota Land Cruisers & mini bus ( numbers pending). A certified ‘Drivers’ will conduct all driving. Our driving pace is careful so that we can enjoy the views and not feel anxious on the roads. Road conditions in Morocco are generally good. There are no technical 4×4 routes or steep mountain tracks on our journeys.

Refrain from drinking local water and use bottled water as it is widely sold. They cost about 75 cents to 1 dollar max per 1.5 litre bottle. Food and restaurant prepared food in our experience is clean and well cooked. Please respect dress code of locals – shorts / t-shirts are fine in the mountains and on beaches but not usually around mosques or holy centers / town centers and urban market places. Hotels and guest houses are clean and have private bathroom/showers and are designed for international group. See note below on accommodation types. Gifts for children and donations. Through our foundation, we appreciate any donations of this sort: Clothing (shoes, sweaters, warm clothes), school supplies, games, sport supplies and tools for Holidays to Morocco – Small Group Desert Tours programs. These items can be bought locally and are very inexpensive. We do not encourage giving money away nor sweets – additional donations to Premium Morocco Foundation are gladly accepted via our Marrakech office.

Morocco Travel Advice – Accommodation , Transport & Meals


Morocco Travel AdviceWe have carefully selected a range of suitable accommodation for you. All lodgings are located in areas that offer good access for our transport and are central to the main attractions of our visit. The hotels are also highly visited by incoming tour groups (opposed to budget local hotels or backpacker establishments), and the level of service and security is of high standard. we also use authentic luxurious hotels, far from tourists crowds and noise of the cities in local small villages offering the best quality of services, en suite rooms with swimming pool. Transport services are the same throughout and careful selection of vehicle type (modern tourist vehicles: Toyota Land Cruiser, Deluxe van, micro-buses with seatbelts), are normally used.  We are careful to plan the driving portions in the middle of the day (not at night), and that our drivers are not stretched beyond legal limits or dangerously long hours (our longest drive is approximately 6 hours, with plenty of stops). Meals are prepared by our hotels, which are licensed under tourist classifications. In the desert, food is provided via the camp – which works consistently with international travel groups. Bottled water is recommended throughout and is widely available and inexpensive. Read more about Morocco Travel Advice on Morocco Tourism

 MOROCCO TRAVEL ADVICE SAFETY & SECURITY


Morocco Premium Tours on, Holidays to Morocco – Small Group Desert Tours,  is highly committed to ensuring the best measures of safety Holidays to Morocco - Small Group Desert Toursand security are attended to throughout Marrakech Tour and Excursion, and travel of this nature in Morocco. We keep a close watch on our vehicles, drivers, hotels and regions of travel. In 12 years of operations leading school groups and expeditions with corporate clients, tour operator services and international charity events, we have had NO serious incidents outside of mild travel illness. In the event of any health issue, emergency or illness. Premium Morocco relies on a network of private professional medical centers (where accessible), and this detail is outlined in our EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY PLAN. However, at the same time on must accept that travelling in the remote developing world can be restrictive in terms of what level of care is always available. We are committed to doing our best in response to what emergency may occur. IT IS OBLIGATORY THAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE FULL TRAVEL INSURANCE WITH EXPATRIATION ON Holidays to Morocco – Morocco Travel Advice OF EMERGENCIES OR ILLNESS.

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Avoid the cheap, low budget Tour operators; they are downright unprofessional.

Low budget operators often do everything poorly. Here are the main reasons why low budget operators are a bad idea:

Drivers, Hotels, Restaurants and Transport. When you travel with a budget operator, you are directly contributing to the exploitation of the poorest people – the drivers, waiters. There are NO low budget companies that respect the wage recommendations. Budget companies are able to offer low priced tours because they do not pay their crews an honest wage. Quality Marrakech Tour and Excursion operators do not compromise the welfare of their staff in order to sell a tour. The best Morocco Tours companies pay the highest wages and are members of MOROCCO TOURISM. Read more about drivers mistreatment on cheap Morocco Tours, Travel Morocco, Vacation to Marrakech.

Inferior Guides, The most important factor in the safety and success of Travel Morocco, Vacation to Marrakech is the knowledge and skill of your guide. However, low budget operators often hire freelance guides with little experience, poor English language ability, and no medical training. The competence of a guide is not always obvious until a crisis emerges, but by then it is too late. Quality guides do not work for the low budget operators. Quality guides do not wait around for clients to walk in, hoping for some work. Quality guides are hired full time by the top operators and are busy leading groups on scheduled tours, week after week.

Holidays to Morocco – Morocco Travel Advice: Culture & People:

Languages: The official languages in Morocco are Classic Arabic and Tamazight (Berber), though Morocco Travel Advicealmost 70% of the population are Amazigh, mostly in rural areas, Sahara and the mountains. However French is taught in the schools and is often used in commerce and business. Around Tangier, there will be many people who can speak Spanish, due to the proximity of Spain and Spain’s past colonisation in the north.
Religion: Morocco is an Islamic country (approximately 98% of the country is Muslim) 1 % among Jewish,Christian and Buddhists. Muslims are expected to pray 5 times per day, with the first call to prayer at dawn (the call to prayer nowadays coming from speakers on the minaret of the mosque. Friday is the Muslim holy day and shops or market stalls are likely to close around mid-day. Muslims are not expected to drink alcohol (though you will find alcohol available, eat pork (becoming available for tourists) During the month of Ramadan (this does not coincide with a particular calendar month and it’s date moves forward approximately 10 days each year), Muslims do not eat, drink or smoke during the day. They are however tolerant of non-Muslims or tourists who feel a need to eat. Those people should however avoid eating or drinking in public view. Most places are likely to be quieter than usual during the day in Ramadan, with many restaurants being closed and shops having removed alcohol from the shelves. Things will however come to life in the evening. read more Morocco Travel Advice
Dress Code for the Traveller:   Muslims effectively Morocco Travel Advicekeep covered, particularly the women, but depends on where you are in the country.It is wise to be cautious in both dress and behaviour to avoid offending others. However Morocco knows the value of tourists, who are welcomed, and allowances are made in the tourist areas and the tourist beaches. Moroccans themselves are likely to be much more western in attitudes in the cities and resorts on the west coast.
Women Traveller:   Moroccans are known to be open minded and welcoming people, for a woman travelling alone, it does not cause any problem, you may get hassled or listen to words but try to ignore and answer expressing uncomfortable, if it’s necessary, the dress could be important, but if it is not comfortable and it may attract attention more than the opposite, it is not obligatory to wear long clothes.
The mosques and Shrines:  Most mosques are normally out of bounds to non-Muslims, except Hassan II MosqueHolidays to Morocco -Small Group Desert Tours at Casablanca which open its doors to visitor tourists at certain times of the day. read more Morocco Travel Advice…
Moroccan Hospitality:  Moroccans are a very open minded and hospitable race, it is a tradition to welcome and respect travellers, stranger would be fed and watered in the knowledge that the person offering the hospitality.

Best Places to Visit on your Holidays to Morocco – Morocco Travel Advice.

Cities :   
Much of the culture of old Morocco can be seen in the old cities, locally named MEDINA. All cities (except Agadir which has been totally rebuilt after the earthquake on 1960) have a walled medina where the history of morocco can be glimpsed. These cities will also have a new town or ville nouvelle alongside, built during the time of the French-Spanish Protectorate in the 20th century and this is where the railway stations will be along with other modern services. An important part of any Moroccan city is the souks or markets, often divided into separate areas dealing with different commodities and crafts.
Marrakesh :  The largest city of southern Morocco where Morocco’s most impressive market area Morocco Travel Advice(Souks), example of how Morocco used to be, sitting under the High Atlas Mountains. The famous, Jemaa el Fna square, the most attractive point of the Marrakesh. There are likely to be snake charmers, musicians, story tellers plus stalls to buy food,herbal medicines, or traditional dentists. Around the square are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can relax and watch everyone else. The souks are close to the square and cover the largest area of any souks in Morocco. Here you will find a wealth of handcraft material, rugs, pottery,food. There are a number of gardens in and around Marrakech, irrigated by water brought down from the atlas mountains by canals, creating massive green areas in a city that can get very hot during the summer time. read more Morocco Travel Advice
Fez – Fes :  was the capital of Morocco for 4 centuries and Fez el Bali the old fes, is possibly the oldest and largest medieval cities in the world and one of the best preserved. Fez is the cultural and religious centre of Morocco together with being home to Morocco’s and world’s oldest university. The medieval city of Fez is a real art city, where craftsmen use techniques which Bespoke Marrakech Tours & Private Small Group Morocco Desert Toursmay not have changed for many centuries. There is an important tannery area in Fez where animal skins are cured and dyed together with a wool dying quarter. These areas and the methods used will certainly not have been changed by modern technology.
Essaouira – Mogador :  Built on the Atlantic coast, north of Agadir, and west of Marrakech. One of the oldest cities in the world.  western side of the town is a fishing port where, local fishermen cook and sell fresh fish and serve in small scale local restaurant. Essaouira has a fine beach stretching to the south, lined with hotels. This Atlantic coastline is often windy and attracts wind surfers.
Ouarzazate : Different from other Moroccan cities, designed with tourism in mind, having a long wide street and number of good hotels. The city has a well preserved Kasbahs while the whole area has been extensively used as a film set. Ouarzazate is at 200 Km from Marrakech through the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka pass,rising up to 2,260m (7,400ft) Altitude. There is also an airport at Ouarzazate but you will have difficulty finding international flights heading there. read more about Morocco Travel Advice to the Sahara desert…
Meknes:  Built on 10th century and became capital of Morocco in the late 17th century by the sultan Moulay Ismail who was a lover of fine things (he also had a large harem which was reported to have produced several hundred children) and he planned to make Meknes into a great imperial city with architecture inspired by Louis XIV France, but could not achieve his dream. The holy town of Moulay Idriss is at25Km north of Meknes.
Volubilis or walili:  Situated 30 Km north of Meknes, was the Roman capital of the area known as Bespoke Marrakech Tours & Private Small Group Morocco Desert ToursMauretania Tingitana and now represents the most extensive Roman ruins in Morocco. The Romans left the cityin the 4th century but it was still lived in until it was abandoned in the 18thcentury, when much of it was demolished to provide building materials for the places of Moulay Ismail in Meknes. Items that can be seen here include some fine and well preserved mosaics (in their original positions)in the ruins of villas that once lined the main street, a number of old olive presses, public baths, and the Triumphal arch at the western end of the city.
Rabat :  was the capital of Morocco in the 12th century but moved later to Fes and Meknes During the Franco-Spanish Protectorate in the 20th century, The French made Rabat the administrative centre, and it became the capital on 1956. Rabat has an old city (medina) and markets (souks) but not as fascinating as in Fez and Marrakech.Rabat is mainly a large modern city, with a population of 2 million, and wide modern streets with fancy cafes.
Tangiers:  Tanager, the city has been under the rule of many countries through the history including British rule in the 17th century. During the Franco-Spanish Protectorate period in the 20 thcentury, Tangiers was declared an international zone. This attracted many European and American visitors to the city and has given it importance than other Moroccan cities, the city is only 15Km across the water from Europe and is very accessible by ferry.
Casablanca:  Morocco’s largest city,port and industrial and economic centre. Casablanca now has a population of 5million. Modern city with widestreet, French style buildings. the most impressive building in Casablanca isthe Mosque of Hassan II, completed in 1994 with room for 20,000 to pray inside and 80,000 outside in the courtyard. The tower (or minaret) is 210m high and is the highest minaret in the world. The cost of constructing the mosque is reported to have approached 1 billion dollars and is built partly over the sea,with a glass floor and opening roof. The city has also small Medina and souks, but not as exotic as Marrakech It was originally a relatively small town after all. read More about Cities Morocco Travel Advice
Chefchaouen: THE BLUE TOWN (or Chaouen) in the Rif Mountains was founded by the Muslims and Jews who were pushed by Christians on15th century. the town was not known until the 20th century and had remained relatively unchanged for 500 years. Itis said to give the best possible view of what an Andalucian town would look like in the time of the Moors. the city becomes a tourist destination, its narrow medina streets, white and blue coloured houses and its beautiful situation in the middle of the mountains makes it unique, There are cafes around the main square and a selection of hotels.
Agadir:  Southern a modern city,built as a holiday resort around the curving bay, with a development of low rise hotels between the city and the sand. Agadir was planned to beveryHolidays to Morocco - Small Group Desert Tours different from the old cities of Morocco, having wide tree lined roads andopen squares. There is a thriving commercial and fishing port to the north ofthe city and Morocco’s most popular beach resort stretches to the south.
Sahara and Erg Chebbi :  Morocco’s two large and highest dunes formed by wind-blown sand. The other is Erg Chigaga dunes near M’hamid. The Erg Chebbi dunes reach a height of 150 meters and altogether span an area of 30 kilometers from north to south and up to 5-10 kilometers from east to west. The closest town is Arfoud about 55 kilometers to the north. And Errissani, about 30 kilometers from  Merzouga, and from the 8th to the 14th century there was a separate kingdom,known as Sijilmassa, which was prosperous due to caravan routes. The town of Merzouga is a tourist center, located near the foot of the dunes. The nomads offer camel trips from Merzouga and into the desert, taking tourists on overnight trips few kilometers into the middle of the dunes. In summer time, Moroccans come to Erg Chebbi to be buried in the hot sand for a few minutes at a time.This is considered to be a treatment for rheumatism. The Nomad Berbers occupy much of the Sahara. The Berbers built a prosperous empire in the heart of the desert.The Touareg nomads continue, to the present day, to inhabit and move across wide Sahara surfaces.

Trekking and Hiking Tours in Morocco: Morocco Travel Advice

Atlas Mountain Range and Trekking and Hiking:   Stretch for around 2,400Km, in a east/ west direction through Morocco and into Algeria, with the highest point being the peak of Jbel Toubkal (4,167m or 13,671 ft) located approximately 60 Km south of Marrakesh In Morocco the Atlas mountains are divided into 3 ranges, running parallel to each other, the Anti Atlas to the south, the high Atlas, and the Rif Mountains. The most attractive area of the High Atlas is the
Toubkal National Park, popular with trekkers and day-excursions alike, which also includes the peak of Jbel Toubkal Mountains. The area is particularly attractive in the spring and summer, when wild flowers are blooming, and the winter snow has gone from the lower levels. the two stunning high passes that cross the High Atlas Mountains, the winding Tizi-n-Test pass whichrises to 2,092m (6,860ft) heading south west from Marakech to Taroudant and Agadir and Tizi-n-Tichka pass, rising to 2,260m (7,400ft) heading to Ouarzazate and the legendry Draa Valley. read more Morocco Travel Advice about Toubkal Climbs
Draa valley:   Is the longest valley in Morocco, flowing south east from the dam of Barrage el Mansour Eddahbi, around Ouarzazate across the anti atlas down to Zagora and Mhamid, before heading west towards the Atlantic near Tantan. about 1100Km long in total, 500 km flows much of the year, the last section will be dry. The most attractive and well known part of the Draa Valley starts from Agdz to Zagora. The area has been inhabited for thousands of years, Today the Draa Valley is called the date basket of North Africa due to this stretch of river being lined with terraces of date palms and other crops watered by the river water through a wise system of irrigation channels. Along this part of thevalley you will find numerous fortified villages, occupied by villages who workon the land and live a life that has not changed for centuries.
Dades valley, valley of the roses :  A stunning valley south-east of Ouarzazate, along the rivers of Mgoun and dades, the water comes from the Central high atlas north of the valley, berber tribes organise a festival of the roses every year on may, beautiful Kasbahs and villages follows the river north into the Dades gorge. The landscape is unusual,with the red colour of the rock, giving a particularly wild look but with oases, watered by river water, where crops are grown.
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