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SOLO TRAVEL TOUR MOROCCO

Morocco, a captivating display of colour, tradition, culture, delicious food and immense landscapes. Join this boutique adventure just for solo travellers, arriving to Casablanca where your adventure begins.  Your discovery includes highlight dining and accommodation including a luxury desert camp stay, and the fast train experience connecting Tangier in the country’s north to Casablanca.    

TRAVEL TIP: Travel the seasons in Morocco that avoid the heat between May to September

Solo Travel the Corners of Morocco

From Casablanca we make tracks to explore the various sides of Morocco starting with a two night stay in the charming port city of Essaouira. From the seaside to Marrakech. Experience the first of your souk visits with all the colour of vibrant textiles, and scents of Moroccan spice. Then onto your exciting journey through the Atlas Mountains enjoying various landscapes, from the dramatic canyons and view points, a superb oasis, and getting to know the Berber way of life. No visit is complete without a desert camp stay and from Merzouga, set out on a camel trek to reach your overnight luxury desert camp in The Sahara, and experience the stars of the Moroccan night sky.

For many visitors to Morocco, Fes is a highlight. There’s a two night stay to soak up the atmosphere and ‘must sees’ in this unique World Heritage Listed city. As your circuit comes to a close, travel north to the ‘blue city’ of Chefchaouen before reaching Tangier, the most northern Morocco City before returning by fast train to Casablanca for a final farewell highlight dinner.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    17 Days
  • Status:
    Next Avail' MAR 2025
  • Region:
    Africa & Middle East
  • Destinations:
    Morocco
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD $7285 own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    18
REVIEWS

'Morocco was the most amazing adventure. Full of culture and amazing sights. It's a must go tour and you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend it.'

Kerry, 66 years, Western Australia

'I booked the 18-day Colours of Morocco 40+ solo tour. It was my first overseas trip as a solo traveller and it has given me confidence to do it again. The company was prompt and efficient providing information before and during the booking period. There was sufficient information provided. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very helpful and obliging. The itinerary was good with some faster paced days and some more at leisure. I would use Encounter Travel again.'

Wendy, 64 years, NSW
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The home of Argan Oil.
Visit a Moroccan Oil house; learn first-hand how ‘Moroccan Gold’, is made and the chance to make a purchase of any number of Moroccan oil products, direct from the source.

PRE DEPARTURE GROUP CONTACT
Like to get in touch with other solo travellers before you depart? We offer the option to join a pre departure group contact list.

INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 16 nights accommodation;
    15 nights superior hotel stays, 1 night deluxe desert camp
  • 16 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 9 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English-speaking locally based trip leader
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • All entries for attractions included in the itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • Private group transport
  • Camel trek to overnight desert camp
  • Airport transfers# 

ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available
  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers

# On first and last day of tour, and when extending stay at group hotel,  booked as part of your package.


OTHER PRICE INFORMATION

  • Tipping Fund MAD700 paid locally; excludes tip for your tour director which is at your discretion.
  • Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your tour director/group leader
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Porterage at airports
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 

Departure Dates for this tour

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17 OCT - 2 NOV 24
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AUD$7085 own room
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OWN ROOM

STANDARD Tour Price

AUD $7085

PRE TOUR HOTEL: Casablanca group hotel with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies:

AUD $230

POST HOTEL: Casablanca group hotel with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies: 1 & 2 NOV 2024

AUD $230

Arrival Transfer
Conditions: must be arrival day or pre tour hotel booked with us

 Included

Departure Transfer
Conditions: must be departure day or post tour hotel booked with us

  Included


Trip Code: morocco24-10

TERMS & CONDITIONS
19 MAR - 4 APR 25
Early bird offer
AUD$7285 with own room
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EARLY BOOKING SAVING
Book and pay deposit by 30 August 2024 and SAVE $200 on tour price
Terms: Applies to own room bookings (not twin share)

PER PERSON AUD$

OWN ROOM

STANDARD Tour Price

AUD $7285

PRE TOUR HOTEL: Casablanca group hotel with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies:  up to 2 nights pre tour

AUD $230

POST HOTEL: Casablanca group hotel with breakfast & airport transfer
rate applies: up to 2 nights post tour

AUD $230

Arrival & Departure Transfer
Conditions: must be arrival or departure day or pre or post tour group hotel booked with us

 Included

   

Trip Code: morocco25-3

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Time on the coast @ Essaouira
  • In Marrakech traditional horse and carriage ride.
  • City touring of Marrakesh including visiting the souk
  • Visit Ait Ben Haddou, UNESCO World Heritage listed village
  • See Dades Canyon - an astounding landscape
  • Sahara desert adventure and a camel trek
  • An overnight luxury desert camp stay
  • Ascend to the Middle Atlas Mountains
  • Full day tour of the UNESO World Heritage city of Fes.
  • A guided tour of Volubilis; UNESCO World Heritage listed
  • Go deep into the Rif Mountains
  • A 2 night stay in the enchanting sky blue city of Chefchaouen
  • Locally guided tour in Tangier
  • High Speed train Tangier to Casablanca
  • Best of small group touring, for solo travellers


PRE TOUR STAY

Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

 


DAY 1  

Casablanca

Arrive to Casablanca, the starting point for your discovery of Morocco. This evening meet with your trip leader and fellow travellers for a welcome mint tea, and tour briefing.

Meals: none included

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Welcome meeting with tour leader


DAY 2  

Casablanca to Essaouira

After breakfast, depart for the port and resort town of Essaouira. Along the way we make a stop to visit the pretty Portuguese fortified city originally known in Berber as ‘Mazagan’, now part of the city of El Jadida.  Closer to Essaouira we stop at Safi for a walking tour of this Atlantic coastal port city known for its industry of pottery.  Then, we continue to Essaouira to check into our hotel by the end of the day with an evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Transfer to Essaouira
  • Lunch stop along the way (on own account)
  • Mazagan, El Jadida City
  • Safi
  • Dinner at hotel


DAY 3 

Essaouira

After breakfast at the hotel, set out for our locally guided city tour of Essaouira. Today, we also visit the Jewish Quarter with its synagogue and the Sqala, finishing in the port where you can have a seafood option for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy leisure time.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Morning city walking tour of town
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter and the Sqala

FREE TIME EXTRAS:

  • Meet for a group dinner with an ocean sunset view


DAY 4

Essaouira - Marrakech

This morning, we set off early to travel to Marrakech. Along the way, we make a stop an Argan oil house. Here, you'll have the opportunity to learn first-hand how Argan oil is made, a traditional process that has been passed down through generations. After the demonstration, we continue our journey to Marrakech. Upon arrival in Marrakech, we'll enjoy lunch with a scenic view of the Mellah quarter.

In the afternoon, we'll embark on a half-day city tour of Marrakech, visiting iconic sites such as the Koutoubia Mosque and the Bahia Palace. We'll end our tour at Djemaa el-Fna Square, where you'll have free time to explore the bustling market ‘Souk’, with its vibrant atmosphere and a diverse array of shops.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel Essaouria to Marrakech, about 3 hours travel time by road
  • Visit an Argan oil house
  • Lunch
  • Half-day city tour of Marrakech 


DAY 5 

Marrakech  

We start the day with a short drive to visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Majorelle Garden, and Berber Art Museum. These cultural landmarks offer a fascinating insight into Moroccan art and heritage. After our visit, we'll take a horse carriage ride back to the hotel, providing a leisurely and picturesque way to return while taking in the city's sights. You'll then have the afternoon free to explore Marrakech at your leisure. In the evening, we gather for our highlight dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Majorelle Garden, and Berber Art Museum
  • Horse carriage ride back to the hotel
  • Highlight dinner


DAY 6 

Marrakech – Boumalne Dades  

We will have an early breakfast and head south to Ait Ben Haddou village. Located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou is both dramatic and picturesque. The site has been a popular setting for films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

We cross the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260 metres above sea level), from the semi-arid regions of the south-east of the High Atlas to the more fertile plains of the Atlantic. It’s a longer day of travel but a visit to the ancient, fortified city of Ait Benhaddou will distract you from the time on the road.  In Ait Benhaddou, explore the narrow alleyways of the clay Kasbahs. Three hundred Berber families used to live here, but now it’s only home to half a dozen. Ait Ben Haddou was built in the 11th century and is UNESCO World Heritage listing, and the Ksar Ait Benhaddou is one of the most extraordinary Kasbahs in Morocco.  

After lunch, we leave Ait Ben Haddou for an overnight stay in Boumalne Dades

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Early start
  • Travel by road to Boumalne Dades via Ait Ben Haddou, 7 hours travel time by road
  • Visit of the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO World Heritage listed
  • Dinner at hotel

 

DAY 7  

Boumalne Dades 


After breakfast, depart for the mesmerising Boumalne Dades Gorges.  Marvel at the stunning natural rock formations and breathtaking landscapes. Following our visit to the gorges, we'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, embark on a 30 minute walk in the valley, allowing us to further immerse ourselves in the beauty of the surroundings. Later in the afternoon, we drive back to our hotel, and dinner will be served at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Viewing the Dades Canyon and leisure
  • 30-minute walk in the valley
  • Dinner at the hotel


DAY 8 

Boumalne Dades to Merzouga 

From Boumalne Dades our Sahara adventure will start with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, the gateway to the Todra Gorge. Tinghir is a little desert spring town, well known for its ravines and stream and is a stunning oasis, with beautiful green palms.  

There is some free time to explore the desert spring and the gulches. Later, we stop for a lunch break in Touroug before continuing our journey.

By the end of the day our camel caravan is waiting for us for a camel trek experience across the sand dunes for a terrific view of sunset, watching the changing shades of light over the dunes. At sunset, we should be arriving to our Sahara desert deluxe camp. Tonight, under the glory of the stars, enjoy a Moroccan dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED: 

  • Travel by road to Merzouga, 4 hours travel time
  • A stop at the oasis, Tinghir with free time
  • Camel trek to the overnight desert camp
  • Moroccan dinner under the stars

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

If you prefer not to join the camel ride there is the alternative to reach the camp by vehicle. 

 

DAY 9 

Merzouga to Azrou

Later today enjoy lodgings in the heart of the Middle Atlas mountains.

Leaving Merzouga and the Sahara Desert after a sunrise breakfast in the golden ocean of sand dunes, we begin our climb up the Middle Atlas Mountains. By lunch, we arrive in Midelt, a town in the high plains of Morocco between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountain ranges. Midelt is a bustling Berber market town with tagine restaurants dotted along the main street. The town is about the halfway point to Fez and is where we enjoy a local tagine lunch together and continuing the drive to Azrou city in the middle of the Atlas Mountains.

This evening meet with a local family for a cooking class and learn how to make a tagine and a demonstration of how to make mint tea.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road to Azrou with a visit to Midelt along the way (6 hours travel time)
  • Photo stop for view across the Ziz Valley
  • Typical Tagine lunch, Midelt
  • Meet with a local family, cooking class & afternoon tea
  • Dinner (part of cooking class)

 

DAY 10 

Azrou to Fes

After breakfast and check out from our hotel, we start the day with a morning walk in the cedar forest, where you may encounter the native Barbary macaques. Following our walk, we take the road back to Ifrane city, often referred to as "Little Switzerland" for its Alpine-style architecture, and it’s here we take a break for lunch. Afterwards, we continue our journey to Fes.

Upon reaching Fes, we visit New Fez (Al Jdid), which is considered the most colourful part of the city and bustles with life. This afternoon, make your own discoveries, including time for a traditional bathhouse experience (a unique experience, and recommended), otherwise known as a ‘Hammam’.

Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Morning walk in the cedar forest
  • Travel Azrou to Fez with a visit to Ifrane along the way
  • Lunch stop in Ifrane
  • New Fez
  • Highlight group dinner 

FREE TIME EXTRAS:

Time for a traditional bath house experience (Royal Medina Spa Ben Abad) on option. Modesty is left at the door as the experience requires disrobing. 


DAY 11 

Fes

After breakfast, embark on a fabulous full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city

of Fes. We start with a visit to the famous tanneries, where you can witness the traditional method of leather dyeing that has been practiced for centuries. We then visit the Andalusian Mosque and the historic El Quaraoiyin Mosque, which dates back to the 9th century and is considered one of the oldest universities in the world. Next, we explore Najjarine Square, a bustling hub where you can sit in a café and watch the world go by, or browse the local souks known for their intricate crafts and vibrant atmosphere.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A day tour of Fes
  • See the famous tanneries
  • Andalusian Mosque and El Quaraoiyin Mosque
  • Exploration of Najjarine Square and the souks

DAY 12 

Fes

After breakfast, we depart from Fes and head first to Meknes, an imperial city known for its grand monuments and historical significance.  It’s an orientation tour, and pass by the impressive Bab Mansour gate, one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Morocco, and El Hedim Square, a bustling hub surrounded by cafes and markets. We next arrive to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site and ancient Roman city. Explore the well-preserved ruins, including majestic columns, intricate mosaics, and the Triumphal Arch. Discover the city's role as a thriving centre of Roman culture and trade in ancient times. 

After exploring Volubilis, we take lunch together at a local restaurant.  We take a panoramic drive to Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, a sacred town nestled amid picturesque hills. Admire panoramic views of the town and learn about its spiritual significance as the burial place of Moulay Idriss I, a key figure in Morocco's Islamic history. 

Later in the day we arrive back to Fes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • A visit of picturesque Moulay Idriss Zerhoun


DAY 13 

Fes – Chefchaouen 

We depart Fes early to reach Chefchaouen before lunch. Our route takes us north, deep into the Rif Mountains. Chefchaouen’s most striking feature is, without a doubt, it is the old city’s picturesque sky-blue painted walls and streets built on a mountainside. Tourists just can’t get enough of Chefchaouen’s innumerable charms.  Among the major sights in Chefchaouen are the Kasbah and the hillside Spanish Mosque (a 30 minute hike from town).

Enjoy the charm of this unique city; it’s a photographer’s dream and ideal to wander about, shop and discover at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road Fes – Chefchaouen, 3.5 to 4 hours travel time
  • Explore Chefchaouen at leisure
  • Dinner at hotel



DAY 14 

Chefchaouen (Akchour Cascades)

Today, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Rif Mountains with a morning excursion to Akchour Cascades. Enjoy a scenic hike through lush landscapes to discover the picturesque waterfalls and the impressive Bridge of God (Le Pont de Dieu). You'll have the option to picnic along the trail or stop at local tea shops. Return to Chefchaouen in the afternoon to explore the charming blue streets at your leisure, perfect for shopping, relaxing, or visiting local cafes and restaurants.

Meals : Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Explore Akshour Cascade
  • Morning walk 

SPECIAL NOTES:
The walk is an option. If you wish to opt out, stay in town and enjoy at leisure. Chefchaouen is a very inviting town - a great place to relax, walk about, enjoy the local shops and restaurants.


Day 15 

Chefchaouen – Tangier   

Depart Chefchaouen in the morning and head towards Tangier. Upon arrival in Tangier, start your exploration with a visit to the Hercules Caves (Grottes d'Hercule), a natural cave system with historical and mythical significance. Afterward, proceed to Cap Spartel to enjoy panoramic views where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea.

After visiting Cap Spartel and the Hercules Caves, we take lunch together at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Tangier's old city, exploring its Kasbah, Medina, and other cultural landmarks. The evening is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road Tangier
  • Visit to Cap Spartel and the Hercules Caves
  • Lunch
  • Guided afternoon tour of the old city, Tangier

 

DAY 16 

Tangier – Casablanca   

This morning, after breakfast, take some leisure time to relax or explore Tangier corniche on your own.  From Tangier, depart for Casablanca on the high-speed train; take in the spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea on one side and mountains on the other.

Arrive in the afternoon to Casablanca and transfer to our hotel for our final night of stay. We will celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner at Rick’s Cafe.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Fast train to Casablanca Voyageurs (2hrs10min)
  • Afternoon Casablanca Hotel Check In
  • Farewell dinner at Rick’s Cafe


DAY 17 

Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, your Morocco journey concludes.

Meals: Breakfast

FREE TIME EXTRAS:

City Tour, Casablanca | pay direct to guide
For those not departing until later in the day, take part in a city tour of Casablanca including a visit to the Mosque of Hassan II, situated on a promontory looking over the Atlantic, and with lovely views across Casablanca and the residential Anfa quarter. Impressively, it can hold up to 25000 worshippers. It is an enormous architectural masterpiece and the second largest religious building in the world, and its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 metres.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The Mosque of Hassan II is only open to non-Muslims on Fridays.

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.
 

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ACCOMMODATION

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights

Casablanca

Odyssée Centre Hotel  4*

1

Essaouira

Hotel Atlas  5*

2

Marrakech

2 Ciels Luxury Boutique Hotel 4*

2

Boumalne Dades

Riad Dades Paradise 4* (or similar)

2

Merzouga Desert

Ksar Merzouga Camp (October 2024) & Sahara Luxury Desert Camp (March 2025)

1

Azrou City

Hotel Palais des Cerisiers 3*superior

1

Fes

Nour Plazza Hotel 4*

3

Chefchaouen

Parador Hotel  3*

2

Tangier

Hilton Garden Inn Tangier City Center 4*

1

Casablanca

Odyssée Centre Hotel  4*

1

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES, MOROCCO
If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store our luggage until check in time. If luck is on our side, it’s possible hotels may have our rooms (or some of the rooms for our group) ready before the official check in time. If that happens, you’ll be head straight to your room if we arrive before the hotel check in time.  As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm.

Encounter Travel Casablanca Odysee

Odysee Center, Casablanca

Encounter Travel Tangier

Hilton Garden Inn, Tangier

Encounter Travel Marrakech

2 CIels, Marrakech

Encounter Travel Fes

Nour Plazza, Fes

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

ODYSEE CENTER, CASABLANCA
Odyssee Center is a superior 4 star hotel located in the business and cultural centre of Casablanca at the heart of the FAR Avenue.

HOTEL ATLAS, ESSAOUIRA
Located beachfront in Essaouira, featuring 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre and a spa with hammam. Guests can enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine in the restaurant of the Atlas. The spa includes a hot tub and a sauna, and massages are available on request.
 
2 CIELS LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL, MARRAKECH
A 4 star boutique hotel & spa, ideally located in the heart of the city. An urban oasis with a chic and refined interior, art deco style with the master touch of local craftwork, designed exclusively for the hotel.  The hotel is strategically located, a short walk away from the mythical place Djamaa El Fna and cultural tourist attractions. Rooms are spacious, bright, comfortable and well appointed. Rooms overlook either the hotel's private pool, atlas mountains or the harti gardens.

RIAD DADES PARADISE, BOUMALNE DADES
Enjoy a deluxe experience at this riad designed with comfort and curated style in mind. 

DESERT CAMP
Live like a nomad, experience something really different, with a permanent tented desert camp stay. 

HOTEL NOUR PLAZZA, FES
Nour Plazza 4 star hotel features modern accommodation and an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. This 4-star hotel offers a terrace.  

HOTEL PARADOR, CHEFCHAOUEN
Chosen for its central location. A straight forward 3 star hotel located in the heart of the medina of Chefchaouen. The hotel offers a panoramic restaurant  serving  international and Moroccan cuisine, a Moroccan restaurant,  bar, and an outdoor pool and panoramic terrace, laundry service.

HILTON GARDEN INN TANGER CITY CENTER, TANGIER
Under the roof of Tanger City Mall, this quality 4 star hotel is a five-minute walk from the beach, and a number of eateries nearby, while breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily in our Garden Grille & Bar.

 

Note: Twin share rooms may have single beds.
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts In: Casablanca, Morocco
Ends In: Casablanca, Morocco

First Day Information
Arrival day commences with a ‘meet and greet’ at the airport. We meet all flights and you will then transfer to the group hotel. At the end of the day meet up at the hotel with your group leader and fellow travellers for a welcome mint tea and tour briefing.

Final Day Information
There are no included tour excursions. An airport transfer is included to meet your departure flight. For departures later in the day, the hotel will store your luggage after hotel check out time, and you can retrieve it when you are ready to depart for the airport.  

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM, 11AM or 12 midday

AIRPORT TRANSFERS 
Airport Transfers are included on arrival and departure given that;

  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour and depart on the final day of the tour, or
  • you have extended your stay at the group hotel, booked with us as part of your package. 

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

note: if you have extended your stay by your own arrangement transfers cannot be provided, and are by your own arrangement. 

FLIGHT INFORMATION
As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
There is a maximum of 18 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
Overall this is a moderately to faster paced, small group tour.  You should have good fitness to enjoy this tour. Some days will require early morning starts and there are walking tours included with this itinerary.  Distances between some places of stay require longer travel distances by road, and if you are prone to motion sickness we recommend bringing remedies to curb the symptoms.  This is more relevant for the windy road travel through the Atlas Mountains.  If you have injuries or a fitness level that impedes walking, mobility and climbing stairs you should consider carefully if this tour is the right experience for you. Please talk to our staff before you book to assess your suitability.  Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

See MORE ABOUT FITNESS in More Information section below.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

The group will dine at local restaurants and/or at our places of stay.  There are also some highlight dining experiences at more superior (deluxe) restaurants.

Primary industry in Morocco includes the growing of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables and even some tropical ones. Also, meats include beef, goat, mutton and lamb, chicken and seafood. Morocco is renowned for flavourful dishes including tagines as a staple. Couscous and bread are also staples in the Moroccan diet. There are distinct French influences in Morocco and French restaurants are on offer too, as well as Mediterranean and international cuisine.

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference, and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

GROUP TRIP LEADER
This is a private group tour with a trip leader and driver. Your trip leader (guide) is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. They take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your trip leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

TRANSPORT
Touring is private and by minibus, a mini bus or bus is used and the number of seats depends on the group size. As a guide this is information about the vehicles expected; for a small group under 6 transport may be an 8 or 14 seater, groups of 6-12 passengers a 17 seater is used, and groups of 12-15 it is an 18 seater vehicle. When the group is 16-18 a 27 seater is used. There is also transport by a camel caravan for the overnight stay in the desert.

TIPPING
Tipping is customary. A local tipping fund is paid to your trip leader on arrival. Your trip leader will manage all tipping of included services. Amount due: 700 Moroccan Dirham (MAD). This amount does not cover the tip for your trip leader.

See ‘TIPPING’ in the More Information section of our website.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight: 20 kilograms
Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information: 7 kilograms, small bag/back pack (hard case with wheels not suitable)

1 piece of checked luggage while on tour with maximum weight 20 kilogram. Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not be available.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Morocco was the most amazing adventure. Full of culture and amazing sights. It's a must go tour and you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend it.'

Kerry, 66 years, Western Australia

'I booked the 18-day Colours of Morocco 40+ solo tour. It was my first overseas trip as a solo traveller and it has given me confidence to do it again. The company was prompt and efficient providing information before and during the booking period. There was sufficient information provided. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very helpful and obliging. The itinerary was good with some faster paced days and some more at leisure. I would use Encounter Travel again.'

Wendy, 64 years, NSW

'Morroco was an adventure filled with new experiences, colours and tastes - a once in a lifetime must.'

Anna, 54 years, VIC

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