Morocco Travel Tips

Know Before You Go: Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

 

Passports and Visas: It is each travelers responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and a visa if required. Please check the information at http://www.righttravel.info/page/visa-5.html#MOROCCO for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies.

 

Trip Preparation: A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, youll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock.

 

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another: When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your countrys Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.

 

For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must this starting digit when dialing the number.

 

Health Information: Check with your personal physician for the latest overseas travel health information, or contact the Center for Disease Control&rsquos travelers&rsquo hotline at 800-232-4636, web site www.cdc.gov.

 

Climate & Clothing: Morocco - Spring and Autumn: 55&ndash75°F Summer: 65&ndash95°F Winter: 45&ndash65°F. 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). In summer, bring a hat and sunscreen.

 

Morocco Average Temperatures: http://www.righttravel.info/weather/morocco-21.html

 

Hotels: Right Travel has carefully ed each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard rooms with two single beds and private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgrade. Room ion is strictly at the discretion of the hotel management. We reserve the right to make hotel substitutions with those of equal standard.

 

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out: Check-in time is usually 4pm or later. Check-out time is 12 noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

 

Eco & Sustainable Tourism: We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel to and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

 

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours): Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Right Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check inn. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

 

Shopping: Shopping in a foreign country can be a wonderful experience. We do include a few stops at recommended popular shops on every escorted tour, intended to enhance your cultural experience. As you explore the country independently, you may find fantastic, one-of-a-kind merchandise. You may get terrific bargains. However, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is

 

Morocco - Shopping is an experience in itself in Morocco, with vibrant souks, markets, and bazaars staffed by vendors hawking their wares. In cities, the Medina districts offers a glimpse into daily life, as well as an assortment of interesting goods, ranging from hand-tanned leather products to fine carpets and pottery. Local vendors can be aggressive and at times even intimidating. Haggling is expected. One bargaining trick is to find a fixed-price store to get a better sense of what a reasonable price for the item of interest would be.
Credit Cards may be accepted at large stores. Vendors in souks and medinas will likely only accept cash.

 

Currency: We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country youre visiting before you leave the U.S. It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert U.S. dollars to the local currency. Its also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most U.S. ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs dont always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash or travelers checks, exchange them at banks where the rate is more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller.

 

Morocco - The Moroccan Dirham is the currency of Morocco.

Please be aware that ATMs are mainly found in banks in major cities. However, not all machines accept all cards. Hotels do not usually have ATMs. It is recommended to carry cash in small denominations in local currency or in US $1 bills to make tipping and minor expenses easier.

 

Purchasing Tours Locally: On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Right Travel Terms & Conditions for more information.

 

Morocco - Payment can ONLY be made by cash or travelers checks.

 

Credit Cards: While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

 

Gratuities: This is a matter of personal discretion. You may use the following as a guideline:

Suggested Tipping

 

  • Tour escort (Coordinator may or may not act as a guide): $6 or $7 per person per day
  • Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : $3 per person per day
  • Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): $2 per person per half day of sightseeing
  • Private car tours: $12 to $16 per person per day for each day of sightseeing

Suggested Tipping: Hotels

 

  • Porter: $1.00 per bag per person
  • Wait staff: $1.50 per person (lunch or dinner)
  • Chamber maid: $1.00 per person per day

Tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional compensation. There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour escort or phone our local office. Numbers have been provided in your documents for your convenience.

 

Morocco - It is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

 

Itinerary &ndash Morocco: Some days involve long distances driving in the coach. The drive between Fez and Marrakesh is approximately 10 hours of scenic route, with rest stops en route. There are no emergency bathrooms on the coaches in Morocco.

 

Your Safety is Very Important: Every effort has been taken by Right Travel to ensure your safety. However, it is important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

 

  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Dont put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard-to-replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body.

If youve purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Right Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Right Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

 

Independent Activities: Right Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Right Travel is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when ing certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

 

Local Emergency Phone Numbers Morocco

 

  • Ambulance/Fire: 15
  • Police: 19

Languages Morocco

 

Amazigh (Berber) and Arabic are two official languages. French is taught and used universally for commerce. Spanish is spoken in some northern regions.

 

Electricity: Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances. Morocco - The voltage used is 220 volts.

 

Code of Conduct: Morocco - Morocco is an Islamic country. Shaking hands is a standard form of greeting. Normal courtesies should be observed. Casual dress is acceptable, but women should take care to dress modestly. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and poolside. While freedom to practice ones religion is guaranteed and non-Muslims are not harassed, proselytizing is prohibited and even a discussion of religion in public may violate this restriction. Smoking is very common.

 

Holidays - Morocco

  • Jan 1 New Years Day
  • Jan 11 Proclamation of Independence
  • May 1 Workers or Labor Day
  • Jul 30 Enthronement
  • Aug 14 Oued Ed-Dahab Day
  • Aug 20 Revolution of the King and the People
  • Aug 21 Birthday of King Mohammed VI
  • Nov 18 Independence Day

* Please note that Islamic holidays are based a lunar calendar, and exact dates depend on local sightings of the moon. Because of this, actual dates may vary slightly from the dates given above.

 

Food and Meals: As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotels or restaurants buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Right Travel cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure to info@right-travel.com

 

Morocco: While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

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