Traveling with a tour guide can offer visitors a more personal perspective on Morocco’s sights, culture and history. Whether you intend to travel with a guide for an hour, a day, a week or longer, following the suggestions below can help you plan effectively and get the most out of the experience.
Confirm the itinerary and amenities in advance. What meals does the tour include in the price? What forms of transportation are provided? You should see these details clearly listed on your itinerary. If you have your heart set on surfing while you’re in Essaouira, for example, and it doesn’t appear on your itinerary, ask for it. Even if something you want to do isn’t a standard part of the tour operator’s package, they may be able to accommodate special requests if you ask in advance. (more…)
Morocco is not a difficult country to travel solo, but there are some tips and tricks that can make your experience more enjoyable and prevent you from wasting time and money.
Speak the Language
Linguistic richness characterizes this North African nation. The majority of Moroccans speak Moroccan Arabic (Darija) or one of three Berber dialects as a native language. French is widely used, and you can still get by with Spanish or Portuguese in some coastal regions. Traveling alone is an excellent opportunity to meet and converse with locals. Even if you can only manage basic greetings, an attempt at speaking Darija or Berber will often gain you immediate respect and can lead to better deals on lodging, tourism packages and souvenirs.
Lonely Planet has phrasebooks for both French and Moroccan Arabic. Another travel-geared French phrasebook on the market is by writer Rick Steves.