Morocco Tour Information
At Journey Beyond Travel, we get lots of questions all the time about Morocco. We try to keep this list updated so that you can get an understanding about how we run our Morocco tours. We are a different than a lot of other tour operators and pride ourselves on our dedicated staff and deep knowledge of the country. Find out how you can customize your tour for a bespoke experience tailored to your travel needs. Read through these common questions we get as our answers may help you decide if we are the best tour operator for you!
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What kind of tours do you organize?
At Journey Beyond Travel, we organize private, customized Morocco tours for travelers from all around the world. We design each tour alongside you. The end result is a highly personalized to fit your travel dates, preferences, and travel style. Our trips are flexible and are tailored to fit around the experiences you wish to have. We work hard to balance your time to include independent exploration with engaging guided visits where pertinent or necessary. So, you’ll get to explore on your own, if you wish, and will always have your driver or expert guide with you whenever needed.
What kind of transportation do you use on your trips?
Is my driver also my guide?
Can I join a group tour of Morocco with you?
When is the best time to travel in Morocco?
The best time to travel in Morocco is whenever you get the chance! In reality, for the weather, the best times to visit the country are Spring (March – early June). Otherwise, September and October tend to be amazing (yet not as green) periods as well. The busiest times of year are during Easter week and the Christmas holidays (alongside the months of May and October). Other times to travel that aren’t as busy, yet still very worthwhile are the first two weeks of June and the month of November. For any of the higher periods, we recommend arranging your customized Morocco tour at least three to six months ahead of time. During parts of the year, it can be difficult to cater to more last-minute requests, although we’ll try. And, we get questions about Ramadan travel in Morocco too. You can feel free to read our Morocco Ramadan article for more information about this period of travel. While many may suggest avoiding traveling during Ramadan, we offer a different perspective. For those looking for cultural immersion, Ramadan is a wonderful opportunity!
What is the weather like in Morocco?
Should I purchase trip insurance for my Morocco trip?
In the world of modern travel, it’s a good idea to have travel insurance for your customized Morocco tour. We suggest that you purchase cancellation, interruption, and medical insurance that will cover you in the case of an emergency while you are traveling. Once you’ve booked an excursion with our company, we’ll send you the details of some insurance providers that our past clients have recommended for their travels.
Where can I find a map of Morocco?
Where can I learn more about tourism in Morocco?
Glad you’ve asked! We have an in-depth piece on tourism in Morocco that we think you’ll enjoy. We try to cover all of the bases, from the main attractions, such as Marrakesh and Fez, to some more off-the-beaten-path areas that we recommend. See if your questions about Morocco tourism is answered here.
Is Morocco a safe country to travel?
Morocco is a very safe country to travel. It’s regarded as one of the most stable countries in North Africa and the Middle East. We explain a lot about this and various safety issues in our Morocco travel safety resource, which we think you’ll find thorough. You can also learn more about Morocco safety for US travelers, Canadian, Australian, and the UK from official governmental sites.
Do I need a visa to enter Morocco?
Do I need to tip in Morocco?
Since travel is such a large part of Morocco’s economy, tipping has become a regular practice in the country. Tipping 10% is common for many services, including service industry workers. Definitely do tip your driver if you are happy with the driver’s service. A thorough chart that covers tipping in Morocco for porters, maids, and other people you’ll meet along the way is provided when you book your tailored Morocco tour with us.
Should I exchange money before arriving in Morocco?
Where can I learn more about Morocco travel?
There are plenty of places to learn more about Morocco travel. We have a superb blog that we recommend you check out. Our country director writes the Moon Morocco country guidebook as well as Marrakesh and Beyond. These are great resources. You can also check out Wikipedia for some good reading. There is also Wiki Travel that you can use as a resource. For worthwhile sights, you cannot go wrong with some UNESCO sights. Understanding the difference between group travel and private, customized travel in Morocco is highly recommended. Feel free to contact us for any details as it may be worth the extra expenditure to have a highly personalized experience tailored to your travel needs.
Some of our Favorite Morocco Tours
We’ve got some great Morocco tours we’ve developed over the years. These are some of our favorites. And, while many tour operators have similar routes, it’s really the inner-workings and attention to detail that truly matter and make our Morocco tours stand out.
This Morocco tour takes you on the classic route that we’ve filled with hidden delights. We take you from Fez deep into the Sahara, and on to Marrakesh — all with local encounters and village visits tailored to your travel needs.
Our Wild Sahara is one of our favorite customized Morocco tours that we’ve designed. For those who want to get off the beaten path, this is your pick! It’s also an incredibly fun family tour as well!
Morocco Trip Testimonials
“Journey Beyond Travel is an exceptional organization that has a deep passion for the people and experiences throughout Morocco. They work with friendly, competent, intelligent guides and drivers. I strongly recommend JBT for anyone who wants a fantastic Morocco tour!” –Danielle & Family, USA
“We would thoroughly recommend Journey Beyond Travel to any of our family or friends who are considering a tour to Morocco. Through the attention to detail, passion and professionalism displayed by their knowledgeable team, we had a wonderful experience!” –Diana & Margaret, Australia
“Journey Beyond Travel is an exceptional company that has a deep passion for the people and experiences throughout Morocco. They have friendly, competent, intelligent guides and drivers. I strongly recommend their Morocco tours for anyone bringing their family!” –Shumon & Family, India
Located in the North, Tangier (known also as Tangiers), is a port city worthy of exploration for those willing to delve deeper into its medina. A great spot to enter from Spain and carry on further afield.
The laid-back capital of Morocco is less discovered than other cities and is an up and coming destination for tourists seeking a fun medina, modern conveniences, and lots of sights, monuments, museums, and more.
One of Morocco's quaint mountain towns, Tafraoute (Tafraout) has an allure for travelers seeking to get off of the beaten path, explore Morocco's more hidden southern regions, and experience what many call the true "Berber Heartland."
Morocco Travel Information
We hope that as you prepare for your personalized Morocco tour that you’ll be able to use our website as a handy reference. We’ve got all sorts of information to share here with you about Morocco! Enjoy learning and feel free to check out our blog for more information, articles, and videos to help you prepare for your travels through the Kingdom of Morocco. This information, among other details, will be sent to you in a packet before your Morocco vacation begins.
Introduction to Morocco
Morocco is a Constitutional Monarchy with High Royal Highness King Mohammed VI in power since 1999. With the monarchy come heightened security and various branches of royal, military, tourism and local police. Morocco is a very safe country to travel.
For women, it is wise to dress modestly. Avoid wearing clothes that are too short, low-cut, tight or revealing. The literacy rate is under 50% for women, and overall unemployment is high. The educational system at present is still old-fashioned, out- dated, and conservative.
Morocco is a very male-dominated society. You will notice, especially in rural areas, men leading businesses and sitting at cafes while the women are working inside the home or on the field. Most of Morocco still lives in the countryside. Morocco is a liberal Muslim nation but is still conservative in certain regards. You will see many mosques and tall rectangular minarets in every village, town and city. The call to prayer can be heard 5 times a day, reminding practicing Muslims to pray. When passing by a mosque, be respectful. You can peer in, but do not go in. If prayer is in session, refrain from taking pictures.
Most Moroccan women do not wear the full black gown and veil. They either wear a long, colorful gown with a hood, called a djellaba, and a scarf covering their head, or western clothing. You will also see men wearing djellabas, but in more subdued colors. Family is very important to Moroccans and in most cases the main priority. Many families are big and include the extended family. The main married couple may have their own bedroom; otherwise, the whole family will sleep on the couches that line the living room.
Greetings are very important. Always say hello when entering and goodbye when leaving. It is considered rude if you don’t. Many Moroccans, especially in the countryside, do not like to be photographed, so ask permission before doing so.
Islam is the religion widely practiced in Morocco. It is a monotheistic religion based on the revelation and teachings of the prophet Mohammed. This formal religion dates back to the 7th century. Muslims believe that God revealed the holy book, the Qur’an, to Mohammed thereby completing the previous monotheistic faiths of Judaism and Christianity.
Ramadan is the Muslim holy month when all practicing Muslims must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. This observance is meant to purify the body and soul and remind Muslims of the plight of the poor. The fast is broken after the sunset prayer. At this time Muslims will break the fast by praying then having “ftor”, breakfast, with their family. The Islamic Calendar is a lunar-based one adopted by many Muslim nations. It is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian, solar-based calendar. In Morocco, the majority of things follow the Gregorian calendar.
Morocco Country Facts
CAPITAL CITY: Rabat
GOVERNMENT: Constitutional Monarchy
RULER: King Mohammed VI
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Northwest Africa; borders Algeria & Mauritania
GEOGRAPHY: Mountains, Desert, Beaches, Forests, Oases, Gorges, Plains, Valleys
BODIES OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Strait of Gibraltar
POPULATION: ~ 40 million Moroccans, Abroad: 3 to 4 million
AREA: 446,550 sq km / 172,000 sq miles (about the size of California)
COASTLINE: 1835 km / 1140 miles
LANGUAGES: Arabic, 3 Dialects of Amazigh (Berber), French, Spanish, English, German
ETHNICITY: Arab, Berber, Andalusian, Sub-Saharan African
RELIGION: Sunni Muslim (99%); Christian (0.8%); Jewish (0.2%)
LITERACY RATE: 52% Unemployment Rate: 7.7 to 15%
CURRENCY: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
ANNUAL PER CAPITA GNP: $2000 to $4100
ARABLE LAND: 20%
IRRIGATED ARABLE LAND: 5%
AGRICULTURE: Wheat, barley, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, citrus fruits, olives; livestock
NATURAL RESOURCES: Phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt
INDUSTRIES: Textiles, tourism, food processing, phosphate, construction
NUMBER OF TOURISTS IN 2014: 10+ million
LARGEST CITIES: Casablanca (4 million); Rabat (2 million)
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE: +212
CLIMATE: Coast: mild & humid; South + Inland: hot & dry; Mountains: cold & snowy Average Winter Temp: 18°C/64°F; Average Summer Temp: 33°C/91°F
HOTTEST CITY: Marrakesh
COLDEST CITY: Ifrane
BEST TIMES TO VISIT: September through October; March through May
MOROCCAN PEOPLE: Social, friendly, hospitable, generous, easy-going, genuine
Morocco’s landscape is as diverse as its cultural heritage and language. Much like California in the United States, Morocco has various mountains, desert regions, beaches, and forests. The north of the country (around Chefchaouen) is home to the Rif Mountains while the northern coast boasts a Mediterranean climate. The middle section of Morocco is home to the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains while the High Atlas Mountains are located south of Marrakesh and is home to the tallest peak in North Africa, Jbel (Mount) Toubkal (4068 meters). The mountains act as a natural border separating Morocco’s lush valleys and coast from the harsher elements of the Sahara Desert. The topography helps make Morocco one of the most alluring countries in North Africa, something you’ll experience firsthand as you explore with our team on your Morocco vacation.
Money & Shopping
If you do go in to look and are interested in buying something, you MUST bargain. The starting price you are quoted will be doubled, tripled, or more. Be firm, but friendly; state your price and haggle. If you do not agree on a price, say thank you and walk out. You can shop around and compare prices, then go back if you want.
However, if you do bargain for an item and agree on a price, then decide not to buy it, you will offend many vendors. The best way to pay is in cash and in local currency in the shops. Very few places have credit card machines and many of the shop owners do not know how to use them so you may be billed multiple times for something you purchased using a credit card. There are ATMs (cash machines) around the entire country.
Internet, Phone, Post, and Health
Morocco uses a GSM network common in Europe and has very good coverage throughout the country. If you would like to use your phone abroad, contact your phone provider to ensure that your mobile phone will work in Morocco. If you have an unlocked smart phone, you can purchase a SIM card in Morocco for 20-50 dh and have a local Moroccan number which you can make calls on in country and receive calls on from abroad. We recommend Maroc Telecom for the best coverage and rates.
The country code of Morocco is +212 (00212). Morocco uses a 220-volt system with double pronged plugs common in Europe (namely France). Most personal electronic devices in the world (computers, tablets, and phones) are set up to accept 110-220 volts. Check your item before traveling.
Post offices can also be found in every major city or town, but are sometimes hard to find. Stamp prices are reasonable and you can send packages via regular or express mail. Vendors can and will ship items for you internationally and are accustomed at doing so.
Public hospitals, private clinics, pharmacies and dentists are located in every city and town. Hospitals and some clinics are open 24 hours and 7 days a week, as are certain pharmacies. When looking for a pharmacy, look for the white sign with a green crescent moon on it. You can buy prescription medications as well as motion-sickness medicine without a doctor’s note. The price of medicine is inexpensive.
Start planning with our hand-illustrated Morocco map. We've labeled all of our favorite locations; from major cities to some hidden corners, you'll have a good idea of what is located where for your journey.
Morocco is a safe country to travel and has remained so throughout much strife in the region. Read about travel safety in Morocco to get a full picture of the safety country in North Africa.
Many travelers are drawn to Morocco for it's splendid ancient architecture. If you are an aficionado of architecture, read more in this in-depth analysis on our blog and enjoy more insight as you journey with our team.
Culture and etiquette play a big role in any country you'll visit. When traveling to Morocco, keep these pointers in mind to ensure smooth sailing on your trip through the country.
Proud Members of ATTA
We are members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, one of the most renowned travel organizations in the world. We represent some of the planet's top outfitters in Morocco.
Journey Beyond Travel works hard to ensure that each trip we do meets modern environmental standards. At the grass-root level we promote ecotourism projects throughout the country.
Focused on Sustainability
We promote sustainable and responsible travel in Morocco. Our niche of offering high-quality tours ensures low impact on the special places you'll visit with our team.