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Experience Morocco (Extended)

Welcome to Morocco! Experience the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, the desert, mountains, small villages, and big cities of this North African country as you explore Morocco like a local. Meander through colorful bazaars, snack on Moroccan delicacies, and stroll through tranquil courtyards.

Have a question about the Under30Experiences Morocco Extended trip?

Do I need a visa to travel to Morocco?

Travelers from many countries do not need a visa to visit Morocco for a period of up to 90 days. Currently, citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK, the EU, and Canada, among many others, do not need a visa to travel to Morocco, provided they have a passport of usually six months' validity and with proof of an onward or return ticket. If you do need a visa, you can submit an application either electronically or via your nearest Moroccan embassy, consulate, or visa center

Are there special inclusions for this itinerary vs the regular Morocco itinerary?

Yes. This Morocco Extended itinerary is three days longer. In this itinerary, we have included two nights each in Chefchaouen and Fes. We have also included an upgraded desert camp for the one-night stay in the Sahara desert.

What kind of food will we be eating?

The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous. Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in tagine, a shallow clay dish, with a wide variety of vegetables. Chicken is also very commonly used in tagines or roasted. They also use additional ingredients such as plums, boiled eggs, and lemon. Tagine has a unique taste of popular spices such as saffron, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cilantro, as well as ground red pepper.

Will my dietary restrictions be able to be accommodated?

Vegetarian meals are quite limited to vegetarian couscous and tagine or omelets. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets.

What are the accommodations like?

You will be staying in hotels, riads, guesthouses, and a desert camp. Accommodations are double occupancy. Solo travelers will be paired with someone of the same gender. You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout. If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge. Please contact for more details.

What is a riad?

A traditional Moroccan riad is a home with multiple stories that centers around an open-air courtyard that contains a fountain. Riads were once the estates of the wealthiest citizens, merchants, and courtiers. The building is in the shape of a rectangle with different rooms on each of the four sides. In the modern era, most riads have been converted to boutique hotels and guesthouses.

What is the physical level of this Morocco trip?

Moderate. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Can I opt out of an included activity?

Of course! This is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. We can also help you set up other optional activities if you'd rather do that. Please be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.

What type of transportation will we be using?

You’ll be in private, comfortable, and air-conditioned vehicles throughout your entire trip.

What type of luggage is best?

The lighter, the better! If you only have a rolling suitcase, that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag, like a large backpack, that would be better. We take all forms of transportation. You'll also want a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day.

Can I drink the water in Morocco?

We recommend you don't drink tap water in Morocco, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. Bottled water is widely available in Morocco. Don’t forget to pack motion sickness tablets and diarrhea blockers in your first aid kit.

Should I expect to dress more culturally appropriate?

To respect local dress codes and customs, we recommend dressing more conservatively than you do at home. To respect the local conservative culture, please avoid wearing short skirts and shorts. Try to wear shirts that are loose and cover the shoulders and stomach. It is common for Moroccans to wear shirts with sleeves past their elbowsWearing long pants is the norm. Though younger Moroccans are wearing shorts more often these days, the custom is to wear long pants.

Is there laundry available?

Yes, laundry is available in most hotels at an additional cost. Ask your Trip Leader for more information.

Can we use Credit Cards?

Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, and shops. However, smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash. Do expect to be using cash for most of your daily transactions, especially in the medinas (markets), as local vendors will not have a credit card machine.

Is there a tipping culture?

Yes. 10% is the standard. In restaurants, a 10% service charge is typically added to the bill. If you use a taxi service, it is considerate to round up to the closest dirham (MAD).

How welcoming is Morocco to LGBTQ travelers?

Morocco has been and remains a popular destination for LGBTQ+ travelers despite being an Islamic country where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by law. However, this should not stop you from visiting while exercising appropriate caution as you explore Morocco’s ancient history, architecture, and culture. LGBTQ+ people in Morocco have faced significant legal and societal barriers. Homosexuality is seen by most of the population as a threat to the “traditional values'' that support the expectation of heterosexual norms and Muslim teachings. Like any visitor to a foreign country, LGBTQ+ or not, it’s important to respect local culture and customs. With that said major cities like Tangier, Marrakech, and Agadir have many LGBTQ+-friendly spots.


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