Lodging, airport pick-up in Casablanca, private transportation and driver, bi-lingual guide, meals where indicated, all excursions listed, entrance fees to parks and museums, community activities, cooking class, camel trek.
International airfare, any beverages besides water, snacks, guide and driver tips, meals were indicated, airport transfer for departures.
Minimum enrollment for this trip is 8 women. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date then trip may be cancelled in which full payment including deposit will be refunded.
* Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.
* A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
* Should you choose to withdraw from the program, unfortunately the DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the program is cancelled by PN).
**Cancellation by you up to 90 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit. cancellation by you less than 90 days will result in no refund.**
* In the event that a trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend you buy refundable airline tickets.
Most meals will be eaten together at restaurants or the places we stay. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.
Unless a specific person has been identified you will be assigned a roommate and room upon arrival.
Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.
There are many flight options from the USA to Morocco. Please note the tour starts in Casablanca and ends in Marrakesh. You will need to fly into Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. (CMN)
For departures you may choose to fly out of Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) or Casablanca. Airport transfers are available for purchase to either airport.
An airport transfer to the Marrakesh airport is $15 per person and the transfer to the Casablanca airport is $85 per person and about 2.5 hours.
*****If you are traveling before or after the program that is great- just please let us know!
WANT HELP BOOKING YOUR AIRFARE?
We got you! We understand booking flights can be time consuming and stressful! Feel free to take advantage of our booking service. You will be connected with Wendy, our exclusive travel agent that can handle all your airfare needs for a small fee of $50 per ticket. Just let us know when you sign up and you’ll be taken care of.
FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE:
The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure. If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Here at Purposeful Nomad we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international insurance.
Purposeful Nomad is an affiliate partner with World Nomads but you may choose any company. Click here to purchase insurance through World Nomads: INSURANCE
Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
Vaccinations: Be an informed traveler! Ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
MONEY & TIPPING:
The Moroccan Dirham is the currency of Morocco. Morocco is still primarily a cash-based society especially in the smaller towns and markets. Euros (not USD or CAD!!) are widely excepted in Morocco. If you wish to exchange money in Morocco we recommend bringing your money in SMALL BILLS with no rips or marks as it is difficult to change large bills especially in the more rural areas. ATM's are throughout the country in case you need to withdraw money. Credit cards are generally accepted in hotels and mid-range restaurants.
TIPPING: There will some situations where you may feel the need to tip but as always it is up to your discretion. Typically it is customary to tip our local guides and driver at the end of the trip. Most clients tip about $5 PER DAY for the driver and $10 PER DAY for guide.
Generally moroccos climate is moderate and subtropical. It is cooled by breezes from the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic Ocean. The desert regions can be far more extreme with temperatures between 65-90 degrees. Mountain regions can be much cooler especially at night. Best rule of thumbs is pack layers!
Please dress modestly and more conservative while traveling in Morocco. Understanding and respecting what to wear in Morocco (and on any travels!) can greatly impact your experience for better or worse. Morocco is a conservative, mostly Muslim nation, therefore exposing lots of skin is considered rude and could grant you some unwanted attention. Please cover up and bringing a large scarf or pashmina is helpful when walking around and visiting medinas.
Read more HERE.
Please leave valuables at home!
Passport + 1 copy
Any prescriptions or medications you need
Reusable water bottle
Small backpack or day bag
Adaptors for Moroccan electricity: MORE INFO
Jacket- fleece or winter
Scarf and light gloves
Hat for sun and hat for cold
Assortment of t-shirts and pants
Sweatshirt/ Sweater for evening
Cardigan as a layer at night
Dresses as long as they cover shoulders and are knee length
Longer loose cotton tops/button downs
Long sleeve shirts
Pair of jeans
Loose fitting cotton pants
Scarf for wrapping your upper body
Flipflops, TEVA or similar
Closed toe shoes good for walking
A simple dress for dinner if you wish
Sleep mask/ear plugs
Travel alarm clock
Personal first aid kit
Cloth or reusable bag for market shopping
Energy bars like Luna. Cliff, Kind bars
Nuts or other food items you wish to have
Games like cards, bananagrams, Dominos etc
Woolite- In case you want to wash some socks or underwear in sink.
Is it safe for women to travel to Ecuador?
As of 2018 Morocco was updated to level 1 for safety status and is considered safe to travel but of course you should always use a normal level of caution when traveling anywhere. Walking alone after dark in most cities is not considered smart and if you do want to venture off please bring a friend or guide with you. Dressing conservatively will also help avoid any unwanted attention. Your security and safety are our number one priority. Petty theft can happen, so keeping your important belongings with the car or in hotel is advisable at all times.
Do you have a payment plan for this trip?
Yes! After paying the deposit for the trip, you can chose to pay the remaining balance in 3-5 installments up until 90 days of depature.
Do I need a visa to travel to Morocco?
Nope! All you need is a valid passport with at least one blank page if you are staying less than 90 days.
Will the group be together the whole time?
Groups travel together at all times in a private van with driver and guide. There are specific days where you are allowed to choose your own adventure, wander into town or just hang out.
What extra money do I need? Can I use US Dollars?
Morocco is known for its vibrant markets! We will find time to shop, so if you wish to purchase items please bring an extra $250 - $600 USD depending on your budget. It is advisable to tip the guides and driver (other tips are included in your price). Also, there are some meals not included so please account for an extra $100-$200 depending on your appetite.
Can I drink the water?
No. It is not recommended to drink tap water. We will have big jugs of filtered water. Having said that, please bring a reusable water bottle as most hotels and tourist destinations offer refilling stations.
Is there internet?
Yes but not always. Most of the lodging options have wifi but there may be a few days without it. As always be patient if there is no signal or the electricity is down. These things can happen so embrace it!