Morocco holiday on a shoestring
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Description of Morocco holiday on a shoestring
This Morocco holiday is on a shoestring but does not lack in any of the cultural experiences that this fascinating country has to offer in any way. In fact you stay in 3* hotels and transfers are in private transfers so all in all it is a great value way to see Morocco. Especially as many of the meals are also included, as per the itinerary below.
The itinerary focuses mainly on Morocco’s historic cities, all with their own characters and natural heritage backdrops. Starting and ending in Casablanca we go on a wonderful circuit of Rabat, the capital city, Meknes, with its 40km of ancient walls, 9th century Fes with its labyrinthine Fez el-Bali medina and of course Marrakech, which needs little introduction.
With medinas, superb Moroccan food and myriad cultural experiences this is a great introduction to Morocco. On this budget trip the average group size is between eight to twelve people with a maximum of 45 travellers.
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1 Reviews of Morocco holiday on a shoestring
Reviewed on 08 Dec 2018 by Kate Hogan
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I thought it a very good program overall. I loved the Palace Bahai in Marrakesh but also Rabat was a pleasant surprise.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for a lot of chicken and salad..... very little variety in meals.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Only in a limited sense.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The destinations and sites were very good and the driver was excellent. However, the tour guide was the source of frustration for the whole group due to the very extended rest (cigarette) breaks. A 15 minute break would become 30 minutes. The 500 km trip from Fes to Marrakesh had four hours of breaks. Also,
having three different language groups represented in the tour group meant extended periods of time at sites as the guide had to repeat all information. The guides knowledge was comprehensive.
Read the operator's response here:
We do explain in advance that we use a multi-lingual guide on this tour and that explanations may be given in different languages. It's rare that this ends up being 3 though - it's more normally just English if we have enough English speakers to make their own group, or one other language. This one of the distinctions that we make on our Shoestring level trips to help keep the costings down. Our Small Group tours have much smaller maximum group sizes, don't offer different hotel levels, and are only run in English. I'm pleased that you found the guide's knowledge was extensive, but I'm sorry if the extra explanations caused any delays or issues for you on the tour.
PlanetHow our company is making a difference: We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.
Morocco is a country which has become famous for its ruins and aged old places of worship. As part of our pre tour briefings we mention the effect that we as humans could cause in terms of touching or attempting to break pieces of these old artifacts for souvenir purposes. We also encourage travelers when entering these aged old places of worship to take care of where the step and to always follow the tour guide’s instructions diligently.
We know that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner.
In Morocco, we never accept a tour request for the purpose of hunting. The wild life in Morocco is considered a part of the heritage and we cannot have a hand in the negative impact on the loss of the country's predatory animals.
Furthermore, portable water in the country is restricted so we encourage all travelers to take precaution not to drop any waste in the water they pass by. Parts of the country are also arid through most parts of the year thus we encourage our travelers to use water sparsely when they stay in hotels and other forms of accommodation. If there is no need to turn on air conditioning, we encourage to go without. For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.
PeopleThroughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations. The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour.
We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and culture exchanges that take place between the locals and the travelers during our tours.
We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.
We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts.
We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.