Experience snake charmers, fortune tellers and centuries-old souks on a journey to Morocco with Tempo Holidays.The eight-day Invitation to Morocco is perfect for those on a budget and explores the history and culture of the country’s ancient imperial cities from $A767 per person twin share. The tour departs Casablanca airport and visits Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech, home to the famous Djemaa el Fna square featuring fire-eaters, fortune tellers and snake charmers. Deals on this blog are quoted in Australian dollars. Links for Tempo Holidays worldwide are listed at the bottom of the post. The travel deals are the same. Just the currencies are different.The package includes seven nights’ accommodation in 4 star hotels, most meals, bus, airport transfers, local guide, sightseeing, porterage and tips.If you prefer to travel at leisure with your own private driver and guide, choose Tempo’s new 12-day Moroccan Treasures private tour. The itinerary takes in the best of Morocco, from the imperial cities to the stunning Atlas Mountains and vast Sahara Desert from $A4485 per person twin share.This private tour departs Casablanca airport and includes Rabat, Meknes, Fez, the Berber village of Midelt, Todra Gorge in the Atlas Mountains and Marrakech. There’s also an optional overnight stay in the Sahara Desert in a traditional Berber tented camp. The package includes 11 nights’ accommodation, most meals, transport by private vehicle, guide, entrance fees to monuments, airport porterage and airport transfers in Casablanca.
1. All travellers to Morocco should consider vaccination against polio. Most people in Western countries have been vaccinated since childhood, but a booster vaccine every 10 years is recommended.
2. Traveller’s diarrhoea: Up to 40 per cent of tourists may develop 3 or more loose bowel motions a day within the first week of travel. The new oral cholera vaccine has been shown to provide limited protection against some forms of traveller’s diarrhoea.
3. The risk of exposure to malaria-carrying mosquitoes is low in Morocco, especially in the areas frequented by travellers.
4. Make sure your basic vaccinations are up to date, including tetanus. Childhood immunisation coverage in many developing countries is not good.
5. Consider vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, typhoid and influenza.
More info: www.traveldoctor.com.au
Tips for women travelling in Morocco:
1. Encountering unwanted attention from Moroccan men is unfortunately a possibility for female travellers. The relative lack of social interaction between the sexes in Morocco results in men having little exposure to women other than their immediate family.
2. They often see Western women as not being bound by Morocco’s social restrictions, and perhaps have a not-so-respectful assumption of them via easily accessible internet pornography. This assumption of availability emboldens the Moroccan male to make advances on female travellers that he would never attempt with Moroccan women.
3. This generally takes the form of catcalls and straight-up come-ons.
4. Blonde women may be singled out, and women travelling alone generally receive more attention than most.
More info: www.frommers.com