Inexpensive Morocco Tour for April, 2012?

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Dec 13th, 2011, 05:01 AM
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Inexpensive Morocco Tour for April, 2012?

Hello, fellow travellers!

I am a teacher that loves travelling and looking for an inexpensive tour of Morocco. Can anyone recommend a good tour company? Looked at gate 1 (tour unavailable), OAT travel (waytoo costly), Intrepid (they had so many trip options that I got confused)...

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Dec 13th, 2011, 06:02 AM
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I went on a tour to Morocco in 1998, my first visit there, with Eldertreks. I enjoyed the country but not being on a tour and realized immediately that I could have easily gone independently and less expensively. I urge you to go on your own. I don't think there's a country that's more welcoming to independent travelers, it's their biggest industry. The are accommodations and modes of transport for every budget and it's rare to have language be a problem.

Get a couple of good guidebooks, ask questions here and on other forums and have an adventure. You won't be sorry. I've been back now on my own or with friends several times since and I never tire of it.
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Dec 13th, 2011, 07:00 AM
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Just to point out, private drivers are available inexpensively everywhere, can be booked at any accommodation and you don't have to book a tour for the convenience. I suspect they'd be less expensive when not booked through a tour.

For travel between major cities the trains are excellent and very cheap. Often where there are no trains there are very nice "luxury" buses, also cheap, between for instance Marrakech and Essaouira. You won't need a private driver for most trips.

I should add that I'm a woman of retirement age, often travel alone and have never had a moments concern in Morocco or with any mode of transport I describe. I used to use drivers but now rarely.
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Dec 13th, 2011, 07:20 AM
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tucantravel.com my fav #1 in the UK check bbb.org on gate 1 and OAT both get very bad marks. www.affordabletours.com
for others. Personally I self-guide Riad to Riad with a good
budget guidebook. www.seat61.com/morocco is fun and safe.
www.visitmorocco.com for general planning beware the many
commercial touts trolling here and elsewhere.Always pay with
CC never wire money insuremytrip.com and check consular advisories. Happy Travels!
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Dec 13th, 2011, 08:05 AM
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You might look into www.imaginative-traveller.com. We are usually independent travelers but did one of their trips (to Japan) and liked their style of travel. The company organizes accomodations and transit in between and has a few group meals and activities but otherwise you do what you want. Our group was small (8 people) a good mix of ages (30-70), nationalities (US, Canada, Scotland, England) and both singles and couples. We liked that we could do things with the others (or not). They have Morocco trips for as short as one week ($950) and as long as two weeks ($1650).
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Dec 13th, 2011, 08:51 AM
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I've seen other glowing reports such as the one above with recommendations for the same guide. I'm skeptical. The language is good but possibly not that of someone whose first language is English altho that would not preclude authenticity. But after seeing similar posts on different forums a number of times I now doubt that this is anything other than an ad for the guide.
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Dec 13th, 2011, 10:27 AM
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If you click on my name you'll find my TR for an Intrepid Morocco trip. If you want a full tour there are three styles: Basix - defnitely basic accomodation, Original - I think this level is fine, Comfort - my Morocco tour was Comfort level and I found it a bit sedate.
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Dec 13th, 2011, 11:38 PM
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I have to agree with Joannay. It's really not necessary to spend money on a tour. Morocco is an easy destination to travel around yourself. Trains are reliable and cheap, too.
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Dec 14th, 2011, 05:11 AM
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Thanks all for a wonderful advice! I have to be honest with you- I have thought of travelling there alone as other travellers have expressed no safety concerns whatsoever.BUT: I just don't feel comfortable being alone yet I want to travel. Anyway, thank you, and I will check out the Intrepid Original and other tours.
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Dec 25th, 2011, 07:28 AM
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Have you looked at the Cosmos escorted tours? Around $1000 for the tour (land price). We took them a number of years ago and found them reliable, and they led us where we needed to be for our safety and into restaurants where we could safely eat. On your own you may have more of a problem since you don't know cleanliness standards.
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