- Do you organize private tours?
- How much free time will I have?
- How many people will be with me on the tour?
- What other nationalities will be on the tour with me?
- Other than the price, what is the difference between 4-star, 5-star hotel and a 5-star deluxe hotel?
- Can I select a Riad for my trip?
- What if I don’t speak Arabic or French?
- I want to take a tour but at the same time I am inclined to op for a custom tour, can you help?
- What kind of nightlife can I expect?
- Is Morocco a safe destination?
- Is there any dress code for women visiting Morocco?
- Do I need a Visa to enter Morocco?
- Do I need vaccinations and how is the water safe to drink?
- Can I plug my hair dryer or electric razor in the outlets in Morocco?
- Do I need travel insurance, and if so, what should it cover?
- What airline do you use?
- What languages are spoken in Morocco?
- How much money should I bring?
- Where can I exchange my US dollars?
- Can I bring traveler’s cheques?
- Do you allow smoking on tour?
- Do you have to bargain for purchases?
- Why should I choose Gateway2Morocco?
- We offer private tours to individuals, families, and groups. Our private tours include a wide range of activities from cultural explorations, archeology, honeymoon, to exhilarating outdoor adventures (Atlas Mountain Trekking, Camel riding, desert expeditions, and much more).
We design our scheduled group tours so that you’ll have some free time to do your own thing. Not only do we schedule free time, but you can venture off on your own at any point during the tour. Just make sure not to miss the departure time for the next journey should you decide to venture solo! At any point during the tour, you can decide to have your own afternoon free, just make sure you inform the group leader of your plans to ensure proper coordination.
On all of our scheduled group tours, the number varies from one group to another. However, we keep our groups small with an average size group of 10-20 people.
Gateway2Morocco sells its private tours all around Morocco. It is therefore quite typical to expect between 4-12 different nationalities on any one tour if you decide to join a group, i.e., (Australians, French, Spanish, Italians, Americans, Canadians, Germans, English, Swiss, New Zealanders, Japanese, and Dutch). Most of the time, our travelers enjoy that experience and end up building ties with other people from the tour that last for a lifetime.
Based on the feedback we receive from our travelers, we have found that the difference between a 4-star and a 5-star is evidenced by the service quality, attention to detail and the number of services and amenities the hotel offer. The 5-star deluxe will have almost all the luxurious amenities you can think of.
Absolutely. Most of our private tours include a mix of Riads and hotels. It is important to keep in mind that Riads are much smaller than a regular hotel and therefore an early booking is strongly recommended. Riads sell out very quickly and if we are unable to secure availability, we will offer the next available Riad of the same quality standard if available.
You will have a certified English speaking group leader throughout the duration of the tour, commonly known as the tour guide, who will not only provide explanations of the various sites but who will also facilitate all communications with any other constituencies. In addition, all hotel staff speaks English.
Clearly, there are several advantages of choosing a guided tour. For many people, the fact that their trip is already planned represents a huge relief. We handle all the logistics of your tour from accommodations, ground transportation, sightseeing, meals, to greeting you at the airport with assistance with all the formalities. During the tour, we can also offer optional excursions to nearby points of interest by local guides, so that you may experience even more of what the region has to offer. In addition, our tours come in a variety of comfort levels and lengths to suit your preferred traveling style and budget. You can choose from a budget 4-star hotel to a world class residence known as a Riad. Another value of taking a guided tour is the cost. If you were to handle all the logistical details of your trip, you will most likely end up paying a lot more since we have preferred tariffs with our suppliers. Most people with little knowledge of the region see a great value in taking a guided tour.
A private tour is an excellent option for you to explore the region at your own pace. Basically, you decide everything from choosing the length of your journey, selecting the hotel to opting for the type of cuisine of your choice. We have found that most of our travelers who opt for a private tour are quite knowledgeable of the region. Almost half of them have visited Morocco in the past and are back to explore a certain aspect of the country. A typical custom tour includes a private limousine with the assistance of one of our experienced English speaking driver/guide, sightseeing and accommodations. Typically, a private tour will cost you more than if you opt for a scheduled tour. Clearly, if you are very familiar with the region and don’t mind the extra bucks, a private tour may be the most ideal means to discover Morocco at your own pace.
Our tour leaders will always provide options for nightlife. These options vary from location to another. In other words, you will have different option in cities such as Casablanca, Marrakesh with casinos and disco entertainment sites. In remote locations such as the Moroccan Sahara, you will experience a more traditional entertainment nightlife with the Berber while enjoying a peaceful night under tents.
Morocco has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and compared to the US and Europe, is considered a very safe destination. Moroccan people are known for their hospitality and they will make you feel very welcome.
No. Many women in Morocco dress just like they do in the States. You can wear anything you want. The only exception is on tours of the Mosques. To enter you will need to dress conservatively as you would to enter a church here Ð no shorts, tank tops, etc. As in any country, you should use discretion with your attire if you want to avoid unwanted attention.
Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter Morocco.
A visa is required by all overseas nationals except for:
Nationals of the European Union (EU) and nationals of the Commonwealth countries.
Nationals of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Iceland, Indonesia, South Korea, Liberia, Lybia, Liechtenstein, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
No vaccinations are required. The tap water in the cities is safe to drink, but mineral water is recommended.
If you wish to use electric equipment purchased in the United States, you will need a converter and adapter. (Standard outlets are 220V, 50HZ though110V may be found in older constructions.)
Although not required, we recommend that our tour participants purchase a standard travel insurance policy through our partnership with Travelex Insurance Services. This is an affordable and comprehensive travel protection program that covers you for unexpected events that could cause you to cancel or interrupt your vacation, unexpected delays, medical assistance, loss of or damage to baggage.
We use Royal Air Maroc, a leading international and charter airline which provides excellent service from major cities in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
The official written language is Arabic. The main spoken language is Moroccan Arabic, an Arabic dialect that often includes French and Spanish words. French is very widely spoken throughout the country and often used to conduct business. There are also three Berber languages: Tarifit, Tamazight, and Tashelhit.
That all depends on how many Moroccan treasures you wish to bring home. Remember that on all of our scheduled group tours, the cost of your trip includes round transportation, 2 meals a day (excluding alcohol beverages), hotel accommodations, and entries to all sightseeing. Typically, people bring anywhere from $500 on up.
Any bank in Morocco will be more than happy to exchange your US dollars, as will most of the hotels you’ll stay in. The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (DH).
Credit cards are preferred over traveler’s cheques. You can also withdraw cash from any ATM in all major cities.
No. We provide a smoke-free environment on all our motorcoaches, mini coaches, and 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
In Morocco it is custom to barter for purchases. We’ve found that some people enjoy this intrinsic part of Moroccan way of life while others may not. The first step in this process is for you to explore what many merchants have to offer before grabbing the first rug that you like. Spend some time touring the medina and compare prices in order to make an informed decision. Many people have asked whether they should allow their tour guides to barter for them. Our tour guides are government certified and although you could be better off letting your tour guide barter for you knowing that he or she will earn a commission on the sale price, we recommend that you do not involve them in this process. Typically, the vast majority of our travelers handles this process by themselves or seek assistance from a friend or from another tour member.
Gateway2Morocco.com has earned a reputation of excellence since its inception as a leading US based tour operator dedicated to delivering outstanding tour packages to Morocco. At Gateway2Morocco.com, our commitment constitutes an integral part of our mission as a travel organization that values integrity and professionalism. We work hard to ensure that your memories of Morocco will be ones you will treasure for a lifetime.