13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco



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13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco



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13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco
Le Meridien N'Fis Marrakesh
Hotel Xaluca Dades Boumalne Dades
Kasbah Xaluca Maadid Erfoud
Berbere Palace Ouarzazate
Iberostar Founty Beach Agadir
Hotel Atlas Essaouira & Spa Essaouira
Radisson Blu Casablanca Casablanca

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2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $550
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 09  (Sold Out) $1699 $2619*
$1799 $2939*
$1849 $2959*
$1849 $2919*
$1849 $2769*
$1949 $2869*
$2049 $2969*
$2049 $2969*
$1949 $2869*
$1949 $2869*
$1949 $2869*

Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

During Ramadan (Mar 10 - Apr 9, 2024), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Many hotels, restaurants, and bars may not serve alcoholic beverages and some local restaurants may not be open. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is very active and involves walking over various surfaces. The pace is fast, as it includes visits to numerous sites. Expect to be at high altitudes as you ascend to more than 7,000 feet by bus on day 5. On day 7, 4x4 vehicles are used for six hours in total. It is recommended to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. In winter months, nights are cooler. Late spring and summer temperatures may reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Hotels in Essaouira reflect an authentic local style, and thus all rooms may not be of similar standard. Twin rooms cannot be guaranteed and therefore guests may be accommodated in double rooms. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details

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  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Additional Nights

Flight Details

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Marrakesh, Casablanca-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Marrakesh
    • 1 night Boumalne Dades
    • 2 nights Erfoud
    • 1 night Ouarzazate
    • 1 night Agadir
    • 2 nights Essaouira
    • 1 night Casablanca
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • See Marrakesh's 16th century Saadian Tombs, towering Koutoubia Minaret, and opulent Bahia Palace
  • Visit Ait Benhaddou, a perfect example of eastern clay architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View Todra Gorge, a trench of gigantic rock walls that run through the High Atlas Mountains
  • Admire the beautiful sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, one of the greatest sights in Morocco
  • Tour Kasbah Taourirt, one of the most beautiful Kasbahs in Morocco, built in the 19th century
  • Stroll the inviting medina in seaside Essaouira, bustling with crafts shops and fishmongers
  • View Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is very active and involves walking over various surfaces. The pace is fast, as it includes visits to numerous sites. Expect to be at high altitudes as you ascend to more than 7,000 feet by bus on day 5. On day 7, 4x4 vehicles are used for six hours in total. It is recommended to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. In winter months, nights are cooler. Late spring and summer temperatures may reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Hotels in Essaouira reflect an authentic local style, and thus all rooms may not be of similar standard. Twin rooms cannot be guaranteed and therefore guests may be accommodated in double rooms. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Morocco
Depart for Morocco

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Marrakesh
Arrive in Marrakesh and transfer to your hotel. Your tour begins with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Marrakesh City Tour
Following breakfast, take a morning tour of the city of Marrakesh. The city is divided into two areas; the Medina, or the historical city, and the Ville Nouvelle, the European-inspired modern city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, the resting place of many members of the Saadi Dynasty, who claimed to descend from Muhammad's bloodline. Journey to Bahia Palace, the 19th century home of Si Moussa, whose name literally means "brilliance." The balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Marrakesh
Arise before dawn to participate in today's optional Hot Air Balloon Ride.* Take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the sunrise over Marrakesh. Drift above the beautiful landscape, before returning back to earth to enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast. Explore the city on your own today or perhaps join the morning optional Ourika Valley tour.* The Ourika Valley rises slowly to the first hills of the High Atlas, where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering mountains. In the afternoon, join the optional Cooking Class with Carriage Ride. Participate in a cooking class and learn how to prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads. After dinner, take a horse-drawn carriage through Djemaa el Fna Square and the lively streets of Marrakesh by night
*The Marrakesh Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Ourika Valley tour operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: Marrakesh Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast (AM)
Optional: Ourika Valley tour (AM)
Optional: Cooking Class with Carriage Ride
Overnight: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Ait Benhaddou en route to Boumalne Dades
This morning, depart from Marrakesh on a journey through the famous Tichka Pass to Boumalne Dades. Along the way, stop for a tour of Ait Benhaddou, an example of classic Southern Moroccan architecture, set near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Lunch is on your own before arriving in Boumalne Dades for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to Erfoud, Todra Palmeraie Gorge
After breakfast, depart your hotel and travel to Dades Gorges where you will get to experience an orientation tour of the remarkable landscapes and canyons. Then, travel to Erfoud, an oasis town in eastern Morocco. En route stop at the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge. Take a walking tour of the wondrous 985 feet high gorge and surrounding area. Continue on the journey to Erfoud, also known as "The Desert Gate." After check-in at your hotel, time to relax before dinner
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Rissani, Erg Chebbi, Camel Ride in the Dunes
This morning, explore the small city of Rissani on the edge of the Sahara. Wander its lively souk, and visit a 17th century ksar. Next, stop at a fossil factory to learn more about this unique activity which is famous in the region. Then, pass by the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa on the River Ziz. Depart by 4x4 caravan into the desert, exploring numerous small villages before reaching Tisserdimine, an oasis village at the bottom of Erg Chebbi. Have a picnic-style lunch before continuing to the peak of Erg Chebbi. Leave your man-made transports behind and travel into the heart of the dunes as the local nomads do, by camel back. Return to your hotel after sunset
Overnight: Erfoud
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Travel to Ouarzazate
Travel to Ouarzazate, a desert city at the gates of the Sahara. Visit Taourirt village, which is a former post along the caravan route into West Africa. Continue with a visit to Kasbah Taourirt, where you will have the opportunity to browse for Moroccan rugs in a carpet store
Overnight: Ouarzazate
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - City Tour of Agadir
Journey today to the coast and the resort of Agadir. During your orientation tour upon arrival in the afternoon, you will have the chance to view the beaches of this former fishing village as well as the hilltop ruins of the old kasbah. It was at Agadir that the European conflict began between Germany and France that opened the door for France to seize nearly all of Morocco. Spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Agadir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Monday - Travel to Essaouira
This morning, set out for the city of Essaouira. Along the way, stop at the Marjana Cooperative to view traditional methods of extracting Argan Oil. Continue on to Essaouira, also known as Mogador. French and Arab influences shine through in this city's architecture. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Essaouira City Tour
Take a guided tour through Essaouira's medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along the city's ramparts just north of Moulay Hassan Square where local artists sell their paintings. Continue on to the Skala de la Ville, which is a fortification built along the cliffs that defended the city from sea attacks. In the Medina, artisans, and craftsmen practice their trades. Explore the many souks, including the spice and jewelry souks. Visit a jewelry shop, renowned for its quality and design, and browse the extensive collection of uniquely handcrafted silver jewelry. Spend the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Essaouira
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart for Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Today, travel to Casablanca. Along the way, stop for lunch on your own. Upon arrival, take a tour of the city including the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque* and the beautiful corniche seaside. View Mohamed V Square and Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Tonight during dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
*Hassan II Mosque is subject to unexpected closures for local religious observances. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Morocco
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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  • Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
  • Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
  • The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Marrakesh Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with breakfast

Arise before dawn, and take off in a hot air balloon. Gliding through the air, enjoy a unique perspective of the beautiful surroundings of Marrakech. A hot-air balloon flight is unique from all other methods of flying in that there is no sensation of motion, creating an experience of tranquility unlike any other. Take in awe inspiring views of the foothills of Morocco's Atlas Mountains before landing. Afterward, partake in a traditional Moroccan breakfast.

Note that departure time for this excursion is very early in the morning, 5 AM or earlier. Agility is required to embark and disembark the balloon basket. The take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides vary but are usually an hour.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Due to inclement weather conditions, this tour may be canceled and refunded.

This optional tour may operate at the same time as another optional tour. Please refer to the itinerary for more information.

Day #4 01 Mar 2024 - 15 Jan 2025 $200.00
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Cooking Class with Carriage Ride

Head to the Medina to attend a half day cooking class in an authentic Riad. Learn from one of the best "Dada chefs" in town how to successfully prepare traditional Moroccan tajine and salads. After dinner, sit back and relax as you ride a horse-drawn carriage through Jemaa El-Fnaa Square and the lively streets of Marrakesh by night.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2024 - 15 Jan 2025 $85.00
16 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2025 $85.00
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Ourika Valley Tour

Depart for a morning excursion to scenic Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Nestled at the foot of the famous ski resort Oukaimeden, the Ourika Valley rises slowly to the first hills of the High Atlas, where typical Moroccan villages are scattered amidst the towering mountains. Here you will see the natural majesty of Morocco at its finest, a pristine and marvelous place where only the birds disturb the silence. Ourika is also famous for its local pottery, which makes an excellent memento from your journey. Afterward, relax and enjoy your surroundings during lunch.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

This optional tour may operate at the same time as another optional tour. Please refer to the itinerary for more information.

Day #4 01 Jan 2024 - 15 Jan 2025 $29.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/reservations with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Mobile Phones
Mobile networks differ from country to country. We recommend you check with your provider to see if your wireless plan will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. To avoid possible roaming charges, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. With most major phone companies, for a modest fee, you will be able to use your domestic plan's talk, text, and data allowances just like you do at home. If you can access the internet while you travel, you can also take advantage of services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555

WiFi Access
WiFi is available in most airports, hotels, and cruise lines, as well as on some flights, trains, and buses. There may be a fee for access and service quality and speed may vary greatly especially while on moving vehicles. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable, and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • No Smoking of any kind (medical or recreational) is allowed on any transportation that is exclusively provided by Gate 1. This includes e-cigarettes, e-cigars or any other smoking device. Furthermore, some countries heavily regulate the public use and possession of cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vape pens) which could include their complete ban. Please check the regulation for the destinations you plan on traveling to prior to departure.
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Morocco - Spring and Autumn: 55-75°F; Summer: 65-95°F; Winter: 45-65°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). In summer, bring a hat and sunscreen.

Morocco Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/mediterranean/default.aspx#morocco-weather

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or "drone" technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely be treated to a pretty mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure which tend to desensitize taste buds. Small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food, plus previously mentioned cost-cuts in order to keep airfares as low as possible, add to some often pretty poor fare. Our suggestion is to stick to simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

Be wary of airport scammers who offer unwanted assistance. If you are arriving without a pre-arranged transfer, we strongly recommend going to the Tourist Information Desk to ask for a licensed taxi or transfer service. You may be asked to pay for the transfer at the desk prior to the trip, this will ensure you are not charged extra during the trip.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

About Your Accommodations
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Morocco Hotels - Some accommodations may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer and wide array of toiletries. In order to conserve energy, several hotels run the water heater only at night, thus making hot water consumption challenging later in the day. Complaints regarding a hotel's standards or amenities should be addressed directly with the hotel's management. Refunds are not normally considered by hotels if they were not given an opportunity to address those complaints locally.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Morocco

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $10 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage): US $4 per person per day, US $2 per half day
Driver Helper (Provides assistance to driver and with luggage): US $1 per person per day or half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $5 per person per day of sightseeing, US $3 per half day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Morocco - It is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. On river cruises, color-coded group splits may be used for shoreside included and Optional tours. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Please be advised that bathroom facilities at comfort stops or restaurants do not always provide toilet paper. We recommend keeping extra tissues or toilet paper with you throughout the tour.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Morocco - The Moroccan Dirham is the currency of Morocco.

Please be aware that ATMs are mainly found in banks in major cities. However, not all machines accept all cards. Hotels do not usually have ATMs. When traveling to southern regions of the country including Ouarzazate and Zagora, ensure that you have sufficient cash on hand, as ATMs will not be available. It is recommended to carry cash in small denominations in local currency or in US $1 bills to make tipping and minor expenses easier. It is recommended to carry new or like new banknotes as older, torn or poor condition notes may not be accepted locally. If choosing to use a foreign currency exchange counter at the Casablanca airport upon arrival, it is recommended to wait until you have cleared customs. The exchange office near baggage claim may apply less favorable exchange rates and fees than those located just outside of customs. Exchange counters may encourage travelers to convert currency to debit cards rather than paper bills, however these cards are not accepted everywhere. It is recommended to convert to paper currency which is accepted everywhere as well as easily convertible back to USD for any unused currency.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The "chip-and-PIN" cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don't accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Morocco - Shopping is an experience in itself in Morocco, with vibrant souks, markets, and bazaars staffed by vendors hawking their wares. In cities, the Medina districts offers a glimpse into daily life, as well as an assortment of interesting goods, ranging from hand-tanned leather products to fine carpets and pottery. Local vendors can be aggressive and at times even intimidating. Haggling is expected. One bargaining trick is to find a fixed-price store to get a better sense of what a reasonable price for the item of interest would be.

Credit Cards may be accepted at large stores. Vendors in souks and medinas will likely only accept cash.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Always use seat belts (if provided)
  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • While in destination, you may encounter local wildlife. Please refrain from touching any animal as they may carry diseases or harm you.

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Ambulance/Fire: 15
  • Police: 19

Morocco - Arabic is the local language. French is taught and used universally for commerce. Spanish is spoken in some northern regions.

Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Morocco - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Code of Conduct
Morocco - Morocco is an Islamic country. Shaking hands is a standard form of greeting. Normal courtesies should be observed. Casual dress is acceptable, but women should take care to dress modestly. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and poolside. While freedom to practice one's religion is guaranteed and non-Muslims are not harassed, proselytizing is prohibited and even a discussion of religion in public may violate this restriction. Smoking is very common.

Meals & Dietary Requests
Included meals are based on the restaurant's buffet or set menu. Beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although special diets like Vegetarian and Vegan are relatively commonplace in the USA, much of the world's menu options are more provincial. Please do not expect to find the variety of food selection outside of the local norm. Every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests selected no later than 5 days prior to departure in the passenger details section of your reservation. In addition, we recommend that you make preferences known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant. Special requests are subject to local conditions and availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Morocco - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Mineral water is provided with dinners on escorted tours.

On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Morocco

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 11: Proclamation of Independence
May 1: Labor Day
Apr 10-11: Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)*
May 1: Labour Day
Jun 17-18: Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)*
Jul 8: Islamic New Year*
Jul 30: Enthronement
Aug 14: Oued Ed-Dahab Day
Aug 20: Revolution of the King and the People
Aug 21: Youth Day
Sep 16-17: Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)*
Nov 6: Anniversary of the Green March
Nov 18: Independence Day

Holidays 2025

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 11: Proclamation of Independence
Mar 31-Apr 1: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)*
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 6-7: Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)*
Jul 27: Islamic New Year*
Jul 30: Enthronement
Aug 14: Oued Ed-Dahab Day
Aug 20: Revolution of the King and the People
Aug 21: Youth Day
Sep 5-6: Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)*
Nov 6: Anniversary of the Green March
Nov 18: Independence Day

* Please note that Islamic holidays are based a lunar calendar, and exact dates depend on local sightings of the moon. Because of this, actual dates may vary from the dates given above.

During Ramadan, historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. Consider keeping drinks and snacks in your hotel room that you may consume in private.

Itinerary - Morocco
Some days involve long distances driving in the coach. The drive between Fez and Marrakesh is approximately 10 hours of scenic route, with rest stops en route. There are no emergency bathrooms on the coaches in Morocco.

Morocco - During Ramadan, certain restaurants, shops and tourist sites may operate limited hours.

10 Day Classic Morocco, January 2024
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This was my first experience with Gate-1. It WAY exceeded my expectations! Our accommodations were excellent, the provided meals were outstanding, and overall organization was top notch. During our orientation meeting the first night, our Tour Manager, Abdelkedar, asked each member if our group to introduce themselves, and share how many trips they've taken in the past with Gate-1. Everyone in the group, with the exception of one person (and myself) had taken multiple trips with Gate-1. One member had been on over 20! That show of brand loyalty speaks volumes as to the quality of your offerings. I can't speak highly enough of Abdelkedar. He was professional, genuine, humorous, and was available for any and all needs of our group. He offered honest insight into the culture of Morocco which made the trip more personal and meaningful for me. Over the course of the trip I observed multiple acts of kindness on the part of Abdelkedar, both for members of our group, and for Moroccans whose paths we crossed on our journeys. Thank you, Gate-1, for an incredible travel experience. I look forward to future travels with your company.

John S.
13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco, December 2023
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Thank you so much for your following up .Our guided tour experience was nothing short of phenomenal! Our tour guide - Zouhair was an absolute gem, combining knowledge, passion, and a fantastic personality to make the excursion memorable. He navigated us through the sights effortlessly, providing intriguing historical and cultural insights at every turn. His storytelling skills were captivating, breathing life into the narratives of the places we visited. He managed the group skillfully, ensuring everyone felt engaged and included. The tour itself was well-organized, covering all the highlights while allowing enough time to absorb the surroundings. The attention to detail and Zouhair 's commitment to making the experience enjoyable for everyone was commendable. Kudos to our tour guide and the team for delivering an enriching and delightful tour! Highly recommended for anyone seeking an enlightening and enjoyable exploration in North Africa and the Sahara desert . Thank you so much for selecting and appointing the amazing Zouhair to represent your company as the tour manager on this trip. We r looking forward to seeing Gate 1 in our next family trip .

Maggie N.
8 Day Classic Morocco, December 2023
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I'd like to provide additional input about our tour guide on our 8-day Morocco escorted tour (12/18-12/25/23), Abdul. I cannot express in words how excellent he was. Abdul was impeccable - his organizational skills, keeping us on time, providing us detailed information, holding our hands, accommodating our wants/needs (he brought his CD for the movie Casablanca on our way to Casablanca for us to watch in the motor coach and we loved it!), keeping us safe, always making we have enough bathroom breaks at the cleanest bathrooms, making sure we were hydrated at all times, giving us the best tips during our free time, always available with a welcoming smile, his knowledge of the culture and local places, warmth and sense of humor with just the right balance of pragmatism, hilarious tidbits wherever we went...I can go on and on. Abdul really made our trip spectacular!

Christine N.
8 Day Essential Morocco, December 2023
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For my wife and me, it was a spectacular trip. All the towns are very beautiful and have their charm. All the hotels were very comfortable, and their staff was very helpful. I have to highlight the work done by the tour guide Aziz. His performance was exceptional. A person very knowledgeable about the culture in his country. A person dedicated to the service and attention of the participants in the excursions. Always attentive to all the needs of the group. Regarding the group, a very good chemistry developed, and it was spectacular. In summary, it was a great trip.

Edward R.
13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco, December 2023
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Our trip to Morocco Kasbahs and Deserts was excellent. I told our wonderful tour guide Rasheed that I learned more on this tour than on any other trip. Traveling in Morocco was a portal to a very new, interesting, and exotic country for me. I loved being introduced to the different cultures and people of the country. The cooking class in Marrakesh was a very special highlight of the tour. So was riding on a camel!

Elaine A.
8 Day Essential Morocco, November 2023
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My trip exceeded all my expectations! Our tour guide: Hesham was nothing short of amazing! He was very nice, extremely knowledgeable and very personable! He went above and beyond to ensure that we were enjoying our experience! He provided us with the most used translations from Arabic to English. On several occasions, he provided us a printout of either a news article he wrote himself or a research paper of stops in our itinerary. All his attention to details and our comfort with safety as his number priority concurred to make this past Morocco trip a dream. Our driver: Abdul was simply the best as we travelled from city to cities without a hitch. The bus also had a helper: Mohammed who was oh so nice in ensuring we stayed hydrated and help with anything asked of him! Overall, for a first time Gate 1 Traveler, I am sold! This is the beginning of many anticipated amazing Gate 1 Travel trips!

Sergine B.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, November 2023
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Our trip was spectacular! We enjoyed it immensely. We have no complaints. Our guide, Ali, went above and beyond in every aspect. He was knowledgeable and presented his country expertly. He discussed historical Morocco and modern Morocco, and the country's plans for the future. We learned about the products the country produces and exports. Ali was fabulous. Great Job Gate 1 !!

Cynthia T.
Moroccan Allure, November 2023
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We just completed our 15 day discovery tour of Morocco. We were little nervous about traveling because of the conflict in the near east . I must say that Morocco feels very safe. Security is everywhere ( on the roads , by the hotel and everywhere ). Our Guide Rasheed was just fantastic , made us feel so welcome . He didn't leave anything to chance for example he had gallons of drinking water from a super market in case if we need more on top of what we got on the bus and what the hotel provided . Entertained us with stories on the bus on the history of his beautiful country . He has an excellent sense of humor . He paid attention to every detail . Before we arrived to any destination everything was taken care of from a meal in a restaurant or keys ready to our rooms . For sight seeing he knew how to beat the crowds. We travel a lot with gate one but Rasheed was just so so great . I also like to mention that we had an escort at the airport going back . We were 'handheld' till the end. This service that Morocco provides no other country did . They make tourists feel pampered.

Jonathan P.
11 Day Marrakesh & Northern Morocco featuring the Blue City, Chefchaouen, November 2023
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It was a very wonderful experience. The sites that we've come to see and visit were all great! Our guide Abdel was very knowledgeable, understanding, kind, considerate, attentive to our needs and very patient with all of us. He is one of the best guides I had with Gate 1. He is passionate in sharing and educating us about the Moroccan culture. I am always impressed with the intelligence of tour directors. The hotels and food were all great! The driver and the assistant were also very helpful.

Marilyn D.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, November 2023
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Our trip was amazing. Amine was an excellent tour guide and had so much knowledge about the areas we went. The guides for the different cities were also excellent. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to travel to northern Africa. We had a great time and will continue to use Gate 1 for our travels.

Randall S.
Moroccan Allure, November 2023
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A great success! I'm ready to turn around my bags and return to enchanting Morocco. The Allure trip was well organized, and our tour manager, Khalid, was the consummate professional. He tended to the needs of individuals in our group as they arose and managed unforeseen circumstances with skill and a sense of humor. He also shared the culture, history, and natural history of the country with us as we traveled keeping us transfixed by what we were seeing. In a very helpful gesture, he also provided us with a written summary of the places we'd visited. I've already recommended this trip to others, and one of my friends has signed up for a December tour.

Dian M.
13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco, November 2023
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The 13 days Kasbah Morocco trip was great and informative. Our tour guide, Kalib was very knowledgeable about Morocco's history, traditions, lifestyle etc. Kalib made the trip so enjoyable for me, my wife and friends. The trip was somewhat different than other trips taken. I found it more nontraditional meaning, not seeing more of churches, museums, walking through large cities etc. This tour concentrated on the lifestyles of the Moroccan people, their heritage and touring through souks and various medinas and kasbahs. Participating in the tajine cooking class, the 1.5 hour camel tour and watching the sunset, tour lectures on fossils, rugs and argan oils were some of the many highlights of this tour. I also enjoyed going through the small villages meeting the locals who showed their hospitality by demonstrating how mint tea was made and serving us the mint tea and small appetizers. In a nut shell, the tour was great, every penny spent on this trip was well worth it.

Roland W.
11 Day Marrakesh & Northern Morocco featuring the Blue City, Chefchaouen, November 2023
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Absolutely phenomenal! This was our very first group tour and Gate 1 exceeded our expectations! We did not expect such phenomenal hotels, restaurants, tour sites, and more. So, thank you to Gate 1. But most importantly, we can not exclaim enough about Abdel, our tour manager. He is knowledgeable, kind, organized, understanding, and patient. The perfect representative for Gate 1.

Roxann M.
11 Day Marrakesh & Northern Morocco featuring the Blue City, Chefchaouen, November 2023
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Ken and I really enjoyed the trip to Morocco. The hotels were perfect for us. Our favorites were Widiane Suites and Spa, and also The Hotel in Fes. Just loved the Moroccan Flair. The hotels were all great, clean, nicely decorated,, good locations. Loved all the cities. The history and the smells, sights. Ali our Guide was terrific. He was so knowledgeable, he was not overly talkative, provided us with awesome information. He was kind, soft spoken, and caring for each one of us. The bus driver was amazing, Very Competent and kept us safe. Our "Aquaman" was great to have with us.He kept the bus super tidy, clean and was a wonderful extra help. The extra guides very good. The one in Fes our favorite. The girl in Chefchuan was a little difficult to understand Loved having the extra security with us while walking thru the small Shuks (markets) The food was good. Some better then others. The hotels had wonderful buffet breakfast with alot of variety. Very generous. We felt like so many melas were included. And we loved this !!!! We typically eat 2 meals a day. Just a thought we would love if tours included the breakfast and then an early dinner. We dont like eating late , but I understand that is just typical how meals work. This was our 1st time with gate one. We were super impressed with it all. Thanks for all the suggestions regarding how to tip, etc....

Hope S.
8 Day Essential Morocco, November 2023
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I want to make a comment about our tour guide Kahlid. He was not only incredibly knowledgeable, professional and attentive to all of or group, but he made each of us feel so welcome and comfortable from the very beginning to the very end. I loved his humor & how he always was upbeat and in tune with our personalities. Being in the tourism business for almost 30 years myself, I commend him on how he sustained his outstanding character. It takes a lot to sustain the exceptional consistent attitude & he certainly did. Because of Kahlid, and how he reflected the humble, caring attitude of his beautiful country, I will definitely return to Morocco! Thank you Kahlid for making this trip a beautiful life long memory!

Nancy R.
Moroccan Allure, November 2023
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Our Moroccan Allure Discovery trip of November 1, 2023, was amazing. So many activities and meals were included! Our tour manager, Achraf, was wonderful. He was friendly, enthusiastic, efficient and clearly loves his country and sharing it with others. We feel very fortunate to have had him as our tour manager. One observation I made about Achraf was that he made a point of addressing us by name. I so appreciate that; it makes me feel that I am important to him. So many tour managers don't do that and it makes you wonder if they even know your name. Our group of 14 all became very close knit and were sad to have to say goodbye to each other. .I actually did this same trip in 2019 with my daughter but I wanted my husband to experience Morocco and it;s culture, traditions and warm, friendly people himself. I enjoyed every minute of this trip even though I had already done it. I think a different tour manager and different travel companions made for a new and different experience. One change that I noticed was that we were given more meal choices at both lunch and suppers which I personally found more to my liking. All hotels were awesome except in Fez it took a long time to get hot water(not a big deal) but all in all they were fabulous! I know that some travelers may be uncomfortable traveling with current world issues, especially in the Middle East, but we experienced no issues in regards to protests, etc. and felt extremely safe at all times. Thank you, Gate 1 Discovery, for this fabulous trip and allowing us to make such special memories ! We will be back!

Rebecca G.
8 Day Essential Morocco, October 2023
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I had a magical, beautiful trip. Truly, all the stars aligned and the lifetime memories I now have are priceless. I must give HUGE credit to our tour manager Zouhair, he went out of his way for EVERYONE on the tour, just unbelievable attention to detail and service to assure that everything for all was PERFECT. His knowledge, his passion to share it and educate us all was incredibly genuine. Very evident that he loves his job and country, such an asset to the Gate 1 team, I want your executive team to know that.

Cathy R.
11 Day Marrakesh & Northern Morocco featuring the Blue City, Chefchaouen, October 2023
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Our Morocco tour far exceeded our expectations, we loved the country's beauty and the friendliness of all the Moroccans we encountered. The trip was made more special because our guide, Ali, was always supportive and friendly and well organized. The hotels were uniformly elegant and comfortable, obviously well chosen. Locations were excellent, including ocean and lake views, as well as restaurants in walking distance. Our tour bus driver, Abdul, was safe and friendly, and gave the most comfortable ride possible, considering all the speed bumps and road conditions. All in all, a wonderful experience!

Joseph G.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, October 2023
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Our trip with Moha was incredible . his fluency in five languages was a huge asset. He conversed with the Berbers Arabs, French, and our English crew. His knowledge of history, culture, language, and his humor were invaluable. he managed a variety of personalities on our trip, keeping everybody happy and informed. This turned out to be one of my best tours ever. I love Morocco, and he taught us to respect all the components that made up his wonderful country. Moha is certainly an asset to keep.

Julia M.
Moroccan Allure, October 2023
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Our trip was wonderful. Our guide was absolutely the best. Everyone else on the trip, 16 people, had traveled with Gate 1 before and also said the guide, Abdellah, was the best they had experienced. He was there for our every need. He is truly a special person and we fell in love with Morocco because of his enthusiasm and love for his country. Have to also say the bus driver and attendant were great. Loved Morocco and its people. The hotels were beautiful and especially loved the night in the Sahara and the camel ride. Visiting the homes of several Moroccan families was also a special experience. We could not say what was our favorite because everything was special in its own way. The excursions were interesting and Abdellah gave us a lot of information which added knowledge about the sites and also a human touch. Our group only had 16 people and we all got along which also made for a great trip. We do enjoy the smaller groups over the bigger ones.

Barbara K.
Moroccan Allure, October 2023
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Just had the trip of a lifetime. First, our Your Guide Mohamed was amazing. He truly cared about us and our experiences and strived to keep us all happy. Everyone should be as lucky as us to have Mohamed as a guide. And we saw an experienced all aspects of life in Morocco from the marketplace to Sahara Desert. We were engaged at every opportunity from eating hot bread in the market place to riding camels to traditional dancing and music. Every moment was a "wow" moment. Thank you for a top-notch tour and guide.

Jill W.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, October 2023
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Our trip was excellent. Our Tour Director, Zouhair, managed every detail from picking us up at the airport to arranging our departure with assistance from Gate 1 through several check in points. Everything was done professionally with good humor, deep knowledge of Moroccan history and culture......done with grace. There was never a moment we felt unsafe. The people of Morocco, everywhere, were kind and generous. I left Morocco wanting to learn more of its culture and start cooking with the wonderful spices we brought home. Most of all, I want to commend Zouhair with a 5+++. No words could thank him enough.

Jane S.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, October 2023
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First we met Zouhair our Tour Manager and through him we met Morocco. What a combination! We left the trip only 13 days older but innumerable years more educated and wiser thanks to the erudition, nuanced insights, love of the country, humor, patience and sheer humanity of Zouhair. Against the backdrop of so much turmoil in the world, it was a privilege to spend time in the oasis of Morocco, with one of its finest sons as our leader. An unforgettable Gate 1 trip of a lifetime!

Shimon Z.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, October 2023
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It was AWESOME! Errachid our trip manager with vast and impressive knowledge of information kept us more interested, well coordinated the entire trip and attended to our comfort and safety of all of us on the tour. The entire team operated with responsibility and accountability, which made our trip very enjoyable! Morocco is a beautiful country and we have returned home, more educated, enlightened and with more experiential wisdom!

Esther V.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, October 2023
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Before our trip to Morocco with Gate 1, my wife and I had really only been on 1 other guided tour, so we don't have much basis for comparison. But we really don't need a basis for comparison because Moha has set the bar so high that any tour guide we have in the future will be lucky to come even close to his level. He was smart, knowledgeable, willing to share personal experiences, funny well-organized, friendly and warm. The trip itself was excellent. We felt we got as broad and detailed a view of the country and its culture as was possible in only 13 days. We had hands on experiences and did our best to bargain for stuff in several cities. If we travel again, we will definitely look into Gate 1's offerings.

Steven B.
Moroccan Allure, October 2023
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Our trip was absolutely amazing. Our Tour manager/guide 'Ham' was without doubt a major contributor to the total success of the trip. Ham is a true ambassador to Gate1 travel and his country. His knowledge of the culture, history and customs of Morocco contributed to creating a very special atmosphere. He was our 'Father' figure to the whole group. There was no request or question left unresolved. Ham was always there to recommend restaurants, additional sights to see and where to make the best purchases and even wake us up for our early Balloon ride. We had a great group of 18 people and shared many a laugh. This was our first trip with Gate1 and already looking at another one. One couple had been on 30 plus trips with Gate1 and I can understand why based on the quality of this Moroccan Allure trip. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Ham and his team.

Peter M.
11 Day Marrakesh & Northern Morocco featuring the Blue City, Chefchaouen, October 2023
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We had a great and fun time at Morocco. Our travel manager, Zouhair was awesome. He was so knowledgeable on the history, customs, traditions of his country. Gate 1, you did it again! This is I think 36th trip or more with Gate1! Thank you!!!

Maria P.
11 Day Marrakesh & Northern Morocco featuring the Blue City, Chefchaouen, October 2023
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Loved Morocco. It's a hidden gem rich with cultural significance and historical heritage. I never thought how Muslim and Jewish presence would be accepting of individual religions, but in this age where Hamas and Israeli conflicts are at a feverish pitch, it makes me wonder how places like Morocco and Uzbekistan already show the world that difference among peoples can still allow everyone to somehow co-exist in one place and thrive collectively. Morocco embraces its Jewish roots as well as its Arabic and Muslim presence. Wonderful country. Having Zouhair as our guide opened my eyes as well. Thank you for opening up Morocco to travelers!

Victor P.
Moroccan Allure, October 2023
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Nothing compares to Gate1; been w/ Exoticca & Europamundo they are not as good as your company. My Moroccan Allure was beyond my expectation; never been on my list but it was rewarded by this wonderful & beautiful experience. Meet new friends; created new memories in my lifetime. Our Tour Manager/Salmi; his assistant Abdul & driver Mohammad went above & beyond. An excellent & extraordinaire team KUDOS. My highlight on this trip was the Sahara Desert Bivouac riding the camel; watching sunset; star gazing at nite & sunrise the following day. An extra caveat on this trip was the Moroccan hospitality top them all. A sumptuous Moroccan dinner; home cooked meal hosted by a Moroccan family. Served w/ a typical Moroccan dish & oh so DELISH!!!

Cleofe P.
8 Day Classic Morocco, September 2023
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This was our fourth trip with Gate1. Starting from the time we were met at the airport to the time we were taken back to the airport, each one has always been amazing. This year, my daughter and I went to Morocco during September 2-9, 2023, and it was outstanding. Our tour manager, Mohamed was the best. He treated everyone like family and responded to any of our needs, which was not easy because we were a group of 40 travelers. He made us feel safe. The hotels and meals at each of the locations were wonderful. They even provided real telephone wake-up service, not automated ones. As for the sightseeing itinerary, it's hard to pick one as our favorite. Everything was so beautiful. Everyone absolutely loved the hosted-diner at a family's home. We were graciously welcomed into their home. The full-course dinner was so delicious. We hope that this event continues for future trips. As for the historical activities, they were so educational. And, regarding the optional camel tour, even people who did not originally sign up to go, rode them. It was wonderful! The guys were so helpful and accommodating. Everything was phenomenal. My daughter and I even added a Hamman/massage experience, visited a shopping mall, and rode a horse-drawn carriage to make our trip complete. We met lots of new friends, and we're already planning next year's trip to Brazil and Argentina.

Deborah B.
8 Day Essential Morocco, August 2023
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Outstanding! Our guide Ali was absolutely amazing, well informed, kind and considerate. A consummate gentleman... Our travel group members were all wonderful people that, were a diverse group of travelers who were very welcoming and friendly.

Kenneth B.
8 Day Essential Morocco, August 2023
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We had a wonderful trip through Gate 1 Travel. From the airport, we were picked up by the Travel Guide, Ibrahim to our hotel. His presentations were very informative and knowledgeable throughout our tour. Our breakfast were great splashes and we enjoyed the variety at the different hotels. Our lunch and dinners were also very good. We had a great driver and the tours were great, but most of all our Travel Guide was excellent. He took great care of coordinating and the safety of the passengers. Our flights were great with Air France and we will not hesitate to use Gate1 Travel again

Edna B.
18 Day Absolute Morocco, May 2023
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My first experience with Gate 1 travel was perfection. My parents had used Gate 1 three years prior to this trip, and they told me what to expect. This went beyond my expectations. I don't have one bad thing to say about my 18 days of adventures! My tour guide, Khalid K. went above and beyond his duties as a guide. He is passionate about his career, as well as being proud of his country, as he should be. He is also very informative about everywhere we stopped and visited, as well as passing by on the bus. He spoke English, French and Arabic, so nobody was left out. I also expanded my Arabic vocabulary, thanks to him. He was actually the same tour guide 3 years ago when my Mom, Dad and Sister booked with Gate 1, and he recognized my Dad immediately. Khaled also helped me find my missing item, which he didn't have to do. He also helped me find jewelry which was quite difficult to find, again, not in his job description. On the trip, he called us his family, and he treated us as his family. Khalid is a rare jewel, and Gate 1 is very fortunate indeed to have him as part of this fantastic team. I will tell everyone I know about Gate 1. Thank you so very much for memories that will last a lifetime. P.S. I was also witness to other people raving about Khalid, some with tears of joy in their eyes. Thank you again, Gate 1.

Elizabeth F.
Moroccan Allure, May 2023
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This was our first Gate1 tour and it exceeded our expectations. Our accommodations were all first class and our tour manager, Khalid, was exceptional. His knowledge of the Moroccan history and culture really enriched our tour.

Joan B.
Moroccan Allure, May 2023
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The 14 day Morocco tour ,May 10.24.2023, 1was splendid! Hicham ,our tour guide, was so knowledgeable, professional, very efficient, approachable, kind, friendly and personable. I told him that he was our Guardian "Malik" ( angel ) and Shepherd. He always made sure that we were all safe as we walked and walked in all the beautiful places that we visited. He checked on all of us that we get our food everywhere we ate. He is my other favorite tour guide. ( Omar, from Jordan is the other one ) ! I was truly impressed by the people in Morocco. They were not only beautiful / handsome, but were also kind, hospitable, courteous and friendly ! I enjoyed everywhere we went, esp. the hot air balloon ride, the camel ride, the Jardin , Tinghir ( my favorite ), the cooking lesson and the family- hosted dinner given by Leila.

Eugenia P.
Moroccan Allure, May 2023
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Our 15 day Moroccan Allure journey led by Chaouqi was excellent! Chaouqi always made sure that our expectations were exceeded and customized. Every local guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and was always willing to go the extra mile. In addition, Chaouqi was always there to recommend restaurants, additional sights to see and guided us to the best places to make purchases. All the hotels were authentic and reflected the local color. The only downside was not enough lighting in the bathrooms. We would definitely recommend Chaouqi and Gate 1 to anyone who wants to visit Morocco. And also to take the optional Hot Air Balloon ride as well. Getting up at 4:30 am was tough, but was worth it ! In addition- for any golfers on the trip - we played 9 holes at The Royal Golf de Marrakesh! Thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip! This was our 6th adventure with Gate 1 and it won't be our last.

Susan S.
8 Day Essential Morocco, April 2023
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May I just say that it was magnificent! This was my first time with Gate1 and I am impressed by how organized and personable all the guides were. No matter where we went, we were tended to in the calmest, polite, and respectable manner. Mohammad, our main guide was so knowledgeable, protective, and patient. I enjoyed each city and each hotel immensely. The price of such an exotic trip was just enough for my budget. I really have nothing negative to say. Thank you for such excellent preparation and support. My family thanks you. Continue with your excellent service and diverse trip offers.

Michelle S.
8 Day Essential Morocco, April 2023
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On April 8, 2023, I had the privilege of being led on a tour to Morocco by Sami, who is an exceptional and knowledgeable guide. He was incredibly attentive to detail and made sure that we did not miss anything. Sami probably has a PHD in the history of Morocco because he was truly impressive and was able to answer every question to the group with ease. My trip was not only enjoyable but was also educational. I want to thank Sami for his incredible knowledge and expertise about Rabat, Fez and Marrakesh. I left the trip with a much deeper understanding of the complexities of medieval times and imperialism. His ability to connect historical events to the present day was truly impressive and made the tour both inspirational and educational. From landing to Casablanca, driving to see the Royal Palace, the Romans ruins, the mosaics, the medina, the mosque, the carpets, Marrakesh, the camel ride not to forget the Tagine dishes. Sami did an excellent job of highlighting the unique quality of each city and making sure that we get the most of our visit during that week. Sami went above and beyond to make sure that everyone in the group felt welcome and included. He even took the time to acknowledge my cousin, who was celebrating her birthday during that week with a delicious birthday cake. The kindness and attention to detail truly made the tour a life time experience. I highly recommend anyone interested in history to take a tour with Gate 1 travel to Morocco. Thank you for this amazing week.

Marjory L.
Moroccan Allure, March 2023
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My Moroccan Allure vacation was the best ever! This was my first experience with Gate 1 Travel, and I was very impressed. Our tour guide, Hisham was fantastic. I believe he made everyone in our small group tour feel special. Hisham certainly kept track of everyone and everything. He was the perfect host for his country. I have to say, my favorite experience was the camel ride. This is something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl. We had a View Master with a disc on Egypt, and one of the pictures on it is a man riding a camel. I wanted to ride a camel from that day on. I turn 70 tomorrow. It was a long wait, but worth it! We did so many things that made the tour extra special and more personal: Tea with the nomadic family, Tea with the village family, Dinner with the city family. Our hosts were so kind to share those moments with us. We stopped to see the goats in the argon trees. The local guides were very informative and friendly. I hope to make Gate 1 vacations an annual event.

Barbara J.
13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco, February 2023
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We had a fabulous time in Morocco. This was my 3rd time in Morocco and Gate1 always delivers the best. Our guide DHRIS was amazing, funny and very informative. We really appreciate every detail Gate1 puts in planning the trip. Thank you.

Poonam D.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, February 2023
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My wife and I recently completed Gate1's Kaleidoscope of Morocco tour. What an amazing and memorable experience! There are not enough superlatives to describe this trip. We began considering this tour almost a year ago as a relatively inexpensive way to check another continent off of our list. As we booked the trip and began doing our own research, we started to think that Morocco might be special. Well, this thought was an understatement! From Rabat to Merzouga, from Fez to Essaouira, we saw apes, camels, tree-climbing goats, beaches, snow-capped peaks looming behind deserts, a literal kaleidoscope of colors in Morocco's mountains, and amazing ancient and modern architecture. Most importantly, we also had the experience of meeting the people of this ancient Kingdom and found them to be very warm, friendly, and welcoming. Our experience was made all the better by our Tour Manager, Hicham. He not only performed all of the duties of a Tour Manager with excellence, he personified the warmth of all the Moroccan people. He is a credit to his country and to Gate1! Hicham was very ably assisted by our intrepid bus driver Mohammed, and our bus assistant Idriss. This team of three, and the uniformly excellent local guides we experienced, all combined to make our Moroccan adventure one we will never forget! We are going to tell all of our friends that they have to contact Gate1 to plan a visit Morocco, and ask for Hicham to be their Tour Director! Thank you Gate1 for opening our horizons to include Morocco!

Max H.
Moroccan Allure, February 2023
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My Moroccan Allure trip was FANTASTIC! Moha, our tour director was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and friendly. The manner in which he presented information on his country inspired me to read more about the history of Morocco. Our driver and his asst. were excellent. The Hotels - AH, the Hotels, This is the first tour I have ever been on where the accommodations were an integral part of a cultural immersion experience. The Riads, Casbahs, and Desert Tent accommodations placed me in old Morocco - what a wonderful experience. I remember fondly having tea with a Bedouin woman in her isolated tent and again having tea in a Berber Village in the Mountains. The overnight in the Sahara Tent Village was incredible. Starting with an exhilarating ride in 4x4 vehicles to the sunset camel ride on the dunes. THANK YOU GATE 1 for an incredible adventure.

John A.
Moroccan Allure, February 2023
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I had the wonderful opportunity to experience a beautiful country with all of its sights, sounds, history, and people. Everyone has the character of compassion in them, but no country has ever shown me so much compassion and gratitude than the Moroccans. Everywhere we traveled Moroccans expressed their gratitude by welcoming me to their country. I heard the words over and over again!! "Welcome"! It is certain that every site that I experienced was wonderful!! Although the camel ride in the Sahara Desert and the Optional Botanical Tour were my top favorites, the experience would not have been the same without the welcoming gratitude of the people of Morocco. When people show gratitude and appreciation, we feel more relaxed and willing to enjoy the moment. The Moroccans made it easy for me to be relaxed and enjoy their country. I enjoyed every moment that I was in Morocco. The grateful smiles of the Moroccans brought joy to my heart. Their expression of gratitude has enriched my life, my heart was opened, and I will be forever grateful. I am especially grateful for our tour guide, Rasheed, because without his kindness and knowledge, the trip would not have been the same. My journal is full of notes from the plethora of information that Rasheed provided. In fact, while in Morocco and half way through my journey, I had to buy a new journal since I had filled my first journal. Rasheed is a top of the line tour guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor and thank goodness for that since dealing with 16 women had its challenges, but he handled them all with grace and humor. I am especially grateful that he was our tour guide. In addition, our bus driver and assistant, Mohommad and Mohommad were the best and also the top of the line. The trip would not have been the same without their patience and kindness. There is a saying that "a smile is worth a thousand words". It is definitely so very true and applies to Mohommad and Mohommad, Rasheed, and all the Moroccans that I encountered on this trip. Morocco has enhanced the quality of my life!!

Theresa C.
Moroccan Allure, February 2023
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Our Gate 1 Discovery Moroccan Allure tour was our first trip with Gate 1. We have done other land tours and they have been wonderful but this one was outstanding and more than we expected. Chaouqi, our tour manager, was the best we have ever had. He took special care to see that we had everything we needed to enjoy every day. He provided a wealth of information about Morocco and the people. He was patient and kind and a real pleasure to spend time with. Highlights of our tour included: lovely hotels, delicious meals, a camel ride with our tent overnight in the Sahara Desert, a Moroccan cooking class, beautiful garden tours with a soothing foot bath, seeing goats in trees, market shopping, etc.! We saw it all: the Atlas Mountains, deserts, forests, river gorges, big cities and small villages, as well as the seashore. A very comprehensive tour of the country, This was a wonderful tour for a great value. We will definitely travel with Gate 1 tours again soon. We highly recommend them.

Nancy G.
18 Day Absolute Morocco, February 2023
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My trip was awesome. Our tour guide, Abdul, his driver and helper were the greatest. I believe you have the best possible tour guide there is. He is so helpful and concerned about everyone on the tour. He goes above and beyond what I'm sure is required of him. You have the best of the best.

Neomi H.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, January 2023
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This was my first trip with Gate 1. I was so impressed with all the details that were handled. Providing coins for toilet stops, constantly providing us with bottled water, giving us a list of clean, safe restaurants for each city we stayed in, nice clean hotels, giving us ideas of what to do and see on free time and the reasonably priced optional tours that were fantastic. Our tour manager Larbi was amazing. He was so much fun, so knowledgeable and caring about every single one of us. Our driver Youssef and assistant Adzis were a great addition to the team, making us feel comfortable and welcomed. We also had Hasan, an excellent tour guide in Fez. He was so brilliant that we just wanted to listen and talk to him long after the tour was over. The people from Gate 1 were great representatives not only for your company, but for their country. On the last night of our tour, my companion could not find her passport and wallet with money and credit cards. She thought she may have lost it in the medina. I had to return to Florida and she was going back to Alaska so I was not able to stay with her. Larbi assured her Gate1 would help her with the recovery process and she would not be alone. He also came to our room to help search and she did eventually find it. We miss him. I am looking at the Gate1 Essential So. Africa with Victoria Falls with another friend. Now that I have first hand experience with Gate1, I would recommend them to everyone who wants a great value, a tour company that thinks of everything to make you comfortable and well planned itineraries.

Carol C.
Moroccan Allure, December 2022
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Another great tour of Gate 1 again. We were very lucky to have a great tour manager, Hicham, in our tour. Hicham is very professional, knowledgeable, well organized, courteous, caring, and surprisingly humorous too. He delivered his commentary in a simple and interesting way but full of details. I felt I learned the whole history of Morocco in these 15 days. Great tour itinerary is important but without a great tour manager to guide us through it will be just an average tour. Morocco has changed a lot since the last time I was there. I now have a better understanding of Morocco in every aspect from Hicham's commentary. Hope I will get another good tour manager my next Gate 1 tour.

Helen C.
13 Day Kasbahs & Deserts of Morocco, November 2022
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Our trip was amazing, thank you. The Highlight was riding on the camel in the desert at sunset and the fossil stop. Wish we had some more time to shop there as it was truly amazing story of the fossil's. And to think I now live in Lakewood Colorado where we have dinosaurs ridge is two miles from my home, the other place in the world that they have discovered Fossil's and Dinosaurs. But Morocco Fossils are amazing and are able to see so many on them as we traveled and saw some when we where in the dessert! Such an amazing day. I brought a Fossil Coffee table from the shop there, that was a piece of art and so affordable and can not wait to see it in my Livingroom. It was so beautiful it spoke to me and said you need to buy me... Enjoyed how the Berber People lived and visiting them in the home to be served peppermint tea and bread. So interesting to see that is how they still lived and how the house expended as the family grew. Visiting the Nomads in there homes was also a highlight of our trip. It was also so exciting to be in Morocco when the soccer world cups was happening and with every win the city where we were erupted in hooking of horns to crowding the beach and Market place in Essaouira. Over all our tour guide Chaouqi brought Morocco to life for us. He was so knowledgeable about the history of Morocco.

Marcia P.
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Morocco, November 2022
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I just have to add that Redouane was the BEST tour guide among many good tour guides I have had with Gate 1. His attention to detail, his clear directions, his warmth, his knowledge and love of his country, and his ability to laugh kept 38 of us on time, happy, and interested. We were groups within a group because there was a group of 8 friends, a group of 6 friends, and a group of 5 friends that made up the group of 38. We were all Americans or Canadian, but there were 4 languages other than English as a native language. Surprisingly, by the end of the tour, Redouane had accomplished the impossible - we became a close group. He is a great asset to this company - and I hope you appreciate his worth. He even got a doctor for my friend who became ill during the trip - and a house call at the hotel at that. In addition, the bus driver Mustafa was nothing but a hero as he navigated the mountain passes and the crazy traffic of the cities. Jawad kept us comfortable with water, keeping a very clean bus, and making sure we disembarked and embarked the bus safely. GREAT TRIP led by great people!

Gloria L.
18 Day Absolute Morocco, November 2022
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My 18 days Moroccan adventure was the best ever land tour taken in my life time! It was 100% due to our Tour manager/Director Abdelkader. Abdel is passionate about his career which showed immediately. Due to his positive attitude towards all of us, our group of 30 strangers became a close family within the first 3 days!! It was awesome! I felt as if I was at home celebrating life with my family! Abdel with his vast home land knowledge and his súper clear English language skills made us feel at home from day one! Abdel is the best Tour Director I had ever met! He really cared personally for everyone of us and made sure, at all times, that we were safe and pleased with the days activities and our personal needs were met! He went above and beyond the line of duty to make sure we enjoyed our time in Morocco and mainly learned all the aspects of the Moroccan culture and its heritage!! In addition, he went the extra mile in guiding us towards choosing the perfect extra curricular activities we asked for. He made sure we arrived and came back safely to and from our different nightly activities in which we participated during our free time! We always felt safe and cared for! ! I will always carry Morocco and it's people in my heart as the best ever adventure in my life time and mainly due to our wonderful/ knowledgeable Tour Director Abdelkader!

Mercedes A.


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