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Morocco is the most exotic country of North Africa – from ancient cities with labyrinthine markets to great mountain ranges; from sun-drenched beaches to golden desert sands – a journey to Morocco is more than you can imagine.
Orion Trek Voyages can create your ideal voyage of discovery in Morocco; from the cultural and historical to the active and adventurous. We are a receptive agency for tour operators, providing full ground support and services for group departures. We also design tailor-made holidays for individuals, small groups and families.
We offer a wide variety of accommodation to suit your budget and style, and have access to a range of tourist transport to correspond with your travel plans. We have extensive experience in trekking in the mountains and deserts throughout Morocco, and have teams of qualified guides, cooks, muleteers, cameleers and drivers to provide support throughout your journeys.
Why choose Morocco? Whether you are looking for a relaxing short break, an adventurous journey of discovery or a voyage into history and culture, Morocco has something for everyone.
Not far from Europe and the UK, Morocco is well within reach making it a viable destination for both long and short breaks.
A comprehensive road network makes cities and rural regions easily accessible by car, minibus, coach or 4×4, so we can create the most exciting itineraries.
An extensive array of hotels, traditionally-styled Riads, converted Kasbahs and simple auberges gives you the widest choice of accommodation to match any style and budget.
A variety of active, sporting and leisure opportunities means we can design a holiday experience to suit your needs at any time of year.
Orion Trek Voyages can offer you original itineraries and combinations of activities to make your holiday experience in Morocco one to remember. Come and experience Morocco with us!

Current Time & Date:

Morocco operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In Summer Morocco will operate on daylight saving time (GMT+1) from the last weekend in April until the last weekend in October, except during the month of Ramadan.
If Ramadan falls between May and October then at the start of Ramadan the clocks will change back to standard GMT and the end of Ramadan the Summer Daylight Saving time will be resumed.

Currency:

The Dirham is the national currency. Cash and travellers cheques can be changed in each of the many banks in Morocco . You will also find ATM’s in all major towns. Credit cards can be used in some larger shops and hotels, however most places prefer payment in local currency.
You can only obtain Dirhams in Morocco and they should not be taken out of the country. There are cash dispensers and exchange counters in the arrival hall at airports, however please note that the exchange counters here do not normally accept traveller’s cheques. You will need to change remaining Dirhams back to original currency at an exchange counter in the check-in area of the airport, before passing through passport control.
Languages: Arabic the official language but local Berber dialects are spoken in the mountain and desert regions. French is the most commonly used second language, followed by Spanish and English.

Food & Drinks:

Moroccan food is a mix from the French, African and Arab kitchens. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are used in Moroccan cooking. An important dish is the tagine, named after the clay pot in which a stew of potatoes, vegetables and meat or fish, seasoned with a mix of particular herbs and spices is cooked over a fire. Couscous is a world-famous Moroccan dish: a granola of wheat and barley served with a tasty sauce and topped with sliced vegetables. The meat is hidden under the granola as the best part to be kept for the end. Meat is often the main base of all cooking, therefore vegetarians or people with special dietary requirements may find their food choices limited.

Holidays:

At the coast the weather is tourist-friendly almost all year round, although winter can bring cool and wet conditions in the north. In the lowlands, the cooler months, from October to April, are favoured by many visitors. This time of the year is pleasantly warm (around 28°C) during the day and cool (ca. 15°C) at night.
In the higher regions winter can be cold. The ski season (in the Atlas Mountains ) usually lasts from December to March. In the high season for mountain treks (June 15 to September 15) you should book well in advance for most hiking-trips. From mid-October to May is the best time for camel-safari’s and hiking in the Saghro Mountains.

Clothing in General:

Morocco is a muslim country, and as such your dress should be modest. This is particularly so in rural village areas. The clothes you will need depend on the time of year and the area you visit. In summertime it is hot in all parts of Morocco , except at the Atlantic coast. We advise light cotton clothing. In winter, and at higher elevations in all seasons, you will need a sweater/fleece and a light waterproof jacket. Clothes can be bought in bigger cities, but hiking boots and fleece sweaters are not available. These should be part of your luggage.

Visa:

For all visitors a passport is required which should be valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in Morocco . Citizens of the UK , EU , US , Canada , Australia and New Zealand obtain a 3-month visa for free upon arrival. These three-month visitor’s stamps can be extended by the Immigration Office or at the Bureau des Étrangers in most large towns. Furthermore, other nationalities should check with their local Moroccan Embassy or Consulate for visa requirements, as you may need to obtain a visa in advance.

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Country Stats

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Capital: Rabat
Dialing code: +212
Currency: Moroccan dirham
Continent: Africa
Official language: Arabic