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by , SmarterTravel Staff
October: Trekking Atop a Camel in Morocco 

 Exploring the Sahara by camel—what could be a more classic desert adventure? With an October visit, you can expect warm weather in the 70s and 80s for your trek. Learn about and visit with local herders and nomads, see splendid sunrises and sunsets over the sands, and experience the all-encompassing peace and quiet of the desert. Frommer's has put together a list of adventure tour operators, or plan your trip with help from the Morocco National Tourist Office, which offers a host of resources on its website. 

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Embrace your inner Indiana Jones with an adventure in Morocco. A "typical" day might include a camel ride through the desert, an architecture tour in Casablanca, or browsing the souks in Fez. Want to kick back and relax? The beaches on both the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean beckon. The influences of Africa, Europe, and the Islamic world have long intermingled here, so your vacation guarantees to be anything but ordinary.

One U.S. dollar will get you approximately eight Moroccan dirhams (check XE.com for updated exchange rates). Expect prices to be most inflated (and non-negotiable) in cities and tourist areas, so look to save in more out-of-the-way locales. Lonely Planet says $40 per day is plenty to get by, and recommends taking advantage of free attractions such as the beaches and markets. SmarterTravel's sister site, TripAdvisor, has an active Morocco forum, featuring constantly updated Q&As from fellow travelers. Recent questions covered the gamut from the best all-inclusive resorts to advice on changing money.

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At publication time, Foreign Independent Tours was offering an Eight-Day Deluxe Morocco vacation package including round-trip airfare, fuel surcharges, hotel transfers, six nights' hotel accommodations, and daily breakfast from $1,699 per person.

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