Morocco overland holiday, small group

“A fantastic tour incorporating cultural, adventurous and relaxing experiences to help travellers get a true taste of Morocco without relying solely on Marrakech.”

Highlights

Trek in the High Atlas Mountains | Taroudant | Marrakech | Essaouira | Fes | Camp in the Sahara | Camel ride | Draa Valley | Chefchaouen | 4x4 dune safari | Casablanca | Hassan II Mosque | Volubilis ruins | Optional activities include hamams, local guided tours, Berber massages

Description of Morocco overland holiday, small group

Morocco holidays transport travellers back in time to a world where medinas and souks appear around well worn street labyrinths, and riding into the Sahara on the back of a camel puts a whole new perspective on life in North Africa.

This Morocco holiday encapsulates the contrasting scenery that has long made the country such a draw for artists, traders and Bedouins alike, with the scintillating beaches of Essaouira leading over Saharan dunes and into the High Atlas Mountains to stunning effect.

Comparing cities such as Casablanca, Chefchaouen and Fes is integral to this 18 day cultural tour with the fascinating clay-carved buildings, and former film sets, of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah providing a whole new prospect entirely.

This 18 day Morocco holiday takes you beyond the tourist trail and into the deserts and mountains north of Marrakech where hospitable nomadic encampments await whilst bustling trading posts offer a chance to haggle as you aim to uncover the mysteries of Morocco.

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Our top tip:
Women are advised to cover up in public and wear a headscarf if visiting mosques. Headscarves also come in handy in the desert so certainly won't be excess baggage.
Trip type:
Small group. Max. 12 people. Min age 15.
Activity level:
Leisurely-moderate.
Accomm:
1 night campsite, 1 gite, 1 guesthouse, 10 nights hotel, 1 sleeper train, 3 nights riad.
Included:
Accomm., transport, noted entrance fees and guided tours.
Meals:
14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Single rooms available with supplement.
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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Our project supported in Morocco is Project Handicapped Horizon. This is an organisation which is dedicated to the rehabilitation, health, empowerment and the social and economic success of people with disabilities. This project is dedicated to Orthopaedic and Prosthetic Medicine and the training of local artisans.
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The Impacts of this Trip

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. From the colourful, chaotic medinas to the moody desert landscape, Morocco is a land filled with wonder and rich culture.

We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper trains and buses and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses.

This trip includes a variation of quirky overnight stays. You will experience a guesthouse stay with a local family in the rural village of Moulay Idriss. A family run mountain home, (Gite) in the rocky outcrops of Aroumd, and a nomad style desert camp in the Sahara. These overnight stays will provide you with a glimpse into local life it also is a great way to put money back into the local community.

We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans. You will have the opportunity to join local friends in a simple cooking demonstration into Morocco’s most famous cuisine, couscous and tagine. They will take this opportunity to explain the secrets and subtleties of these traditional meals, you will then be able to sit back and enjoy the feast.

Recruitment of our ground team comes from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We had an excellent guide in Abdou. I really enjoyed going round the northern part of Morocco under his guidance. Chefchaouen is a place I've wanted to go to for a long time so it was incredible to finally see it for real. And Moulay Idriss was a total surprise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't go to party - there are other countries for that. If you respect the locals and their culture you will get the most out of it. Also eat everything!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so - we stayed at a family house in Moulay Idriss, used local guides and were encouraged to eat locally and spend money where we went.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. A shame some of the group were so young and had different expectations to the older ones. But there isn't much you can do about that with group travel.

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Camping in the desert was quite incredible. The stillness and quiet of the desert and the amazing amount of stars that filled the sky was truly spectacular.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring some good hiking boots for the trekking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - We stopped a various local cooperatives benefitting women or other local groups and most people bought something.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Morocco was excellent and I would definitely recommend that tour. Unfortunately, our guide was not very good - he sort of did his own thing on the tour and offered little information. We had to rely on local guides for any information.

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