Morocco holiday, small group
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Description of Morocco holiday, small group
Morocco is as colourful and complex as the patterns on the carpets sold in every medina, but this Morocco small group holiday aims to bring the country into focus, uncovering its cities, souks and wild places on a 13 day adventure.
Everyone from the French and Spanish, to Islamic, Jewish and ancient Berber dynasties have settled and ruled here, bringing their customs and traditions and making Morocco a unique and vibrant part of West Africa. Sightseeing only scratches the surface – on this small group holiday, we journey to its heart, learning about religion and history, trekking through beautiful landscapes, camping under the stars, meeting its people and tasting its excellent food.
This adventure begins in Casablanca and finishes in Marrakech. You’ll travel in almost a complete loop, taking in the blue washed city of Chefchaouen and busy, intense Fes, before exploring the Sahara desert and the beautiful Atlas Mountains. In Casablanca you’ll visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II and then travel to the imperial city of Meknes. In Fes, and accompanied by an experienced guide, you’ll explore the medina, a place that feels medieval, where donkey carts transport goods and cars cannot enter.
There will be time to stretch your legs and escape urban life, with treks through villages in the Atlas Mountains and along the M’goun Valley. To better understand how the indigenous Berber people live here, you will stay in a traditional household for the night. The Sahara laps at Morocco’s eastern borders and you can experience its scope and stillness on a camel trek through the dunes. Camping out under the stars here is a magical experience.
After visiting Ait Benhaddou, a fortified city that now regularly crops up as a location in films and TV series, your adventure draws to a close in Marrakech. A guided tour through its busy medina is one highlight of time spent here, as is an evening exploring Djemaa el-Fna Square, with tis medicine men, henna artists and fortune tellers.
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6 Reviews of Morocco holiday, small group
Reviewed on 15 Jan 2019 by Meredith BalgleyThis was one of the most interesting intimate adventurous trips I have ever been on. I came away with a deep feeling for the Moroccan land, people, and culture. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 May 2019 by Raksha RughaniMorocco is an amazing country with so much to offer - amazing landscapes, history, the desert and fertile oasis and the warmth and hospitality of the people! Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2018 by Peter TomlinsonThe highlight was walking the Medinas. Exciting country, beautiful and varied topography and historical sites. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Apr 2018 by Ana Maria Garcia MenendezI loved the camel ride through the desert and the Berber villages we visited. Simply fantastic, very enlightening and truly enjoyable trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Dec 2018 by deborah slaterThe variety and range of places visited was the most memorable... The itinerary was excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2018 by John NicholsonThere were many memorable moments, but possibly the camel ride into the desert and activity in the desert camp. Read full review
PlanetThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
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.
Steps will be taken throughout your trip to further reduce our environmental impact while in country. Small measures can make a big difference to the overall picture and you will notice hopefully little actions as we go. For example, all travellers in the group will be encouraged to travel with refillable water bottles and purification tablets rather than purchasing water in plastic bottles to minimise waste and your group leader will also be on hand to advise on the responsible discarding of rubbish throughout the trip, recycling wherever possible.
PeopleTasked with bringing this to life, will be your professional local group leader. All our ‘on trip’ recruitment comes from the local community, so team you are with will all be Moroccan from you leader, to your driver, to your camelteers and overnight hosts, and all are keen for you to experience the best of their country through its locations, people, culture and food! Our local team not only gives our travellers 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 training and job opportunities and supporting local businesses. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans.
Your group leader will also encourage and advise your group when it comes to respecting local sensibilities, a key indicator that often marks out responsible travellers from many of the ‘tourist herd’. Morocco is a very conservative country, particularly outside of the cities and modest clothing that covers shoulders and longer trousers as an alternative to shorts is appropriate dress. This itinerary visits rural regions such as the M’Goun Valley and Midelt as well as important religious sites including the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, factors which should be considered when packing for this trip!
The comfortable accommodations we stay in on this trip are all very traditional properties, reflective of Moroccan culture and style. Most are privately owned, from our Saharan desert camp where it’s not unusual to be entertained by our hosts’ traditional lively music, to the small gite we walk to the Atlas Mountains, to the hotels we use in the bigger cities. This means that we can ensure again that our visit is supporting local economies and not going to larger corporations.