Highlights of Morocco holiday
Optional single supplement from £190 - £200.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Highlights of Morocco holiday
Get away from the trappings of contemporary life and disappear amongst the folds of the Sahara and the timeless cities of North Africa as you embark on this two week Morocco holiday that's as much about cultural highlights as it is about pure and simple escapism.
From Casablanca, Rabat and Fez to the High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira and Marrakech, this Morocco holiday highlights the landscapes, the lifestyles and the rich traditions of the region as well as giving you time to become part of a small group featuring like-minded travellers.
One of the highlights of this Morocco holiday has to be time spent amongst the sand dunes, 16th century kasbahs and Bedouin encampments of the Sahara with a night under the stars certain to fulfil all of your visions of Arabian nights after an unforgettable camel safari through the desert.
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6 Reviews of Highlights of Morocco holiday
Reviewed on 07 Mar 2020 by David WuInteresting overview of Moroccan society and culture. Be prepared for moderate amount of trekking along donkey paths. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jan 2015 by Harriet TruscottWe saw some fascinating historic sites, and some wonderful scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Apr 2014 by sharon kalsyThe most memorable part of this holiday was going off the beaten track. The amazing tour guide Jerry who is a credit to the tour operator Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2014 by Kathleen CullitonThe most memorable part of the holiday was the camel ride into & out of the desert - not knowing whether I would survive the lurches down over the top of the dunes! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2013 by John MatsonExcellent...The camel trek into the Sahara Desert was the most memorable part. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jan 2013 by Joyce RadfordVery good! The best part was spending the evening and night in the desert. It was so peaceful and quiet. Read full review
PlanetAccommodation and Meals:
We spend 10 nights in hotels, 1 night in an auberge, 2 nights in a mountain gite and 1 night camping. Our local operators generally prefer to select accommodation which is locally owned in order to support smaller businesses and their employees. This ensures that most income generated is reinvested into the area and the community. Where meals are supplied, seasonal, fresh food is used wherever possible. Most vegetables come from the region of Sous; meat is locally supplied by butchers and fruits can be found at markets or farms in the countryside. The main Moroccan dishes most people are familiar with are couscous, meat and vegetable tagines, fish chermoula and bocadillos, which are available from street stalls almost everywhere.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Craft and Culture:
In Casablanca we visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, before having lunch in Rabat and visiting the Roman site of Volubilis and Meknes. Our city guide in Fez walks us through different sections of the souk and the tanneries. Outside the medina we shall visit the Jewish District, the exterior of the Royal Palace and the potteries where famous mosaic tables are made from the grey clay of the Rif Mountains. Another cultural highlight is Marrakech, where clients are encouraged to haggle for souvenirs, take a ride in a traditional Caliche, or to visit the world renowned Marjorelle gardens. In the evening, the Djemma el Fna central square comes alive with musicians, snake charmers, travelling acrobats and food stalls. This is the perfect opportunity to interact with local people, purchase locally produced handicrafts and to support small street vendors by trying authentic food.
Campaigning for Change:
In conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships, we have sponsored the development of a small village called Tijhza for many years with a variety of projects. These include supplying a pipeline system and water tower to the village and a toilet block for the school. Thanks to our volunteer groups, Tijhza now also has electricity and an annual medical clinic, which has had a hugely positive effect on the welfare of the village. More recently, we have achieved our aim of building a Hammam to alleviate some of the hygiene issues in the area and to provide a sustainable source income for many inhabitants. Unfortunately, devastating storms struck in November 2014, leaving much of the village severely damaged. We were able to raise emergency funding to provide supplies and to re-build many of the homes affected.
Passing through Berber villages up in the High Atlas Mountains, hiring local guides, staying in local gites and using markets and mule transport has a positive impact on the local economy. There are also opportunities for us to stop at womens co-operatives in the south east of the Atlas and in the Essaouira region. These co-operatives help local women to be more independent and take care of their children- especially if they are in difficult family situations. Stops can also be made at a care centre for those with disabilities, which aims to teach handicrafts skills and sell souvenirs. Also as we stay in Tighza, which is remote and still recovering from damages, our presence is really appreciated. Many clients like to leave behind items such as reading and writing materials and winter clothes which are taken in and re-distributed by a local association.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.