Simply Morocco small group tour

“Immerse yourself in an intoxicating brew of colour, aroma and sound with this eight-day small group tour of Morocco.”


Marrakech | Ouarzazate | Sahara Desert | Berber camp | Ait Benhaddou | Todra Gorge | Atlas Mountains | Essaouira | Djemaa El Fna farewell dinner |

Description of Simply Morocco small group tour

This small group tour is a study in contrasts of atmosphere, landscapes and culture. It will take you from the labyrinthine medina of Marrakech to a Berber camp in the Sahara, the stunning Todra Gorge to the bohemian charm of Essaouira, an Atlantic Coast fishing village. Packed with memorable experiences, the trip also contributes to a community development project in the Atlas Mountains.

Explore Morocco’s Hollywood in Ouarzazate, with the chance to visit the largest film studio in the world, where epics including ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Gladiator’ were shot. Travel across the sands of the Sahara by camel, to enjoy traditional Berber hospitality under a starlit sky. And see the incredible Todra Gorge, Morocco’s answer to the Grand Canyon, with rock walls reaching more than 1000 feet high.

At Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll tour the ancient merchants’ houses, or kasbahs, built along the old caravan route. Finally, after several days in the heat and dust of the desert, there is a pause for refreshment in pretty Essaouira. This fishing village has a UNESCO-listed medina, and a wealth of activities available to the visitor, from quad biking and surfing, or simply people-watching on the beach.

Returning to beautiful Marrakech, you’ll have time to relax by the pool, and embark on another guided tour of the medieval, maze-like walled city that forms its medina. Reuniting in the popular Djemaa El Fna square for dinner, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers, and soak up the unique atmosphere of the city one last time before you go your separate ways.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Simply Morocco small group tour


All our travellers are sent detailed pre-departure information upon booking their trip. This includes information on travelling responsibly and minimising their impact on the local environment. A section is devoted to minimising waste whilst travelling. Travellers are encouraged to remove unnecessary packaging from items before leaving home (recycling facilities are often more accessible in home countries) and to use either rechargeable batteries , wind-up or solar-powered electrical items-such as torches, cameras and mobile phones. At the start of your trip your Tour Leader will aso remind the group of the importance of disposing of waste appropriately.

One night of this tour is spent in a traditional Berber Desert Camp. This is the ultimate form of sustainable accommodation - it has very little permanent environmental impact and is culturally sensitive, and helps to support traditional local communities, who find it difficult to generate an income in other ways.

Our local Moroccan operator is a key player in the Ait Ouhem Association for Development, a local, community-led organisation in the Atlas Mountains. For every Moroccan tour booked we donate £5 per passenger to help the Association achieve its goals which includes reforestation in the mountains around the village to try and limit further soil erosion.


Volunteering and Charity
We are proud to be working with the Ait Ouhem Association for Development, a local, community-led organisation in the Atlas Mountains. For every Moroccan tour booked we donate £5 per passenger to help the Association achieve its goals of:

1. Building a dispensary in the village to provide people with at least emergency first aid medical supplies. (The nearest hospital is 70 km away).

2. To provide houses with tap water.

3. Encouraging students of the village to continue their studies through buying necessary materials such as bags, books, books, pens.

4. To plant different trees in the mountains all around the village to stop or at least limit erosion.

5. Creating a textile cooperative for women so that they can earn a living that is otherwise not available to them.

Friends and Neighbours
We are very keen generally, that the income from our trips is dispersed as widely as possible within the local community and goes to small local service providers and not multi-nationals. All the accommodation and restaurants we use on our trip are small locally-run establishments and all our guides are local Moroccans. In Essaouira for example there is plenty of opportunity to visit woodcarving and craft workshops and in Ouarzazate, a visit to the film studios helps support the local community directly.

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