Morocco Atlas and Atlantic holiday

“Not your typical Morocco trip, this eight day small group tour combines seaside towns, surfing and the Berber heartland of the Anti Atlas.”

Highlights

Marrakech | Paradise Valley | fishing village of Taghazout | yoga | surfing class | Tafraout guided walk | tea at a Berber house | valley walk | Sidi Ifni | Legzira beach | argan oil cooperative | Agadir

Description of Morocco Atlas and Atlantic holiday

Morocco is often associated with souks, deserts and bustling cities, but this week long Atlas and Atlantic holiday reveals a side to the country that some travellers miss; a side that has inspired writers, poets and painters down the years. You won’t miss out on vibrant Marrakech – the tour begins and ends there, with two evenings here – but from here you’ll discover valleys and canyons peppered with clear pools, long beaches framed by dramatic rock formations and the hidden heartland of welcoming Berber culture.

This eight day small group holiday takes you on a short but fascinating journey from Marrakech to the beautiful beaches of southern Morocco, and to Taghazout, a laid back coastal village where you can take a surfing lesson and relax with a yoga class. You’ll also travel into the land of the Berber people, journeying into the Anti Atlas mountains to Tafraoute, and you can also head beyond the city to discover Belgian artist Jean Veran's painted boulders art project in the desert. This trip is a rewarding chance to see traditional and modern Morocco, discovering a mix of coast, mountain and culture.

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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

Responsible tourism: Morocco Atlas and Atlantic holiday

Environment

This trip is run entirely by our Destination Management Company in Morocco (DMC), who are serious advocates of our environmental values. For instance, they recycle in their offices (not yet common practice in Morocco), host clean-up treks in the Atlas Mountains and volunteer in the villages around Marrakech by helping locals to build water channelling systems.

Our suppliers share our frustrations at plastic waste, and so together we provide our travellers with canvas bags to be used throughout (and after) the trip. We also suggest that passengers use refillable water bottles, and our leaders will suggest purchasing bigger bottles of water to store in our vehicle whilst on the road.

Our group sizes in southern Morocco are no bigger than 16 people, which is very important when visiting fragile sites like Legzira beach or the painted rock in Tafroute.

During this trip you’ll visit an amazing museum; a living Berber museum in Tafroute. This traditional house was once home to a local family and whilst it’s no longer lived in it has been preserved and is open to visitors. It showcases typical household items and whilst inside your local guide will explain how Berber people use these to go about their everyday tasks. Your local guide is likely to be the owner of the building, who instead of turning it into a store, restaurant or hotel, decided to keep it as it was for people to enjoy. Our visits will certainly help to keep this place going. Historical traditions are slowly fading and educating people like our travellers is one of the reasons why this place should stay open in its current state.

Community

This itinerary discovers a relatively unknown part of Morocco, taking southern coastal roads and routes through the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Whilst this area of Morocco receives high-end tourism and all-inclusive holiday makers, mainly staying in and around Agadir, this style of travel doesn’t always benefit the local communities. Our itinerary takes less travelled roads with a focus on exploring more rural areas, where our presence can directly and positively impact locals. Staying in small boutique accommodation and eating in local restaurants each day can bring benefits and understanding of adventure tourism to the community. Visiting a local women’s argan oil cooperative in Sidi Ifni, followed by a homecooked dinner, is one of the most memorable local experiences we provide. We also take part in a few activities led by local experts, like a guided tour of Tafroute, a beginner’s surfing lesson, an excursion to Sidi Ifni, or a walk into the valleys of the Anti-Atlas.

Southern Morocco is still a much more traditional part of the country than cosmopolitan Marrakech, industrial Casablanca or the north, and therefore welcomes less tourists. It’s important for travellers to understand how to behave in such environments and to show the respect to local communities and traditions. We pre-educate passengers about what to and not to wear when visiting Morocco, what to expect from the local culture (haggling) and traditions (baksheesh or tipping). We also explain how to behave during the most important religious festivals and periods to be respectful (Ramadan or Eid Al Adha). However, the best way to show respect is to have a local leader on each departure – a person who acts as a bridge between western travellers and local communities. Someone who understands both worlds and can help to bring them together in the most responsible way.

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