Morocco in depth tour
Description of Morocco in depth tour
A three-week exotic odyssey through the best of Morocco’s ancient history, beguiling culture, soaring mountains and mysterious desert. Join a small group of like-minded fellow travellers as your expert guide lifts the lid on the warm hospitality and awe-inspiring landscapes that make Morocco the jewel of North Africa.
Starting in colonial Casablanca and finishing in Marrakech this tour by train, bus, 4WD vehicles and private transport will take you and your group the length and breadth of the country. Uncover the past at the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and at Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, lose yourself in the maze of Fes’ medieval old town or in Marrakech’s legendary souks, marvel at the magnificent Erg Chigaga sand dunes in the Sahara Desert and live like a local in a traditional Berber homestay in the High Atlas Mountains.
This holiday is perfect for adventurous travellers wanting an in-depth introduction to Morocco, and to share the experience with a group of like-minded other people. Throughout the tour your guide will introduce you to warmly welcoming local people, show you the most delicious local produce, help you perfect your haggling skills in Morocco’s myriad of vibrant markets and give you an understanding of local culture and customs.
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1 Reviews of Morocco in depth tour
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by Bob Williams
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The first 18 days
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Not to take the last 6 days
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. It was well planned
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Great first 18 days. Everything was smooth and stress free
PlanetWhere possible we choose to travel by land rather than air. By minimizing the use of flights on our trips, we are making journeys more stimulating and more sustainable for travellers. This trip through Morocco does not include any flights, providing all transport by road. We ensure our vehicles are well maintained and fuel-efficient. We use vehicles that are an appropriate size to suit the group size. For example, we wouldn’t use a 16-seater van if we only had five people travelling with us. We plan our routes of travel so that we spend as little time as possible travelling.
We provide travellers with reusable fabric tote bags. The bags are made by women in the south west of Morocco, who are provided with learning materials and training in sewing and embroidery. Pollution was highlighted as an important issue in Morocco during the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference. Following the conference, the government banned the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and has supported initiatives from all industries to reduce waste.
PeopleAll aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by Moroccans. This includes our leaders, vehicle drivers, local site guides, and accommodation providers. This trip stays at Riad Nesma in Marrakech. This property is owned by a local couple, meaning that ownership is 50% female, which isn’t the norm in Morocco. The owners work with Amal, a local non-profit association that provides hospitality training to disadvantaged women. Riad Nesma offers employment to women who have completed training at Amal.
We go direct to the source for many of the inclusions on our trips. This ensures that income from tourism is directly benefitting local communities everywhere we go. We also seek out and support businesses owned by women. Tourism can empower women in many ways, but particularly through the creation of jobs and income generating opportunities in small and larger-scale tourism and hospitality-related enterprises. This trip includes lunch at Tawesna, a women-only co-op in Ait Ben Haddou. The women of the co-op love sharing their specialty dishes and stories with visitors, and the income and independence generated is a huge boost to their self-confidence and quality of life.