Morocco 2 week tour, encompassed
Description of Morocco 2 week tour, encompassed
Two weeks – what an amazing opportunity to really get to know Morocco. This Morocco tour does a thorough job, taking you to all four of the country’s UNESCO-listed imperial cities: Rabat, Marrakesh, Fez and Meknes.
Your route starts in Casablanca, then heads to Rabat, Meknes, and the Roman ruins that are found at Volubilis nearby. You’ll visit Fez – but not before wandering around Chefchaouen, Morocco’s famous ‘blue city’.
This tour means that you’ll spend time with local people. You’ll head south into the Sahara Desert, where you can stay in a Berber camp and enjoy desert star gazing, and try riding a camel – the best way to get around. When you’re in the Todra Gorge you can visit a Berber cooperative that sells local crafts. You’ll also visit a family home in the Middle Atlas, in the town of Midelt, and learn about your host's lives in the area. This tour uses a mix of three and four-star hotels – focusing on local and good value accommodation – so that you can support local businesses on your travels.
You’ll reach Morocco’s Atlantic coast having touched the world’s biggest desert and crossed the beautiful High Atlas mountains. Essaouira is a breath of fresh air – a beach resort where the steady Atlantic breeze whips up perfect weather for surfing.
The tour ends in Marrakech. Many people only come here and miss then rest of Morocco, but you’ll arrive ready to give the city your full appreciation, fresh from two weeks of cultural immersion – maybe you should reward yourself with a traditional hammam.
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3 Reviews of Morocco 2 week tour, encompassed
Reviewed on 19 Feb 2023 by Sarah WilsonIt was a very well organised tour. What made it special was our great tour guide and driver and everyone on the tour got on really well... Excellent, loved every minute. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2023 by Denise Bryan"Being in the Sahara and riding on the came.l" Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2022 by Helen CExcellent Read full review
PlanetWe feel it is our duty and responsibility to respect local customs, support local communities, respect the natural environment, and protect animals. We strive to provide tours that, not only offer our guests unique experiences and different cultures, but also positively contribute to the destination. This is achieved through our support of local people and their communities & aiding provincial projects wherever we can.
To be able to access the rural areas of this tour, we do tend to use private transport, however, if we have smaller group numbers, there may be times where we can use comfortable public transport such as to and from Marrakech and Essaouira. This bus service allows you to interact with local people and see beautiful views of villages and landscapes whilst giving back to local organisations.
We are serious about the environment and are aware of the devastating damage and the overall impact that plastics have on our planet.
In an attempt to reduce single use plastics during our tours in Morocco, we have partnered with ‘Water to Go.’
‘Water to Go’ products are reusable BPA free bottles with a built in 3-in-1 filtration system; the filter removes 99% of microbiological contaminants meaning you can drink any water source safely.
Our customers will receive a 25% discount on any ‘Water to Go’ product.
Our transport provides a rubbish bin for travellers to use that our guide/driver can dispose of at certain points throughout the tour or we request that travellers keep hold of their own waste until we reach a suitable disposal location, usually in larger cities.
Meals that are supplied are usually sourced from local butchers and fruits from markets or farms and we recommend certain street stalls and shops.
Working with our destination partners, we ensure the animals involved in our tours are provided with the best possible care. Adopting industry animal welfare standards (ABTA guidelines) and following the advice of animal welfare experts, ANIMONDIAL and the NGO SPANA, we prioritise animal welfare protection and encourage our guests to respect animals.
We provide advice and guidance on all matters concerning individual animal welfare and species protection. ANIMONDIAL works with travel businesses to help them better manage their impacts on animals and the natural environment.
We encourage our customers to use SPANA’s Holiday Hooves guide and we discourage our customers from engaging in the following exploitative practices:
*Businesses that keep wild animals as pets
*Feed or touch wild animals free roaming in the wild
*Engaging with animals used for begging purposes (snake charmers, monkeys on chains, etc).
To help with our carbon footprint in our UK office, we have a plastic, paper, cardboard and printer ink recycling system and also purchase recycled ink cartridges and toners. We moved away from sending paperwork to and from Morocco a few years ago and instead created more shared online services such as our feedback forms.
To reduce the use of paper on our tours, our guides will start a WhatsApp group at the pre-departure meeting and send all documents, brochures, activities list and descriptions, tour map to our guests on tour. The passenger list and information needed by hotels will be sent the hotel reception via email or WhatsApp.
PeopleWe employ local guides and drivers with extensive knowledge of the areas we travel to but also contract local specialist guides for some of our city tours who share our company values on caring for the environment.
Although our guides speak multiple languages, we provide our customers with a language translation sheet so they can talk to the locals should they wish to build a relationship and they also take part in trying on local dress and getting a feel for their traditions.
During this tour, we take our customers to a local Berber carpet co-operative and many of them go on to purchase goods knowing that they are helping these local families. We also provide cooking lessons in a family home and other Berber family visits. The support from these visits has helped build new toilet blocks for their extended families.
We do try to encourage our customers to buy products from the locals rather than purchasing imported goods or buying fake items.
Our Association in Ait Ouham is coordinated by our tour guides for the Berber community in the Atlas Mountains. Their main goal is to help alleviate the poor infrastructure in schools and around the village. We also supply staple supplies during the winter months to the village.
One major project we are incredibly proud of is the building of a bridge over the river running through the village.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we and the local authorities worked hard to help provide tap water to 120 families, using clean energy (solar panels) to pump water from the villages’ well.
We paid the boarding school fees for 11 girls from Ait Ouham village to give them a chance to continue their studies at the secondary school in Ait Bougummez valley.
Our company is paying the transportation fees for 34 students from Ait Ouham and Zawiyat Almzy villages to get home and back to Secondary school and High School during the weekend when students are visiting their families.