Moroccan adventure holiday

“A small-group tour spending 10 days discovering Morocco’s highlights, from Marrakech to the High Atlas, with a camel ride and a night camping in the Sahara, and a Berber homestay. Great price, too!”

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Marrakech | High Atlas Mountains | Aroumd and Berber homestay | Ait Benhaddou | Zagora | camel ride in the Sahara | Taroudannt | Essaouira

Description of Moroccan adventure holiday

From the colourful, chaotic Marrakech medinas to the moody Sahara desert landscape, Morocco is a land filled with rich culture and wonderful scenery. On this 10-day trip you’ll stay in traditional hotels and riads and explore villages off the beaten track, spending one night sleeping under the stars in the desert, spending an evening by the campfire listening to Bedouin tales, and a night in a family-run mountain home in the High Atlas, enjoying Berber hospitality and food.

Learn the secret to the perfect Moroccan couscous, unwind in a traditional hamam, visit the grand kasbah at Ait Benhaddou, travel through the Sahara on a camel and relax on Essaouira beach. You will also trek into the High Atlas Mountains on a guided hike and walk through scenic Berber villages, to discover the culture and tradition of an indigenous population that has stood the test of time.

You’ll travel by 4x4, private vehicle, public bus and taxi, and the trip starts and ends in vibrant Marrakesh. Here, visit Koutoubia Mosque, Palais Bahia and the city’s largest outdoor food market, Djemaa El-Fna. When night falls on this square it transforms into a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. It’s a great place to round off your Moroccan adventure, tasting local food and rubbing shoulders with the locals.

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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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
While on our trips in Morocco you'll have opportunity to meet plenty of local people. During this trip there is a chance to enjoy a meal in a local family's house in Ait Benhaddou, staying with friendly locals will give you a better understanding of the way of life for a normal rural Moroccan family. You'll also have some fun by learning how to make Morocco's most famous dish, cous cous!
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The Impacts of this Trip

In Morocco we have built strong links with local communities, craftspeople, animal hospitals, artists, and the handicapped - all of which directly rely on the assistance of donations and products purchased by our travellers and other visitors. You will have an opportunity to interact with locals, to value their activities and crafts and help towards sustaining their livelihoods.

Wherever possible, we contract local Moroccan suppliers and assist them to improve the quality of their services. By booking this tour, you'll be helping us to support Morocco service providers, artists, small businesses, Guest House owners and the disadvantaged in communities throughout Morocco. We use local guides with wide experience and knowledge of cultural traditions and an ability to interpret the cultural heritage of the people in the places visited.

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Reviewed on 24 Dec 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Overnight stay in Sahara desert.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You don't need extra days in Casablanca.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes supported locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Essaouira - good seafood and nice market. Fresh orange juice for 4 Dirhams in Marrakesh.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a sleeping bag for Sahara camp- mattresses were dusty and smelled badly. Take a WC paper and a soap-believe me, you will need it! (toilets are incredibly dirty). Coffee - if you need it, take your own. Be careful in Marrakech-lots of scam and they will mislead you. You will have to pay money to find your way back.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, tried to buy souvenirs from local people and small shops.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Looking back, I think I've spent 10 days in a bus and don't really have memories from this trip if I don't look at my photos. I will list some issues below that were very disappointing for me. If they don't bother you-you will enjoy this trip.

- Too long journeys from one place to another.. 4-6h driving every day is very tiring, so please consider that if you choose this trip. Scenery didn't change and I saw only mountains and rocks from my seat.

- Btw the mini van is not comfortable at all and if you have long legs-your problem.

- Breakfasts were terrible. Morocco is a country with lots of vegetables and fruits, specially oranges but there was only 1 glass of orange juice every morning (value of 4 Dirhams) like if it is a huge deficit and practically no fruits. I was fed up with dry baguette and marmelade at the end of the trip-this is what you get every morning-bread, bread bread. Coffee lovers- they will give you coloured water and will call it a coffee.

If the above doesn't bother you-have a great journey!
Chased for a comment, otherwise put live next week on 21st nov 2011

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There are many memorable moments in the trip but watching the sunset over the sand in the desert will be hard to forget.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Enjoy!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. Mourad was a great guide, he went out of his way to help us make the most of the trip and was a lot of fun. We were able to see and learn much about this beautiful country in a short space of time. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

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