- Explore the souks, squares and winding medieval streets of Marrakesh
- Hike through the spectacular scenery of Todra Gorge and Toubkal National Park
- Live the desert life with a camel ride in the dunes and a night under the stars in Merzouga
- Learn how to ride the rollers with a surf lesson in laid-back Taghazout
- Discover Essaouira’s ancient medina, blue-tailed fishing boats and golden beach
Bustling souks, snow-capped peaks, rust-coloured Kasbahs and Saharan dunes– Morocco really is a head-turner. This group trip takes you to all the bucket-list biggies as well as some off-the-beaten-track gems, all washed down with a side of mint tea. Kick off with some haggling practice on the bustling streets of Marrakesh, before heading into the Atlas Mountains. You’ll experience the dizzying diversity of this dream destination, from magical medinas and oasis cities to dramatic gorge hikes, camel rides through the dunes, desert campfires andremote mountain gîtes. It’s a spicy feast for the senses.
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Day 1: Marrakesh. Arrive in magical Marrakesh and make your way to your starting hotel. Depending what time you arrive, chill at the hotel, or get straight out into the bustling city. Meet your travel crew at our welcome meeting this evening, before heading out together for a local meal.
Day 2: Marrakesh to Todra Gorge. Leave the city streets behind and head to the oasis city of Tinghir, where we'll take a walk through lush palm groves, before travelling to the spectacular Todra Gorge. Marvel at the soaring limestone scenery before returning to Tinghir for the evening.
Day 3: Todra Gorge to Merzouga. Forge deep into thedesert today, to our dune-side hotel in Merzouga, where we'll take a camel ride into the dunes for an epic sunset. Then gather round the campfire for a night of traditional drum music and stories under a canopy of stars - just magical.
Day 4: Merzouga to Aït Ben Haddou. Take in sunrise over the desert before travelling the Route of 1000 Kasbahs to Aït Ben Haddou. Explore the atmospheric streets of this red mudbrick ksaror join our 4x4 desert excursion. This evening, learn how to cook an authentic tagine - delicious.
Day 5: Aït Ben Haddou to Aroumd. We're making our way into the dramatic scenery of Toubkal National Park today. Arrive in Imlil and strap on your walking boots before hiking to the remote village of Aroumd, where there's a delicious homemade dinner waiting in your mountain gîte.
Day 6: Aroumd to Marrakesh. Hike back to Imlil before heading back to the Red City. Visit theornate Musée de Marrakesh or El Badi Palace, grab an OJ in the bustling Djemaa el Fna Square, or enjoy an oasis of calm in the exotic Jardins Majorelle.
Day 7: Marrakesh. You've got more free time to explore the wonders of Marrakesh today. Hit a hammam orpractice your haggling skills in the souks, where you'll find the best souvenirs ever. In the evening, head back to Djemaa el Fna, for the most authentic Moroccan cuisine in the city.
Day 8: Marrakesh to Taghazout. Start today with an optional sunrise hot air balloon trip, before heading to the market town of Taroudant. Explore the medina of "Little Marrakesh"before continuing to the laid-back fishing village of Taghazout. This evening, watch the sun set over the sea.
Day 9: Taghazout. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the sandy shore, before grabbing a board and getting out there for a surf lesson. This afternoon we've got an optional yoga class or paddle-boarding session, then a beach bonfire as the sun goes down - what a day!
Day 10: Taghazout to Essaouria. Continue on to sun-soaked Essaouira today. We'll take a quick tour of the historic beach town before an optional wind-surfing lesson, or a traditional hammam experience. This evening, toast your magical Moroccan experience over one last meal together.
Day 11: Essaouira to Marrakesh. We’re heading back to Marrakesh early today. It's a bit of a drive, so sit back and just enjoy those epic Moroccan landscapes one last time before you make your way to the airport. See you again soon!
- 10 nights accommodation
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
- Group night out in Marrakech
- Tinghir orientation walk
- Local village walk along the Todra Valley
- Sunset camel ride in the desert
- Traditional dinner and drums under the stars
- Aït Ben Haddou kasbah tour
- Hike in the Atlas Mountains
- Surf lesson in Taghazout
- Sunset beach bonfire
- Essaouira orientation walk
- 24 hour emergency support
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities
10 nights' accommodation are included on this trip. You'll spend 7 nights in hotels, 1 night in a mountain gîte and 2 nights in a surf house. All rooms are on a twin-share basis, apart from your night in the gîte, which will be multi-share.
This trip includes 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners. Our groups usually eat together to taste a greater variety of dishes and enjoy time together, but there is no obligation to join. You'll need to source your other meals yourself. Moroccan cuisine is world-famous and a big part of exploring this fascinating country. Staples include couscous, tagine (spicy stew), harira (a delicious chickpea soup) and brochette (barbecue meat skewers).
Fly into Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) on day 1 or earlier and make your own way to your starting accommodation (details will be provided in your pre-departure pack). There are no activities planned for day 1, apart from the welcome meeting (usually between 5 and 7pm), so arrive at a time that suits you. Please note though, you won't be able to check in to your starting accommodation until the afternoon.
Taxi is the easiest way to get into the city and takes around 20 minutes, depending on traffic. You may have to get involved with a bit of haggling to agree a price though! If you'd like to pre-book a taxi transfer, ask your travel adviser for more information.
Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in reception with details of where and when the welcome meeting will be held. If you're arriving after the welcome meeting, your tour guide will leave a note at reception with instructions for the following morning.
The trip ends on day 11 in Marrakesh. We'll be travelling back from Essaouira and should arrive back in Marrakesh for around 12pm, but you should arrange your return flight for no earlier than 4pm to factor in traffic or other delays.
This trip is designed for travellers who are aged 18-39.
Depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to enter Morocco. Please double-check entry requirements via the Moroccan Embassy or High Commission. Currently, British nationals don't require a visa to travel to Morocco, provided their stay is purely for tourism and limited to a maximum of three months.
Please ensure your passport is valid, with at least six months validity remaining from the date of your planned return. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away.
Do I Need To Be Very Fit To Do The Hikes?
All walks and hikes are suitable for most fitness levels – there’s nothing too challenging and your guide will make sure the pace is tailored to the group.
What Sort Of Weather Can I Expect?
The weather in Morocco can be very hot during the summer (April to September - up to 50°C) and very cold in winter, especially in the mountains (November to March - down to -6°C). Most Moroccan buildings are not equipped with heating so you should bring appropriate layers if travelling during the winter months.
Does The Tour Still Run During Ramadan?
Yes, but there may be limitations to services and disruptions to schedules. Food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day, but it is important to display increased cultural sensitivity during this time.
What Kind Of Transport Is Included?
You’ll need to arrange flights and airport transfers yourself. All on-trip transport in a minivan is included.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.