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Highlights
  • Wander through the mountains on the back of a mule
  • Enjoy the unique accommodation of a beach camp
  • Cycle through the atlas mountains

With a landscape as diverse as Morocco, the transportation must be built to match. The simple pleasures of getting around are essential to this activity-heavy excursion into the desert kingdom: Mule treks into the Atlas Mountains, bike rides through ruggedly beautiful mountain passes, even a leisurely coastal walk to a campsite in the desert. But it’s not all tramping about in the dunes and hills; you’ll also have the chance to explore Essaouira, the fortified city on the Atlantic coast that was once a haven for pirates.

Trip Description
Morocco Active Adventure
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Activities
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Morocco Active Adventure

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Nice overview of the whole country for a trip of 1 week. December 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
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  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Awesome Trip! Mountains with snow in the morning and sand dunes in the afternoon!

Operator G Adventures

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This was the tenth leg we have done with G December 2015

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Good experience and would rate it 10th out of the 10

Operator G Adventures

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This is our tenth leg with g December 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
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Good tour would rate it 10th out of the 10 we took

Operator G Adventures

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I like the small group and friendliness of the guide. November 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Morocco was amazing, extremely safe, and has and some of the most open and inviting people you can imagine. If someone is considering a trip to an Islamic destination Morocco is an ideal destination. -Adam Crispo
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Great 'snapshots' of the country you are visiting. It's a great way to get a taste of everything. But above all, we had a fantastic guide (Ismael Ingrioui). His knowledge, passion for his country, insight and patience made the trip for us. November 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We came from all across the globe, the sixteen of us To spend a week or so together travelling on the bus Across the country of Morocco; through the cities and towns Over the Atlas Mountains; to the top then back down To the kasbahs, the medinas, the souks and the Gorge Seven days is all it took for the friendships to forge There were camels and deserts and dunes and sand Berber bras and dance lessons with our very own Berber band There was dancing and singing and shopping and fun Throughout the entire journey; since the trip had begun Embracing the history and culture, couscous and tagine So many wonderful memories of the places we'd been But it was our CEO, our leader, our tour guide, our friend That helped us fall in love with Morocco; enjoying every moment until the end I smile because you smiled and you 'smashed it' every step of the way Ismael! Thank you Ismael, Rashid, Pat, Teena, Sanjay, Fiona, David, Janice, Alex, Chris, Fraser, Trudy, Greg, Gloria and Andrew. xx
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Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech

Today is a designated arrival day with no planned activities. After learning more about the tour and plans for the following day, you are welcome to join the leader and travelling companions for an optional dinner in a nearby local restaurant. Overnight in Marrakech. Additional Notes: Please note that there will be an important welcome meeting this evening at the joining hotel. Please check the hotel notice board for more information on the location of this meeting or ask at reception. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents to this meeting, as you will be required to fill out some important pre-tour administration documents. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Marrakech/Ouirgane (1B, 1D)

Head out of Marrakech and up into the Atlas Mountains to the village of Ouirgane. Wind up through the trees into the hills and beyond, and notice the climate becomes fresher and the air clearer. The short drive from Marrakech gives an ideal introduction to the way of life in the mountains. Switch to a different form of transport to take in the mountain air. Overnight in Ouirgane. Included Activities: Ouirgane Mule Trek Transport: Overnight in Ouirgane. Private Vehicle Mule

Day 3 Ouirgane (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head through the Ouirgane Valley on foot. Follow mule tracks through the valley, passing by mountain villages and olive groves along the way. This is the ideal way to see the best of the Atlas area and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the mountains while taking in the traditional way of life. Overnight in Ouirgane. Included Activities: Ouirgane Hike Transport: Overnight in Ouirgane. Hiking

Day 4 Ouirgane/Tafraout (1B)

In the morning, leave Ouirgane behind and drive over to the city of Taroudant. View the imposing ramparts of the city arriving through the Atlas, one of Morocco's most incredible road journeys. Taroudant occupies a lofty position between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountains. After a brief stop here to see some of the city, continue onward to Tafraoute in the Anti-Atlas. A popular destination for the Berber during the summer months, Tafraoute, surrounded by almond trees, is well hidden inside the mountains. Transport: Overnight in Tafraoute. Private Vehicle

Day 5 Tafraout (1B, 1L)

Cycle around the city of Tafraoute, before enjoying time to relax in the city. Included Activities: Cycling around Tafraoute

Day 6 Tafraout/Sidi Kaouki (1B, 1D)

Continuing the journey through Morocco, head up along the coast from Tafraoute to the village of Sidi Kaouki. This relaxed Berber village is a world away from Morocco's bustling cities, and all the better for it. Included Activities: Overnight Beach Camping Transport: Overnight beach camp. Private Vehicle

Day 7 Sidi Kaouki/Essaouira (1B)

Walk back along the beach to meet our transport that will continue the journey to Essaouira. The inviting surf along the beach lures visitors in. Opt to refine your surfboarding skills, or maybe take on the locals in a game of beach volleyball. If feeling in need of a rest, then unwind and wander around the markets down by the port. Overnight in Essaouira. Included Activities: Coastal Walking

Day 8 Essaouira/Marrakech (1B)

After breakfast, the morning is free to enjoy Essaouria one last time, before transferring back to Marrakech. Once in Marrakech, a great place to start exploring is Djemaa el Fna square, the heart of Marrakech, which changes its offerings throughout the day. Perhaps end the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna. Overnight in Marrakech. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Marrakech (1B)

Depart at any time. Please note that the check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. Want to extend your stay for a few more days? We can organise extra post-trip accommodation. Please ask at the time of booking. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,399

Price Per Day:

$ 155 per person
 
UUsually included in flight tickets.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Overnight in a beach tented camp after a relaxing walk along the coastal dunes
  • Mule trek near Ouirgane
  • Hike in the Atlas Mountains
  • Essaouira orientation walk
  • Cycling at Tafraoute
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate air-con van, bicycle, mule, walkingPlease note that there is a lot of fast paced travel on this itinerary which necessitates some long travel days in our minivan. We feel that if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary. We use a 16-seater minivan and with a full group every seat will be used. The legroom in the minivan is possibly smaller than you may be used to and taller passengers may find space a little cramped. It is important to be aware that as it is not a legal requirement in buses in Morocco, your vehicle may not be equipped with seat belts. The minivans have air conditioning, however please note that summer temperatures in Morocco can easily reach 50 celsius. When the outside temperature is so hot, a minibus air conditioning system will not be able to cool the bus to the temperatures you are used to enjoying at home. Please bear in mind that travelling in Morocco in summer will inevitably involve very hot temperatures and some discomfort may be experienced when travelling. Please note that, owing to both space constraints in the minibus and weight constraints when transporting baggage by mule to Aremd mountain gite, we can carry no more than one check-in size bag and one day pack per person. Please see the What to Take section of these notes for further details.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (5 nts), guesthouses (2 nts), beach camps (2 nts, multi-share).
On this trip you can expect to stay in local hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower! While in the mountains our accommodation will be basic refuge-style multi-share with shared unisex facilities. During the camel trekking we will spend a night at a beach camp. Facilities at the camp are very basic - we all sleep in one large communal tent. Mattresses and bedding are provided, for those travelling in the winter months (Nov- April), we recommend a sleeping bag for additional warmth. It is back to nature as far as bathroom facilities go.
Start City
Marrakech
End City
Marrakech
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, driver, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. Itinerary pace. This is a very fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the available time, it also means some early starts, some long drives in the mini van and less free time than many other G Adventures. We feel that if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary. 2 Transport. We use a 16-seater minivan for this tour. With a full group every seat will be used. The legroom in the minivan is possibly smaller than you may be used to and taller passengers may find space a little cramped. It is important to be aware that as it is not a legal requirement in buses in Morocco, your vehicle may not be equipped with seat belts. 3. Desert Camp. Please note that it is not possible to reach our desert camp by 4WD or any other vehicle. 4. Weather: Please note that the climate in Morocco can be both very hot during the day in summer months (up to 50°C) and cold at night in the mountains in autumn, early spring and winter (down to -6°C). Summer months, from April to September are very hot throughout Morocco. Winter months November to March can be cool to cold, especially in the Atlas Mountains, with high probability of snowfall. Most Moroccan buildings are not equipped with heating, so without proper layers you will be cold at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for the months in which you are travelling and check temperatures before you leave. Bedding is provided in the desert camp and the gîte, but in winter months if you feel the cold you may wish to bring a sleeping bag too. 5. RAMADAN According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between May 27th and June 25th, 2017. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

Meals

Breakfasts on tour Many breakfasts are included as part of your tour. Moroccan breakfasts tend to be different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare – most will be very simple - a croissant or sweet roll with jam and instant coffee and some hotels will have buffets where you will have more variety. While you are experiencing what a Moroccan family would eat, some travellers do find the provided breakfasts a bit “bread heavy” and enjoy buying fruit the day before to supplement their breakfast. Lunches and dinners Moroccan cuisine is world famous and your CEO will be taking the chance to show you the best of it. Staples include cous cous, a type of grain topped with stew, tagine which is actually the name of the pot this tasty dish is cooked in, and brochette, bbq skewers of meat. These dishes will generally cost between 45- 80 MAD depending on the type of restaurant and which part of the country you are in. Other tastes not to be missed include pastilla, a sweet pasty with a savoury filling which is traditionally pigeon and harira, a delicious soup based on chick peas and filling enough when teamed with fresh bread to be a whole lunch. If you are heading to the coast the fresh seafood cooked at one of the local markets is a must eat! Snacks Morocco's fresh orange juice is highly recommended and you should not leave without trying a glass. The brave can try the tiny snails which are perhaps the local's favourite snack but you might prefer a cone of piping hot bite-size fried cake donuts. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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