Discover a new side to Moroccan culture – from mainland to the ocean shore.

While Morocco is a land of both bustling cities and wind-swept deserts, there’s a side to it that’s oft missed by those lost in the country’s lively souks and resorts. Pristine waters hiding in secret valleys, sprawling untouched beaches and hospitable cultures ignored by decades of turbulent conquest are some of the lesser known Moroccan treasures - each one of these discoveries has inspired writers, painters and travellers who’ve chanced upon them over the years. Discover a new side to Morocco as you travel from the coast to the hidden heart of the Berber on this short but rewarding trip.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Style
Original
Code
XMSG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Discover Marrakech - Djemaa El-Fna isn't just a marketplace, it's a way of life. Marrakesh's largest outdoor food market is brimming with activity and is a great place to sample Moroccan delicacies while rubbing shoulders with the locals

  • Explore pristine, secluded beaches of southern Morocco, find the spot where Ocean meet the mountains

  • Discover a more laid back way of life in Taghazout, a sleepy coastal village where you can learn to surf and unwind with a yoga class.

  • Visit Belgian artist Jean Veran's striking art project – a collection of pink, blue and green painted boulders just outside Tafroute.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is set in a relaxing pace and you will have plenty of time to read your book, walk along pretty beaches and enjoy time as you please.

  • There are some easy going activities included such beginner surfing classes and some easy walking around the valleys. Please be prepared.

  • In 2018, Ramadan will take place from 15 May to 14 June. This is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world. Many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disturbance to your travels around this time. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.

  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your leader will suggest methods and amounts to tip during the trip, but it is left to the group to decide the details.

  • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on regular occasions.

  • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider what time of year you travel carefully. If you do travel in the warmer months then pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water. The desert can also get cold at night, so remember to bring base layers and warm clothing.

  • We have sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Intrepid style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may be different to western standards.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6pm, where you'll meet your fellow travellers and group leader – check Intrepid Note at the reception to confirm the time. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.

Marrakech is a feast for the senses. After the meeting, you have the option to join your leader and the rest of the group for a dinner. Once you’ve finished up, feel free to go on a jaunt to Djemaa el Fna, the square in the centre of the Medina. Huge crowds converge at night to see singers, drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers and even old medicine men and dentists come together in what has been called the 'greatest spectacle on earth'.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Prepare to visit some of the world’s most beautiful bodies of water as you board your private transport – make sure you have your swimmers ready! You’ll first get to visit the aptly named Paradise Valley - a dreamland full of gorgeous pools of water hidden in bright stone canyons. Afterwards, you’ll travel onwards to the small fishing village of Taghazout. Over recent years, the town has gained a reputation as a prime surfing location for locals and tourists alike – the waters stay warm throughout September through to April and the surf is excellent for starters and adept wave riders alike. Start your exploration of Taghazout with an orientation walk past its sleepy cafes and surf shops, or better yet, rush down to the beach and acquaint yourself with the famous waves before watching the sun slowly sink into the sea.
Accommodation
  • Surf camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
If you were thinking about surfing yesterday but didn’t have the know-how to ride a board, worry not – you’ve got a half day surfing course to build your skills up. It’s okay if you’re a beginner, the intensity of the course will be adjusted to the abilities of the group so everyone gets a chance to enjoy themselves. Come the afternoon, engage in a relaxing yoga session to work out any tension from the surf.
Accommodation
  • Surf camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • 1 hour yoga class
  • Half day surfing course
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Embark in your private transport to Tafraout, a secluded shred of paradise far from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. Ancient traditions still run strong here in the Berber heartland. People have a genuine friendliness and honesty unlike anywhere else on earth and the cooking, which cleverly mixes spices, prunes and meats, is indescribably delicious. Get an insight into the unique charms of Tafraout with a guided orientation tour and walk through the city. You’ll also get to witness the beauty of the surrounding landscape as when you witness Belgian artist Jean Veran’s painted rocks project, standing out as vibrant monuments in a sea of tanned desert soil.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Tafrouat
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Return to your private transport and begin your journey to Sidi Ifni, once known as a Spanish port city before being returned to Moroccan rule in 1969. The city still hosts many old Spanish fortifications, slowly crumbling into ruin amongst the rest of the European architecture and the native Moroccan houses. It’s known as one of Morocco’s best-kept secrets for people looking for a peaceful, un-commercialised gateway into the local way of life. There’s little to no beachside hostels, discos or even tourists coursing through the streets, and the city holds many of its own quirks with its blue and white painted buildings and trace love for Spanish music and football. Make the most of the relaxing atmosphere with a picnic lunch on Mirleft beach before taking a guided orientation walk through the streets, where you’ll get to learn about the Spanish history of the old town and the port, slightly haunting if not beautiful in its dilapidation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Sidi Ifni
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your second day in Sidi Ifni takes a more natural approach with a trip towards Legzira beach. This pristine stretch of sand has previously been characterised by the unique red arches that dip over the beach and into the sea, although unfortunately only one more of these glorious structures remains. After dipping your toes in the water and heading back to Sidi Fini, there’s the option of taking a yoga class in the afternoon – just let your group leader know and they can handle the rest.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Next, you'll travel to Agadir, a vibrant city widely known as a Moroccan beach resort. After a devastating earthquake in 1960, Agadir had to be rebuilt from the ground up. It’s now known as Morocco’s best seaside city, boasting a lively beachfront promenade that highlights the exuberance of the country’s street culture in a spacious, bright atmosphere. After witnessing Sidi Ifni’s un-commercial essence, Agadir will prove stark contrast to this with places such as the bustling Souk El Had and the international shopping boutiques at the Marina. Here, you’ll have free time to explore the beaches and the streets – perhaps even enjoy a seafood lunch with your group if you’re hungry. As the afternoon rolls in, you’ll depart once more for Marrakech, where your adventure ends come tomorrow morning.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Saadian Tombs - MAD10
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD10
  • Palais Badi - MAD10
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD1990
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Asni & Ouirgane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD752
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Quad biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD546
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD509
  • Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Moroccan adventure comes to an end this morning - however, don't let that stop you from exploring the streets, visiting a souk, or talking to your tour guide about taking a one day Urban Adventure in Marrakech.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), surf camp (2 nights)

Included activities

  • 1 hour yoga class
  • Half day surfing course
  • Guided tour of Tafrouat
  • Guided tour of Sidi Ifni

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip with no exceptions.

COMMISSION
The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry. In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, Intrepid has established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedbacks from our previous travellers. On occasion these will be as part of included walking tours or outside of included activities in free time. Please note that if you feel that you do not wish to join in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.
Intrepid have set up a centralised system of receiving payments from these recommended suppliers, and funds are then distributed towards local Responsible Travel projects (such as 'say no to plastic' cotton bags for our travellers and drinking water refilling stations), traveller information packs, and leader bonuses. Further details of these arrangements can be provided by your group leader on request.
While Intrepid endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality, please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travellers feedback and experiences and Intrepid cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product. A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of you our traveller is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

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