Camp in the Sahara, hike in the Atlas Mountains and Surf in Essaouira on this epic Morroccan adventure
Morocco is a country dotted by surprises and marked with wonder. From the vibrant medinas to the tranquil sea-side villages to the commanding Sahara Desert, this is a place of diverse beauty. And this is your opportunity to experience all this country has to offer. Across 18 epic days you'll be thrust into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and Fez, be swept away by the vast, endless beauty of the Sahara and welcomed into the homes and hearts of Berber locals. You'll get a taste for adventure, nature, culture and culinary wonder and you'll return home with more than just a full camera roll.
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Explore the labyrinth of the colourful and chaotic Fes medina with a local guide leading the way. Plus, visit a local tannery and admire its multi-colored dye pits.
Ride camels far out into the Sahara Desert, and camp beneath a blanket of stars - an experience you won't soon forget.
Set off on a tour of the Marrakech medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city and sample some sweet and savoury specialities with a local expert.
Stay in the old fishing town of Essaouira, a place where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean and take the chance to bliss out and practice your surf and yoga skills.
Explore the Atlas Mountains - trek the day away and spend the night in a family-run gite (mountain home), where you'll be treated to Berber hospitality; share a meal with the family and learn about their culture.
On this tour, you'll need a moderate level of fitness. Ensure you bring suitable footwear, swimwear and clothing for trekking and surfing activities. In a full-day tour around the Medina of Fes (Day 4), you'll be on your feet for a good five to six hours. Keep in mind that this is one of the highlights of Morocco and will worth the exertion!
The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially if you're not used to the heat. If you do travel in the warmer months, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water. At night the temperature can really drop, so bring your warm clothes. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season. Even in the warmer months the temperature can be low in the mountains.
In 2023, Ramadan will take place from 22 March to 20 April. Travelling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.
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 regularly by shop owners and street vendors.
We've sourced our accommodation 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 from western standards.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Epic Morocco trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. How to endear yourself to the locals: don’t pose for photos where the holiest of holy people pray. If you want to take a photo of people, always ask - they may say no, so respect that. Even if it’s hot, cover your shoulders, knees and hair. Don’t shake someone’s hand or eat with your left hand - this is the one you use to wipe your butt.
2. Morocco is the land of legendary hospitality, so mind your manners. You'll need a scarf to cover your shoulders and be prepared to take off your shoes if you enter someone's home (plan ahead and wear clean socks).
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 6 (Desert Camp), Day 12 (Mountain Gite) and Days 13 & 14 (Surf Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Please also note that there is a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability, please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. 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 travelers. 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 centralized system of receiving payments from these recommended suppliers, of which are then distributed towards local Responsible Travel projects (such as 'say no to plastic' cotton bags for our travelers and drinking water refilling stations), traveler 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 travelers 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 traveler 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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