Paradise Valley to golden ocean shores

Morocco is a land of both bustling cities and wind-swept deserts, but if you head south of majestic Marrakech, there’s plenty more to explore. You’ll see some lesser-known Moroccan treasures in eight days with a local leader showing you the ropes. Pristine waterholes hiding in secret valleys, sprawling untouched beaches and traditional cultures preserved after centuries of Spanish rule. Hang ten in a surfing lesson in Taghazout, drink tea with local Berber communities and laze beachside in Agadir and Tafroute. This new side to Morocco takes you from the coast to Berber heartlands with all the magic of Marrakech at either end.


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

Why you'll love this trip

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

  • Explore some pristine and secluded beaches along the often-overlooked southern Moroccan coast, finding the spots where the Atlantic Ocean meet the mountains and rocky cliffs.

  • Discover a more laidback way of life in Taghazout, a sleepy coastal village where you can learn to surf with an included lesson and unwind with a beachside yoga class.

  • Get the right balance of a local leader taking you from souq to souq, plus plenty of time to explore the coastal boulevards, winding laneways and city medinas by yourself.

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

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are some active inclusions on this trip, including a beginner’s surf class, beachside yoga and easy hiking around the valleys.

  • When travelling in Morocco, temperatures can get extremely hot. Have a think about what time of year suits you best to travel.

  • This trip has departures that run during Ramadan. During this time, some restaurants and shops are closed, but you'll get unique insight into local customs. See Important Notes for more details.

  • Accommodation on this trip includes simple hotels and a beach resort.

  • In Tafroute and Sidi Infi, you will be expected to dress more conservatively than in other parts of Morocco and may have limited access to alcohol.

  • For more details on specific logistical information for this trip, see the Important Notes and Essential Trip Information sections located below the trip itinerary.

Itinerary

Welcome to Morocco! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6 pm, where you'll meet your travel crew and group leader. After your group briefing, you have the option to join your leader and the rest of the group for a dinner. Once you’ve eaten, why not visit Djemaa el-Fna – the central square in Marrakech. Huge crowds converge at night to see singers, drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers and even old medicine men come together. This part of Marrakech is a feast for the senses – it’s an eclectic and colourful spectacle.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive on 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).
Hit the road early today and head for Sidi Ifni (approximately 5.5 hours). Stop along the way around the well-known resort, Agadir, for an included lunch. Agadir is known as one of Morocco’s most vibrant seaside cities, with a lively beachfront promenade and golden stretches of sand. After lunch, continue to Sidi Infi – once known as a Spanish port city before being returned to Moroccan rule in 1969. You’ll see Spanish ruins beside European and traditional Moroccan architecture. It’s a sleepy town with a lot of quirks and not a lot of holidaymakers. This afternoon is yours to start exploring.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Begin the day with a guided tour of the city, where you’ll get to learn about the Spanish history of the old town and the port. Afterwards, head seaside with a trip to Legzira Beach. This pristine stretch of sand is known for its unique red arches that dip over the sand and into the sea. Bring a book and some games or just bliss out on the shore. For lunch, perhaps try some local seafood specialities, such as grilled fish or fish tajine. After a chilled-out day, head back into town for an evening to spend as you wish.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Sidi Ifni
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take private transport to Tafraoute – a secluded slice of paradise far from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life (approximately 3.5 hours). On the way, keep your eyes peeled for a weird sight – herds of goats climbing argan trees. On arrival, get an insight into the unique charms of Tafraoute with a leader-led orientation walk through the city. Ancient traditions still run strong here in the Berber heartland. You’ll also get to witness the beauty of the surrounding landscape on a walk through a desert oasis to witness Belgian artist Jean Veran’s painted rocks project, standing out as vibrant monuments in a sea of tanned desert soil. Visit a traditional Berber house for a cup of Berber whiskey (mint tea) before heading to your accommodation for dinner tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tafrouat museum - La Maison Berbère
  • Guided tour of Tafroute
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Have your swimming gear ready as today, you’ll visit some of Morocco’s most beautiful bodies of water. First, the aptly named Paradise Valley – a dreamland full of gorgeous pools of water hidden in bright stone canyons. Afterwards, travel onwards to a surf resort near 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. The waters stay warm throughout the year and the surf is excellent for rookies and pros. There are some seriously laidback vibes here, so if you’re feeling it, join in on an included yoga session.
Accommodation
  • Surf camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yoga class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Depending on the time of your arrival, the yoga class may take a place on day 2 or day 3.
If you were thinking about surfing yesterday but didn’t have the know-how to ride a board, not to worry – you’ve got a 2-hour surfing class booked in to learn the skills. It’s okay if you’re a beginner as the intensity of the program will be adjusted to the abilities of the group so everyone gets a chance to enjoy themselves. The surf school provides wetsuits and all the equipment you will need for the lesson. Come the afternoon, you can choose to spend your free time polishing your surf skills, lounging by the pool or exploring more of this fishing village.
Accommodation
  • Surf camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Surfing class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning is free to spend as you wish. Later on, travel back to Marrakech where the rest of your day is also dedicated to independent exploring. Perhaps you’ve got a list of places you missed in your first time around, but if not, be sure to begin at Djemaa el-Fna – the most vibrant square in North Africa. Tonight, why not head out to dinner with your travel crew and local leader at one of the trendy restaurants in the Gueliz district of Marrakech.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, your Moroccan adventure comes to an end this morning. You are free to leave at any time, provided you comply with the accommodation’s internal check-out policy.
Optional Activities
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715
  • Marrakech - Oukaimeden Day Tour - MAD1882
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Asni & Ouirgane Day Trip with Lunch - MAD1806
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Cascades d'Ouzoud Day Tour - MAD2207
  • Marrakech - Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Ourika Valley Day Tour - MAD1817
  • Marrakech - Saadian Tombs - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Ballooning - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Palais Badi - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

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

Included activities

  • Guided tour of Sidi Ifni
  • Tafrouat museum - La Maison Berbère
  • Guided tour of Tafroute
  • Yoga class
  • Surfing class

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include Day 4, where a single room does not form part of the package. In this case, you will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night. 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 contact an Intrepid booking agent.

RAMADAN
In 2020, Ramadan will take place from 23 April through until 22 May. 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.

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. 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 endeavours 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.

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