Get active in the High Atlas and along Atlantic shores

This seven-day heart-racing journey will have you cycling through manic Marrakech, mountain biking down the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains, hiking the rugged countryside and horse riding on the golden beaches of Essaouira. Experience the hospitality of the Berber people with a homestay in Aroumd, get lost in the colourful souqs of Marrakech and rejuvenate in a traditional hammam. If you’re all about active adventures, fresh air and off-beat wilderness, then this is the Moroccan jaunt for you.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures
Code
XMXA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the vibrant city of Marrakech from a different perspective during a bike tour through the main sites, perhaps finishing with a glass of the best freshly squeezed orange juice in Djemaa el-Fna

  • Gallop over sandy beaches and through mimosa forests along the Moroccan coast with an included horseback riding adventure in Essaouira.

  • Make a thrilling descent down the slopes of the Atlas Mountains by mountain bike. With downhill trails to suit any riding abilities, your local leader will set you up with the best route for you.

  • Scale the High Atlas Mountains and trek through scenic villages perched on natural rock terraces, then spend the night in a traditional Berber homestay, learn about local customs and traditions of this region.

  • Steam, scrub and relax in a traditional hammam in Marrakech – the perfect way to unwind after an active and action-packed week.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are some active inclusions on this trip, including a city cycling tour, downhill mountain bike riding, horse riding and hiking.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Marrakech. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6 pm – check with hotel reception to confirm the time. Dive right into the spirit of the city plus get to know your travel crew during an evening trip to Djemaa el-Fna, where you'll find vendors selling all sorts of things, including traditional delicacies like snail soup. Stroll through the market to find henna painters and street performers among the swirls of smoke rising from food stalls. Enjoy a group dinner before returning to the hotel to get some rest before tomorrow's bike ride.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
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 in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Fuel up with breakfast before heading out to explore the city on two wheels. Spend two and a half hours cycling across the city, pedalling past historical sites such as the orange walls of the King's Palace, the haggling masses of the Medina Market and the city's largest mosque – Koutubia. Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. You head back to the medina to find some souvenirs. Otherwise, if you’re already hooked on the flavours of Morocco, find a restaurant for some tajine, couscous or harira.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - City bike tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today and tomorrow are largely full-day cycling activities. To fully enjoy it, it is important to be a confident cyclist. Helmets are provided, but feel free to bring your own.
Take a scenic drive up to the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, which form part of the Berber territories of the Ourika Valley. Here, your experienced guides will prepare you for a thrilling downhill mountain bike ride. Depending on your experience, you will have a choice between faster downhill roads or easier trails. Ride through picturesque foothills, taking in views of gentle slopes and roughened peaks. After the ride, travel by vehicle to the small village of Imlil, where you can rest up with a classic Moroccan lunch of salads, tajines and freshly baked bread. Following lunch, walk to Aroumd (around 1 hour) and enjoy the hospitality of a local Berber family during an overnight stay.
Accommodation
  • Gite (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aroumd - Mountain bike ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Lace up after breakfast and hit the mountains. Your local leader will pick a trail based on the general ability level of the group and then it's time to tackle the High Atlas range on foot. Spend the morning navigating the boulders and crags, descending into a valley in the afternoon and emerging into the charming white-washed town of Essaouira. Enjoy a free afternoon in this laidback fishing town, perhaps strolling along the coast and taking in views of the sand-coloured ramparts and city walls. There's a flourishing contemporary art scene, as well as plenty of traditional craftspeople selling their wares in the souqs, making it the perfect place to shop for gifts or souvenirs. For food, perhaps head for Rue Touahen – an alternative hub full of quirky eateries and funky cafes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, saddle up for a horseback ride on Essaouira's golden sandy beaches. This activity is fit for all levels – even if you are a beginner, you will be given all necessary instructions and guidance to enjoy the ride. Loop your way back to the ranch through mimosa forests and sandy dunes of Morocco’s so-called windy city. This activity will certainly work up your appetite so afterwards hit the markets for a fresh-caught seafood lunch. Enjoy bit more free time in the afternoon before returning to Marrakech later in the day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Essaouira - Horse riding
  • Seafood Market Lunch - Essaouira
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
While this activity is definitely recommended, we understand not everyone feels confident riding horses. Please make sure you will make your leader aware of any issues before the start of this activity. Helmets for this activity are provided.
After a big week, recharge your batteries at a traditional hammam – a steam room which loosely translates to ‘spreader of warmth’. Bathing in Morocco is frequently a social affair, and locals might visit a hammam once a week for a ritual based body treatment that involves steaming, scrubbing and massaging the skin until it glows. In the afternoon, you’ve got time to visit some more of Marrakech – maybe it’s back to Djemaa el-Fna, Bahia palace or Majorelle Gardens. Tonight, re-group for an optional dinner with your leader and travel pals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Traditional Hamam Session - Marrakech
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, your Moroccan adventure finishes after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Horse, walking, bike

Accommodation

Gite (1 night), Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Marrakech - City bike tour
  • Aroumd - Mountain bike ride
  • Essaouira - Horse riding
  • Seafood Market Lunch - Essaouira
  • Traditional Hamam Session - Marrakech

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include Day 3, 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 your 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. 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, of which 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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