Map of One Week in Morocco including Morocco

An action-packed week to discover some of Morocco’s most epic places

Morocco might make you think of big markets and bigger deserts, but there’s so much more to this exciting country in north-western Africa than first meets the eye. Take an eight-day adventure to some of Morocco’s most colourful spots, with time to check out some of the country's best beaches (and maybe catch a wave or five) along the way. Taghazout is a magnet for Moroccan chillers thanks to some A-grade Atlantic surf and other seaside towns like Essaouira are made for kicking back and soaking up some sunshine-filled, cultural vibes. From the beach to the country, discover the drawcard of the Atlas Mountains – the people are friendly, the views are out of this world and (trust us) the food is something else. Join us to check out some of Morocco’s best-kept secrets, from the mesmerising mountain villages to the uber-cool beach-side towns.

This trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds

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Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
XMYB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture and enjoy traditional accommodation experiences on this like staying in a family-run gite (mountain home) in the Atlas Mountains

  • It’s not a stretch to say that relaxing yoga lessons on the coast of South Morocco are a highlight of this adventure. Begin with a class, before using the same balancing manoeuvres on a surfboard in Taghazout.

  • Get to know Essaouira as a ‘little picture’ for a reason – the city of the wind draws all sorts of artsy types thanks to its culture (and maybe it’s delicious grilled seafood, too).

  • Experience Djemaa el-Fna in all of its glory with an included street food experience with your group. Eat where the locals eat, and taste the authentic Morocco in Marrakech.

  • Practice your haggling skills, rub shoulders with the locals and pick up some beautiful traditional pieces in the winding labyrinth of colourful market stalls and cobblestone laneways in the local medinas.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is set at 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. While not physically difficult experiences, please be prepared with decent walking shoes and appropriates swimwear.

  • In 2023, Ramadan will take place from Wednesday, 22 March - Thursday, 20 April 2023. 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 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 Intrepid style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may be different to western standards.

Itinerary

Salaam Alaikum! Welcome to Morocco. This adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at around 6 pm. After meeting your fellow travellers and the group leader, why not get to know each other while exploring the city’s main square – Djemaa el-Fna – or get lost exploring the city’s spice souks or bazaars. For dinner, load up on some delicious street food. Be warmed – the eggplant fritters are addictive and the barbeque smells around the city will be sure to make you hungry (even when you’ve just eaten!).
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 details and next of kin information 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 want more time to hang out in Marrakech, it might be a good idea to arrive a day early – we’ll be able to sort out additional accommodation (depending on availability).
Wake up in the morning and catch a private bus towards Imlil, high in the Atlas Mountains. Calling dibs on a window seat would be a smart move – the 2-hour drive features some great scenery to keep you occupied on the way. Arrive at Imlil, a little village that sits at the foot of North Africa’s highest peak, and then lace-up your shoes for a scenic 1-hour trek to the mountain village of Aroumd. Tonight’s stay is in a family-run gite (mountain home) in the village. The Berbers are famous for their hospitality, so make the most of this opportunity to sit down, break bread with the family and learn about their culture. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but they’re cosy, comfortable and offer an experience that is so much more memorable than a hotel.
Accommodation
  • Mountain Gite (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Imlil – Scenic Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
This morning, travel to Taghazout. This cool, laid-back fishing village has quickly gained a solid reputation as one of the country’s best surfing locations. The waters stay warm all year round and the surf is top notch for both rookies and adept wave riders. If there’s time this afternoon, perhaps head down to the local beach, dip your toes in the water and tuck into a seafood dinner – be sure to ask your leader for their hottest restaurant recommendations.
Accommodation
  • Surf camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Taghazout – Paradise Valley Visit
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 6 hours
Kick off your adventures in the sleepy town of Taghazout with an early morning yoga session, helping you relieve any tension before diving into the water later in the day. Oddly enough, the skills required for both surfing and yoga complement each other through the principles of concentration, flexibility and balance. Good news if you were planning on hitting the waves! Don’t know how to ride a board? No stress. Today includes a half-day surfing course to teach you the basics, and if you already know the ropes, there’s always time to refine your skills in unfamiliar territory.
Accommodation
  • Surf camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Taghazout – Surfing Class
  • Taghazout – One Hour Yoga Class
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You’ve got a free morning in Taghazout, so why not get up early and watch the sunrise, then take an optional yoga class or rent out a surfboard and hit the waves? Later, travel to the old fishing town of Essaouira, a place where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Its name translates to ‘little picture’, and it’s safe to say you’ll be taking many pictures during your time in this picturesque place. This artists’ town has attracted visitors like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix who (according to local legend) spent a lot of time here in the 1960s. Join your local leader for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and by the skala (sea wall). Tonight’s accommodation is a real treat and certainly one of the more stylish stays of your Moroccan adventure – enjoy!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Yoga class - MAD105
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 3 hours
Yesterday’s walking tour should have you well up to scratch with the ins and outs of Essaouira, so now’s your chance to go exploring. Have a traditional Moroccan breakfast, and maybe wander to the harbour and its adjacent fish markets. You’ll have to be up bright and early if you want to see the daily catch being auctioned off. There’s also an opportunity to head back to the markets for a fresh seafood lunch. Get lost (not literally, of course) wandering through the medina, check out the colourful spices and traditional ingredients on display. Or perhaps grab your camera and spend some time snapping shots of the iconic blue doorways, white-washed lanes and traditional architecture this seaside village does so well. If you feel like something more active, why not go on an optional horse ride along the sandy beaches of Atlantic Ocean? Simply ask your group leader for more info.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Essaouira - Horse Riding - MAD250
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch - MAD80
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Chat with locals on a shared bus ride back to Marrakech. Once the bus arrives back in the city, enjoy some time to explore, and later on, tuck in for an awesome included dinner experience at the famous Djemaa el-Fna. This square is known as one of the largest public spaces in the world – it’s truly an unmissable part of the city. As soon as the sun sets, the square comes to life with henna-painters, performers and storytellers sharing the space with street food stands. The smells of the stalls will lure you in and the tastes will keep you coming back for more. There are all sorts of excellent pastries, fresh juices, teas and even bowls of snail soup to go round if you’re feeling a little adventurous! As the evening closes in, enjoy the company of your new friends over some of these delicious snacks as you overlook the bustling city hub.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech – Street Food Experience
Optional Activities
  • Marrakech - Oukaimeden Day Tour - MAD1882
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Ourika Valley Day Tour - MAD1817
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750
  • Marrakech - Asni & Ouirgane day trip with lunch - MAD1806
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Cascades d'Ouzoud Day Tour - MAD2207
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2050
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s travel time is approximately 2.5 hours.
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave your accommodation at any time. Check-out time is usually around midday. But this doesn’t mean your Moroccan adventure has to come to an end! There are a range of in-depth Urban Adventure tours that may take your fancy, and continue your exploration of this engaging country. See urbanadventures.com/destination/Marrakech-tours for more information. If you wish to spend more time in Marrakech, we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Optional Activities
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), mountain gite (1 night), surf camp (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Imlil – Scenic Walk
  • Taghazout – Paradise Valley Visit
  • Taghazout – Surfing Class
  • Taghazout – One Hour Yoga Class
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
  • Marrakech – Street Food Experience

Dates & availability

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Important notes

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. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 2 (Mountain Gite) and Days 3,4 (Surf Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. 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.
3. 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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