One Week in Morocco: Sahara & Todra Gorge

8 Days | From colourful Marrakech to the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains – the perfect taste of Morocco

18 to 35s
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ZAR  7,914
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Spend a week in Morocco and find the best balance between bustling city medinas and relaxing mountain and desert landscapes – with this week-long adventure that hits Marrakech, the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. Get lost (the good kind) in Djemaa el-Fna Square, hike the Todra Valley, enjoy a homecooked lunch by a local family in Todra Gorge, then head to the Sahara Desert for a bucket list camel ride during sunset and a camping experience under the expansive night sky. Then, travel to the mountains, where you’ll experience the Tawesna tea house to try the best mint tea in the world (and a locally sourced Moroccan meal to pair it with). Hike through the peaceful Imlil and return to colourful Marrakech to end it all with a bang!

Trip overview

Map of One Week In Morocco: Sahara & Todra Gorge including Morocco
Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
18 to 35s
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
XMYD
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Why you'll love this trip
  • After a hike through rugged terrain and picturesque villages, take in the view of the valley as you tuck into a homecooked meal prepared by a local family in Todra Gorge.
  • Tick the Djemaa el-Fna Square off your bucket list in Marrakech and wander through the amazing chaos of street performers, singers, poets and street food carts all vying for your attention.
  • Stay the night in a Sahara Desert camp, far away from tourist crowds, after a camel ride through the Moroccan desert landscape, watching the sunset with your group.
  • Prepare for the best mint tea of your life on a visit to the Tawesna teahouse. This experience is more than just a cuppa, it’s about discovering a culture, sharing a true moment and contributing to the economic inclusion of women.
  • Take a break from the bustling city streets high in the Atlas Mountains – enjoy homecooked meals, authentic local connections and a breath of fresh air at an Aroumd homestay.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Education for All. Donations help them support girls in the High Atlas Mountains through secondary school, bringing a generation of women out of the cycle of illiteracy, poverty and early marriage. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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 drop, so bring your warm clothes, too. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season.
  • In 2024, Ramadan will take place from 9 March to 8 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.
  • The Todra Gorge visit and Aroumd guesthouse takes you to remote areas of Morocco. They are amazing places to discover on foot, but to do so, you'll need a moderate level of fitness and suitable footwear.
  • 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.

Itinerary

Map of One Week In Morocco: Sahara & Todra Gorge including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Desert Camp (1 night), Mountain Gite (Multi-share) (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)

Activities
  • Todra Gorge – Home-cooked Lunch
  • Sahara Desert - Overnight Desert Camp
  • Sahara Desert - Camel ride
  • Ait Benhaddou – Tawesna Lunch
  • Imlil – Scenic Walk
  • Imlil – Day Hike with Picnic Lunch
Add on activities
  • Marrakech - AMAL Women's Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant - MAD110
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - Le Jardin Secret - MAD40
  • Todra Gorge - Hike - MAD300
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD70

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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 excludes Day 3 (Desert Camp) and Days 5,6 (Guesthouse) 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.

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One Week in Morocco: Sahara & Todra Gorge
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ZAR  7,914