Real Morocco

12 Days | Catch sunset in the desert and waves in coastal villages, as you traverse Morocco’s colourful chaos

18 to 35s
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ZAR  13,695
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

This adventure through Morocco’s most popular spots and best kept secrets will give you everything you’re looking for in a trip – ride a camel during sunset in the Sahara Desert, watch dancers and performers in Djemaa el-Fna as you try local street food in the square, hike through Todra Valley before tucking into a homecooked meal made by locals, try delicious mint tea at a local women’s coop in the famed Ait Benhaddou, learn how to surf (or show your skills) in sleepy seaside villages and rub shoulders with the true Moroccan culture during a homestay in the Atlas Mountains. Wandering through ever-changing landscapes, you’ll get the chance to learn about the rich history of this country while also kicking back and doing all your favourite things with your new travel buddies. This is the real Morocco!

Trip overview

Map of Real Morocco 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
XMYDC
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Bucket list destinations Tick off all the popular spots and enjoy unique local experiences
Great value Affordable trips with the freedom to choose how you spend your time
Responsible travel You book, we donate to help support local communities

Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy the slow pace and laidback lifestyle of Morocco’s seaside villages in Taghazout and Essaouira – where you can catch the waves in a surf lesson and stretch out your worries in a yoga class.
  • Tick the Djemaa el-Fna Square off your bucket list in Marrakech and wander through the colourful chaos of street performers, singers, poets and street food carts all vying for your attention.   
  • Stay the night in a Sahara Desert camp under the North African stars after riding a camel through the sand dunes watching the sunset over the vast, untouched landscape.
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support 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. 

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 Real Morocco including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Public Bus

Accommodation

Desert Camp (1 night), Mountain Gite (Multi-share) (2 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Surf Camp (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
  • Marrakech – Street Food Experience
  • Taghazout – Surfing Class
  • Taghazout – One Hour Yoga Class
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
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 - MAD438
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2090
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD540
  • 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 - MAD60
  • Todra Gorge - Hike - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Cascades d'Ouzoud Day Tour - MAD2207

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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), Days 5 and 6 (Guesthouse) and Days 9 and 10 (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.

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Real Morocco
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ZAR  13,695