Travel through Morocco’s high mountains, harsh desert and paradise-like green oases to Berber meeting-places and the medieval medinas of Marrakech and Taroudant. Explore the labyrinths of oriental sultans’ cities and their picturesque covered markets and sleep in a nomad tent on the edge of the Sahara.
Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.
For Morocco, a visa is not required for many nationalities. You will receive a free entry stamp on arrival, allowing you to stay for up to 3 months. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one
Accommodation and transport
For your comfort and convenience we make use of our own private minibus during this tour. Depending on the group size we travel around in either one or two minibuses. The buses usually have air conditioning but it is often nicer to have the windows open instead of the air-conditioning. On some routes (steep mountain roads) the AC cannot be turned on. The bus is non-smoking. The transfers to and from the airport are not included. Any additional transportation costs of optional excursions are not included.
ATTENTION: If flying with Royal Air Maroc you need to be present at check-in at least 3 hours before departure!
During the tour we stay in hotels in the two-or three-star category in 2 person rooms usually with a private bathroom. In the selection of our hotels, we pay particular attention to the location, cleanliness and atmosphere. Most hotels have their own restaurant and roof terrace, courtyard or garden. In some places in this journey we stay in simple lodgings: In Merzouga we stay in original nomad tents with shared sanitation provided by a nearby hostel. In Essaouira some of the rooms have shared facilities. The check in/out time at the hotels is usually 12:00.
The following meals are included: 13x breakfast (in Marrakech, Merzouga, Gorge du Todra, Ouarzazate, Taroudant, Essaouira and Casablanca), 2x dinner in Marrakech.
Some of the planned hotels have a swimming pool, for your pleasure! This applies to the accommodation in Aït Benhaddou, Merzouga, Tineghir, and Ouarzazate. It can occur that during a major drought there is no water present in the pool. In exceptional cases it may happen that we have to change hotels and that these hotels are without pools. If this happens then we will find suitable alternatives.
In Erg Chebbi (Merzouga) those nature lovers can opt for a night in the desert. You will sleep in 2-person nomad-tents with shared sanitary facilities. If you prefer, you can sleep outside, under a star-filled sky. There are toilets and washbasins but no showers. At sunrise, ride by camel back to your accommodation near Merzouga, where you can shower and take breakfast.
Participants who book individually will share a room with another participant. We of course keep in mind that you should share with someone of the same sex. If you would like a room for yourself for the entire trip, it can be easily arranged. Please select the single room at time of booking (a single supplement will be charged).
Please note: There are only 5 single rooms available per each departure of this tour.
Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.
Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).
This trip is in category B
The level of our trips varies. The experience of the level of a trip is also different from person to person. In order to give an indication of the level of a trip, we have developed the following rating system:
Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.
This 15-day trip belongs in category B. Everybody who is fit can participate. However, the trip has a reasonably high pace; in a short period of time we will visit many different places. The road system in this part of the country is pretty good, as are the means of transport and most hotels so, that the longer stretches do not have to be too exhausting. A flexible and positive attitude is important, more than physical fitness.
Nature of the trip
This active tour through the exotic southern part of Morocco is a journey of exploration through high mountains, desert and heavenly green oases. Few people realize that a few hour’s flying distance from London such impressive landscapes can be found with a population that lives by such age-old customs. This journey takes you across mountain passes, along craggy rock formations and impressive kasbahs. This is the traditional architecture of the region, which in Biblical times was the standard for an area extending to Persia, and now can only be found in Yemen and Morocco. We visit traditional weekly markets where Berber people flock together. You can explore the old medinas of Marrakech and Taroudant. In the labyrinths of oriental sultan cities you can wander through colourful markets. Take a look in the old harem of a grand vizier or the magnificently decorated tombs of the sultans who once held sway here. There is time to stroll around the date palm oases and in the mountains. On top of it all, you can go on a camel ride through the desert. We conclude the trip with a few days at the seaside.
We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible.
Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here
Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.
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