Enjoy an absolutely unforgettable adventure across Morocco where you’ll visit age-old imperial cities, mount up and join a camel safari through magnificent sand dunes of the Sahara, trek through the majestic High Atlas Mountains and finally chill out on the Atlantic coast.
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
In order to allow us to make stops as we wish, we make use of our own private minibus during this trip. Depending on the group size we travel around in either one or two minibuses. The buses usually have air conditioning but you'll probably find that it is often more desirable to have the windows open instead of having the air-conditioning on. On some routes (steep mountain roads) it's not possible to use the air-conditioning. The bus is non-smoking. The arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel is not included. Any additional transportation costs of optional excursions are not included.
During this trip there will be a beautiful hike through the High Atlas where you spend four days enjoying beautiful views, deep valleys and remote Berber villages. Each day you will walk for about three to five hours. You will be guided by qualified guides and their mules will carry your luggage, including sleeping bag. You will carry your own day-pack with things that you will need 'on-the-go', such as water, your camera and a jacket.
ATTENTION: If you have booked flights with Royal Air Maroc you need to be present at the check in desk a minimum of 3 hours before departure!
During this tour you stay in hotels in double/twin rooms sometimes with private bathroom and sometimes with shared facilities. In the selection of our hotels, we pay particular attention to the location, cleanliness and atmosphere. Most hotels have a restaurant and sometimes a roof terrace, courtyard or garden. The check-in/out time in the hotels is usually 12:00.
In some places we stay in simple accommodation. In Merzouga you stay in original nomad tents with limited sanitation supplied by a hostel nearby. In Essaouira and Gorge du Dades, some of the rooms are with shared facilities. During the trek through the High Atlas you sleep a few times in a simple gîte (local persons home) and then further in tents. You need to bring your own sleeping bag but (thin) mattresses are provided.
The following meals are also included in the price of your trip: 12x breakfast (in Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Essaouira and Taroudant), 2x dinner in Marrakech. The meals during the trek are also included.
Your hotel in Merzouga has a pool, very nice to cool down from the Moroccan heat! In exceptional cases we may have to use another hotel which may not have a pool. If this occurs we will try to find a suitable alternative. Of course there are other swimming opportunities, such as Essaouira, located on the coastline of Morocco!
In Erg Chebbi (Merzouga) you can optionally stay a night under the stars in the middle of the sandy desert! Your tour leader will arrange this for you if you desire.
Participants who book individually will share a room with another participant. We of course keep in mind that you should share your room with someone of the same sex. If you would like a room for yourself for the entire trip, then that can be arranged. You will pay a single room supplement and you should indicate this option when making your booking. During the trek a single room is not possible. If there are three people booked, all of whom have not paid for a a single room it may occasionally happen that a triple room is used.
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 classified as category C.
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 trip is in category C. It is possible for everyone who is well prepared and has a flexible attitude; however, the trip has some tough parts – long walking days or travelling times with some simple accommodation. A flexible and positive attitude is important, more than physical fitness
Nature of the trip
An unforgettable adventure crossing through the heart of Morocco. We will visit ancient royal cities, breathing a romantic atmosphere that seems to come straight from the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Ride a camel over the bizarre sand dunes of the Sahara Desert and meet its colourful nomadic population. The trip will be concluded with an adventurous trek through the High Atlas Mountains and a few days at the coast.
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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