Highlights of Morocco

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Trip code: 
AMH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
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Best Sellers - Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Imperial cities, Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and the Atlantic coast

For sheer diversity, Morocco is the perfect destination. We explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez, and continue our journey to the mountain ranges to the south, where sand dunes and kasbahs are scattered among palm oases inhabited by friendly Berbers. A highlight of our trip is a camel trek in the Sahara and a night at a Bedouin camp. We fit in a visits to Todra Gorge, the beautiful 16th century kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, and enjoy a village walk in a picturesque valley of the High Atlas. We complete the trip with a walk along the sandy beach of Essaouira.

Highlights

  • Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech.
  • Spend the night under the stars in the Sahara Desert, Bedouin style.
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the impressive Todra Gorge.
  • Experience a traditional hammam in the Atlas Mountains.
  • Walk from a remote Berber community into the magnificent and inspiring High Atlas Mountains.
  • Relax in the charming fishing port of Essaouira
  • Solo departures available Premium departures available

Key information

  • 10 nights 3-star hotels, all en suite 1 night auberge, 2 nights mountain gite and 1 night camping, all with shared facilities
  • 8 day guided trip
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader
  • Travel by private minibus, train and camel
  • Premium departures staying in boutique riads
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single supplement

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Casablanca.

    Arrival at our hotel in the evening.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Visit Hassan II Mosque; to Meknes via the capital Rabat.

    A modern and commercial seaport, Casablanca is a complete contrast to the Morocco we are soon to explore. This morning we visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. We take lunch in Rabat, the political capital of Morocco, but second to Casablanca in importance. Although mostly modern, Rabat has an excellent old quarter that we take time to explore before striking out over the northern plain towards Meknes. The scenery change as the landscape becomes more cultivated,this being one of the most fertile areas of Morocco. Overnight in imperial Meknes
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Explore the Roman site of Volubilis and Meknes; to Fez.

    Sultan Moulay Ismail's old capital of Meknes is our first example of one of the imperial cities of Morocco. The morning is free to wander the narrow streets and explore the souk, perhaps having your first chance at bartering for souvenirs. In the afternoon we take a short drive to the largest and best kept Roman ruins in Morocco – Volubilis, once a large Roman town. After exploring this site we continue our journey to Fez, where we spend two nights.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Guided tour of Fez, including visits to the Medersa Bou Ananiya and the medina.

    This fascinating city is the intellectual and religious centre of Morocco. Founded over a thousand years ago, Fez has many mosques and medersas (theological colleges) including the 9th century al-Karaouine University, whose architecture is very similar to that seen in Moorish Spain. The medina in Fez is one of the largest in the world, an immense and confusing warren of souks home to thousands of craftsmen with their tiny shops opening onto the narrow alleyways. Noisy and pungent, the medina of Fez is a totally absorbing and unique experience. Our city guide walks us through different sections of the souk - from those selling leather to the brass and copper souks. And of course, no visit to Fez is complete without a visit to the tanneries. Outside the medina we shall visit the Jewish District (mellah), the exterior of the Royal Palace and drive to a panoramic viewpoint over the medina.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive to Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara.

    Today we have a long journey over the stunning Middle Atlas, down through the picturesque Ziz Valley to the Hamada, (flat stony desert) gradually approaching the spectacular site of the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. We stay in a small and welcoming auberge (inn) on the edge of the dunes where it is easy to climb their summits to watch the sunrise.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Walk among the dunes; camel trek; camp in the desert.

    There is time today to explore the largest sand sea in Morocco or to relax in the shade of a palm tree by the dunes. The sand sea is famed for its pink tones that take on a spectacular rose colour at sunset. In the late afternoon we partake in a genuine Saharan experience - a 2-hour camel trek through the dunes to an oasis, where we spend the night in a simple Bedouin camp.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    To Todra Gorge.

    After sunrise, we leave our desert camp and travel, by camel, back to the auberge where we can have a shower before heading west towards the little town of Tinerhir and onwards to Todra Gorge for the night. Our hotel is set against the backdrop of the impressive walls of the gorge itself and we can spend the evening watching the rocks change colour with the setting sun.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Optional morning walk; palmery tour around the gorge

    We spend the day in the magnificent gorge of the Todra River. There is the opportunity to take a five hour guided walk, or to relax in the gorge, walking beneath vertical cliffs rising up to 400m. In the afternoon there is an optional guided tour of the lush palmery.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Journey to Telouet, via the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.

    Leaving Todra Gorge, we re-join the main road and drive west along the 'Route of the Thousand Kasbahs' via the desert city of Ouarzazate and on to the well-preserved Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular sights of the Atlas, made famous as the location of several Hollywood films including 'Gladiator'. After admiring the view, we may see something of the simple village houses. Continuing into the mountains we branch east through a wide flat mountain valley, finally arriving at Anmiter. Where we leave our bus and take an hour's picturesque walk on a gentle uphill gradient the village of Tijzha, where we spend the next two nights. (Our luggage will be transported to the gite for us).
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 10

    Full day walking in the High Atlas. Evening hammam

    We start our day with a four hour walk through the villages of the Tijhza Valley, heading up into the hills on mule tracks with the peaks of the High Atlas acting as a fitting backdrop to our walk. The afternoon is free to relax with a book, enjoy the mountain views, take a stroll through this beautiful landscape or challenge the local children to a game of football! Tijhza is just one of four villages in this remote valley that has been supported by Exodus for over ten years on various responsible tourisum projects. We will visit the village hammam, built with money raised by Exodus clients. This is a truly authentic experience, and terrific fun. It is very much a local hammam and you are likely to get the opportunity to mix with the villagers, which further adds to the experience. A standard treatment is included, but you will need to purchase a scrubber and soap for 20MAD (£1.50) plus customary tip of 20MAD. Refreshed, we return to the riad for our final dinner in the mountains.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 11

    Over High Atlas to Essaouira.

    Leaving the gite, we walk back to our bus for a short drive to the palace of Telouet. This once grand building stands abandoned and crumbling but we can visit a small part of this labyrinthine, fairy tale like structure. We continue our scenic drive over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, driving over the Tizi'n'Tichka, which at 2,260m, is the highest road pass in Morocco. The scenery is spectacular and there are some wonderful views of the mountains. The second half of the trip brings us to the flat arid plains of Marrakech and then onwards to Essaouira.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Free day in Essaouira.

    A free day in Essaouira, a charming old Portuguese fishing port overlooking the Atlantic Ocean coast. The settlement dates back to the 15th century but the present town was constructed around 1760 by Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah, who needed a base from which to suppress a revolt from Agadir. Today, the town is extremely relaxed and its whitewashed houses with painted shutters, artisans' workshops, boatyards and fishermen provide a marked contrast to the desert, kasbahs and cities we have so far visited on this trip. Our hotel is situated in the heart of the old walled city, where we have plenty of time for some shopping in the souks or strolls along the picturesque beach. With many pleasant cafes and some outstanding seafood restaurants there is plenty of choice for our evening meal.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    To Marrakech; guided tour including Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs, finish in Djemma el Fna

    After breakfast we head for Marrakech and in the afternoon we enjoy a guided tour to help us find our feet and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city. Our guide will take us to the Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs. We end in the Djemma el Fna, where the town becomes a maze of bustling bazaars, palaces and mosques. It is worth seeing this renowned landmark in the evening, as Marrakech revolves around this open-air central square. With the food stalls, snake charmers, juice-sellers and acrobats, it is a place of night-time entertainment for both local people and tourists.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Free day in Marrakech.

    Today is a free day in Marrakech and there is no shortage of things to do. You might like to visit the largest Mosque in Marrakech, Koutoubia, or venture through the souks and old streets of the medina. After bartering for souvenirs, there will be time for a short visit to the Koranic School and Museum of Marrakech. After this unwind by taking a ½ hour Calèche ride (a bright green horse-drawn carriage) to the Jardin Majorelle. These tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo blue and owned by Yves St. Laurent. A final treat would be a hammam, (traditional Moroccan steam bath).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Fly to London.

    Trip ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Tetanus and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

14 breakfasts and 4 dinners included.

Moroccan food is generally excellent. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are reasonably priced, but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening.
Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural sections of the trip.
Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.

 

Weather

From April to June, and in September, Marrakech and the north are pleasantly hot, with temperatures averaging 26ºC in the day and falling to 16ºC at night. It is unusual for there to be much humidity so it is quite pleasant except at midday when the sun is very strong. Desert temperatures are similar to those in Marrakech, with the nights usually a little cooler and the days a little hotter. Mountain temperatures are cooler than in Marrakech. In the winter months, the daytime temperatures in Marrakech are around 18 to 22ºC with night temperatures falling to 4 to 7ºC. The days should be clear and sunny, and a particularly attractive feature of the winter months is the clear views of the snow-covered Atlas. The temperatures in the south are generally a couple of degrees higher than those prevailing north of the mountains. There is a small chance of rain and it has been even been known to snow very infrequently in January and sometimes February on the higher desert plateaux (in which case it is cold at night and early in the morning on the southern side of the Atlas).

Is this trip for you?

This trip provides an insight into the enormous variety that Morocco has to offer, including cities, history, architecture, desert and mountain scenery. We spend quality time in the places that matter, the pace is not rushed but a couple of the journeys are long. We are not confined to our vehicle though, as there are plenty of photo stops and opportunities to stretch your legs. Accommodation standards are below that of Europe and more comparable to that of Sub-Saharan Africa. The temperatures in the cities may also be hot in the summer months but we try to make the most of the coolest parts of the day.

Ramadan:  Please note Ramadan runs from 15th May to 14th June 2018. During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, it does need to be recognised that the energy levels of our local staff may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day. Having said this, Ramadan is a unique time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air every night.

Accommodation

Hotel, Gite & Bedouin Camp

You will spend 10 nights in en suite 3 star hotels. You will also spend 1 night in an auberge, 2 nights in a mountain gite and 1 night camping, all with shared facilities. Some accommodation standards are more often comparable with those found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many hotels water supply is heated via solar panel, so can not guaranteed. However all are clean, comfortable, with traditional Moroccan elements

Premium Departures - on these dates we have upgraded the hotels, and in Marrakech and Essaouira we stay in historic riads right in the heart of the medina. These small family-run guest houses offer tranquil, authentic stay in the heart of the city.

You can request a single room on this trip subject to availability. The cost of the single supplement is GBP150 (£225 Premium departures), which applies to hotel nights only and therefore does not cover any nights spent in the mountains, desert or Bedouin camps.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Elizabeth Minchin
    This was the perfect tour, giving us insight into the history and culture of Morocco. It was quite varied: we visited souks in Meknes, Fez and Marrakech, the Sahara, Todra Gorge, a remote village in the High Atlas Mountains, and the Portuguese town of Essaouira on the coast. We stayed in a range of accommodations, from comfortable hotels to fairly basic but perfectly acceptable homestays (and a camp in the Sahara).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The evening and night in the desert. But that is one amongst many.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdoul was fantastic. He was quickly able to bond our group of 16. He was always kind and helpful; and he was fun to be with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect a luxury holiday. But it is a trip that introduces you to a very different culture--so deeply interesting.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Probably no need to take a sleeping bag, as recommended. But check.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Robert Lansburg
    I wanted to see as much of the country as possible. You cover 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) so it's a lot of bus time. The guide, Mohammed, is first-rate. He has a real love of the country and definitely communicates this passion. The driver is excellent as well. Exodus gives you a mountain lodge about an hour walk from motorized roads (mules carry the luggage) and that is something different. Lodging was very good and they picked some nice locations in the medinas. All the lodging was good and I just took the regular trip, not the premium. Moroccan people are friendly and the trip exceeded my expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in the Atlas mountains, the chance to experience the Sahara and Essaouira is a gem.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very professional, really goes out of his way to make this a very rich experience for everyone on the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Breakfasts are bread and jam, so if you want something more substantive than a diabetic special, bring your own food. Just be aware that there's a lot of travel on this trip. Don't plan your trip around Marrakech. I was expecting this fabled city and it's a big tourist hustle. Essaouria and Fez are both outstanding for the city portions of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you figure you may only go to Morocco once, this is a good choice. Or, the trip works well to see a lot of the country and then you can decide where to go back. You see the important cities and a lot of the countryside.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Anonymous
    This was a truly inspirational and varied trip, from the camel trek into the Sahara to watch the sunset and stay in an authentic Bedouin encampment, to the labyrinth of the medina in Fez, to the remote auberge in the beautiful High Atlas Mountains. Every day was an adventure!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trek into the Sahara Desert was definitely a highlight, but every day offered us a new experience; the souks of Meknes, the medina in Fez, the 'hidden' restaurant in a beautiful family owned read, entertainment from the guide and staff at the hotel in the stunning Todra Gorge, the beautiful High Atlas Mountains and the village of Tijzha, the fishing port of Essaouria, to name but a few!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Abdoul was an absolutely fantastic guide and couldn't do enough to make sure that every member of the group had a fabulous time. He arranged lots of extra activities that weren't on the itinerary; visits to local markets, local festivals and even a trip to see a local Berber band. The whole group were up shaking their booty at eleven o'clock in the morning! As previously mentioned, he provided musical entertainment at various hotels with other members of the hotel staff. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and he did everything in his power to make sure we had a fabulous holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're traveling in April you don't need to take sleeping bags, there is plenty of bedding in the Bedouin tent. Also the exodus kit bags are surplus to requirement, the donkeys carry the suitcases up to the auberge in the Atlas Mountains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We thought that this trip was an absolute bargain due to the amount of experiences it offered
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Beverly Hayward
    Nov 13 - Nov 27 Guide- Abdullah Driver- Said Driver was excellent and very accommodating. Also had a quirky side to him which was great. He was very personable. Thanks Said! Guide was also great -very friendly and knowledgeable about the places we visited and the life of the people. I learned quite a bit of Berber and Arabic dialect. Thks Abdullah! Personally I don't like long drives because it takes an entire day and it leaves nothing to do upon arrival at accommodations so maybe in the future the all day drives can be cut in half whereby we get settled in accommodation after lunch or before evening so we can have time to explore the area and shop for souvenirs than we can continue on after breakfast the next day. Also I think hotels/Riads would be better in an area where there's easy foot access to get around. A couple of times it felt like lockdown upon arrival at accommodations because they were away from everything. And lastly I would have preferred a choice in accommodation; not talking about the dessert places. Overall it was a great trip with a terrific group of people who have given me memories I will treasure forever.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The place where the river/water divided Rabat and Salle. Think I spelled that correctly. Place was absolutely beautiful with breathtaking views from every angle. Thanks also to one of the residents who lead me up her tiny quaint staircase to her patio for a view access the waters.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdullah was very knowledgeable and accommodating but he doesn't stray from the trip notes. A little leniency would be great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's a great way to experience Morocco. I don't think I would have seen most of the places on my own. Hopefully they shorten the long drives as I've explained.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think more options should be made available for fun when there is free time. Eg in the dessert there should have been tours posted advising ATV driving. It was very difficult trying to do this. Same in Marrakech, there should have been information provided for hot air ballooning. I would have loved to do this. I understand the tour is about the history of Morocco but people are on vacation and may want to do something fun here as well.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Megan O'Dea
    What a fabulous trip. Very well planned and times, lots to see and do, very active and varied. Be careful when going in August as the heat was,at times, a little too much, especially when exploring the cities and Volubilis. We stayed after the trip ended and took a trip to the Ouzoud waterfall, which would be a lovely addition to the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the nomad family when hiking in Todra Gorge. You really feel like you get to know Morocco. The night in the desert is magical and the hike in the High Atlas Mountains is absolutely stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Samir was extremely good. He was very informative, constantly adding in extras for our trip and he helped us out when we had a baggage issue and had to take a taxi from Fez to Casablanca to meet our luggage when it finally arrived!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Beware of the heat and the 'hairdryer wind!'
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Linda Martin
    A classic blend of Morroccan culture, sights and activity. We felt we had a real insight into Morrocco and saw the major cultural sights and experienced the desert, mountains,coast and life in the heart of the medinas

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our time in the High Atlas Mountains spending time meeting local people and absorbing the beauty of the valley. The medina in Fez was memorable- amazing buzz as you wind around the miles of narrow 'lanes' never knowing what is around the next corner. The tanneries are now renovated and even without being back in full use were an absorbing sight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Khalid was a great group leader. He organised the day to day practicalities with minimum fuss and kept us well informed. We all looked forward to hearing his hilarious stories of his Berber childhood and he gave us a real sense of Morroccan culture, history and environment without sounding like he was working through a script- he was good fun and approachable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't sleep on top of the sand dunes if it is windy- don't ask! It was a little chilly in April for our first 2 days so do take a fleece and clothes that you can layer and unlayer Do have a hammam ( traditional bath house) when you stay in the mountain village- go in a group if you can, forget inhibitions and have an hilarious experience
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Michael Freestone
    Most people had heard of Casablanca but we wanted something else. Our trip took us to teeming cities, oases and high mountains. The hotels were a good standard but sometimes the water supply failed. But this was not home and things like this you take in your stride. Morocco has many beautiful sites and smells and we sampled many of them.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the rarefied mountain passes and tracks was exciting. The quiet and tranquility of the mountain streams and abandoned villages and the hospitality of the locals was inspiring. Mint tea and cake , with our group sitting cross legged on a carpeted floor, was a very memorable experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Khalid was brilliant. Never short of an amusing anecdote, always on the phone arranging matters ahead of our arrival, always anticipating interesting observations, he made the tour something to remember.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Morocco is a fascinating country and is deeply Muslem. Respect their customs and wear appropriate clothing. Don't photograph soldiers or police ever and when people say no to photographs, they mean it. If you want a photo of someone, ask first.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go there and spend a night or two in the desert under the stars.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    anita norman
    I did not write a review straight away as I had an issue to sort with exodus and I did not want that to cloud my review. I would agree with Tim ( Oct2015). when travelling leave your western attitudes at home and embrace the experience: the good,the bad and the ugly. We had all three. If this had just been the mountains and desert it would be five stars all the way. However the trip in the towns/villages made it feel more like a package tour holiday and there were just too many. I feel most of the group would have preferred an extra day in the desert or/and mountains. I did feel the transport could have been better. I have only Cuba via exodus to compare it with and that really was first class.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Desert - awesome ( even though I was poorly ) magical

    What did you think of your group leader?

    ok - would have liked more information on the culture of the country

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    read between the lines of the trip notes -the long journeys are long - and the transport can be cramped.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Anonymous
    This is an excellent look at Morocco from every aspect.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    SJVtaying in the mountains in a small village where most people lived on next to nothing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rashid was a very good leader, he explained everything very well and did everything he could to make things good for us, and he had such a lovey personality.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of Imodium. The 4/5 hour walk in Todra gorge was in fact climbing up to the mountain top which I found quite challenging. The views from the top were breath taking and well worth it, but I think had I know the extent of the climb in advance I would have declined. Go with an open mind on the accommodation. They were all different and some quite basic, but still this added to the authenticity of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend anyone to go on this trip if you have not been to the country before as it shows you everything, and I loved every minute.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Jonathan Stoneman-Merret
    A thoroughly enjoyable way to see Morocco, excellent guide, great company, good weather, good transport and driver, good variety of hotels and food, brilliant scenery and fabulous city's, towns and villages filled with friendly hospitable local people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The changing scenery from the differing mountain ranges to the huge Atlantic waves crashing in on the coast. The sights, sounds and smells of the different medinas.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A very friendly, funny and knowledgeable person, he interacted with the group and ensured we were fully organised at all times.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take Imodium with you, drink lots of bottled water and steer clear of drinking local green tea unless completely sure the glasses are clean and the water boiled.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is not a standard package holiday, you really do see the highlights of Morocco, warts and all. It's not exactly back packing but for us oldies (age group 57 & 60) it was a real adventure. We enjoyed it so much we have already booked a second "highlights" holiday for early next year.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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