Marrakech, Mountains & Coast - Premium

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Trip code: 
AMGP
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Experience the highlights of Morocco in comfort

The High Atlas Mountains provide a magnificent backdrop to the city of Marrakech where we explore the medina, museums and gardens as well as the colourful Djemaa el Fna.

Leisurely walks in the High Atlas Mountains offer the opportunity to visit Berber villages and gain an understanding into traditional life.

We complete the week in style in Essaouira, where we stay in a traditional riad enjoy local seafood by the long sandy beach.

Highlights

  • Colourful Marrakech
  • Walking in the beautiful Atlas Mountains
  • Relax on the coast in historical Essaouira
  • Premium departures available

Key information

  • 5 nights riad in en suite rooms and 2 nights mountain gite with shared facilities
  • 4 days sightseeing in Marrakech and Essaouira
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

 

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Free transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Marrakech.

    Fly to Marrakech and transfer to our hotel.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning guided tour of Marrakech; visit Djemaa el Fna Square.

    We set off on foot for a guided tour of the ‘Pink City’ of Marrakech, to see the medina, the Bahia Palace, the 16th century Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque. The afternoon is free to amble at your own pace, to visit one of the many gardens or wander through the busy souks. The city revolves around Djemaa el Fna, the main square. We meet here for dinner as dusk falls, when the square comes alive with acrobats, story tellers, snake charmers and an abundant array of food stalls.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Transfer to Tamatert, iovernight in mountain gite.

    Head into the heart of the High Atlas, to Tamatert, a village so remote we journey the last hour or so on foot to reach the mountain kasbah. After the hour and a half drive along windy roads from Marrakech, it’s a pleasure to take the well-defined path past walnut, apple and fig trees up to the Berber village, nestled in a peaceful valley near Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Our family run riad offers, cosy rooms with open fire places and home cooked food, including vegtables grown in the garden.
    Mountain gite

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Daywalk to Tamatert Pass (2250m), rewarded with breathtaking views.

    Today we enjoy a full day's walk through the beautiful valleys of Ait Mizan and Ait Souka. Taking a slow ascent to the Tamatert col which offers rewarding and breathtaking views over this magnificent mountain range. We stop for delicious picnic lunch en route, enjoying some shade and the calm and peace of these beautiful mountains.
    Mountain gite

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Descend to Imlil on foot; transfer to Essaouira for a relaxed evening in a riad.

    Bidding a fond farewell to our hosts,we take the short walk to meet the bus in Imlil, a larger village easily reached by road from here we take our transfer to the Atlantic Coast. Arriving in time relaxed evening in the comfort of our beautiful riad in Essaouira. This 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, Essaouira is extremely relaxed and its whitewashed houses with painted shutters, artisans' workshops, boatyards and fishermen provide a marked contrast to Marrakech.
    Standard Riad

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Guided tour in Essaouira; free afternoon.

    In the morning, our guide takes us on a short tour around this pleasant Portuguese fishing port. The afternoon is free to head off exploring this charming old town. There is time for some shopping in the old walled city, a relaxing walk (or camel ride) along the beach, a walk to the harbour and ramparts, or perhaps a boat trip. There are also many pleasant cafes and some outstanding seafood restaurants to sample before we return to our traditional riad.
    Standard Riad

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free morning to further explore Essaouira; afternoon transfer to Marrakech; free evening to soak up the atmosphere around the main square. evening to soak up the atmosphere around the main square.

    Today we have a 3 hour drive back Marrakech to explore the many other activities available and absorb the vibrant atmosphere of the city. Simply enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice in one of the many rooftop cafés overlooking the Djemma El Fna, or perhaps take a Calèche ride (a bright green horse drawn carriage) to the Majorelle Gardens. These small but tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo blue and house a small museum of Islamic art in the grounds. A final treat would be to go for a hammam, a traditional Moroccan steam bath.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Fly to London.

    After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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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

All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals 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 with 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. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking 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. 

If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

Weather

Please note that this chart shows the average temperatures in Marrakech. In the mountains, the temperatures are likely to be a couple of degrees cooler, while on the coast, there is often a breeze and temperatures can be as much at 10ºC lower than in Marrakech. Night time temperatures between October and February are cool and the possibility of rain cannot be ruled out at any time of the year. During the winter, there are wonderful panoramic views of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech.

Is this trip for you?

This trip provides a gentle introduction to Morocco. The itinerary is quite relaxed, yet there are a couple of long drives (especially from the mountains to the coast), simply to be able to experience three distinctly different aspects of this wonderful country. Although there is an organised itinerary most days, all activities are optional, so you can spend your time relaxing if you prefer.

The mountain walks on this trip would be described as undemanding by anyone with experience of hill or mountain walking. Those less familiar with hiking need to understand that mountain paths are stony and uneven.

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.

 

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Accommodation

Riads & Mountain Gite

You spend 5 nights in riads with en suite rooms and 2 nights in a mountain gite with shared facilities. Your Riad in Marrakech is located perfectly for visiting the old town and a short distance from Djemaa el Fna Square. It features sumptuous Moroccan cuisine and a tranquil terrace to look across Marrakech rooftops.

The highlight of the trip is the beautifully restored Douar Samra mountain gite. This Berber house is built in the traditional method using pisé (beaten earth), wood and stone, and welcomes visitors as part of the community. Local people help to run Samra and they have a vegetable garden in order to use as much local produce as possible. Every bedroom is different and there is also wonderful roof terrace overlooking the mountains.

You can request a single room on this trip subject to availability. The cost of the single supplement is GBP150, which only applies to the 5 nights spent in riad accommodation and therefore does not cover any nights spent in the mountain gite.

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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? 

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