Experience a whole new world of travel! Switch up your European travel itinerary and take a detour to North Africa’s most vibrant country, Morocco. Beat your own path hiking the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel! Journey to the Ourika valley to have tea with a local Berber family and relax with traditional Hamman baths at one of the local spas. Morocco will be an exciting worldly experience unlike anything you’ve ever encountered.
- All ground transportation and airport transfers
- 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
- Bus2alps trip leader and local guides.
- Group dinner at the Riad including traditional mint tea
- Souk Survival street market tour.
- Group dinner in Jamma El Fna Square
- Day trip to the Ourika valley and Atlas mountains.
- Mountain camel ride.
- Tea with a Berber family
- Lunch at the foot of the Atlas Mountains
- Historical walking tour of Marrakech including museum entry
Please note: The trip meets at Marrakech Airport anytime on Thursday. Transportation to this destination is not included. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
A city of contrasts, Marrakech boasts a unique culture, deep history, special charm, and delicious cuisine. Your trip leader will meet you any time throughout the day in the arrivals hall of the RAK airportand arrange private transfer to our Riad (accommodation) in Marrakech. It usually takes about 1 hour to clear customs after arrival.
We will then settle into the Riad prior to heading off on the guided ‘Souk Survival’ intro tour of Marrakech. Here we will explore the markets (souks) of the old town and learn the intricacies of bartering to get the best deal. We will finish the tour at the Jamaa El Fna Square for a group dinner and watch as the square comes alive at night with musicisans, aritists, snake charmers and crowds of Moroccans.
Finish the evening off with some roof top beverages at one of the popular local bars in the Medina.
Friday morning, after breakfast, we depart on an excursion to the Ourika Valley and the foothills of the Atlas mountains. Along the way we will take a break at a Berber familly’s house, go for a mountian camel ride, enjoy a short hike to the waterfalls, and stop at an Argan Oil Womens Cooperative to learn how the Berber women make Argan Oil by traditional methods.
We will return to Marrakech between 5:00 and 6:00 in the evening allowing plenty of time for you to continue exlporing the jamaa el Fna, get lost in the Souks, or enjoy a sheesha at the one of the local Sheesha bars.
After breakfast Saturday morning we head off on an extensive walking tour of Marrakech. We will visit the spice markets, the Kutubia mosque, the Saadian Tombs, Mellah and the Jewish quarter. During the early afternoon we will enjoy a horse and carrige ride to the famous Majorell Gardens designed by jacque Majorelle and now manitained by Yves Saint Laurent. For those of you wanting to get out of the city again we are able to organize white water rafting, mountain biking, dune buggy trips and even hot air ballooning. The afternoon is free to further explore the souks or maybe try a traditional hamman bath in one of the cities incredible spas. That evening we will organize an optional group dinner and night out in one of the new city’s up and coming clubs (extra cost).
Depending on your return flight time you will have the morning free to further explore Marrakech and finish some last minute haggling in the Souks for souvenirs. Your Bus2alps trip leader will organize your transport back to the airport in time to meet your flight.
Accommodation: While in Marrakech we stay in a traditional accommodation called a “Riad.” These beautiful buildings consist of rooms over looking a central garden, usually with a fountain as the focus point. Rooms will be shared between 4-6 people.
Weather: The weather in Morocco tends to be warm during the day time but may cool down in the evenings. We recommend bringing a fleece or sweater to wear at night time. Although usually sunny, there are sometimes short rain showers during the months of November & December
Common Sense: Morocco is generally a very safe place to travel, Marrakech especially is welcoming to tourists. People following a few basic common sense travel rules should have no problem.
- Keep your passport and money safe at all times. - Don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket. - Travel in groups and don’t leave friends behind. - Respect the local culture and they will respect you.
Shopping: Street vendors, sales people and hustlers can be very persistant. Barganing is a part of daily life in Marrakech. If you are interested in something feel free to enter into the barganing process, but never pay the first price and never feel obligated to pay more than you want to. If you do not want something politely say no thank you, hold up your hand and walk away. For those vendors who are particularly persistant, just ignore them and keep walking.