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.
Please note: The trip meets at Marrakech Airport anytime on Thursday. Transportation to this destination is not included. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
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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 airport and 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 and provide lunch recommendations 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 evening with dinner of traditional Moroccan cuisine at our Riad, complete with musicians and followed by mint tea.
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 family’s house, go for a mountain camel ride, hike to see the waterfalls, and enjoy lunch by the riverside.
We will return to Marrakech in the evening for a group dinner in the Jamaa El Fna Square and watch as the square comes alive at night with musicians, artists, snake charmers and crowds of Moroccans.
After breakfast Saturday morning, we will embark on our optional excursions including canyoning, dune buggies, and ATVs near the desert. For those who do not wish to participate in an activity, the morning is yours to explore the souks of Marrakech or linger over lunch in the main square.
In the afternoon we head off on an extensive walking tour of Marrakech. We will visit the spice markets, the Marrakech Museum, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, a Berber herbalist, and a cooperative featuring Moroccan jewelry, clothing and furniture.
In the evening we will arrange an optional traditional hammam bath in one of the city’s incredible spas. The night is yours to continue shopping in the souks, exploring Jamaa el Fna, or enjoying a sheesha at one of the local sheesha bars.
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 overlooking 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 persistent. Bargaining is a part of daily life in Marrakech. If you are interested in something feel free to enter into the bargaining 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 persistent, just ignore them and keep walking.