PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE DATES NOT YET CONFIRMED - they may vary one day either side of the dates given. DEPOSIT ONLY payable now.
This lovely tour gives a taste of Morocco spending time in Marrakesh as well as some walking in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and an overnight trip to the delightful coastal town of Essaouira. Marrakesh is a fascinating city with the most amazing markets and the famous 'square' that is like being transported to a scene from the Arabian Nights. Toubkal National Park is a beautiful space away from the mayhem of the city. Essaouira is an enchanting contrast to both places with its old fort and fishing connections.
We spend 9 nights and 10 days in Morocco with B&B staying in hotels and riads. There are plenty of different options for eating out, from Moroccan to Western style. The local guide who is with you for the trip will suggest places to eat that are safe and offer cultural insights.
We use a local Moroccan-based company with Scottish connections. They are bonded in Morocco so the trip is guaranteed by them - subject to minimum numbers.
A high level trek also takes place at the same time if you are looking for a challenge or know people who are.
Marrakesh, Foothills and Coastal
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakesh Airport- Night in hotel B&B
Day 2: Depart in the morning to Asni by minibus along the road to Imlil then carry onwards to the valley of Ouirgane in the centre of the Toubkal National Park- afternoon to enjoy a short walk around the Berber villages or lake and evening in a Ksar (garden riad). B&B
Day 3: Day to enjoy the peacefulness of the valley- relax next to the pool , go for a tour around the salt mines and visit a berber family for tea, Night in Ksar 6.30 hours of trek. B&B
Day 4: Travel over the plateau du Kik with views over lake Takerkoust and onwards to Marrakech, Night in Marrakech hotel. B&B
Day 5 : Morning guided tour of Marrakech and afternoon free. B&B
Day 6: Marrakech- try a cookery course- meet the tutor in the souks to get the ingredients and then go to the kitchens to learn how to make some Moroccan dishes. B&B
Day 7: Trip to the coastal town of Essaouira- travel across the Plains and to the Argan forests near Essaouira, visit the harbour, ramparts, medina and beach of the town, maybe try a fish restaurant with fish straight from the sea. Night in Essaouira Riad. B&B
Day 8: After a leisurely morning transfer back to Marrakech and night in the city. Meet up with the High Level Trekkers. B&B
Day 9: Morning free to explore Marrakech, and in the afternoon maybe some last minute shopping, or bargain hunting in the souks, Night in Hotel. B&B
Day 10: Transfer to airport for departure.
Services of a guide
Meals mentioned above
Transport to and from airport for agreed flights and during the tour
Airfares to Marrakesh
Meals not mentioned
Cost of cookery class (extra £50)
Single person supplement for rooms
Is there an early bird rate?
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from Morocco?
Best flights are from Gatwick to Marrakesh going out with British Airways though Easyjet is looking best for the return. These work well for connections to Scotland.
Flights go from Manchester on some days.
What can I bring into the event?
Think of a summer holiday, though a fleece for the trip to Toubkal National Park may be helpful as well as an umbrella for sun and rain.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
What's the refund policy?
Once a deposit is paid this can only be refunded if the place is filled by someone else. Final payment is due 8 weeks in advance of the trip. Unfortunately cancellations charges need to be levied if you cancel. These are on a sliding scale according to how far in advance you cancel.
Cancellation charge when you cancel
More than 42 days - Amount retained: Deposit only
More than 28 days - Amount retained: 30% of holiday cost
More than 14 days - Amount retained:50% of holiday cost
14 Days or Less than 14 days - Amount retained:100% of holiday cost
Is my registration fee transferrable?
Yes, as long as you let me know and the person is fit enough for what they have signed up for !