Days
8
Price from
R8,620ZAR

Hawaii can wait – take a surf (and mountain!) trip to Taghazout and hang out in the mountains on the way.

Morocco might make you think of big markets and bigger deserts but the country’s beaches are pretty excellent too. Taghazout is a magnet for Moroccan chillers thanks to some A-grade Atlantic surf and other seaside towns like Essaouria are made for kicking back and soaking up some cultural vibes. Country living out by the Atlas Mountains can’t be beat either – the people are nice, the views are pretty and you ain’t gonna find food this good in a restaurant. Take the time to check out some of Morocco’s best secrets – from the mountains to the beaches.


Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Code
GEMB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Who doesn’t love a good walk? Enjoy alhike up the Atlas Mountains to the foot of Jebel Toubkal, the highest point in North Africa.

  • Run to Paradise Valley – you don’t want anyone to tell you the blue pools and waterfalls aren’t some of the most beautiful out there

  • It’s not a stretch to say that relaxing yoga lessons on the coast of South Morocco are a highlight of this adventure. You’ll get a chance to hang ten on a basic surf class too

  • Hendrix came to Essaouria for a reason – the city of the wind draws all sorts of artsy types thanks to its culture (and maybe it’s delicious grilled seafood too)

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is set in a relaxing pace and you will have plenty of time to read your book, walk along pretty beaches and enjoy time as you please.

  • There are some easy going activities included such beginner surfing classes and some easy walking around the valleys. Please be prepared.

  • In 2018, Ramadan will take place from 15 May to 14 June. This is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world. Many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disturbance to your travels around this time. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.

  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your leader will suggest methods and amounts to tip during the trip, but it is left to the group to decide the details.

  • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on regular occasions.

  • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider what time of year you travel carefully. If you do travel in the warmer months then pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water. The desert can also get cold at night, so remember to bring base layers and warm clothing.

  • We have sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with Geckos style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may be different to western standards.

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. This adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at around 6 pm on Day 1 – make sure you don’t miss it! Check in with the hotel reception for the exact details before it happens. If you're going to be late, please contact the hotel reception. The trip leader will be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so make sure you have these ready. After meeting your group, why not get to know each other while exploring the city’s main square – Djeema El-Fna – or get lost exploring the city’s spice souqs. For dinner, load up on some delicious street food. The eggplant fritters are super addictive.

If you want more time to hang out in Marrakech, it might be a good idea to arrive a day early – Geckos can sort out additional accommodation to help out, depending on availability.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Wake up in the morning and catch a private bus towards the Imlil Valley. Calling dibs on a window seat would be a smart move ¬– the two-hour drive has got some awesome scenery to keep you occupied on the way. Arrive at Imlil, a little village that sits at the foot of North Africa’s highest peak, and then lace-up for a scenic one-hour trek to the mountain village of Aroumd.

Tonight’s stay is in a family-run mountain home (gite) in the village. The Berber’s are famous for their hospitality, so make the most of this opportunity to sit down, break bread with the family and learn about their culture. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but they’re cosy, comfortable and definitely offer an experience that blows hotels out of the water.
Accommodation
  • Mountain Gite (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you’ll hit up some of Morocco’s best surfing locations so make sure you have your swim suits ready. First stop is the appropriately named Paradise Valley, full of gorgeous pools and massive canyons. After a dip in the water, roll on to Taghazout. This scruffy little roadside village might not look like it at first, but it’s quickly gained a solid rep as an awesome surfing location. The waters stay warm from September through to April and the surf is top notch for starters and adept wave riders alike.
Accommodation
  • Surf Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Kick off your adventures through this sleepy town with an early morning yoga session, helping you relieve any tension before diving into the water later on. Oddly enough, the skills required for both surfing and yoga complement each other through the principles of concentration, flexibility and balance. Good news if you were planning on hitting the waves later. Don’t know how to ride a board? No stress. Today includes a half-day surfing course to teach you the basics.
Accommodation
  • Surf Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Half day surfing course
  • 1 hour yoga class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
You’ve got a free morning in Taghazout, so why not get up early and watch the sunrise, then take an optional yoga class or rent out a surfboard and hit the waves. Later, travel to the old fishing town of Essaouira, a place where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. This artists' town has drawn people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix who (according to local legend) spent a lot of time here in the ‘60s. Join your local leader for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). Spend the night in a restored riad, a traditional nobleman's house unique to Morocco. The riad is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cosy yet historical. It’s definitely one of the more memorable stays of the journey.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Horse riding - MAD250
  • Seafood Market Lunch - Essaouira - MAD80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Yesterday’s walking tour should have you well up to scratch with the ins and outs of Essaouria, so go crazy! Get exploring! Grab a traditional Moroccan breakfast, and maybe wander to the harbour and its adjacent fish markets (you’ll have to get up early if you want to see the daily catch being auctioned off). You might like to check out the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum for a look at its collection of artefacts, woodwork, carpets and stringed instruments. If you feel like something more active, why not go on an optional horse ride along the sandy beaches of Atlantic Ocean.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Chat with locals on a shared bus ride back to Marrakech (approximately 3 hours). Once the bus arrives back in the city, tuck in for an awesome dinner experience at the famous Djemma el-Fna. This square is known as one of the largest public spaces in the world – it’s a truly iconic part of the city. As soon as the sun sets, the square comes to life with henna-painters, performers and storytellers sharing the space with street food stands. The smells of the stalls will lure you in and the tastes will keep you coming back for more. There’s all sorts of excellent pastries, fresh juices, teas and even bowls of snail soup to go round if you’re feeling a little adventurous! As the evening closes in, say goodbye to your new friends over some of these delicious snacks as you dine on a roof-top restaurant that overlooks the square.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Asni & Ouirgane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD620
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD1990
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your Moroccan adventure comes to an end today. Check-out time is usually around midday and you are free to leave at any time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. If you’d like to explore more of Marrakech, you can also join one of our in-depth Urban Adventure tours. Just visit www.urbanadventures.com.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, public bus, taxi

Accommodation

Budget Hotel (4 nights), 1 night mountain gite, 2 nights surf camp

Included Activities

  • Half day surfing course
  • 1 hour yoga class

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Important notes

How to endear yourself to the locals: don’t pose for photos where the holiest of holy people pray. If you want to take a photo of people, always ask - they may say no, so respect that. Even if it’s hot, cover your shoulders, knees and hair. Don’t shake someone’s hand or eat with your left hand - this is the one you use to wipe your butt.

Single Supplement is available on this trip with no exceptions.

COMMISSION
The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry. In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, Geckos has established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedbacks from our previous travellers. On occasion these will be as part of included walking tours or outside of included activities in free time. Please note that if you feel that you do not wish to join in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.
Geckos have set up a centralised system of receiving payments from these recommended suppliers, of which are then distributed towards local Responsible Travel projects (such as 'say no to plastic' cotton bags for our travellers and drinking water refilling stations), traveller information packs, and leader bonuses. Further details of these arrangements can be provided by your group leader on request.
While Geckos endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality, please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travellers feedback and experiences and Geckos cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product. A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of you our traveller is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

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