Morocco vacation, Marrakech to the Sahara

“Our only guided, tailor made 7 day trip focusing on two astounding aspects of Morocco: the Sahara and Marrakech. Staying at a riad and private desert oasis. As you do. ”

Highlights

Marrakech | Stay at private oasis camp at Tellougui | High Atlas Mountains | Camel trek | Koranic Library and traditional pottery at Tamegroute | Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou | Visit to rug makers at Tazenahkt |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
A tailor made trip, so you can stay clear of the desert in the summer months and opt for a coastal activity instead.
Trip type:
Tailor made, guided.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Accomm:
Luxury riad and desert camps.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, transfers, private city tour, activities, all meals in desert.
Meals:
No shortage of lunch and dinner options in Marrakech. This is one big kitchen.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Morocco vacation, Marrakech to the Sahara

Environment

To ensure the best possible service to our customers we engage services that make as low an impact as possible on the environment and local culture, whilst helping to generate long term employment and benefits for local people. Raising awareness of the culture, politics and economy of areas visited encourages responsible tourism practice and indirectly aides the preservation of the Kingdom's most precious resources. We take our responsibilities to the environment seriously and strive to make improvements where we can; there is always more work to be done but little by little one travels far. We have a policy of always using local suppliers wherever we can, so as to bring as much income to the local area as possible

We believe that it is vital to work with local operators for our desert tours, firstly as they will be able to offer an insight into the desert environment; secondly to enable any profits to be ploughed back into the community. On this break the desert trip is organised by Lahcen from the Fibule du Draa, who is well renowned for his work in the region to supply sports facilities for the local young people.

All food on our desert trip is sourced locally and we use a local restaurant near Ait Ben Haddou. We also include a visit to the pottery cooperative at Tamegroute where customers can purchase souvenirs from pottery made on site. We have worked with our desert supplier for many years and have a well established and excellent relationship. We firmly believe in paying fairly for his services and that of his guides, offering the ‘cheapest’ price simply isn’t an option for us.

All our desert trips are based on individuals or a small group - we feel that this offers a more personal experience and therefore minimises the impact on rural and desert areas. Your visit to the Souks and Sahara will give you a taste of the incredible hospitality of Morocco as well as contributing indirectly to the local economy.

We ask all our customers to respect the environment. Litter, in particular, is damaging to the fragile desert environment and we encourage people to take their litter home. All our trips are tailor made for individuals to minimise the impact of large groups on rural and desert communities.

The following applies to our UK and Morocco partner offices - We work under the principles of reduce, reuse then recycle. We are committed to continuous improvement in all areas within this policy. Paper: We use both sides of the paper before recycling. Recycling: We recycle as many materials as possible including paper, cardboard, printer cartridges, cans and plastic. Energy Use: We turn off (not leave on standby) electrical items overnight or during vacations. Purchasing: We buy recycled / biodegradable products, including recycled printer toners, where possible and refill containers.

Community

All our guides and drivers in Morocco are local people. We believe that it is vital to work with local operators for our tours, firstly as they will be able to offer an insight into the local people and their culture and history; secondly to enable any profits to be ploughed back into the community. We have worked with our local Morocco agency for many years and have a well established and excellent relationship. We firmly believe in paying fairly for their services and that of the guides.

Traveling with one of our excellent English-speaking drivers allows you to experience much more of the country and its people. Your driver will gladly discuss both your daily schedule and general matters about Morocco and the places you pass; he can suggest great places to eat traditional cuisine, bring to your attention projects which help local communities, particularly in rural areas.

Most of the riads we use are locally owned or are partnerships with a European owner and a Moroccan National. All staff members at these properties are local and all food and materials are sourced locally. Your visit will give you a taste of the incredible hospitality of Morocco as well as contributing indirectly to the local economy.

Local staff are also encouraged to undertake courses as and when applicable. e.g. The Mule Care Initiative Workshops held on the 1st and 2nd March in Imlil, sponsored by Expedition Providers Association & The Donkey Sanctuary.

Through our long term partnerships in Morocco we have been able to support and encourage volunteering for local causes such as conservation projects. For example, the Berber Cultural Center in the village of Imi'n tahnoute, Association des Bassins d’Imlil for the Protection & Sustainable Development of the Valley Populations around Imlil & the Toubkal National Park, Solidarity & Preservation of Cultural Heritage in the village of Demnate. We also facilitated the opportunity for our local staff to support an initiative alongside Elaine Moran, a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Demnate. Elaine has the funding to provide materials to repair and maintain pathways but needs manual labour and transportation for work crew which is where our partner agency can help.

Our partner agency in Morocco regularly donates money to local causes. This is done on a case by case basis and is generally not by making monetary donations to large organisations but more by assisting local people/families at times of need. e.g. providing a sheep to a family who cannot afford one at the time of Eid El Kebir, purchasing flight tickets to enable a student to attend study placement awarded overseas, paying for medical treatment or prescription medication, purchasing clothing for a person to attend interviews and obtain employment, offering temporary accommodation/purchasing meals for the homeless as well as initiatives for staff welfare and contributions to local animal and childrens’ charities.

16 Reviews of Morocco vacation, Marrakech to the Sahara

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Reviewed on 04 Jul 2018 by

Overall, we got much more than we thought such a vacation might give us. For this, we are deeply grateful and would thoroughly recommend the service. Can I give more than 5 stars? Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2017 by

Our vacation was first class, the booking agent understood our requirements and delivered. Highly recommended Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

Driver we had for 5 days who was excellent. Riad berbere really lovely and well run and jardins de skoura too. Live most of it. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2017 by

The most memorable was 4X4 travel through remarkable scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2016 by

Amazing! Marrakech was fascinating and we loved the nightlife in Djemaa el-Fna square. We had great guides at every stage of the vacation and learned a lot about the Moroccan culture. All the organisation from the vacation provider went very smoothly and I would use them again. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2016 by

Our main driver was very knowledgeable about the area as is a qualified guide and he was very attentive to our needs. He made our long road trip a pleasure. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2016 by

The most memorable moments were sitting on a high dune in the Ch'Gagga desert at sunset without anyone else around apart from my husband and then later that evening stargazing at a sky with no light pollution. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2015 by

Excellent...great places to stay, lovely people...we talked with our guides. We were not just talked to! We were out of our comfort zone when we arranged it for us to share with old friends...who had flown half way across the world...but we were not disappointed! Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2015 by

Excellent....I loved the overnight in the Sahara Desert as well as the hike in the Atlas Mountains Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2015 by

The trip to the Sahara was amazing - we marvelled at the fantastic stars and the contrasts the country offer. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

The scenery in the Sahara is spectacular. Marrakech is an incredibly bustling city and the guided walks in the High Atlas are fantastic too Read full review

Reviewed on 17 May 2015 by

Wonderful time as a family. Being in the remote High Atlas with our son so he could appreciate how much different the lifestyle is in some parts of the world. He held a baby goat that was born an hour earlier during the daily trip to the high pastures. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 May 2015 by

Enjoyable and culturally informative; increased understanding of the country's topography. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2013 by

It's difficult to choose what was the most memorable part of our vacation: wandering through the colorful and lively souks of Marrakech... Riding a dromedary at sunset? Or listening to Berber music around the fire in the moonlit desert? Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2012 by

Most memorable was seeing the beautiful scenery along the Marrakech/Zagora route, and sleeping outdoors in the desert under a moonlit sky. Read full review

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