11 Days 10 Nights
Duration
16 +
Age
Valid until 31st December 2023
Period

The journey begins

Style: Hosted
Theme:  Cultural

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Marrakech > Ouarzazate > Toudra Valley > Sahara Desert > Fes > Casablanca

Welcome to the first of our “Reach Out” small group tours, or Collective Adventures as we like to call them.

Not only you will be able to visit the beautiful and historic nation of Morocco, but you will also be able to contribute to and participate in a variety of worthwhile programs. We give this product a “positive” rating because the contributions you make, as well as the usage of local guides, drivers, and accommodations, help to offset your carbon footprint.

Taking in some of Morocco’s most attractive and scenic locations, including Fez, Meknes, Chefchaouen, and Marrakech, where you will be able to explore historic Medinas and Souks. Camel trekking over the beautiful sand dunes of the Sahara Desert will transport you back in time and make you feel like a member of the Caravan. Spend the night in a stunning desert camp and listen to traditional music while admiring the endless desert skies.

As part of our “Reach Out” programme, you will spend two days at a school painting and performing other essential maintenance tasks with a local team. You will also be contributing to the education fund for students from the remote villages studying in Marrakech, as well as a much-needed water project.

Crossing the High Atlas Mountains, with its breathtaking mountain passes and rich fertile valleys, will leave you with lifelong memories. We’ll also explore the ancient Roman ruins, as well as sites like the rich Dades Valley and the mansions of long-gone kings. Morocco is a nation of contrasts, and we’ll show you everything from bustling towns to stunning mountains and the vast sand dunes of the Sahara desert.

Join us on this incredible Collective Adventure to Morocco and all of its wonders, and make a difference.

 

Reach Out Programme:

This Collective Adventure is about more than just seeing an exotic country; it’s also about changing people’s lives through your efforts and contributions, which are included in the package fee.

These include:

 

Heading north away from the spectacular Toudra Valley towards the High Atlas Mountains we are working with typical village school.  Here we will spend two days painting and doing other much needed maintenance with a local team at a local village school. Built into the price of the Tour is the required materials and the costs to employ the local team of workers. One of the village schools in our Reach Out Programme
We will also bring much needed school supplies, spend time with the students on a typical village school yard clean up and a clean environment lesson.

Another view of a village school involved in our Reach Out Programme

One of the villages where we will fund a water project at a village just outside the Toudra Valley. We will pay the costs of purchasing water pipe and the labour to connect outlying houses to the village water supply.

View of one of the villages where we will undertake a water project as part of our Reach Out Programme

We are joining EasyGo Tours our Local Expert Partner is one of the Berber Villages which is home to the University Students in our partners support programme. We have included a contribution in the price of the Tour to support students studying at Marrekesh University. They are from a Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains within the Ait Bouguemez valley.

Their parents struggle to make their living from working on small fields and herding sheep and the students return in the summer to help their parents in the fields.  This contribution will ensure they can continue their studies and one day return and make a difference in their village.

View of the remote Ait Bouguemez Valley where the University students supported by the Reach Out Programme come from.

Inclusions:

  • Modern air-conditioning vehicle during the trip
  • All road taxes
  • English speaking Tour Leader
  • City tour of Marrakech.
  • City tour of Fes
  • City tour of Rabat
  • City tour of Chefchaouen
  • Guided tour of Ait Benhaddou
  • Local expert English speaking guides for the cities tours
  • Entry fees to the mentioned monuments
  • Camel trek at the Sahara Desert
  • 9 Nights Accommodation at mentioned hotels in the itinerary or similar in double or twin rooms.
  • 1 night at the Berber Camp
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • 4 Additional dinners

 

Is This Tour For Me

TRAVEL STYLE Small group tour  perfect for couples, friends or the solo adventurer.
SERVICE LEVEL This package is a premium quality Collective Adventure hosted by our Local Expert Partner – EasyGo Tours.
PHYSICAL RATING Some walking up and down stairs and light physical work at the school project
TRIP TYPE Hosted Collective Adventure with a maximum of 18 people

 

Pricing per Guest (USD):

Travelling Date Twin Share Single Room Supplement
5th to 15th December 2021  $1567 $350
9th to 19th January 2022 $1567 $350

 

 

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Day 1: Marrakech (D)

 Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco! Your Collective Adventure will begin at 5 p.m. at your joining hotel, where we will assemble as a group to meet fellow guests and your Tour Leader. The university students who are supporting their studies will be present at this meet and greet.

A shuttle from Marrakech airport is included on the first day. We next meet at the hotel for a welcome meal with your Tour Leader and University students, which is a great way to meet your fellow adventurers.

Overnight and dinner at Marrakech

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Day 2: Marrakech (B)

Bahia Palace > Djamaa El Fna > Majorelle Gardens 

After breakfast, our local guide will take us on a tour of the city’s attractions. Our first stop will be at the Bahia Palace, which is a stunning structure. The Grand Vizier of Morocco built it towards the end of the 19th century, and it is a remarkable example of Moorish architecture of the time. After that, we’ll go to the Souks (Markets) to go to the famous Djamaa El Fna square, which is the heart of Marrakech’s entertainment.

After having lunch in one of the local restaurants, we will leave the old Medina and head north towards the Majorelle Gardens. These magnificent and gorgeous gardens were designed by Jack Majorelle in the 1920s. We will then visit Yves St Laurent’s famous museum, which is located just next door.

The rest of the afternoon you can choose to relax or join your Tour Leader on a shopping adventure to buy some school supplies that will be delivered to our school project.

Overnight at Marrakech

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Day 3: Ouarzazate (B,D)

Marrakech > Ait Benhaddou > Ouarzazate

This morning we will start our journey by crossing the high atlas Mountain of Morocco and arrive at the old village of Ait Benhaddou, this village was a major stop for the caravans in the old days thus it become a UNESCO heritage site and as well it is used as background for many international movies such as Gladiators, Prince of Persia and Game of throne.

Not too far from this village situated Ouarzazate a city in the south of Morocco known as Hollywood of North Africa due to the number of Movies that were made in its film studios that we will have a chance to visit. Late in the afternoon there will be an optional quad biking activity and a short walk through the local souk of Ouarzazate.

Overnight at Ouarzazate

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Day 4: Toudra Valley (B,D)

Ouarzazate > Roses Valley > Toudra Valley 

After breakfast, we drive east along the Thousand Kasbah Road, stopping at Skoura for a visit to Amridil Kasbah. We then continue to Toudra valley, at our arrival we will check into our hotel then enjoy lunch. The afternoon will be spent exploring the spectacular Todra Gorge, with its 300-meter-high cliffs towering above us, as well as participating in our optional Rock Climbing activity.

Overnight at Toudra Valley

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Day 5: Toudra Valley (B,D)

Give back to the local community (1st day)

After breakfast, we will join the team of a local association to work in one of the local schools. The majority of our time will be spent painting the school’s walls and classrooms. We’ll also be delivering much-needed school supplies, providing an opportunity to interact with the students.

The work for the day will finish around 2pm, we’ll then return to our hotel for lunch before having some free time to rest or swim if the weather is right.

Late in the afternoon, we will visit the stunning Toudra Gorge which is set amongst the Palmeries and hemmed in by 300-meter-high cliffs. We will have time to explore the gorge and participate in a rock climbing activity. We then return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Overnight at Toudra Valley

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Day 6: Toudra Valley (B,D)

Give back to the local community (2nd day)

After breakfast we return to the school and assist the local team with more painting and other maintenance works. We will also meet the students for the environmental awareness lesson and participate in a school area cleaning.

We’ll leave the school at 14:00 and return to our hotel for lunch once more. In the afternoon, we’ll take a stroll through Toudra’s Oasis and stop at an ancient village to learn about how the valley’s residents lived half a century ago and how the valley has changed since then.

We take in a visit to a local cooperative to learn how the Berber rugs are made. We will then drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight and dinner at Toudra Valley

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Day 7: The Sahara (B,D)

Toudra George > Arfoud > Merzouga

Once we depart at Toudra Valley this morning, we will have photo stops to take in the panoramic views along the drive way. We will stop at the ancient town of Tinjdad town for morning tea.

Our Adventure will continue to get to the Sahara Desert where we will meet our camel team. We stop for lunch along the way at one of the roadside restaurants. Now, prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure crossing the Erg Chebi’s sand dunes on the backs of camels. Enjoy stunning scenery while riding camels and watch the colours of the sand dunes change with the strength of the light.

After an hour by the camels, we will get to our Berber camp at the heart of Sahara Desert and you will have some free time. Enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner washed down with some mint tea. Around the campfire, admire an evening entertainment preformed by the local nomads playing traditional Berber music. Our unforgettable journey ends up with a sleep under the stars.

Overnight and dinner at the Sahara

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Day 8: Merzouga (B)

Merzouga > Fes

After breakfast and shower in the Berber camp we will drive through the city Errachidia and the ZIZ valley that is very famous for Date palms. After, we will cross the High and the Middle Atlas Mountains that separate the Sahara Desert from the interior parts of the country. We will get then to Fes the oldest capital of Morocco where we will stay for the night.

Overnight and dinner at Fes

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Day 9: Fes (B)

Fes

Today we take the guided tour of Fes. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. Its medina, home to 400.000 inhabitants, with only donkeys and bikes as a means of transportation, is a heady mix of aromas, sights and sounds. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. After exploring the dye-pits, tanneries, pottery and restaurants, we return to our hotel to freshen up for tonight, where we have the chance for a traditional meal and entertainment in the city with live Moroccan entertainment including traditional dancing, belly dancing and magicians. Overnight in Fes.

Overnight and dinner at Fes

10

Fes (B,D)

Fes > Casablanca

After breakfast we drive west towards Casablanca, we will stop at Meknes on our way, then head to the administrative capital of Morocco, Rabat. On the arrival we will go in a guided tour of Rabat, we will start with the royal palace of Rabat which is the official palace for the king and the government, then Hassan tower and the Mausoleum of the Alaouite king Mohamed V and his son Hassan II, after that we will visit the Oudayah Kasbah, a fortified building used to be a place to defend the city from the invasion of the European countries, after the visit of Rabat we will continue to Casablanca.

We join our Tour Leader in a farewell dinner where we are sure you will have many great shared memories to talk about as a Group and who knows maybe plan your next Collective Adventure with your new friends!

Overnight at Casablanca

11

Day 11: Departure (B)

If you have extra time you can explore Casablanca and visit its famous Hassan 2 mosque and la Cornich, your transfer to the airport is at your disposal at any time of the day.

End of services

Click on the tabs below to view our partner Hotels and Resorts.

Hotels

Our Chosen Partner Hotels, Riads and Desert Camps

Marrakech

El Andalouse Lounge & Spa

Superior Standard

Deluxe Room Double or Twin 
The El Andalous hotel lives up to its name. By its spacious architecture, its Moorish decoration, its green gardens, it evokes the golden age of Arab-Andalusian culture, rich in exoticism and romanticism.

This distinguished hotel opens onto a landscaped garden of 7000 m2, a haven of freshness, scents and colors, ideal for meditating in the shade of a palm tree or dreaming under a starry night.

Located in the heart of the residential district of Marrakech, Hivernage, 10 minutes walk from the historic “Jemâa El Fna” square, the city center, the “Koutoubia” minaret, the famous “LAMAMOUNIA” casino and the gardens from the “Mènara” are a few minutes

Ouarzazate

Les Jardins de Ouarzazate

Superior Standard

 Double or Twin  Room

Located on the edge of the palm on the road from Ouarzazate to Zagora, which leads to the desert, Les Jardins de Ouarzazate is a perfect place to relax at the back of the desert. It is also a place of welcome quiet and enjoyable few days to relax and enjoy the sun and its large pool surrounded by palm trees in the middle of the rose garden.

Les Jardins de Ouarzazate offers 31 air conditioned rooms, pool and enclosed garden with trees. Large terrace. Free Wi-Fi. At the edge of the palm out of Ouarzazate on the way to Zagora.

Toudra Valley 
Auberge Royal Palmas
Superior Standard
Double or Twin Room with balcony
Set in Tinerhir, 2.1 mi from Todra Gorge, Auberge Royal Palmas offers accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. Featuring a concierge service, this property also provides guests with a water park.

The accommodations features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at the hostel also provide guests with free WiFi. Guests at Auberge Royal Palmas can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Fes
Hotel Arena Fes
Superior Standard
Double or Twin Room with balcony
Set in Fès, 6 km from Royal Palace Fes, Hotel Arena Fes offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a shared lounge. Featuring a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom.

The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and currency exchange for guests.

At the hotel, all rooms come with a desk. The units feature a wardrobe.

Guests at Hotel Arena Fes can enjoy a continental breakfast. The accommodation offers a sun terrace.

Nouvelle Ville is 5 km from Hotel Arena Fes, while C.C.I.S Fes is 5 km away.

Merzouga

Merzouga Berber Camp

Superior Standard

Tent with Double or Twin
Merzouga bazzine desert camp is located in Hassi Labied, a 1 km from Erg Chebbi, 5 km from Merzouga and 35 km from Rissani. There is also a dining table. Shared bathroom also comes with a shower. Extras include an outdoor seating area. Breakfast is served every morning at merzouga bazzine desert camp or in the berber family house.
Casablanca

Hotel Le Diwan

Superior Standard

 Double or Twin  Room

The Hôtel Diwan Casablanca is located in the city centre, just a 5-minute walk from the Casa Port Train Station and 1.5 km from the Hassan II Mosque. Guests can relax with a massage in the hotel’s spa and fitness area.

The contemporary rooms at Hôtel Diwan Casablanca are air-conditioned and some have a balcony. Each room features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom includes a bathrobe.

A buffet breakfast is served every morning. Guests can shop at the Bab Marrakech souks just a 15-minute walk away or visit the Old Medina, which is 500 m away.

Collective Adventure

Exclusions

  • Visa fee
  • Flights & airport taxes
  • Other personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Other activities
  • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance which is required

Remarks

  • Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
  • Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
  • No refund for any un-utilized Package
  • Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)
  • Airport transfer surcharge of USD 5 per person each way for pick-up or send-off from 21:00 hrs to 06:00hrs (adjust based on group size)

CANCELLATION: 

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
  • More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

Local Culture

The Moroccan people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.

Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.

Due to the nature of travel in Africa, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.

Local Dress

In Africa, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot African climate however desert nights can be cold so also pack some warm clothing.

Local Flights

There are no flights on this Package

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel, please refer to your Green Cultural Travel tour voucher. Alternatively, contact the Green Cultural Travel office or your travel agent.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency contact numbers

EasyGo Tours

Gsm/wathsapp ( français) : 00212 661348093
Gsm/wathsapp ( English: 00212 661252381 /0021262175808

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.

Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.

You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.

Visas

Please note that visas for entry into your Destination are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange

During your holiday, you will use the Moroccan Dirham. Because currency exchange rates in Africa do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com

The best way to access local currency in Morocco is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout Morocoo and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.

You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.

Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. They are of no use at smaller establishments.

Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.

Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.

Tipping

Depending on the service, it is customary in Africa to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. 

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.

Please be aware that for those Packages that are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Africa, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.

When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.

During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.

Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Medical Form

As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably.

While our Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

A Word of Warning

When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.

Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs

As we are owned by Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited UEN 201705140R a Singapore registered “Not for Profit” company our profits allow us to continue our support of community projects in the destinations our guests visit.

Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and Members of our Hub receive a bi- monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.