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Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.
You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.
Morocco is different. The colours, aromas and sounds of Morocco speak of the exotic. This holiday will not disappoint!
We fly to Marrakech and have a short easy transfer to our comfortable hotel close by the old town. To get the ball rolling we have a morning sightseeing in the city. The Jamaa el Fna, Marrakech's lively main city square, is the highlight. Night or day the square is alive with traders, stalls locals and tourists. The Kasbah is the place to haggle for goatskin slippers and black cumin amongst innumerable other things. In the afternoon perhaps book yourself a hammam. Our Moroccan guide will be happy to make sure you get the best experience.
From Marrakech we head out east into and over the Atlas Mountains and into the desert. We explore Ouarzazate, the Draa Valley then Merzouga where we get on camels and head out for a night in a desert camp. Turning back west we stay at Todra with time to walk in the famous gorge. We stop for a night at Ait Benhaddou, the former staging post on the caravan route from Marrakech to the Sahara. It is well preserved and enjoys UNESCO world heritage status. Finally, we arrive back in Marrakech. Our final day is spent walking in the Ourika valley and our final dinner is at the Jamaa el Fna. The perfect end to a great holiday.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We fly from the UK to Marrakech Airport where we will be welcomed by our Moroccan guide. It is a short transfer to our hotel. Depending on flight times there should be some time to relax before we have dinner in the hotel.
Transfer Time = 30 mins
After breakfast we will enjoy a half day guided walking tour of Marrakech. We will visit the ramparts of the Koutoubia Mosque, one of the oldest and largest mosques of Morocco, its minaret is the tallest building in Marrakech. We will also visit Bahia Palace, one of the 19th century palaces. It is then off to explore the souks and soak up the frenetic atmosphere. Our visit will end at the famous Djemma El Fna square. The tour will give you an orientation of the Medina and its market so you can explore the area further in the afternoon. Alternatively try a local Hammam with Massage. Our local guide will be happy to advise.
After breakfast we will depart from Marrakech toward Ouarzazate, we will cross the High Atlas Mountains with its famous Tichka pass (2260m) and many Berber villages along the way. We will stop on the way for a walk in the mountains to stretch the legs and enjoy the mountain air. We should arrive in time for lunch at Ouarzazate. This afternoon we have a guided visit to the local Movie Studio, apparently the largest by area in the world. Aficionados will notice film sets used in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. Game of Thrones is another notables filmed here! Those who prefer could just relax by the hotel pool. Dinner will be at our hotel tonight.
Departing Ouarzazate early, we will drive for about 30mins to reach the stunning Oasis of Fint, located in the Anti Atlas mountains with its amazing volcanic rock formations. On arrival we will go for a pleasant walk through the fields to see the work that the locals do to manage their crops. Lunch will be with a local family, where we get the chance to experience the inside of a Berber home and interact with our hosts. In the afternoon we will make our way back to Ouarzazate with a photo stop near Tefoultoute village. Dinner is taken in the hotel.
After breakfast we traverse the Ait Sauen Mountains and reach Agdez, at the start of Draa Valley. The area is well renowned for its finest quality dates. We have lunch at N’Kob and will include some free time to relax or even have a swim. We will go for a walk later through the old village of N’Kob and have the chance to meet a local family and have some tea in their house. Dinner will be at the hotel.
After breakfast we will drive out through the Berber towns of Tazarine and Alnif to get to Rissani, where we will have lunch and some free time by the pool. In the afternoon we will continue on to Merzouga. On arrival we can enjoy some mint tea while our team prepare our camels for our trek in to the mighty Saharan sand dunes. We will walk up one of the biggest dunes to hopefully watch an amazing African Saharan sunset. Later we will ride on back to our camp on camelback. After dinner we will enjoy some traditional music preformed by the locals. Overnight is at the Berber Camp
We will wake up this morning to watch the sunrise and enjoy a morning walk on the sand dunes, we will then head back to our camp for breakfast. It will be time to say goodbye to the Sahara Desert, as we head toward the Todra valley. Enroute we will pass Erfoud, a famous town renowned for it’s fossils. We make a stop to learn about the areas rich geological history. Onwards we must head to our next stop in the small town of Mellaab, known for its traditional Berber cloths. This stop is to dress up as a local and take our group picture. Arriving at our hotel in Todra Gorge in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon we will walk though the Todra Gorge and visit a local carpet cooperative then back to the hotel for dinner.
After breakfast we will start our walk through the Palmerie and the surrounding mountains with a local guide from the valley. We will be back to the hotel by lunch time. Later in the afternoon we have a local cooking class to get an idea of how the food we are eating is prepared. You will be helping prepare the food you will consume later so please pay attention!
We have a leisurely departure from Todra this morning as we head off to Ait Benhaddou. On the road, also known as the road of a thousand Kasbahs, we will stop at Kasbah Amridil. This is one of the best known in Morocco and once featured on the Moroccan 50 Dirham bank note. We arrive at Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site for lunch. We will take a walking tour of Ait Benhaddou this afternoon, a traditional pre-Saharan habitat of an earthen walled dwelling fortified by surrounding walls and guarded by 4 corner towers. This evening, we will enjoy dinner and soak up the atmosphere of this inspiring place.
After breakfast we will depart from Ait Benhaddou crossing the High Atlas Mountains enjoying the stunning views on the way. We will stop half way to Marrakech at an Argan cooperative, to learn how Argan oil is made and the uses of some of its products. Finally arriving in Marrakech, we will check into our hotel and have the rest of the afternoon free. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.
Today we head toward the Atlas Mountains again to visit one of the most stunning valleys. It takes about an hour from Marrakech to reach the Ourika Valley. There will be photo stops on the way. We meet up with our local guide, who will guide us for a walk of 1h 30min to a small waterfall. Once back from our hike, we will have time for lunch in one of the local restaurants by the river. The Ourika Valley area is famous for livestock, so this is a good place to enjoy a lamb or goat tagine with mint tea. We depart later in the afternoon for the drive back to Marrakech. Tonight we head in to Djemma El Fna for our farewell group dinner.
After breakfast we return to Marrakech Airport for our return flight to the UK!
Departure dates for your selected tour
18th Oct 2022 - 29th Oct 2022 (11 Nights)
13th Nov 2022 - 24th Nov 2022 (11 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Featuring a spa with hammam and fitness centre, the 4-star Hotel El Andalous is located about 15mins walk from the old town. It offers a shaded terrace by the swimming pool in the garden. The air-conditioned guest rooms feature a balcony and a Moorish-style décor. Each room is equipped with flat screen TV. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The Hotel features a bar, restaurant serving traditional Moroccan cuisine, shop and spa facilities.
The Hotel Les Jardins is a short walk from the centre of Ouarzazate. It offers colourful rooms and a down-to-earth ambiance with an informal restaurant, a garden & an outdoor pool.
The Auberge Kasbah Ennakhile is a 5-minute walk from the village of Nkob. It is built in the style of a fortified Kasbah and features a rooftop sun terrace with an outdoor swimming pool and views of the desert, village and surrounding mountains. The guest rooms have free Wi-Fi. All rooms have air conditioning and heating. Breakfast is offered daily at the guest house. Moroccan cuisine is served in the restaurant and there are a range of terrace and patio areas for dining.
Staying at desert camp is a quintessential Moroccan expereince. La Caravanne is a great example of the genre. We stay in permanent tents, in twins or singles as preferred. Beds are camp bed style, so we are not sleeping on the ground. Sheets and blankets are supplied. Remember although days are hot it gets very cold in the desert at night so you will need the blankets provided. Please pack accordingly to cope with desert nights. The toilet and shower block are separate so you will need a torch at nights. Dinner will be served al fresco under the stars.
The desert offers a fine ‘dark sky’ environment so hopefully we will enjoy a stunning night sky. Binoculars can be useful in spotting less obvious stars.
Located in an oasis of palm trees close by the Todra Gorge the Hotel Kasbah Amazir offers a swimming pool, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Each room is air conditioned with en suite bathroom and hairdryer. The hotel has a restaurant offering breakfast and dinner. For dinner, you can dine on a wide choice of Moroccan dishes on the terrace with panoramic views of the palm trees.
Located just outside the kasbah the Hotel La Rose du Sable features a terrace and pool. Free WiFi is offered but may not be accessible from all rooms. Breakfast is served buffet style.
This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Morocco
The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. Please note that it is not possible to change Scottish or Irish banknotes in Morocco. If changing sterling banknotes at banks or currency exchange points in Morocco these should be in pristine condition; banknotes which are torn, crumpled or have writing on them will not be accepted.
As you are probably already aware, tipping or “backsheesh” is a way of life in north Africa. In order to take the hassle out of tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by Ramblers Walking Holidays plus a contribution from you, which your leader will collect during the holiday. We suggest an amount of £2-£3 per person per day, although this is discretional.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
We fly from London Heathrow to Marrakech and return with British Airways.
Travel between Marrakech Airport and our hotel in Marrakech takes approximately 30 minutes, transfers are by road. During the holiday we will travel by private coach / minibus.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Morocco
British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Morocco. Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. Your passport does not need any additional period of validity beyond this. When entering Morocco you should ensure that your passport is stamped to avoid any difficulties on departure. It is necessary to complete an immigration form on both arrival and departure in Morocco for presentation to the Immigration Control officer.
You may be given the form on your outbound flight or can find the forms in the Arrivals Hall at Marrakech airport. You may wish to take an additional blank form from immigration with you to complete for presentation at customs on your departure flight. You will also find the forms at the entrance to passport control on your return journey.
Breakfasts, dinners and three lunches are included in the holiday charge. Buffet breakfasts are taken at the hotel, while most dinners will be at the hotel some will be at local restaurants. Tagines of chicken or lamb are the more traditional meal served and these are generally served without vegetables. However vegetarian tagines are commonly available. Desserts generally aren’t eaten in Morocco and meals usually consist of a starter and main course and finishing with something simple such as fresh fruit, yoghurt or cake. Vegetarians are well catered for on this holiday. Lunch is included on 3 days, on other days lunches are not included in the holiday cost but are easily bought locally.
Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Morocco
The electricity supply in Morocco is 220V, although older buildings may be 110V or a mix of both. You will need a 2 round pin plug adaptor to use electrical appliances.
Free Water to Go Bottle
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles. We have included a bottle for everyone who books on this trip to avoid the use of single use plastic bottles. Normally these bottles will be handed out on arrival in country. Please use this water bottle any time you drink un-bottled water. This will go a long way to help avoiding any issues with sickness.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Morocco
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Morocco.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.
You may also wish to consider immunisations against Hepatitis B and Rabies.
Dengue fever exists in Morocco; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water.
Diarrhoea & Boiled Water
Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best.
Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.
Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended. Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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