Moroccan Magic Carpet Ride
“In Morocco, the people possess a special type of kindness and generosity. They are really helpful and kind in their way of living, and in their way of welcoming people. They don’t hesitate to share whatever they have. If you are travelling in Morocco and stop to say hello to someone at his farm, house, village or tent, don't be surprised if you're invited in for a cup of tea.” Moha Ait Aamou, Peregrine local leader.
Why we love it:
- This short adventure offers a fabulous variety of experiences, from the madness of Marrakech's famed medina, to exploring Berber villages of the beautiful Atlas Mountains.
- Relaxing by the beach in the seaside towns of Agadir and Essaouira is the perfect way to unwind
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Marrakech
- Welcome to Morocco! You will make your way to the joining hotel upon arrival, where your adbventure will begin.
- Today is an arrival day so there are no activitries planned.
- Feel free to wander the fragrant and vibrant streets of this fascinating city. There are a number of monuments and mosques that are well worth exploring.
Day 2-3: Atlas Mountains
- You will meet your leader in the morning before boarding a bus for a six to seven hour drive through the Atlas Mountains to Ifergane. You will visit Tin Mal on the way, a 12th centrury mosque.
- Ifergane is a village situated in the foothills of the mountains. It is inhabited by the Berber people, who have inhabited the land since before Arab arrival 1200 years ago.
- The perfect way to relax after your long travel day is to sit and watch the sun fall behind the mountains with a cup of traditional, sweet mint tea.
- Day 3 is free for you to explore as you please. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery with a walk to local palm tree-filled exotic oases and villages, or perhaps go on a donkey ride.
- In the afternoon, you will visit the local tanneries, where you will learn the process of curing animal skins to create the leather.
Day 4: Agadir
- You will continue your journey today through the fruit and vegetable farms of the fertile Souss plain. You will also cross the argan tree forest that is renowned for its tree climbing goats before arriving in Taghazoute on the Atlantic coast (approximately 3.5 hours) for a picnic lunch.
- The rest of the day will be free for exploring the beautiful beach at Agadir, where you will spend the night.
Day 5-6: Essaouira
- You will start the day with a camel ride across the expansive dunes, an incredible experience. You will refuel with a picnic lunch on the beach before heading on to Essaouira by bus (approximately 30 minutes).
- The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and as you walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates.
- It is one of North Africa's most attractive places and soon you will find yourself slipping into its easy-going rhythm. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and it is fun to observe the daily catch and its subsequent auction.
- Elsewhere there are numerous shops and several fine art galleries to distract visitors, along with a wide variety of restaurants. Your tour leader will help guide you through the maze of options.
- You second day here will be free, so you can explore the town at your leisure. The town is becoming renowned for its unique art and burled Thuya wood.
Day 7: Marrakech
- You will depart Essaouira and journey on to Marrakech today (approximately 3 hours).
- There will be a walking tour of the city centre upon arrival, where you will see best sights before exploring the sprawling souq.
- This is an icredible place to shop, you will find everything from jewellers to potters and shoe makers here. You will also find an incredible selection of spices.
- The Djemaa el-Fna in the centre of the medina has a vibrant, medieval carnival atmosphere, with snake charmers, jugglers, stalls selling local delicacies and music. It changes through the day, so it is worth popping back a few times.
Day 8: Marrakech
- Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. You will be free to depart the accomodation at any time.
- Peregrine tour leader
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Departure taxes
- Insurance (compulsory on all trips)
- Meals not listed (lunches and dinners)
- Any optional tours or activities during free time
- Camera fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:
- Marrakech - Badi Palace
- Marrakech - Jardin Majorelle
- Marrakech - Saadian Tombs
What to know
A basic level of fitness is required to be able to enjoy this trip to the fullest.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Americans and British citizens do not require a visa to visit Morocco for stays up to 90 days; however, if you intend to be in Morocco for more than 21 days, you should report to the nearest police station. All other nationalities should check with the Moroccan Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
Morocco Footprint Guide, Rough Guides, Lonely Planet Culture Shock!-Orin Hargreaves Dreams of Trespass-Fatima Mernissi Escape to Morocco - Pamela Windo The Berbers - Michael Brett
This trip is operated by our partners at Intrepid Travel.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
2 April 2014
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