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South Morocco Discovery - For Solo Travellers tour
Ait Benhaddou Atlas Mountains South Morocco Discovery - For Solo Travellers Trip
Essaouira Marrakech South Morocco Discovery - For Solo Travellers Trip

South Morocco Discovery - For Solo Travellers

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Meet new friends on a solo traveller-only adventure through Morocco
  • Scale the High Atlas Mountains and trek through scenic Berber villages, spending a night in a traditional Berber homestay. Discover the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time
  • Negotiate your way through the winding alleys of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a superb example of Moroccan architecture rich in history and mystery
  • Moroccan cuisine is interpreted throughout the world in different ways. While in Ait Benhaddou, learn the traditional way of preparing Moroccan couscous and tagines
  • Travel through the Sahara in a camel convoy, sleep under the North African stars and enjoy an evening beside the campfire listening to Bedouin tales
  • Put your feet up and relax in the laid-back coastal town of Essaouira. This is a good chance to recharge before heading for the colourful chaos of Marrakech
  • Djemaa El-Fna isn't just a marketplace, it's a way of life. Marrakesh's largest outdoor food market is brimming with activity and is a great place to sample Moroccan delicacies while rubbing shoulders with the locals

Short Description

From the colourful, chaotic Marrakech medinas to the moody desert landscape of the Sahara, Morocco is a land filled with wonder and rich culture. Travelling with a group of solo passengers, you'll stay in traditional accommodation and explore villages well off the beaten track. Master the art of perfect Moroccan couscous, visit the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah, travel through the Sahara on a camel for a night under the stars and relax on the beach in Essaouira. Abounding with myths and legends, Morocco offers a surprise around every corner - this fast-paced tour will delight solo travellers looking to discover all of its hidden treasures.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Destinations

Morocco

Attractions & Cities Visited

Ait Benhaddou Atlas Mountains Marrakech Medina

Activities & Interests

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Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech

Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colours of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. Your journey begins with a transfer from the airport, followed by a welcome meeting at 6pm in your hotel. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. There's not much time to explore Marrakech after the meeting, but if you arrive early there's plenty to see and do. Perhaps explore the medina and the endless amounts of souqs selling pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets, spices and much more. If you have time, you could also search out the spectacular mosques, tombs and ruins that are dotted around the city. Tonight perhaps head to the city’s main square – Djemaa El-Fna – for a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with your new travelling companions.

Day 2 Aroumd

Take a short drive up the towering High Atlas Mountains to the village of Imlil (approximately 2 hours), photographing snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower along the way. On arrival, store your main luggage and load daypacks onto pack mules before walking into traditional mountain village life with a one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Aroumd. If you feel like the walk is too strenuous, you can hitch a ride on a mule. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Meet the host family and enjoy Berber hospitality and food. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but cosy, comfortable and definitely a unique Intrepid experience; this is also a great way to get to know your travelling companions. Use the rest of the day to explore the village and the surrounding farmlands. If the group are up for it, there will be a chance to hike to the pilgrimage shrine of Sidi Chamharouch (around 8 kilometres, approximately 4 hours return). Regardless of fitness levels, the gentle pace of Aroumd makes it a special place to explore beyond the reach of the modern world.

Day 3 Ait Benhaddou

This morning travel along mountain roads and over Morocco's highest pass, Tizi n'Tichka (2,260 metres), to Ait Benhaddou on the edges of the Sahara (approximately 6 hours). Perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco's most iconic sites. It was once an important stop for caravans passing through as they carried salt across the Sahara, returning with gold, ivory and slaves. The grand kasbah has been listed as a World Heritage site, with its fortified village being a fine example of clay architecture. Got a case of deja vu? Ait Benhaddou has a long list of film and TV credits, including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator. Enjoy a walk through the winding streets of old town, making your way to the top of the hill to enjoy the views across the surrounding plains. In the evening, perhaps join a simple cooking demonstration of Morocco's most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine. The locals will explain the secrets and subtleties of these traditional meals, as the ladies of the kitchen prepare a feast.

Day 4 Zagora

Travel south towards the Sahara, stopping at the regularly used film location of Ouarzazate along the way (approximately 5 hours in total). While here, make a short visit to Horizon Association for People with Disabilities. This is an organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation, health and empowerment of people with disabilities. Some of the services they provide include the building and fitting of prosthetic limbs and custom-made wheelchairs, and physio and social therapy for sufferers of accidents and illness. They also operate an artisan workshop, which trains local people in trades such as pottery, weaving, metal work and jewellery making. Since their establishment in 1994, the Horizon Association has served over 3,000 people. We're very proud to support this project through The Intrepid Foundation. Continue on through the lush Draa Valley to Zagora, a small oasis town on the Sahara fringe. Take a stroll through the palm groves, explore the ksars (castles) and wander around the surrounding countryside.

Day 5 Sahara Camp

Continue along the rugged and desolate Jbel Tadrart ranges, through seas of sand and past the occasional desert oasis of date palms to the township of Tamegroute. Visit an intriguing library filled with ancient scripts of science, literature, the Koran and stories of the prophet Mohammed (subject to unregulated opening times). Join a local guide to explore the underground Kasbah and its unique ceramic pottery industry. Afterwards, continue driving to the end of the road at the frontier town of M'Hamid (approximately 1 hour). From here, take a short camel ride through the dunes, then jump into 4WD vehicles. The rough track runs parallel to the Algerian border, across the stony Hamada desert, whose only populace is small scatterings of nomadic people and their camels. Reach the massive Erg Chigaga dunes in the late afternoon. An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that's formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. The Erg Chigaga is one of the world's iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150 metres in height. Spend tonight in a desert camp, with bedding, mattresses and toilet facilities provided. During the winter months of November to March it can get very cold at night, so bring base layers and a warm sleeping bag. Notes: Due to passenger feedback, all departures in the summer months of June, July and August use a slightly altered itinerary in the Sahara. We'll take a 4WD safari to the remote Erg Chigaga dunes, but instead of camping in the dunes you’ll stay at a fixed camp in Ouled Idriss. This camp is better suited for high summer temperatures.

Day 6 Taroudannt

After watching a beautiful desert sunrise with your fellow travellers, hop back in the minivan and venture towards the market town of Taroudannt, also known as ‘Little Marrakesh’. The journey should take around six hours in total. Drive through desert scenery and along a route that's a reserve for the indigenous argan trees. Argan oil is highly prized for its culinary, cosmetic and medicinal uses and is only produced in Morocco. If you're lucky, you might come across the famous sight of goats high in the tree branches in search of nuts. Please note that this is a long travel day, and you won't arrive at tonight's accommodation until late afternoon/early evening. The riad (house) tonight is 45 kilometres outside of Taroudannt and offers the chance to relax by the pool or take a steamed bath.

Day 7 Essaouira

In the morning, visit the souqs and haggle with local traders for silver jewellery or colourful Moroccan ceramics and mosaics. Afterwards, leave the valleys of the High Atlas Mountains behind and head west to the coastal town of Essaouira (approximately 5 hours). Its charm is undeniable; within the stone ramparts you'll find whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters, art galleries and wood workshops. This laidback artists' town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. The town faces a group of rocky islands, called the Mogador, and is surrounded by an expanse of sandy beaches and dunes. It's still a busy fishing port and its pretty harbour is filled with tiny colourful boats which go out early every morning for the day's catch. Visitors who have been seduced by its charms include Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. More recently, filmmaker Ridley Scott chose the ramparts as an important location for his film, Kingdom of Heaven. As you’ll arrive in the early evening, there won’t be much time to look around today. In the evening you might like to head for some dinner with your group, as the seafood here is as fresh as it gets.

Day 8 Essaouira

Today, join an expert local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). Afterwards, use your free time to explore, either on your own or with a few other travellers in your group. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and you can easily bide your time watching the daily catch come in and its subsequent auction. A freshly cooked plate of the day's catch is highly recommended. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days. It has a growing reputation for its unique art and is becoming even more famous for its burled Thuya wood, delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops that are built into the thick walls of the Portuguese ramparts. The scent from the oils used to polish the wood permeates the air and makes walking down the streets incredibly pleasant. If you’d prefer to relax, don't miss the opportunity to take some time out and indulge in a hamam or local-style bath.

Day 9 Marrakech

Use the morning to see the last of Essaouira, before returning to Marrakech in the afternoon by bus (approximately 3 hours). The monuments of Marrakech are numerous and range from the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its superb minaret to the lesser-known tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent). There's the Palais Bahia, a superb example of Muslim architecture, and the ruins of the Palais Badi, reputedly one of the most beautiful palaces in the world in its time. The Saadian tombs are a recently uncovered gem of the Medina. These sights can be a challenge to locate, but that's all part of the experience of exploring the phenomenal medinas of Morocco (and your guide can point you in the right direction). Explore the Medina for some last-minute shopping, where every step brings a new smell, sight or gift to buy. This evening you will likely be drawn back to the Djemaa El-Fna, and its surrounding medina. When night falls on this square it transforms in to a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street-food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. Perhaps enjoy a final dinner with your group here – a great way to finish your adventure.

Day 10 Marrakech

Your solo adventure through South Morocco ends after breakfast. Check out time is usually around 12.00pm, but you’re free to leave any time before. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Marrakech (subject to availability).

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Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport 4x4,Private vehicle,Public bus,Taxi

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accommodations

Camp site (1 night),Gite (1 night),Hotel (3 nights),Riad (3 nights)

Guides

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

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Finish point

  • Hotel Le Caspien
  • 12, rue Loubnane
  • Marrakech
  • MOROCCO
  • Phone: +212 524422282

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