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Marrakech: A Moroccan Adventure

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS    🛏️ 🍽️ 🚌 🙋‍♂️🐪🚶‍♀️

Get a taste of Northern African on this unique weekend experience in Morocco. Beat your own path hiking the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel! Journey to the Ourika valley to have tea with a local Berber family and relax with traditional Hamman baths at one of the local spas of Marrakech. Morocco will be an exciting worldly experience unlike anything you’ve ever encountered.

MIN: 2 people  |  MAX: 8 people

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          Price

          $345.00

          Optional Activities

          Desert Quad Tour

          Half Day

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          $75

          Who is this Side Trip for?

          This experience is for the curious traveler who wants to step outside their comfort zone to get a taste of a culture so completely different than anything they've ever experienced. This trip will be fun for members of the Nation who are up for an exciting adventure.

          Itinerary

          Get a taste of Northern African on this unique weekend experience in Morocco. Beat your own path hiking the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel! Journey to the Ourika valley to have tea with a local Berber family and relax with traditional Hamman baths at one of the local spas of Marrakech. Morocco will be an exciting worldly experience unlike anything you’ve ever encountered.

          ARRIVAL AND GETTING SETTLED

          Morning/Afternoon: You will be met at the airport by our driver for a 20 minute transfer into town. Our riad (a traditional Moroccan guest house) is located in the heart of the medina (old town). This will be our haven in the bustling city of Marrakech for the next 3 nights.  Once you arrive, you will check-in and enjoy a traditional meal will be served at your riad, to discover the delicious tastes of Moroccan cuisine.

          Evening: Free to unwind, catch up on work or explore as you wish. 

          ATLAS MOUNTAINS DAY TRIP

          Morning:  After a delicious breakfast, we will depart at 09:00 for an hour's drive into the foothills of the High Atlas mountains. Our first stop will be for mint tea in a local Berber house to learn about the traditional countryside way of life. We will then have a short camel ride through the mountainside before driving half an hour along the riverside through the beautiful, lush Ourika Valley. 

          Afternoon: A local mountain guide will take us for a 1.5 hour hike to the beautiful Setti Fatma waterfalls to work up an appetite for a hearty lunch next to the river (weather dependent). 

          Evening: Enjoy an evening to adventure on your own. 

          MARKETS AND EXPLORING 

          Morning: Our local tour guide will meet you for a morning of exploring through the souks (markets) and learning about the impressive history and architecture throughout the old town, including a converted palace. 

          Afternoon
          : Afternoon at leisure to get some work done, or to continue exploring Marrakech.

          Evening: Evening is free to explore on your own.

          QUAD TOUR DEPARTURE DAY

          Morning: After a good introduction to what Marrakech has to offer, perhaps you could treat yourself to a traditional Moroccan hammam bath and massage in a local spa. For a bit more adventure, you could try a half day of quad biking through the rock desert palm groves on the outskirts of Marrakech. The day is yours to enjoy a bit more shopping or exploring, or perhaps to visit one of the beautiful gardens, such as the Majorelle Gardens of Yves St Laurent, or even the nearby "Secret Garden."

          Optional Activity  1/2 Day Desert Quad Tour

          Highlights
          - Get out and be in a place you never suspected, only few kilometers away from the center.
          - Discover the outskirts of the city of Marrakech and the real way of life of its inhabitants.
          - Careful guides ready to share their love of Morocco.
          - Unique and up-to-dated facilities to welcome you (free wifi!)

          Get out and explore Marrakech’s stone desert, wadis and palmgroves! Once on site, safety first! Welcome tea, check-in, equipment briefing (Yamaha quads) and initiation to the driving to be all ready for departure to go explore the vast but diminishing remnants of the Marrakech palmeraie and desert. And of course, great views of the High Atlas, the roof of North Africa.


          Afternoon:  Departure transfer to Marrakech airport will be organized by the local host.

          More Information

          What's Included

          • Ground transport / airport transfers
          • 3 nights accommodation
          • Local guides
          • Breakfast each morning
          • Group dinner on Day 1
          • Lunch Day 2
          • Souk survival market tour
          • Day trip Ourika Valley
          • Tea with a berber family
          • Mountain camel ride
          • Walking tour Marrakech

          Not Included

          • Flights to and from Marrakech (recommended flights above)
          • Any meals not specified on the itinerary
          • Hammamm bath
          • Hammamm bath and massage
          • ATV tour

          All extra activities are paid in cash upon arrival in Morocco. We will reach out to all guests prior to the trip to collect flight information as well as to request a response for those who wish to reserve a spot for an activity.

          Accommodation

          While in Marrakech we stay in a traditional accommodation called a “Riad.” These beautiful buildings consist of rooms overlooking a central garden, usually with a fountain as the focus point.


          Room Types:

          Shared Room with Ensuite Bathroom

          Private Room by request! Please contact us on Slack 

          Flights

          Flights are not included. This itinerary is based on departure from Valencia and arrival in Marrakech on Saturday evening. The below flights are best to consider:

          ARRIVE SATURDAY
          Ryanair FR1124 VLC RAK 16:55 18:55

          DEPART TUESDAY
          Ryanair FR1125 RAK VLC 19:20 21:20


          Please send us your flight information via our slack channel #sidetrip-marrakech, or reach out to us if you have any questions about a specific flight or arrival if different then the recommended option above.

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          L.J.
          Leave the planning to RY

          Morocco is kind of a tough place to navigate on your own, so I'm happy I did this with RY (vs booking it solo). Having someone else plan the airport transportation, pick a place to stay, and think up an itinerary was really nice. Plus, I felt safer knowing that RY was taking care of us - i.e. their vendors would be trustworthy, if something happens there's someone you can trust to help.

          The experience of staying in a Riad in the Medina was really unique / authentic (much more memorable than your typical hotel), and the Riad host was a huge help. We had an amazing, delicious breakfast spread every morning at the Riad, and the owner was so kind about offering to escort us to/from where we needed to be if we got lost.

          I think RY has a couple of kinks to work out as far as the planned activities go (to be expected, this was the very first time they ran this trip). I'd like to see track-style choices - i.e. the group will do "abc" and then you can choose to do either "x" or "y" before meeting back up with the group for dinner. This would allow for people with different priorities/fitness levels/interests to fully participate. I really enjoyed the Berber tea house and the food tour with Taha though - both are things I never would have done on my own and were authentic local experiences.

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