Discover buzzing Marrakech and go off the beaten track in Morocco on this women-only exclusive adventure

With its bustling medina and packed souks, Marrakech will stimulate all five senses the moment you arrive. Vibrant, colourful and full of sound, it's a great place to begin a Moroccan adventure. On this exclusive women-only tour, you'll do just that. Once you've settled into your hotel, you will step out into the lively town square to see and hear singers, drummers, dancers and fortune tellers with your group of Red readers to haggle for handcrafted leather goods and authentic spices.

But this isn't your typical holiday to Morocco. With our expert travel partner Intrepid Travel, you will go off the beaten track to visit small villages in remote areas. You will break bread with Berber families, enjoy traditional singing and dancing, take part in weaving, cooking demonstrations and workshops and see some of the most beautiful scenery that the region has to offer.

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  • Spend eight nights in comfortable accommodation.
  • Enjoy a fascinating guided food and tasting tour of Marrakech.
  • Relax with a traditional Moroccan hammam and massage.
  • Hike to Agouti Village and learn a local culinary craft.
  • Walk to Amejoag village and attend a weaving workshop.
  • Explore Issoummar and enjoy a local folklore workshop.

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Sep 12, 2020
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Duration
9 Days
Price per person
£780*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement: £95, or Intrepid will randomly allocate rooms for those wishing to share. Subject to availability. Flights not included. Operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Intrepid Travel. Please call for further details and to book.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Marrakech
    Marrakech, Morocco

    The trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Then there is an option to joining your leader and fellow travellers for dinner. Afterwards, be sure to check out Djemaa el Fna, the lively town square in the centre of the Medina. Huge crowds converge at night to see singers, drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers and even old medicine men and dentists mingling together in what has been called the 'greatest spectacle on earth'.

    If you arrive in town with some time up your sleeve before the trip starts, perhaps admire the outside view of the Koutoubia Mosque and its famous minaret, or discover the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent). Also well worth a look is the architecture of the Palais Bahia, the ruins of the Palais Badi, and the recently uncovered Saadian tombs in the Medina.

    Accommodation - Hotel Mogador Opera or similar
  2. Day
    2
    Bou Tharar village
    Bou Tharar, Morocco

    Board your private transport and settle in for the journey to Bout Tharar village (approximately 7 hours). You'll be hosted by local women, and there will be some Berber music and local songs to enjoy. A tasty, traditional repast will be waiting for you on arrival. Your accommodation is a beautiful terracotta gite (rural guesthouse). From here, the views of the surrounding hills are superb, and you'll be greeted with warm hospitality from the local family who run the establishment.

    Accommodation - Gite
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Agouti village
    Agouti, Morocco

    Set off on a hike from Bou Tharar village to Agouti Village (approximately 5-6 hours). We'll be walking in a westbound direction, passing through villages and meeting some of the locals on the way.

    In the afternoon, learn how to prepare some specialty dishes at a cooking demonstration. This is a really unique opportunity so get involved and learn some new skills to take back home. Perhaps the most important part of the evening is watching how couscous is prepared in a traditional way. It's a classic and characterful component of Maghrebi cuisine. Its rice-like softness is perfect for soaking up the rich and buttery slow-cooked tagines found all over Morocco. The locals will show you the tricks to getting it just right.

    Accommodation - Guesthouse
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Amejgag Village
    Amejgag , Morocco

    Set off on a morning walk through Agouti Gorge, crossing through Alemdoun Village to get to Amejgag (approximately 5-6 hours). The scenery is beautiful along the way, and sometimes the dramatic red walls of the gorge give the feeling of being on another planet. Note the detail of the striped mineral deposits in the landscape while your leader provides some background information on the area along the way.

    At some point during today's hike you will need to cross a river. Depending on the water levels, you may need to roll up your trousers and take your shoes off. Our experienced leader will make sure to find the best place to cross, but come prepared to get a little wet. After arriving in Amejgag Village, gain insight into an age-old craft by attending a weaving workshop run by a local ladies' cooperative. Put your skills in to practice and try the ancient art of weaving yourself. All under a watchful eye of some local experts. Afterwards, there will be a walk through the village to see some of the interesting architecture

    Accommodation - Guesthouse
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Issoumar
    Issoumar, Morocco

    This morning enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast comprised of a comforting homemade soup, tea, coffee, and (most importantly) olive oil served with Moroccan bread. Get involved in preparing this flatbread, or otherwise known as khobz, which is widespread and almost synonymous with Moroccan food. There's nothing like making and tasting the real thing under the guidance of those who do it best.

    Set off to Issoummar, trekking through more of Morocco's spectacular deserted landscape. The route crosses small hills and leads to Timtda village, where we'll take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch. From there, climb 200 metres uphill to the Tissardan pass, which offers a fantastic view of the M'Goun Valley. Then descend 300 metres to Issoummar village, where we'll spend the night. This afternoon listen to traditional folk tales and play music with the local women inside the guesthouse. Singing is a big part of local music so expect to sing along with your female host and perhaps try wearing traditional dress. This isn't a performance, but rather a unique opportunity to get involved and be a part of the experience.

    Accommodation - Guesthouse
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Bou Tharar
    Bou Tharar, Morocco

    Follow the M'Goun River back to Boutghrar (approximately 5-6 hours). You'll most likely see a few local farmers going about their daily business along the way. After lunch, visit a farm and learn some traditional farming skills that have been practiced in this part of Morocco for centuries (such as milking, battering the milk, and bringing some herbs from the farm to feed the animals). Make sure you take a chance to feed the animals. For many Moroccan families, animals are a very important part of their lives. More often than not, the wealth of the family depends on their livestock.

    After a long but rewarding day, take some time to rest before joining your fellow women in trying on some traditional makeup - perhaps henna and kohl. You might already have learned about these skills earlier in the trip, but today's evening is special for a different reason. After having your dress picked out and make up done for you, set out to attend special, local party, imitating a Berber wedding. Make the most of this special event while enjoying a final dinner with the rest of the group.

    Accommodation - Gite
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Marrakech
    Marrakech, Morocco

    Return to Marrakech today. On the way, there will be a stop at Ait Benhaddou to check out the beautiful mudbrick ksar there. Retaining its thousand-year-old allure, the ksar is southern Moroccan architecture at its finest. Unsurprisingly, this UNESCO-protected marvel has been used as a backdrop in a number of famous films, such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Once back in Marrakech, make the most of your final night with your fellow female adventurers, perhaps heading out on the town for a last taste of tagine and mint tea, or some more time in the always entertaining Djemaa el-Fna town square.

    Accommodation - Riad Aljazira or similar
    Meals - Breakfast
  8. Day
    8
    Marrakech
    Marrakech, Morocco

    This morning, enjoy purifying body ritual at a Hammam, with Moroccan black soap exfoliation and a relaxing massage with argan oil.

    The rest of the day is at your leisure, and you may wish to take part in optional activities including hot air ballooning, taking a cycling tour of the city, a tagine cooking class or quadbiking at the rock desert and palmgrove.

    Accommodation - Riad Aljazira or similar
    Meals - Breakfast
  9. Day
    9
    Departure from Marrakech airport
    Marrakech, Morocco

    Sadly, your tour comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time depending on your flight details. Your group transfer to Marrakech airport will be arranged for you.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Sep 12, 2020
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Duration
9 Days
Price per person
£780*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement: £95, or Intrepid will randomly allocate rooms for those wishing to share. Subject to availability. Flights not included. Operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Intrepid Travel. Please call for further details and to book.
Call now to book 08444174767
Quote ref: HEARST MOROCCO