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Morocco Atlantic 2018-01-11T17:55:07+00:00

Project Description

ATLANTIC COAST TREK, MOROCCO

ATLANTIC COAST TREK, MOROCCO

A spectacular trek following the dramatic and unspoilt coastline north to Essaouira

Highlights

  • Dramatic coastline and endless beaches offering a breathtaking adventure
  • A camel supported genuine “away from it all” trekking experience
  • Explore the ancient white-washed town of Essaouira (UNESCO)
  • Suitable for inexperienced trekkers
  • Explore Marrakech

Following the ancient Portuguese Camel route, you will discover endless beaches and secluded coves, occasionally walking high above the sea along cliff tops and through Argan forests and wild landscapes. The crashing Atlantic surf is a constant companion and provides breathtaking views.

This section of coastline sits in the path of the vents alizés, or trade winds – strong north-easterlies that blow steadily through spring and summer which means that although the route can be trekked throughout the year, it offers near perfect conditions from April to August.

Fully supported by our camel crew, we only need to carry a day sac with personal necessities, allowing us to relax and enjoy the journey. Walking bewteen 4/5 hours a day, there is plenty of time to explore the dunes, take a dip in the sea or simply enjoy the peace and tranquility of the waves. Our night camps will be either on the beach or close by so there will be plenty of sunsets across the Ocean and later, mesmerising stars across unending skies.

Once we have reached Sidi Kaouki, we spend two nights in Essaouira, an ancient Portuguese port famous for its relaxed pace and easy lifestyle. Elsewhere in Morocco, the markets can be overwhelming, but here you can browse without being pestered as local crafts blend into fine art and boutiques.

Then it’s back to Marrakech for a final evening exploring Jamaa el-Fnaa with its carnival atmosphere and enjoying some final shopping in the famous souks.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1120
Land Only, from £850
Trip Duration 9 Days Uk - UK
Trek Length 5 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Riad and tents
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

A spectacular trek following the dramatic and unspoilt coastline north to Essaouira

Highlights

  • Dramatic coastline and endless beaches offering a breathtaking adventure
  • A camel supported genuine “away from it all” trekking experience
  • Explore the ancient white-washed town of Essaouira (UNESCO)
  • Suitable for inexperienced trekkers
  • Explore Marrakech

With the Atlantic surf as a constant companion, this route flows through endless beaches, secluded coves and equally high above the sea on cliff top paths. Supported by our camel crew, the daily walk is between 4/5 hours a day, camping at night either on the beach or close by. There are plenty of sunsets and opportunities to take a dip in the sea!

You will love the 2 nights spent in Essaouira, an ancient Portuguese port famous for its relaxed pace and easy lifestyle. You will spend a final night in Marrakech prior to your departure.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1120
Land Only, from £850
Trip Duration 9 Days Uk - UK
Trek Length 5 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Riad and tents
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Relaxing and Refreshing Coastal Trek

No compulsory Single Supplement

All meals and drinking water on trek

Hotels/Camping

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech

Day 2. Drive Marrakesh to Imriditsn and trek to Amderdiz’in

Day 3. Cliff trails above hidden bays to the fishing village of Tafeda

Day 4. Walk deserted beaches to Sidi Ahmed Essayeh

Day 5. Coastal paths to Bizergane Bay

Day 6. Sidi Kaouki beach and transfer to Essaouira

Day 7. Essaouira

Day 8. Essaouira to Marrakech

Day 9. Depart for London

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech

On arrival in Marrakech, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in and after your Guide briefing, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.

Day 2. Drive Marrakesh to Imriditsn and trek to Amderdiz’in

After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and head towards Chicahaoua before turning towards the coast. Today’s drive is approximately 5 hours and we’ll enjoy a lunch stop along the way. In the afternoon we reach the village of Lmessouane before arriving in Imriditsn and the start of today’s walk. It’s approximately 2 hours to the fishing village of Amderdiz’in and our camp for the first night, located high on the cliffs with ocean views. Before dinner, enjoy a stroll down to the beach below.

Total journey time 3 hrs, Trek 6km – 2 hours (B,L,D)

Day 3. Cliff trails above hidden bays to the fishing village of Tafeda

After breakfast we continue our trek, at a relaxed pace, high above the coast line looking down on hidden bays and crashing waves. We head to the small fishing village of Tafeda where the beach seems to extend for miles. Tafeda was once an important Portuguese sea port but today it is a small fishing village and we make camp just outside the village. Again there will be time before dinner to stroll along the beach or take a swim in the sea.

Trek 18km – 5 hours (B,L,D)

Day 4. Walk deserted beaches to Sidi Ahmed Essayeh

Our trek today takes us into a wild landscape of argan forest, where goats graze on the scrubby plants. We eventually drop down and walk beside the waves, along deserted beaches to our camp at Sidi Ahmed Assayh. We will stop on route for a picnic lunch, meeting the camels again at our night camp located next to the sea.

After watching the sun set over the atlantic, you can anjoy an evening surrounded by the star filled sky above the sea.

Trek 17km – 6 hours (B,L,D)

Day 5. Coastal paths to Bizergane Bay

Today we walk an impressive trail above the Atlantic passing through several Berber villages. In the afternoon we arrive at Bizergane where the towering dunes divided by the River Boud, a small river (assif) leading to the sea where you will often see small colourful fishing boats drawn onto the sand. Nearby you will find the waterfalls of Sidi M’barek where if the weather permits, you can enjoy a fresh water shower.

Tonight we camp in this beautiful location.

Trek 10km -4/5 hours (B,L,D)

Day 6. Sidi Kaouki beach and transfer to Essaouira

Today is the final leg of our trek and we enjoy an incredibly scenic walk from one deserted beach to the next with spectacular wide ocean views. Finally we reach the wide expanse of Sidi Kaouki which is popular among wind surfers. Here we bid farewell to our camel drivers and the camels and board a minibus for a 40 minute drive to Essaouira.

Trek 11km -4/5 hours (B,L,D)

Day 7. Essaouira

Today is a free day to enjoy this picture perfect town wherev you can explore the walled “old town” medina and souks of Marrakech on a more manageable scale. Wander through the spice-scented lanes and palm-lined avenues of the fortified medina, browse the many art galleries and boutiques, and watch fishing nets being mended and traditional boats being constructed in the hugely atmospheric port. (B&B)

Day 8. Essaouira to Marrakech

After brekafst we transfer back to the city of Marrakech (3 hrs) and where you can enjoy the remainder of your day experiencing the famous Jamaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech’s medina, expokre the souks or simply enjoy the day relaxing before you retunr home (B&B)

Day 9. Depart for London

You will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to UK at the appropriate time. (B)

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
7 - 15 Apr 2018 £1120 £850
5 - 13 May 2018 £1120 £850
16 - 24 Jun 2018 £1120 £850
7 - 15 Jul 2018 £1150 £850
4 - 12 Aug 2018 £1160 £850
8 - 16 Sep 2018 £1120 £850

Deposit – £250

Group Size: 4 – 12 + the Guide(s).

We can tailor make group sizes of 2 or 3 pax for an additional fee of £120 per person.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Marrakech – London
  • Return airport transfers in Marrakech
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinking water on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (camels)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

What the Price Includes

  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinking water on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (camels)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Return airport transfers in Marrakech
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

If Sole Occupation is requested – £150.

This includes: 2 nights hotel Marrakech, 2 nights hotel/Riad Essaouria, 4 nights tent on trek.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for the duration of your stay. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Morocco.

Visa – No visa is required for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This trek is classed as Moderate. The number of hours walking per day varies between 4 – 5 hrs. Coastal paths are undulating so expect to ascend and descend on a daily basis.

An average level of fitness is required.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fasts in hotel, all meals on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, bread, spreads, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunches are salads or hot meals + breads, drinks, fruit, etc…
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal is 3 courses: soup followed by a tagine or rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, etc.. + desert (usually tinned fruit). Hot drink.

Please inform us if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation

  • Marrakech – good quality hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • Essaouria – good quality hotel or traditional Riad, twin share, same sex.
  • On trek – tents, twin share.

Our default flights are:

International Flights – London – Marrakech, direct flights. We will use indirect flights (1 stop) if we need to due to late bookings or similar circumstance.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The Moroccan Dirham (MAD) is the currency of Morocco and you cannot obtain the currency outside of Morocco.

You can change money either at the airport or the Money Changers (booths on the street). Please be aware of your arrival timings. If arriving late for example, the Money Changers may have closed for the day and you will leave before they open in the morning. The airport is potentially your best option.

There are ATM’s available in both Marrakech and Essaouria.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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