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Flavours of Morocco

Absorb the magic of Morocco, east of Marrakesh
 
Contrast bustling Marrakesh, where we organise a half-day a city tour, with the calm of rural life on this twin-centre holiday. Experience exceptional hospitality off the beaten track as you enjoy three walks with your own Berber guide through traditional villages.
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in off-the-beaten-track Morocco

Just over an hour’s drive east of Marrakesh, through increasingly bucolic scenery towards the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, lies the Maison d’Hôtes Tizouit – very much off the tourist trail and perfectly in tune with our philosophy of travelling slowly. Arriving here is like travelling back in time into the very heart of an impressionist painting – clear skies and the rich colours of the landscape merging into one harmonious background of blues, oranges, yellows and greens, given an extra boost in the spring when flowers carpet the land and the delicate scent of herbs and spices fills the warm air.
Just as Demnate, the nearest town, offers a more laidback atmosphere than its boisterous neighbour, Marrakesh – whose kaleidoscopic whirl you get to experience at the start of your holiday – so the Maison d’Hôtes Tizouit exudes an air of serenity, inviting you to unwind. Indeed, you may find it hard to tear yourself away from this secluded setting and the genuine hospitality of your hosts. But that would be a shame, as the surrounding area offers fascinating walks through idyllic landscapes, where smiling people greet you as you explore traditional villages and green river valleys that hide awe-inspiring natural wonders.

You are accompanied by English-speaking local guides for much of your holiday, ensuring your time in Morocco becomes an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime.
 
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Itinerary

The descriptions of the walks and the order in which you do them are given as guidance only and may vary depending on conditions on the ground. The durations given for the walks are an indication of how many hours you will be away from your base for in total, and include time for lunch and plenty of stops to admire the views and to take photographs.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    In the Atlas Mountains, the temperatures will be cooler than those shown above, and may drop to around freezing at night during the coldest months of the year.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 18 20 22 24 27 31 36 36 32 27 22 19
    mm 32 35 31 29 14 4 1 2 6 22 38 35
  • Arrival in Marrakesh
    Night 1: at Riad Daria in Marrakesh (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Marrakesh
    We include a half-day guided tour that helps you get your bearings amid all the spectacular sites and souks. You are then free to explore Marrakesh at your leisure, experiencing the unique atmosphere of this chaotic and colourful city, set within ochre-coloured ramparts. Make sure you don't miss Djemaa El Fna, the large, open square that forms the heart of the city – it is here that dozens of acrobats, musicians, dancers and storytellers gather to amuse the crowds – before finding a restaurant where you can enjoy a leisurely dinner of tasty Moroccan cuisine.
    Explore Marrakesh
  • Travel from Marrakesh to Demnate
    Today, you are transferred out of the city, heading east through increasingly bucolic scenery to the town of Demnate and Maison d’Hôtes Tizouit – very much off the tourist trail and perfectly in tune with our Slow Holidays philosophy. Demnate flourished as a meeting place for merchants heading towards the coast from the Atlas and Sahara who were looking to procure foreign imports. The name means 'fertile land' in the local Tachelhit dialect and the greenery of the surrounding landscape testifies to this description. You spend five nights in this tranquil location.
  • R&R day
    In the morning, there is the opportunity for an accompanied visit to the craft and needlework centre of the Association TIWISI, dedicated to helping local women with no other source of income. After relaxing back at the hotel, make your way to the kitchen at about 3.30pm, where you help to prepare the evening meal, learning a little about Moroccan cuisine, and cooking with spices in general, as you go along, perhaps the ubiquitous tagine or a spicy harira (chickpea soup) and some flatbreads. This session is informal and relaxed – you don’t need to be a budding Masterchef – with the satisfaction of sampling the meal that you have helped to create for your dinner.
  • Linear walk via Boutghart (return by taxi): 5hrs' walking
    Setting the pattern for the following two days, your guide will meet you at Maison d’Hôtes Tizouit at 9am. Your walk starts with a descent through cultivated fields and olive groves to a shrine by a spring whose water is said to bring good luck to those who bathe in it. You then follow streams shaded by olive and pomegranate trees to Boutghart, a village which produces yellow-hued pottery, where your guide will be happy to explain aspects of Berber life. Setting off once more, you head to a nearby village with a Koranic school, where you may be able to meet the fakir (Islamic holy man) in the mosque. From here, you rise to a col at 1,400 metres, a perfect spot for a picnic lunch while enjoying the views over Demnate. The subsequent descent takes you past a freshwater source where you may see women drawing water and transporting it by donkey or mule. You continue through Berber villages to a stately old military barracks overlooking the plain. There is time to visit this reminder of the French colonial period before returning to your base by taxi.
  • Linear walk via Mount Aghouri (return by taxi): 4-5hrs' walking
    A beautiful trail initially descends gently across the north slope of Mount Aghouri before winding up through an attractive forest of pines and juniper to a pass 1,400 metres above sea level. After pausing at this panoramic spot for your picnic, you descend to a village from where a taxi will transport you to Demnate. The city pre-dates even Marrakesh and was an important trade centre. Your guide will take you round the souk and the historic Mellah (Jewish quarter) before the taxi ride back to Maison d’Hôtes Tizouit.
  • Linear walk via Imi N’Ifri (return by taxi): 6hrs' walking
    Your initial target is the travertine bridge of Imi N’Ifri, a stone arch over a gorge formed some 1.8 million years ago. Pause for photos before continuing through picturesque Berber villages to reach a second natural wonder: the Stegosaurus footprints dating from the mid-Jurassic period at Iouaridene. The return leg is by taxi.
 

Accommodation

Your accommodation is a stylish city riad in Marrakesh and an atmospheric country house.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative riad in Marrakesh, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Wherever you stay in Marrakesh, we recommend adding an extra night to give you more time to explore this vibrant city.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 18 November 2019 & 16 February 2020 - 30 April 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Sep - 11 Nov 2019 £1080 £335
    16 - 29 Feb 2020 £1115 £325
    1 Mar - 23 Apr 2020 £1145 £330
    3rd & 4th person discount -£190 to -£220
    Single traveller supplement £285 to £325

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Prices are based on superior rooms at the Riad Daria in Marrakesh.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Riad Daria, Marrakesh
    Suite: 01 Sep - 18 Nov 2019 £14
    Suite: 16 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £14

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    No guided activities are included in the extra night prices.
    Riad Daria, Marrakesh (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 08 Sep 2019 £54 £106
    09 Sep - 18 Nov 2019 £64 £124
    16 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £68 £134
    Maison d’Hôtes Tizouit, Demnate (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £65 £99
    01 Nov - 18 Nov 2019 £68 £102
    16 Feb - 30 Apr 2020 £65 £99
    For extra guided walk with picnic, add £118pp 1 Sep-18 Nov 2019 or £140pp 16 Feb-30 Apr 2020. (Prices are based on a party of 2.)
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Marrakesh

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Marrakesh. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Marrakesh (Menara) TUI 
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    Bristol - Marrakesh (Menara) TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Marrakesh (Menara) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Marrakesh (Menara) easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Marrakesh (Menara) ,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Marrakesh (Menara)  
    Heathrow - Marrakesh (Menara) (via Casablanca) Royal Air Maroc 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Marrakesh (Menara) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Marrakesh (Menara) easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Marrakesh (Menara) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Marrakesh. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Marrakesh

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Marrakesh airport to hotel (0h30) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Marrakesh airport (2h30) included flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • your own Berber guide for 3 walks
  • half-day city tour in Marrakesh
  • transfers from/to the airport & from Marrakesh to Demnate
  • guide book to Morocco (the Rough Guide or equivalent)
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • It means that you explore as individuals, not as a group, in the company of your own local guide. Because there's no group to consider, it's you who sets the pace and, similarly, you are free to pause to take in the views as often as you like. Your guide (often a different one for each part of your holiday) will be an English-speaking local who knows the local area intimately. Smiling and courteous, they can read the skies to predict the weather and tailor the excursions accordingly. Theirs is a discreet form of guiding, letting you appreciate the landscapes for yourselves as they lead the way.
  • British citizens require a full British passport to enter Morocco, but no visa is required for stays of fewer than 90 days. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
  • The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives a general outline of the immunisations you are likely to need, though you should seek advice from your doctor or practice nurse in good time before your holiday for more tailored information.
    Because there are no reciprocal health agreements between the UK and Morocco, it is all the more important that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the case of illness or an accident.
  • Arabic is the official language, but French is very widely spoken.
  • Morocco is one hour ahead of Britain all year round (although the exact date that the clocks go forward in spring and back in autumn may differ slightly; if you are travelling in late March or October, please check locally).
  • So as not to cause offence, it is best to dress modestly with long trousers (or a skirt) and long sleeves. If you are female, you are not expected to cover your head, however.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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