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Morocco: Women's Expedition

Categories:

  • Holidays
  • Africa
  • Morocco

Price:

From $1,255

Stay:

7 nights

Travel Dates:

Saturday 18th of May 2019 until Saturday 10th of October 2020

Description:

Morocco: Women's Expedition - 8 Days / 7 Nights - from $1255* per person (with Intrepid).

Join Intrepid on our very first female-only adventure – an unforgettable expedition to the remote and less-travelled reaches of Morocco. Begin in Marrakech, where the wow-factor of the Maghreb comes in many forms, notably the spectacular Djemaa el-Fna town square. Then it’s off to the other Morocco, the one they don’t tell you about in the guidebooks. Break bread with Berber families in private homes in remote areas, see how an artist co-op is empowering female rug-weavers in small villages, take in the verdant beauty of the far-flung M’goun Valley, and enjoy the singing and dancing of Moroccan women in cultural ceremonies in small villages – far away from the bustle of the big towns. With all the hallmarks of a classic Intrepid adventure – local leadership, private transport, real life experiences – and an added focus on female travel and female empowerment, this is a unique opportunity for women to blaze the trail in an incredible but often conservative country – without compromising on safety.

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. The trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6 pm – please check the hotel reception for information about where and when it will be. After the meeting there's the option of 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 (1 night)

Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. 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.

Day 2: Bou Tharar village

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 terra cotta 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 (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Dinner with music and local songs workshop

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3: Agouti Village

Set off on a hike from Bout 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 (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Cooking demonstration

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Today’s guesthouse is multi-share accommodation, so expect to be sharing a room with two or three other travellers in the group. Bathroom facilities are also shared but, most importantly, you can still enjoy a hot shower after a day’s hike.

Day 4: Amejgag village

Set off on a morning walk through Agouti Gorge, crossing through Almdoun 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 (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Weaving cooperative visit

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Today you will be accommodated in twin rooms, however bathroom facilities will be shared. Hot showers will be available tonight.

Day 5: Issoummar

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 (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Traditional Moroccan breakfast preparation workshop
  • Local folklore workshop

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Tonight’s accommodation will be multi-share, and a little cosier then previous accommodation. Large rooms will be shared between six travellers. Bathroom facilities are shared as well with couple of showers with hot water.

Day 6: Bou Tharar

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 (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Farming activities
  • Berber make-up workshop

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7: Marrakech

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

  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8: Marrakech

Bid farewell to your travel companions as the trip comes to an end today.

Optional Activities

  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD2050
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD2000
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD605
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD640
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Departs: Selected departures from 18 May 19 to 10 Oct 20.

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.

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