Yoga and South of Morocco Adventure Tour
Embark on a soul-soothing 10-day journey from the bustling city of Marrakech, immersing yourself in a serene tour that combines the art of yoga with the wonders of Morocco's rich cultural heritage. With a focus on rejuvenation and spiritual wellness, this transformative tour will take you through breath-taking desert camps, ancient kasbahs and fortresses steeped in history, and pristine beaches that will leave you in awe.
Indulge in regular yoga sessions amidst the stunning landscapes of Morocco, allowing your mind and body to find balance and peace. Along the way, immerse yourself in authentic travel experiences that will nourish your soul, from savouring the flavours of local cuisine to engaging with the warm-hearted locals who will share their stories and traditions with you.
Throughout your journey, unwind and relax in hand-picked boutique hotels and riads, showcasing the unique charm and hospitality of Morocco. Your expert local guide will accompany you, providing insights into the country's rich heritage and ensuring a seamless and immersive travel experience. This holistic tour is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life, allowing you to reconnect with yourself, rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, and return home with a renewed sense of well-being.
Day 1 – Welcome to Morocco
On arrival to Marrakech airport, you’ll be greeted by our representative and transferred to your boutique accommodation in Marrakech medina. Your Morocco adventure will start this evening with a welcome meeting with your tour leader and your yoga host. Marrakech is a dazzling feast for the senses, this historic medina is ideally located between the sea, mountains and desert. Marrakech medina is famous for its beautiful history, ancient culture, and inspiring spirituality. Tonight, join your group for a Moroccan dinner where you’ll enjoy traditional and classic Moroccan dishes like Couscous, Tagine and Pastilla.
Overnight at Riad Anya or similar (D)
Day 2 - Marrakech
We start the day with a morning yoga session at your magical accommodation. Afterwards enjoy your Moroccan breakfast, before the group join with a local guide to discover hidden cultural sides of Marrakech. Start with Majorelle Garden a stunning site named after its creator, French artist Jacques Majorelle. The beautiful garden is hidden behind high walls and contains plants of all kinds and from all over the world. Continue to the old medina to visit the colourful Souks with their tinsmiths, dyers, herbalists’ stalls and workshops, we also stop by the massive minaret and the largest mosque in Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque. Afterwards, head to Bahia Palace, a 19th-century royal dwelling intended to be the most splendid palace of its time. We will finish the tour with a visit to the amazing Secret Garden, part of the great tradition of stately Arab- Andalusian and Moroccan palaces. It was recently renovated, so nowadays, visitors can appreciate and discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover Djemaa El Fna square, where hundreds of locals meet every day to enjoy the storytellers, musicians, acrobats, jugglers and performers of each and every sort.
Overnight at Riad Anya or similar (B)
Day 3 - Ait Benhaddou
It is an early start to the day with sunrise yoga and a healthy Moroccan breakfast before we journey into the High Atlas Mountains and cross the Tizin'Tichka Pass, which sits 7,410 feet above sea level. Our destination today is the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. The kasbah is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most extraordinary in all of Morocco. Join your tour leader for a walking tour of old town's multiple kasbahs and fortresses created to defend the town and to signal the wealth of the merchants that lived in them. We will finish the tour with tea and Moroccan pancake at local tea house. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight at Kasbah Isfoula or similar(B)
Day 4 - Zagora
This morning you’ll travel further south towards the Sahara desert and overnight at Zagora. On route the tour stops at Ouarzazate, nicknamed the door of the desert. It is also known as the Hollywood of Morocco as many world-famous films were made here including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator, and Babel. We visit Taourirt Kasbah, the former Glaoui residence and one of the most beautiful kasbahs in Morocco, before we continue to through the Draa Valley to Zagora and join a local family for Moroccan homemade, plant-based meal. There will be some free time to walk through the palm groves and explore the ksars before your sunset yoga session.
Overnight at Kasbah Sirocco or similar (BL)
Day 5 - Erg Cheggaga and Desert Camp
After a delicious breakfast, it is a one hour drive through the mountains to the frontier town of M’hamid where you’ll meet your local driver. Here you change in to a 4WD to start an unforgettable desert safari experience as the tour travels towards Erg Cheggaga, the biggest desert in Morocco. You’ll be in the most exclusive location in the middle of the dunes with nothing but the dunes in the horizon. Your luxury camp has everything you need to spend a magical, authentic and luxurious night. On arrival enjoy some welcoming tea and Moroccan pastries. Then at sunset, enjoy your yoga session before a private champagne drink and dinner in the dunes. Sitting around the camp fire and enjoying Berber music under a beautiful and starry sky is the perfect way to end this amazing day. You’ll have free time to relax and meditate in this peaceful place if you wish.
Overnight at Alladin desert camp or similar (BD)
Day 6 – Desert Yoga and Taroudant
Your amazing Sahara experience is still not finished, as you will enjoy a one-hour camel ride at sunrise before a magical yoga session in the middle of the desert. Breakfast will be served at a nomad tent looking over the dunes. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to this peaceful gem and continue your journey taking a different route out of the desert towards Foum Zguid to meet your driver and continue to Taroudant town. Check in to your charming accommodation and relax after a long day of travel.
Overnight at Hotel Dar Tourkia or similar (BD)
Day 7 - Taghazout
Taroudant is a former capital of Morocco, built by the Saadian dynasty as a base to attack the Portuguese on the Atlantic Coast. The town is considered as a market town instead of a city. This morning, join your local guide for a walking tour of Taroudant medina. This tour offers a quite authentic view of the daily life in a relaxing atmosphere. Walk through the souks, where you will find yourself overwhelmed by the smell of colourful exotic spices and the variety of goods on offer, visit the many breath-taking monuments and finish the tour at a small historic tannery. After the tour, we say goodbye to the town known as small Marrakech and drive to Taghazout, the fishing village on Morocco's Atlantic coast and considered Morocco's premier surfing destination. On route, you’ll go for picnic lunch on the beach. On arrival, check in and chill before you’ll join your group for sunset yoga with amazing view overlooking the ocean.
Overnight at Yogi surfer or similar (BL)
Day 8 – Surfing and Yoga
Enjoy your breakfast by the pool, before you join your surf instructor for a morning surf lesson. This is perfect for those who have never surfed before or those with more experience. Taghazout is famous for its consistently sunny weather all year around and the different waves suitable for all standards of surfer. There is lunch at local fish restaurant (vegetarian option is available). Before the afternoon is at your leisure to discover the colourful old town of Taghazout. Enjoy a sunset yoga session this evening.
Overnight at Yogi surfer or similar (BL)
Day 9 - Marrakech
Start your day with a morning yoga session followed by breakfast. There is then free time to enjoy the beach before leaving to head back to Marrakech for your last night in Morocco. Enjoy free time on arrival to explore Marrakech medina or shop for local crafts for friends or family. We finish this amazing adventure with your new friends and head for farewell dinner at Comptoir Darna, a chic and exotic decorated restaurant with belly dancing shows offering Moroccan & international gastronomic cuisine.
Overnight at Riad Anya or similar (BD)
Day 10 – Goodbye Morocco
Today enjoy your last breakfast in Morocco. With no activities planned, you are free to leave at any time. Check-out time is usually around midday, however, if you wish to spend more time in Marrakech, we can organize additional accommodation for you (subject to availability) or you can do one of our optional activities. Your airport transfer to Marrakech airport will be arranged to suit your departure flight.
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22nd October to 31st October 2023
18th February to 27th February 2024
19th May to 28th May 2024
15th September to 24th September 2024
27th October to 5th November 2024
Price 2023 from - from £3125 per person (based on two people sharing)
Price 2024 from - from £3325 per person (based on two people sharing)
Single Supplement - £599
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Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry.
Visa and Passport Information
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. However, the Moroccan Consulate General in London advise that your passport should be valid for at least 3 months on your date of entry to Morocco. If your passport does not meet this requirement you may face difficulties and you should check with the Moroccan authorities and your travel provider before travelling. Before travelling, make sure your passport isn’t damaged. Some travellers have been refused entry when travelling on damaged passports.
Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad.
It is a condition of booking with Our Local tour that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities.
Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy.
What to bring on the Yoga and South of Morocco Adventure
Lightweight clothing is essential however a warmer jumper is advisable for cooler evenings in the mountains A light rain coat is advisable. There is a laundry available in most hotels.
Lightweight comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals. Waterproof footware is recommended.
Luggage while on your tour
Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.
We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea.
Banking and Currency
Moroccan Dirham (MAD; symbol Dh) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Dh10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.
Mon-Thurs 0830-1230 and 1500-1830, Fri 0830-1200 and 1500-1830.
Most major credit cards are accepted in larger restaurants, hotels, guest houses and the occasional shop in the souks, with Visa and MasterCard being accepted most widely.
Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in larger towns, although service in smaller towns can be erratic. Most major hotels now have more reliable ATMs.
Traveller's cheques are accepted in some areas but are not advised, as the exchange can be problematic and it can be difficult to find a bank able to cash them, although some of the main tourist hotels offer this facility.
Travel, Transport and Getting Around
The high-speed toll roads connecting Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech and El Jadida are of excellent quality. Coastal communities and most large towns are also well served by good roads. In the interior, south of the High Atlas Mountains, road travel becomes much more difficult, especially across the Atlas Mountains in winter. International and local car hire companies have offices in major towns, cities and airports. Car hire is generally expensive, and prices vary with the season. The minimum age for driving a hired car is 18, although many hire companies will require drivers to be 21 or over.
Metered petit taxis are available in major towns. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped, although it is common to round fares up at least to the next dirham on short trips. Larger, grand taxis are usually Mercedes cars, used for travel outside medinas and to areas outside towns. These can be shared, but fares should be agreed before departure as they don't have meters.
Bike hire is available in most major towns - although attempting to cycle through city traffic is inadvisable. For those travelling longer distances, bikes can be transported on trains and buses.
Making use of the extensive bus network is the cheapest and most popular way to get around Morocco. Buses serve most communities, and private operators compete for custom on the more popular routes. The major bus companies are Compagnie de Transports Marocains, Trans Ghazala, and ONCF. There are extensive bus services in Casablanca and other main towns. Pre-purchase tickets are sold.
Traffic drives on the right in Morocco and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory. The speed limit is 40kph (25mph) in cities and built up areas, rising to 80km (50mph) on more major roads, up to 120km (75mph) on motorways. No alcohol at all is allowed in the bloodstream when driving.
Foreign driving licences are accepted, as well as International Driving Permits. Third Party insurance is required. Insurance documentation and a licence must be carried with you at all times. Insurance can be arranged locally.
The Moroccan rail system, run by Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) provides regular services. The network runs from Oujda in the northeast to Casablanca on the west coast, Tangier on the north coast and Fes and Marrakech in the interior. However, only a small part of the country is served, and even large centres such as Agadir and Essaouira are not covered.
Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice
Water sources outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilisation is advisable. Bottled water is the best bet and is available everywhere. Milk is unpasteurised, so boil before drinking. Meat and fish should be freshly cooked and served hot. Vegetables are typically served cooked. If eating fruit, try to stick to fruit that can be peeled before eating. Most produce is grown organically, without chemical pesticides or fertilisers but it’s highly likely to have been washed in unsterilized water.
Fusion isn't a new trend in Morocco, where the cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean, Arabic, Jewish, Persian, West African and Berber influences. Meals range from the diffa, an elaborate multicourse feast featuring couscous and grilled meats, to quick brochettes (kebab) from a roadside stall. Produce is seasonal, grown locally and typically without chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
Tagines, the fragrant stews of meat, vegetables or fish, named after the distinctive conical earthenware vessel they’re cooked in are the Moroccans main staple. Flavours revolve around a subtle array of spices, and traditionally every spice shop would have its own secret ras el hanout spice blend recipe.
Restaurants range from buffet diners to high-end establishment serving gourmet fare. Many now offer à la carte menus and a three-course fixed-price menu is still common at dinner. Restaurants in cities and large resorts are cosmopolitan, offering a good selection of cuisines, including typical Moroccan fare, plus French, Italian, Spanish and fusion dishes.
The best way to experience the true flavour of Moroccan cuisine, however, is to sample the street food. Djemaa el Fna square in the centre of Marrakech sees an explosion of pop-up food stalls after dark, and most other cities have their own foodie quarters. Scrumptious local specialities such as almonds, olives and a rainbow array of spices can be found in souks across the country.
Laws on alcohol are fairly liberal (for non-Muslim visitors) and bars in most tourist areas stay open late. Wines, beers and spirits are available to tourists. Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol. By law, no-one is allowed to drink alcohol in view of a mosque or during Ramadan, although tourist establishments sometimes flout this rule. Locally produced wines, beers and mineral waters are reasonably priced, but imported drinks tend to be expensive.
Tipping waiting staff is expected (if service is satisfactory), usually up to 5 dirams on small bills, and around 10% for larger bills.
Climate and Weather
Morocco’s climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general the country has a tropical climate, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C (95°F) and as low as 5°C (41°F) in the Sahara. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds whilst inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in the months of December and January.
Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) during the winter.
Owing to the relatively high winter temperatures, and summers that are dry rather than unbearably humid, Morocco is an all-year round destination. If you really want to avoid the heat, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of April to May, and September to November.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations
Lightweight cottons and linens are best worn during summer, with warm medium weight wear for the evenings, during the winter, and in the mountains. Waterproofing is advisable in the wet season, particularly on the coast and in the mountains. Both men and women should be careful to wear clothing that is cognisant of cultural sensitivities – long sleeves and low hems will be looked on favourably. Sunscreen, a sunhat and sunglasses are essential especially in summer.
Access is unrestricted and is widely available in business centres, hotels and in internet cafés. A one month prepaid unlimited internet access card for laptops, iPhones and smartphones is available from Maroc Telecom (who also have the best national coverage).
Electricity and Plug Standards
Electrical sockets (outlets) in Morocco are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types.
Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Kingdom of Morocco usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.
But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts.