Journey from Casablanca to Marrakech through moody desert landscapes, kasbahs, and villages. Picnic in mountain gorges, learn to cook the perfect couscous, and immerse yourself in labyrinthine souks. You’ll also discover the ruins of a Sultan’s city that was built to mimic Versailles, stay in a hotel made of Saharan sand, and find tranquility in a traditional riad surrounded by the frenzy of a medina. All-in-all, the sounds, smells, and flavours of North Africa will infuse your memories for years to come on this magical adventure through Morocco.
September 17 2016, to September 27 2016,- $3,150.00 US
April 14 2017, to April 24 2017,- $3,150.00 US
September 15 2017, to September 25 2017,- $3,150.00 US
Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
Starts In: Casablanca
Ends In: Marrakech
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 3-Star + Physical Rating: 2/5
Arrival transfer to accommodation
Group leader from beginning to end of tour
10 breakfasts, 1lunch, 7 dinners
3-star or higher accommodation (9 nights), Berber Desert Camp (1 night)
Entrance and guided tour of Hassan II Mosque Guided tours of Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fès & Marrakech
Camel safari in the Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara
Desert camp experience
Entrance to Berber Museum
Cooking class in Marrakech
Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss.
Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
Gratuities for Group Leader ($55-$110 USD)
Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)
Out travel is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
VISAS: A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Morocco for fewer than 90 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.
CULTURE SHOCK: Tourism in Morocco is developed enough to afford many of the luxuries of home. However, we’ve found the culture and madness can be overwhelming for some. Most shops use high-pressure tactics which can disconcert Western travellers, but rest assured any shops you are brought to via OUT Adventures do not provide any sort of kickback to our company, or your guide.
LOCAL LGBT SCENE: Both religion and law have hindered progress for LGBT Moroccans, and there are actually laws in place that prohibit homosexuality. Alas, there are no LGBT establishments to visit. That said, OUT Adventures will ensure you experience the destination in a respectful manner, but we recommend you avoid public displays of affection for the safety of not only yourself, but also your fellow group members.
WEATHER: Temperatures in Morocco range from mild to hot with little rain. A hat is essential, as is a sweater, because even during the summer the desert can be cold at night. Overall, you can expect approximate daily highs of 25C/77F (or higher) and lows around 11C/52F.
REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: Based on the entry requirements for Morocco, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
ELECTRICITY: You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type C/E sockets. Visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/morocco/ for more information.
CONNECTIVITY: All of our hotels will have (at times very slow) Wi-Fi access, so feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family at home. They might be a tad jealous!
For everybody’s peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That’s up to $200 you won’t have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation.
Here’s what’s covered:
Unlimited Trip Interruption
Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
Baggage Delay up to $500
Flight Accident up to $100,000
Travel Accident up to $50,000
All OUT Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!
All Out About Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody’s there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
If you’ve never travelled on your own, it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It’s best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.
Every Oot and About Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what’s available.
To keep things flexible, not all meals are included in the trip price. Although we typically dine together, so that everybody can get a taste of everything, feel free to explore on your own…your guide will always have some restaurant recommendations.
Art Palace Hotel
4, Rue du Soldat Maurice Benhamou – Boulevard d’Anfa, Casablanca
Phone: +212 5 22 42 28 00
The four-star Art Palace Hotel is located in central Casablanca, and features an indoor pool, a spa with hammam, and in-room Wi-Fi.
If you are checking in to the hotel under your OUT Adventures reservation, a complimentary arrival transfer will be included.
Riad Al Rimal
43 Derb Fahl Ezzafriti, Quarter Laksour, Marrakech Medina
Phone: +212 661 582 972
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $150-$175 USD.
The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham. We usually recommend carrying local currency for small purchases, however credit cards are accepted at most upscale restaurants and hotels. We also recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used only in the case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you’ll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you’ll have costly surcharges on short flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.
The following packing list should be used as a guideline, not as gospel. Our Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much, or little to bring.
Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
General Personal Items:
Eye mask/ear plugs
Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug for type C/E
Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
Sandals/Comfortable Walking Shoes/Shoes for upmarket Dinners
Flashlight/headlamp and spare batteries for desert camp
Shirts: t-shirts/collared shirt or polo shirt for upmarket dinners
Pants: Long, lightweight pants for mosque visits/Casual pants for upmarket dinners
Shorts that ideally cover the knee, unless at hotel
Water resistant jacket
Personal medication/Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamines
Travel First Aid Kit