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Morocco: Escape to Marrakech

Explore the city by vintage side-car, learn to cook in the Atlas Mountains & dine in the Agafay Desert underneath the stars

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Local transport
  • Max 14 travelers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Stay in hand-picked in 3-4 star hotels
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.

About your trip

Lively, colourful and utterly enchanting, Marrakech is less a city than a sensory experience, vibrating with energy and culture.

From hectic medinas to rural mountainside villages, life here is as fast or as slow as you want it – and our four-day adventure spans the lot. We’ll feel the buzz in the souks of the old city, zipping down side streets on a vintage motorbike and marveling at the wonders of Jemaa el-Fna Square by night. We’ll take a breath with local cooking classes, peaceful hikes in the Atlas Mountains and traditional Moroccan hammam bathing, before finishing with a campfire feast under a star-filled desert sky.

At Flash Pack, we’ll take you to both the heart of the action and the off-radar delights, curating a line-up of Moroccan highlights you’ll never forget. A short trip leaving big memories, and all shared with new friends: are you in or are you in?

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A tasty intro to Marrakech
  • Arrive into Marrakech, the energetic Red City, and take your private transfer to your stylish boutique hotel
  • Visit the UNESCO-recognized Jemaa el-Fna Square in time for its dusk transformation, the area thrumming with music, nightly shows and lively food stands
  • Tuck into your first dinner together: a three-course feast by candlelight in an atmospheric traditional Moroccan restaurant
Cooking in the Atlas foothills
  • Swap the city crowds for the sleepy village of Imlil, tucked away in the foothills of the majestic Atlas Mountains
  • Prepare a lunch of traditional Moroccan cuisine – think spiced tagine and zaalouk cooked salad – at a boutique lodge overlooking snow-capped Mount Toubkal
  • Hike the peaceful valley trails though vast rugged landscape, home to the indigenous Berber people
Vintage sidecars & desert dining
  • Climb aboard a vintage motorbike for a sidecar tour of Marrakech, winding through the labyrinthine alleyways of the old town
  • Relax with an invigorating traditional hammam. You’ll indulge in the steam, soap and scrub of a centuries-old ritual
  • Dine by candlelight in the magical Agafay Desert, sat within a traditional Berber tent nestled safely in the dunes – an extraordinary last evening

 

Thanks for everything, Marrakech
  • After a sensory whirlwind, it’s time to bid farewell to your group
  • Returning home, you’ll understand the power that just four days of new adventures can have; allowing yourself to escape and unwind in a land so far from the daily stresses of modern life

Our Favorite Hotels

Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.

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Bab Hotel, Marrakech

A stroll from the train station, this modern boutique hotel in Guéliz boasts stylishly cool yet inviting interiors, with good shopping and easy access to Marrakech highlights; Medina’s Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in the old town is just 10 minutes by car. There’s also a spa offering a traditional hammam, plus a pool and rooftop bar overlooking the city.

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Important Notes

Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly in and out of Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK).

What time do I need to arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?

Before 4 pm ideally. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 6pm starting at the hotel, around 20 minutes away from the airport.

What time should my flight depart on the last day?

There are no activities planned for the last day, so leave any time you wish. The airport is approximately 20 minutes away from the hotel, and your Pack Leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.

Are airport transfers included?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.

Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.

We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.

Do I need a visa?

Up-to-date visa and entry information can be found using our official partner, Sherpa, who can help you arrange a visa if needed.

You can also find essential travel advice – including security and local laws, as well as passport and visa information – on the government website of your home country:

Please be aware that passport and visa requirements can change before departure, so it’s important to stay updated with the latest information.

What vaccinations and medication will I need?

While we are not medical professionals and cannot offer personalized medical advice, we want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable adventure. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

1. Consult with a healthcare professional

We recommend scheduling an appointment with your travel nurse or doctor at least eight weeks before your adventure. This will give you ample time to receive any necessary vaccines or medications.

2. Up-to-date medical advice

3. Government travel advice

4. Medication tips

If you take prescription medication, ensure you bring enough to last the entire adventure, plus a few extra days in case of travel delays. Carry a copy of your prescription with you in case you need to visit a clinic while abroad.

We hope this information will help you prepare for a safe and healthy adventure.

What level of fitness do I need?

Overall, this trip is pretty relaxed. There is a light hike of one to two hours in the Imlil Valley, suitable for most fitness levels.

We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness. 

Why do I need to print my travel documents?

There’s a chance that Marrakech Airport will not accept mobile versions of boarding passes (and other important documents). With this in mind, please ensure you have printed all boarding passes and other required documents to present alongside any mobile information you have stored on your phone.

What about Ramadan? Will it affect my trip?

Some aspects of your itinerary could change during Ramadan and the national celebration of Eid Al Fitr (the Festival of Fast-breaking) as many shops and restaurants will be closed. It will also be quite difficult to obtain alcohol during Ramadan – your Pack Leader will be able to advise.

What should I expect from the hammam experience?

Hammams are a traditional part of Moroccan culture, which many local people visit every week to relax, detoxify and catch up on the local news. Men and women have separate areas and within these areas you’ll undress in a shared room, store your clothes in a locker and be given a robe to wear (it’s usual to go topless, keeping on your bikini bottoms or underwear, but if you feel more comfortable keeping your swimsuit on, just let the attendant know).

First, you’ll relax on marble seats in a hot steam room, designed to open up your pores. Then you’ll be taken to a private room where your masseuse will apply black beldi soap (made from olive leaves and argan oil) all over your body, which they will then scrub off using a kess (exfoliating mitt) and you’ll be given an invigorating full body massage.

The process takes around 30-45 minutes and you’ll come out feeling refreshed, renewed and with the softest, cleanest skin you can imagine. Back in your robe, you’ll be taken to a shared room to relax and served a refreshing mint tea. Be sure to drink lots of water, too. It’s a good idea to bring flip flops, shampoo and conditioner and leave your valuables at home.

Will the itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try and communicate to you.

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