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The Morocco Skiing Experience

From $432.30 Per Person

WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?

The surreal experience of bartering in Marrakesh's souks one day and traversing down Africa's highest piste the next.

Morocco
From Dec to Feb
4 nights

From $432.30 Per Person

BOOK TODAY $174.65 DEPOSIT

Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Skiing in Africa

Skiing in Africa

Although not likely to be the best skiing you can experience, the scenery is breath-taking and there are very view places in the world where a donkey can carry your skis! A truly fascinating spectacle.

The Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains

The drive through the Atlas Mountains to Oukaïmeden is simply spectacular with vibrant colours. Soak in the scenery as you wind your way through the mountains to Morocco's premier ski resort.

Marrakech

Marrakech

A visit to Marrakech certainly awakens the senses. Whether it's bartering for a deal in the chaos of the souks, relaxing in the oasis that is your Riad or having dinner in a fancy restaurant in Gueliz, there is something for everyone.

Moroccan Food

Moroccan Food

Rich with flavour, the food has a unique, delicious taste so don't be shy in trying their specialities from tajines with couscous to a pastillas and of course the obligatory mint tea. You can even take a cooking class!

"Our guide Abdul was an absolute legend: he made the journey so enjoyable, and it felt like we were traveling with a close friend! The places we saw and stayed were absolutely breathtaking. This was our second trip with you and we can’t wait for our next adventure"

Nina

TRIP OVERVIEW

YOUR EXPERIENCE

Forget booking separate winter and summer holidays this year. Instead, choose to combine sun and snow in a weekend getaway that provides action-packed adventure, and rest and relaxation in equal measure. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Morocco’s exotic capital of Marrakech and lose yourself in the charming chaos of the Medina with its brimming souks and its flamboyant displays of storytellers, teeth-pullers and snake charmers. Arrive at Oukaimeden ski resort and we’ll kit you up with all your gear and equipment so you’re ready to hit the slopes and experience Morocco on the snow. With 5 runs, 2 nursery slopes and a chair lift to the summit, the resort caters for all levels and even provides mules to help carry your skis and add some Moroccan spice.

YOUR EXPERTS

Abdul

Abdul

The Humble One - Meet Abdul

Oana

Oana

The Bright Spark - Meet Oana

NEED TO KNOW

DESTINATIONMorroco 
SEASONJanuary 2 - 5 2020
DURATION3 nights
GROUP SIZE8 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Marrakech
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.
VISAUK, EU & US not required
VACCINATIONSNo

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Marrakech

Arrival in Marrakech followed by an airport transfer to your boutique riad accommodation in the medina where you will be greeted with some refreshing Moroccan mint tea and a selection of sweet pastries after which you can settle into your room and head out in the evening to soak up the magical atmosphere

INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick-up
  • Mint Tea Welcome

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Souk Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Hammam
Day 2 Transfer to the Oukaimeden Ski Resort via the High Atlas Mountains and back

Early morning transfer through the High Atlas Mountains over to the Oukaimeden Ski Resort by jeep for a day of skiing in an extraordinary climate, then travelling back to Marrakech to enjoy the evening

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Ski equipment and passes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Hammam
Day 3 Day at your leisure in Marrakech

Day in Marrakech to explore the souks, experience the medina and its vibrant street artists or simply relaxing in the peace and quiet of your riad with a hamam massage

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Souk Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Hammam
Day 4 Transfer to Marrakech Airport

Transfer to Marrakech airport for flight back home

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport Drop-off

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Hammam

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

Marrakech

Marrakech
Morocco

With all our stunning, boutique Riads located in or close to the medina so you will be well placed to explore Jemaa el-Fnaa square and the souks.
Typical Accommodation: Dar One, Riad Al Massarah or similar

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Kasbah Bab Ourika
Morocco

For those in search of a more peaceful setting than Marrakech, why not upgrade to the kasbah which offers breath-taking views, along with a colonial feel combined with a dash of Moroccan flavour. Perfect for relaxing.

TRIP LOCATION

WHERE YOU'RE GOING

The queen of diversity, Morocco represents a diverse and heady mix of cultures and scenery that are guaranteed to awaken your senses. With stunning mountains, buzzing cities and endless deserts, the country has so much to offer and seems to change with every visit. A fascinating melting pot of cultures and religion, you’ll be immersed in cultural influences from around the world, architectural marvels and tons of historical intrigue. Magical, mysterious and utterly captivating. This is the ultimate trip if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and memories to treasure for years ahead.

DID YOU KNOW
  • An Arabic name for Morocco, al-Magrib al-Aqsa, means “the extreme west”
  • White is the colour of mourning in Morocco and is worn up to 40 days
  • The Moroccan national costume is called the djellaba, a one-piece unisex, hooded, coverall garment.
  • Tea has become the national drink of Morocco and was introduced in 1854 by the British

FAST FACTS

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POPULATION
CURRENCY
TIME DIFFERENCE

"We wanted to thank you for the amazing experience that we had in Morocco. Our guide Abdul was an absolute legend: he made the journey so enjoyable, and it felt like we were travelling with a close friend!"

Abdul - Untravelled Paths

Host Tips

TRIP TIPS

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Travel Insurance

Needless to say, when taking part in an activity such skiing in a country like Morocco it is prudent to ensure you have the appropriate cover should you be unfortunate to have an accident.

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Cover Up

While locals are used to tourists, it is respectful to cover up your knees and shoulders, so make sure you have a scarf, which will also help against the sun and sand while in the desert.

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Taking Photos

Always ask when obviously snapping pictures of the locals, especially in the rural areas, as it's polite. Pairing with a complement often helps or take from distance and ultilise your zoom.

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Touts and Hustlers

In general Morocco is very safe so relax and smile when dealing with touts and hustlers. Politely but firmly decline, don’t engage and act as if you know where you are going.

TRIP DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 3 nights in Marrakech
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Ski Experience at Oukaimeden Ski Resort including ski passes and equipment
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • THE UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET
GETTING THERE

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Marrakech with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

LONDON TO MARRAKECH
  • Easyjet (Gatwick)
  • British Airways (Heathrow)
  • Ryan Air (Stanstead, Luton)
LIVERPOOL TO MARRAKECH
  • Ryanair
LIVERPOOL TO MARRAKECH
  • Easyjet
  • Thomas Cook Airlines
DATES & PRICES

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.

EXTRA NIGHTS

If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

AVAILABILITY

December 2019
December 19 - 23 2019 Last minute From $432 $499 PP
January 2020
January 2 - 6 2020 Early release From $432 $499 pp
January 9 - 13 2020 Early release From $432 $499 pp
January 16 - 20 2020 Early release From $432 $499 pp
January 23 - 27 2020 Early release From $432 $499 pp
January 30 - February 3 2020 Early release From $432 $499 pp
February 2020
February 6 - 10 2020 Early release From $432 $499 pp
February 13 - 17 2020 Early release From $432 $499 pp

HOW IT WORKS

Book your trip in five easy steps.

1

ENQUIRE ONLINE

Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

2

BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.

3

BOOKING FORM

Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

4

PAY FOR YOUR TRIP

As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.

5

FINAL CONFIRMATION

Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

6

NOTES

Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions

FAQ

What is the currency?

The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, often abbreviated as Dhs or MAD.

Where can I get a hold of the currency?

The Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency, so by law you are not allowed to import or export Moroccan Dirhams. Technically you’re not even allowed to take more than 1000 Dirhams into or out of the country (approx. £65.00) so we recommend waiting until you touch down in Morocco before you think about getting hold of the local currency. There is an ATM and a couple of bureau de change offices at Marrakesh airport so you’ll probably be better off withdrawing the money there. Beware of inflated exchange rates; these can be particularly poor at airports. Banks will change foreign currency for you and rates are consistent across the board.

Can I pay by debit/credit card?

Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Morocco’s main towns and cities however cash is preferable particularly in the less built up and more remote areas of the country. While you’ll have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner in places like Marrakech, do make sure you’ve got enough on you as well as small change for smaller purchases. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.

What sort of budget would I need?

As a general rule, you’ll be able to have a good lunch for around £8 a head and will pay anything between £15 and £20 for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that as a Muslim country, the cost of alcohol is typically higher than it would be elsewhere and ordering imported drinks can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines, beers or spirits is advisable. We reckon around £140 for lunch,
drinks and snacks for two people is plenty for your time in the country. For your time in Marrakech you’ll need to add the costs of any shopping you’d like to do whilst you’re there. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences.

How is tipping like?

Tipping in Morocco is commonplace and practically anything can warrant a small tip. With that in mind, it can be a good idea to keep a supply of small coins with you just in case. Tip up to 10% in restaurants, a couple of dirham in cafés, and 2 to 3 dirham for the attendant when you need to use the loo.

How is the weather like?

While the ski season in Morocco runs officially from December to March we only run our Ski Experience throughout January and February as the cusp months can be unpredictable in terms of snow in the Atlas Mountains. The main difference between these two months is down to the weather you’re likely to experience in Marrakech - January tends to be milder, while the temperatures in February begin to rise. The weather in the mountains is pretty stable throughout both January and February and as the skiing itself is more a novelty than anything else you’re unlikely to be disappointed whichever month you choose to travel.

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or info@untravelledpaths.com. Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.

How do I go about booking extra activities?

Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.

Is Morocco safe?

It is! You are highly unlikely to experience any problems during your stay here. That said, being harassed by 'faux guides' and petty theft is fairly common. Applying basic common-sense rules should stand you in good stead when it comes to theft and petty crime so avoid walking alone at night around unlit areas, keep an eye on your valuables and don’t flaunt expensive jewellery.

What if I get lost?

If you find yourself lost in a medina, follow the flow of people along the main paths and you’re sure to be spat out at an exit where you can find your bearings. Either that, or use a compass – street names will prove useless! If you want to ask for directions, the safest bet is to ask the shop-keepers. Be aware of 'faux guides'.

What are faux guides?

Unofficial or false guides. You will no doubt encounter unofficial guides and street hustlers at some point while you’re in Morocco. If you want to get them off your tail be firm but polite and walk with purpose as if you know exactly where you’re headed. A simple ‘no thank you, my friend’ will normally suffice. We would not recommend taking these ‘guides’ up on their offer under any circumstances.

What should I pack?

As the weather is likely to be hot and sunny you’ll want to pack cool and comfortable clothes, ideally not exposing too much flesh. A scarf is also practical for women who can use it as a cover up over bare shoulders in local villages. For the skiing aspect of the experience, layers and a warm jacket are a must, with waterproof gear being preferable. A hat and gloves are also essential, as well as a good pair of boots.

I am a female solo traveller. Is this trip suitable for me?

It sure is! You will be travelling with our representative and a group, so you're in good hands. While wandering alone around Marrakech, there are a few common-sense precautions that female visitors should bear in mind when they’re in the country: don’t wander the streets alone after dark; if in doubt take a taxi! It’s unlikely that you’ll have any trouble but you’re likely to feel pretty uncomfortable and wary so it is best to avoid the situation. If you are approached, don’t react with aggression, keep it polite and carry on walking. It’s a good idea to save the number of your accommodation on your phone just in case you get lost, particularly in Marrakech.

Is tap water safe?

We highly recommend sticking to bottled water in order to avoid a tummy upset! Bottled water is widely available and inexpensive so please don’t risk it.