WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?
The surreal experience of bartering in Marrakesh's souks one day and traversing down Africa's highest piste the next.
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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 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.
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.
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"
NEED TO KNOW
|SEASON||January 2 - 5 2020|
|GROUP SIZE||8 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
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
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
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
Transfer to Marrakech airport for flight back home
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
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
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.
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.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in five easy steps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised 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!
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. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.
The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, often abbreviated as Dhs or MAD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.