14 Days Audacious Surf Camp, Yoga, and Culinary Vacation in Morocco

Cultural Morocco Culinary Vacation

Come join Helen in Wonderlust in Morocco for a fun, cultural, immersive, and action-packed adventure of a lifetime! Morocco is an amazing country, full of intrigue and mystery, with stunning landscapes and fascinating history - the perfect place to explore your adventurous side. On this epic two-week trip, you will surf in the Atlantic Ocean, do yoga at sunset, wander through the souks of Essaouira, get lost in the medina of Marrakech, taste the delicious Moroccan cuisine, trek through the Atlas Mountains and ride camels through the Sahara desert. However, these aren’t typical ‘tours’. They are fun and laid-back group trips, that are similar to an independent backpacking trip, with some free time to explore and do your own thing, but with a group of friends built in - the best of both worlds!

Highlights

  • Moroccan food cooking lesson
  • Experiencing a local foodie tour of Marrakech
  • 3 days of surfing and yoga lessons on the beautiful Atlantic coast
  • Chance to explore exciting Marrakech by foot and getting lost in the Medina
  • Opportunity to enjoy a sunset boat trip and explore the colorful port city of Essaouira
  • Use of wetsuit and board
  • 13 nights' lodging
  • Delicious meals

Styles


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer available: Al Massira Airport

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in good quality budget camps, hostels, and guesthouses. This could include dorms and shared facilities. For the Sahara Desert, you will be staying in basic Berber tents in the desert.

Helen in Wonderlust Culinary Vacation Morocco Itinerary

Day 1: Taghazout 

Arrive in Agadir and transfer to your accommodation in Taghazout for the night. Relax and get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome meal and a beer or two. Your Rock My Morocco Adventure starts here.

  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 and 3: Taghazout 

You will spend days two, three, and four learning to surf with the expert instructors (you get a day off on day four). Each day, after a delicious buffet breakfast (fruit, bread, cereal, yoghurt, pancakes, and spreads - yum). You pick up your boards and wetsuits, pile into vans and head down to the beach for a full day of surfing.

There will be a couple of hours of lessons / coaching in the morning, before you break for a packed lunch on the beach. Those who want to can get back in the water for more surf coaching in the afternoon, those who don't, can chill, read a book, and just enjoy the beach.

The lessons are suitable for all abilities, whether you have surfed before or it is your very first time - Helen in Wonderlust has got you covered. For those of you who haven't done surfing before, it is not easy, but believe Helen in Wonderlust, after a day, you will be hooked. It is one of the most mindful and spiritual activities you can do.

Heading back to the camp, there will be some free time to relax before the sunset yoga session in the open air studio, overlooking stunning Hash Point. Yoga is the perfect complimentary activity for surfing, strengthening those core muscles (if you decide you don't want to take part in the yoga session, that's absolutely fine too - this is your trip).

Dinner on day three will be served at the surf camp and on day four, you'll eat at an excellent local restaurant in Taghazout.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Paradise Valley

Today, you will take a rest from surfing and head to stunning Paradise Valley. Paradise valley lies in the Anti-Atlas Mountains and is the perfect place to chill and rest your weary surf muscles, play mermaids in the natural pools, and jump off the rocks (if you’re brave enough). You will eat lunch here and on the way back, you will visit a women's Argan Oil cooperative.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Essaouira

In the morning, you will do your final surf lesson before heading along the coast to the pretty and atmospheric port city of Essaouira. In the early evening, you will take a boat out on the water to watch the sunset, before eating some delicious seafood down at the harbour (if you don't like seafood, there are other alternatives - don't worry).

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 6: Essaouira

You will spend the morning exploring the fish market, harbour, the colourful medina, and spice scented souks (markets). Essaouira is a photographer's dream, so don't forget to bring your camera.

In the afternoon, there will be some free time to shop or take part in the optional activity of your choice. Popular activities include horse or camel rides on the beach, wind and kite surfing, the Villa Maroc Gardens, visiting a hammam, and Moroccan cooking lessons.

In the evening, you will take a wander through the pretty streets and seafront, taking in the atmosphere and eat at a lovely Moroccan restaurant.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7: Marrakech 

After easing you into Moroccan life, you are off to hectic, colourful Marrakech! After lunch, you will get your bearings in the 'Red City' by taking the tour of the city with your expert guide. You will experience the magic of the souks, the beautiful Bahia Palace, the Ben Youssef Medersa Koran School, and taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Jemaa el Fna (also called Djemaa el Fna) to name but a few.

For dinner, you will take a food tour through the city, where you will try the best local foods around and eat in many of the places most tourists miss.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Marrakech

In the morning, there will be free time to hang out at the riad, visit some of the art galleries or museums, get scrubbed down at a hammer, take a bicycle tour, wander the medina or shop at your leisure. Marrakech has some of the best shopping in the world and by now, you should have perfected your haggling skills, so grab yourself some bargains.

In the afternoon, you will visit Jardin Majorelle, a 12-acre botanical garden and tranquil oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of the world outside. In the evening, you will eat at one of Marrakech's many excellent restaurants.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9: Dades Valley

Today, you will head toward the Sahara Desert. Driving out of Marrakech, you will use the stunning Tizi n' Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountain on the way to ancient city of Aït Benhaddou, a ksar on the former caravan route to the Sahara and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visiting Aït Benhaddou is like stepping back in history or the set of a film, and if you're thinking it looks familiar, you'd be right as this is where they filmed parts of Gladiator (and many other films)! In Gladiator, the city doubles for Zuccabar in Mauritania (modern day Algeria).

You will pass through Ouarzazate (Morocco's answer to Hollywood) and the Valley of the Roses as you make your way to Dades Valley.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Sahara Desert

You will continue your journey, passing ancient kasbahs, and taking time to admire the magnitude of the Todra Gorge on a short hike. You will stop for lunch in Rissani 'Gateway to the Sahara' and visit the Moulay Ali Cherif Mosque before heading to the casbah at the foot of the san dunes.

Here, you will leave your air conditioned mini bus and hop aboard the new form of transport - camels! Once you are on, you will enjoy a ride to your home for the evening - a Bedouin desert camp. You will enjoy a night under the stars, with a campfire, traditional dinner, and music.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Marrakech

You will watch the sunrise from atop a sand dune, before getting back on your camels and riding out of the desert Lawrence of Arabia style.

Then, it's back to the bright lights of Marrakech, where you will arrive in the late afternoon / early evening. It's a long drive, but you will have plenty of opportunities to stop and stretch your legs and take photographs along the way. In the evening, you will head out on the town!

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Imlil (High Atlas Mountains)

In the morning, you will head up into the High Atlas Mountains to one of the favorite hotels in the world, set in a traditional Berber house. When you arrive, you will try your hand at cooking in a Moroccan cooking class! And of course, you will get to eat what you make!

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13: Imlil (High Atlas Mountains)

Today, you will head out on a guided waterfall hike through the mountains. The walk is beautiful, up and down through the valleys. It isn't super difficult, but a moderate level of fitness and a good pair of shoes is necessary as you have to do a little bit of scrambling over rocks.

In the afternoon, there will be some time to visit the on-site hammam or explore the village. As the sun sets, you will relax on the roof terrace with a glass of wine and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Each evening, you will eat a traditional berber meal in the candlelit communal common area.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 14: Departure day

Today is always a sad day as you say goodbye to your new friends (there's usually a few tears, Helen in Wonderlust will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime. They can arrange the transfer to Marrakech airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Instructors

Helen Davies
Helen is an Africa travel expert who has led tours through numerous countries including Morocco, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. I am passionate about experiential travel and want to show you a different side of Africa. Not the Africa you see in the media, but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Africa I know and love. I like to get to the heart of the places I travel, to go on epic adventures, to be out in the wild, to meet local people, experience the local cuisine, take in the nightlife, to try new things and most of all, to have fun.

Location

This vacation will take place in Morocco including Taghazout, Paradise Valley, Essaouira, Marrakech, Dades Valley, Sahara Desert, and Imlil (High Atlas Mountains).

Food

The trip includes 13 breakfasts,  9 lunches, and 9 dinners (some of these are activities in themselves). Please let Helen in Wonderlust know of any dietary requirements when booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There will be some free time to take part in the optional activities of your choice (additional cost):

  • Additional surf / yoga lessons
  • Donkey trekking
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Relaxing
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Visiting a hammam

What's included

  • Cooking class in the Atlas Mountains
  • Essaouira walking and food tour
  • Marrakech food tour
  • 3 surf lessons (wetsuit and board hire included, additional surf lesson, board and wetsuit hire charged separately)
  • 2 yoga sessions (additional yoga sessions charged separately)
  • Paradise Valley day trip
  • Sunset boat tour in Essaouira
  • Marrakech walking tour
  • Visit to Jardín Majorelle
  • Visit to Sahara Desert (including camel rides and the ancient city of Aït Benhaddou)
  • Hiking in the Atlas Mountains
  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Transport within Morocco to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes - taxi, boat, minibus, camel)

What's not included

  • Optional activities (such as - horse riding, windsurfing, etc.)
  • Moroccan visa (if needed)
  • Medications or vaccinations
  • Travel / health insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Agadir-Al Massira Airport (AGA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Agadir-Al Massira Airport (AGA) is the nearest airport to the start point. Helen in Wonderlust can arrange these for you (or from elsewhere such as the bus station). You will need to arrive before 5 p.m. on the 1st of April.

Airport: Al Massira Airport Airport transfer available: Al Massira Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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