Tour review: Intrepid Morocco

Tour Review: Intrepid Travel Morocco

Jo Stewart

Beautiful Jo in Morocco

Name: Jo Stewart

What Tour Company did you travel with? Intrepid Travel (I’m lucky enough to work for Intrepid so I get to sample the wares so to speak!)

Where did you go?: Morocco, with most of our time spent in Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains. The name of the tour was Active Morocco.

Who was your tour leader? What was he/she like?: Yassine was more than a tour leader, he was a historian, bodyguard, entertainer and coach all rolled into one. I could not imagine navigating my way through the busy streets of Marrakech without him. I also couldn’t imagine crossing an icy river without his helping hand and words of encouragement.

What was the highlight of the trip?: So many highlights! Watching the sun set over Djemaa el-Fna (the main square of Marrakech), enjoying a delicious feast at a rooftop restaurant in the back streets of Marrakech and stumbling across a group of wild horses grazing in the picturesque High Atlas Mountains are all worthy experiences.

And the lowlight?: Saying goodbye to our host family in the High Atlas Mountains (cue tears). Getting naked in front of strangers during a hamam visit (cue embarrassment).

How was the food?: Hands down the best food I have ever eaten. As a Marrakech local, our super leader Yassine knew the best local restaurants and street food carts. He delighted in introducing us to his favourites, including a small, unassuming neighbourhood juice bar that whipped us up the most incredible smoothies and juices using fresh ingredients like dates, nuts and avocado.

And the accommodation:? Staying with a local family at a home stay in the High Atlas Mountains provided me with many warm memories. Staying in a picturesque village, located in a valley under the shadow of North Africa’s highest peak (Mount Toukbal) with such genuine people (who also happened to be excellent cooks) is something I will never forget.

What modes of transport did you experience?: Mini van, local taxi, mountain bike and lots of time on Shanks’ Pony (walking).

What were your group like?: A small group of genuinely amazing people. By travelling in a smaller group, we were able to access places more easily and be more unassuming in public places. I struck it lucky with this group as we were likeminded souls with similar interests.

Who would you recommend this tour to?: Any active person of any age who can ride a bike and happily walk for hours. As an active trip, you’re expected to get out there and enjoy a few adventures. There’s plenty of time for other important things too…. mainly: shopping in the souks and eating.

And who should avoid it?: People who don’t like nature or hiking won’t be well placed on this trip. While you don’t need to be an iron woman, this trip is geared towards people with a healthy level of fitness and interest in adventure. Bottom line: if you can’t hike for 9 hours, then perhaps a less active trip will suit!

What was your overall impression of the tour and group?: While I admit to being a little biased, Active Morocco is an incredible trip for anyone wanting to see Morocco’s stunning countryside and get a bit of exercise in too! Because I was active for most of the trip I felt less guilty about gorging on tagine, olives and bread day and night!

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6 Responses to “Tour review: Intrepid Morocco”
  1. Amyn karim says:

    Hi, I am really impressed by your tour the way it has been explained and it seems really worthy and unmatched experience.
    I wish Intrepid Could finally start their Tours To Pakistan too on existing itineraries.

  2. Yassine says:

    Salam beautiful Jo 😉
    Congratulations… We should do it again & get to the nomad camp this time !
    All the best,
    Yassine.

  3. Catherine Attard says:

    Hi
    We will be in Morocco in September staying in Marrakech. Accommodation already booked. We need a guide to be with us for travel. Is there someone that we can contact, somoeone like Yassine please.
    Many thanks – Catherine Attard

  4. Jo says:

    Thanks Yassine. I will come back to Morocco and yes, I would love to get to the nomad camp this time! Thanks for being a top leader.

  5. abdelouahab kerrou says:

    Congratulations to all the people who have traveled with Yassine. I kan imagine all what Jo says about Morocco and the tour guide? Keep doing the good job Yassine.

    Bonjour
    Abdelouahab

  6. @shegoes says:

    Hi Catherine,

    You can contact Yassine at: abayass@yahoo.com

    Enjoy your trip!

    Cheers,
    Em

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