TORONTO — Following increased demand, Intrepid Travel has announced four brand new trips in Morocco for 2024.
According to the tour operator, Morocco tours have seen significant growth since the pandemic, and the country is now one of its top-selling destinations globally.
Intrepid has signed a three-year partnership with the Moroccan National Tourism Office to expand the destination’s potential of tourism and increase the number of visitors to 50,000 each year by 2026.
“We are thrilled to be launching this new partnership with MNTO, investing more in the development of tourism in my home country,” said Hala Benkhaldoun, Morocco General Manager for Intrepid Travel. “Morocco is an extremely special place, one that more of the world should have the chance to see.”
Currently, Intrepid has 73 local team members based in its Marrakech office, and over 2,000 departures in the country each year, making it one of Morocco’s leading tour operators.
Among the many highlights of the four new trips is a rare venture through Morocco’s Happy Valley, or the Ait Bougmez region of the High Atlas Mountains.
The four new trips are as follows:
Trekking in Morocco: Happy Valley in High Atlas: Priced from $1,405, this eight-day trip explores ancient ruins and cascading waterfalls, stopping for home-cooked meals in rural villages while learning about the rich history of the Amazigh people, the community that inspired the name ‘Happy Valley.’
Classic Morocco: This eight-day trip, priced from $1,570, includes visits to the sacred Hassan II Mosque and Roman ruins of Volubilis, an iconic solar-powered Sahara camping experience among the sand dunes. Guests will also enjoy a tasting at a Tawesna teahouse run by local women, hike through the High Atlas Mountain range, and spend time in beautiful Marrakech.
One Week in Morocco: Sahara & Atlas Mountains: While on this eight-day trip, priced from $795 and developed exclusively for 18-29 year-olds, guests will discover the bustling streets if Marrakech, trek through the High Atlas Mountains and enjoy a night under the Sahara stars at a solar-powered camp.
Mt. Toubkal Long Weekend: Priced from $665, this five-day weekend tour allows travellers to climb the highest summit in North Africa with expert guides to take in incredible views of the High Atlas Mountain Range, the Sahara and the Atlantic Coast. They’ll also experience a night in an authentic mountain refuge at Toubkal base camp with like-minded trekkers, and enjoy home-cooked meals along the way.
Other new experiences include a M’goun Valley Henna Ceremony on Intrepid’s Morocco Uncovered trip, during which travellers will learn about the history and significance of henna tattoos and receive their own designs from Naquasha women; and a Taman’Art Space visit with a local artist on Intrepid’s Premium Morocco tour.
In addition to expanding offerings in Morocco, Intrepid’s non-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation has partnered with Moroccan non-profit The High Atlas Foundation, one of 22 new partners for the brand globally in 2023. For every traveller booked on an Intrepid trip, the company will make a donation to an NGO partner chosen by its local team, including The high Atlas Foundation, which is dedicated to agricultural development, education and health access for women and youth in Morocco, and Education for All, a non-profit that expands female education access to the remote communities of Morocco.
For more information go to https://www.intrepidtravel.com/morocco.