Intrepid Travel has partnered with the National Tourism Office of Morocco to promote visits to that country.
The partnership comes as Intrepid says Moroccan bookings have grown significantly since the pandemic, making it one of the company’s best-selling destinations worldwide.
“We are very happy to launch this new partnership with MNTO, investing more in the development of tourism in my home country,” said Hala Benkhaldoun, general manager of Morocco for Intrepid Travel. “Morocco is a very special place, a place that more of the world should have the opportunity to see.”
As part of the partnership, Intrepid will launch several itineraries in 2024 that will take guests through Morocco’s Happy Valley, an unspoiled destination located in the Ait Bougmez region of the High Atlas Mountains.
The new trips
On the High Atlas Morocco Happy Valley Trekking tour, guests will explore cascading waterfalls, ancient ruins and lush vegetation on an eight-day adventure that includes stopping for home-cooked meals in rural villages and learning about the rich history of the Amazigh people. , the community that inspired the name “Happy Valley.” Fees start at $1,180 per person.
The eight-day Classic Morocco tour includes visits to the holy Hassan II Mosque and the Roman ruins of Volubilis; a solar-powered Sahara camping experience among the dunes; visit and tasting at Tawesna tea house run by local women; hiking through the High Atlas Mountain range; and explore the vibrant architecture and flavors of Marrakech. Fees start at $1,320 per person.
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The Only Week in Morocco: The Sahara & Atlas Mountains, also an eight-day tour, was developed exclusively for travelers between the ages of 18 and 29 and will provide a sample of Intrepid’s Moroccan products. Travelers on this itinerary can expect to do everything from the streets of Marrakech to hiking through the High Atlas Mountains as well as sleeping under the stars in the Sahara at a sun camp. Fees start at $710 per person.
There will also be a five-day Mount Toubkal Long Weekend tour where guests will climb North Africa’s highest summit with expert guides, where they can enjoy incredible views of the High Atlas Mountains, the Sahara and the Coast Atlantic. A night will also be spent in an authentic mountain shelter at Toubkal base camp along with Moroccan home-cooked meals served throughout the trip.
New experiences, as well
Intrepid has added several new experiences to existing itineraries. The M’goun Valley Henna Ceremony on his Unhidden Morocco tour will give travelers the opportunity to learn about the history and significance of henna tattoos and get their own designs from Naquasha women. On a Premium Morocco cruise, Intrepid visited the Taman’Art Space with a local artist on a terrace overlooking the mountains.
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In addition to the partnership with the tourist office, the operator’s non-profit Intrepid Foundation created a partnership with the Moroccan non-profit High Atlas Foundation. It is just one of 22 new partners for the brand worldwide in 2023.
For every traveler who books an Intrepid trip, the company will donate to an NGO partner selected by its local team including The High Atlas Foundation dedicated to agricultural development, education and health access for women and youth in Morocco, and Education for All, non-profit access to women’s education to remote Moroccan communities.