Best of Morocco Yoga Holiday Trip

If you love adventure, then it is time for a recreation! The very popular Yogitrip's "Best of Morocco" trip offers plenty of time to relax, varied routes, and intense nature experiences. You will visit authentic places and beautiful untouched landscapes away from mass tourism. You will also have powerful yoga sessions with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, relaxing and profound meditations in extraordinary landscapes, wonderful climate, lots of fun and inspiring talks - promising a relaxing, inspiring yoga adventure holiday. Join this adventure trip through the beautiful south of Morocco combined with silence for the mind, healing for the soul, and strength for the body.

Retreat highlights

  • 8 yoga classes, breathing exercises, and meditations
  • Desert meditation, walking meditation, mantra singing, and mandala
  • Exciting adventure desert safari with company Jeeps
  • Austrian tour guide and Jeep transport services
  • Airport transfer in Agadir upon your arrival
  • A special surprise gift from Yogitrip
  • Hearty breakfasts and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

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7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15

Airport transfer included: Al Massira Airport

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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will stay for a total of six nights in a double room in very nice luxury hotels. You can expect pure luxury in Yogitrip's exclusive small hotels, perfect service, and delicious traditional dishes. You will also stay one night in a bivouac camp with tents in the middle of the big dunes of Sahara. There, you will sleep in comfortable cabins on comfortable beds of mattresses with sheets, blankets, and head pads provided.

Yogitrip Yoga Holiday Morocco Program

Overview

In this holiday, you will stay for two days at a wonderful private Hotel Tiger Lounge with sea view on the coast. You can go trekking in the national park and enjoy a guided bird watching tour in the Massa delta. On the third day after breakfast and yoga, you will start the trip to the desert through the Atlas Mountains, a very beautiful landscape. You will also stay a night in a Kasbah hotel in the mountains of Ouarzazate where you can visit the American Cinema Studio Atlas. On the next day, you will be driven with Yogitrip's Jeeps through the valley of the Draa, between thousands of palms.

You will arrive in M'hamid to spend one night in a luxury hotel in between the palms. You can book a camel trekking for the sunset. After breakfast on the next day, you will drive offroad for the Jeep safari into the dunes of the Sahara on the original route of the Paris Dakar Rally. Later, you will spend one night in a romantic bivouac camp in the middle of the dunes of Erg Chigaga. Later, you will be out of the dunes to stay one night in Zagora in a very beautiful lodge hotel and the last night in Taroudant (little Marrakech) with sightseeing and a visit to the bazaar.

Daily yoga practice

Every day, you will practice yoga with invigorating Hatha yoga practice, Vinyasa, pranayama, and meditation. In the desert, the yoga will take place depending on weather conditions. You will get eight yoga sessions in total.

Itinerary

Day 1: Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA) to Douira by the sea (Souss-Massa National Park) (approximately 40 minutes)

You will be picked up by Yogitrip's driver at the airport in Agadir and taken to the beautiful hotel Tiger Lounge near the Atlantic Ocean. If all the rooms are occupied, there will be additional rooms in a beautiful private villa in the neighboring village which is five minutes away. After arrival, you can relax with a welcome tea on the hotel terrace with sea view. After many different arrival times, you will spend the arrival day together with others in the hotel. The magnificent miles of beaches may invite you to a short hike. You can then get to know each other during dinner and program presentation.

Day 2: Douira to Souss-Massa National Park

After a rich breakfast, you will walk to a romantic sandy beach for yoga practice and meditation on the sea. Lunch will be held at the Tiger Lounge. For hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers, you can join a two-hour guided tour / hike in the national park with a native German-speaking guide (with an introduction to the flora and fauna of Morocco).

The deep coastal area in the national park consists of several isolated water lagoons. There are 275 different species of birds and there are several mammals live here such as mhorrgazellen, mendesantilopen, North African ostrich, honey badger, atlaschörnchen, and otter. Or if you prefer, you can also spend your free afternoon for beach walks or linger and relax in the hotel. Later, there will be a barbecue in the Tiger Lounge.

Day 3: Douira to Ouarzazate (290 kilometers - 3.6 hours)

You will start the Jeep safari very early today on sandy tracks directly on the impressive Atlantic Coast. The journey will continue past orange, citrus, and banana plantations. A varied route will lead through the slopes of the Antiatlas which are covered with argan trees, to the oasis village of Taliouine. Here, you will be served delicious saffron tea and a little introduction about the cultivation of saffron.

Then, you will pass the Jebel Siroua (beautiful hiking area) over a barren plateau to the small town of Tazenakht where you will have lunch together in a traditional restaurant (on request, you may visit a Berber carpets cooperative). After that, the beautiful serpentines will lead you through the High Atlas in the famous film city of Ouarzazate.

Several film studios and the surrounding area provided the backdrop for many well-known American movies (Kundun, Kingdom of Heaven, Star Wars, Babel, the Pop Lady, etc.). On request, you can visit the Cinema Studio Atlas (optional 5 EUR, in English). The movie city has a charm that you will enjoy at a cafe on the main square in the city center. Here, you will stay in a very nice Kasbah hotel in the mountains.

Day 4: Ouarzazate to M'hamid (210 kilometers - 2.6 hours)

After a powerful yoga class and a fortifying breakfast, you will travel over ridges through impressive canyons in the High Atlas down into the valley and follow the course of the river Draa. Dilapidated earthy Kasbah villages, dates, palm groves, and shepherds with cattle will pass you by. After a coffee break in Agdz, you will continue to Zagora, a modern city with nice shops and a very good pastry shop with cafe where you will rest again. For your first small sand dunes, you will dive towards M'hamid. Here, you will stay in a luxurious hotel in the middle of the palm and dune sea with pool and yoga temple.

Day 5: M'hamid to Erg Chigaga (desert) (60 kilometers of Piste - 1.3 hours)

Starting now, the place will get more of desert feeling. You will enjoy two days' offroad on the original route of the Paris Dakar Rally. You will pass the last steppe plants in the stone desert, drive past nomadic tents and cattle herds, and approach the mighty sand dunes of the Sahara. You will observe countless Fata Morgana and recognize the first spurs of the sandy desert.

You will go on the offroad through vegetation-free lunar landscapes in the middle of the desert. The desert safari will then lead through winding sandy tracks, showing a varied play of colors. Untouched wide landscapes become visible, it will be a pure adventure. You will be approaching the largest dune area in Morocco, Erg Chigaga. The silence and the beautiful powerful sand dunes can touch all hearts. Later at noon, you will reach a romantic bivouac camp and move into the lovingly decorated little houses.

Your food will be served in the cozy nomad tent. In the afternoon, there will be time for a camel ride on request (optional). The highlight of the sunset will be a meditative desert hike to the highest dune and a desert meditation. The incomparable starry sky and African drum music around the campfire will round off the day. You will stay in comfortable cabins with comfortable beds. Head pads, blankets, and sheets will be provided. There will also be sinks, toilets, and shower facilities.

Day 6: Erg Chigaga to Zagora (130 kilometers - 2.3 hours)

You will start the day at sunrise with yoga, breathing exercises, powerful sun salutations, a walking meditation, and a small nature ritual in the desert. Touched by the impressive landscape, you will now say goodbye to the Sahara and drive offroad through the sand and stone desert into civilization. Then, you will have a short stretch through typical African landscapes with palm trees, passing Berber villages from rammed earth huts to Zagora in an African lodge hotel in the palm gardens of Amezrou. Each room has its own cottage with private terrace on the roof or in front of the door and view of the sea of palms.

Later, you will have lunch in the city center in a nice restaurant. After that, there will still be a little time to stroll. Zagora has 45,000 inhabitants, market day is Wednesday and is as well worth seeing as the nice little cafes along the thoroughfare. The oasis gardens are operated by the residents for their own use. On request, Yogitrip can organize a tour of the irrigation systems and gardens of Amezrou with a guide (optional). In the city, there are many small shops that sell the typical colorful scarves, carpets, and silver jewelry.

Day 7: Zagora to Taroudant (260 kilometers - 3.7 hours)

Today, you will start again early in the morning. The route will lead along the Draa valley to Agdz and back over the high plateau to Tazenakht and Taliouine. In the early afternoon, you will arrive at a luxurious hotel with a pool where you will have lunch and afterward, it can be your time to swim, relax, and digest the many beautiful impressions. In the late afternoon, you will visit Taroudant. You may have a walk with the tour guide at the bazaar and through the old town brings authentic impressions of Morocco.

The medieval city also called "Little Marrakech", has 200,000 inhabitants and is much more original than Marrakech. It is the agricultural center and capital of the fertile Souss plain. The mud wall from the 16th century surrounds the whole city with a height of eight meters. In the center is a beautiful busy square with nice coffee houses and restaurants. Similar to the Juggler's Square in Marrakech (storyteller and snake charmer), you can watch the life of the locals here. The city is well-known for its leatherwork, dye works, and above all, the copper brawl (cauldron and small dishes). It is surrounded by olive groves, orange, lemon, banana, etc.

Day 8: Taroudant to Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA) (55 kilometers - 45 minutes)

After breakfast in the hotel, you can enjoy free time and then get to your independent transfer to the airport. Yogitrip will gladly organize group transfers with their driver or taxis, depending on departure times.

Included excursions

  • Jeep safari in the Sahara
  • Visit to Taroudant

Instructors

Marion Bachinger
Marion is a yoga teacher with 30 years of teaching practice in different forms of movement. She imparts her extensive professional knowledge with love and humor. Regular training in Anusara yoga, Power yoga, prana flow, Vinyasa yoga, yoga therapy, Hormone yoga, Luna yoga, Jivamukti yoga, and Ashtanga yoga inspire her varied classes. She used to be a full-time freelance artist and set decorator at a theater until she discovered the magic of the desert in Morocco in 2009. Since then, she lives in a fishing village in the south of Agadir. Since September, she and her husband opened a private yoga hotel, the Tiger Lounge, in the National Park of Souss-Massa-Drâa.

Retreat location

This holiday will take place in Morocco. You will enjoy yoga sessions and nature meditations on special places in the Sahara and have sightseeing every day in various places including Sous-Massa National Park, Zagora, M'hamid, Erg Chigaga (Sahara), Ouarzazate, and Taroudant. Along with the trip, you will pass or visit the remote Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains, nomadic families in the desert, palm oases, exotic gardens, the golden sands of the Sahara, the beautiful beaches on the south coast, and colorful bazaars which provide a variety of impressions.

The country of Morocco

As a constitutional monarchy, Morocco has a king on one hand and a parliament on the other. Those who spend their holidays in Morocco benefit not only from the warmth of the Moroccans but also from the cultural wealth of the country. The former French colony is well acquainted with European customs and there is a great deal of openness towards foreign tourists.

The Moroccan cuisine promises a lot for every palate. Morocco has its own traditions and customs, based on the heritage of the Berbers, who still make up a large part of its 33 million inhabitants. Different Berber dialects are common throughout the country. The special language of the Arabs (Moroccan gibberish) deviates strongly from the High Arabic.

Food

You will be served half board meals (breakfast and dinner) during this holiday. Everything is possible for the food, so please send Yogitrip an inquiry for more information about the diet. On this one-week trip, you will need about 100 EUR for lunches and drinks. When you buy drinks, it is suggested that the water should be purchased only in mineral water bottles. Futhermore, on request, full board can be booked with a supplement of 200 EUR (water and one non-alcoholic drinks are included for lunch and dinner).

The food in Morocco is a true treat, often seasoned with the blend Ras el Hanout, a spice blend with up to 45 ingredients. The Moroccan national dish is the tagine, in a cylindrically shaped clay pot is the content, cooked slowly and with a small flame. Vegetables, fish or meat dishes. In southern Morocco there are often tagines with mutton or camel. For vegetarians, there is also a pure vegetable tagine.

Another traditional meal in Morocco is couscous and durum wheat semolina with mutton and vegetables which is always freshly cooked on Fridays. Another specialty is the Pastillia stuffed with pigeon meat. The baking skills in the pastry shops in Morocco with its countless marzipan bakeries should definitely not be missed. Basically, you can buy everything at the souk in Morocco. There are fruits, vegetables, and spices quite fresh and clean. Much better than in the already widely used supermarkets (Marjane). Meat offered and sold in the souks in Morocco is very clean, fresh, and better than home.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • 2-hour guided tour / hike in Souss-Massa National Park
  • Berber carpets cooperative visit
  • Beach walking
  • Camel trekking
  • Cooking workshop
  • Djembe workshop
  • Enjoy sauna and hammam
  • Guided tour of the irrigation systems and gardens of Amezrou
  • Strolling in Zagora city center
  • Visionquest
  • Visit to the Cinema Studio Atlas

What's included

  • Yoga classes, breathing exercises, and meditations (8 yoga sessions in total)
  • Desert meditation, walking meditation, mantra singing, and mandala
  • Desert safari with company Jeeps
  • Transport on the yoga trip in Jeeps
  • Austrian tour guide
  • Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA) transfer in Agadir on arrival
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Surprise gift

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfer to the airport for departure (available for about 25 - 30 EUR per person)
  • Accident and repatriation insurance
  • Sightseeing at Cinema Studio Atlas (5 EUR)
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinks and alcohol
  • Yoga mats (Yogitrip gives yoga mats on request with a rental fee of 15 EUR which you can transfer along with the travel cost)

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

There is a supplement for a single cabin in the bivouac camp which is 30 EUR. Please send Yogitrip an inquiry for more information.

Tuesday November 27, 2018
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