This December, as the new year turns over, we're escaping the rain and flying into the Kingdom of Morocco for nine days of exploring, adventure, surfing, and retreating.
During the trip, we'll be exploring the city and culture of Marrakech, 4x4ing into the Sahara desert to spend New Years at a private Moroccan Berber camp, and hanging out on the coast of Tamraght for three days of surfing, yoga, and self-exploration.
The whole trip will be underpinned with a series of mindful workshops that will help guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life, focusing on self-reflection, self-alignment, goal-setting and foundation building for 2019.
If you're yearning for a mix of out-there adventure, rad humans, and the kind of work that will get you more clear on what you want from life, take a read through and leave your sign-up below.
Based on community interest in this trip and the limited number of spots, we are allocating on a lottery basis, explained below.
If you're in, read through all the details and sign up below.
CITY & CULTURE
Spend two days exploring the city of Marrakech. Explore the famous Marrakech Souks (markets), check out the numerous mosques, learn about and take in Moroccan culture, and visit the Marrakech bath houses.
NYE IN THE SAHARA
4x4 into the Sahara desert and spend New Years Eve at a private Moroccan Berber camp. You'll ring in 2019 under the stars, at the base of the sand dunes, with some pretty rad humans.
You'll be taken on a three-day surf and explore retreat in Tamraght. All your gear and lessons will be covered and will be complimented with daily yoga session, communal meals, and daily workshops.
Mixing adventure with growth, the trip offers a series of mindful workshops that will help guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life. The workshops will focus on self-alignment, self-reflection, goal-setting and foundation building for 2019.
Explore the Moroccan country side with a local Moroccan guide, checking out numerous villages, local gems, and adventure spots along the way. We include a variety of adventure options to choose from to make it something that fits exactly what you want from the trip.
We know that most experiences are better when they are shared with people you care about. Community is at the heart of everything we do with Chasing Sunrise and throughout the trip we will be investing in building community between the people on the trip.
We believe in building relationships with local explorers and guides and getting immersed in their culture. This whole trip will be guided by our Morrocan-born local guide, along side the Chasing Sunrise team.
Protecting where we play, we'll be joining forces with the team at The Lunar Surf House and putting on a beach cleanup to help ensure we leave the spaces we go to better than we found them.
We work to take care of all the details so that you can maximize the time you have. This trip features comfortable accommodation, private vehicles for transport, and awesome guides and crews.
OUR LOCAL GUIDE
Meet Adil – Our Local Host
Rather than transplanting ourselves into another country and seeing it from the outside, we believe in building relationships with local explorers and guides and getting immersed in their culture.
This whole trip will be guided by our Morrocan-born local guide named Adil who runs Barefoot Trips, as well as The Lunar Surf House – one of Morocco's top rated places to stay. Throughout the trip, Adil will guide us through Morocco, sharing local spots and a local's perspective of the country.
You can check him and his tour company out here: @barefoottripsmorocco
- Pre-trip meet-up in Vancouver, which will include an opportunity to get to know the other travellers and a pre-trip intention workshop.
During The Trip:
- 9 days / 8 nights of travel including:
- 2 nights in Marrekesh, a major city in the Kingdom of Morocco;
- 1 night in Zagora, a quaint Moroccan village nestled between two mountains;
- 1 night in the Erg Chicaga, part of the Sahara desert, in a luxury Moroccan Berber camp;
- 1 night in the Togdha Gorge in the Dadès Valley, a dramatic gorge cutting into the mountainside that forms one of Morocco’s greatest natural sights; and
- 3 nights in Tamraght, a quaint Moroccan surf town where we'll surf retreat.
- 17 meals including 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners. Water is included.
- Private transport throughout the entire trip (airport transfer not included).
- Private 4x4ing transport into and out of The Sahara Desert
- Camel rides and sandboarding in The Sahara Desert.
- A private Moroccan Berber camp in the Sahara desert for New Years Eve. You'll spend your New Years under the Saharan skies, surrounded by sand dunes, rad humans, and camels.
- Numerous stops and spots to explore along the way.
- Tips for local hosts and guides.
- Post-trip meet-up in Vancouver, which will include trip decompression, photos, and videos.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
- Alcoholic drinks
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Arrival & departure transfers
- Visa & Travel Insurance
- Appropriate meals, as per the itinerary
$2,299 for 9 days / 8 nights of exploring & adventuring, 4x4ing into the Sahara, camel rides, sandboarding, surfing retreats, and mindful workshops.
You will be required to leave a $500 (non-refundable) deposit upfront to secure your spot and the balance will be due 45 days before Day 1 of the trip.
Learn more about why we chose this trip and price point here.
All appropriate taxes will be charged on top of this, depending on location of guest.
Please read all terms and conditions here.
We have more people interested in this trip than we have spots available, so to make this fair and not just a race to get to sign-up first, we're going to be filling the spots from a list of people who have signed up and are committed to go.
How this will work:
If (and only if) you are 100% committed to going to Morocco with us, put your name down below. Sign-up will stay open until Tuesday morning at 9AM.
We will select participants from the list of all those committed to coming and notifying them on Thursday around noon, via email.
If you are selected, you will have 24 hours to leave a $500 deposit, and the balance for your trip will be due 45 days before our December 29th arrival date. You can pay in part or in full anytime before that.
Any questions, you can reach us at email@example.com anytime!
SAHARA SURFARI TRIP ITINERARY
DAY 1: DECEMBER 29
Meet Up in Marrakech
Start your trip off by meeting up with the rest of the crew in Marrakech. Arrive early and make sure you give yourself some time to check into the hostel and explore city.
Explore the Souks of Marrakech
Arrive early and spend your day exploring the the Souks (markets) of Marrakech.
Get lost, absorb the chaos, and dive into Moroccan culture as you make your way through the markets.
Group Welcome Dinner overlooking the Souks of Marrakech
The trip will officially kick off with a Group Welcome Dinner overlooking the Souks of Marrakech. The dinner will include a trip intention setting workshop, an opportunity to get to know the crew, and oh yeah, the dinner is on us.
DAY 2: DECEMBER 30
INTO THE SAHARA
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Into the Sahara through the Atlas Range
Up early, we'll pack our bags, load up the cars and start making our way into the Sahara, through the world-class Atlas Mountain Range, with a final destination of Erg Chigaga the following day.
Explore the Berber Village
On the drive, we will make a few road side stops, exploring the the Moroccan countryside, including the Berber village of Ouarzazat.
Explore the Tizi N 'Tichka Pass through the Atlas Mountain range
As we head into the Sahara, we will be heading through the Tizi n'Tichka – a mountain pass high in the Atlas Mountains. The Tizi N 'Tichka links the south-east of Marrakech to the city of Ouarzazat through the High Atlas mountains. It lies above the great Marrakech plains, and is a gateway to the Sahara Desert.
Stop Over in Zagora
A nightly stop over on our way to the Erg Chigaga, we'll be setting up shop in Zagora. Zagora is a small town located in the Draa River valley of Souss-Massa Draa in the south-east of Morocco. The city is named so, as it flanked on two sides by mountains.
2018 Reflection Workshop
Before heading back into the desert to finish off 2018 and kick off 2019, we'll close out the year by taking you through a powerful reflection workshop designed to help you take what was good in 2018 and leave the rest.
DAY 3: DECEMBER 31
NYE IN THE ERG CHIGAGA
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4x4ing into the Erg Chigaga
Leaving Zagora early, we'll be loading ourselves into 4x4s and making our way through the Sahara in a quest to reach the Erg Chigaga by early afternoon.
Reach Desert Camp in the Erg Chigaga
We'll arrive at our camp in the Erg Chigaga early afternoon and will be welcomed by a Moroccan Tea session. You'll have the rest of the afternoon free to relax, hang with the crew, or spend the last day of the year exploring the Sahara desert.
Catch the Last Saharan Sunset of 2018 from the Top of the Dunes
As the sun begins to set in the Moroccan sky, we'll head out as a crew to the top of a Sahara dune to catch the last set of 2018.
Optional sandboarding and camel rides included!
NYE in the Sahara, Under the Stars
Close out 2018 and kick off 2019 in the Sahara desert, under the stars, surrounded by good vibes and even better humans (oh, and camels).
DAY 4: JANUARY 1, 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chasing Sunrise in the Sahara
There's no other way we'd want to kick off 2019 than chasing sunrise out in the Sahara. We'll head out damn early (or stay up all night) and summit the dunes to catch the first sunrise of the year.
Optional sandboarding and camel rides included!
Explore the Todgha Gorge and
Spend the Night in the Dades Valley
Post breakfast we'll pack up our bags, get back into the 4x4s and head back out into the desert on our way to explore the Todgha Gorge and the Dades Valley where high walls of pink and grey rock close in around the road. The approach is thrilling, as though the doors of heaven were about to close before you. We'll spend this day exploring numerous Moroccan crafts and different Moroccan landscapes. We'll spend the night under the stars in the Dades Valley.
DAY 5: JANUARY 2
The Surfari Begins
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Breakfast Overlooking Dades Valley
We'll kick off Day 5 of the trip with breakfast overlooking the Todgha Gorge and Dades Valley, before heading back on to the road to make our way to the coast.
Explore to Lunar Hostel
Throughout our drive, we'll be exploring the Moroccan country side, including famous villages like Aït Benhaddou, as well as silversmiths, Moroccan craft workers, and exploration spots throughout.
DAY 5: JANUARY 2 TO DAY 8: JANUARY 5
Surf , Explore, Yoga and Workshops in Tamraght
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Our Local Hosts
During our time in Tamraght, we'll be hosted by locals Adil and Irena, a young Moroccan/Australian couple that vibe with what CS is all about and share our mutual passion to explore, travel, and get after life.
They opened their dream hostel – The Lunar Surf House – in November 2015 to offer surfers and travellers a safe and fun home away from home. It's only a 5 minute walk from the beach and it not only Lonely Planet Recommended, but voted #1 in Morocco!
Check into The Lunar Surf House for Three Nights
Your home for the next three nights will be the The Lunar Surf House. Each day, they will provide daily food, yoga, surf lessons, gear rentals, and optional day trips for the crew.
Oh, and we'll have the whole place to ourselves.
Daily Surf Sessions and Lessons
Each day, you can head out to explore and surf the world-class surf beaches surrounding Tamraght. You'll have unlimited use of surfboards and wetsuits, and there will be daily group lessons.
Tamraght Beach Clean-Up
Protecting where we play, we'll be joining forces with the team at The Lunar Surf House and putting on a beach clean to help ensure we leave the spaces we go better than we found them.
The beach clean-up is optional, but let's be honest, it's really not an option not to join. #ProtectWhereYouPlay
Daily Yoga Classes
The Lunar Surf House will be offering daily yoga classes to keep your body and mind right as you kick off 2019.
Paradise Valley Cliff Jumping
Nestled in the Atlas Mountains, Paradise Valley is a local secret that few tourists and travelers get to experience. We'll be taking a day-trip out for a full Moroccan send session. Think palm trees, red rock landscapes and sheltered crystal blue pools for swimming.... or if you're brave enough, diving like the locals do.
Explore the Village of Tamraght
Spend your days exploring the quiet surf village of Tamraght. A sprawling coastline to explore, beach camel rides, or just kick back and relax and watch the sun drift through the sky each day.
Join in on Daily Workshops
As we kick off 2019, the CS crew will take you through daily workshops designed to set your intentions, get your foundation right, and make sure that 2019 is a badass year for the books.
Daily Breakfast & Dinners with the Crew
Each day there will be the opportunity to share breakfast and dinner with the crew.
DAY 8: JANUARY 5
Back to Marrakech
Back to Marrakech
Back in Marrakech for the final night, you'll have time to explore the Souks and Morrocan culture one last time, as well as have an opportunity to pick up any souvenirs you want to bring back.
Spa Day at a Marrakech Hammams
An optional activity (cost covered by guest), spend the day unwinding from the trip at one of the famous Marrakech Hammams (bath houses).
Closing Tea and Workshop in the Souks
We'll close off the trip with a group tea in the Souks of Marrakech.
DAY 9: JANUARY 6
Your Journey Back Home (or not...)
The trip will conclude the morning of January 6th, but feel free to stay in Marrakech as long as you want, or team up with some of the crew and explore the rest of the continent.
WHY WE BUILT THE TRIP WE DID
This trip was dreamed and schemed up by Amy Tanner and was designed to bring together the best elements that make up travel – adventure, exploration, community, foreign lands, culture, and growth. It was designed to be a trip that gives us the flexibility to choose the kind of adventure we want and the space to chill out and set the foundation for the year ahead. It was designed to learn about different cultures and ourselves, while pulling ourselves out of the elements of our day-to-day.
WHY TRAVEL WITH CS
1. AN ALL INCLUSIVE APPROACH
We only get so much time to go on these trips, so we work to take care of all the details so that you can maximize the time you have. This trip features comfortable accommodation, private vehicles for transport, awesome guides and crews, and a variety of exploration and adventure options to choose from to make it something that fits exactly what you want from the trip.
We try to incorporate as many inclusions as possible so that you know exactly what you're getting yourself into and don't have to worry about the details.
2. REAL AND AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
Life is too short to stay on the mainstream path. We've curated the trip to show you an authentic side of Morocco, with even the most experienced travellers being able to find inspiration and a new perspective from the experience.
3. EXPERIENCE LOCAL GUIDES
Rather than transplanting ourselves into another country and seeing it from the outside, we believe in building relationships with local explorers and guides and getting immersed in their culture. Our guide has a passion for exploring and knowledge of Morocco's history, ensuring you not only see the sights, but experience what "Morocco" is all about.
4. RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Responsible travel practice is at the heart of every program that we offer in Morocco. When you book one of our adventures you are supporting sustainability in the region's natural environments, local communities and cultures.
Minimal Environmental Impact
As part of our belief in Protecting Where We Play, we work with companies that believe in our philosophy of having minimal environmental impact. From re-usable water bottles to conserving water in the desert, we are committed to making a minimal environmental impact on our trips.
We advocate for cruelty-free animal welfare. Our guides, cooks and muleteers are trained to follow good practice in relation to the use of mules and camels, they have the power to add extra mules or camels when required.
Support of Local Communities
From local guides to local riads and camps, we work to support local suppliers and business whenever we can on these trip. We rotate through small local businesses to spread the revenue derived from tourism, and encourage travellers to purchase their goods from the same.
Do I have to be from Vancouver to join in on this?
Nope, you can be from anywhere in the world.
What fitness level do I need?
This trip is suitable for people of all fitness levels and backgrounds. All physical activity and activities will be voluntary.
What's the payment schedule?
A deposit of $500 will be required to secure your spot. All funds are due 45 days from Day 1 of the trip.
What if I don't want to surf in Tamraght?
Surfing is not a mandatory part of this trip. We have designed the trip to have ample things to spend your time in Tamraght doing.
TERMS, CONDITIONS, REFUNDS & CANCELLATION POLICY
Our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike work together in sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations. We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation & interruption insurance.
- Your Trip Deposit is non-refundable.
- Your Trip Deposit (minus $100 CAD re-listing fee) is transferable to another attendee.
- Your full balance is due 45 days before start date of the trip.
- Cancellation requests submitted within 45 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded.
- Within 30 days of your retreat there are no refunds given, no exceptions. If it is possible, we will work with you to find someone to replace your spot.
No one books a trip with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so we strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation & interruption insurance so that your trip fees will be covered should you have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Know that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the trip, or for arriving late or leaving early. We also recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance.
Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the trip. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation.
We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to Chasing Sunrise will be refunded. Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to trip start date. Chasing Sunrise cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.