You need to buy your own flight to Morocco and that might be to Marrakech, Fes or even Agadir or Casablanca. From there you catch a bus all the way to Merzouga (11 hours) where we will pick you up on the Sunday evening.
You can get a return flight to Morocco for around 100 euros from most places in Europe and sometimes cheaper than that. Your best bet is to fly into Marrakech or Fez and then take a bus from there. Last year everyone met up on the bus and were firm friends by the time they got to the desert.
Ryanair fly to Marrakesh or Fez from Alicante, Bologna, Brussels (Charleroi), Dusseldorf (Weeze), Eindhoven, Frankfurt-Hahn, Girona (Barcelona), London (Luton), Madrid, Marseille, Milan (Bergamo), Paris Beauvais, Pisa, Porto, Reus (Barcelona), Rome (Ciampino), Seville and Valencia
And Easyjet fly to Marrakesh from London Gatwick, Manchester, Milan, Lyon, Freiburg, Geneva and Paris.
And Easyjet also fly to Agadir from London, Lyon, Paris and Berlin.
If you don’t see a direct cheap flight consider flying via London, Milan or Basel – you’ll probably find a combination of Ryanair, Wizzair and Easyjet solutions. If you really can’t find a cheap flight to Morocco write to us and we’ll see what we can find!
Alternatively you can go overland and catch the ferry from Spain to Tangier and catch trains south.
By When Should You Get to Morocco?
Most of the group travels together by bus with the Supratours company from Marrakech to the desert at 0800 on the Sunday morning. You should book your bus ticket to the desert online here (it’s in French but we’ll make a screenshot guide for how to book soon!). Just book the outward ticket – you can get the return ticket when you’re in the desert village.
So you need to be in Marrakech by Saturday the 23rd of January (for the first retreat) or Saturday the 20th of February (for the second retreat) at the latest in order to catch the bus with the group at 0800 the next morning.
You can catch a night bus back from the desert the following Saturday so the earliest you could fly out again is Sunday morning the 31st of January or Sunday 28th of February.
However, if you fly to Fes (instead of Marrakech) you could catch a night bus on the Saturday to Rissani and from there take a taxi to Hassalbied to meet us before walking out to the dunes. You could even catch the night bus on the Sunday and catch up with us on the Monday morning before we walk out into the dunes.[it is also possible to catch a night bus from Marrakech to the desert but it involves a few changes so it’s better to come in the day]
On the Monday morning we’ll put our bags on the camels and then walk out an hour and a half to our camp in the dunes.
And here’s some info about hotels in Marrakech!