Born to be Epic
Founded by global adventurer Charlie Shepherd in Morocco in 2005, and co-owned by international hotelier and action woman, Carla Petzold-Beck, Epic exists to deliver premium on-the-ground travel experiences in countries where our team lives and works. We consider ourselves a rare breed, possessing not only the skills to create exciting travel designs, but also having solid and experienced on-the-ground operational know-how. This makes us experts in all stages of the custom travel planning process. We know that experienced world travellers want to make sure their expectations are not only met, but brilliantly exceeded.
Whether he’s running ultra marathons or juggling a growing business and family it’s Charlie’s calm, friendly, down to earth and supportive manner that has become the trademark of Epic and runs through our DNA. Charlie has 25 years of experience in the travel industry, across three continents and his passion and expertise has been the driving force behind Epic for 15 years.
Travel experiences are the best way known to man to reconnect with oneself, with places, and with nature and the world around us. Epic is luxury redefined.
Reliability and Flair
Small enough to care, but big enough to produce magical results, the Epic family is a mix of international and local staff, all in the Epic mould to ensure our guests get continuity of experience, no matter who they are in contact with.
We’re a mix of energetic, innovative and passionate youngsters, and more experienced people who have worked in travel all their lives. Merging friendly and approachable service with knowledge and creativity, and a thirst for new challenges, with each passing year the company achieves the seemingly unachievable.
What binds us together is a spirit of adventure, challenge and creativity, but what really motivates us is the positive impact we can have on the lives of our guests and the local communities in which we work.
Here are just a few of the people who make Epic what it is today.
When they first arrived in Morocco in 2003, Charlie and his wife Mel created and managed an ecological building project that employed nearly 100 local workers. From these early days, it was clear to them that the impact of foreign investment and project creation could be highly positive if approached with a high degree of sensitivity to the local culture. Since then, we have paid special attention to supporting local economies and working responsibly with our partners and suppliers to ensure that all that can be done, is done, to spread the benefits, and that local resources are carefully managed. A few years ago we came across a project that touched us all, and we now proudly contribute to Fiers et Forts, a project to protect children in danger. So every time you book you are helping to fund facilities and a better life for its children.
Since Charlie was joined by Carla, the company has experienced a growth spurt and whilst Epic’s roots are in Morocco, our horizons are expanding. In 2019 we added Portugal to our portfolio and we plan to move into other interesting destinations that fit the Epic blueprint in the coming years. For us, organising travel is a passion, and new destinations will be subject to our clear charter. Places that we live and work in. And love.
Watch this space for the next chapter of the Epic adventure and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our destinations soon.