Medina,atlas,sahara and coastline
Our most popular tailor made vacation, and with good reason. Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains,sahara desert ,and the wild Atlantic Coast offer four different, but very Moroccan experiences, all in a reasonably compact geographical area. Marrakech offers exoticism, workshops, souks and monuments, together with fine dining and evening entertainment, the mountains offer dramatic scenery and rural villages as well as Berber culture which has hardly changed in centuries, the desert with its high sand dunes, nomadic tents and stars. Essaouira, Morocco’s weather-beaten coastal gem, is a laidback and Bohemian fort town with film-set good-looks. Perfect for families or couples, variety is the spice of this itinerary, and is well suited to those looking for authentic experiences with aspects of activity and adventure thrown in. As with all of our itineraries, accommodation is focused on typical guest with local charm, avoiding large chain-style hotels, in order to offer you the best of Moroccan experiences. We recommend a week to two weeks to make the most of the suggested places.
|A : 3 Days
Hight Atlas Trek (TOUBKAL),
B : 4 Days
South of Morocco
(Dunes of Merzouga).
C : 2 Days
in the Middle Atals.
D : 1 Day
Excursion to Atlantic Ocean (Essaouira).
E : 1 Day
city tour Marrakech.
|Day 1: arrival to marrakech,transfer to RIAD
Day 2: Drive to Imlil (1740m), and trek to Toubkal camp via Aremd & the Mizane Valley.we start driving from marrakech at 8h00, heading south east of Haouz plateau.1h30min to reach the small village of imlil,then we begin our trek in the national park of Toubkal ;and along the mizan valley.after 4 hours walking we stop for lunch.we walk again for 3 hours to arrive to toubkal refuge (3206m).1h30 driving,Aprox 7h walking.overnight in Toubkal refuge.(B/L/D)
Day 3 : Trek to summit of Jebel Toubkal (4165m); return to Aremd
In the early morning we set off to start climbing to Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. Cresting the ridgeline we find ourselves on the plateau, from where it is a short walk to the summit and the vistas out across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. we then return down the mountain and head back towards Aremd (1900m), where we will spend the night in a village house.
Approx 11-13hrs walking.
Overnight Village House ;Included meals: (B. L, D)
Day 4 : Aremd to Sakoura palmeraie
After breakfast, we drive from Armed to Ouarzazate through the Atlas Mountains and over Tizi-n-Tichka at 2260 meters. There are a number of opportunities to stop and take photos. Otherwise, the first scheduled stop is to visit the Kasbah of Telouate, which served as a palatial residence and the headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe, and then drive along the track which crosses Ounila Valley and leads to the village of Ait Ben Haddou (classified as as international tourist site by UNISCO) – one of the most beautiful preserved villages in the south of Morocco. There, we will have lunch. After the arrival in Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Morocco), it is possible to visit the studios of cinema, where films like Gladiator, Cléopâtre, Astérix, and many others were shot.
Then we will drive to Skoura to have dinner and spend the night in a amazing guesthouse in the palmeraie of sakoura.
7 hours driving (including meals, B/D)
Day 5 : sakoura to tamtatoucht village
From Sakoura we drive towards Dades Gorges but before we drive along valley of Roses, here you can get the chance to visit a rose factory to see how those locals make different products from the Persian rose. After passing Kalaa Magouna Town we curve to the left before we drive on an off road for about 25 Kms. We get directly to Dades valley where we will enjoy the beautiful green fields of figs and almonds. We will pass through many hamlets and villages along the way before we arrive to Dades Gorges. From Dades Gorges we start to drive towards Todgha gorges along arid landscapes and mountains, before we pass through a town called Tineghir the nerve centre of the area
We head along Todgha valley which is huge by it’s oasis and palm grooves. Why not a short walk across the palmary with a local guide to explore the daily life of the locals, women in gardens gathering herb for cows, old men gathering dates in October or olives in January to February, small kids riding donkeys. We continue up through the canyons of Todra which is famous for rock climbing until the Berber village of Tamtatoucht where we spend the night in an Auberge.7 hours driving (B/D)
Day 6 : Tamtatoucht to merzouga
From Tamtatoucht through Todgha gorges we head towards Merzouga through aride landscapes and along many oases of palm grooves. We pass Erfoud or what we call the capital of fossils as it’s very known with it’s fossil’s factories where they make beautiful shapes and pieces from rock of mountains. Then we’ll head for the Erg Chebbi sand sea. We continue deeper into the desert landscape, until dunes appear in the middle of nowhere .When we arrive to the hotel(close to the sand dunes) u will have chance for pool and mint tea.7 hours driving ; (B/D)
Day 7 : free day in merzouga
Free day to explore with our driver the village of merzouga,and the visit of a group of music called GNAWA ;there is a chance also to hire quads for some sand adventures.Back to the hotel to meet your camel guide and ride into the bivouac (camp).under the evening stars shining brilliantly in the clear night sky. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in a nomad tent.
Day 8 : Merzouga to imlchil
We depart after breakfast heading towards Imilchil, crossing the Atlas Mountains. We’ll stop en route to take in the magnificent landscapes and panoramic going via the Gorges of Ziz, Errachidia. We visit the “Source Bleu de Meski”, pools constructed by the French Foreign Legion in the 1930’s . in the town of imilchil, where in mid September, the great festival of “The engagement of Moussem” takes place to celebrate the tribal peoples of Ait Hadiddou. The village is located in a valley high in the mountains at an altitude of 2,500m ( 8,200ft). We dine and stay the night at the hotel.7hours driving (B/D).
Day 9 : Imilchil to Bin Elouidan
After breakfast we drive to Bin-el-Ouidane lake via beni mellal.we stop for lunch in a wonderful source of water,(Ain asserdoun source), after two hours driving we arrive to Bin Elouidaan artifical lake.the largest lake in Morocco. The turquoise colored lake is characterized into spits of land and small islands and are surrounded by red hills. A few houses along the shore suggest Berber lakeside village life. This area is a traveling photographers dream with its breathtaking scenery. The lake can also be enjoyed for water sports such as kakakying, rafting or fishing when the water levels are sufficient.overnight in the hotel (possiblity of using bidouin tents in summer)6 hours driving.(B/D)
Day 10 : Bin Elouidan to Marrakech
After breakfast we have a tour on the lake by boat ;then.we drive to the Ouzoud waterfalls, ,we have lunch in a beautiful berber retaurant. And be sure to check out the wild monkeys living in the trees.then, drive to marrakech.Overnight in the riad (B/D)6h30 driving.
Day 11 : excursion to Essaouira
Essaouria (176km) is a fun-filled and relaxing day trip from Marrakech. After breakfast at your riad, depart for Essaouira.
The journey to this former Portuguese fishing village offers up only a few roadside towns and the occasional Berber village. Where women join cooperatives to extract Argan oil. In the ’60s and ’70s, Essaouira was a pitstop on the hippie trek from Marrakesh. Jimi Hendrix made the pilgrimage, as did Bob Marley and Cat Stevens. Essaouira was the inspiration for Hendrix’s song “Castles Made of Sand”.
Visit this sea-side medieval town that boasts lovely white-washed and blue-shuttered houses, colonnades, thuya wood workshops, art galleries and mouthwatering seafood.
The medina of Essaouira (formerly “Mogador”) is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city, as an example of a late-18th century fortified town. (Possiblity of ridding horses and camels along the beach).6 hours driving,overnight in the riad marrakech.(B/D)
Day 12: marrakech city tour
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city includes the 16th century Saadian tombs, the Museum of Moroccan Arts, the fragrant Menara Gardens, the famous Koutoubia Minaret and the magnificent Bahia Palace. And Djmaa-el-Fna Square, the heart of Marrakesh and nerve center of this city where locals and tourists like to hang out and walk around its shops and open-air restaurant at night. Tonight, dinner in a beautiful restaurant with folklor and belly dancing.overnight in the riad .(B)
Day 13: transfer to the airport.
Where u will stay in marrakech.
Riad (A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, “ryad”.Riads are not located in the new part of the cities. The old parts of the cities in Morocco are called Medina.here are some photos of riads.