Morocco: Marrakech, Mountains and Coastal Gems Uncovered
8 Days from $ 2,190 / person
From the bustling souks of Marrakech, through the winding roads of the High Atlas and the endless sands of the Agafay, onto the coastal clime of Essaouira, discover the essence of Morocco with this private tour. Enjoy trekking and desert safaris, meet Berber tribesmen and feast on the famed culinary delights of the country!
Marrakech, with its aura of mystery and exoticism, begs to be explored! From its humble origins as a garrison of the Almoravid desert warriors, Marrakech today is a vibrant city where modernity meets tradition.
Magical Marrakech Discovery Set out with your private guide to unravel the wonders of the red city! With its exoticism and aura of mystery, Marrakech enjoys legendary status as a tourist attraction. It has the unique distinction of being the city after which the country is named. On this tour, visit the famous Koutoubia Mosque dating back to the 12th century which is also the largest in the city. Listen to your local expert explain the origins of this mosque and its prominent minaret. Afterwards, head over to the Saadian Tombs situated near the Kasbah Mosque. Gaze in wonder at the Italian carrara marble used across the mausoleum. Next, explore the 19th century El Bahia Palace featuring a blend of Islamic and Moroccan styles of architecture. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the souks at the heart of the old city that offer a variety of wares for visitors to browse through. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity; Fixed Time; Fitness Level: Easy;)
High Atlas mountain range of Morocco, invites you on an exciting trekking vacation. The region offers you a visual treat with the majestic countryside dotted with walnut and cherry trees stretching as far as the eye can see.
Trekking up to a mountain pass in the Atlas Mountains Go on a trek up to a panoramic mountain pass in the area of Toubkal, the highest peak of the great Atlas Mountains (4.167 m). Begin from Imlil, a mountain retreat perched on a hilltop. Trek for about two hours, following a steep mule trail, till you reach the Tizi M’zik mountain pass (2.489m). Take as many breaks as you wish to rest along the way and to enjoy the glorious views. See the small villages on the sloping hillsides, near the agricultural terraces and fruit orchards – indicators of the community of Berber people living in the area. Enjoy the scent of the surrounding juniper forests, the beauty of the mountains and the spectacular views of the Imlil and Azadane valleys as you reach Tizi M’zik mountain pass. (Full Day; 5-6 hours total trekking time; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate, as it involves trekking through a short but steep trail).
Agafay Desert is your ideal destination for some fun excursions amid the sand desert. The desert is a popular spot for adventurous quad biking trips and thrilling tent camping experiences.
Sunset Camel Ride with Dinner in Agafay Desert In the scenic Agafay desert, hop on a dromedary camel and enjoy a leisurely sunset ride in the wilderness. Soak in the dramatic landscape of this rocky desert complemented by panoramic views of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. Listen to local folklore and anecdotes courtesy of your local guide, as you navigate the stone covered dunes, sometimes dotted with wildflowers and Bedouin settlements. Later, settle down in private nomadic tents and join your hosts and fellow guests for some local entertainment and campfire conversations. Try your hand at card games and board games over rounds of mint tea and Moroccan snacks. Shortly after, savor a sumptuous spread of traditional Berber dishes under the stars, before returning to your tent. (Half Day; Time: Evening; Duration 2 – 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Dinner included; Fitness level: Easy)
Your chauffeur will drive you from Agafay Desert to Oualidia in a private vehicle (duration: 3.5 hrs). While in Oualidia, you can visit the magnificent 16th century Portuguese City of Magazan in El Jadida, located about an hour north of Oualidia.
Oualidia invites you to take a leisurely swim in its famous spectacular natural saltwater lagoon! At this sleepy little town, feast on sumptuous seafood delicacies featuring shellfish and especially the oysters that it’s known for.
Your chauffeur will drive you from Oualidia to Casablanca in a private vehicle. Enroute you can visit the magnificent 16th century Portuguese City of Magazan in El Jadida (Duration without stops: 2-3 hrs)
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 2,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 2,490 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 8 days / 7 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Marrakesh: Magical Marrakech Discovery
Marrakesh: English Speaking Local Guide
High Atlas Mountains: Trekking up to a mountain pass in the Atlas Mountains
Agafay Desert: Sunset Camel Ride with Dinner in Agafay Desert
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines and champagne are not included.
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
What our guests say about this trip
We had a wonderful time in Morocco, our guide Rachid was faultless, nothing was too much trouble and his historical knowledge was excellent. Equally we couldn’t fault our driver Khalid he was safe and careful and very pleasant to talk to. The Marrakech chef tour was excellent he brought along two apprentices as well so we got an all round view of the cuisine. All the hotels were lovely and the staff extremely helpful (except the Kasbah see below) I have a few points that I hope will be useful for others travelling to Morocco. The distance between Casablanca and Fes is 220km not 90km as stated and from Fes to Chefchaouen it is 210km not 90km, which added considerable extra travelling time. The High Atlas Mountains were amazing, however we didn’t get to visit a Berber home and have lunch with them, but we did have a picnic on the mountain. I think the fitness level should be raised it certainly wasn’t moderate and hiking boots are essential for a 5 hour trip. It could be quite dangerous if this isn’t mentioned. Unfortunately the Kasbah du Toubkal feels and looks neglected, I know it is rustic but even the gardens and herb beds are overgrown. I have included a photo of the broken outside furniture on the overgrown lawn as well as some other happy snaps. Thank you for looking after all our needs during our trip, kind regards from Jude and Brian