Explore the historic culture of Morocco through the Atlas Mountains to the coastal towns and quaint fishing villages. Visit the ancient castles and fortresses of the African Berber empire with its dramatic mountainous landscapes. Immerse yourselves in the Medina’s of Essaouira and Marrakech, “The City of a Thousand and One Nights.”
2017 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy)
Available Anytime – $1755
Single supplement: $350
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers.
- Arrival/departure transfers
- Vehicle for private touring
- English-speaking driver
- 7 Nights’ hotel stay at 4* hotels
- Breakfast daily
- Other meals where indicated
- Guide to visit the Medina of Marrakech
Price Does Not Include:
- Departure and customs fees
- Meals where not indicated
- Travel Insurance
- Trip Cancelation
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended against all unforseen circumstances
- Daily expenses
- Tips and anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Day 1: Marrakech
Today you will be picked up from Marrakech Airport and transferred to your hotel. Explore Marrakech on your own. Overnight in Marrakech.
Day 2: Marrakech – Taroudant
Depart from Marrakech via a narrow road which will introduce you into the Oued N´Fis Valley, the birthplace of the Almohade dynasty, a North African Berber Empire which dominated Muslim Spain in the last decades of the 12th century. The village of Tin Mal was the home of the Almohade rulers and the Tin Mal mosque was especially important with an almost impregnable position high in the mountains. Take an optional climb up the last 15 kilometers of the Tizi n’Test, a 2100-meter-high pass. At the summit you’ll have an amazing view of the desert and the descent towards Taroudant, a beautiful fortified town, and Taliouine, a village noted for its production of saffron. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 3: Taroudant – Igherm – Pass of Kerdous
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then journey to the Anti-Atlas mountains, crossing an olive grove and an argan tree growing region. Argan trees are very popular for their oil, which can be used in a number of ways and is known for its health benefits in cooking as well as for hair and beauty. After 94 kilometers you will come to the pink village of Igherm, thus called after its rose pink houses. Igherm has been a copper production center for centuries, with a strategic location on the ancient trade routes of the Saharan caravans. Discover a succession of mineral and desert landscapes along with plenty of flowering almond trees (from February). (B, D)
Day 4: Pass of Kerdous – Tiznit – Agadir
After breakfast, make your way to Agadir, crossing over the Tizi Kerdous (1100 meters) and stopping to gaze at the extraordinary vistas towards the ocean and the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Here you will see a desolate world of rocky outcrops, lunar landscapes, and extreme contrasts. Continue down to Tiznit, a small city where you can find a colorful market packed with Moroccan spices, herbs, silverware, copperware, carpets, and more. Tiznit has a population of approximately 50,000 and is well known for its silver jewelry, daggers, and sabers. Continue along the coast road to Agadir, a major urban center and the largest seaside resort in Morocco. Here you will have spare time to visit the historical city center. Overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 5: Agadir – Sidi Kaouki – Essaouira
On today’s drive, discover vast argan tree forests populated by countless goats. Take a short walk in Sidi Kaouki, a small but lively fishing village on the coast. As you continue along the coast you’ll come to a beautiful wild beach where you’ll have the opportunity relax and to swim. Continue to Essaouira for dinner. Overnight at Hotel. (B,D)
Day 6: Essaouira
Enjoy a free day in Essaouira to immerse yourself in the Medina, where artists come to work and show off their jobs. One popular art form here is objects made of thuya, an exotic, aromatic wood which is harvested from the indigenous Moroccan thuya (twee-ya) tree. Essaouira is an exceptional example of the fortified towns of the late 18th century, which were built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture but set in a North African context. Since its foundation, Essaouira has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world. Essaouira has photogenic and atmospheric qualities which have made it particularly attractive to the film industry. Film director and actor Orson Welles stayed at the Hotel des Iles, just south of the town walls, during the filming of his 1952 classic version of “Othello.” You may have also seen the Medina’s memorable streets in the movie “Sex and The City 2.” In 2001, Medina of Essaouira was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. (B)
Day 7: Essaouira – Marrakech
Depart from Essaouira and make your way to Marrakech, “The City of a Thousand and One Nights.” Visit the Medina and the famous Jamaa el Fna square, known for its attractive marketplace where many people come together in a display of color and culture. This is one of the busiest squares in Africa; here you will find musicians, storytellers, snake charmers, dancers, dentists, fruit juice sellers, acrobats, letter writers, water carriers, vendors of medicinal herbs, and more. At sunset, the square is filled with food stalls lit by hundreds of lights, where myriads of people gather to eat. In 2001, UNESCO declared Jamaa el Fna a World Heritage Site.
Marrakech was founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, the first emir of the Berber Almoravid dynasty, and was the capital of the Islamic empire. Located in the south of the country at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, it is one of the most important cities in Morocco. With its many monuments and Heritage Sites, it is also the country’s main tourist attraction. Overlooking Jamaa el Fna square from a distance, the mosque Katubia sits as the oldest Almohad monument of the city. The mosque is famous mostly for its square-based minaret which was built by Yacoub el Mansour in the late 12th century, and was the model for both the Giralda of Seville (Spain) and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Katubia tower is the tallest building in Marrakech, sitting at 77 meters high. The Medina (old city) was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and is protected by red earth ramparts which enclose its maze of narrow streets, filled with palaces, markets, mosques, domes, and minarets.
Overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 8: Marrakech – Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
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