The western part of Morocco is a beautiful, leisurely tour through Islamic and Berber culture. From Marrakesh to the Atlas Mountains, learn about the differences and similarities between these two cohabiting peoples. End your time in Essaouira, a beautiful surf town with excellent beaches and unforgettable sea food.
In the evening, you will be picked up at the airport in Marrakesh and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
In Marrakesh, today will be devoted to a private guided visit of the Marrakesh Medina. Our head guide in the region will meet you in the riad to discuss what you might be most interested in seeing and doing. You can explore the Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, Ali Ben Youssef Koranic School, and walk through the various souks. Lunch is included on the tour today. (This service is on a private basis.)
This is the maze of shops, street performers, smoky haze, foreign spices and street vendors that Morocco is known for. This is the quintessential Moroccan travel experience. The imperial cities all have their own medinas, but foreigners know about Marrakesh's version for a reason. Where berber tribes once traded their gold and ivory, vendors now sell trinkets to tourists, but the atmosphere remains the same as it has been for centuries. The churning of commerce can be felt here like in no other place, and the result is pretty magical.
Today, you'll be picked up at your riad and taken to the High Atlas Mountains. You'll be able to enjoy a guided day hike before having a picnic lunch. Following, you'll check into your lodge where dinner will be served this evening. Relax and enjoy the views!
(Total Travel Time: 2 Hours) (This service is on a private basis.)
In the High Atlas today, you'll have the choice of enjoying another guided hike of 2-5 hours with a picnic lunch or a driving tour of the Nfiss Valley with a visit to the Tin Mil Mosque. Lunch will be served en route and dinner will again be at the mountain lodge this evening. (This service is on a private basis.)
North Africa's highest mountain range has given birth to unique cultures since humans began walking its mountain passes. The high peaks completely stop the dry Sahara winds from the south, allowing for the Mediterranean weather that most Moroccan cities enjoy. Berbers call this place home, and it really takes a local guide to know where the semi-nomadic people are at any given point throughout the year. During the warm months of June through September, this is a hiker's paradise, while snow in the high peaks make this a skiing destination from September to May.
Leave the High Atlas today and head to the most laid back beach town in Morocco, if not in all of Africa. Don't let the wind bother you too much as this is Africa's wind capital as well. Surfers come from all over the world to ride the wind and water here. If the wind has died down, then the sun shines brightly.
(Total Travel Time: 4 Hours) (This service is on a private basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
A medieval city, complete with fortified walls around a protected harbor, Essaouira shows European influence from the outside, but becomes distinctly Moroccan once you walk through its streets. The scents and smells of a fishing economy mix interestingly with regional spices, family riads and ubiquitous storefronts. Surfers come from all around the world to take advantage of the city's infamous, constant winds.
This morning you can do any last minute shopping or sightseeing before heading to Marrakesh.
(Total Travel Time: 3 Hours) (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Marrakesh and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
Riad Snan 13 is a relaxing space where charm and essence run into the city's bubbly downtown area. Our riad offers you one Grand Suite and five double bedrooms, all of them with their own unique and special character, decorated with the uttermost care and attention to detail. A patio with a swimming pool. A dining area. Two chill-out areas to help you relax and panoramic terrace with incredible views.
Dar Imlil is a quiet and comfortable guest house located in a beautiful setting in the Atlas Mountains. The riad is wonderfully situated on the outskirts of the village of Imlil, near the river, and offers views of the summit of Mt Toubkal. It is about a 5 minutes walk from the center of Imlil. The décor of its rooms and lounges reflects the local culture and style. All in all the perfect base from which to explore the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages and the Berber culture.
The Chbanate Riad provides an authentic Morrocan experience in the enchanting city of Essaouira. It strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modern elements. Set on the city wall, this beautiful riad offers a rooftop terrace overlooking the old medina of Essaouira. Its spacious guest rooms are elegantly decorated with Moroccan design and a fireplace. All of the air-conditioned rooms at the Riad Chbanate are also equipped with a TV and a luxurious bathroom with bathtub. They all overlook the riad’s indoor patio. There is also a hammam on site, and massages are available.