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.)
Today in Marrakesh, your time will be devoted to a private guided visit of the Marrakesh Medina. A local head guide from the region will meet you at your riad at 9:30 am this morning 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. Admire the bright colors, and breath in the aromas along the way! Lunch will be included on your excursion today, before you return to your hotel around 3:30 pm. (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 via Al Haouz plain, Tahnaout, Moulay Brahim gorges & Asni, continue to Ijoukak through Ouirgane & its lake, continue the drive on Nfiss Valley with a visit to the Tin Mil Mosque, lunch at the Berber village and then drive to Imlil valley, check in at Riad Jnane Imlil, dinner will be served at the riad.
Travel time: 4-5hrs drive.
(This service is on a private basis.)
After breakfast, start a day guided trek through the Berber villages and enjoy the views over the valley and Toubkal summit as well as other peaks on the surrounding, visit the waterfalls, lunch near the river and then trek back to the riad for the overnight. 4-5hrs walk. (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.
Riad Jnane Imlil is an authentic guesthouse in Imlil at the foothill of Mount Toubkal High Atlas Mountains, located at the south of Marrakech at only 67km away from the red city & the airport. Offers 5 ensuite rooms with private bathroom & 3 of them with balconies. All the rooms have made in a Berber style & Tadelaket which designs Morocco’s architecture. 2 decorated salons & panoramic roof terrace for the restoration which is inspired by the Berber cuisine. The house have a stunning view of the Berber villages & Atlas Mountains including Toubkal summit (4167m) the highest peak in North Africa. The guesthouse was set to provide a good level of comfort, tranquility & nature discovery. Our staff will be at your disposal and will do their best to cater to your needs in your home away from home in the Atlas Mountains.
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.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.