MEDINA, MOUNTAINS & OCEAN

MARRAKECH, HIGH ATLAS IMLIL, ESSAOUIRA

As a first trip to Morocco, and for those who favour variety without covering long distances, the compact and highly diverse regions of Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains, the Agafay Desert and Essaouira provide a perfect solution for holidays of between seven and ten days. Each region is distinctive and offers a different aspect of Moroccan life – whether it be the frenetic warren of alleyways in the medieval medina of Marrakech, the tranquil and scenic villages of North Africa’s highest mountain range, or the laidback and Bohemian fort town of Essaouira on the wild shores of the Atlantic. The journey starts in Marrakech, where we recommend you take advantage of a choice of different styles of accommodation, enjoy a hot air balloon flight, a cookery class and a tour of the ancient medina. When you’ve had your fill of the tightly packed streets of this living museum, you’ll be transported into another world where you’ll a stay in a mountain auberge in the heart of a Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains, with a guide at your disposal for hikes in the area. En route to the last leg of your journey on the Atlantic Coast we suggest a night under the stars in a camp in the Agafay Desert, a stone desert situated between the High Atlas and Marrakech, and offering stupendous views of the Atlas range. In Essaouira this crumbling, film-set spectacular fort town offers a laidback wandering experience, with excellent seafood restaurants, rooftop bars, and a wild and atmospheric coastline. A perfect way to relax and round off your stay in Morocco before being transferred to Marrakech airport for your flight home.

DAY 1

– Arrive Marrakech, meet English-speaking driver and transfer to the Marrakech medina for a three night stay on a bed and breakfast basis in a traditional “riad” guesthouse.

DAY 2

– Half day cookery course including a market visit for ingredients and lunch. Overnight hotel.

DAY 3

– Dawn hot air balloon flight, time to relax and then afternoon half day city tour. Overnight hotel.

DAY 4

– Transfer to the High Atlas Mountains, afternoon hike with a guide and two nights in a guesthouse in the heart of a Berber village.

DAY 5

– Walks to suit all fitness levels from your guesthouse. Overnight in Berber village.

DAY 6

– Morning relaxing and afternoon transfer by 4×4 vehicle over the Kik Plateau and down into the Agafay Desert, optional camel trek, and overnight in a comfortable desert camp with dinner.

DAY 7

– Continue your journey to the Atlantic Coast, to the fort town of Essaouira. Three nights in medina or out of town accommodation.

DAY 8

– At your leisure in Essaouira. Overnight hotel.

DAY 9

– At your leisure in Essaouira. Overnight hotel.

DAY 10

– Transfer to the airport in Marrakech for onward travel.

Prices from £795 per person based on two travelling.

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Please note that this itinerary is our suggestion. Please get in touch with us at escape@epicmorocco.co.uk to discuss your exact requirements.

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