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Day treks, Camels & Boutique Marrakech

A week long holiday in Morocco seeing some of the country's highlights. You will start in the Atlas Mountains which you will explore on day treks whilst based in a beautiful guest house. You will then transfer to Marrakech, staying in a stylish and contemporary riad in the heart of the medina. Marvel at the acrobats and story tellers in the atmospheric Djemma El Fna and lose yourself in the intoxicating souks, then head out to the Agafay desert for a camel trek and night in a beautiful desert lodge.

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Itinerary

Overview

This holiday has been devised to show you the very best that Morocco has to offer, whilst staying in boutique accommodation. Your holiday begins in the High Atlas Mountains which are home to North Africa's highest mountain. The small village of Imlil will form the base for your stay. The setting is suitably stunning with rooftop terraces taking in sweeping views of the mountains. Your English speaking guide will assess your requirements and fitness levels and will then take you on two day walks. No matter how far you decide to walk, you will be rewarded with beautiful views and delicious picnic lunches. After three nights in the mountains, you will then transfer to the Imperial city of Marrakech. Staying in a stylish, boutique riad in the heart of the medina, you will have two full days to explore the winding souks and sights that Marrakech has to offer. On your third day, you will have a half day cookery course at the famous La Maison Arabe where you will learn about Moroccan cuisine and will then have a chance to cook your own lunch.

You will then leave Marrakech behind you visit the Agafay desert. This is not sandy desert, more of a barren plateau with far-reaching views of the mountains. Here, you will spend the day trekking by camel (or on foot if you prefer) before ending up at the serene desert lodge where you will spend the night beneath the stars.

Day-by-day

Please note itineraries are provided for guidance only and are subject to change if the weather or other factors change.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL
You will be picked up from Marrakech airport and transferred to the small town of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains. Your first night is spent in a friendly family run guest house where you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner on the roof terrace (weather permitting)
Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodation: Douar Samra
Transport: Private Transfer

DAY 2: DAY TREK
You will meet with your English speaking guide this morning who will take you out trekking for the day. After speaking with you he will suggest a walking route, based on your requirements and fitness levels.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Douar Samra
Transport: n/a

DAY 3: DAY TREK
You will meet with your English speaking guide this morning who will take you out trekking for the day. After speaking with you he will suggest a walking route, based on your requirements and fitness levels.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Douar Samra
Transport: n/a

DAY 4: MARRAKECH
You will be transferred back to Marrakech after breakfast. (approx. 1 ½ hour drive) Once you have settled into your riad, we suggest you set off and explore Marrakech's medina. You can spend all day pounding the souks and taking in the atmosphere or you could relax on the roof terrace on one of the sun loungers. In the evening, be sure to head down to the main square here food stalls, acrobats, snake charmers and story tellers congregate creating an unforgettable atmosphere.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dar Hanane
Transport: Private Transfer

DAY 5: MARRAKECH
Today you might want to see some of the main cultural sights of Marrakech, including the Medersa Ben Youssef, Palais el Badi and the Bahia Palace, interspersed with a leisurely lunch watching the storks nesting on the ramparts of the ancient city or perhaps some people watching at a cafe in the Spice market. In the evening, you might want to enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants over-looking the main square, or perhaps ask your host to book you a table at the atmospheric Foundouk restaurant, serving up delicious French & Moroccan fusion food.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dar Hanane

DAY 6: MARRAKECH - 1/2 DAY COOKERY COURSE
This morning you will have a cooking class at the world famous Maison Arabe. Your cookery class will start with an introduction to Moroccan cuisine and the part it plays in society. Your teacher will talk you through the various spices and ingredients traditionally used and will also explain how different dishes are prepared. Depending on your location - some of the classes are in the medina some are just outside of Marrakech - you may visit a local spice shop to taste and smell the different spices used in traditional and modern kitchens across Morocco.
Back in the kitchen, all of the ingredients will have been laid out for you. Every participant is given an apron, utensils and ingredients to use and the cookery teacher stands at the head of the table demonstrating how to prepare and cook the meal. The atmosphere is informal and participants are encouraged to ask as many questions as they like. Cooking will last about an hour after which the class sits down to together to enjoy the meals they have all just created.
What you actually cook on the day can vary, usually the first people to book on to a workshop decide on the dish for the group to cook.
In the afternoon, you might want to catch a petit taxi out to the Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. The gardens are beautifully laid out and offer a welcome respite to the chaos of the medina. (There is also a lovely cafe there)
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Dar Hanane

DAY 7: AGAFAY DESERT TREK
This morning you will be picked up after breakfast and transferred out to the Agafay Desert. Don’t be misled by its name, this is not a Saharan-style sandy desert; it is more of a barren, deserted plateau. Stretching for miles, this semi-lunar terrain is unforgiving in the summer months, but in the cooler seasons it provides a breath-taking environment, one that is often over-looked by those wanting to shuttle between the Atlas Mountains and Marrakech. Local villages have been driven out by the lack of water, so, apart from some local shepherds and the odd 4x4, the area is free for exploration and makes a fantastic camel trekking or hiking destination. The snow-capped Atlas Mountains form a stunning backdrop and walking on the seemingly endless plateau is easy going. Following small river gorges and walking up the small hills is very pleasurable and accessible, with constant rewards of far-reaching views. You will be based at the luxury La Pause, whose resident camels are perfect for a short camel trek.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: La Pause

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private Transfer

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Douar Samra

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stylish Berber guesthouse
- Lovely gardens
- Fantastic views
- Warm service

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Traditional chic riad
- Beautiful rooftop terrace
- Individually and tastefully designed
- Gorgeous communal areas

La Pause

Marrakech

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Peaceful surroundings
- Outdoor activities
- Moroccan wilderness

Details

Getting there

Flying from the UK... Marrakech has an international airport (RAK) which is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK. The flight time is around 3.5hours. On average it takes around an hour to clear airport security and then around 15 – 20 minutes to drive to the Medina or 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the Atlas Mountains.

From the South East:
Gatwick: Easy Jet, British Airways, Royal Air Maroc &Thomson
Luton: Ryanair
Stansted: Ryanair & Easy Jet

From the South West:
Bristol: Easy Jet

From the Midlands:
Birmingham: Thomson

From the North:
Manchester: Easy Jet and Thomson

From Ireland:
Dublin: Ryanair

Price includes

Return transfers to the airport, Accommodation in a boutique Marrakech riad on a bed and breakfast basis, two day hikes in the Atlas Mountains with a guide and lunch, short camel trek in Agafay desert, all transfers to in a tourist vehicle.

When is best?

This treking possible any time of year. From November to April, the mountain-tops are covered in snow, but you will be walking below the snow line, so this shouldn't cause any trouble. The bonus of course is that the mountains look stunning with snow atop the peaks.

The summer months are too hot for the Agafay desert trek. Spring and Autumn are arguably the best time of year, with wild flowers in spring and stunning vibrant red Walnut groves in late autumn.

Is it for me?

The treks are accessible to anybody of any level of fitness. We can accommodate those who would rather just do a spot of light sight-seeing as well as those who would like to tackle something a little more strenuous. Please discuss your requirements with your guide.

Marrakech is an intoxicating city which delights all of your senses. Away from the main square, the medina is made up of many small winding streets, or derbs. Everyone, without exception, gets lost when they visit Marrakech, The best way to deal with this is to relax, embrace the experience and take a mobile phone with you so that you can call you riad if you get lost.

Your camel trek in the Agafay desert can be a combination of riding on camels and walking, depending on your comfort. The tents all have their own beds and simple en-suite facilities, so you can expect a good degree of comfort.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Service rating : Ben and his team have been excellent from start to finish. Nothing was ever too much to deal with Even the various catering requirements were dealt with to perfection.
    Product : The ground crew could not have been any more helpful. The guides/ cooks and the whole team ensured that we got the maximum enjoyment from the trek. They even catered for the various food allergies. I highly recommend Tourdust .will definitely book with them again.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Climb Mount Toubkal on 14 May 2015

  • Well run and thought out. We loved the Moroccan guides, drivers and folk they connected us with. The walking in Atlas Mountains was brilliant- kids loved it. It was a v successful trip.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Day treks, Camels & Boutique Marrakech on 08 April 2016

  • Service rating : It was my first ever experience using a tour company and Tourdust exceeded my expectations. Everything about my experience interacting with them was great; I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
    Product : Everything was just as promised or better. It seems that Tourdust takes great care in selecting local partners: everyone we interacted with, all drivers, all guides, all hotel staff – everyone was very nice and genuinely helpful.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Day treks, Camels & Boutique Marrakech on 18 January 2016

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