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Coast, Souks & Mountains

A 10 day tailor-made holiday taking in the highlights of Morocco. Trek in the Atlas Mountains, explore the souks of Marrakech, and relax in the laid-back coastal resort of Essaouira.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

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Itinerary

Overview

Your holiday starts in Morocco's awe-inspiring mountain range, the High Atlas. Away from the souks, the high peaks and deep valleys offer a very different type of calm. On a three day trek through the valleys, you'll see another side of Morocco of lush valleys and traditional Berber Villages.

From the Atlas Mountains, you'll head back to Marrakech, the beating heart of Morocco. With chaotic souks, intoxicating spice markets and the magnetic charm of the Djemma El Fna, you will spend 3 days exploring. As well as the souks, there are some fascinating places of interest to visit, including the ancient Bahia Palace and the famous Jardin majorelle, gardens designed by Yves Saint Laurent.

After you have had your fill of Marrakech, you head to the laid-back coastal town of Essaouira, just over 2 hours away, but a world away in terms of atmosphere. Crashing waves, windy beaches and impressive city ramparts make it a haven for those looking to relax and get away from the crowds. For the more actively inclined, there are plenty of opportunities here for surfing & kite-surfing.

Day-by-day

This is a tailor-made holiday, designed to your specific requirements. The itinerary below is meant as a guide only. Please contact us via the form below, or on the phone, to discuss your individual requirements.

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: Dar Adrar
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer to Imlil (90 minutes)

DAY 2: TREK DAY 1
Imlil – Tizi n Mzik –Tizi Oussem
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and muleteer. Once you have loaded up your bags, the mule and cook set off together, taking a head-start to pick a perfect picnic spot and start cooking your lunch. Your walk starts with a fairly stiff climb up towards the pass at Tizi n Mzik (2489m), which offers dramatic mountain views. From here, the trail descends down into the spectacular Azzadene valley, known locally as the valley of colour. Your day of walking ends in the small Berber village of Tizi Oussem where you will spend the night in a gite. If you’re feeling energetic, you can take a slight route detour to include the D’Irhoulidene waterfalls, this adds a couple of extra hours walking but is worth the effort. Approx. 4-5 hours walking, 6-7 hours walking including the waterfalls. (749m ascent & 649m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Village Gite
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 3: TREK DAY 2
Tizi Oussem – Tinzert
After breakfast you will set off walking through the Azzadene valley, passing traditional Berber mountain villages. The view behind you is of the peaks of the High Atlas, whilst the valley ahead offers beautiful scenery with a rushing mountain stream surrounded by lush walnut groves. As you descend you will eventually enter the Ouirgane National Park, a protected area of natural beauty. Tonight you stay in Tinzert, a rustic Berber village. Approx. 5-6 hours walking (640m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Village Gite
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 4: TREK DAY 3
Tinzert – Imi Oughlad – Imlil
Today is the gentlest day of walking; there are fewer steep inclines and descents so you can really enjoy the Mediterranean-esque scenery. Shepherds tend to their goats amongst the pretty valleys dotted with juniper trees, rosemary and thyme. You will be walking towards Imi Oughlad where you will have lunch before saying goodbye to your cook, guide (and mule). After lunch, you will be picked up and driven to your accommodation in Imlil where you can enjoy a hot shower followed by an afternoon of relaxation. Approx. 4 hours walking (200m ascent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Adrar
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 5: 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 / Riad Tzarra / Dar Vedra / Dar One
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer Imlil to Marrakech (90 minutes)

DAY 6: 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 / Riad Tzarra / Dar Vedra / Dar One
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 7: 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 / Riad Tzarra / Dar Vedra / Dar One
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 8: TRANSFER TO ESSAOUIRA
Most people like to spend 2 - 3 days in Marrakech, but after that, they need a change of pace. Essaouira is the perfect solution. A two - three hour drive through pretty countryside, passing the bizarre sight of goats climbing argan trees and you will arrive in this laid-back coastal town. Once you have settled into your riad, you can go for an explore of the town, the lanes and souks will be like a breathe of fresh air after the chaos of Marrakech. For your first meal, we suggest visiting one of the many fish restaurants in the town.
Meals Included: Breakfast only
Accommodation: Riad Chbanate
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer Marrakech to Essaouira (3 hrs)

DAY 9: ESSAOUIRA
There is no need for a guide in Essaouira, as it is a small, un-threatening place to explore. Make sure you go to the town's ramparts for a stunning view of the sea and then head to the beach. Whilst sun-bathing is an option here, it is a windy place, so the beach is best suited for the active, or those wanting a stroll. There are some lovely beach-side cafes where you can kick back and relax.
Meals Included: Breakfast only
Accommodation: Riad Chbanate
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 10: DEPARTURE
You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation:
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer
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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.

Dar Adrar

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Homely Berber guesthouse
- Fantastic views from terrace
- Great food
- Comfortable and clean

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Traditional villages
- Private rooms
- Very basic
- Shared bathroom
- Camping in summer

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Riad Chbanate

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Seven suites
- Elegant & understated
- Romantic ambience
- Roof terrace with jacuzzi

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

- Accommodation with meals as specified
- Private transfers as mentioned
- Whilst trekking: tour guide, cook, all meals, mules to carry your bags and accommodation in a Berber village or camping.

Is it for me?

The three day valleys trek is a moderate trek suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Please note that the accommodation used is simple, with shared bathroom facilities.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate

Essaouira is a lovely place to visit. However, you should note that this is the Atlantic coast, so the sea is wavy, rather than the calm of the Mediterranean resorts.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 605 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • This was my second trip with Tourdust in Morocco. Mountains, beach, and Marrakesh. Wonderful not to have to think for a minute. From the moment you step off the plane a Tourdust driver is there to greet you and the entire trip runs seamlessly. while hiking I was made aware that Tourdust guides are certified in first aid and rescue, having undergone a year-long training course. Many of the other guides in the area do not have those qualifications. Drivers, guides, hotel staff, everyone was friendly. As a woman traveling with her 16-year-old daughter I felt completely safe and looked after the entire trip.

    All the planning that I did with Tourdust made our trip exactly what we wanted. I believe that whatever you want to do they can make happen. Cooking lessons hiking, surfing, biking, etc.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Coast, Souks & Mountains on 24 March 2017

  • Service rating : An excellent service from all the staff at Tourdust from start to finish. The team answered all my questions. They ensured my anxieties regarding trekking for the first time with my 16 year old daughter were well managed. All the accommodation consisted of hot showers, clean and welcoming.
    Product : My 16 year old daughter and I decided to undertake an adventure following her GCSE's. We opted for trekking in the Atlas mountains for 4 days, then visiting the coast and Marrakesh.
    We arrived from a 6am flight and within 2 hours of arriving we were trekking up the mountains. We struggled to believe what we were doing, doubting we could manage what was ahead. Our guide Rachid was kind, thoughtful, funny and compassionate to our need to take our time and celebrate every achievement of reaching the top of mountains. 17 miles, 4days and 2600meters later we were very sad to leave the peace and scenery of the mountains which was stunning. We stayed in clean hotels with welcoming staff. Our cook Mohamed cooked amazing food, we named his mule Betsy. She was adorable. We stayed in Daradar in Imil, this had a wonderful view. Hammed took care of us with good food. The calling from 5 mosques echoing around the mountains was magical. A sound to behold. Both Rachid and Mohamed undertook our trek during Ramadam.
    We were then transferred to the coast were we stayed in a beautiful hotel Ocean vagabond. The coast was pretty and we had a swimming pool which was very welcome.
    Finally we transferred to crazy Marrakech where I got lost (scary) the whole atmosphere was crazy, loud and colourful. A totally overwhelming feeling after being in the mountains. We were very unsure about this part of our holiday but the evenings in the square were colourful, and fun. We will return.
    We also undertook a wonderful 1/2 day cooking lesson. As we sat in the park listening to the mosque calling everybody to pray we were sad to go home to England.
    Our guide Rachid shared his expertise, his culture and lots of himself with us which helped us to embrace the culture and simplicity of the Berber people who allowed us the privilege of trekking through their villages.
    What an adventure. We are planning our next visit to the sahara with tourdust. My daughter and I were so lucky to have such an amazing experience.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Coast, Souks & Mountains on 29 June 2015

  • Tourdust were a pleasure to deal with: they were well informed, helpful and fulfilled the brief I gave them to perfection

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Coast, Souks & Mountains on 05 February 2015

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Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Trek through stunning High Atlas scenery, traditional Berber Villages and some moderately challenging high passes with comfortable accommodation

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Adults from $407 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $251 per person economy class from London

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'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $126 per person economy class from London

Two or three day Mount Toubkal trek either direct to the summit in 2 days or a better 3 day route via the stunning remote Azzaden Valley and Aguelzim Pass. Possible from May to October.

Private Trek Adventure 2 - 3 days

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