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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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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

La Pause


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- Peaceful surroundings
- Outdoor activities
- Moroccan wilderness


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.


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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • We had a fabulous time! It was the first time we had done a family holiday like this, with such a variety of experiences. The outgoing flight was less than 3 hours yet it was like another world.

    MissingLesley Challis reviewing Day treks, Camels & Boutique Marrakech on 11 January 2014

  • Our trekking guide was great, walked at our pace, and taught us a lot about the mountains, we met his family while sheltering from the rain and had tea and cakes.

    The accomodation at both Riad Tzarra and the Kasbar near Ilmil were great, staff could not be more helpful, or kind.The only thing we might have asked is that as we were the only guests in Riad Tzarra that after the initial welcoming from the Manager of Riad Da Hanne - was that she had come back during our dinner in the evening just to answer a couple of questions we had (but i think that was due to our actual manager being on holiday).

    Food was delicious in both accomodations particulalry at the Berber Guest House. We even asked for a recipe for some of the food to take home with us.

    Would definately go away with tourdust again and will reccomend to friends (as it was recommended to us via a friend).

    It provided us with a really interesting authentic experience, with the ease of a tour without feeling like you were on a tour. All taxis and guides and arrangements were perfectly on time and perfectly suited to what we wanted. It allowed us to fit so much into a short stay.

    MissingCharlotte Sparke reviewing Day treks, Camels & Boutique Marrakech on 27 November 2012

  • We had a great time thanks, the guide was excellent as was the lunch in the mountains, really good.

    The only downside was that unfortunately my wife, who'd been so keen and excited to go, got a stomach bug the Sunday night so wasn't able to come on the trip on Monday. A real shame but otherwise a big success.

    Missingmark naylon reviewing Day treks, Camels & Boutique Marrakech on 28 October 2011

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