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Atlas Valley Trek, Marrakech & Winter Sun

The perfect remedy to grey winter days, this winter holiday takes you from the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the bustling souks of Marrakech's medina and finally to the endless sandy beaches of Morocco's quiet south coast, staying in the very best boutique hotels along the way.

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Itinerary

Overview

This winter holiday has been designed to offer you some of Morocco's highlights and take advantage of the temperate climate. Beginning your holiday in the Atlas mountains, you will experience rural life, trekking through beautiful valleys, staying in local Berber houses. The snow capped-peaks of the High Atlas are a heart stopping sight, but this 3 day valley trek takes you below the snowline, allowing you to appreciate the raw beauty of the mountains, without the necessity of winter climbing. Transferring to Morocco's finest walled city, Marrakech, you will stay in a traditional riad from where you can explore. The souks, old palaces and Ben Youssef medersa are all well worth a visit, as its the heart-stopping Djemaa el Fna. This focal point of Marrakech comes alive at night with story tellers, entertainers and food stalls creating an irresistible atmosphere. Whilst in Marrakech, we will also arrange for you to attend a cookery workshop where you will learn about Moroccan cuisine and will then have a chance to prepare your own lunch. After Marrakech, you will then pick up a hire car and travel south to the Atlantic village of Mirleft. The beaches are quiet in the winter and with temperatures in the low 20's it is a perfect climate for lying by an infinity pool and a sunset stroll on the beach. You will spend a week here, relaxing by the pool, exploring the local beaches of perhaps driving further afield to explore the former Spanish colony of Sidi Ifni or the rock formations inTafraoute.

This holiday is made special by the accommodation, which has been personally visited and selected by a member of the Tourdust team. In Marrakech & Mirleft, we have chosen boutique hotels, which offer something very special. In the mountains, you will have a more rustic experience, staying in simple Berber homes and a local guest house, giving you experience of Morocco's different sides.

Day-by-day

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

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

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: MARRAKECH - MIRLEFT
This morning you will be transferred to the airport to pick up your hire car. You will then begin your journey to the south of Morocco, driving to the Atlantic village of Mirleft.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Hanane / Riad Tzarra / Dar Vedra / Dar One
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer / Hire Car

DAY 9: MIRLEFT
Today is a day at leisure to relax in the sunshine around your infinity pool, or to take a stroll on the beautiful, deserted beach
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Najmat
Transport (where relevant): Hire Car

DAY 10: MIRLEFT
Today is a day at leisure to relax in the sunshine around your infinity pool, or to take a stroll on the beautiful, deserted beach
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Najmat
Transport (where relevant): Hire Car

DAY 11: MIRLEFT
Today is a day at leisure to relax in the sunshine around your infinity pool, or to take a stroll on the beautiful, deserted beach
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Najmat
Transport (where relevant): Hire Car

DAY 12: MIRLEFT
Today is a day at leisure to relax in the sunshine around your infinity pool, or to take a stroll on the beautiful, deserted beach
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Najmat
Transport (where relevant): Hire Car

DAY 13: MIRLEFT
Today is a day at leisure to relax in the sunshine around your infinity pool, or to take a stroll on the beautiful, deserted beach
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Najmat
Transport (where relevant): Hire Car

DAY 14: MIRLEFT
Today is a day at leisure to relax in the sunshine around your infinity pool, or to take a stroll on the beautiful, deserted beach
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Najmat
Transport (where relevant): Hire Car

DAY 15: DEPARTURE
You will drive back to the airport to catch your flight home. 
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: n/a
Transport (where relevant): Hire Car

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

- Very Basic Private Rooms
- Very Basic Shared Bathrooms
- Camping in summer / Gites in Winter
- Sleeping Bag Required

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Dar Najmat

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Close to beach
- Infinity pool
- Simple, elegant rooms

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

When is best?

In Marrakech & Taroudant, you can expect mild days, with temperatures in the high teens - mid 20'sC It can get chilly at night. In the mountains, you can expect pleasant day time temperatures, but it can drop to around 0C at night. In Agadir, you can expect pleasant temperatures of low - mid 20'sC

Is it for me?

This holiday is designed for those looking to experience some of the highlights of Morocco, whilst staying in beautiful places. The accommodation selected for Marrakech, Taroudant & Mirleft is of a boutique standard, but the accommodation in the mountains is much more rustic. Whilst out on the trek, you will be staying in very basic accommodation with shared facilities.

The trek is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness levels, the average daily walking time is .4 - 6 hours.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate

Safety

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

    Missingstuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark D reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

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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.

Make a week of it with a fantastic four day Atlas Valleys and Villages trek combined with three nights in a beautiful riad in Marrakech's atmospheric medina.

Tailor-made Adventure 1 week

Adults from $724 pp plus flights

'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

Combine a stay in a boutique Marrakech riad with three nights in stunning Douar Samra in the Atlas Mountains. One guided day walk with picnic included.

Tailor-made Luxury 1 week

Adults from $701 pp plus flights

'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

A tailor-made holiday taking in the highlights of Morocco; Marrakech, Essaouira & a 3 day comfort trek in the Atlas Mountains.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

Adults from $1,687 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $314 per person economy class from London

Families from $982 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $314 per person economy class from London

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