Visit the Imperial Cities of Morocco, camp with Berbers on the edge of the Sahara desert, 3 days Trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and explore the stunning south Atlantic Coast!
16 Day Tour from Marrakech to Marrakech, £550 per person plus £200 LOCAL PAYMENT, Regular Departures.
This fantastic 16 day tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakesh, and visits Morocco’s other Imperial cities of Fez, Rabat and Meknes. It also includes a night camping in Berber tents on the edge of the Sahara desert and walk through the stunning Todra Gorge. We spend three days trekking in the High Atlas mountains and then spend a further 3 days exploring the stunning Southern Atlantic Coast. We arrive back in Marrakech to sample the best the city has to offer. We stay in 2 or 3 star hotels and travel in A/C minibus with local Pillow tour leader and local driver.
Please note, this tour is a combination of our 9 Day Imperial Cities tour and our 9 Day Mountains and Oceans Tour.
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Day One (Saturday) – Marrakech
Once you are checked into our central hotel, you have a free day until 7pm where you meet our Pillow tour leader for the pre departure information and to meet your fellow passengers. After the meeting your tour leader will walk you to the famous main square Djemaa el-Fna where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of Moroccan life and go shopping in the Souq (Market) or you can eat with the locals at the open air food stalls.
Day Two (Sunday)– Marrakech to Casablanca to Rabat (B)
After breakfast we head to Casablanca and visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque, the largest Mosque in Morocco. We then continue along the beautiful Atlantic coastline to Rabat where we visit the old fortress of Kasbah des Oudaias. While in Rabat we also visit the cities most famous landmark Le Tour Hassan and enter the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This evening you can have free time or join us for a walk around the Medina.
Day Three (Monday)– Rabat to Volubilis to Meknes to Fez (B)
First we head to the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco at Volubilis. One of the Roman Empires furthest outposts, the ruins date from the 2nd century. We then visit the imperial city of Meknes and spend the afternoon wondering around its winding streets and beautiful architecture. This evening we drive to Fez in time for dinner.
Day Four (Tuesday) Fez (B)
Today we take a full day tour of the UNESO World Heritage city of Fez. We see the famous tanneries and Andalusian and El Quaraoiyin Mosques. We visit Najjarine Square where you can sit and watch the world go by in a café, or visit the Souks and buy some souvenirs. In the afternoon we visit New Fez (Al Jdid) which is considered the most colourful and always bustles with life.
Day Five (Wednesday) Fez to Mezouga (Sahara Desert) (B) (D)
Today we cross the Middle Atlas mountain’s and head for the Sahara Desert for what many consider is the highlight of the trip, a night camping in Berber tents on the edge of the sand dunes. You can take a camel ride or just sit back and enjoy the traditional food and dancing of the Berber people. Don’t forget to look up, on a clear night the display of stars is unforgettable.
Day Six (Thursday) Mezouga to Todra Gorge (B) (D)
We say goodbye to our Berber hosts and the Sahara sand to drive to Todra Gorge on the east side of the High Atlas Mountains. This canyon is spectacular, and we walk alongside a tiny glacier stream which is dwarfed by the smooth 160 meter high rocks each side. We stay overnight in a nearby hotel surrounded by this rugged landscape.
Day Seven (Friday)– Todra Gorge to Marrakech (B)
We stop at Ait Benhaddou which is a stunning “fortified city” along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. The beautiful palm trees present some fantastic photo opportunities as well as much needed shade. We also visit Ourzazate before taking a picturesque drive over the Atlas mountains 2260m Tizi-n-Tichka pass before arriving back at Marrakech in time for dinner.
Day Eight (Saturday)- Marrakech (B) (L)
This morning we take a traditional afternoon horse and carriage half day tour of Marrakesh, including the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Mosque and the Dar Si Said Museum. The half day tour finishes back at Djemaa el-Fna square where we have a group lunch and you have the afternoon free to buy any souvenirs. This evening we have a night out to say goodbye to the people who are on our 9 day Imperial Cities tour and who are leaving tomorrow.
Day Nine (Sunday) 3 Day 2 Night Imlil to Setti Fadma Trek (B) (L) (D)
After breakfast we will depart for the one hour drive to the secluded mountain village of Imlil (elevation 1740 meters). Imlil is the trekking headquarters for the high Atlas, and is a great place to buy any last minute supplies. From Imlil we will trek to the Berber village of Tachdirth. The trek should take around 5 hours and we walk through fields of barley and orchards of walnuts , apple and cherry trees, though pine and juniper woods. We also walk through many Berber villages, including Wanskra and Amagdoul. We stay overnight in a gite d’etape .
Day Ten (Monday) 3 Day 2 Night Imlil to Setti Fadma Trek (B) (L) (D)
After an early breakfast we start our hike to the terraced village of Timichi (1850m), and walk uphill to Tizin’Tachdirth (3200m), which affords us a stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. We stop for our picnic lunch at the Berber village of Iaabbassen (2030m), and then continue the trek down the valley to the old village of timichi, a charming terraced pisé conglomeration of homes set amongst ancient nut trees, where we will have our dinner and overnight in a Berber family’s home.
Day Eleven (Tuesday) 3 Day 2 Night Imlil to Setti Fadma Trek Drive to Essaouira (B) (L)
After breakfast we set out for a 4 to 5 hours hike eastwards down along the valley full of cornfields and walnuts groves, with many streams flowing down from the upper slopes, passing through the villages of Anfli and Tadrart to arrive at the end of beautiful Ourikavalley proper and the renowned Berber village of Setti Fadma ,with its ancient nut trees and waterfalls. We shall stop for our picnic just outside of the village, before hiking for another half hour to get to the vehicle. Once back at the minibus, we will drive to the stunning Atlantic coast town of Essaouira where we will stay overnight.
Day Twelve (Wednesday) in Essaouira (B)
Free day in Essaouira, for you to explore the narrow lanes, whitewashed houses with blue painted doors, tranquil squares, pleasant cafes and many art galleries at your leisure. The town is pretty compact, so you can walk from the Madina to the beautiful 10km beach in minutes. If you want to be more active, you can hire windsurfing, kite surfing or surfboarding equipment and hit the ocean.
Day Thirteen (Thursday) in Essaouira (B)
Another free day in Essaouira for you to relax around town or take advantage of some of the best water sport conditions in Africa. You can also jump in a taxi (not included) and see the small Berber village of Diabat, which became a legend among hippies in the 1960s after a visit by Jimi Hendrix.
Day Fourteen (Friday) Essaouira to Nat Park to Sidi Ifni to Mirleft to Marrakech (B)
.Today we head south along the dramatically beautiful coastal road, visiting the Souss-Massa National Park which contains a series of spectacular landscapes from cliffs, dunes and inland forests. We visit the stunning rock arches of Legzira beach, and spend time in the laidback and slightly funky fishing village of Mirleft. We then head back to the hustle and bustle of Marakech where we stay overnight.
Day Fifteen (Saturday) in Marrakech (B)
This morning we take a traditional afternoon horse and carriage half day tour of Marrakesh, including the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Mosque and the Dar Si Said Museum. The half day tour finishes back at Djemaa el-Fna square where we have a group lunch and you have the afternoon free to buy any last minute souvenirs. This evening we have a last night out together before saying goodbye tomorrow.
Day Sixteen (Sunday) in Marrakech (B)
After breakfast tour terminates.
Transport around Morocco in Air-conditioned mini-bus with local driver.
10 Nights Accommodation in 2-3 star hotels (based on twin/triple share), 1 night camping in Berber tents in Sahara & 2 nights in Berber House while trekking.
15 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunch (L) & 4 Dinners (D).
Services of fully trained, English speaking local Pillow Tour leader.
Entrance Fee to all places included on the itinerary.
Airport Transfer is included. (Please advise at the time of booking of you want a free airport transfer).
what’s NOT included
The local payment of £200, which is to be paid in GBP cash only, directly to your Pillow Tour leader during the pre-departure meeting on Saturday evening.
Your flights to and from Marrakech.
Any meals or drinks not listed above.
Your personal travel Insurance.
If you wish to have a Hammam (Turkish bath) in Fez (Day 4) the cost is around £8 per person.
If you want to take a camel ride in the desert (Day 5) the cost is around £15 per person.
For the goodbye dinner in Marrakech the group sometimes visits Fantasia Chez Ali (Dinner and show) the cost is around £30 per person.