Tailor-Made Holiday

Highlights of Morocco

From the vibrant city of Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains and the coastal town of Essaouira

10 days

from £1,795pp

For a first time holiday to Morocco this itinerary offers a varied trip covering three completely different landscapes.

  • Listen to the call to prayer, as the sun sets from your rooftop terrace in Marrakech
  • Feast on fresh fish on the seafront, below the white washed ramparts of Essaouira
  • Trek in the Atlas Mountains visiting traditional Berber villages
  • Shop for spices, leather, ceramics and clothes amidst the colourful alleyways of the souqs.

From the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to the snow capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic coastline with its laid back fishing villages.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Marrakech


Colourful, cosmopolitan Marrakech has an authentic Moroccan feel. This is a city steeped in rich history and where ancient culture is still very much in evidence today. Intricate buildings and architectural wonders tell their own stories while, in the evenings, acrobats and story tellers gather at Djemma El Fna Square - a scene best viewed from one of many terraced coffee shops overlooking the square.

Marrakech is a true North African gem waiting to be explored.


You will be staying at Riad Kniza, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Full Day Tour of Marrakech
You will be met at 10:00 this morning for your guided tour of Marrakech

This tour offers a complete overview of the main sites of Marrakech and begins at the 12th century archaeological site of the Koutoubia mosque. Stop by Bab Agnaou gate and go through to visit the historical 16th century Saadian Tombs. Continue the walk through the 12th century Kasbah with its food market, bakeries and narrow alleyways. Visit the remains of El Badi palace built in the 16th century and admire the marvellous Minbar made in 1137 in Cordoba and sent to the King to be used as a pulpit in the big mosque. Enter the 19th century Bahia Palace and discover the intricate work done by the local artisans to decorate this splendid home. Conclude the morning tour with a stroll inside the Jewish quarter to visit the historical synagogue (if open), built in 1492 by Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain.

After a break for lunch, navigate through a maze of colorful streets to discover a multitude of traditional crafts made in Marrakech and the surrounding areas. Visit one of the many herbalist stores in the Souks and learn about Moroccan spices, medicinal herbs and essential oils. End the tour at the UNESCO world heritage site, Jemaa El Fna where you discover some of the local folklore traditions such as musicians, dancers, acrobats and snake charmers.


You will be staying at Riad Kniza, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Day at Leisure
The full day is at leisure.

Suggestions include a ride in a caleche (a horse carriage) for a ride around the city walls of the medieval city. Note how green the city is from all the gardens and parks outside the city walls.

A visit to the Majorelle Gardens - Majorelle was a French artist who came to explore and live in Marrakech in the late 1920's before he decided to live here for good and create these marvellous gardens where he planted all different sorts of cacti and palms.

Haggling in the souks - Explore the labyrinth streets of the Djema el Fna souk. Get to the square just before sunset where you can sit at one of the rooftop cafes as you watch the market stallholders set up stall for the evenings' trading.


You will be staying at Riad Kniza, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Transfer from Marrakech to Essaouira


A journey time of approximately two and a half hours.


Essaouira is a delightful Mediterranean-style fishing port with a wide sandy bay of crashing Atlantic waves and an intriguing network of dusty whitewashed houses. Bright blue shutters and doorways line a myriad of narrow alleyways, decaying arches of days bygone and secret doorways which occasionally open out of the hustle and bustle of a tiny square.

The beach which, although perhaps a little too windy to sunbathe on, offers miles and miles of unbeatable walking and great swimming - the windsurfing championships are hosted here each year.

Venture into Essaouira and spend time in the main square, drinking in the cafes, shopping in the very friendly souq or exploring the old medina.

Essaouira has a very bohemian feel & moves at a slow pace - the town boasts many budding artists who exhibit their work throughout the town. Aswell as some great artwork Essaouira is also renowned for its red cedar and lemonwood cabinet making and marquetry work and the famous Argan oil, produced from olives grown on trees which are endemic to this region.


You will be staying at Dar Loulema, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Day at Leisure


Optional Activities in Essaouira
Visit the port where fresh fish are brought in each day. Walk the vast stretch of shore line or try a spot of wind surfing or surfing. Stroll through the relaxed medina and explore the city ramparts.


You will be staying at Dar Loulema, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Day at Leisure


You will be staying at Dar Loulema, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Transfer from Essaouira to The Atlas Mountains


A journey time of approximately 3.5hrs.


Stretching over a thousand miles across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, the Atlas Mountains are a vision of inspiring, often stark beauty. Home to some of the highest peaks in North Africa, this is a complex landscape of jagged ridges and deep, narrow valleys - dropping away steeply to the north and, to the south, sloping gently into the endless expanses of the Sahara.

From the ancient city of Marrakech, the Atlas skyline stretches across the horizon, creating a stunning backdrop. Toubkal, North Africa's highest mountain, is only 50 miles south of Marrakech.

The High Atlas has been inhabited for thousands of years by a pastoral people known as the Berbers. They traditionally live in small villages of flat-roofed sun-baked mud houses, usually situated atop steep mountain slopes. Speaking Berber, Arabic, and French, they are as interesting and welcoming as they are knowledgeable of the mountains.


You will be staying at Kasbah Bab Ourika, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Optional Activities in the Atlas Mountains
In addition to treks and easy local walks and picnics, there are plenty of other things to do during a stay in the Atlas Mountains. Day trips by car to the Ourika Valley, the Setti Fatma Water Falls and the Tamadant Valley. Visit to the large Monday Berber Market at the nearby town of Tnine Ourika and to the farms growing herbs and flowers in the valley. Water rafting, canooing, mountain biking. Hot Air Balloon Day with camel ride and visit to a Berber Village. For a more leisurely day, relax at the Kasbah gardens with their views over the Valley of Ourika and the Atlas mountains.


You will be staying at Kasbah Bab Ourika, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Day at Leisure


You will be staying at Kasbah Bab Ourika, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Marrakech to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Built on traditional Berber principles, Kasbah Bab Ourika is perched majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the lush Ourika Valley with stunning 360 degree panoramic views....

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Riad Kniza

Riad Kniza

Riad Kniza dates from the 18th century and has been restored by the most skilled teams of craftsmen creating a real gem of Moorish architecture and arts....

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