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Marrakech, Essaouira & The High Atlas In Style

10 Days & 9 Nights 4.8 Read 9 reviews
  • Explore the colourful, vibrant sights and sounds of Marrakech
  • Be welcomed by the incredible Berber hospitality at the luxurious Kasbah du Toubkal
  • Wander Essaouira’s white-washed streets and pick up a piece of local art work
  • Treat your taste buds to a succulent tagine meal with views to the snow-capped Mount Toubkal
  • Discover walnut groves and earthen adobe houses in the Azzaden Valley
Experience colourful Morocco without the hardships traditionally associated with trips to the High Atlas, bustling Marrakech and the relaxed coastal Essaouira before heading deep into the peaks of the Western High Atlas. Begin your tour in the popular city of Marrakech, staying in a boutique riad. Relax in style at the end of a busy day of exploring the lively souks, peaceful gardens and the ancient medina of the ‘Red City’. Transfer to whitewashed streets. Essaouira, here you’ll find a charming fishing port and an easily-explored souk filled with art and handicrafts from local artists who flock to the city. Discover Morocco’s Western High Atlas, where a qualified mountain guide will lead you along centuries-old paths through groves of walnut trees and past small clusters of earthen adobe Berber houses clinging precariously to the mountainside. Luxury accommodation with warm Berber hospitality awaits you in the mountains, where you can enjoy the knowledge that your stay is directly supporting the local community.
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What To Expect

This is the perfect tour for walkers looking to explore colourful Morocco whilst staying in outstanding stylish properties. Enjoy bustling Marrakech and relaxed Essaouira, with time in the mountains to discover the High Atlas with your own personal walking guide.

Trip Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

Inspiration:

Classic

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Grade & Terrain

The walking is graded moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle. In the mountains the route follows centuries-old Berber tracks, which can be high, steep, narrow, uneven and rough underfoot. Due to the lack of marked paths you will be supported by a local fully qualified mountain guide, and on occasion you will be walking alongside a mule who will carry your luggage. Each day you can discuss the possible walks available with your guide, and therefore adapt your plans accordingly. The tracks are often a considerable distance from any road or track which is accessible by vehicle—this is a very remote area. You should be a regular walker and have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this walk.

Navigation

You will be accompanied by a qualified mountain guided during your walks so you will not need to worry about navigation.

Accommodation Information

Your trip includes 4 nights in Riads, 2 nights at a luxury trekking lodge, 3 nights at a luxury mountain hotel

It is possible to upgrade to a boutique riad in Marrakech for a supplement.

Single Rooms 

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo travellers.

Meals

This trip is on a breakfast basis in Marrakech, and a full board basis in the mountains (picnic lunches are included when out on walks).

Included
  • 4 Nights in riads
  • 3 Nights at a luxury mountain hotel
  • 2 Nights at a mountain lodge
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches (some of which are packed lunches due to itinerary)
  • Bag transfers of one bag of up to 15kg per person between accommodations
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Services of a personal walking guide as appropriate in the mountains
  • 24-hour emergency phone assistance
Excluded
  • Flights to / from Marrakech
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
Extras
  • Room upgrades
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week between 6th of January and 20th of December. Please note that during the festival times of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr that many restaurants and shops will be closed and this may affect your overall experience. If you are planning on going to Morocco during these times and your dates are flexible then you may wish to consider changing dates. For more information and advice, please don't hesitate to contact our specialists. The dates for Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr change on a yearly basis.

2020 Dates

Ramadan is from 23rd of April until the 23rd of May

End of Ramadan Eid Al Fitr is from the 23rd-24th of May

Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice of Sheep) is from the 30th July to 3rd of August.

Time of Year

In the summer months between June and September the temperatures in Marrakech can soar, however remain cooler in the mountains. You may wish to note however that one of the most popular times of year to visit the High Atlas for walking is indeed during the summer months.  

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. This holiday is unfortunately unavailable for solo travellers.

Getting to the Start

Air - You can fly into and out of Marrakech Menara Airport, which is served by numerous airlines from UK, European and International destinations. Your airport transfers are included in arrangements.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one soft-sided bag of up to 15kg per person. Your luggage will on occasion be transferred by mule, so please pack as lightly as possible.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activitiy and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Marrakech Day 2 Free day in Marrakech Day 3 Transfer to Essaouira Day 4 Free time to explore Essaouira Day 5 Transfer to Imlil, introductory walk Day 6 Circular walk in the Imlil Valley Day 7 Walk to Azzaden Valley Day 8 Circular walk in the Azzaden Valley Day 9 Walk to Imlil Day 10 Transfer to Marrakech and onward travel

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