Best time to go: September, October, November, February, March, April & May
Best for: Culture & Beach, Historical, First Time Visitor
Explore the bustling souks of Marrakech, the breathtaking scenic beauty and Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains and the sleepy fishing town of Essaouira. In short, this brief taste of Morocco is an ideal first visit to this vibrant country.
When you arrive in Marrakech, we will first drive you straight to the Atlas Mountains. The drive will generally take about an hour. You will then have your first three days at a slower pace of life, giving you a lovely introduction to Morocco.
The Atlas Mountains is home to the Berber people, whose hospitality is world-famous and undeniably genuine. Above all, we will tailor your experience in the hills to how much you like to walk. Furthermore, we can arrange anything from easy-going ambles to local villages to more extensive day treks for experienced walkers. We love to take you into the local villages and allow you to have mint tea in a local home. For the more active, you can set off mountain biking or horse riding. You might want to sit by the pool, read a book and admire the view!
Next, return to Marrakech. Marrakech is an incredible labyrinth of narrow streets, where cultural morass set against the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of the Atlas mountains. The gatherings of singers, herbalists, preachers, snake charmers, water carriers, storytellers and vendors are unmistakably north African. You’ll have three nights here, so enough time to be guided into the souqs to give you the chance to get your bearings.
We can offer different experiences depending on your interests. Firstly, we could include a hot-air balloon ride over the Agafay Desert. Secondly, you might like to try our street-food tasting experience or learn to cook at Maison Arabe. Thirdly, we can arrange visits to the gardens of Marrakech, quirky museums, or the hidden souks. Lastly, we can arrange a more in-depth historical tour. You’ll have time at leisure to gently peruse under your own steam and plenty of time to relax too.
Finally, you will be driven to Essaouria, a drive of about two hours. Above all, it is known for its superb seafood and friendly souks.