Come with us on an absolutely unforgettable adventure across Morocco.
Come with us on an absolutely unforgettable adventure across Morocco. You’ll visit age-old imperial cities which evoke the romantic atmosphere of the book ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ and, stepping back a millennium or so, you’ll imagine yourself to be Queen Scheherazade or King Shahryar. You’ll mount up to join a camel safari through the magnificent sand dunes of the Sahara. And, when you finally chill out on the Atlantic coast, you’ll well and truly deserve it!
Length: 15 days
Price: from €900
This trek is available throughout the year. You can start on any date you wish.Book Now
Arrival in Casablanca, transfer to the hotel in Rabat.
After a city tour of Rabat we will transfer to Meknes.
From Meknes we’ll head to the striking medieval city of Fes. En route we’ll have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Volubilis, a once-great Roman city.
Fes itself is a city that never fails to impress; strolling through the narrow and winding lanes of the old medina with its markets and tanneries, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
On day 5 we’ll travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains where the cedar forests are home to native Barbary apes. We’ll follow the Ziz Gorge, a winding river valley with stunning rock formations, before reaching Erg Chebbi. The latter is an imposing expanse of huge sand-dunes on the edge of the Sahara, where we’ll have the opportunity to take a camel caravan out into the dunes for an overnight camp in traditional nomad tents. We will spend 2 nights here.
Today will take us via Morocco’s deepest canyon, the Todra Gorge, to the magnificent Dades Gorge where the delightful scenery features palms, limestone castles and almost-Biblical shepherds guarding their flocks. This is a wonderful location for walking tours, not least because the locals are extremely friendly and always willing to chat. We will spend 2 nights here.
We will follow the kasbah route to one of the most famous kasbah villages, Ait BenHaddou. This World Heritage site, with its maze-like alleyways and unexpected cul de sacs, has provided sets for epic films such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Gladiator'.
On day 10 we’ll travel through splendid volcanic scenery to Taroudant, a charming walled city with what will seem like an anachronous medieval-like street-life. On the following day you will be able to explore Taroudant’s small alleys, buy some unusual ethnic souvenirs, and visit a tea-house.
On day 11 we’ll drive through the lush green argana forests towards Essaouira, a friendly coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean. There you’ll be able to simply loll on a terrace, or if you’re feeling energetic, either explore the ancient alleys or go for a long walk on the beach. In the morning you will be able to watch the fishing boats unload their catch of sardines at the port. Then, in the evening, we recommend that you treat yourself to freshly-caught fish where it is served in any of the quaint little harbour restaurants. We will spend 2 nights here.
On day 13 we head to Marrakech, where we’ll spend two nights. The city’s dazzling centre, the Djemaa el Fna square, is an enthralling and exotic Eastern experience populated by snake-charmers, acrobats and storytellers. You’ll be able to have a meal at one of the small food stalls that appear only at night to serve up delicious kebabs, seafood, soup and salads. You’ll explore the medieval medina and markets heaving with a colourful mixture of bright carpets, piled fruit and dyed skeins of wool. Behind small gates you will discover handsomely-wrought sultan’s tombs, ancient palaces and Koranic schools. The numerous terraces are great for people-watching and, in the evening, a refreshing visit to a steamy hammam (a Turkish bath) is recommended.
Departure from Marrakech.
For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.
Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:
Tend to be short day walks and rambles at low altitudes. Grade 1 walks can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life and no special preparation is required.
Will usually involve some longer walks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. Grade 2 walking tours may contain some optional strenuous days, and in order to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join.
Are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.