- The Atlas Mountains
Explore the ancient medina of Marrakesh with a private guide, visiting historic palaces and peaceful gardens.
Watch street performers and sample Moroccan street food in Jemaa El Fna square.
Try your hand at bartering in the souq and watch craftsmen at work.
Go trekking with a private guide in the High Atlas Mountains and visit a Berber village.
What our specialists say...
If you like culture and spending time in the great outdoors, this itinerary gives you the best of both worlds. In just seven days you can experience two contrasting sides of Morocco, from the whirlwind of Marrakesh’s souqs to the crisp, clean air of the High Atlas Mountains. In Marrakesh, watch skilled craftsmen in the souqs cutting leather and hammering metal. Sample the delicious street food found in and around the main square, Djemaa El Fna, and learn about the city’s history while visiting crumbling palaces. Then enjoy the stillness of the Atlas Mountains, hiking through green valleys and visiting traditional Berber villages.
We recommend this trip for:
- High Atlas Mountains
Itinerary idea in detail
Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Marrakesh
International outbound flight , Marrakesh
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Marrakesh. Upon arrival into Marrakesh airport, your private driver meets you and transfers you the short 10 to 20 minute journey (depending on traffic) to your accommodation, where you're greeted with a mint tea. Once you've settled in, you can begin your exploration of Marrakesh. Depending on where you're staying, a short stroll or taxi ride will take you to the souqs, where you can browse the vast array of goods for sale, from piles of aromatic spices to leather handbags and traditional lanterns.
Day 2 Marrakesh
Today your private guide leads you around the city, teaching you about its history and culture. You visit the beautifully mosaicked Saadien Tombs, where the bodies of sultans and their families have rested for centuries, the ruins of the 16th-century El Badi Palace and the 15th-century Mellah (Jewish Quarter). This afternoon, your guide takes you into the different quarters of the souq to see craftsmen working on their various trades. It provides a valuable insight into the skilled work that goes into making the products you barter for.
Day 3 Marrakesh
Today you can explore Marrakesh independently, perhaps revisiting the souqs to barter for any goods that caught your eye on previous visits. We suggest taking time to visit the tranquil Majorelle Gardens, which provide a welcome contrast to the bustle of the medina. Here you can stroll among cacti, bamboo and gurgling streams, and visit the Berber Museum, which has a collection of artefacts once belonging to Berber tribes. This evening, head to the lively Djemaa El Fna to watch snake charmers and dancers perform for the crowds and sample some of Marrakesh's delicious - and often unusual - street food.
Day 4 High Atlas Mountains
This morning you leave Marrakesh behind as you travel for around an hour and a half with your private driver into the rugged beauty of the High Atlas Mountains. After arriving at your accommodation in the peaceful foothills, you can relax and make use of the facilities, taking a dip in the pool or unwinding with a drink while enjoying the views. Alternatively, you may wish to begin to explore your surroundings, perhaps taking a walk through the green hills and valleys.
Day 5 High Atlas Mountains
Today you may wish to visit a traditional Berber village with your private guide, where you can share lunch and a mint tea with a local family while learning about their way of life. We recommend a visit to the Assafou Foundation, which provides free education to children living in these rural communities. You can visit the school where the children are taught and where local women learn skills such as weaving so that they can sell their handicrafts at local markets or in Marrakesh's souqs.
Day 6 High Atlas Mountains
Another free day to explore the striking countryside of the High Atlas. There are lots of hiking trails you could explore with a guide, who can pick the most suitable options for your fitness level and interests. You may also like to visit one of the local villages to wander through the markets that are regularly held. People from rural villages far and wide travel to the markets to sell their wares or stock up on everything they need for the week, from food to clothes.
Day 7 International return flight
High Atlas Mountains , International return flight
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