A perfect balance of Berber culture, and relaxation, this quick 5-day itinerary features highlights of the imperial city of Marrakech, hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains, and relaxing in the coastal town of Essaouira. You’ll roam exotic souks in ancient medinas, share a meal with a local Berber family, and explore centuries-old seafront fortifications.
During The High Atlas Mountains, If you love to trek in untouched wilderness, We Have plenty of expert mountain guides to lead you, with muleteers to carry your bags And to Prepare your Meal, and the valleys, canyons, peaks just go on forever – with hardly another person in sight. The high Atlas Mountains And Essaouira City 5 Days.
The first chapter of this journey: Marrakech and its extraordinary energy. This Berber city has long captured the hearts of aesthetic travelers, gourmands, and passionate bargain hunters. The hidden gardens and caravanserais of the medina tell the story of the city’s past, while colorful fabrics and spicy aromas gently bring us back to the present. A private transfer then takes you right to the pier at Essaouira, which is buffeted by the trade winds. The contrast with Marrakech is striking. Although the harbor is lively when the fishing boats return, time seems to stand still on the streets and cafe terraces at other times of the day.
After breakfast in Marrakech, pick up & drive towards the High Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya, and Asni, enjoy the stunning view of the villages along the valleys. You’ll then arrive in Imlil (65km from Marrakech), meet the guide and muleteer for your trip, and then start the trek and climb to the Tizi Mzik pass (2684m), enjoy a spectacular view over Imlil valley and gaze up to the Toubkal Summit, continue to Tamsoulte to visit the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains (100m), and continue down to Azzaden valley through a beautiful juniper forest to get to Tizi Oussem village. You’ll relax overnight at the guesthouse in the village.
After breakfast, enjoy the sunshine in this colorful valley and its marvelous typical Berber villages, leave Tizi Oussem and continue down to Id Issa village before heading up to the Tizi Oudid mountain pass (2000m), cross Matat village after traversing a wild juniper forest and enjoy lunch under walnut groves while relaxing near the river. In the afternoon transfer back to Marrakech.
After Your Breakfast In Marrakech, You will take a Private transfer to Essaouira (around three hours) and four nights’ accommodation in a riad in the medina, right next to the sea. It’s few rooms combine traditional style and contemporary design. The dining room brings guests together for simple and fresh meals, where seafood – a must – is served. Tea is served in the coolness of the courtyard or on the rooftop terrace near the pool. Wellness comes in the form of a steam room, sauna, and a range of treatments – all pretexts for some ‘me-time’.
A private visit to the medina. Proudly dominating the Atlantic Ocean, Essaouira is a perfect combination of Portuguese and Moroccan culture. Along with your private guide, you can stroll through its medina, the historic centre of the city designed by French architect Theodore Cornut. This tour takes you from the fishing harbor to the Sqala and the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah Museum, which is named after the city’s founder and tells his story.
Do it, live it – Learn about watersports: it’s as much about surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing here as about the sun lounger – go from craft shops to cafe terraces – experience the hustle and bustle of the harbor and then taste the fish of the day in a tucked-away little restaurant – see every shade of blue against the white of the houses – go for a camel ride on the beach – marvel at the kindness of the locals – in the evening, have tea watching the sunset.
Say farewell to the Windy City and return to Marrakech. There is an option to stop at an Argan Cooperative along the way to see how the precious argan oil is extracted from the nut.
Once back in Marrakech, if time allows, discover the only surviving Almoravid monument, the 12th-century Almoravid Koubba before spending some time in the Marrakech Museum. Housed in the 19th-century Dar Mnebbi Palace, the museum is home to a large exhibit of both modern and traditional art and includes artifacts of Berber and Moroccan Jewish and Islamic cultures.
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