Morocco itinerary 14 days
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech
Greetings from Morocco! Your driver and tour guide will meet you and take you to your hotel so you can check-in. Before your hectic week, unwind and get some rest, or take a quick city tour of Marrakech to acquaint yourself with the area. You could visit institutions like the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Berber Museum, and Majorelle Garden. Alternatively, treat yourself to a traditional hammam, which includes a steam chamber, being washed with an abrasive Kesar mitt to exfoliate dead skin, and being doused in black beldi soap. And when twilight falls, you might follow your nose to the tantalizing aromas coming from the city’s iconic Jemaa el-Fna plaza, which is home to marketplaces, street cuisine, and entertainers. As the sun sets and the street performers emerge to entertain, observe locals preparing regional specialities and sample their delights.
Day 2: Free Day in Marrakech
Greetings from Morocco! Your driver and tour guide will meet you and take you to your hotel so you can check-in. Before your hectic week, unwind and get some rest, or take a quick city tour of Marrakech to acquaint yourself with the area. You could visit institutions like the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Berber Museum, and Majorelle Garden. Alternatively, treat yourself to a traditional hammam, which includes a steam chamber, being washed with an abrasive kissar mitt to exfoliate dead skin, and being doused in black beldi soap. And when twilight falls, you might follow your nose to the tantalizing aromas coming from the city’s iconic Jemaa el-Fna plaza, which is home to marketplaces, street cuisine, and entertainers. As the sun sets and the street performers emerge to entertain, observe locals preparing regional specialities and sample their delights.
Day 3: Mountain Hike in Imlil & Lunch with a Local Family
You’ll travel from Marrakech to your lodging in Imlil in the High Atlas the next day. After an early start, you’ll travel through a gorgeous region famed for its verdant gardens and lush meadows. There are numerous types of plants, bushes, and trees that you can see even in the winter. The city of Asni should therefore be your next stop. Asni serves a crucial function for the local community despite having barely 20,000 people. The town has a weekly souk every Saturday for individuals who need to trade items and stock up on food. The Atlas Mountains’ hills and the Moulay Brahim Gorge will then be crossed as you continue driving. On this stretch, take in the stunning views. Imlil, a settlement in Toubkal National Park, is where you’ll stop next. When you get there, have a drink of mint tea with your guide before beginning the short climb to Armed, the highest and largest settlement in Imlil Valley. A genuine Berber community, Armed uses real farming practices and has real buildings. Hike around the Souk and spend some time with a Berber family.
Day 4: Guided Hike in Imlil Valley
You will walk for roughly 3–4 hours within the Imlil Valley with the assistance of a private hiking guide, getting to know people and learning about the history of the region. Observe the breathtaking beauty of the Atlas Mountains and the 13,671-foot Mount Toubkal (4,167 m). Enjoy the views as you go past forests, streams, and expansive panoramas. You can sit down with the locals and listen to their tales as you stroll through a few authentic Berber villages on this short trip.
Day 5: Transfer to Skoura Oasis via Aït Benhaddou & Ouarzazate
You will go from Imlil to the desert via the High Atlas, where on a clear day, you can frequently see Mount Toubkal, which is the highest peak. You will visit Berber settlements, complete with their customary mud-brick buildings, agricultural fields, and community activities. You’ll make a pit stop at Taddert along the way for a meal and to visit the Argan Oil Co-operative, where you can learn about the production and try the oil. The magnificent views of the mountain range and the winding road descending the mountainside can be seen as you continue to approach the top of the Tizi n’Tichka pass. You’ll notice the climate changing as you move downhill toward Ouarzazate, a town that is expanding quickly because of the film industry. You have the choice of visiting one of two film studios where scenes from the Middle East, Africa, and the desert are portrayed. Then it’s off to the historic At Benhaddou, the most well-known Kasbah in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 11th century was a significant period for the old ksour at that time. Explore the alleys and tunnels of the historic district or ascend the old granary for breathtaking vistas. The Kasbah, its surroundings, and old camel caravan routes are all visible. Arrive in Skoura in the afternoon and then check into your lodging.
Day 6: Skoura Oasis Walk, Pottery Factory & Lunch with a Local Family
Immerse yourself in the distinctive Skoura culture. Morocco’s southern regions are a verdant oasis of vegetation, ideal for small towns to flourish. Your local guide will lead a leisurely hour-long walk through the area and make stops in a few villages so you can interact with the inhabitants. Admire the distinctive architecture, hear tales about the local history, see how traditional farming is done, take in live entertainment, and more. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the people and their way of life, including a tour of an antique kasbah and a traditional pottery factory. You’ll eat lunch with a family in their typical home. Discover more about Moroccan cuisine and the background of this fascinating culture while savoring regional fare. An authentic tea ceremony to cap off your meal is followed by a drive back to your lodging.
Day 7: Transfer to Zagora via Saghro Mountains & Draa River Valley
Today, after breakfast, meet your driver and travel east to Zagora’s elegant yet small city. Through the Tizi n’Tinififft pass, you’ll ascend and descend the Jbel Saghro mountains. Before entering the productive soils of the Draa River Valley, your path will pass through the busy service center in Agdz. To get to Zagora, continue south along the valley through stands of dense palm trees. The wide central avenue and the high caliber of many of its buildings are clear signs of the wealth it has amassed through successful date cultivation. When you get there, your driver will take you to your lodging so you can unwind, rest, and prepare to explore Zagora’s palm groves.
Day 8: Transfer to Erg Chigaga Desert
After breakfast, please spend some time discovering Zagora and its surroundings. Continue to the village of Mhamid after viewing the Jewish District of Amzerou and the sizable palm groves. Visit Tamegroute, a Saadian settlement from the 16th century. On the way there, see the Sufi zawiya, an underground kasbah, and a factory producing the local green pottery. The Draa Valley ends in the small town of Mhamid, also known as “the end of civilization.” You’ll switch vehicles to a jeep for a 40-mile (65-km) off-road adventure through dunes, plateaus, and a lost oasis. Before continuing to your final destination, Erg Chigaga, and its enormous dunes, you’ll stop for a break and picnic in the Ras Nkhel oasis. You’ll get there just before sunset. To travel the dunes, which now shimmer in different hues of red and yellow in the twilight, mount a camel. When you get to camp, you’ll eat a traditional meal and have a memorable evening by the campfire listening to drum music. Watch the night sky searching for the countless shooting stars while dancing around the fire. When it’s time for bed, you’ll sleep outside, under the canopy, or in a nomad tent.
Day 9: Desert Adventures, Discover Nomadic Life
You will travel alongside nomads as they go about their daily business of looking for grazing lands and water and preparing food deep within the wild regs (desert plateaus). You’ll get to feed the camels and other animals, learn how to weave a camel wool carpet, and prepare meals over a wood fire with traditional utensils. You’ll also see how they spend the night in the middle of nowhere in wooden tents. You’ll return to your camp after your nomadic experience on a camel, where you can take in the desert sunset before dinner and turn it in for the night.
Day 10: Taroudant via Foum Zguid across the Anti-Atlas Mountains
After breakfast and witnessing the first sunbeams over the desert, get up early to explore the former Paris-Dakar route to Foum Zguid in your 4WD. In the Iriqui National Park, you will cross Lake Iriqui, a dried-up salt lake that turns into a swamp during rainy seasons. You might see wild animals like lizards, snakes, gazelles, and, with a little luck, even hyenas in this unusual park. After stopping for lunch in the Berber village of Taznakht, you’ll continue to the town of Taroudant by crossing the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Because of its high city ramparts, old town’s history, and bustling souks that resemble Marrakech, Taroudant, a caravan city, is also known as “Little Marrakech” or “Grandmother of Marrakech.” Before settling into your riad (home with a garden or courtyard), take some time to explore. You’ll ride your camel back to your camp after your nomadic experience to take in the setting desert sun before dinner and turning in for the night.
Day 11: Explore Taroudant, Transfer to Essaouira via Agadir
Today is your chance to discover the charming town of Taroudant and its medina, which dates back centuries. Consider looking at historic gates and walls like Bab Selsla, Bab Target, and Bab Ouled Bounouna. The walled town’s perimeter can be toured on foot or by bicycle. Then enter the souks to browse the artisan stores. Also present are tanneries resembling those in Fes and Marrakech. Eat something at a restaurant or café, or enjoy a cup of mint tea in one of the hotel gardens. Visit Agadir Tasguent, which is outside Taroudant. An old fortress with breathtaking views is accessible via a short hike. You could also go to the Palais Claudio Bravo mansion. You’ll travel to Essaouira, the “white pearl,” in the north in the afternoon before heading west to Agadir on the Atlantic coast. Spend time exploring this quaint, artistic community that offers a tranquil respite from chaotic Marrakech. Consider exploring the souks in the medina, unwinding in Mulay El-Hassan, the main square surrounded by eateries and coffee shops, or exploring the port to see the 16th-century Portuguese Castelo Real, Borj el Barmil, and the Skala de la Kasbah. Then there is the Mellah (Jewish district), a UNESCO-protected area. Here, you can visit the 18th-century Rabbi Haim Pinto or go to the beach to swim, unwind, or take a surf lesson.
Day 12: Private Morning Cooking Class in Essaouira
In an authentic riad in Essaouira, take a cooking class to learn more about the flavorful cuisine of Morocco. You’ll learn how to make tajine, one of Morocco’s most well-known and traditional dishes, with the help of a local chef and food enthusiast. The dish bears the name of the unique ceramic pot used to prepare it. Tajine frequently includes meats, vegetables, and fruit, like dates or apricots, to balance out its savory flavors. The culmination of this practical learning experience is a sumptuous lunch, a chat with your host, and a cup of traditional mint tea. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure discovering Essaouira, a charming and ancient city. You could use this time to go on an ATV adventure, pamper yourself at a traditional spa and hammam, test your balance at sandboarding outside of the city, go horseback riding, or take windsurfing or kitesurfing lessons if you’d like to add another activity.
Day 13: Return to Marrakech, Food Tour, Henna or Babouche Workshop
Watch for goats in the nearby argan trees as you make the trip from Essaouira to your lodging in Marrakech. Naturally, goats climb trees to consume their fruit and leaves. However, because the passing tourists have become a source of additional income, many farmers now “encourage” them to do so. After you arrive, settle into your lodging before embarking on a private food tour of Marrakech’s bustling medina. You’ll sample ten traditional dishes, from a delicious tajine to one of Morocco’s unique sweets. Discover the nation’s key ingredients, cooking methods, and culinary culture. Alternatively, you could attend a henna workshop to learn how to create your babouche or draw designs on your hands, arms, or feet (traditional slippers).
Day 14: Depart Marrakech
According to your flight schedule, you can take one last stroll through Jemaa el-Fna this morning after breakfast before heading to the airport in time for your departing flight.
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