morocco itinerary 9 days
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech
Greetings from Marrakech! After picking you up at the airport, your expert will take you to your comfortable riad, where you will spend the night. Your tour manager will assist you in settling in after you check-in. You can then relax in your riad or explore Marrakech at your leisure.
Day 2: Explore the Red City
Following breakfast, your local city guide will pick you up from your riad and take you on a tour of Marrakech. You’ll have the chance to see sights like the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and the Koutoubia Mosque. Your guide will then escort you through Marrakech’s bustling souks, where you can meet various artisans and learn about their wares. By mid-afternoon, your tour will be over, and you’ll have the rest of the day to explore independently. Visit the souks to buy trinkets, enjoy a delicious traditional meal in one of Marrakech’s restaurants, or wander the Jemaa el-Fna square’s stalls to chow down on mouthwatering street fare while taking in the crowds’ entertainment from musicians and snake charmers.
Day 3: Transfer to Demnate via High Atlas Mountains & Ouzoud
Depart Marrakech after breakfast and travel to Ouzoud in the High Atlas Mountains. The Atlas monkeys (Barbary apes), who live along its banks and never cease to amuse, tower 330 feet (101 m) above the water, making it the tallest waterfall in Morocco. Climb the falls for a breathtaking view, descend to the base of the cascade, where you can swim (weather permitting), take a boat ride beneath the falls, or take in the scenery from one of the many terraces. After exploring the lovely settlement and eating lunch, we set out for today’s ultimate destination: Demnate. Take a stroll around the natural bridge Imi n’Ifri before turning in for the evening.
Day 4: Off-Road Dadès Valley to Boumalne Dades via Bouguemez
eat breakfast and then get ready to work with your hands. You’ll travel to a nearby eco-lodge in Bouguemez this morning for a workshop in traditional Moroccan crafts, where you’ll learn carpet weaving or olive pressing. Explore the High Atlas mountains off the beaten path on an epic off-road excursion to Dadès Valley, where you’ll take in a picturesque picnic lunch, possibly with a local nomad family. Additionally, you’ll get a chance to get some exercise by taking a short hike in this stunning region of the country. You’ll get to your accommodations in time for dinner in the evening.
Day 5: Transfer to Zagora via the Saghro Mountains & Draa Valley
Bid Boumalne Dade’s farewell and travel through the Saghro Mountains on a less-traveled route to the Draa Valley. Before proceeding to Zagora, where you will meet your next mode of transportation—a camel—stop to visit Kasbah Tamnougalt, a kasbah that at least dates to the 17th century, and take a tour of the grounds. As you ride, make the short trek to your nighttime camp in the desert. Before retiring for the evening in the comfort of your tent under the stars, you’ll have dinner outside.
Day 6: Cross the Anti-Atlas Mountains to Taroudant
Rise early today to watch the desert sunrise from your camp. Enjoy breakfast before leaving while taking in the tranquility. You will travel today through the Anti-Atlas saffron region. If you’re in the area in October, stop by a neighborhood cooperative to learn about the laborious harvesting procedure for this expensive spice. By early afternoon, you’ll have made it to the thriving market town of Taroudant. Visit your riad after checking in, and then meet your local guide for a tour of this amiable town known as “Marrakech’s little sister”—a great place to shop without feeling the pressure of a “big city” like Marrakech!
Day 7: Transfer to Essaouira
Immediately following breakfast, travel to the quaint beachside city of Essaouira. The city today was created in the 18th century by the French engineer Thédore Cornut, although archeological evidence indicates that this region has been inhabited since prehistoric times. You will pass by argan tree Grove on the way to Essaouira. These trees are the source of argan oil produced in Morocco with the special assistance of local goats. Around noon, you will arrive, giving you plenty of time to get to the beach and enjoy a delicious meal of locally caught seafood. After that, you’ll have the afternoon to explore this lovely city and its nearby beach.
Day 8: Explore Essaouira
Today is a free day to explore this quaint little town. You should go to the harbor to choose your lunch from the day’s fresh catch, then take it to a nearby restaurant to be grilled Moroccan-style. Alternatively, you might want to sit at a café and people-watch. When the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean, go to the ramparts. Should you require assistance, advice, or transportation, your specialist will be on hand to provide it.
Day 9: Return to Marrakech, Depart
Depending on when your flight is, you can take one last stroll by the water and take in more of Essaouira this morning after breakfast before heading to the Marrakech Airport in time for your flight home.
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