On this hiking tour of Morocco along ancient caravan routes, the bread and honey are fresh, but the hospitality is centuries old.

In a hillside village of terraced houses, a woman sits weaving at a tall outdoor loom. Nearby, others bake khobz in a communal clay oven, and men pack mud into wooden molds for bricks. A Berber family welcomes you for a lunch of flatbread and lamb cooked with cumin, cinnamon, and saffron. Afterwards your hosts brew fresh mint tea, pouring out each glass in a traditional gesture of hospitality. The country’s uncommon charm is only ever a few steps away on this hiking tour of Morocco, whether following age-old caravan routes in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains or watching the sunset over the Atlantic in Essaouira. And while the country’s iconic sights are truly indelible—bustling medinas, spice markets, hidden gardens—it’s the generous welcome you’ll remember most.

Highlights

  • Trace salt-mine trails along an ancient caravan route in the foothills of the stunning High Atlas Mountains.
  • Experience traditional Berber hospitality as you stroll into mountain villages and are invited to share mint tea or a lunch of vegetable tagine and fresh-baked bread.
  • Thrill to a seaside jaunt astride a camel at sunset during your visit to Essaouira, former haunt of Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, and countless other artists.
  • Savor lunch and a wine tasting at one of Morocco’s prestigious wineries, owned by a Rhône Valley expat whose two trusty dromedaries plow the fields.
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Itinerary

Mon, Mar 29 to Wed, Apr 7 - 2021

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Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend your first night aloft.

Upon arrival at Marrakech’s Menara Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your city center hotel approximately 20 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Marrakech during your stay.

Accommodation: Les Jardins de la Koutoubia – Marrakech

High Atlas; 4-6 miles, easy to moderate

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) meet you at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of your Marrakech hotel. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Transfer this morning to the town of Amizmiz, nestled in the foothills of the stunning High Atlas Mountains. This magnificent range is a surprise to many travelers who typically associate Morocco with endless desert sands. The mountains evoke their own inspiring beauty and drama, the tallest peak, Jbel Toubkal, soars to 13,671 feet! For its part, Amizmiz is a social hub for the mountainous Berber villages of the region, hosting a weekly souk, or market. Life is lived here much as it has been for centuries; while here, you will witness a Moroccan mountain life that few travelers see.

Upon arrival, you set out into the countryside of lush pine forests as snow-capped mountains rise in the distance. Throughout the day’s trek, you walk past clay Berber houses, perhaps encountering villagers as they bake (and package) traditional anise cookies to bring to market or put the finishing touches on pottery and clay tagine pots to be heated in the sun. As is customary, you are sure to be invited for mint tea or even lunch in one of the modest homes. (Walk options can be tailored with the use of our driver and vehicle. Your guides will explain options locally.)

After a rewarding walk among the spectacular foothills, you arrive at your hilltop retreat late afternoon. Modeled after the many casbahs that grace the area, you’ll enjoy a welcome drink in the lovely gardens, then settle into your room, which is adorned with locally made carpets, textiles, and pottery from nearby villages. Dinner tonight is served in the cozy restaurant.

Accommodation: Kasbah Angour, Tahnaout
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4-6 miles, easy to moderate, 1,000-1,200 ft. elevation gain and loss

Rise to the songs of chaffinch or skylark as the sun emerges from behind the Atlas Mountains. Prepare for a morning of walking with a breakfast of fresh juice, café au lait, Moroccan pancakes or cooked eggs. Thus energized, lace up your shoes for a hike that leads you into the pristine wilderness and delivers you to nearby villages. A local guide joins you and your Country Walkers guides to provide insight into village life and the small and large natural wonders you’ll witness along the way.

Begin today’s adventure with a descent along a rocky trail before a short climb into the village of Agadir, whose name translates into “granary.” Indeed, you will see much farmland here, likely passing by locals plowing the land with mules, and Berber women shepherding goats, collecting wood, and picking fresh fruit—cherries in the spring and apples in the fall. Alfalfa, lentils, and other crops are cultivated here, too, all against a stunning backdrop of the Haouz Plain and rugged mountains—including Jbel Toubkal. (Guests seeking a slightly shorter walk option this morning can transfer over to Agadir with the minibus and driver and continue from there with the group for the four-mile walk to Outghal. Guests seeking a really short, but steep, two-mile option, can depart on foot from the hotel with the group, and then retrace their steps from the village of Agadir, back up the hill to the hotel for a relaxing morning at the casbah.)

Continue along a lovely small valley that points you into a lightly forested area of Toubkal National Park. Overhead, you might spot kestrel and hawks taking wing while below your footfalls, you’ll see shimmering quartz stones of orange, white, and sky-blue for which the region is known. Walk past clusters of dwarf palm, pine, juniper, and cork oak trees to Outghal. This remarkably picturesque village of baked-earth houses seamlessly blends into the surrounding clay and rocks. Locals here are likely to be busy with daily chores or preparing lunch by the time you arrive. You might ask about the time Tom Cruise and his film crew came by to film one of the Mission: Impossible movies.

Your driver (and minibus) meets you here for your return to the hotel, where a lunch of lentil stew (or soup of the day) and vegetables awaits. Your afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and spectacular setting and culture of the property. Tonight, you may savor a bountiful dinner of lamb tagine with apricots, coriander, or garlic grilled chicken, or perhaps a savory vegetable couscous. Before retiring, be sure to spend time gazing into the sky, a glittering blanket of stars in the Moroccan night.

Accommodation: Kasbah Angour, Tahnaout
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate

Leave your casbah behind this morning as you transfer to your next breathtaking destination. You traverse deep-cut valleys past tiny villages clinging to hillsides. Here, emerald-green terraces spilling down steep slopes are cultivated by local Berbers. The starting point for today’s walk was once an important stop along the caravan route to and from Marrakech. Your footpath leads you through diverse terrain. Past an old salt mine, you mingle with patches of cactus and olive, juniper and eucalyptus trees. Carob, fig, and walnut trees appear as you approach a small hamlet that has only recently been equipped with electricity and running water. From here, a dirt path follows dry riverbeds into a landscape that might remind you of the American Southwest: red sandstone rock formations rising from the dusty earth. Marvel at their sheer drama as you make your way past villages that took their names from the valley’s salt mines. Later, arrive at your next hotel, a charming, rose-festooned treasure renowned for its cuisine. You can confirm the hotel’s gourmet reputation for yourself as you sit down for a lunch that incorporates fresh produce grown on the property.

After a relaxing afternoon, gather for a generous dinner of traditional couscous and an array of salads. Perhaps begin with zaâlouk, a smoky fried eggplant and tomato salad (zaâlouk literally means “crushed” in Arabic) and cooked baby carrots with coriander. Finish the meal with a sugary concoction and a glass of mint tea.

Accommodation: Domaine de la Roseraie, Ouirgane
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

7 miles, easy to moderate, 1,000-ft. elevation gain

Take your delicious breakfast on the outdoor terrace if you wish, savoring a piping hot café au lait (coffee with steamed milk). Then set off on foot directly from the hotel on a rewarding loop that connects several neighboring villages. Today’s trail leads you into the pine forests of the Ouirgane Valley, with ample opportunity to pause and admire spectacular views. After a sustained (30-minute) climb, you traverse a few villages (including one whose minaret rises not far from its synagogue, owing to the history of Jewish and Islamic populations living side by side.) You arrive at a charming hamlet, where a Berber family invites you for a lunch of home-prepared favorites. After, you return to your hotel by foot, enjoying a walk through a landscape thick with olive, walnut, and plum trees. (Those preferring a shorter, one-mile walk today can proceed with a guide from the hotel directly to the lunch stop and return to the hotel with the group following the meal.)

Spend the remainder of the day relaxing by the pool, enjoying the gardens, or heading out on a horseback ride. You may also treat yourself to a massage or indulge in treatments at the hotel’s on-site hammam. The Domaine de la Roseraie is the only hotel in the Atlas Mountains to have a full-service spa. This evening, sample more of its renowned cuisine, paired with Moroccan wines.

Accommodation: Domaine de la Roseraie, Ouirgane
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

.5 mile, easy vineyard walk

Linger over a leisurely breakfast and café au lait before departing the Atlas Mountains. This morning’s transfer (about four hours total) delivers you to the former Portuguese stronghold of Mogador on the Atlantic coast, known today as Essaouira. En route, you stop outside the town of Ounagha to tour and have lunch at Morocco’s first organic vineyard. This 128-acre winery was founded by Charles, a seasoned winemaker from France’s Rhône Valley—Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to be precise. He brings his expertise in the famed Rhône varieties to his vineyard and is also discovering the joys of Marselan, a Grenache-Cabernet hybrid. In all, he produces a range of red, white, and rosé labels, plus the typical vin gris, or gray wine, of Morocco. Many of his wines are offered on menus in Essaouira and Marrakech. Settle in to the onsite restaurant for a tasting with your lunch, enjoying sweeping views of the vineyard and olive groves. Perhaps the resident dromedaries will be out plowing the land to add to the ambiance.

You soon arrive in Essaouira, an important trading port since ancient times. Its vibrant medina and walls were designed in the 18th century by a French prisoner of the Sultan. His city plan won him his freedom. Today, this fortress city, whose names derives from the Arabic word for “rampart,” is a treasure trove of art galleries and atmospheric passageways. Off its shores, kite-surfers take to the water.

Many of the city’s old riads—grand mansions built around a central courtyard—were converted into fashionable inns. You end your day at one of them—Heure Bleue Palais—your home-away-from-home in the heart of Essaouira. Step out for an early evening stroll to one of the many cafés or restaurants in town, or enjoy dinner on your own at one of the restaurants within your luxury hotel.

Accommodation: Heure Bleue Palais – Essaouira
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

2-3 miles, easy

Spend your final full day exploring Essaouira on foot. Step into its medina directly from your hotel to take in its sensory delights: Watch for marquetry crafts carved from indigenous thuya wood and vibrant canvases painted by Gnaoua artists while they were under mystical trances.

Fragrant spices, traditionally woven carpets, brass lamps, colorful Moroccan babouche slippers, and artwork from local artists are all on display. Oil made from the local argan nut, said to be an all-purpose beauty treatment, is also sold here. In the mellah, or Jewish quarter of the medina, you may step inside the synagogue, so long as the keeper of the key is in the neighborhood! Your walking tour ends on the waterfront, where you savor the catch of the day for lunch. As the sun sets over the Atlantic, join your guides at the beach for an unforgettable camel ride on the sands.

This evening, gather for a sumptuous farewell dinner in the hotel’s romantic candlelit restaurant, decorated with red velvet chairs and colorful carpets. Depending on the season, your feast includes traditional flaky pastry pastilla, savory lamb with Berber couscous, or a freshly caught fish tagine, prepared with organically farmed vegetables and paired with fine Moroccan wines—perhaps from the vineyard you visited yesterday.

Accommodation: Heure Bleue Palais, Essaouira
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, and perhaps a final stroll through the medina or to the port, transfer to the Hotel Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial for your post-tour overnight. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Marrakech during your stay.

Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Palais Imperial – Marrakech
Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Marrakech’s Menara Airport, based on your departure time. (Departure time will be communicated to you by your guides on tour.)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Wed, Mar 31 to Tue, Apr 6 - 2021

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High Atlas; 4-6 miles, easy to moderate

Your guide(s) meet you at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the designated meeting point hotel in Marrakech. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Transfer this morning to the town of Amizmiz, nestled in the foothills of the stunning High Atlas Mountains. This magnificent range is a surprise to many travelers who typically associate Morocco with endless desert sands. The mountains evoke their own inspiring beauty and drama, the tallest peak, Jbel Toubkal, soars to 13,671 feet! For its part, Amizmiz is a social hub for the mountainous Berber villages of the region, hosting a weekly souk, or market. Life is lived here much as it has been for centuries; while here, you will witness a Moroccan mountain life that few travelers see.

Upon arrival, you set out into the countryside of lush pine forests as snow-capped mountains rise in the distance. Throughout the day’s trek, you walk past clay Berber houses, perhaps encountering villagers as they bake (and package) traditional anise cookies to bring to market or put the finishing touches on pottery and clay tagine pots to be heated in the sun. As is customary, you are sure to be invited for mint tea or even lunch in one of the modest homes. (Walk options can be tailored with the use of our driver and vehicle. Your guides will explain options locally.)

After a rewarding walk among the spectacular foothills, you arrive at your hilltop retreat late afternoon. Modeled after the many casbahs that grace the area, you’ll enjoy a welcome drink in the lovely gardens, then settle into your room, which is adorned with locally made carpets, textiles, and pottery from nearby villages. Dinner tonight is served in the cozy restaurant.

Accommodation: Kasbah Angour, Tahnaout
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

4-6 miles, easy to moderate, 1,000-1,200 ft. elevation gain and loss

Rise to the songs of chaffinch or skylark as the sun emerges from behind the Atlas Mountains. Prepare for a morning of walking with a breakfast of fresh juice, café au lait, Moroccan pancakes or cooked eggs. Thus energized, lace up your shoes for a hike that leads you into the pristine wilderness and delivers you to nearby villages. A local guide joins you and your Country Walkers guides to provide insight into village life and the small and large natural wonders you’ll witness along the way.

Begin today’s adventure with a descent along a rocky trail before a short climb into the village of Agadir, whose name translates into “granary.” Indeed, you will see much farmland here, likely passing by locals plowing the land with mules, and Berber women shepherding goats, collecting wood, and picking fresh fruit—cherries in the spring and apples in the fall. Alfalfa, lentils, and other crops are cultivated here, too, all against a stunning backdrop of the Haouz Plain and rugged mountains—including Jbel Toubkal. (Guests seeking a slightly shorter walk option this morning can transfer over to Agadir with the minibus and driver and continue from there with the group for the four-mile walk to Outghal. Guests seeking a really short, but steep, two-mile option, can depart on foot from the hotel with the group, and then retrace their steps from the village of Agadir, back up the hill to the hotel for a relaxing morning at the casbah.)

Continue along a lovely small valley that points you into a lightly forested area of Toubkal National Park. Overhead, you might spot kestrel and hawks taking wing while below your footfalls, you’ll see shimmering quartz stones of orange, white, and sky-blue for which the region is known. Walk past clusters of dwarf palm, pine, juniper, and cork oak trees to Outghal. This remarkably picturesque village of baked-earth houses seamlessly blends into the surrounding clay and rocks. Locals here are likely to be busy with daily chores or preparing lunch by the time you arrive. You might ask about the time Tom Cruise and his film crew came by to film one of the Mission: Impossible movies.

Your driver (and minibus) meets you here for your return to the hotel, where a lunch of lentil stew (or soup of the day) and vegetables awaits. Your afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and spectacular setting and culture of the property. Tonight, you may savor a bountiful dinner of lamb tagine with apricots, coriander, or garlic grilled chicken, or perhaps a savory vegetable couscous. Before retiring, be sure to spend time gazing into the sky, a glittering blanket of stars in the Moroccan night.

Accommodation: Kasbah Angour, Tahnaout
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate

Leave your casbah behind this morning as you transfer to your next breathtaking destination. You traverse deep-cut valleys past tiny villages clinging to hillsides. Here, emerald-green terraces spilling down steep slopes are cultivated by local Berbers. The starting point for today’s walk was once an important stop along the caravan route to and from Marrakech. Your footpath leads you through diverse terrain. Past an old salt mine, you mingle with patches of cactus and olive, juniper and eucalyptus trees. Carob, fig, and walnut trees appear as you approach a small hamlet that has only recently been equipped with electricity and running water. From here, a dirt path follows dry riverbeds into a landscape that might remind you of the American Southwest: red sandstone rock formations rising from the dusty earth. Marvel at their sheer drama as you make your way past villages that took their names from the valley’s salt mines. Later, arrive at your next hotel, a charming, rose-festooned treasure renowned for its cuisine. You can confirm the hotel’s gourmet reputation for yourself as you sit down for a lunch that incorporates fresh produce grown on the property.

After a relaxing afternoon, gather for a generous dinner of traditional couscous and an array of salads. Perhaps begin with zaâlouk, a smoky fried eggplant and tomato salad (zaâlouk literally means “crushed” in Arabic) and cooked baby carrots with coriander. Finish the meal with a sugary concoction and a glass of mint tea.

Accommodation: Domaine de la Roseraie, Ouirgane
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

7 miles, easy to moderate, 1,000-ft. elevation gain

Take your delicious breakfast on the outdoor terrace if you wish, savoring a piping hot café au lait (coffee with steamed milk). Then set off on foot directly from the hotel on a rewarding loop that connects several neighboring villages. Today’s trail leads you into the pine forests of the Ouirgane Valley, with ample opportunity to pause and admire spectacular views. After a sustained (30-minute) climb, you traverse a few villages (including one whose minaret rises not far from its synagogue, owing to the history of Jewish and Islamic populations living side by side.) You arrive at a charming hamlet, where a Berber family invites you for a lunch of home-prepared favorites. After, you return to your hotel by foot, enjoying a walk through a landscape thick with olive, walnut, and plum trees. (Those preferring a shorter, one-mile walk today can proceed with a guide from the hotel directly to the lunch stop and return to the hotel with the group following the meal.)

Spend the remainder of the day relaxing by the pool, enjoying the gardens, or heading out on a horseback ride. You may also treat yourself to a massage or indulge in treatments at the hotel’s on-site hammam. The Domaine de la Roseraie is the only hotel in the Atlas Mountains to have a full-service spa. This evening, sample more of its renowned cuisine, paired with Moroccan wines.

Accommodation: Domaine de la Roseraie, Ouirgane
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

.5 mile, easy vineyard walk

Linger over a leisurely breakfast and café au lait before departing the Atlas Mountains. This morning’s transfer (about four hours total) delivers you to the former Portuguese stronghold of Mogador on the Atlantic coast, known today as Essaouira. En route, you stop outside the town of Ounagha to tour and have lunch at Morocco’s first organic vineyard. This 128-acre winery was founded by Charles, a seasoned winemaker from France’s Rhône Valley—Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to be precise. He brings his expertise in the famed Rhône varieties to his vineyard and is also discovering the joys of Marselan, a Grenache-Cabernet hybrid. In all, he produces a range of red, white, and rosé labels, plus the typical vin gris, or gray wine, of Morocco. Many of his wines are offered on menus in Essaouira and Marrakech. Settle in to the onsite restaurant for a tasting with your lunch, enjoying sweeping views of the vineyard and olive groves. Perhaps the resident dromedaries will be out plowing the land to add to the ambiance.

You soon arrive in Essaouira, an important trading port since ancient times. Its vibrant medina and walls were designed in the 18th century by a French prisoner of the Sultan. His city plan won him his freedom. Today, this fortress city, whose names derives from the Arabic word for “rampart,” is a treasure trove of art galleries and atmospheric passageways. Off its shores, kite-surfers take to the water.

Many of the city’s old riads—grand mansions built around a central courtyard—were converted into fashionable inns. You end your day at one of them—Heure Bleue Palais—your home-away-from-home in the heart of Essaouira. Step out for an early evening stroll to one of the many cafés or restaurants in town, or enjoy dinner on your own at one of the restaurants within your luxury hotel.

Accommodation: Heure Bleue Palais – Essaouira
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

2-3 miles, easy

Spend your final full day exploring Essaouira on foot. Step into its medina directly from your hotel to take in its sensory delights: Watch for marquetry crafts carved from indigenous thuya wood and vibrant canvases painted by Gnaoua artists while they were under mystical trances.

Fragrant spices, traditionally woven carpets, brass lamps, colorful Moroccan babouche slippers, and artwork from local artists are all on display. Oil made from the local argan nut, said to be an all-purpose beauty treatment, is also sold here. In the mellah, or Jewish quarter of the medina, you may step inside the synagogue, so long as the keeper of the key is in the neighborhood! Your walking tour ends on the waterfront, where you savor the catch of the day for lunch. As the sun sets over the Atlantic, join your guides at the beach for an unforgettable camel ride on the sands.

This evening, gather for a sumptuous farewell dinner in the hotel’s romantic candlelit restaurant, decorated with red velvet chairs and colorful carpets. Depending on the season, your feast includes traditional flaky pastry pastilla, savory lamb with Berber couscous, or a freshly caught fish tagine, prepared with organically farmed vegetables and paired with fine Moroccan wines—perhaps from the vineyard you visited yesterday.

Accommodation: Heure Bleue Palais, Essaouira
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you transfer to the Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial. Upon arrival at approximately 1:00 p.m., your tour concludes and you may make connections for onward travel or continue your Marrakech explorations independently. Or, discover more of the country with an extension in Fès, the cultural and spiritual heart of Morocco.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Morrocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira 1
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021

2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Marrakech

  • One night at Les Jardins de la Koutoubia Hotel
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers

1 Night From $298
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $198

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend your first night aloft.

Upon arrival at Marrakech’s Menara Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your Marrakech hotel, approximately 20 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Marrakech during your stay.

Accommodation: Les Jardins de la Koutoubia – Marrakech

Welcome to Marrakech, Morocco’s storied city of medinas, minarets, and gardens. You have the entire day to explore this enchanting city on your own, creating a Marrakech walking tour suited to your whims and desires. You might begin with a walk through the beautiful Majorelle Gardens, named for a French Orientalist artist. These lush botanical landscape gardens were laid out over a 40-year period, beginning in 1923. Fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent purchased the property in the 1980s. Today, it remains a peaceful haven and an ideal place for a sun-dappled amble. In time for lunch, you can proceed to the famed Djemaa El-Fna Square, a veritable medieval carnival of acrobats, storytellers, snake charmers and food stalls grilling all manner of kebabs. It is a delight to explore this teeming, culture-rich theater. American expatriate writer Paul Bowles said that without it, Marrakech would be just another Moroccan city.

For dinner, the city boasts many dining options, so seek the assistance of the hotel concierge. Or ascend to the rooftop restaurant of your hotel to savor cuisine inspired by Berber tradition and a keen French influence. During your meal, you can enjoy sweeping and romantic views of the cityscape and the distant Atlas Mountains, where you will be spending a few enriching days.

Accommodation: Les Jardins de la Koutoubia – Marrakech
Included Meals: Breakfast

Morrocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021

2021 Post-Tour Extension - Fes

  • Two nights at the elegant riad, Palais Faraj Suites & Spa, Fès
  • One night at the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, Casablanca
  • Flight from Marrakech to Casablanca and roundtrip ground transfers Fès
  • Small-group guided walking tour of ancient Fès (with monuments entry)
  • One lunch and one dinner

3 Nights From $1298
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $398

Fly from Marrakech to Casablanca, and continue by ground transfer to Fès, home to the most complete medieval city in the world. By some account, 9,500 labyrinthine streets and alleys wind their way through the city’s famous car-free medina, totaling some 180 miles. Your luxury riad is ideally situated right on the edge of the massive marketplace, putting the UNESCO World Heritage site at your feet. A light lunch and dinner are included today; enjoy the latter at your hotel’s elegant restaurant.

Accommodation: Palais Faraj Suites & Spa, Fès
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, you meet your local guide at 9:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby for a fascinating walking tour of the medina. A small city unto itself, Fès’ medina is Morocco’s most important intellectual, cultural, and religious center. Within its walls is one of the world’s oldest universities, some of the finest handicrafts in northern Africa, and numerous monuments that honor the city’s past as an imperial capital. Throughout your tour, you’ll find there is nothing like having a local insider along to reveal the hidden passages and secret corners of Fès. You visit the exterior of the austere yet elegant Kairaouine Mosque, able to accommodate 22,000 worshippers, and the Medersa el-Attarine, one of several ornate medieval theological colleges. Experience the clang and bustle of Seffarine Square, where copper artisans hammer and polish metal into urns and pots as they have for centuries. Continue to the dyers’ quarter and get a bird’s-eye view of the tanneries, a visual feast of round stone vessels filled with (pungent) multi-hued dyes. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Moroccan fare in the heart of the medina, and continue to the Jewish quarter (Mellah), and the splendid golden doors of the Royal Palace. Late afternoon finds you relaxing at your riad or perhaps indulging in a spa treatment before dinner on your own.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes restaurant recommendations to enjoy during your stay in Fès.

Accommodation: Palais Faraj Suites & Spa, Fès
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After a morning of independent exploration or perhaps a relaxing spa treatment, transfer (3½ hours by minibus) to Casablanca for a late afternoon arrival. Your guides during your main tour will have advised you when to be in the hotel lobby for your pick-up. Once in Casablanca, settle into your hotel and take in its splendid views of the medina, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Africa. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Casablanca during your brief stay.

Accommodation: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche Hotel, Casablanca
Included Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the Casablanca airport for your flight. Your guides during your main tour will have advised you when to be in the hotel lobby for your pick-up based on your flight schedule.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $1,048

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

Tour Only

7 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $648

Mon, Mar 29 - Wed, Apr 7, 2021

$5,598

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Wed, Mar 31 - Tue, Apr 6, 2021

$4,598

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Tue, May 11 - Thu, May 20, 2021

$5,598

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Thu, May 13 - Wed, May 19, 2021

$4,598

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Mon, Sep 27 - Wed, Oct 6, 2021

$5,598

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Wed, Sep 29 - Tue, Oct 5, 2021

$4,598

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Mon, Oct 18 - Wed, Oct 27, 2021

$5,598

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Wed, Oct 20 - Tue, Oct 26, 2021

$4,598

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Mon, Nov 8 - Wed, Nov 17, 2021

$5,598

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Wed, Nov 10 - Tue, Nov 16, 2021

$4,598

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