On arrival in Marrakech you will be met at Menara airport and transferred to your riad located in the heart of Marrakech medina.
Today you will take in the vivid Red City. Marrakech is about bargaining for treasures in dusty hanuts, the incredible tribal music and theatre at Djemaa el Fna… and so much more. You will visit palaces, old Saadian tombs, Jewish part and more
Day to explore the city on your own
Just one hour away from the bustle of Marrakech are the High Atlas, populated by traditional Amazeer people, most often known as the Berbers. Here we visit the beautiful sceneries of the Atlas, green valleys and many Berber villages. (B)
Free day to enjoy the city
High Atlas, Telouet Kasbah & Ksar of Ait Benhaddou. On this day trip you’ll enjoy a scenic journey into the High Atlas Mountains to the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2,260m). Our first sightseeing of the day is at Telouet, a village on the 'Route of the Caravans' from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular Kasbahs in the Atlas, which was once the palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. Telouet is one of the great sites of mountain Morocco and an extraordinary display of quasi-medieval power created in the 20th century.
Next, we arrive at Ait Benhaddou. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. After a guided tour of the ancient settlement be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views.
Ancient Essaouira & Atlantic
From Marrakech it is a leisurely 3 hour drive to the Atlantic Coast and the former Portuguese stronghold of Essaouira. Despite seeing an increase in visitors over the years, this town remains one of Morocco's best-kept secrets. Complete with a bustling historical centre and surrounded by ancient city walls, Essaouira is a delightful destination. With a whitewashed medina enclosed by huge pink sandstone ramparts which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with a rich Portuguese and Andalusian heritage, Essaouira holds great appeal.
Originally founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC, the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century and established the first fortifications and a trading post. The town of Essaouira itself wasn't built until the latter half of the 1700's, sanctioned by an Alouite sultan, Mohammed II. It was actually a renowned French architect who designed and built the town, harbour and fortifications in the style of a European fortress. A fresh seafood lunch is included in this day trip plus a guided tour of the most interesting monuments, the market, ramparts and bustling harbour.
Transfer to the airport