Atlas Mountains - Imlil 

This tour takes you high into the Atlas Mountains to Imlil at the foot of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. During the climb up the mountain you will see an abundance of olive & eucalyptus trees, fruit orchards and cactus. The meandering road is carved into the side of the mountain creating a dramatic scene with exposed rock and red earth. Breath taking views are seen throughout the day with small houses precariously punched on cliff edges over looking beautiful valleys.


Enroute you can visit various Berber Villages and meet the local mountain people and enjoy mint tea in a traditional Berber Housee.  We visit a Womens Co-operative Argan Oil Workshop in Tahanaout where the extraction of the Argan oil from the Argan nut is still traditionally manufactured, the Berber Market in Asni  (Saturdays only) and and the highest town in the Atlas  Imlil  (a great destination for Trekking).


​Lunch can be enjoyed in a local restaurant, at the 150 year old restored hill top Kasbah Du Toubkal (Note: Access is via a 20 minute trek or 10 minute mule ride) OR nearby at Richard Bransons exclusive Mountain Retreat - Kasbah Tamadot.

This tour is operated on a private basis, so the itinerary can be very flexible to suit your personal interests.

Details:
Depart your hotel  or Riad at 8.00am
Return at 5.00pm
Private Air-conditioned Vehicle
English Speaking Driver

 

 

Ourika Valley

The Ourika Valley is a short drive from Marrakech in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.  It has stunning scenery, 16th & 17th Century Berber Villages and picturesque green valleys.

Todays tour takes in a visit to a local Saffron Garden, a traditional Berber House where you can witness the tea ceremony and enjoy the traditional beverage.  Take a camel ride, visit the village of Setti  Fatma were we take a short hike to one of the 7 stunning waterfalls and finally visit a local Argan Oil Co-operative where the extraction of the Argan oil from the Argan nut is still traditionally manufactured.

Todays lunch (own expense) can be enjoyed at the hill-top Kasbah Ourika whilst enjoying the 360 degree views.

Details:
Depart your Riad or hotelat 9.00am
Return at 5.00pm
Private Air-conditioned Vehicle
English Speaking Driver

 

 

Essaouira

Once called Mogador by European sailors and traders, this former Portuguese fishing village is a must see on any trip to Morocco.  White-washed walls and vibrant blue shutters,  wood workshops, art galleries and perhaps the best seafood in all of Morocco are enough to captivate any visitor to this medieval seaside town.

Your driver will transfer you from Marrakech to Essaouira, where you have the option to explore the city by yourself or take in the expert knowledge of a licensed local guide.  We recommend visiting the beautiful fishing port, the Medina, Moulay El-Hassan Square, the Grand Mosque and Siaghine Alley.

On the 2 hour drive from Marrakech to Essaouira you have the opportunity to see goats climbing high up in Argan Trees, visiting a Womens Co-operative Argan Oil Workshop and a traditional Berber carpet weaving workshop.

Details:
Depart your Riad or Hotelat 9.00am
Return at 5.00pm
Private Air-conditioned Vehicle
English Speaking Driver

Optional side trips available:
1 hour Camel OR Horse Ridding on the Beach 3Km from Essaouira

 

 

Cascades of Ouzoud & Natural Bridge of Imi n’Ifri – Full Day Tour

Today we make the 150km drive North East of Marrakech to the Middle Atlas Mountains Village of Tanaghmeilt, which is perched at the edge of Morocco’s stunning Ouzoud Falls.  The journey will take us approximately 3 hours  as we take in the scenery of olive groves and small mountain villages.


Before reaching the falls we will pass through the small walled town of Demnate and continue 5km down a narrow road to Imi n’Ifri which translates to ‘doors of the Abyss’ or ‘door to the cave’  in the local Berber language. Here we will see the ‘Natural Bridge’, an impressive arch that has been carved into the limestone rock as a result of water erosion and the collapse of an underground cave system. We continue to the falls which are most dramatic March to June.


‘Ouzoud’ translates to ‘olive tree’ in the local Berber language, so it’s not surprising to see a blanket green Olive Trees surrounding the area.  The Oued Ouzoud drops 110m into the plush valley below in three-tiered waterfalls.  There are many restaurants & cafes for lunch with spectacular views over the falls. (Lunch at own expense).  After lunch, you can journey down the meandering pathways which lead to the basin below the cascades and view the colourful boats and rainbows which shine through the mist.   If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of one of the resident Barbary Apes.


Details:
• Depart Riad Chayma at 8.00am
• Return at 6.00-7.00pm 
• Private Air-conditioned Vehicle
• English Speaking Driver
• Ouzoud Falls Guide (optional): Additional 100Dhs (€10.00)



Note: A shorter journey direct to the Ouzoud watetfalls is also available, which omits the visits to Demante & Imi n’Ifri (Natural Bridge).    

2 Kasbah Day Tour - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Kasbah Telout

An early start this morning as we depart Marrakech and make our way over the Atlas Mountains - Tizi n’Tichka pass towards Kasbah Telouet.  Tizi n’Tichka is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa and reaches an altitude of 2260 m.

 

Kasbah Telout is one of Morocco’s hidden jewels with is crumbling exterior and splendid interior. Located along the former route of the caravans in Morocco’s High Atlas, it lies at an elevation of 1,800 meters and offers magnificent views over the Berber village of Telouet and the surrounding Mountains.

 

From here we continue on a scenic drive through the majestic Ounila Valley. The Ounila Valley is full of geologic history & gives insight into what flora, fauna and fossils existed in Morocco centuries ago.

 

We arrive at the fortified village of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou around 1.00pm for lunch and a visit of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site.   After our visit we make the drive back to Marrakesh using the National highway.

 

Details:

  • Depart Riad Chayma at 7.30am

  • Return time to Riad Chayma 7.00pm

  • Sights visited - Tichka Pass, Teouet , Ounila Valley and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

  • Includes Private Transportation and a very knowledgeable English speaking driver/guide

  • Not included - Drinks, Meals, Entrance and local Guide fees to Attractions (minimal).

 

 

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