Get lost in the maze of serpentine alleys and find yourself in an exotic culture revealing surprises at every turn.
You will be welcomed at the Marrakech airport by your driver. Transfer to hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Early start for jam-packed day of sightseeing beginning with the Koutoubia Mosque (the iconic sight of Marrakech), the Bahia Palace (a stunning example of traditional Moroccan architecture), and the Saadian tombs. Afterwards enjoy lunch in the medina at Le Nomad (not included), followed by afternoon tour of the medina and the souks. Meander through the medina to see madrasas or religious schools, the Jewish quarter, and the myriad pathways of the Souk (market). Our expert guide describes how the souk is laid out and where the different sections are located, each focused on unique goods (clothes, spices, lamps, shoes, traditional crafts, etc). At dusk, head to Djemaa El Fna square for a spectacle unlike any other – snake charmers, musical performances, and henna artists combining for a circus of activity. From the square, return into the maze of the medina for dinner (not included) overlooking the spice markets. (B)
Today is at your leisure with car and driver at your disposal. (B)
Introduction to a fascinating part of Moroccan culture: the Berber way of life in the High Atlas Mountains. After breakfast, depart for the village of Imlil to meet our expert mountain guide who will accompany you throughout the day. We provide walking sticks, rental hiking boots if needed, and a mule to ride in case you get tired. The hike can be adjusted depending on your stamina, but the typical route takes 3 hours. We explore the phenomenal landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and learn about local history and culture, and flora and fauna from the guide. After the hike, settle down on the terrace of a local family home with a stunning view of Mt Toubkal. A warm mint tea is served, followed by a tasty homemade meal in a local Berber restaurant. The lunch break (included) leaves plenty of time to admire the view, and we take a quicker route (typically 2 hours) on the return to Imlil. Drive back to Marrakech. The rest of the day at leisure. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Marrakech or Casablanca Airport for departure flight. (B)