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Marrakech and The Atlas Mountains

8 days from £1225pp plus international flights.

If you want to experience both the peace and magnificence of the Atlas Mountains and the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, this is the trip for you.

​This holiday gives you the best of both worlds - the stunning landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and the fascinating and vibrant city of Marrakech. And you explore it all on foot - getting close to nature, and meeting the local people.

On arrival at Marrakech you meet your trekking guide who will be with you for the duration of your time in the Atlas Mountains. Over the next 5 days you'll explore the area at your own pace, the precise routes selected by you and your guide to match your wishes. You stay at 2 different lodges, each providing comfy en-suite accommodation, excellent food and a traditional hammam.

Back in Marrakech you have 2 nights in a luxury hotel within the walled city. You'll see your pick of the sites in the company of an expert local guide, and have a whole day to explore independently. This allows plenty of time for shopping, enjoying local food and relaxing by the pool or on the rooftop terrace at your lovely hotel.

As always, with our tailor made holidays, this itinerary can be tweaked as you want so if you'd like more walking in the Atlas Mountains and less time in Marrakech, or vice versa, just let us know.

Itinerary
Relax on the terrace at Kasbah du Toubkal

DAY 1: ARRIVE, TRANSFER TO KASBAH DU TOUBKAL

You arrive at Marrakech airport, where your driver meets you for the 90-minute transfer to Imlil to the wonderful Kasbah du Toubkal. You will meet your guide on arrival at the kasbah andcan discuss the nature of the walks and treks you want as these can be tailored to your wishes. Depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to go for a first walk in the area this afternoon. Later, enjoy a drink on the terrace as you take in the mountain views before dinner is served, a chance to sample some great local cuisine. Dinner
Explore the area near Imili in the Atlas Mountains

DAY 2: IN IMLIL

You can opt for as much or little activity as you wish. You are welcome to take it easy at the kasbah, enjoying the clear mountain air and views, later walking down to stroll around the village. If you want to head out further, your guide is happy to accompany you on a walk to a nearby valley. If you're away from Kasbah du Toubkal at lunchtime you'll be supplied with a packed lunch. Or do a full day trek with lunch en route. Back at the kasbah you can unwind on the terrace or in the courtyard garden. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking in the Azzaden Valley

DAY 3: TREKKING IN THE AZZADEN VALLEY

Your trek begins in earnest today as you set out from Imlil with your guide. You only need to carry what you want on the trek as the mule will bring any luggage you need. Your route takes you along footpaths and mule tracks, past cultivated terraces, orchards and walnut groves, to the remote Azzaden Valley. There are spectacular views to enjoy along the way, and your guide will select a suitably scenic spot for your picnic lunch. Journey's end today is Toubkal Trekking Lodge in Ait Aissa village. With just 4 rooms this is an intimate lodge with a lovely terrace overlooking the valley. The highest point you reach today is 2,200 metres and the overall altitude gain is 400 metres. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Enjoy tea at the Azzaden Trekking Lodge

DAY 4: IN THE AZZADEN VALLEY

There's a choice of treks today of different durations, all exploring the scenic Azzaden Valley. Your guide can help you select your route, which may be a moderate walk or a more taxing trek as you choose, and will accompany you. His local knowledge adds greatly to your enjoyment of the day, as you learn about life in the Atlas Mountains and observe rural Berber settlements. Depending on the length of your trek you'll have lunch either at the lodge or en-route as a picnic. Having enjoyed a day out exploring you can visit the lodge's hammam for a traditional, cleansing steam bath before sitting down to dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Mules carry most of the luggage during the trek

DAY 5: TO KASBAH DU TOUBKAL

You leave Toubkal Trekking Lodge after breakfast, following your chosen route back to Imlil and Kasbah du Toubkal. Led by your guide, there are more opportunities to visit traditional villages and get a feel for life in the Atlas Mountain foothills. You'll have lunch prepared for you on the way, and should be back at Kasbah du Toubkal with time to wash and don a change of clothes for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner  
The swimming pool at La Sultana

DAY 6: TO MARRAKECH

This morning you have a private transfer back to Marrakech. Check in to your hotel, La Sultana, one of the 'Great Hotels of the World', after which your local guide accompanies you on a tour of this fascinating city. There's so much to see and do, and your guide is happy to tailor the tour to your interests. Spend time in the busy medina, people watch from a pavement cafe, visit some of the lovely palaces and gardens. Be sure to observe life in the Djemmaa el Fna, at the heart of the old city. By the end of the day you'll be ready for some rest and relaxation, so can head back to your hotel, maybe cooling off with a swim in the pool. Breakfast
Go bargain hunting in the souks of Marrakech

DAY 7: IN MARRAKECH

Today has been left free so you can choose how to occupy your time. You might want to shop for souvenirs and exercise your bargaining skills in the souks, or take a horse and carriage ride out to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens. There are museums where you can learn more about the history and culture of the city, and plenty of cafes and restaurants serving tempting Moroccan meals. This evening you can head into the Djemmaa el Fna, to watch the transformation as dusk falls and the acrobats, entertainers and snake charmers take to the stage. You might want to dine at one of the many food stalls, alongside the locals. Breakfast
Breakfast on the terrace at La Sultana

DAY 8: DEPART

After breakfast on the terrace at La Sultana and depending on your flight time, there may be the chance to explore more of Marrakech or simply relax at the hotel before your transfer to the airport. Breakfast
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1225 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Accommodation on a twin share basis; meals and private transfers as specified; soft drinks at Kasbah du Toubkal and Azzaden Trekking Lodge - you can take your own alcoholic drinks; services of a personal trek guide days 1 to 5; muleteer and mules on trek for luggage; use of a hammam at Kasbah du Toubkal and Azzaden Trekking Lodge; half day city tour of Marrakech

Excludes: International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified as included; sleeping bag; items of a personal nature; tips

Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Marrakech. International return flights from the UK start at around £200 per person, depending on season and availability. Low cost carriers such as Easyjet offer UK to Marrakech flights. We can book flights for you.

Departure dates: You can do this trip whenever you like as it is organised on a private tailor made basis for you. 

places you will see

places you will see

Marrakech
Marrakech
The southern city of Marrakesh, with a backdrop of High Atlas peaks in the distance, will draw you into its charms immediately. Explore the old walled city (medina) where the narrow alleyways of the bustling souks, busy mosques and the main square, the Djemmaa el Fna, will be the focus of your attentions.
Aremd, Imlil & Mount Toubkal
Aremd, Imlil & Mount Toubkal
Imlil and Aremd are Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains. Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain, great for trekking either in the foothills or up to the summit.
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Time: GMT

Flight time: Marrakech is the main international gateway. British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryan Air and Thomson have frequent direct flights from London to Marrakech. There are also direct flights to Casablanca and Fez, and a more extensive service with Royal Air Maroc to other airports within Morocco.

Language: Moroccan Arabic is the official language. It is significantly different from classical and modern Arabic.

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from the embassy

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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