Morocco Active Adventure

Active, Marrakech to Marrakech

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

With a landscape as diverse as Morocco, the transportation must be built to match. The simple pleasures of getting around are essential to this activity-heavy excursion into the desert kingdom: Mule treks into the Atlas Mountains, bike rides through ruggedly beautiful mountain passes, even a leisurely coastal walk to a campsite in the desert. But it’s not all tramping about in the dunes and hills; you’ll also have the chance to explore Essaouira, the fortified city on the Atlantic coast that was once a haven for pirates.

What’s included

  • Overnight in a beach tented camp after a relaxing walk along the coastal dunes
  • Mule trek near Ouirgane
  • Hike in the Atlas Mountains
  • Essaouira orientation walk
  • Cycling at Tafraoute
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Wander through the mountains on the back of a mule
  • Enjoy the unique accommodation of a beach camp
  • Cycle through the atlas mountains

Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech Today is a designated arrival day with no planned activities. After learning more about the tour and plans for the following day, you are welcome to join the leader and travelling companions for an optional dinner in a nearby local restaurant. Overnight in Marrakech. Additional Notes: Please note that there will be an important welcome meeting this evening at the joining hotel. Please check the hotel notice board for more information on the location of this meeting or ask at reception. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents to this meeting, as you will be required to fill out some important pre-tour administration documents. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Marrakech/Ouirgane (1B, 1D) Head out of Marrakech and up into the Atlas Mountains to the village of Ouirgane. Wind up through the trees into the hills and beyond, and notice the climate becomes fresher and the air clearer. The short drive from Marrakech gives an ideal introduction to the way of life in the mountains. Switch to a different form of transport to take in the mountain air. Overnight in Ouirgane. Included Activities: Ouirgane Mule Trek Transport: Overnight in Ouirgane. Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Mule (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Ouirgane (1B, 1L, 1D) Head through the Ouirgane Valley on foot. Follow mule tracks through the valley, passing by mountain villages and olive groves along the way. This is the ideal way to see the best of the Atlas area and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the mountains while taking in the traditional way of life. Overnight in Ouirgane. Included Activities: Ouirgane Hike Transport: Overnight in Ouirgane. Hiking (5.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Ouirgane/Tafraout (1B) In the morning, leave Ouirgane behind and drive over to the city of Taroudant. View the imposing ramparts of the city arriving through the Atlas, one of Morocco's most incredible road journeys. Taroudant occupies a lofty position between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountains. After a brief stop here to see some of the city, continue onward to Tafraoute in the Anti-Atlas. A popular destination for the Berber during the summer months, Tafraoute, surrounded by almond trees, is well hidden inside the mountains. Transport: Overnight in Tafraoute. Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Tafraout (1B, 1L) Cycle around the city of Tafraoute, before enjoying time to relax in the city. Included Activities: Cycling around Tafraoute
Day 6 Tafraout/Sidi Kaouki (1B, 1D) Continuing the journey through Morocco, head up along the coast from Tafraoute to the village of Sidi Kaouki. This relaxed Berber village is a world away from Morocco's bustling cities, and all the better for it. Included Activities: Overnight Beach Camping Transport: Overnight beach camp. Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 300km)
Day 7 Sidi Kaouki/Essaouira (1B) Walk back along the beach to meet our transport that will continue the journey to Essaouira. The inviting surf along the beach lures visitors in. Opt to refine your surfboarding skills, or maybe take on the locals in a game of beach volleyball. If feeling in need of a rest, then unwind and wander around the markets down by the port. Overnight in Essaouira. Included Activities: Coastal Walking
Day 8 Essaouira/Marrakech (1B) After breakfast, the morning is free to enjoy Essaouria one last time, before transferring back to Marrakech. Once in Marrakech, a great place to start exploring is Djemaa el Fna square, the heart of Marrakech, which changes its offerings throughout the day. Perhaps end the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna. Overnight in Marrakech. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Marrakech (1B) Depart at any time. Please note that the check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. Want to extend your stay for a few more days? We can organise extra post-trip accommodation. Please ask at the time of booking. Included Activities: Departure Day
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