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Berbers of Atlas mountains, atlantic coast

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Departs: 10/03/2019
  • Arrives: 15/11/2019
  • Price: 395€
Day 1
Marrakech – Arrival at the ryad

Reception at the airport, transfer and settling at your Ryad. Depending on your arrival time, possibility of a first visit to Marrakech.
Overnight in a ryad.

Day 2
Marrakech – Imlil – Aït Souka – towns and berber traditions and Mountains

Road to Imlil through the gorges of Moulay Brahim and the village of Asni. From Imlil, a short walk leads to the village of Aït Souka, where we will settle for two nights in a gite.
After lunch, ascent of the tizi n’Tamatert (2272 m). We discover the agriculture traditions of the Berber mountain people. The irrigated terraces rise very high on the flanks of the valley. The superior channel (targa) forms an almost straight division between the brown of the mountain and the green of the crops; the villages are built above so as not to lose any fertile land. From the pass, superb view of the summit of Toubkal and the valley of Tachedirt.
3 h walk. A = D : 500 m.

Day 3
Tizi n’Zik (2520 m)

After having crossed several villages a clear path leads to a pass, the tizi (local name) n’Zik, at more than 2 500 meters. Generally, lunch, transported by a mule, is taken at the pass; beautiful view over the valley of Imlil, Oukaïmedem, the valley of Tizi Oussem ; the contrast between the green valleys and the arid mountains is always striking. Possibility of climbing above the pass for a superb view over the two valleys. Night at the gite.
During this day, you will also learn to make traditional bread that will then be able to taste.
5 h walk. A = D : 700 m.

Day 4
Sidi Chamarouch

Walk along the canals that irrigate the terraced crops among the superb villages clinging to the slopes of the northern slope of the Toubkal massif, with the aim to reach the small village (and marabout) of Sidi Chamarouch (2290 m). Beyond that, in the direction of the Toubkal, the mountain becomes more arid.
By the end of the day, hammam for the whole family in a gite.
Night at gite.
5 h walk. A =  D : 450 m.

Day 5
To the valley – Marrakech – Essaouira

Last breakfast. Short walk to reach the minibus that will take us to Marrakech where you will say goodby to the guide and you will conitinue with just the driver to Essaouira. In the afternoon, installation at Essaouira for 2 nights in a ryad in the heart of the Medina. A tour on the beach to bathe in the sea, then, in the evening, first discovery of the magnificent city of Essaouira, the ancient Mogador, a fishing port founded by the Portuguese and then conquered by the French, its citadel, medina, a maze white houses with blue doors and windows…
Night at ryad or charming small hotel with pool.

Day 6
Essaouira

Free day to take advantage of Essaouira and its beach, and why not, take a walk on the back of a camel, a horse or even go surfing !
Night at ryad or charming small hotel with pool.

Day 7
Essaouira – Marrakech

Morning at Essaouira or close by, chance to enjoy the sea one last time. Return to Marrakech by minibus. Arrival at the ryad. The evening will allow the discovery of the « red city », always exciting, specially the Djemaa el-Fna square and its entertainment, as well as the souks in the surroundings.
Night at the ryad.

Day 8
Marrakech

Transfer to the airport for the return flight.

 

 

Marrakech, Atlas, Atlantic Coast combined
2 nights at Ryad (Marrakech) – 3 nights gite – 2 nights ryad/ hotel with pool

 

A family adventure combining Marrakech, the discovery of mountain villages with a guide and to finish Essaouira and its superb beach


Highlights

• The variety of landscapes and atmospheres.
• A Berber mountain guide from Day 1 to Day 5

 

Infos pratiques

For more details, click on the labels
your guide
your gite

 

Price, Euros

Group size
2 3
4 5
6
7, 8
Per person
660 525 475 440 405 395

 

What’s included in the price

  •  Welcoming and airport transfers Marrakech – ryad at arrival and departure.
  • The provision of a private vehicle for all the transfers in the program.
  • 2 nights in a ryad, Marrakech, shared room with the children, overnight and breakfast.
  • 2 nights in a ryad or hotel with pool, Essaouira, shared room with the children, overnight and breakfast.
  • 3 nights in a gite, shared rooms (usually one room per family).
  • Full meal plan during the mountain hike, from the lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day 5. Lunch on the road, prepared by a cook – dinner and morning at the gite.
  • 1 mule of saddle during the 3 hikes (days 2,3,4), in case the children get tired.
  • Traditional Hammam (once) and making of berber bread at the gite.
  • A Berber mountain guide from Day 1 to Day 5.
  • Assistance from the local agency 24/7.


What’s not included in the price

  • Cancellation insurance and repatriation insurance.
  • Lunches and dinners at Marrakech, Essaouira.
  • Entry tickets to the sites and monuments.
  • Drinks.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Everything that is not in the “What’s included in the price section”.

Note

Option of choosing the accomodations with more or less confort – to change the number of nights in each village – to add services at Essaouira, visits in the villages, surf lessons, cooking classes …