PRAISE FOR OUR TOURS
Reviewed 6 June 2012
My husband and I did the Beaches & Deserts of South Morocco Tour and absolutely LOVED it from beginning to end. We spent 8 days, 7 nights in Morocco and on the tour. Our driver was fantastic, very knowledgeable and helpful. Each place we visited and stayed was unique and fabulous. Our tour had us staying two nights in Sidi Kaouki, three nights in Tafraoute, one night in Taroudant and the final night in Marrakech – the tour was paced perfectly we enjoyed our time in each place, but we were always excited to be moving on to explore the next location. Each Riad/Hotel was unique and wonderful. Our driver took us on walks through villages and we met lots of locals. This trip took us off the beaten path of tourists and we loved it. The trip was just myself, my husband and our driver so it was totally customized to our liking.
We can not say enough great things about Morocco Explored, from beginning to end it was fantastic and if you are trying to decide which tour company to use – you will not be disappointed with Morocco Explored. They are FANTASTIC! Thank you for a trip with memories that will last a lifetime!
This special journey south over the High Atlas mountains and Marrakech travels along the Atlantic coast to Essaouira visiting Cap Rhir beaches and surfing colonies to Agadir. From here you'll go east through the Anti Atlas mountains to Tafroute and Taroudant. Remote deserts, rare wild life viewing in the Souss Maasa National Park, (best birding in February to April and September to November) and ancient rock art is all part of this delightful undiscovered part of Morocco.
Throughout you will be immersed in Berber mountain and desert cultures closely tied to ancient traditions. You can bird watch, swim, surf, cycle, climb, wander Berber markets, explore ruins and cliff side villages, stay in medina riads, and desert auberge and seaside hotels.
The tour can be as short as 4 days or expand to include a grand circle of Moroccos Sahara including Tata, Zagora, Erg Chegaga dunes and more.
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SAMPLE 10 DAY TOUR
MARRAKECH TO SOUTH MOROCCO
Your driver will meet you at the Marrakech Menara airport, take you to your medina riad to settle in. The riad (old house) has a central, tiled, courtyard, with breakfast served. Evening drums will draw you to the Djemaa El Fna (main city square) where a festival atmosphere awaits. Plunge past the snake charmers and have your fortune told, listen to Berber and Gnawa musicians, or storytellers, or watch the "exotic" dancers illuminated by lamplight and wreathed in smoke. Food stall meals range from a bevy of fresh salads, harrira (lentil and bean soups) fried fish and chips (Moroccan style) to kebabs and even sheep's head (a specialty that has its own dedicated stalls). Stay Marrakech ancient medina in the heart of the old city.
Explore the back street maze of Marrakech with your guide, visit Ben Youssef Medersa, the Koutoubia mosque, and the Marrakech Museum. Afternoon explore the vast souk (market). The Souk is comprised of many specialist areas e.g. metalwork, where crafters ply their trade; dyers workshops are strung with colourful skeins of wool; carpets, and carpet sellers entice you into their shops with a cup of mint tea; tiny shops selling Berber jewelry, old silver, and African beads; spices, olives, fresh herbs; visit traditional apothecaries where you can learn about all manner of potions to heal or cast spells of love or revenge. Visit a hammam for traditional relaxation and body scrub. Stay Marrakech medina riad.
You will be met by your driver in Marrakech and transfer south and east over the Tizi n'Test pass of the High Atlas, one of the steepest in Morocco. Stop at the top for lunch and to enjoy the incredible views, then its downhill all the way heading to Taroudant. The roads are slow, winding, and very beautiful in this area. Stay in an historical Pashas rural auberge and farm 3 km from the city walls of Taroudant, with wonderful views of the High Atlas from the quiet gardens. Relax by the pool or explore Taroudant city with it's two markets (Berber and Nomad).
Depart Taroudant to the beautiful Ameln valley, before arriving in Tafraoute. Visit the local market and explore around the small central square of this charming town nestled in among crazy rocks, small inns and gardens. Stay in Tafraoute central hotel overlooking the markets.
After a leisurely breakfast you can ride bicycles out to visit the blue rocks along a dirt path among boulders and rock spires that Tafraoute is famous for, (alternately you can walk or drive). Keep your eye open for wild hares and desert dwelling foxes and birds, especially in the early morning. This is an easy uphill ride (downhill return). Or you can rise early and take the 4x4 over the Tiwadou pass for a day trip. Spend the day exploring the hidden gorges, Berber villages and oasis. Return to Tafraoute via the Tigharassme gorge. Stop to visit an ancient cliff top village along the way. Return to Tafraoute village.
Rise early and take the 4x4 over the Tiwadou pass for a day trip. Spend the day exploring the hidden gorges, Berber villages and oasis. Return to Tafraoute via the Tigharassme gorge. Stop to visit an ancient cliff top village enroute. Alternately you can drive out to the Ameln valley and hike around the cliff side villages for the day. Stay in Tafraoute hotel this night.
This day is spent transferring to Agadir and then Essaouira, following the winding route to Ait Baha for lunch. Visit the old agadir of Imchguiguiln with views of the Anti Atlas. From Agadir you will continue to Essaouira. Follow this beautiful winding road along magnificent beaches to Cap Rhir famous for its surfing. Stop north of Tamri and perhaps see one of the rarest birds in the world, the Bald Ibis. Stay Essaouira riad in the heart of the old medina.
Set on the Atlantic coastal region that is peppered with Argan trees (yes - there are goats in the trees) Essaouira has an expansive beach popular with wind-surfers and is famous for its fresh seafood, thuja wood crafts and artists colony. Old Portuguese ramparts guard the walled city where you can watch silver craftsmen and wood carvers at work in one of the most charming medinas in all of Morocco. Visit a traditional pharmacy and learn about natural medicines and cures, and a Women's cooperative where Argan nuts are processed by hand into one of the rarest oils in the world. In winter Essaouira is generally warmer and wetter than Marrakech, and in summer pleasantly cool and breezy, rarely going beyond high 20's Celcius. Stay Essaouira.
Stay Essaouira - a very nice way to finish your tour in Morocco! Explore around the old medina and markets filled with herbs and spices, African trading goods, wooden carvings and masks, colourful textiles, carpets, pottery, and restaurants. Essaouira is also an active fishing port where fresh fish is bought and sold right on the docks. There is also unique birdwatching and the rare Eleonoras falcon nests on the island opposite the port (closed to visits). Swim, kite sail, ride horses or camels or just relax on the golden sands (March to October), or explore around the various artists centers and galleries. Fresh seafood cooked right in the simple beachside cafes. Stay Essaouira.
Transfer to the Marrakech airport. Depart tour or add on more days.
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