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Morocco Walking & Hiking Tour

Magical Marrakech, the High Atlas and the Sea

This trip is exotic and exciting—kind of like riding a camel. You'll savor tagines and be mesmerized by Berber music. Hike to a rustic village in the Atlas Mountains. Meander past olive groves to the sea. And yes, ride a camel on the dunes. Perhaps you've traveled with us before. But come to Morocco and your non-camel vacations just won't compare.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels*

FROM: $4,899 pp dbl occ
($1,050 for sgl occ)

Morocco

Start/End Marrakech

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in an exotic landscape and gain a unique perspective—from the back of a camel!
  • Discover the dazzling colors, majestic architecture and palm-lined boulevards of vibrant Marrakech
  • Hike to a remote Berber village in the Atlas Mountains to see traditional life and share mint tea with locals
  • Luxuriate at Heure Bleue Palais, with spectacular ocean views, then enjoy a twilight walk on Essaouira's beach
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

A local expert introduces us to the 16th-century hamlet of Tamesloht and its zaouia (holy site) | Stroll through our mountain hideaway's rose gardens or take a dip in the pool | In the High Atlas Mountains, hike to a village accessible only by foot and experience traditional life | Share mint tea, fresh bread and olive oil with a welcoming Berber family | Trek through the verdant Imlil Valley, surrounded by rugged peaks | Enjoy a lively performance of singing, drumming and dancing before dining on Moroccan specialties.

Domaine de la Roseraie
Domaine de la Roseraie
Ouirgane
| *Casual Plus Hotel

Tucked away in the Atlas Mountains, a welcoming retreat with rose gardens, citrus groves and horse stables. (pool, spa)

Days 3-4

Look for goats climbing argan trees as you hike through sun-kissed olive groves toward the Atlantic | Explore the narrow streets of Essaouira, an artsy whitewashed port town and World Heritage site with delightful cafés and galleries | Kick back at the luxurious Heure Bleue Palais, with spectacular ocean views | Camel ride through scenic sand dunes | Hike through a canyon to a welcoming oasis | Wash away your cares in a traditional hammam | Cinnamon, turmeric and anise dance on your tongue during a lavish Moroccan dinner.

Heure Bleue Palais
Heure Bleue Palais
Essaouira
| Premiere Hotel

A traditional Moroccan riad, "built around a magnificent lantern-lit patio and courtyard garden planted with palm and banana trees," said Andrew Harper. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Days 5-6

Explore Marrakech's vibrant medina on a guided walk | Visit an argan oil women's cooperative | Enjoy a final hike in the picturesque foothills of the Atlas Mountains | Peruse Jemaa el Fna, a market in Marrakech's medina brimming with snake charmers, herbalists and musicians.

Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa Hotel
Sofitel Marrakech
Marrakech

In the city's fashionable Hivernage district, this elegant and modern hotel draws its inspiration from the traditional architecture of the region. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
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Tamesloht Village and Riad Walking Tour (1.5 hours)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 9 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Other
Essaouira Guided Walk (1 hour)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Other
Beach Walk or Camel Ride (1.5 hours)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Medina Walking Tour (2 hours)
* Includes shuttle.

Note: The terrain on this trip consists of dirt paths that range from level to moderately hilly.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

While our hotels are some of the finest in Morocco, some tend to be in fairly isolated areas, removed from the conveniences of a cosmopolitan city. Though part of their charm, it also means that when things break, it may take some time to get repaired. Service standards can be a bit different here and you may encounter the occasional person unfamiliar with the concept of "service with a smile."

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