Region Overviews: Africa Travel Guide: Overview
From its wildlife and untamed lands to its rich traditions and exciting, emerging future, Africa is a travel experience unlike anything else.
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*
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
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.
Tucked away in the Atlas Mountains, a welcoming retreat with rose gardens, citrus groves and horse stables. (pool, spa)
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.
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)
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.
In the city's fashionable Hivernage district, this elegant and modern hotel draws its inspiration from the traditional architecture of the region. (pool, spa)
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
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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.
Note: The terrain on this trip consists of dirt paths that range from level to moderately hilly.
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.
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."