A Week in Morocco – Marrakech Essaouira & Atlas Luxury Spicy Tagine
Welcome to a week in Morocco tour. You start your journey from The Red City of Morocco, Marrakesh. The city can appear overwhelming at first but doesn’t have to be that way. You can explore the city of spice and its surrounding areas leisurely. Snake charmers, steamed snails, storytellers, goats’ heads, endless rows of slippers, and speeding motorbikes — all shrouded in smoke and offering a tantalizing taste of Africa. You also visit Essaouira on Morocco’s southern coast and spend a day in Imlil Atlas Mountains.
✈️ Flights to Marrakech (RAK)
🏁 Tour Itinerary: A Week in Morocco – Marrakech Essaouira & Atlas Luxury Spicy Tagine
Day 1: Time to Acclimatize
Morocco is a world away from sights, smells, and sounds. A Private Transfer from the airport to your hotel. To get to know the Red City; venture to Jemaa el-Fna and wander around the souks at the square’s northern recesses, Afterwards, get lost within the old town’s terracotta walls but don’t get agitated by the frenzy of sounds, vehicles.
When it all gets too much, find a romantic spot on a rooftop terrace around Jemaa el-Fna, order a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and watch the crowds from above as the sun goes down. The diner will be outside this night then transfer back to your 4-star Hotel. (5-Star hotel is available on request.)
Day 2: Essaouira Day Trip (B)
Follow in the footsteps of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and visit Essaouira on Morocco’s southern coast. It is a picture-perfect coastal town with blinding whitewashed walls and rolling Atlantic breakers.
Obviously, stoned 60s rockers weren’t the primary influence on this town. The Berbers, Carthaginians, Portuguese, English, Bambara, and Jewish all played their part.
The Medina is a Unesco World Heritage Site where local artisans create and sell their wares. The soft sandy beach is a world away from the manic of Marrakech and a great place to stretch those legs unhindered by touts and careless motorcyclists.
Highlights Essaouira day trip:
• The Medina of Essaouira was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage in Morocco in 2001
• Enjoy the peace and spirit of arts in the city of Essaouira.
• Visit the souks and shops of the ancient city.
• Visit a cooperative where argan oil is extracted.
• Take a walk along the beach and the old port of Essaouira.
Your day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will begin after breakfast with a Drive along the fertile plains of Haouz to the city of Chichaoua, where you will stop to have a coffee before continuing to Essaouira. On your way, you will cross the forest of argan trees, where you can see goats climbing trees. To see how argan is extracted, you can visit a local women’s cooperative and understand how some natural cosmetics are made locally from the virtuous argan seed. Afterward, we will continue to Essaouira. On your arrival, you will explore the beautiful city with your guide. Then, go to discover the fishing port of Essaouira. Cross the medina with its souks and traditional stalls and discover the art galleries and authentic woodwork workshops.
Explore the art of cedarwood inlay and enjoy the beautiful objects presented by craftsmen through the alleys of the medina. Visit the ramparts and gates of Essaouira, its Borj and military buildings as well as its two main fortifications: The Sqala of the Kasbah and the Sqala of the port. For fans of windsurfing or the Surf Kit, the climatic particularity of Essaouira and its geographical position have made it a strong point to practice these two sports, hence its appointment of “City of the wind”.Do not miss, especially, admire a tagine Souiri or a superb fish dish (a specialty of Essaouira) in one of the restaurants on the sea.
A day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech is by far the most appreciated visit by our customers: many of them discover this hidden gem for the first time and immediately decide to come back for a short break in the calm and hippie city of Essaouira. From experience, exploring Essaouira is simple: the inhabitants are very friendly, the medina is quite small (compared to other cities of Morocco) and its streets are in order. You certainly do not need a guide to go around the city. If you insist, your driver will help you hire a local guide to visit the city. In the late afternoon, return to Marrakech. Your day trip to Essaouira will end at your hotel, diner, and overnight in Hotel.
Day 3: Imlil Atlas Mountains Day Trip (B)
By now, you’re probably ready for a break from the hustle and bustle, so will head to the Atlas Mountains you’ve been admiring across the rooftops from your hotel room.
Imlil is about an hour’s drive away in the High Atlas and is the starting point for some scenic trails twisting through the cozy Berber villages. If you visit in winter or early spring, the mountains are still covered in snow — an absolutely breathtaking sight.
Highlights Imlil day trip:
• Discover the Imlil Valley and explore the Atlas Mountains
• Visit the Tahanoute weekly souk (Tuesday) and the Asni Souk (Saturday)
• Admire the gorges of Moulay Brahim.
• Cross the village of Imlil (Berber village at 1150m above sea level).
• Berber Homestay Lunch
• Enjoy a hike or mule around Berber villages.
Your day trip to Imlil will start at 9:00 am from your hotel in a private vehicle for a 2 hours drive to the Moulay Brahim gorges. Then the Berber village of Asni is very popular for its weekly market. Thereafter, we will cross Imlil, a vibrant valley of greenery that stays fresh and lush even during the hottest days of summer. Imlil is indeed a small village located at the foot of the highest mountains in Morocco, including the Toubkal mountain. Arrive at the village of Arremd (1843 m) located in the upper foothills of the Western High Atlas, the main path with streams and paths branching off in all directions for your lunch which will be served in a Berber house. Then you can take a walk before returning to Marrakech.
Day 4: Recovery Time / Guided Walk (B)
After all that exercise you’ll need a hammam — similar to a Turkish bath, but with a Moroccan twist. The basic package is a gommage : a rigorous scrub-down with a rough glove and black soap.
Later, walk to the very edges of the souks, away from the touristy tat surrounding the square. Souk Sebbaghine, the Dyers’ Souk, is filled with fluttering threads of freshly dyed wool.
Other worthy diversions include Criée Berbère (carpet souk), Souk Haddadine (blacksmith), Souk des Bijoutiers (jewelry), and Souk Smata (traditional leather footwear).
Round off your pamper day with cocktails in a piano bar. Closer to the medina, Les Jardins de la Koutoubia serves beautifully presented cocktails to the sounds of a baby grand piano.
Day 5: Free Day for Exploring New City & Malls + Horse Carriage (B)
There is more to Marrakech than souks and snake charmers. Explore beyond the ramparts to the districts of Gueliz and Hivernage. You’ll find plenty of boutique shops favored by well-heeled locals and those who can’t be bothered to haggle.
There are also lots of street-side cafes and elegant bars, plus nightclubs that pull in upper-class crowds.
Later on, at 6 pm you will be taken on a Horse carriage for a Breathtaking Tour around All city Walls. then to your Hotel.
Day 6: Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens & André Heller Anima Garden (B)
After Breakfast, you will be transferred to Majorelle gardens then to Anima Garden.
A masterpiece that mixes Matisse’s colors with nature, the Majorelle Gardens were designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle over a 40-year period. Adored by celebrated fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who saved the plot from becoming a hotel in 1980, the gardens house exotic foliage from around the world, including giant cacti, bamboo, and banana trees, beneath which coy ponds shimmer serenely.
Welcome to ANIMA
Universal artist, André Heller’s opulent, two-hectare botanical staging is a magical place of sensuality, wonder, contemplation, joy, healing, and inspiration. For people of all ages who want to experience the unforgettable.
Visitors stroll along shady paths, between sumptuous trees and shrubs, blossom and fragrant wonders, pavilions, and sculptures, with breathtaking views of the often snow-capped Atlas Mountains featuring the 4167 meters high Mount Toubkal.
Last-minute bargains & Shopping Later on at 4 pm you will be guided for shopping for some souvenirs for your beloved ones & Memories.
The diner will be on a Traditional Folkloric Restaurant where Every evening since 1980 the Chez Ali fantasia in Marrakech offers a show dinner under traditional Caidal tents. A show of dances, acrobats, riders, fireworks, and folk music.
The show ends at Midnight & Transfer to your Hotel.
Day 7: Time to Say Goodbye (B)
It’s your last Day; after Breakfast Your Transfer will be ready to take you to the airport according to your flight time. Thank you for visiting us.
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