OT's most epic road trip.
A melting pot of North African, Berber, Arab, French, and Spanish culture - Morocco is unparalleled when it comes to diversity. Even when it comes to the landscapes, you can start your day in snow-capped mountains, and finish it in a palm tree plantation on edge of the desert.
This 8/11 day adventure was crafted to give you the opportunity to experience it all. Taste your way through the street stalls in Marrakech, explore desert as far as the eye can see on the back of a camel, get mesmerized by glittering coastline in Essaouria, learn the process of how the country's most coveted oil - argan - is made at a local women's coop, surf a wave in the fishing village of Taghazoute, hike through the High Atlas mountains and step back in time as we explore the old city of Ouarzazate.
This is one of Origin's more fast-paced itineraries, but its only because there is so much good to see, so little time.
Finish the tour in Marrkaech on day 7, or take more time to explore an entirely different vibe of Morocco's coastline. Opt to salute the sun before taking an optional surf lesson in Taghazoute - one of the best places to learn along the afro-Atlantic coast. Then, take a day to lazily wander Essaouira - one of Morocco's bohemian, and most serene, sea side cities.
To book this add-on, select the 11-day tour option.
DAY 1 | MARRAKECH | Airport Pickup + Hotel Check-In + Orientation to your historic and elegant riad at 6:00pm.
DAY 2 | MARRAKECH | Spend the day exploring this second imperial city’s artisan heritage. Get lost in the souk (market) labyrinth. Explore the glittering merchant stalls and wander historic sites of Marrakech with an expert guide. Opt to wander the food stalls and street entertainment of Jma El Fnaa square in the evening.
Day 3 | AIT BEN HADDOU - OUARZAZATE | Rise early and head south, crossing the pass Tizi n’Tichka (2260m) the highest road mountain pass in Morocco, and soak in the spectacular views of the Imouzzar and Taddart valley with its authentic Berber villages. Explore the famous fortified Ksars & Kasbahs of Aït Benhaddou. Continue
Continue to the Gate of the desert, Ouarzazate, passing through the Valley of Roses before arriving at Dades gorges for the night.
Day 4 | TODRA GORGES - MERZOUGA - DESERT| drive to Todra gorges for a short walk in the valley and then towards to Merzouga through several beautiful desert towns; Tinjdad, Erfoud & Rissani, arrival to Merzouga. Jump on a camel and ride your way to our desert camp and feast on a traditional Berber meal under the stars.
Day 5 | OUARZAZATE | Rise and shine to catch the sunrise and head back to town on camel. Another driving day through serene landscapes with quaint stops along the way. Explore a sea of pink houses lined within a vibrant green date plantation. Breath in the fresh mountain air, sweetened by the smell of roses by the nearby fields. Opt to learn how rosewater is made. Arrive back in Ouarzazate for the night.
Day 6 | After breakfast, drive through Taliouine to visit Berber carpet weaving a social project for Berber women where they hand-make carpets using n natural ingredients, continue to the Imlil valley at the heart of the High Atlas Mountains where we will visit “Tamgharte n’Oudrar” - the women of the Mountains - to learn about the lives of the local Berber women.
Day 7 | ATLAS MOUNTAINS | Trek through the Berber villages and waterfalls, cross a pine forest and enjoy great views over Mt Toubkal summit, the highest peak in North Africa (4167m) and also over the whole Imlil valley, lunch by the river, and trek back to the Riad on the afternoon (4-5 hours total).
Optional visit to Argan Oil women cooperative to see how they extract the oil from Argan fruit. Opt to experience a Berber traditional Hammam (9€ pp).
Day 8 | TAGHAZOUTE | If you have booked the 8 day adventure, we wave goodbye to you here as you transfer back to Marrakech to catch your international flight! Please book your onward flight to depart after 12pm on this day.
Day 8 | IMLIL to TAGHAZOUTE | Today is a long drive to the sleepy fishing village of Taghazoute. Opt to go for a swim in the ocean before a sun down yoga class.
Day 9 | TAGHAZOUTE TO ESSAOURIA | Rise early for a morning surf class. Eat a hearty and well deserved lunch before starting the 2.5 hr drive to Essaouria. Arrive in the late afternoon and opt to chill out at one of the many amazing local bars. Live music in this area isn't hard to find.
Day 10 | ESSAOUIRA | Take a full day to wander the serene and brightly coloured streets and fishing ports of Essaouira.
Day 11 | DEPARTURE DAY | Early morning transfer to Marrakech. Sad goodbyes!
Traditional Community Hammam Experience, 1 hr (+$15 USD):
This is one of our favourite opportunities to get local. Follow your guide into a community steam room. You will be lathered with a soap made by pressed olive oil skins, and scrubbed down by a woman helper. Please note that this experience is not advisable for those with sensitive skin. (Pay locally).
Traditional Luxury Hammam Experience, 1hr (+$60USD/$80 CAD): A private treatment using luxurious and fragrant oils, followed by a massage. (Pre-pay).
4-Day Coastal Add-On: 1 night in Taghazoute, 2 nights in Essaouira. Trip includes transfer to and from Marrakech.
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