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Morocco Cultural Tour: Marrakech, Essaouira & the High Atlas Mountains

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Marrakech, Imlil, Essaouira

Suggested Duration

8 Days

The Atlas Mountains divide Morocco with snow capped peaks and unparalleled panoramas. The Atlantic Ocean laps at gold sand shores and the historic ramparts of an antique Portuguese fortress. This custom tailored Morocco tour shows you the enchanting culture around Marrakesh. Listen to storytellers spin tales of the country’s past. Snake charmers captivate and villagers can trace their histories back beyond the Roman Empire....

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Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in modern luxuries with a view of the lush valleys and snow capped peaks in the Atlas Mountains
  • Experience the persistent Berber culture in mountain villages
  • Witness the historic spirit of Morocco in the vibrant square and animated Medina of Marrakesh
  • Explore the seaside charm of Essaouira, whose culture dates back to the Carthaginians
  • Discover the hidden niches and secrete shops of the Portuguese fortress in Essaouira
  • Visit the dazzling architecture of the Bahia Palace
  • Stroll through the eclectic marketplaces and find handmade wares, from rugs to jewelry

Detailed Description

Spread across Morocco is the mythical mountains of the High Atlas. The foothills descend dramatically when they reach the edge of the cobalt Atlantic Ocean. Fishing boats linger around the horizon with colorfully painted bows. Villages speckle the mountainsides and have inhabited the region for millennia. You find the majesty of the culture informed by the magnificence of the landscape. Each town is rich with heritage and every glowing inch of the scenery leads you back to Marrakesh.

On this 8-day journey through Morocco you will discover the relationship between land and heritage, history and mythology, emanating from the wonders of countryside. Arrive in Marrakesh and settle into your luxurious hotel located inside an historic riad. Meet your guide and spend time exploring the monuments that decorate the cityscape, from the Koutoubia Mosque to the celebrated Djemaa el-Fna. Continue your walking tour and visit the theological university of Medersa ben Youssef built in the Middle Ages. Explore the souq and discover the Old City.

In the foothills of the Atlas Mountains is Imlil, a Berber village built from the earthenware of the local supplies. Visit the old Kasbah and let the panorama of sweeping valleys and rambling mountain peak enchant you. Follow your guide on a tour through the mountainside, exploring the landscape on ancient footpaths to visit other Berber Villages. In Essaouira you will settle into a comfortable riad in the classic Medina. The historic streets charm you in front the backdrop of drifting Atlantic Ocean.

Wander through the fortress and indulge in the delightful narrow passageways constructed by the Portuguese. Return to Marrakesh and leave no cultural stone unturned. Journey to the Bahia Palace and witness the colorful and intricate work at the Islamic Art Museum. Your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight home. As the flight rises over the Atlantic you can see the golden ramparts of the old fortress on the coastline.

Starting Price

$2,339 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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