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Leisure travel

Magical Marrakech, the High Atlas and the Sea


5 nights




This trip is exotic and exciting. You will savor tagines and be mesmerized by Berber music. Hike to a rustic village in the Atlas Mountains. Meander past olive groves to the sea. Ride a camel on the dunes. In Morocco your holidays will be incomparable.

Day 1: Marrakech – Tamesloht
A local expert will introduce you to the 16th-century hamlet of Tamesloht and its zaouia (religious building). Stroll through the rose gardens or take a dip in the pool at our mountain hideaway.

Day 2: Imlil Valley
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.

Day 3: Essaouira
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.

Day 4: Moulay Bouzerktoun
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.

Days 5-6: Marrakech
Explore Marrakech’s vibrant medina on a guided walk. Visit an argan oil women’s cooperative. Enjoy a final hike into in the picturesque foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Peruse Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna, brimming with snake charmers, herbalists and musicians.


Domaine de la Roseraie in Ouirgane (2 nights): tucked away in the Atlas Mountains, a welcoming retreat with rose gardens, citrus groves and horse stables (pool, spa)

Heure Bleue Palais in Essaouira (2 nights): a traditional Moroccan riad, “built around a magnificent lantern-lit patio and courtyard garden planted with palm and banana trees (pool, spa).

Les Deux Tours in Marrakech (1 night): set amid gardens, this timelessly elegant hotel is brimming with colorful tiles, fountains, arcades and hidden alcoves (pool, spa).

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 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

The price does not include: travel insurance, administration fees, client contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents of $ 1 CAD per $ 1,000 CAD.

  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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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