A Private Journey by Foot and by Car to Fes, the Middle Atlas and Marrakesh. Glorious scenery, fascinating way of life, beautiful and mysterious towns.
Morocco remains a largely unspoilt and undiscovered destination. It has much to commend it – wonderful countryside, historic cities, good food and the ways of life of its peoples, whether it is that of the lowlanders in the city medinas or the Berber nomads in the mountains of the Middle Atlas. It is also a vast country and the best way to explore it properly is with your own driver and car, which gives the flexibility to move from place to place at the pace that suits you.
This wonderful trip includes prolonged stays in two fascinating cities, Fes and Marrakesh, in the unique comfort and style of Moroccan maisons d’hotes, traditional houses that have been modernised to the highest standards without sacrificing their charm and beauty. You will also spend four days walking in the Middle Atlas, among flowers and goatherds, where you will be the guests of Berber families. Local guides will show you Fes and Marrakesh, whilst a mountain guide will escort you on your walks.
£1575 per person for 2 people. £1250 per person for 4 or more people.
Flights, anything not mentioned in programme.
Arrive Casablanca (or Fes – in which case programme can be adapted accordingly) and overnight. If time permits, take a stroll around the city.
Transfer by car to Fes (Fez). This journey goes via the capital of Rabat and will include a stop at the magnificent Mohammed V Mausoleum. In the afternoon continue via the ruins of Volubilis, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities, dramatically located on the plain beneath the Atlas foothills. Arrive Fes in the late afternoon and stay in a maison d’hote in the heart of the old town.
Spend the day walking through the old city of Fes, the most complete Islamic medieval city in the world, in the company of a local guide. Spread across the area’s shallow hills and valleys like a vast white blanket, the huge, dense network of narrow streets and alleys offers a wonderful insight into the history and way of life of Morocco. Overnight Fes.
Drive up into the hills of the Middle Atlas. Walk in the countryside in the vicinity of Azrou. Overnight in a hotel in the market town of Azrou.
Today’s walk takes you across the Bou Harch Valley, through Berber villages and oak forest, to Zaouia d’Ifrane. In the afternoon continue to explore the hills around the village, an area, with its waterfalls and walnut trees, considered by Moslems as a sort of earthly paradise. Overnight at Zaouia with a Berber family.
Walk through the cedar forests in the heart of nomad country. Picnic lunch before arriving at Ouiane Lake for overnight in a forest Berber home.
After a Berber breakfast, follow the Ouiane river through fields and villages, cross the Oued Felat gorges before arriving reaching the Oum Rbia river, with its myriad pools and springs to be guests for the last time of a Berber family.
Drive over the mountains and across the desert to arrive at Marrakesh in the late afternoon. Settle into the beautiful 18th century Maison d’Hote.
Guided tour of Marrakesh.
Departure. Extra nights available on request.Please note that this programme can be adapted to fit your specific requirements.
A Private Guided Walking Holiday in the High Atlas. Glorious scenery, fascinating way of life, beautiful and exotic Marrakech.