You are welcome to arrive in Marrakech at any time, as today is a designated arrival day with no planned activities. Please make sure that you have informed your G Adventures sales representative or travel agent of your flight arrival details so we can arrange for your arrival transfer to our joining hotel. See Joining Instructions for more information. Please note that there will be an important welcome meeting this evening at our joining hotel. Please check the hotel notice board for more information on the location of this meeting or ask at reception. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents to this meeting, as you will be required to fill out some important pre-trip documents.
After learning more about our tour and plans for the following day, you are welcome to join our leader and your travelling companions for an optional dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Overnight in Marrakech.
Start off with a guided walk around Marrakech, exploring the Djemaa el Fna square, the heart of Marrakech, that changes its offerings throughout the day. Wander past the fresh orange juice stalls, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water bags and brass cups, and snake charmers reminiscent of an era past.
To really get a taste of everyday life in Marrakech, head into the maze of tiny streets and alleyways of the ancient medina. Tourists and locals alike will find everything they desire in the souks, whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain; it's definitely part of the fun!
In the afternoon, we transfer to Aït Ben Haddou, up in the Atlas Mountains. ït Ben Haddou is a wonderful example of a kasbah, a type of fortress. Carefully restored over the years and now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is now considered to be one of the best preserved kasbahs in Morocco. A few families still call the kasbah their home, but the majority of locals have gradually moved to the nearby settlement. During our visit to the Kasbah, lose yourself in the narrow, winding passageways and feel the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure.
Head towards the Anti-Atlas region to the carpet town of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets. Taroudant occupies a lofty position between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas mountains, and the walled city is a reminder of the importance of Morocco's cities in years past.
Continue down through the mountains on the way to the coast at Essaouira. Stop en route to visit Agadir, a sprawling city by the sea . The journey passes through remote villages and along plateaus dotted with argan trees, before arriving at Essaouria. Built around a natural harbour, this walled port town is a gem of a place, with a variety of shops and art galleries as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants to explore
After a free morning to visit the souks of Essaouria, follow the coast south to Sidi Kaouki. This relaxed Berber village is a world away from Morocco's bustling cities, and all the better for it. You may want to linger on the great beach here, but we have a date with our camels today.
Hopping onto camel back, we take off for a ride along the beach. These ships of the desert are noble creatures who carry us along the sandy expanse of the beach, past the whitewashed walls of the villages to our camp, where we spend the night. Sleeping out under canvas or, if you prefer, under stars in this peaceful beach location is a great way to unwind after a day on camelback.
This morning we continue along the beach on our trusty steed to Essaouira. The coastline here is famous as being a great location for kite surfing and windsurfing, something to admire as we make our way along the beach. From Essaouira we return to Marrakech for the night.
Transfer to the airport and depart at any time, having said farewell to new found friends.