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Your walking holiday in Morocco

Atlas Panorama | Guided Group

Total Distance 43 miles (69km) | Average distance per day 9 miles (14km)

The perfect introduction to Morocco. You’ll get an insight into the colourful city of Marrakech along with some varied walking exploring the striking High Atlas Mountains. You’ll be based in the remote and picturesque village of Tijhza, were you’ll stay in a simple and pleasant riad and enjoy optional walks each day.

The pace is relaxed, allowing you to enjoy the scenery of the mountains and learn about the way of life of the friendly Berber people. You will also have the opportunity to experience a traditional hammam. In Marrakech you can explore palaces and busy souks with free evenings to enjoy Jemaa el-Fnaa famous for its street food, juice sellers and musicians. 

What not to miss

  • Riad base in traditional Moroccan village
  • Beautiful mountain scenery
  • Culture and traditions of the Berber people
  • Vibrant city of Marrakech
  • Try a hammam

What’s included

  • Meals (breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Transfers (private minibus)
  • 3 nights 3-star hotels, 4 nights simple riad
  • Airport transfers
Your walking holiday in Morocco

Atlas Panorama | Guided Group

7 nights / 8 days

Day 1

Arrival in Marrakech.

Depending on your arrival time, there may be some time to explore this wonderfully colourful city before our group briefing in the early evening. 

Day 2

Free Day Marrakech.

Today we explore the 'Red City' of Marrakech where we can soak up the atmosphere of the towns maze of bustling bazaars, palaces and mosques. In the morning we have a guided tour to orientate ourselves and the afternoon is free for individual sightseeing. You can choose whether to brave the haggling of the souks, visit the more peaceful Jardin Majorelle or relax in one of the hammam steam baths. In the evening we visit the Djemma el-Fna, the open-air central square around which Marrakech revolves. With snake charmers, juice-sellers, travelling musicians, acrobats and food stalls it is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Marrakech to Tijhza | Distance 3 miles (5km) | Elevation +150m.

Today we drive into the High Atlas Mountains. The road up to the mountains is a real switchback but very scenic. Eventually we cross the Tizi'n'Tichka which, at 2260m, is the highest road pass in Morocco. This is a narrow range of mountains and we soon drop into the gorge on the other side. It is here that we turn off into a wide valley towards Telouet where we stop to take a look at the Kasbah. This amazing fortress/palace was the stronghold of the Glaoui clan until the late fifties. On their downfall they dispersed and the castle fell into disrepair. Consequently, we can now only look at this labyrinthine mass from the outside.

From here we travel on to Anmiter where we have lunch before walking gently uphill for an hour to our riad through lush farm land of fruits, nuts and vegetables (our luggage will be transported to the village for us).

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 4

Round Tour Tizi’n’Ourghsan | Distance 11 miles (17km) | Elevation +600m / -600m.

A moderate 6-hour loop through the Tizi'n'Ourghsan and back down the Ouarikt River to the village. Starting in the terraced fields of Ouarikt we climb up through the high summer pastures to reach the Col with fantastic views of the Ouarikt Gorge. After a relaxing lunch close to a waterfall we follow the river's route back to the village. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

Round Tour | Distance 7 miles (11km) | Elevation +700m / -700m.

Leaving the riad and heading around the back of Mt n'Oughlagal (2600m), we are met with fantastic views of the valley before arriving back at the gite in time for a late lunch. The rest of the afternoon to explore the village, take a short a walk or relax with a book on the large terrace overlooking the Tijhza valley. 

 Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Round Tour to Lake Tamda | Distance 19 miles (31km) | Elevation +750m / -750m.

A longer, harder day includes a visit to the beautiful Lake Tamda, strikingly azure against the stark white-rock scenery. This lake is almost a kilometre long, lying between the impressive peaks of Jebel Anghomar and Jebel Tamda. In the afternoon we retrace our steps to our start point. En route we pass our lunch stop, some clients may choose to rest here in the shade instead of undertaking the last few kilometres. 

If the leader feels that this walk is beyond the capabilities of the majority of the group, a shorter day along the same route will be planned. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

From Tijhza to Marrakech | Distance 3 miles (5km) | Elevation -150m.

We say goodbye to Tijhza and return to Marrakech by lunchtime leaving the afternoon free for more sightseeing such as Menara Gardens or some last minute shopping. Alternatively, you may decide to relax in the hotel and enjoy the swimming pool.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

End in Marrakech.

We say “Beslama” and “tasħarrafna”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your walking holiday in Morocco

Atlas Panorama | Guided Group

Your walking holiday in Morocco

Atlas Panorama | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Gomassine, Marrakech

3-star

In Marrakech you will spend 3 nights in a 3-star hotel with en suite rooms and swimming pool.

Riad Bouchahoud, Tijhza

2-star

You’ll spend four nights in the cosy Riad Bouchahoud. This family-run property offers simple, traditional accommodation in spacious rooms, all of which are en suite. On warmer evenings we can enjoy dinner on the large terrace overlooking the farms and villages of the Tijhza valley, while during the winter months the spacious salon gives us plenty of space to relax and socialise.

Due to the size of the riad in Tijhza, we can only offer the single supplement in Marrakech. 

Your walking holiday in Morocco

Atlas Panorama | Guided Group

Package Prices 2018 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
05 August – 12 August 7 £929
09 September – 16 September 7 £799
23 September – 30 September 7 £799
21 October – 28 October 7 £829
16 December – 23 December 7 £829

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
05 August – 12 August 7 £499
09 September – 16 September 7 £499
23 September – 30 September 7 £499
21 October – 28 October 7 £499
16 December – 23 December 7 £499

Package Prices 2019 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
17 February – 24 February 7 £779
17 March – 24 March 7 £779
21 April – 28 April  7 £879
26 May – 02 June 7 £879
16 June – 23 June 7 £829
04 August – 11 August 7 £799
08 September – 15 September 7 £849
22 September – 29 September 7 £849
20 October – 27 October 7 £869
10 November – 17 November 7 £799
22 December – 29 December 7 £869

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
17 February – 24 February 7 £529
17 March – 24 March 7 £529
21 April – 28 April  7 £529
26 May – 02 June 7 £529
16 June – 23 June 7 £529
04 August – 11 August 7 £529
08 September – 15 September 7 £529
22 September – 29 September 7 £529
20 October – 27 October 7 £529
10 November – 17 November 7 £529
22 December – 29 December 7 £529

Extras

Single room supplement: £50

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your walking holiday in Morocco

Atlas Panorama | Guided Group

Total Distance

43 miles (69km)

Average distance per day

9 miles (14km)

Suitability

There are 4 walks, at a maximum altitude of 2900m and an average altitude of 1900m. Each day offers a very different view and all walks are optional allowing you to choose when you walk. Although most of the walks are on well-graded paths, some are on rough and stony trails and the area is generally quite undeveloped. There are a few steep ascents and descents. Our simple rural accommodation in the mountains is quite basic but offers a warm welcome. 

Please note that Morocco can get very hot during the summer months of July and August and departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. Although flight times are short they may not always be direct.

Please note Ramadan runs from 15th May - 14th June 2018 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day. Having said this, Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air every night.

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