Escape to Essaouira
Picturesque fishing village on the Atlantic coast. A windsurfing paradise.
Essaouira, known in ancient times as Mogador, is a small enchanting port city that retains its vitality to this day. In 2001 its historic old town was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Essaouira is also home to the renowned Gnaoua World Music festival which attracts half a million attendees annually and has included Orson Welles, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Charlie Chaplin, Mick Jagger, and countless other celebrities.
Indulge in the freshest seafood and fish in the open-air restaurants along the port; a truly authentic feast for gourmets which may be the highlight of this excursion.
You will depart on this adventure at 9:00 AM in a private vehicle with a personal driver who will first take you to the very center and origin of the world’s argan oil trade. See how this ancient oil has been made for centuries in female-run cooperatives before your free day in Essaouria. Your chauffer will await you until you decide to return.
Visit to High Atlas Villages
An astounding mountain landscape that is home to the indigenous Berber population.
Go further than you’ve ever gone before and discover ancestral Berber villages at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. After immersing yourself in the stunning views at Lake Lalla Takerkoust and leaving your footprints along the picturesque trails of this region, you will experience a meal prepared with local, traditional products. This adventure continues with the villages of Saint Moulay Brahim and Asni, situated at the base of Djebel Toubkal Massif mountain (elevation 4,160 meters), and other ancestral Berber villages in the Tahanaout district.
Departure for this unforgettable journey is at 9:00 AM with a private vehicle and personal driver. Return is in the early evening.
Outing to Ourika Valley
Where river, mountain, valley, and imagination collide.
Nestled at the foot of the Atlas range, Ourika Valley will leave you breathless and with an unforgettable impression of this idyllic retreat. It has an awe-inspiring mountainous landscape that is characteristic to the High Atlas zone. The Ourika River, one of Morocco’s most beautiful, flows through the valley and keeps it lush and green year round. Here you can soak up the vast mountain ranges and visit the past by venturing to traditional villages of the ancient Berber people.
Take the opportunity to relax with a glass of mint tea and learn about the natural resources and artisan craftsmanship native to this special region. Don’t miss out on a traditional meal with a stunning view along the riverside.
This remarkable adventure takes a half day and can be arranged for morning or afternoon. We also provide you with a private vehicle and chauffeur.
Escape to Desert
Satiate your wanderlust and sleep beneath the brilliant Saharan starlit sky.
Dare to wander off the beaten path by embarking on this once in a lifetime adventure to the world’s largest hot desert, the Sahara. In a 4x4 SUV you will traverse the entire Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass where you can view this magnificent rugged landscape from Morocco’s highest point. Your journey will continue on to the heart-stopping massive sea of Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the ancient fortified city of Aït Ben Haddou (UNESCO Patrimony of Humanity and the scene of major cinematic productions like “Gladiator” and “Lawrence of Arabia”), the spectacular Valley of Roses, Route of a Thousand Kasbahs (ancient Moroccan fortresses), the Great Plains of Marrakech, and many more awe-inspiring views and landmarks.
Trade in the 4x4 for dromedaries (Arabic camels) and take this unforgettable opportunity to experience real desert life as you stop in Erfoud, an oasis town nestled in the vast Sahara desert, in addition to villages of ancestral Moroccan tribes.
Stop over at the 4 star Xaluca Dades Hotel for your first night and experience fine dining with spectacular views of the High Atlas Mountains. On your second night you will sacrifice modern comforts to experience the reality of life for desert nomads and sleep in their traditional jaimas furnished with rugs, cushions, sheets, and blankets. This unforgettable experience is amplified by the absence of any sound or light pollution - just you, your candlelit caravan, and the star filled African sky.
Over the course of three days and two nights you will witness sunrises and sunsets that will give you chills, feast your senses on all the riches that Moroccan desert life has to offer, and round out this adventure with a visit to a 360 million years old quarry of marine fossils before making your way back to Marrakech.