Marrakesh & the High Atlas Mountains

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
From: $ 1,453 $ 208 / day
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Overview

Short Description

The maze-like souqs of Fez, the vast orange dunes of the Erg Chebbi, Berber nomads in the Sahara… On a tailor-made holiday to Morocco with Audley, you’ll see the highlights — and much more — your way. We’ll design your ideal trip with you, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our Morocco specialists know the country inside out and can lead you to experiences you won’t find in a guidebook.

Taste Morocco’s spice-scented cuisine at a private cooking lesson in Marrakesh. Bargain for a hand-knotted wool rug while sipping sweet mint tea in a noisy medina. Hike among the ancient villages and winding tracks of the High Atlas Mountains. Unwind in the windy-swept port town of Essaouira. Watch the stars from a tented camp in the deep, echoing silence of the dessert.

The fortified kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. Roman ruins at Volubilis. The blue-washed village of Chefchaouen. What excites you? Travel at your own pace, in your own style, with the confidence that we’ll show you the best options, wherever you go.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Marrakesh
End City Marrakesh

Destinations

Morocco

Attractions & Cities Visited

Atlas Mountains Marrakech

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Marrakesh

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Marrakesh. Upon arrival into Marrakesh airport, you will be met by a private car and transferred to your hotel, where you're greeted with a mint tea. Once you've settled in, begin your exploration of Marrakesh. Depending on where you're staying, a short stroll or taxi ride will take you to the souqs, where you can browse the vast array of goods for sale, from piles of aromatic spices to leather handbags and traditional lanterns.

Day 2 : Marrakesh

Today your private guide leads you around the city, teaching you about its history and culture. You visit the beautifully mosaicked Saadien Tombs, where the bodies of sultans and their families have rested for centuries, the Bahia Palace and the 15th-century Mellah (Jewish Quarter). This afternoon, your guide takes you into the different quarters of the souq to see craftsmen working on their various trades. It provides a valuable insight into the skilled work that goes into making the products you barter for.

Day 3 : Marrakesh

Today you can explore Marrakesh independently, perhaps revisiting the souqs to barter for any goods that caught your eye on previous visits. We suggest taking time to visit the tranquil Majorelle Gardens, which provide a welcome contrast to the bustle of the medina. Here you can stroll among cacti, bamboo and gurgling streams, and visit the Berber Museum, which has a collection of items that once belonged to Berber tribes. This evening, head to the lively Djemaa El Fna to watch dancers perform for the crowds and sample some of Marrakesh's delicious - and often unusual, street food.

Day 4 : High Atlas Mountains

This morning you leave Marrakesh behind as you travel by private car into the rugged beauty of the High Atlas Mountains. After arriving at your accommodation in the peaceful foothills, relax and make use of the facilities, taking a dip in the pool or unwinding with a drink while enjoying the views. Alternatively, you may wish to begin to explore your surroundings, perhaps taking a walk through the green hills and valleys.

Day 5 : High Atlas Mountains

Today you may wish to visit a traditional Berber village, where you can share lunch and a mint tea with a local family while learning about their way of life. We recommend a visit to the Assafou Foundation, which provides free education to children living in these rural communities. You can visit the school where the children are taught and where local women learn skills such as weaving so that they can sell their handicrafts at local markets or in Marrakesh's souqs.

Day 6 : High Atlas Mountains

Another free day to explore the striking countryside of the High Atlas. There are lots of hiking trails you could explore with a guide, who can pick the most suitable options for your fitness level and interests. You may also like to visit one of the local villages to wander through the markets that are regularly held. People from rural villages far and wide travel to the markets to sell their wares or stock up on everything they need for the week, from food to clothes.

Day 7 : International return flight

Today your private driver transfers you back to Marrakesh International Airport in time for your onward flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Ewan was fantastic in helping me arrange a US trip for me and my Fiancée. Gave me all the top spots and recommendations on what to do, when all I really had to start with was a broad idea of where I wanted to go.
The locations were perfect and the activities made the experience extra special.
I would definitely recommend Audley and especially Ewan to anyone looking for a more bespoke experience.
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Unfortunately, I can't review our TRAVEL experience with Audley Travel, but can comment on their non-responsiveness.

I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

p.s. They sent their automated marketing message with ALL their trips listed in response to my website inquiry. In this message they included: "When you are ready...". I replied that, indeed, we are ready, as I explained in my inquiry -- ready, know where and when we want to travel and are inquiring if you are interested in creating a private journey for us. No reply! Instead, they sent another marketing message the next day (and after Lydia already told us that they are very busy and won't be able to make reservations.) The second marketing message had no option to "unsubscribe". Again, I replied to that message and asked them to stop spamming me with marketing materials.

UPDATE: Audley's Client Experience Executive reached out to me in response to this review. She apologized profusely and wanted me to know that my "feedback is being heard". She said that she spoke with the employees' manager to "ensure mistakes like this don’t happen again and provide additional training to support their growth." She also promised to ask the marketing to delete my name from their marketing list. I took her at her word.

I don't know if this interaction with the client experience executive convinced me to seek Audley's services in the future, but I promised her to include in my review this "status update".
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There are much better travel companies than Audley

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Unfortunately Audley Travel are so arrogant they don’t believe anyone else can provide a better holiday at lower cost

I’m booking for South Africa and they simply can’t accept that another company can provide a better itinerary at a lower price - even to the point of asking for the other quote and saying this is usual practice in the industry!! ( rubbish) . Totally unprofessional behaviour. Furthermore , sending me emails knocking my choice of hotel and safari park while at the same time promoting hotels that clearly have issues as evidenced by poor ratings on the major sites

I use another well known travel provider that actually provide high quality at a decent price

Audley are simply interested in selling the highest price hotels etc that give them the maximum profit rather than what is right for you

They love themselves and keep on saying nonsense such as “ I’m really pleased with what I’ve come up with and hope you are too “

They need to get real

I won’t reveal the name of the agent dealing with me as that’s probably unfair
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Where do I start, a trip of a life time, with experiences and memories for all my family. Every detail of our amazing journey in Cambodia & Vietnam was exceptional. The key was the guides provided, local, knowledgable and flexible, they all became friends over our stay. Engaging in the culture, experiencing life from food to travel, to luxury and amazing people. I would like to thank Mark Hotham for creating such special trip with many memories, to all the guides, Sophea, Tien & Tan and the drivers. Will I be booking another trip with Audley - yes, my only problem is what location
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We were planning a special family holiday in Thailand to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary. We were a party of 11, coming from the UK and Australia at slightly different times.
Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
The arrangements worked splendidly, the hotel in Khao Lak was first class and the Elephant Hills trip was magical.
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Mark and every effort was made to deliver the holiday we were looking for.
We have already recommended Audley travel to our friends and they will be our first choice of travel agency from now on.
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This was our first time using Audley to organise a holiday for us and Ewan did a simply fantastic job. From the very first contact call, where we explained what we hoped to see and do, to wishing us 'Bon voyage' as we stepped on to the plane, Ewan was always there, helping and guiding. He selected exactly the sort of hotels and experiences we were looking for as well as the flights and car hire in one seamless operation. We will definitely be using Audley again !
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

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