Morocco is a land of powerful extremes where the modern and traditional live side by side. While poor, it is a country breathing hope.
You feel its vibrancy. You meet its open, friendly people. You savour their dishes. You are stunned by its cities; amazed at the phenomenal variation and beauty of its landscape.
You always return affected by Morocco and the way of life.
After travelling from Portsmouth to Santander you will travel down through Spain with an overnight stop in Caceres. Then it is down to Gibraltar and the Port of Algeciras where after a little bartering with the ferry companies we will board the first available ferry to Morocco.
Once in Morocco we begin the journey to Marrakesh with an overnight stop in Moulay Bousselham. The next two evenings will be spent at the world famous Le Relais de Marrakech where you can hang out by the pool and watch the Overlanders coming and going from all over the world.
The next day is your chance to experience the Market in the centre of Marrakesh, Jamaa El Fna for some real Moroccan shopping bartering included, and also to watch the market transform and come alive in the evening with food stalls and street entertainers.
Next you will begin your journey up into the High Atlas Mountains, on roads unlike any you have travelled along before. You will travel on tarmac roads which snake high up into the mountains and then onto single tracks that lead through remote Berber villages with the back drop of Djebel Toubkal the highest mountain in North Africa at 4167m.
From there you will visit many of the remote villages throughout the mountains and also the bustling towns of Taliouine, Tata, Tafraoute, Taroudant and Essaouire. Where you will see the Saffron and Argan Oil cooperatives, travel along the dry river beds and through lush Oasis.
We then begin the journey back up to the north of Morocco and back to Tangers Med, where we will board our return ferry to Algeciras.
Whilst travelling through Spain back to Santander for our ferry home we will spend the night in Salamanca. Where you can spend the evening in the stunning La Plaza Mayor in the centre of this historical city and enjoy wine and Tapas. This is the place to be on a Friday night and we guarantee you will want to come back very soon!
For more information on some of the places we will be staying on this trip please click here: www.hotel-lerelaisdemarrakech.com
Traces Berbers 2016 Hotels/Auberges
- Sat 26th March – Portsmouth/Bilbao
Loading on this ferry is quite quick. Normally we sail to Santander but this sailing is not available on the day.
- Sunday 27th March – Bilbao to Plasencia or Caceres
Depending on time as Bilbao is a little further away than Santander, we aim to overnight at Plasencia or Carceres, which breaks the back of the journey across Spain.
- Monday 28th March – Plasencia or Caceres to Algeciras
On the road by 8am, hit Algeciras around lunch time, pop into Carrefour for one last shop. Then it’s time to head for Morocco. Check in at the ferry and get the next available one to Tangers Med. Crossing around 2 hours.
After clearing immigration and customs we hit the Motorway to Vila Bea in Moulay Bousselham on the Atlantic Coast, this is a very good hotel, we hope you enjoy it.
- Tuesday 29th March – Moulay Bousselham to Marrakech
Time to chill out on arriving at Le Relais de Marrakech, one of the Overlanding epi-centers of the World, where you can watch the comings and goings by the pool or hit the Town, it’s a must do, to watch the sun go down in the square and see the place come alive.
- Wednesday 30th March – Marrakech
It’s your time, to do whatever you please in this amazing place.
- Thursday 31st March – Marrakech to Taliouine via the Tizi-n-Test pass
Tizi-n-Test is a small pass in the High Atlas mountains. A road crosses the pass, connecting Marrakech and Taroudant. The pass is at 2,093 meters,where a commemorative plaque certifies that the road was built between 1926 and 1932.
Taliouine is the Saffron Capital of the World and we will spend two nights at Auberge Toubkal, this is now real Morocco!
- Friday 1st of April – it’s up into the High Atlas Mountains
With Mount Toubkal as your back drop we will have lunch at 7300ft, if we can get the kettle to light as the air is so thin. We then loop back around into Taliouine having had a mind blowing day!
- Saturday 2nd of April – Taliouine to Tata
Starting the morning on a tarmac run for the first leg the road then becomes mountain track, followed by driving along rivers beds through wide open plains, passed Berber camps to Tata, if you think Taliouine is basic think again.
- Sunday 3rd of April – Tata to Tafraoute
A day of wide open plains passed gold mines and then back into the mountains through a gorge that seems to go on forever, the road is a river bed winding through villages and oasis. The day ends in Tafraoute and we will have dinner in a Bedouin tent.
- Monday 4th of April – Tafraoute to Taroudant
This day is back into the mountains heading to the famed walled town of Taroudant.
- Tuesday 5th of April – Taroudant to Essaouira
We are on the Moroccan motorway to Essaouira? Well because Essaouira has to be done, this famous walled fishing port on the Atlantic, has everything you can imagine the film set of Casablanca must have been like, Raids, Shops and Restaurants.
- Wednesday 6th of April – Essaouira to Meknes
It’s a lot of motorway miles, via Marrakech/Casablanca/Rabat to Meknes, where we will overnight, but worth it when you visit Volubilis in the morning.
- Thursday 7th of April – Meknes via Volubilis, Roman ruins to Asilah
Volubilis is one of the wonders of the world and amazing place to wander about for a couple of hours before we head north to Asilah and our last evening in Morocco
- Friday 8th of April – Asilah to Salamanca Spain!
We need to be on the road by 7am to get the earliest possible ferry from Tangers Med to Algeciras. The is going to be a very long day, and we need to keep the speed up to the legal limit to get there.
- Saturday 9th of April – Salamanca to Santander
The good news is there is no rush, as we have broken the back of the journey and only have 200 miles to do, so you can have a look around Salamanca at your leisure, and we will set off around lunch time to catch the evening ferry. This is a cruise ferry so much better on the return leg.
- Sunday 10th of April – Cruise back to the UK
Arriving back into Portsmouth around 8pm.
The nearest faraway adventure you can get!
- Suitable for 4×4s with a low ‘box
- Two tour guides per group
- Ferry Algecira to Tangers Med included
- £2,500 per car two persons including accommodation in Morocco
- Hotels and Auberg in Morocco
- Ferry Portsmouth to Santander not included, however we are agents for P&O and Brittany Ferries, if you book your journey through us we will pass on our commission as a discount.
- You enjoy the experience; we take care of the rest