We Love —
- Experience a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Morocco's Berber Heartlands - an experience you don't want to miss!
- Visit some of the country's greatest highlights, including the famous Lagzira Beach, the Souss Massa National Park and the former rebel stronghold of Taroudant!
- Stay in a variety of fabulous hotels throughout and enjoy delicious Half Board Dining!
New Voyage Privé —
Carefully selected by our experts especially for you
Your Destination —
You will explore lush valleys, irrigated by springs, palatial kasbahs recalling an ancient past and fortified villages which have stood the test of time. Taste, see, and feel the history of this unique and mesmerising country, as you travel to villages untouched by modern tourism, and gain insider knowledge with the help of an expert guide all the way. All this, against a backdrop of burnished red sands and snow-capped peaks... Welcome to Morocco!
Our Offers —
5-Night Berber Heartlands Discovery Tour
7-Night Berber Heartlands Discovery Tour
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: Arrival to Agadir
Day 2: Agadir - Souss Massa National Park - Tiznit - Goulimine
Day 3: Goulimine and a Full Day Excursion to Lagzira Beach, La Plage Blanche, and the Tighmert Oasis
Day 4: Goulimine - Bouizakarne - Amtoudi - Tafraout
Day 5: Tafraout - Igherm - Tiout - Tarandout
Day 6: End of Tour for 5-Night Stays. For 7-Night Stays: Tarandout - Agadir
Day 7: Agadir
Day 8: Departure
Your Itinerary —
On arrival at the Agadir Al Massira airport, and after clearing immigration & customs, you will meet your holiday representative just outside of the airport terminal, with a Voyage Privé banner. The drive to your hotel will take approximately 30 minutes. Agadir is a Berber word meaning a fortified granary or village, and a dominant feature of many villages in the South and Atlas (you will be seeing several on your tour this week).
Dinner and overnight in Best Western hotel or similar
After breakfast & check-out, your personal driver will meet you at the reception of the hotel and the adventure begins towards the "Gateway to the Sahara"Goulimine. Today, you will have the privileged opportunity to enter the internationally renowned Souss Massa National Park, a protected area characterised by its bio-ecological richness, and ecosystems (wetlands, cliffs, argan forest, steppes etc), with over 300 species of plants, 250 species of birds and 20 mammals such as Addax antelope, red-necked ostriches, Oryx gazelle and the beautiful ‘Bambi’ golden gazelle. This is the home of the Bald Ibis, one of the rarest birds in the world. The best time to visit is in winter, when tens of thousands of migrating birds gather, stopping over from Europe to Africa. Back to nature at its very best. A light refreshment will be taken at the beautiful & usually isolated fishermen’s Tifnit beach – surfers’ paradise – before continuing to the former silver capital, Tiznit. This is the place to buy traditional silver Berber jewellery such as the famous hand of Fatima, an ancient talismanic motif. Continue south along one of the region’s most beautiful routes, offering wonderful views of the ocean, rugged hills and empty coves to the cosmopolitan spot of Mirleft. A late lunch can be taken in one of its beckoning cafés, historically popular with artists, musicians recovering from Saharan crossings. Then finally to Goulimine, which, from the 10th to 19th centuries as an important commercial centre located on the caravan route from Niger, Mali & Senegal, trading gold, spices, cloth & slave with Timbuktu. It’s also known as the town of the "blue men" due to the indigo robes of the Saharan nomads, coming once a week from the desert to trade their camels. Check-in to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Oasis Palm Hotel or similar
After breakfast, you will discover the longest and wildest beach that Morocco has to offer, La Plage Blanche. Lost in Saharan dunes and facing the Canary Islands, this heavenly site was named Playa Blanca by Spanish explorers. The white beach is an untouched expanse of fine white sand, located in the heart of an ecological park of 250 square kilometres scattered throughout by many kasbahs of discrete charm. Continue to Legzira Beach, one of Morocco’s unique beaches. Like its other Atlantic counterparts, the 8 km-long stretch of beach is windy, rocky, and expansive. What sets Legzira apart, however, were its two mammoth stone arches. Naturally formed after years of erosion, these sedimentary giants jut out into the perpetually crashing waves and are accessible during low-tide. However, one of the arches collapsed recently. This is the haven for European para-gliders and surfers, the bongo drums and wetsuits manifest themselves a little ad nauseam, but through the Atlantic mists scraps of Moroccan life, like donkeys and fisherman, can still be found. The driver will arrange for a freshly cooked fish lunch to enjoy before continuing to one of the South’s most amazing oases – the Tighmert oasis. Here, the Saharoui tribe, the Azwafit, live – and claim that Tighmert is the first and last step to paradise. There is a small eco-museum, showing off the nomadic and Berber memories & ways of life. You will be invited into a nomad’s tent for the obligatory glass of mint tea & experience their hospitality. When you are ready, your driver will take you back to the Oasis Palm Hotel & time for a cleansing hammam, on the invitation of the hotel in their spa. Other options are available & you can check with the hotel & book maybe a massage.
Dinner and overnight at Oasis Palm Hotel or similar
After breakfast, check out of the hotel, and leave "The Gateway to the Sahara" for the Anti Atlas mountains, via Bouizakarne and spectacular desert mountain landscape, stopping in the village of Taghjijt for a ‘noos noss’ coffee, then on to the Berber village of Amtoudi. An oasis, patches of irrigated land like green velvet against the stark & rugged ochre background, agriculture is the main activity, producing figs, apricots, almonds, olive and dates, & small fields of vegetables, corn and barley (for local needs). One of the most fascinating aspects of Amtoudi, which sets it apart from other oasis settlements, is the 800-year old ancient grain storage facility, or "Agadir", perched high up on a hill overlooking the village and the oldest traditional bank system in the world. It is considered to be both the most well-preserved Agadir in North Africa and is well worth the visit. In the past, it was of great value as it stored the grain that could mean life or death for the inhabitants of an area where rain is very scarce. However, bandits and rival tribes also had to eat, and would often invade villages with Agadirs in an effort to help themselves to the stored provisions. The position of tAgadirdir of Amtoudi village made this a very difficult task for would-be thieves, as visitors will come to appreciate. Some free time for lunch in the village of Timoulay, & continue via Izerbi & Agigal villages, passing shepherds cloaked in chill shadows, their goats up in the trees feasting on Argan nuts, to the Berber heartland which is Tafraout, a village that looks as if it has fallen out of the sky, perched on alarming boulders the size of mansions. It’s cupped in a shallow bowl between rocky outcrops, a perfect balance uniting nature & man. A cluster of slender minarets and low pink homes, like something from the pages of 1001 nights. Tafraout is where proud Berber tribes, traditions and folklore pre-dating the Arab conquest by centuries, a realm set quite apart from the hubbub of the kingdom's big cities and ubiquitous urban sprawl. Before checking into your hotel, you will visit the village of Agard Oudad, lying at the foot of a group of strangely shaped red granite rocks known locally as "Napoleon’s Hat".
Dinner and overnight at Les Amandiers Hotel or similar
After breakfast in the hotel, its time to leave for Taroudant, passing by impressive panoramic views in the Anti-Atlas, amongst picturesque villages, Igherm & the palm grove oasis of Tiout. You will have the chance to take a short walk through the oasis and a glass of mint tea in a Berber family’s home. There will be time for lunch during the day, and your driver will propose a stop en route. Continue to ‘little Marrakech’, which is the former rebel stronghold Taroudant, but its pace of life is a long way from that of the imperial city. Hidden by magnificent red-mud walls and backed by the snowcapped peaks of the High Atlas, Taroudant’s souks and squares form this market town where Berbers trade the produce of the rich & fertile Souss valley. Check in to your hotel. In the late afternoon, join your driver guide for an orientation tour of Taroudant, for photo stop of the ramparts & 5 monumental gates, and take a horse and drawn carriage tour of the medina, with free time for shopping in Talmaklat Square, mingling with the Blue Women and their flowing indigo veils, a popular fashion associated with the blue men of the desert.
Dinner and overnight at Riad Dar Zahra or similar
After a lazy breakfast in the Riad, it’s time to return to Agadir via the Souss Valley – and hopefully passing by the Argan forest with the goats perched in their branches of the trees. Check in to the Hotel. Time to relax by the pool, or maybe take a relaxing hammam in the beautiful spa, a real haven of luxury allowing you to discover the Berber-Moroccan customs harmoniously combined with aromatherapy & chromotherapy. This evening, you will be picked up and taken to Agadir’s trendy marina, to the most popular restaurant in town – the Pure Passion – for a delicious 3-course dinner. Time for a stroll in the marina, and return to the hotel.
Overnight at Best Western hotel or similar
Day 7: Agadir (Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Enjoy a day at leisure. Breakfast will be served in the hotel, before you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, either by the pool or at the beach.
Dinner and overnight at Best Western hotel or similar
Day 8: Departure (Breakfast Included)
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel, check-out and prepare for your departure at the airport.
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Your Hotels —
During this tour, our members will be accommodated at the following hotels in Twin, Double or Triple Rooms on a Half Board Dining Basis (breakfast and evening meal served in the main restaurant - excludes drinks).
Please Note: If the following hotels are not available, our members will be accommodated in hotels of a similar standard and geographic location.
Goulimine: Oasis Palm Hotel or Similar
Tafraout: Les Amandiers Hotel or Similar
Tarandout: Riad Dar Zahra or Similar
Sleeps up to
Please note: the bed for the 3rd/4th guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.
Your Journey through Morocco —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Return airport transfers are included throughout this offer.