The Perfect Combination City & Nature

Duration: 7 days

Highlights: Marrakech secrets, The Rocky desert of Agafay, Berber cultural experience

Experience the excitement of Marrakech followed by the tranquility of the nearby Atlas Mountains.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival day

Today your flight arrives into Marrakech.  After clearing customs and immigrations, you will be met by our representative who will be waiting for you at the airport. Special arrangements are made for you to facilitate & expedite immigration formalities, customs clearance. For a better recognition our representative will be holding a sign with your name.  Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel where our representative will assist you with check-in. 

Pearl of the South, Jewel of the South, The Red City -- just a few of the nicknames Marrakech has acquired over the years. Part Berber, part Arab, part African, Marrakech is the heartbeat of Morocco, where palaces and monuments of unrivalled refinement sit calmly alongside the snake charmers and Gnaouan drums pulsing constantly from Djemâa el Fna Square -- the most exuberant marketplace in the world. It is also home to luxury hotels, sophisticated bars and exotic restaurants.

Overnight: Les Jardins de la Medina

 

Day 2 - Marrakech sightseeing (monuments)

During a day excursion, you will unearth the mysteries of Marrakech, the Pearl of the South. Once called Morocco City by foreign travellers, Marrakech eventually lent its name to the country itself. Most of the city's architectural attractions are inside the Medina, the old walled section of the town. 

Your visit will include the Ben Youssef Medersa, one of the jewels of Marrakech. The current structure of this Koranic school was built around 1570. It is the biggest Medersa (school) in the whole of the Maghreb (west). It is renowned for its magnificent architecture with zellij tile work, carved wood and stucco work. The central courtyard, student cells and prayer hall are also very interesting to discover.

Opposite the entrance to the Ben Youssef Mosque, the Qoubba Almoravides was the ablution centre for believers going to the mosque. The complex was also one of the first fountains of the town and used to ensure a constant water supply for the inhabitants of Marrakech and their animals. You can admire it from outside as it is closed for renovation.

As you explore the labyrinthine souks, indulge in some shopping! Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of textiles, clothing and all Moroccan handicrafts. This is a maze of colourful alleys. 

You will also explore the Djemaa El Fna, the city's main square and home to a multitude of street-artists, stalls of dried fruit and freshly-pressed orange juice. The numerous small restaurants which take over its centre from the early evening contribute to the scent of its surroundings.  No one can really be certain how it came into being, but over the years the square has become the beating heart of Marrakech, where fire-eaters, acrobats, snake-charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.

You will visit the gardens and admire the Koutoubia Mosque, an emblem of Marrakech. Koutoubia's minaret went on to inspire the architects of the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. The mosque cannot be visited: its beauty can be admired from the gardens and the square. This square tower in finely-worked stone is 77 metres (252 feet) tall, including its lantern. Built in the 12th century, the minaret is considered to be the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa. This famous landmark dominates the local skyline and can easily be spotted throughout Marrakech.

The Bahia Palace was ordered in 1880 by the grand vizier Sidi Moussa and took 15 years to complete. The beauty of the Bahia Palace makes it a remarkable example of the Arabo-Andalousian and is a masterpiece of domestic architecture which gives a good idea of how the privileged lived during the 19th century. The use of marble, stucco and mosaics is prevalent in the apartments, opening on to courtyards filled with fountains and plant life.

At the end of the day, you will transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight: Les Jardins de la Medina

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 3 - Marrakech

Depart at 09:00 for a culinary odyssey.

A cooking class at La Maison Arabe usually starts with a comprehensive introduction that highlights the importance of cooking in Moroccan society, and reviews the variety of recipes created by dadas (traditional woman cooks) over the centuries for special occasions such as marriages, baptisms, and circumcisions. In a typical workshop, one learns how to make a main course as well as a Moroccan appetizer or salad (for example, eggplant or roasted green peppers with tomatoes).

When the class has finished, it’s time to savor the result of one’s labor. The participants enjoy the meal they’ve prepared, in the cool shade of an olive or fig tree by the hotel’s pool. It’s been the job of the chef and translator to make sure that they’ve enjoyed themselves and learned a great deal about Moroccan cuisine and culture

In the afternoon will visit the Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Gardens), originally designed in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle.  After taking up residence in Marrakech, Majorelle transformed the property’s existing garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with verdant exotic groves, lily-covered pools, and enormous sculptural cactuses. After Majorelle’s death, the property was purchased by the famous couture fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent who established a trust to protect the future existence of the gardens. These peaceful garden settings offer a variety of exotic plants such as bamboo, cacti, bougainvillea and palms.  Streams and fish filled pools also flow through the tranquil gardens. 

At the end of the day, you will transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight: Les Jardins de la Medina

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 4 - Marrakech  to Agafay Desert

This morning is at leisure.

After lunch you will continue to unearth another side of Morocco the Rocky desert of Agafay.

Set in the heart of the one whom some call the "marrakchi desert", Scarabeo offers an exceptional and stunning place where to enjoy an overnight under the stars, refined meals and outdoor activities. Only 45 minutes' drive from Marrakech, in the middle of the rocky desert of Agafay far away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech Medina, enjoy an inspiring and relaxing experience. This little white pearl features 10 bedroom tents, set against an impressive backdrop of the biscuit-colored mounds of rock that stretch as far as the eye can see. Experience a stylish night of the Bedouin lifestyle in beguiling individual tents, which boasts a simple yet elegant décor highlighted by warm cream colors and African inspired furniture.

Overnight: Under the Stars

Meal Plan: B,D

 

Day 5 - Desert camp to Atlas Mountains

Enjoy a lovely breakfast admiring the sun rise on the rocky desert.

Today you will be visiting the gorgeous Atlas Mountains, North Africa's greatest mountain range and home to Berber culture and breath-taking vistas. 

Afterwards, you will take the road to Kasbah Tamadot. This gorgeous Richard Branson property is beautifully set in the foothills overlooking spectacular vistas, offering a blend of original features, traditional art, unique furniture collected by the former Italian owner and modern comfort, creating an opulent atmosphere. Kasbah Tamadot represents all of the luxuries that Morocco can offer. 

Linger on the terrace over a delicious lunch admiring the absolutely stunning Atlas Mountains and small Berber villages.

After lunch you will be transferred to Kasbah du Toubkal is situated at the foot of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, this unique mountain village property is the perfect place to escape and relax. Its dramatic hilltop location presents breathtaking views of the surrounding Atlas Mountains and valleys. Kasbah du Toubkal has been restored from an ancient Berber fortress and is a commendable joint venture with the local community, winning awards and for its sustainable tourism practices.

Upon your arrival to Imlil, you will exchange your car for a mule, the traditional mode of transportation in this region and will be transferred to Kasbah Toubkal for a relaxing afternoon.

Overnight: Kasbah Toubkal

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 6 - Kasbah Toubkal trekking in the Atlas Mountains

Today, you will enjoy a trek to the picturesque region on the edge of the hill at 1,820 metres (5,971 feet). In addition to experiencing two different worlds: traditional Berber and modern luxury.

Berbers are the original inhabitants of North Africa and they are composed of several tribes scattered throughout the region. Known as very proud and hard-working people, they have their own dialect, customs and traditions. During this inspiring excursion, you will have the amazing opportunity to discover a Berber way of life. Via a little road, you will reach a village located on a small hill, where Mohamed welcomes you to his family. You will meet his wife and children and learn about their habits. While visiting their humble house you will discover the traditional oven where they cook the delightful Berber bread. While savoring it with a mint tea, Mohamed, with the help of the guide, will talk to you about his family, his history and will answer any question you may have regarding Berber culture.

Overnight: Kasbah Toubkal

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 7 - Departure

Today you will bid farewell to Morocco as you depart for the airport where your international departure flight awaits.

Your pick-up time from the hotel will be reconfirmed to you the day prior to your departure.

Our representative will assist you with the check-in formalities. 

Please note that you should be at the airport two hours before departure. The transfer from Kasbah Tamadot to Marrakech is three hours.

Meal Plan: B

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