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Home > Morocco > Itineraries > Highlights Of Morocco

Highlights of Morocco

Departures

March through May

Duration

12 Days

Locations

Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, High Atlas Mountains, Casablanca, El Jadida

Overview

This tour of Morocco is a sensory sensation, as you experience the spirited way of life of this North African region. Begin in Marrakesh, touring medieval monuments, mosques, and museums. Drink in the historic heritage of this amazingly preserved part of the world, through all the food and marketplace fun. Day tours of gardens and a myriad of interesting art galleries reveal a world of fascinating cultural history.

Heading out of Marrakesh, you explore the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, taking in traditional Berber villages, desert oases, and stunning kasbahs. Arriving in Skoura, you spend the night in a private luxury camping lodge, sinking into Moroccan culture completely. Stops in Ouarzazate, Asni, and Imlil reveal more of the fascinating Berber way of life under the watchful eye of the mountains.

The tour concludes in the fabled city of Casablanca, where you hit all the heritage highlights, along with the neighboring colonial-era port of El Jadida and its fascinating Fortress of Mazagan. All of Morocco’s best-kept secrets will be revealed in this 12-day adventure.

Itinerary in Detail

    Day 1: Casablanca, Marrakesh

    Upon your arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by a VIP host who will assist you through customs and escort you to your private vehicle.

    The transfer time to Marrakesh is approximately three hours, after which you will visit the defining landmark of Marrakesh – the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Your walk will continue on to the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa, the greatest square in all of Africa. Once the ultimate destination for traders from foreign lands, it now provides ever-changing entertainment for storytellers, healers, snake charmers, acrobats, and food stalls. Explore its intensity with your guide before continuing on to your hotel.

    Hotel: Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Day 2: Marrakesh

    After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for a tour of Marrakesh’s ancient, pink-walled Medina. Visit the Bahia Palace which was built at the end of the 19th century, a masterpiece that reflects how privileged people used to live. Continue to the Saadian Tombs, one of the only vestiges remaining from the Saadian dynasty. Your visit may also include Dar Al Bacha, which is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the city.

    After lunch at your hotel, you will explore the colorful marketplaces – or souks – of Marrakesh. Each souk is situated in its own unique quarter, as the merchants trade spices, carpets, jewelry, enamelware, copper, brass, wood carvings, and much more.

    You then enjoy taste-testing Moroccan pastries and discovering the country’s traditional spices. You also visit a mint merchant to learn about the herbs used in Moroccan tea. The tour draws to a close with a fabulous dinner overlooking the Medina.

    Hotel: Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Day 3: Marrakesh

    This morning, you discover the Moroccan culinary arts with a private cooking class in a comfortable riad. Your workshop will be hosted by a Moroccan chef, whom you will assist with the preparation of a traditional meal.

    You will then visit the beautiful Jardin Majorelle, once the home of French artist Jacques Majorelle, lovingly restored under the patronage of the late French fashion designer Yves St. Laurent. The designer and his long-time partner Pierre Bergé discovered the garden in 1966, buying it in 1980 and expanding its size, restoring the adjacent Villa Bou Saf, which was renamed Villa Oasis. The painter’s studio was transformed into a museum dedicated to Berber culture, housing the personal Berber collection of Saint Laurent and Bergé.

    After your visit, you will continue to the Anima Gardens, created by artist André Heller – one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

    Hotel: Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Day 4: Marrakesh

    Today, you will visit the Museum of La Palmeraie, which houses a private collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and installations. You will then visit the studio of renowned perfumer Abderrazzak Benchaâbane, where you will create your very own personal fragrance. Afterward, a stop at the David Bloch Gallery reveals contemporary art in an intimate setting replete with modern paintings, sculptures, and graffiti by Moroccan and global artists.

    The tour continues on to the Matisse Art Gallery, which is one of many galleries around the world to bear Henri Matisse’s name. This contemporary gallery showcases both old and new Moroccan artists. You will then have the opportunity to meet a Moroccan caftan designer in her workshop and discuss the secrets of designing a traditional Moroccan dress.

    This evening, traditional live music and dance introduce a Moroccan feast, followed by the intriguing tales of a storyteller.

    Hotel: Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Villa des Orangers Relais & Châteaux

    Day 5: Marrakesh, Skoura

    After breakfast, we leave Marrakesh to travel through the stunning Atlas Mountains and the Tizi n’Tichka Pass. You will cross Ouarzazate, once a busy trading center for camel caravans from sub-Saharan Africa on their way to Marrakesh and Fes. You then visit the village of Télouet and explore its kasbah.

    Continue to visit one of the highlights of the south, the marvelous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, with its earliest building dating back to the 11th century. You then arrive in Skoura and check into your hotel. The day consists of about five hours of driving, stops included.

    Hotel: Dar Ahlam

    Dar Ahlam

    Day 6: Skoura

    Dar Ahlam provides tailor-made activities and experiences that will be discussed with you upon check-in. Trek into the Valley of Roses and wander among the corn stalks and pomegranate trees of a nearby palm grove, or drive to the hilltop vestiges of a 12th-century Berber village for a traditional tea ceremony at dusk.

    Following this orientation, you will be transferred to a private camp for the evening. Your canvas tent is a cozy sanctuary filled with Moroccan textiles, soft cushions, Berber rugs, and an ensuite bathroom. Your dedicated butler and camp team will arrange the most spectacular backdrops for each meal, serving dinner by a crackling bonfire.

    Hotel: Dar Ahlam

    Dar Ahlam

    Day 7: Skoura

    Today, you will return to Dar Ahlam and enjoy time at your leisure, relaxing or exploring the region.

    Hotel: Dar Ahlam

    Dar Ahlam

    Day 8: Ouarzazate, High Atlas Mountains

    This morning, you will be transferred to the High Atlas Mountains with a stop in Ouarzazate. Enjoy a visit to the Majestic Taourirt Kasbah, which was built in the 19th century. Another attraction of the city is its cinema tourism – movies like the Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Mummy were filmed here. After, you will continue through the mountains and arrive at your hotel for check-in. Today’s drive is about six hours, including the stops in Ouarzazate.

    Hotel: Kasbah Tamadot

    Kasbah Tamadot

    Day 9: High Atlas Mountains

    Today you discover the villages of Asni and Imlil with your mountain guide. Enjoy a light trek as you reach a fascinating Berber home to learn about the family’s culture and way of life. Breakfast will be served along with mint tea. Your hike continues through the mountains to a magical spot for a picnic lunch under a private tent – set only for you.

    Hotel: Kasbah Tamadot

    Kasbah Tamadot

    Day 10: High Atlas Mountains, Casablanca

    Today, you will meet your driver in the hotel lobby to depart for Casablanca, a journey taking approximately four hours. Upon arrival, you start your adventure with a visit to the Hassan II Mosque, dramatically located at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. This astounding edifice is larger than Saint Peter’s in Rome and was built by the late King Hassan II at the end of his 40-year reign. Following that, you will stroll the Mohammed V Square and the Habouss quarter, where you will discover a modern version of the Medina.

    Hotel: The Four Seasons Casablanca

    THE FOUR SEASONS CASABLANCA

    Day 11: Casablanca

    This morning, you depart for El Jadida, a former Portuguese colony with several interesting buildings from the colonial era. Explore former churches and synagogues that sit close to mosques. Continue to the UNESCO-listed Fortress of Mazagan, one of the country’s most well-preserved coastal buildings. Here, you will discover the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture. After lunch, you return to Casablanca.

    Hotel: The Four Seasons Casablanca

    THE FOUR SEASONS CASABLANCA

    Day 12: Casablanca

    Today, you make your way to the airport, escorted to the boarding gate for your return flight home.

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