This introductory tour of Morocco is centered with a home base in the magical Ochre City of Marrakech. After a few days exploring the rich crafts and history of Marrakech, you'll spend an overnight trip into the Atlas Mountains where you'll explore unparalleled panoramas and get a taste for the ancient Berber way of life. You'll finish on the Morocco's Atlantic coast in the Phoenician village of Essaouira, where you'll explore the ancient art of Thuya wood carving and Argan Oil.
On your first day in Morocco, arrive in Marrakech and enjoy a leisurely afternoon with a welcome Royal Hammam and Spa treatment. Once the sun sets, take an evening walk around the Djemaa el Fna square, to see the culmination of colorful chaos, musical performances, snake charmers, and henna artists. Settle into a quiet corner of the medina for a wonderful welcome dinner at Le Jardin- one of Marrakech’s hidden gems.
Today will be spent visiting the city’s highlights. In the morning, see the Koutoubia Mosque, explore the Bahia Palace, and visit the Saadian Tombs. After a rooftop lunch at Nomad, visit the beautiful and historical Ben Youssef Madrassa, an Islamic college, and the largest in all of Morocco. From the madrassa, walk into Marrakech’s souk. After a brief introduction, spend the afternoon shopping or exploring the winding streets of the medina. In the evening, enjoy dinner at either the La Maison Arabe or the quirky Cafe Clock (try the signature camel burger!).
Begin your third day in Marrakech with La Maison Arabe’s incredible tagine cooking class. Have a local chef de cuisine guide you through the process of making a traditional Moroccan meal, complete with homemade bread, Moroccan mint tea, salads, a tagine of your choosing and some typical coconut almond cookies. For lunch, enjoy the fruits of your labor. In the afternoon, take a stroll around the Majorelle Gardens and long time home of Yves Saint-Laurent. Don’t miss the Islamic Art Museum nestled in the gardens! For tea time, if you wish, visit the beautiful La Mamounia for typical Moroccan tea and cookies. Have a free evening to spend however you please.
Day trip for standard program or overnight trip for luxury program)
Rise and shine and make your way into the mountains. After a short drive, find yourself in the Atlas Mountain Range, and embark on a lovely hike- which can be adjusted for any desired length or level of difficulty. Find yourself in a local Berber home for lunch, and explore some of the surrounding villages. Post-exploration, make your way either back to Marrakech or to the Kasbah Tamadot for dinner.
On day five, head towards Essaouira, stopping at an Argan Oil Cooperative along the way. Let the experts explain the process of making one of Morocco’s most famous products, taste different varieties of the oil, and learn what is so special about the essence of Argan. Afterwards, continue on towards the coast. Upon arrival into Essaouira, and have a brief introduction to the sqala and harbor, then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the town at your leisure.
Spend today getting to know the city. Visit the medina, and the famous Thuya wood artisan workshop. For the crafty, try your hand at a calligraphy workshop. Check out La Fromagerie, a local organic farm, for an unexpectedly decadent lunch. For the adventurous of the group, check out the surf report or have a lovely sunset horseback ride down the beach, then bask in the salty air during a rooftop dinner overlooking the town.
On your last day in Morocco, return to the ochre city. Use what you now know about Moroccan people, places, and products to guide you through a free day to spend however you please. In the afternoon, enjoy Royal Hammam & Massage treatments before a lovely farewell dinner.
Drive to airport for your flight out
|Price from||$4,668.00 per person, based on double occupancy|