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Marrakesh, Essaouira and the High Atlas Mountains in luxury

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Explore three contrasting sides of Morocco on this luxurious seven-night journey, getting a privileged insight into the North African nation’s rich culture, history and modern face on privately guided tours, all while staying handpicked luxury riads and kasbahs.

Begin the ‘Ochre City’ of Marrakesh, where you’ll be shown around the old medina, a teeming labyrinth of medieval streets and alleys that have enthralled visitors for decades. Treat all your senses, especially your taste buds, at Djemaa el Fna’s food market, and visit grand palaces, bazaars, historic tombs and the gardens of Yves Saint Laurent.

Head to the coast to be cooled by the Atlantic breeze and two nights in the old port of Essaouira. Nicely laid back and touch bohemian, be guided around the city’s seaside medina, wander endless beaches and discover the beautiful countryside close by.

End at an opulent kasbah high the Atlas Mountains, with plenty of time to relax and take in the views along with a privately guided hike through rustic Berber villages and breathtaking landscape.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Marrakesh

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

VIP Meet and Greet

Transfer

Private transfer to Marrakesh

Accommodation in Marrakesh

Three nights in Marrakesh Three nights in Marrakesh

With its rich atmosphere, fascinating history and rich Berber culture, the city of Marrakesh encapsulates what draws people from around the world to Morocco. Near one thousand year old red walls surround the historic medina, with monumental gates leading through to a warren of winding alleys. It’s here you’ll find Marrakesh’s vibrant souks, markets and artisan workshops selling fragrant spices, leather-ware, jewellery, Berber carpets, spices, fabrics, lamps, pottery and more. The centrepiece is Jemaa el-Fnaa, a bustling market place square that hosts storytellers, musicians and performers in what is an unforgettable nightly spectacle.

One the other side of the walls is the rest of the city, known as the Gueliz. The lavish El Badi, Bahia and Royal Palaces flank the kasbah, each wonderful examples of Berber design and craft. Also out here are wonderful gardens such as Yves Saint Lauren’s Jardin Majorelle and the sprawling Menara gardens set against the Atlas Mountains.

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Culinary tour of Jemaa el-Fnaa Culinary tour of Jemaa el-Fnaa

Meet your local guide and head to the magical medina of Marrakech. Reach the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square to really feel the oriental wonders of this place. Your guide will awaken your five senses during this tour as you stop at the tastiest food stalls, visit olive and nut souks and sample local specialties. Moreover you will see various artists ranging from snake charmers to acrobats.

Medina of Marrakesh tour Medina of Marrakesh tour

Your private guide will show you around some of Marrakesh's historic highlights in the medina, the old fortified city which is ringed by some 19km (12 miles) of walls and monumental gates which date back to the 12th century. The entirety of the old town is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as narrow streets, riads and bazaars, the walls encompass grand palaces, gardens, mosques, bustling squares, tombs and museums including Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs, the Medersa ben Youssef, and the ever-present Koutoubia Mosque, whose minaret will always help you to find the right direction.

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Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Jardin Majorelle Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Jardin Majorelle

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé first visited Marrakech in 1966, quickly falling in love with the city; its vibrant colours, intricate decor and buzzing markets a constant source of inspiration. Upon learning that the 1930s gardens of French painter Jacques Majorelle were to be developed, the couple bought them and a grand private residence, the Villa Oasis.

The Jardin Majorelle was restored and opened to the public, becoming one of the most visited attractions in the city, a peaceful enclave on what is now the Rue Yves Saint Laurent. The couple also opened a museum dedicated to Berber art beside the garden. After Yves’ passing, his ashes were scattered here and a memorial built.

In 2017, a stunning new musuem dedicated to the couturier was opened next to the gardens as the first dedicated fashion museum in Africa. Inside the woven brickwork facade find permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, conservation archive, bookstore, cafe and library.

Days 4-6

Essaouria

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Essaouira

 
Val d’Argan organic vineyard walk and lunch Val d’Argan organic vineyard walk and lunch

Before arriving in Essaouira, stop to visit the Val d’Argan organic vineyards, where some of the best Moroccan biodynamic wines are produced. Enjoy a short walk around the property and a wine tasting paired with lunch.

Accommodation in Essaouria

Two nights in Essaouira Two nights in Essaouira

Essaouira is a laid-back port town cooled by the vents alizés trade winds gently blowing in from the ocean on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Once known as Mogador, the town took its current name from the 18th century medina – ‘souira’ meaning small fortress – with crenelated walls enclosing a handful of palmed-lined avenues and connecting atmospheric alleys.

A mass of blue fishing boats undulate in the protected harbour whose catch can be found grilled on open air stands, while the planned streets of the medina contain restaurants, galleries, boutiques and an altogether more relaxed place to browse. Sandy beaches extend for miles out from either side of the town, swept by near perfect breezes drawing in wind and kite surfers from April to August. Inland there are a handful of more rural retreats, argan tree plantations and even vineyards to discover

Essaouira walking tour Essaouira walking tour

Meet your local guide and enjoy a relaxed walk in the charming whitewashed medina, from the lively port, around the historic battlements and across narrow streets to learn about this charming city's history and culture.

Sidi M’barek Waterfalls tour Sidi M’barek Waterfalls tour

Meet your local English-speaking guide for the short drive to reach some of the most magnificent landscapes in the region. You will walk on a beach and spot some argan trees, leading up to the Sidi M’barek waterfalls. Here the nature will offer you a stunning show. At the end of morning, you will be welcomed by a family to taste traditional mint tea in pure tradition of the Moroccan hospitality.

Days 6-8

High Atlas Mountains

Private transfer to the High Atlas Mountains Private transfer to the High Atlas Mountains

Accommodation in High Atlas Mountains

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Two nights in the High Atlas Mountains Two nights in the High Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains are a rugged chain that span North Africa from the Atlantic coast through Algeria and Tunisia, an imposing barrier between the fertile Mediterranean coast from the vast Sahara Desert. The most dramatic section, the High Atlas, can be found in central Morocco, which also includes the tallest peak of Toubkal 4,167 metres (13,671 feet) which towers over the landscape due south of Marrakesh.

Roads follow green valleys dotted with mud-built Berber villages, up through forest and over winding passes then down to wadis and old caravan trading posts on the edge of the Sahara. It is a haven for hikers of all levels from spring through to autumn, whether following well worn trails or donning crampons to conquer jagged peaks. Snow falls from November to April – ski resorts can be found up here – and can last well into the summer on the north face of peaks.

Guided Hike Guided Hike

There are some fabulous walks from your kasbah which can be tailor-made to suit your interests and you may find yourself walking through fields of olives, plums and the vegetable gardens of local villages, following rivers through valleys or embarking on more challenging mountain trails.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Marrakesh Menara Airport

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