Morocco: Marrakesh (4D/3N)

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Morocco

Marrakesh (4D/3N)

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The very name Morocco conjures up images of exotic culture, rich with Bedouin and French influence. Colorful Marrakesh is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history, and every footstep seems to echo with an ancient grandeur. Your historical hotel places you in the heart of the city’s fascinating medina—the ancient Arab Quarter, filled with winding streets and intriguing shops. The cuisine, redolent with spices, is seductive; learn its secrets with a half-day cooking workshop. Other pleasures include famous souks, the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts, and the Palais de la Bahia—a fine example of Moroccan architecture, with beautifully carved woodwork, marble floors, tiled panels—and living quarters for 24 concubines!

 

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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Three breakfasts and two lunches (Days 2 and 3)
  • Accommodations in a luxury riad
  • Private full-day walking tour of Marrakesh with an expert, local guide
  • Small-group hands-on cooking lesson
  • Terres d’Amanar excursion: guided trek or zip-line adventure
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Destination
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Marrakesh
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Marrakesh
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3
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Marrakesh
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Day 1

Marrakesh

Arrival in Marrakesh

Upon arrival in Marrakesh and checking in to your legendary hotel—a deluxe traditional riad in the heart of the pedestrian medina (market quarter) of the city—you are immediately enveloped in plush Moroccan decor. You may choose to unwind from your travels in the hammam spa, or step out to begin your independent explorations of this fascinating city.

Your hotel has two restaurants to choose from within its walls, or you may wish to venture out with your concierge’s recommendation to a restaurant in the nearby Djma el Fna square—truly one of the world’s most amazing public spaces—where an entertaining scene of storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats, restaurants, and vendors unfolds each evening.

La Maison Arabe

Marrakesh, Morocco

Ideally situated in the heart of the medina, or ancient quarter, this historic boutique hotel dating from 1946 boasts three restaurants, a piano bar, and a world-famous cooking school as well as a pool and spa (including two traditional hammam steam rooms), where natural products from the region are used during the treatments. Comfortable and luxurious with flower-filled inner courtyards, traditional Moroccan design and craftsmanship are evident throughout.

Day 2

Marrakesh

Guided walking tour of Marrakesh; easy city walking

A full-day guided walking tour takes you to Marrakesh’s famous sites as well as its lesser-known treasures. After a delightful breakfast that includes plenty of fresh fruit and tempting Moroccan cakes, you set out for a day of exploring the medina and its labyrinth of narrow streets and famous souks (markets) on a private guided tour in Marrakesh. On the day’s route are the Dar Si Said (Museum of Moroccan Arts), the Palais de la Bahia (a haven of shady courtyards and blue mosaic walls, built for Bou Ahmed and also including quarters for his four wives and numerous concubines). You also visit the Jewish Quarter, or Mellah, where your guide points out the distinctive architectural style used in this neighborhood, in contrast to the Arab style. You continue on to the intricately carved Saadian Tombs, constructed during the reign of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour in 1557. Your final stop of the day is at the Maison de la Photographie, where the inviting dining room features an exhibition of photographs taken in Morocco from the1870s to the 1950s. This is one of the few places open to the public that provides an overview of photographic history in Morocco. During this busy day, you have a break for lunch in the shady inner courtyard of the Café Arabe. Later in the afternoon, your guide returns with you to your hotel, where you may continue your own explorations into the evening.

La Maison Arabe

Marrakesh, Morocco

Ideally situated in the heart of the medina, or ancient quarter, this historic boutique hotel dating from 1946 boasts three restaurants, a piano bar, and a world-famous cooking school as well as a pool and spa (including two traditional hammam steam rooms), where natural products from the region are used during the treatments. Comfortable and luxurious with flower-filled inner courtyards, traditional Moroccan design and craftsmanship are evident throughout.

Day 3

Marrakesh

Morning, hands-on cooking lesson; Afternoon, Terres D'Amanar, hike or zip line

A perfect introduction to Moroccan culture and a delightful lunch, this morning you proceed to a (small-group) hands-on half-day cooking workshop, conducted either by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from the hotel’s legendary restaurant. A maximum of 10 participants work alongside a translator (Arabic/English/French), using easy-to-use equipment, so you can reproduce the recipes at home in your own kitchen. Your final product is your own lunch—preparing either an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.

This afternoon, you have the opportunity to get out of the city, just a 45-minute drive, and explore the countryside at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. You are welcomed at the Terres D’Amanar Estate, a lovely property bordering Toubkal National Park that offers outdoor activities from trekking to an exciting zip line—North Africa’s highest! A landscape of hills and valleys, open vistas and low forest, the estate is a successful eco-tourism project, partnering with local villages and providing employment and good stewardship. You return in the early evening to your hotel, to relax there or to enjoy a final evening in Marrakesh’s intriguing streets and squares.

La Maison Arabe

Marrakesh, Morocco

Ideally situated in the heart of the medina, or ancient quarter, this historic boutique hotel dating from 1946 boasts three restaurants, a piano bar, and a world-famous cooking school as well as a pool and spa (including two traditional hammam steam rooms), where natural products from the region are used during the treatments. Comfortable and luxurious with flower-filled inner courtyards, traditional Moroccan design and craftsmanship are evident throughout.

Day 4

Marrakesh

Departure from Marrakesh

Following breakfast, you check out of your hotel and depart Marrakesh at your leisure.  

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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