Experience Berber hospitality as you are welcomed in for a lunch of tagine and fresh-baked bread. Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina is a flurry of action: market stalls, henna-painting women, and the distant call of a muezzin. In the ancient port of Essaouira, enjoy a camel trek along the beach as the sun sets over the Atlantic. At the center of this transformative journey are majestic foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, believed by Moroccans to be second only to heaven for their peaceful beauty. Trace legendary caravan routes along scenic valleys and hills, stopping near age-old salt mines to learn about the region’s history. A beautifully constructed kasbah, a garden-festooned alpine retreat, and an elegant former riad inject luxury into your adventure while sumptuous Moroccan cuisine fuels your explorations.
Set on a small plateau of the Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah Angour is a newly constructed hotel modeled after a traditional Berber castle, lovingly restored by Englishman Paul Foulsham and run by local Berbers. Since opening its doors in 2011, this eco-friendly, air-conditioned boutique hotel has been providing traditional hospitality amid magnificent vistas. No detail has been overlooked to give guests the most authentic experience. Its renovation was completed with local materials and your room exudes a rustic and cozy charm, adorned by locally made carpets and textiles. Savor thoughtfully prepared dishes of couscous, tagine and seasonal produce in its main restaurant, laden with carpets like a sultan’s tent, or on the outdoor terrace, where mountain views make for the perfect dining room. Refresh or cool off in the beautiful outdoor pool.
Heure Bleue Palais
Steeped in a rich past, the Heure Bleue Palais is a prestigious Relais & Chateaux property. This elegant former riad—a typical Moroccan mansion built around a central courtyard—was built in the 19th century into the wall of the medina, next to the Bab Marrakech gate. The air-conditioned hotel brims with colonial charm, lush with velvet furniture, oversized plants, wicker and a tranquil water fountain. Take a dip in the breathtaking rooftop pool, indulge in a spa service or hammam and dine among Moroccan carpets in the candle-lit Salon Oriental. Room décor exudes a warm ambiance of dark wood and earthen tones, inspired by African, Portuguese and Asian styles.
Hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia
Occupying a converted palace on the fringe of the Place Djemaa El-Fna, this stylishly designed hotel is named for the mosque across the way. With a light and airy atmosphere, the air-conditioned property embraces the modern sensibilities of Morocco, setting it apart from the city’s other tradition-driven accommodations. Yet its local and cultural accents are unmistakable and inspiring. Poolside, a curtained alcove of the 13th-century Riad Ouarzazi serves cocktails mixed with fresh Moroccan mint and juices while traditional tea is served in the lobby. The hotel’s resident French chef creates sumptuous dishes from local ingredients at the rooftop restaurant. Each dish is steeped in Berber tradition, enhanced with flavors and culinary techniques from his native country and served with views of the city and the Atlas Mountains. Your elegant room overlooks the courtyard and pool.
Domaine de La Roseraie
Secluded in the midst of a 60-acre nature park, Domaine de la Roseraie is situated in a peaceful valley. The beautiful air-conditioned property, inspired by Berber tradition and the proprietor’s love of gardens, lies in the heart of Berber country among the tranquil foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. The grounds, gloriously ornamented with delicate rose bushes, blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Relax in the onsite spa. Savor its renowned cuisine. And enjoy the privacy and magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.
Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa
A calming oasis, the Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa is the picture of elegance. Sophisticated artwork adorns the walls of this stunning “Art Lounge” hotel and soothing neutral tones are accented with gold touches. During your stay at this air-conditioned property, take a dip in the pool surrounded by palm trees. Sip a cocktail underneath a galaxy of gold orbs in the lobby lounge. And enjoy the colors and scents of bougainvilleas and astonishing views of the distant Atlas Mountains. Sample delicious cuisine in the onsite restaurant, finishing off your meal with Moroccan pastries or Parisian macaroons. Your generously appointed room ensures a relaxing stay.
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Marrakesh
1 Night From $298
per person, double occupancy
Overnight flight from USA to Marrakech, Morocco. Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Upon arrival at Marrakech’s Menara Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your Marrakech hotel, approximately 20-minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Accommodation: Les Jardins de la Koutoubia – Marrakech
Welcome to enchanting Marrakech, Morocco’s storied city of medinas, minarets and gardens. You have the entire day to explore this enchanting city on your own, creating a Marrakech walking tour suited to your whims and desires. You might begin with a walk through the beautiful Majorelle Gardens. These lush botanical and artist’s landscape gardens were laid out over a 40-year period by their namesake French Orientalist artist, beginning in 1923. Fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent purchased the property in the 1980s. Today, it remains a peaceful haven and an ideal place for a sun-dappled amble. In time for lunch, you can proceed to the famed Place Djemaa El-Fna, a veritable medieval carnival of acrobats, storytellers, snake charmers and food stalls grilling all manner of kebabs. It is pure delight to explore this teeming, culture-rich theater. American expatriate writer Paul Bowles said that without it, Marrakech would be just another Moroccan city.
For dinner, the city boasts many dining options so seek the assistance of the hotel concierge. Or settle in to the rooftop restaurant of your hotel to savor cuisine inspired by Berber tradition and a keen French influence. During your meal, you can enjoy sweeping and romantic views of the cityscape and the distant Atlas Mountains, where you will be spending a few enriching days.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Fes
3 Nights From $1,248
per person, double occupancy
Fly from Marrakech to Casablanca, and continue by ground transfer to Fès today, home to the most complete medieval city in the world. By some account, 9,500 labyrinthine streets and alleys wind their way through the city’s celebrated car-free medina, totaling some 180 miles. Your luxury riad is ideally situated right on the edge of the massive marketplace, putting the UNESCO World Heritage site at your feet. Lunch and dinner are included today; enjoy the latter at your hotel’s elegant restaurant.
Accommodation: Palais Faraj Suites & Spa, Fès
After a leisurely morning of independent exploration or perhaps a relaxing spa treatment, transfer to Casablanca for a late afternoon arrival. Your guides during your main tour will have advised you when to be in the hotel lobby for your pick-up. Once in Casablanca, settle in to your hotel and take in its splendid views of the medina, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Africa. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
Accommodation: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche Hotel, Casablanca
Transfer to the Casablanca Airport for your flight. Your guides during your main tour will have advised you when to be in the hotel lobby for your pick-up based on your flight schedule.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except one dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Two extra nights in Marrakech (Morocco)|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
A native of the former imperial city of Fès, Morocco, Saida Ezzahoui is a licensed guide of this fascinating city and was one of the first female guides to accompany groups along trails through her beloved Atlas Mountains. With a degree in English Literature and fluency in three languages, Saida personifies the modern, yet traditional, Moroccan woman.
Jalil Braoul was born in a small town outside of Morocco’s spiritual capital, Fès. With a BA in English Literature from the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah (Fès), Jalil also brings to the trail more than fifteen years of guiding experience and an intimate knowledge of his native country’s renowned and lesser-known attributes.
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