Stay at one of the finest hotels in the world, La Mamounia! Indulge in a traditional hammam treatment, explore ornate palaces, medieval mosques, and ancient alleyways in Marrakech, and enjoy a luxurious stay in the desert of Agafay ..
Day by day
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet our local English-speaking guide who will provide a brief review of your luxury tour. A Welcome Reception and Dinner celebrates your arrival in Marrakech. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at your riad, join your guide for a full-day tour of the Ochre city. You'll start out by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, the iconic sight of Marrakech. Then tour the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs, where you'll be wowed by the traditional Moroccan architecture and tile mosaics of former imperial dynasties. Stop by the Mellah, or former Jewish Quarter, to learn about Morocco's little know, but very important Jewish heritage.
You'll take a break mid-day to eat lunch at a cafe of your choice— we always recommend it be on the terrace of one of the many restaurants overlooking the spice markets, like Cafes des Epices, Le Nomad, or Le Jardin. Try out a trio of classic Moroccan salads and sip some mint tea before continuing with you guided tour. In the afternoon you'll explore the souks, or markets, spread through the winding alleyways of the medina. You'll see the master spice blenders in the spice Souq and can visit with shops selling traditional fashions, lamps, rugs, and any number of other Moroccan treasures. Your guide will be able to give recommendations of the best places to shop for specific wears.
Finally, as day turns to night, you’ll enjoy the rest of the evening to yourself. Maybe you'll head to Djema El Fna square for a spectacle unlike any other - with snake charmers, musical performances, and acrobats, story tellers, fortune-tellers, henna tattoo artists, musicians, and food vendors, all of which combine to create a place of unparalleled energy combining for a circus of activity!
Head to the desert for an unforgettable night under the stars. Your driver will pick you up directly from your hotel in the city. You'll then hit the road for a picturesque hour-long drive out of Marrakech to the desert. You'll head south of the city and across the Haouz Plain, with views of the High Atlas Mountains, until you reach your far-flung desert destination: Agafay. Unlike the Sahara and its undulating sand dunes, Agafay is composed of stunning rock formations; its remoteness and tranquillity make this unique and serene retreat a must-see. When you arrive at your camp, head out into the desert on a camel ride, then settle in for the evening. After sunset, enjoy a traditional Berber dinner and sit by the crackling fire, enjoying the silence in the desert and spectacular celestial views of the sky above. Your camp may offer unique activities like an astronomy lesson, which takes advantage of your remote location void of light pollution. You're bound to relax in the peace and quiet of the desert, so far removed from the hubbub of urban life.
Awake early to enjoy the sunrise, followed by a typical breakfast. After breakfast you continue your journey eastwards and head for the Kik Plateau where you will stop for refreshments form a high vantage point, before then taking the road to the village of Moulay Brahim, with its famous holy shrine. Finally the road descends into the market town of Asni at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. NB On Saturdays there is a lively local souk well worth stopping to visit to witness livestock trading, local produce and authentic rural life. Passing through orchards of apple, cherry and apricot trees you descend towards the agricultural plains of Marrakech to reach the city at around 6.00 p.m. after a thrilling mix of desert, mountains, lakes and villages all within a one-day tour from Marrakech.
After all the tranquility of the mountains and the desert, soon you will be in the midst of the hustle, bustle, and clamor of vibrant Marrakech.
Today you may check out from hotel till 11:00am and you will be transferred to Marrakech airport to board ﬂight to onward destination.