Dive into the unforgettable souks of Marrakech’s medina, barter hard for a bargain and afterwards de-stress in a traditional hammam. Hike to an indigenous Berber village set amongst the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Camp beneat the stars of the Agafay Desert in the most chic tented camp and learn to kitesurf on the stiff Atlantic breeze. This is our Morocco.
Exploring and cooking
Jump into your private transfer at the airport and gaze from the car window as you are whisked to the front door of your lavish riad. Settle in for a three nights stay in the heart of the medina of Marrakech. Begin your holiday proper the next morning with a guided tour of the medina and its winding cobbled alleys. Grab a bite from one of the countless stalls or barter for a bargain in the souks. Steam into infinity in the onsite hammam to begin an afternoon of indulgent relaxation. By your third day, we think you will be keen to learn just how those amazing tajines are made. Head back into the souks and retrieve the freshest ingredients at the best prices, with the riad’s chef for company. On your return to the hotel, the head chef will impart his local wisdom, teaching you techniques and tips to ensure you’ll be able to knock up a world-class tajine on your return home. To continue the gastronomic flavour of the day enjoy an evening barbeque on Jemaa el Fna surrounded by North African aromas, sights and sounds. Marvel at the snake charmers, ready your ooh’s and aah’s for the fire breathers and generally soak up the otherworldliness of your surroundings.
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A late start to the day will allow you to wake up fully and enjoy the views of the city for one last time, before moving on towards the chic and sustainable Terre des Etoiles camp. The camp is set in the Agafay Desert and all that stands between you its cosy beds is a couple of hours tearing across Morocco on a quad bike. Arriving at the camp the fire will be lit and dinner will be under way, all you will need to do is relax and recall your exhilarating quad bike tour. Leave Terre des Etoiles well rested and take a trip into the High Atlas Mountains, where you will spend three nights in a guest house. Settle in and enjoy the awe-inspiring views and clean crisp air. Discover the region in the comfort of a 4X4 and hike with an English speaking guide, who will enlighten you on the ways of the local Berbers. Break for lunch in a typical Berber mountain lodge. Spend a day soaking up the mountain air and dipping into the pool of your mountain retreat. For those that simply have to keep active, grab a mountain bike or a horse and explore the surrounding mountains.
To the ocean
Transfer to the picturesque port of Essaouira for a three night stay on the Atlantic coast. Stay in the charming L’Heure Bleue, with sea views from the tranquil roof terrace. During your three nights and four days do as little or as much as you like; choose from horse riding, camel trekking, kite surfing, or simply wondering the peaceful streets and soaking up the unique atmosphere of Essaouira. Just like that, it will be back to Marrakech for a flight home, or to anywhere else you may fancy.