EXPERIENCES FROM MARRAKECH
Discovery of the ochre city
At 09:00 am: meeting with your guide and driver and transfer to discover the must-see sites of Marrakech in the company of a certified guide of the red city. Your tour will include: "The Secret Garden", part of the great tradition of Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces, the Jewish quarter (Mellah) and the Bahia Palace with its magnificent ceilings and patios, the tinsmiths' square.
Lunch will be served in a restaurant in the medina.
After lunch, continuation of the visit of the city including the minaret of the Koutoubia and the outside mosque, the medina and the souks. You will end this city tour on the famous Jamaa El Fna square, part of the UNESCO heritage.
Visit of Essaouira
Leave Marrakech early in the morning to head for the coastal town of Essaouira "Mogador".
Along the way you will enjoy the argan trees, you may be lucky enough to see local goats perched in the trees and feeding on the fruits and leaves. At the women's argan oil cooperative, you will have the opportunity to learn about the many applications of the oil, from cosmetics to medicines. After several photo stops, continue your journey to Essaouira.
You will have the opportunity to explore the medina, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, discovering beautiful art and craftwork, including objects carved from local Thuya wood. You will visit the Skala fortress, the port, walking through the narrow streets of the medina and passing by hundreds of handicrafts. Today, you will have lunch the Moroccan way, buying fish "cooked to order". In the middle of the afternoon, return to Marrakech.
Escape To Agafay Desert
Around 5:00 pm, departure from Marrakech by Jeep to the Agafay Desert, some 40 km from Marrakech.
Drive directly by road from the Marrakech airport to the magnificent dunes of the Agafay Desert.
The Agafay Desert is an area about 40 km from Marrakech (35 mn) with a microclimate whose climatic conditions are similar to those of the Sahara, hence the name desert. Here no sand dune but a mineral desert with a restful relief and especially the Atlas Mountains in the background offering a breathtaking panorama.
Agafay is a vast arid region with white undulations, spread over hundreds of hectares. Their appearance is reminiscent of sand dunes, in the form of a succession of whitish hills. A unique place whose magical images you will keep for life.
On arrival, you will be offered a welcome Moroccan tea before leaving for a camel ride that will take you to the top of the hill. From this location you can admire the magnificent desert sunset.
Your dinner will be served in a nomad tent. You will enjoy a local meal, listening to the silence of the desert by starlight and candlelight.
After dinner, you have the choice between returning to Marrakech or spending the night in tents.
In the morning, a tasty breakfast will be served before returning to Marrakech.
Departure from Marrakech around 09:30 am towards the village of Imlil, which is near the Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. The village of Imlil is the starting point for treks to the summit of Toubkal. On Saturdays you can visit the Berber market of Asni. Imlil is a pleasant destination to cool off from the heat of Marrakech and its dusty and lively streets. In October, the whole valley smells of apples and a clear, sunny sky dominates, trekking is a particularly pleasant way to spend a day. The snow and cold from December to February make this destination less attractive, but the rest of the year it is a treat and a retreat. When you arrive in the village, you will meet your mountain guide who will take you for a walk that will last between 3 and 5 hours depending on your physical condition and if you wish to make a long day of walking and hiking. Lunch will be provided in a berber family’s house. Continue your day trip along the beautiful valleys and Berber villages. At the end of the afternoon, you return to Marrakech around 5 pm.
Majorelle & Menara Gardens
The Majorelle Garden was designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), who was sent to Morocco in 1917 to recover from an illness. After spending a short time in Casablanca, he went to Marrakech and, like many of his contemporaries, fell in love with the bright colours and street life he found there. Although he travelled extensively in North Africa and the Mediterranean, he finally decided to settle permanently in Marrakech and, on his return, created the botanical garden as an artist's landscape and property for his family residence. It is now open to the public and houses three museums.
The Menara Gardens, created in the 12th century, owe their name to the covered pavilion at their centre, where Sultan Abd al-Rahman spent his summers in the 17th century. The gardens are surrounded by olive groves, orchards and an artificial lake used for irrigation. A hydraulic system that still works today is used to supply the lake with water from the Atlas Mountains.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
For four hours of unforgettable adventure, join us for the hot air balloon experience.
Departure from the hotel at 5:30 am (changes according to the season), to go to a small village north of the Palmeraie of Marrakech. The pilot will give a short safety lesson before take-off.
As the sun rises and illuminates Marrakech, the expert guides will show you the main landmarks of the city, whether modern or ancient, present or missing.
It is an unforgettable experience to fly over Marrakech, admiring the panoramic views as the crow flies and taking unique photos.
Once landed on dry land, breakfast is offered in a Berber tent.
Return to the hotel at 11am.
Spa and Wellness
Enjoy your stay in Morocco and live the experience of well-being, to be shared with your friends and family, in a local traditional hammam, or in a prestigious Spa, with local beauty products, by which Morocco is famous.
Moroccan gastronomy has a worldwide reputation. Moroccan delicious cuisine pleases the taste buds. Who hasn't heard about Moroccan tagine, chicken pastilla, marzipan pastry, Moroccan pancakes, etc.?
To make the pleasure last, and to be able to concoct dishes when you are back home, we offer traditional cooking classes in a riad or an ecological farm. You will learn the names of the spices used, recipes for tagines and sweet and savoury dishes, couscous, cooked salads, Moroccan bread and mint tea.