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Best To Have: 12 days
Best Time: April to October
Great For: Adventure, Couples, Ultimate luxury, Culture, honeymoon
Description: This is the ultimate luxury adventure to Morocco, from a retreat in the Atlas Mountains to a remote desert camp in the Sahara. Throw in a luxury Kasbah and the most opulent riad hotel in Marrakech. Discover the authentic side of Morocco in the Atlas Mountains' traditional villages and Skoura's idyllic palmeraie
Morocco is a colorful, vibrant, and sometimes chaotic country, where the bustling souks and assorted spice stalls are a feast for the senses. On this indulgent itinerary, explore this captivating country and discover its unique culture while travelling in the utmost style, from the extravagant riads of Marrakech to your exclusive camp in the Sahara Desert.
Pick up at the Marrakesh airport and transfer to your Royal Mansour hotel. The drive is a short 15-minute journey from the airport. This elegant palace is located on the edge of the medina, just a five-minute walk from the medina. Boasting a selection of luxurious private Riads, each has their own private terrace and plunge pool and is the ultimate in lavish luxury owned by the King of Morocco.
The building is an Islamic fortress complete with delicate details representing the very best of the Moorish architecture of North Africa. Local craftsmen, with their skills passed down through generations, have created a beautiful piece of architecture combining tradition and modernity.
check in your Riad, set off for a guided historical tour of the lively Medina and its magnificent historical monuments.
After the visit get back to the Royal Mansour to relax. The hotel contains indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Spa facilities and various treatments, library with an eclectic range of literature, choice of three bars and restaurants with a Michelin starred chef and fitness suite. Wander through the meticulously kept gardens which weave in between the Riads. The gardens have stunning flowers, with marble paths drawing you around corners and welcoming you in further to this magical residence. B&B accommodation
Have your breakfast and go for further exploration of the magnificent Marrakesh.
First visit the new town named Gueliz. Marrakesh is really two cities standing side by side – the old town within the historic walls and the new town with its districts of Gueliz and l’Hivernage traversed by Avenue Mohamed VI. The city covers a good deal of ground and is ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or by barouche, the traditional Marrakeshi way of getting from one place to another.
Marrakesh boasts numerous gardens and greens spaces in its old and new towns Visit the Majorelle Garden, an enchanting spot, a masterpiece of light and color, filled with exotic flowers and plant life and alive with birdsong and the murmur of the fountains, was created by the Frensh painter Jacques Majorelle, who came to live in Marrakesh in 1922. The artist painted the walls of his Art Deco villa and garden a vibrant and luminescent ultramarine. Set ast it is in the heart of an ochre red city, his bleu garden certainly raises a few eyebrows- it is, however, the bleu of Marrakshi skies! The property niw belongs to the Pierre Berge Yves saint Laurent Foundation, and houses a museum of Islamic art, along with the ashes of famous couturier himself
Continue to visit the Arsat Moulay Abdessalam Cyber park. It is one of the oldest city’s parks, dating back to the 18th century. Since its restauration, however, it also happens to be the most modern, with interactive multimedia terminals installed along its pathways and Internet equipment on hand boasting the very latest in technology. You will find excellent virtual guides to the city and to the park itself, with full information on its history and the many species of flora to be found there, as well as ythe city’s cultural life.
Take the traditional barouche for a tour around Marrakesh Palmeraie covering some 14.000 hectares and contains over 100.000 trees. It is irrigated by means of “khettaras”, an ingenious system of underground pipes supplied by ground water.
In the afternoon take a barouche tour around the old town’s adobe walls. The walls are 19km long and include a score of gateways (Bab in Arabic). It takes a good two hours to get all the way round them. The afternoon light guarantees splendid views. Some, such as Bab el Debbagh and Bab Agnaou still preserve their original architecture.
B&B accommodation in Royal Mansour hotel.
Rise and take your breakfast and get ready for today’s trip to Lake Lalla Takerkoust in the Agafay desert. In the 18th century the Agafay desert was settled by Saharan nomads who changed the arid landscape blooming fields. The Atlas Mountains laying back provides water to the huge artificial Takerkoust lake. It is located at 40km from Marrakesh and makes an ideal refreshing outing. Explore the nearby countryside and savor the local cuisine at one of the inns along the lakeshore, while enjoying the superb views they afford.
Continue 20km further on to the Berber village of Amizmis, which is well worth visiting for its splendid setting at the feet of the High Atlas, its potteries and its Tuesday souk. B&B accommodation in Royal Mansour hotel.
After breakfast, your drive will take you in less than an hour to an exquisite Atlas Mountain retreat near Asni, the luxurious, boutique Kasbah Tamadot which combines relaxation with adventure in a stylish, indulgent and authentic setting. The image of the hotel's infinity pool is iconic with views across the valley below. Tamadot is the perfect destination in both winter and summer - its cozy bar and library have roaring fires in the colder months while come summer, the fragrant gardens come into their own
Enjoy the chef's freshly prepared Moroccan and international dishes in one of the bars or in the stunning main restaurant, Kanoun or even on the Kasbah's roof terrace.
For romantics, private dining is possible at any of the secluded locations in the Kasbah and its gardens. Ingredients are sourced locally, and menus change according to the season. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the service levels are as you would expect from one of Sir Richard Branson’s Limited Edition properties.
B&B accommodation in Kasbah Tamadot.
Get up at your leisure, have breakfast and enjoy the wonderful location. The Kasbah is dramatically set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and with stunning views towards Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in north Africa, and a steep lush river valley below giving a wonderfully authentic experience.
For those seeking pampering and relaxation, the Asounfou Spa and Hammam await and offer a genuine world-class retreat with a full range of holistic treatments available for both men and women. There are also two swimming pools - an outdoor horizon pool overlooking the mountains and a stunning indoor oasis of calm.
Kasbah Tamadot has so much to offer from mule riding to guided long and short treks, excursions by car to points of interest and even golf. To get to know the local area it is also possible to try cooking classes with Berber chefs, spend a day in a traditional Berber village or pay a visit to the Eve Branson Foundation.
Return to Kasbah Tamadot
B&B accommodation in Kasbah Tamadot.
After breakfast head the road to Skoura an oasis on the Saharan side of the Atlas Range, near Ouarzazate.
Drive to explore Skoura oasis and the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs. Skoura is an abundant haven with enormous palm groves that offer gorgeous views of the Atlas Mountains along with desert sceneries. It is well-known for the cultivation of roses. The palm groves were placed in the 12th century by the Almohad sultan Yacoub el-Mansour. The most stunning Kasbahs in southern Morocco can be found here.
On your way visit Telouet Kasbah whose construction started in 1860, and further buildings were added over the course of the decades. The result is a masterly work of art, fortress, chateau and caravanserai all rolled into one, a marvel of painted woodwork, wrought iron, sculpted stucco and colorful zellij. Legend has it that it took 300 craftsmen three years to sculpt its ceilings and walls.
Visit The Tifoultout Kasbah Built in the 17th century to accommodate the pasha of Marrakesh’s guests, The Tifoultout Kasbah was renovated 30 years ago and is now a hotel and restaurant. It stands beside the village of Tifoultout, near Oued Draa, a spot where tranquility and peace of mind reign supreme.
From its terrace, you can enjoy magnificent views of the city of Ouarzazate below, and of the surrounding mountains while having your lunch
B&B accommodation in Jardins de Skoura
Breakfast and take a day excursion to explore the stunning surrounding.
The Valley of Roses, just north of El Kellaa M’Gouna is for certain an enjoyable trip on the way to Ouarzazate. You will stop for a visit of the cooperative producing various products of roses: rose water hand and body soaps, oil, crème fragrance. The annual Rose Festival is a perfect time of the year to visit.
Your journey will lead you to the breathtaking Valley of Nomads located in BouTaghrar. The stunning valley where nomads still live in caves will allow you to travel back in time . The valley is surrounded by Mount Mgoun which is the second highest mountain in Morocco with astonishing views of earthy scenery. A stop to have tea with a nomadic family to see the everyday life of the nomads and observe their weaving of Berber carpets.
Continue to the Dades Valley that covers 125 km between the Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate. The Dades Valley is located in the high valley of Dades that is scattered with Oasis, palm groves and kasbah. Carved through the walls of the High Atlas Mountains by the Dades River, Dades Gorge is an exceptional natural beauty. It has spectacular views which is best seen in the morning when the sun reaches the bottom of the canyon. Driving along you will pass fertile agricultural fields, riverbanks, and several fortified ksours.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant offering local Moroccan food and a panoramic view. Relax and sip mint tea while contemplating the remarkable valley view. Continue your discovery of the Dades Valley and Gorge after lunch.
Lunch in a nice restaurant in the Dades Valley.
Continue Todra Gorge which is the canyon of the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains close to Tinghir. Your driver will take you through picturesque roads to reach the Todra Gorge which extends to Tinghir. Todra Gorge is a spectacular site with gigantic red rock walls that changes its color with the effect of the sunlight
Continue to Merzouga and visit the khamlia village and enjoy the Gnaoua music before heading to your Boutique Riad Madou a paradise situated at the foot of Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi dunes. B&B accommodation
Get up and have your breakfast at your leisure. Take a 4x4 drive expedition in the golden dune and explore the Khamlia village, the village of Gnaoua music, explore the Nomad’s life, visit the Ziz Valley and experience the local’s life,
Indulge in a cooking class of the specialties of the region namely “Medfouna” with a local family at the Ziz valley in the Aoufous village. of the region have lunch with a local family.
After that, get back to your Riad and be prepared for another camel expedition to reach your luxury bivouac where you will enjoy a ride on camel back or 4x4 drive with a stop on the way so as you can admire the sunset from the top of the dunes of Merzouga.
The bivouac has typical Berber tents all with en-suite bathroom with hot water, a separate tent which is the restaurant and a lovely corner covered with Moroccan carpets where you can relax and admire the milky way…
After dinner you will be able to enjoy our percussion group playing around a camp fire.
Rise and have your breakfast and head back Merzouga and later to Ouarzazate located at the crossroads of Draa, Dades and Ziz Valley. It has a remarkable heritage and breath taking natural surroundings.
Explore The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. A revelation of pure beauty listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a stunning work of architecture overlooking the Ounila Valley. A graceful ensemble of adobe kasbahs, this one of the oldest and most impressive ksars in all morocco. The earliest of its buildings, a granary standing on the hilltop, dates back to the 11th century. The village gradually grew up around it over the course of the centuries, adding houses, more granaries, cowsheds, a well, and protective surrounding wall.
Architecturally, this museum village located some 30km from Ouarzazate, is without parallel. Its outer walls sport few shutters and only two doors, making sure that its inhabitants knew who was coming and going =, while inside, a public square, a mosque, a koranic school and the village residences jostle for space. Immortalized in such films as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Babel” and “Indiana Jones” , this magnificent fortress stands radiant and untouched by time, an uncut diamond shining proudly forth from its rocky setting.
Visit the Ouarzazate Atlas Film Studio where well known movies were shot
B&B accommodation in Hotel le Berbere Palace 5****
Breakfast and drive to Marrakesh. You will pass the olive fields of the Oued Zat as you ascend to the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260-meter-high) that will take you through spectacular mountainous land. Along the road you will see panoramic sights of the High Atlas Mountains as well as rich valleys, colorful villages, and striking geology.
B&B accommodation in Royal Mansour hotel
Your driver will be at your service if you decide to go for a tour