Choose Tour Dates:Oct 6 - 13 2018
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- Welcome Reception
- Exploring the Medina
- Shopping in the Souks
- Djemaa el Fna Square
- Hammam Access
- Specially Curated Yoga Classes
- Dinner – Al Fassia
- Marrakech History, Art & Architecture Tour
- Bahia Palace
- Majorelle Jardin
- Lunch – Amal non-profit Women’s Centre
- Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech
- Cooking Class
- Private Luxury Glamping Tent in the Sahara
- Visit a Berber Village
- High Atlas Mountain Pass
- Camel Ride through the desert
- Lunch with a nomad family
- Exploration of historical desert villages
- Private transfers to/from Airport
Salam Alikome! Welcome to Morocco!
Upon arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport, you will be met by a driver and assisted with your bags for a private transfer to your hotel. The Place Hotel is located in the heart of the city and a great starting place to explore the top historical monuments, museums, and souks. There is a sauna and Hammam located inside of the hotel, as well as complimentary wifi, a full service restaurant, and a swimming pool.
From 5 PM – 8 PM, you’re invited to a casual welcome gathering at the hotel to enjoy some traditional Moroccan tea, light nibbles and sweets.
Art Place Hotel Marrakech | Welcome Party
Explore The Medina – Experience the Heart of Morocco
Today we explore the heart of Marrakech with a guided tour of the Souks, Medina, and Djemaa el Fna Square. The Souks of Marrakech are definitely the most lively, vibrant and colorful of all of Africa. Each area will coincide with a different trade, like dyers, blacksmith, shoe-makers, spices, and fabric sellers. The renowned Djemaa el Fna Square comes alive with storytellers, snake charmers, tooth-drawers and dancers every afternoon.
We will rest at a cafe terrace overlooking the square for tea to end the tour, before returning to the hotel to relax and freshen up. The hotel is located a short 2 minute walk (150 M) from the cafe, and you are welcome to stay longer to explore or have lunch.
In the late afternoon, we will meet at the hotel for a rejuvenating yoga class focused on alleviating any travel tensions.
Dinner will be at Al Fassia, a traditional Moroccan restaurant with dishes cooked and served exclusively by women. Locals generally cook traditional Moroccan food at home and dine out for more exotic meals, but they make an exception for Al Fassia. It is one of the only Moroccan food restaurants in Marrakech that doesn’t tie diners to a set menu, so you are free to order a la carte.
Art Place Hotel Marrakech | Meals: B, D
Delving into the Art, Architecture and History of Marrakech
Following breakfast, we will embark on a guided tour through the history of Marrakech, a city that dates back to 1070. Marvel at the architectural monuments and landmarks, like the Koutoubia mosque, Saadian Tombs and the Mausoleum of the XVIth century dynasty. We will also visit the Bahia Palace of the 19th century, which is still often inhabited by the Majesty’s guests. Feel inspired by the beauty of the Jardin Majorelle, or as commonly referred to as Yves Saint Laurent gardens after the fashion icon purchased the property in 1980 and opened the nation’s first Berber museum.
For lunch, we will dine with the ladies of Amal Non Profit Women’s Center, a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women. Once nourished, we will carry on to the Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, a famed photography Museum that features over 5000 images capturing life in Morocco from 1870-1950. The museum’s rooftop terrace boasts views of the Atlas Mountains.
Dinner this evening will be at the stalls of Djemaa el Fna Square, a must-do experience on any authentic trip to Marrakech. Freely roam through the stalls until you find one that speaks to you and enjoy a hot meal on a plastic table amongst locals. If you prefer to simply take in the experience and dine elsewhere, there are a number of cafes and restaurants offering western options surrounding the square.
Art Place Hotel Marrakech | Meals: B, L
Sahara Desert – High Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages
Just as you start to acclimate to the hectic medina life, we’re off to explore the peace and serenity of the Sahara desert. After breakfast we will set out in 4WD cars out into the desert, where we will pass the Atlas Mountains. Expect flourishing valleys and authentic Berber Villages.
You will have the luxury of enjoying a private glamping tent for accommodations. Dinners will be eaten together under the stars, weather permitting.
Luxury Sahara Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Sahara Desert – Erg Chegaga
Waking early to catch the sunrise peak over the endless hills of sand, expect an illuminated landscape of soft pink and yellow hues. After breakfast, we will set off on camelback to explore the desert. We will ride to a small oasis and visit a nomad family, where we will enjoy lunch alongside them under their tent shelter. This will be a beautiful opportunity to learn more about the nomad culture, language and traditions. Tonight’s special camp side dinner will include local entertainment.
Luxury Sahara Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Sahara Desert – Historical villages and hidden treasures
After breakfast, will we begin our journey back to Marrakech. Along the drive, we’ll reach the historical village of Tamgroute, where we will visit the old Kasbah. Then we will drive through the Draa valley and Agdz to discover the hidden treasures of the Southern region and continue to Ouarzazate, where we will enjoy lunch at the Kasbah Taourirt. In the afternoon we will drive back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains, on the way we will make a stop in Ait ben Haddou, the Unesco World Heritage Site deemed ‘the door to the desert’ for a short visit.
We will be back in Marrakech around 6:00 PM to check into our new accommodations at the Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Marrakech | Meals: B, L
Shopping, Hamam, & Cooking Lesson
Morning meditation and yoga class at the hotel will prepare us for the last full day in enchanting Marrakech. We will set out for shopping in the Souks following breakfast, but the day is yours if you prefer to book a Hammam treatment or to just simply relax in the luxurious Four Seasons hotel grounds.
Our last group dinner will be a lively cooking class with Dar Les Cigognes Cooking School. We’ll venture into the markets to collect the produce for our specially curated menu before learning the magic of Moroccan spices in a gorgeous riad.
Four Seasons Marrakech | Meals: B, L, D
We rise once more with a reflective meditation and yoga class at the hotel before saying our goodbyes over breakfast. Please notify us of your departure plans so we can arrange an airport transfer for you to Marrakech Menara Airport.
All foreigners entering Morocco must have a valid passport with a validity that extends the duration of your stay by a minimum of 6 months and has at least one blank page. Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter the Kingdom of Morocco and may stay up to 90 days:
Algeria - Andorra - Argentina - Australia - Austria - Bahrain - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Chile - China - Republic of Congo - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Guinea (Conakry) - Hong Kong - Hungary - Iceland - Indonesia - Ireland - Italy - Ivory Coast - Japan - Kuwait - Latvia - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxemburg - Mali - Malta - Mexico - Monaco - Netherlands - New Zealand - Niger - Norway - Oman - Peru - Philippines -Poland – Portugal - Puerto Rico - Qatar - Romania - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Singapore (Singaporean nationals may stay up to one month without visa) - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Korea - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Tunisia - Turkey - United Arab Emirates - United States of America - Venezuela.
If your country is not included in this list, please contact Willow & Blair for your proof of itinerary and hotel bookings. You will also be required to provide proof of financial ability, proof of travel insurance, proof of employment and your round-trip airfare itinerary. This information will be submitted along with this completed application, (http://www.moroccanconsulate.com/Visa_new_form.pdf), a recent color photograph, two copies of your passport, and the visa fee to the Embassy of Morocco nearest you. For a detailed list of instructions, please visit immigrationworld.com/morocco.
Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from countries not listed above must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
You will need to provide flight information at the time of booking to your tour so we can arrange your private transfer to our first meeting point (Art Place Hotel, Marrakech).
Our drivers will be waiting for you with a sign at the designated waiting area of the arrivals terminal, where you will be assisted with your luggage.
Art Place Hotel
Place Jemaâ El Fna
Médina, Marrakech, Morocco
+212 524 39 00 09
Check in is from 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier this is absolutely fine, however please note that you may not be able to check into your room until 2pm. You are more than welcome to leave your bags in the foyer and the hotel staff can provide recommendations whilst you wait. There will be a casual welcome gathering on the first evening from 5pm - 8pm for those who have arrived.
You will need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this trip. The medina is best explored by foot with the majority being inaccessible to vehicles. You can expect a healthy amount of time spent walking each day that we are in Marrakech. All levels and fitness abilities are welcome to the yoga classes.
There is no standardized tipping custom in Morocco. However, tipping small service providers such as restaurant and bar waiters, hotel staff, reception, cleaning personnel, bell boys, taxis and van drivers is an appropriate practice that will be greatly appreciated.
It is important to note that the majority of dining establishments servicing tourists will include a 10% upcharge for gratuity.
Morocco is a Muslim country, and it is important that we respect their customs by dressing modestly. We advise against short shorts or skirts and strapless or thin strapped shirts.
Your tour ends at the Four Seasons Marrakech. We ask for your flight details prior to the trip to secure your private return transfer to Marrakech Menara Airport. Should you be staying on in Marrakech or departing for a different location; our staff can assist. Please inquire with us upon booking.
ATMs in Morocco are predominant in principal cities and will generally accept cards on the Mastercard and Visa networks. Please consult with your bank before your trip to ensure your cards will work abroad. Note that when using your credit card there is generally a fee of 5-10% when purchasing products or services.
While larger restaurants and stores will likely accept credit cards, the majority of services and shops will only accept cash.
Carrying large amounts of cash can be a high risk anywhere that you travel. We recommend a combination of cash and cards. Bear in mind ATMs are sometimes inaccessible. US dollars, British Pounds and the Euro are all quite easy to exchange to local currency and some establishments will accept Euros in place of Dirhams. Banks and some hotels will provide an exchange service. Travellers cheques can be difficult to change in Morocco and we do not recommend them.
▪ Flight info
▪ Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
▪ Passport (required) (With photocopies)
▪ Any required visas or vaccination certificates
▪ Lip balm
▪ A mini first aid kit (bandaids, antibacterial gel, imodium, aspirin, any prescription drugs
you’re prescribed, antihistamine)
▪ Your Favorite Toiletries
▪ Comfortable Footwear, Preferably closed toe shoes
▪ Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, jeans, long skirts and shirts
that cover shoulders, longsleeves and sweaters)
▪ A lightweight Jacket
▪ A swimsuit for Hammams
▪ A headscarf if you wish to blend in
▪ Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
▪ Day pack or crossbody purse
▪ Phone and charger
▪ Cash, credit and debit cards
▪ Camera, memory card, battery and charger
▪ Locks for bags
▪ Outlet adapter
▪ Windbreaker/warm jacket
▪ Jeans/thick pants for camel ride
▪ Sneakers or hiking boots
▪ Long socks
▪ Desert headscarf or hat
▪ Heavy sleepwear for cool evenings
It will be an average of 13 degrees Celsius (55 fahrenheit) in Marrakech and 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) in Erg Chebbi.
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