Welcome to Morocco, a country of vibrant colors, bustling markets, and stunning landscapes! This tour will take you on a journey through some of the most fascinating and beautiful places in Morocco, starting in Casablanca, passing by Fez, and ending in Marrakech.
Marrakech dates back as far as the year 1070 and several monuments stand out as landmarks in the course of its history. First visit to the Koutoubia Mosque, sister tower to Seville's Giralda, the minaret of which has become the symbol of the city. Behind the ramparts that made Marrakech a fortified city, then to the more recently built Bahia Palace (19th century) is often inhabited by His Majesty's guests and its succession of rooms finely decorated in Arabic style, nest in gardens and "Riad" planted with orange- and jasmine trees. Afterwards go for a walk discovery of the souks of Marrakech, certainly are the most colourful and the liveliest in Africa. The different trades are grouped by services they offer: the Dyers, the Blacksmiths, and the Babouche and shoemakers, spices and fabric sellers. A shopper’s Paradise and a discovery for all 5 senses. Anything can be found there from a blue silk thread to a wrought iron table, from a jar of pickled olives to a full bucket of “Khlih” the local home made beef preserve. Your journey ends at the renowned Djemaa El Fna Square, a popular entertainment area where at the end of the afternoon, storytellers, snake charmers, tooth-drawers and dancers appear to entertain the crowd in a scene that is pure street theatre.
Moha set up his restaurant in this splendid turn-of-the-century Riad, once owned by famous couturier Pierre Balmain. Marvel at the pool's wonderful mosaic tiles in the garden, amongst the trees and flowers. Indoors, the patio is surrounded by several small rooms. This is the place for Moroccan nouvelle cuisine! Light and subtle with remarkable creativity.
First board your deluxe 4x4 Toyota Prado with Coolers full with soft drinks water and soda with your driver as we set off through the lush Ourika valley and into the High Atlas domain of the Berbers, the pre Arabic people who inhabit the mountainous areas of the country. At the summit of the pass we shall take short walk to stretch our legs and enjoy the views. Then we continue down to the Asni village. The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, is perhaps the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco. It has retained a remoteness, which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries. Just 30kms away from Marrakech starts the green valley of the Ourika River. From its small beginnings in the Berber country, it streams down the slopes of Atlas Mountains, between the Tlemcen peak and the Timeskar plateau. The green landscapes of this valley, the lazy meandering torrent of the river combined with the small red adobe Berber villages hanging on the slopes will enchant you. Visit to the Paradis du Safran a Bio-aromatic Garden.
Le Paradis du Safran, located on the route de l'Ourika of Marrakech is an organic saffron farm owned by a Swiss woman, Christina Ferrari. Here we learn all about saffron and medicinal plants, the gardens are beautiful for long walks to discover the growing plants. This is an ideal place for those who love peace and nature. Then, as you round the bend in the road, appears the potters village where you can be tempted by colourful plates, salad-bowls, flower vases or lamps in either traditional or modern style; also for sale are collections of precious minerals: quartz, amethyst, and many other rocks that are found in this area. Outsiders to the mountains are constantly surprised when they encounter the friendliness and openness of the villagers. The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, is perhaps the most beautiful and intriguing part of Morocco. It has retained a remoteness which until recent decades was virtually complete, and contains villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries. Outsiders to the mountains are constantly surprised when they encounter the friendliness and openness of the villagers, as they go about their everyday tasks. Hiking in the High Atlas is one of the best possible experiences in Morocco – feasible exploration of stunning natural beauty, and of a rigidly individual world.
Arrival in Imlil, meet and greet by local mountain guide and mules then depart for one hour and half soft trekking around the Kasbah. Walk through the village of Mzig, hidden away around to the West. The views of Imlil and the terraces are beautiful from here. Tea ceremony by local Berber family then Lunch on the roof overlooking the magnificent sceneries, soft drinks are included. (Alcohol is not allowed at the Kasbah) Around 4 pm, drive back to Marrakech. 20.00 Pm – Meet with your guide then transfer to a local trendy restaurant “ PALACE “ in the new part of the city. Le Palace Marrakech offers French inspired cuisine, fine dining experience, as well as a cocktail bar, cigar lounge and club. With an extensive drink and food menu. Our in house DJ ensures that the vibe and ambience is always maintained. We offer impeccable service in a chic trendy setting. Le Palace is the brain child of owner and founder Noureddine Fakir, who has behind him many years of experience in Food and Beverage as well as the magical imagination that brings this opulent restaurant to life. Our aim is to provide quality service and an unforgettable experience for our guests in the setting that exudes luxury and charm. Le Palace prides itself on impeccable service and maintaining high standards of fine dining. The highly trained and skilled staff will ensure that every possible measure is taken to ensure that your experience is perfection.
05:30 am: Early wake-up, meet with your guide and 4x4 then leave for the Hot air ballooning in the Palm grove about 35 minutes drive from the city centre. Hot air ballooning in Morocco was brought to public attention when the Virgin Challenger lifted off from Marrakech with hot air balloon enthusiast Richard Branson in the basket. It is no small wonder that he built a luxurious resort in the Atlas Mountains for guests to be able to take advantage of the hot air balloon rides nearby. The adventure of riding in a hot air balloon has seen many people getting hooked on the sport. The thrill of being lifted high into the air and drifting on the winds has an allure of its own. Floating above the earth, with no engine noise braking the silence and tranquillity of the heavens and nothing but endless landscapes stretching out in all directions, it is an experience that cannot be retold - only lived. To be part of a hot air balloon ride in Morocco, visitors will have to be prepared for an early start. Most pilots take off before sunrise, so they will be collected from their hotels or Riads at approximately five or six-thirty in the morning, depending on the season. Hot air balloon pilots are in constant contact with the vehicles that follow them on the ground in case of emergency and to notify the ground crew as to their landing location. The flight duration is approximately one hour and passengers will be able to get spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains, Oued ( dried river ) Tinsift and the Al Haouz Plain.
01 hour flight, services of an experienced, qualified pilot with current French and Moroccan Pilot’s Licences and Air Worthiness Certificates (France & Morocco), ground support crew, support vehicle; private round trip transfers from your hotel in Marrakech to launch site and return. A private tour of the villages together with a visit of Berber family home for a tea and snack. A ‘Flight’ Certificate will be giving by the pilot. All relevant Insurances whilst in the vehicle and hot air balloon. Return transfer to your Hotel or Riad. Afternoon time free to explore the city on your own. 20.00 Pm – Meet with your guide then transfer to the Comptoir Darna for your fare-well dinner. First lounge-restaurant in Marrakech, its musical concept has made it famous. This restaurant-bar-boutique is a place where a colourful, cosmopolitan clientele of the famous and the not-so-famous rub shoulders in a festive atmosphere created by the oriental dancers. A "Fusion" cuisine is offered with a menu featuring both European and Moroccan dishes. The perfect blend of the Orient and the West, this is the place where night time means party time.
Marrakech dates back as far as the year 1070 and several monuments stand out as landmarks in the course of its history. First visit to the Koutoubia Mosque, sister tower to Seville's Giralda, the minaret of which has become the symbol of the city. Behind the ramparts that made Marrakech a fortified city, then to the more recently built Bahia Palace (19th century) is often inhabited by His Majesty's guests and its succession of rooms finely decorated in Arabic style, nest in gardens and "Riad" planted with orange- and jasmine trees. Afterwards go for a walk discovery of the souks of Marrakech, certainly are the most colourful and the liveliest in Africa.
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