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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Splendours of Morocco
Best time to go: January to June, August to December
11 Nights | from £4,925pp
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Holiday type: Group departure
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- Discover all that beautiful Morocco has to offer, from sublime historic cities in the north to the mysterious desert, ending with three nights in Marrakech
- Experience the Sahara in style when you sleep under a canopy of stars at an Exclusive Desert Tented Camp alongside the stunningly cinematic Erg Chebbi dunes
- Learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine at an exclusive Chef 's Table experience
- Explore Meknes and Volubilis, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, revealing Morocco's unique culture and past
- Stay in the 'Red City' at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, your home for three nights
Day 1 Arrive Casablanca, Morocco
Fly to the port city of Casablanca, where a member of the A&K team will meet you and escort you to the Hyatt Regency. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in this romantic city, forever associated with the eponymous 1942 Humphrey Bogart film. In the evening there will be a cocktail party hosted by A&K for you and your fellow travellers.
Hyatt Regency Casablanca
Day 2 Rabat / Fez
Casablanca is Morocco's largest metropolis and its industrial hub. Start the day with a tour of the vast Hassan II Mosque, which accommodates up to 25,000 worshippers;its minaret stands as the tallest religious structure in the world. Heading west from Casablanca to Morocco's capital Rabat, visit the opulent Mohammed V Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco and grandfather of the current king, then on to see the stunning Mauresque-style Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah and its scenic Andalusian garden. Continue to Fez, arriving in time for a special welcome dinner at the Palais Faraj.
Palais Faraj Suites and Spa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Fez
Step back in time to explore Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), the cultural heart of Morocco. The imperial capital was a renowned centre of medieval learning;at its heart still remains one of the oldest functioning universities in the world. Your guide will escort you amongst the 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks of the labyrinthine old quarter then take you to see the Hispano-Moorish Attarine Medersa (Koranic college) and at Nejjarine Square, famed for its decorated mosaic wall fountain. You'll also see the Royal Palace, madrasas and mellah (Jewish quarter) in Fez el-Jadid.
Palais Faraj Suites and Spa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Meknes / Volubilis
Drive to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Its impressive monuments recall the splendour of a city, first built in the 17th century to rival the court of Louis XIV of France. You'll see the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, considered one of the finest great gates of Morocco, and the Granaries and the Royal Stables built to accommodate 1,200 horses. Pause at Moulay Ismail's Mausoleum, one of the few shrines in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims, before continuing to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. With its triumphal arches, basilicas and capitals, Volubilis brims with examples of Roman architecture. Arguably its greatest treasures are the incredible mosaic floors, some of which depict Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot. Return to Fez for the night.
Palais Faraj Suites and Spa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Erfoud
Drive to the small, desert-fringed oasis of Erfoud, passing through Berber villages and palm plantations set against the majestic Atlas Mountain vista and stopping for lunch in Midelt en route. In Erfoud, your luxurious hotel, complete with swimming pool and spa, is set amid dunes and lush vegetation. Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the facilities before joining the rest of the group for dinner.
Kasbah Hotel Chergui | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Merzouga
Explore the fortified desert town of Rissani before setting off for the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi in 4x4s, where, on arrival at A&K's luxurious nomadic tented camp, you'll be welcomed with refreshing mint tea and pastries. Erg Chebbi's dunes can reach up to 152 metres high, creating a dramatic, other-worldly landscape. Climb aboard a camel and ride through the desert, a fantastic way to absorb the scenery and atmosphere. Return to camp for a traditional Moroccan meal around the campfire before retiring to your tent, as the soothing sounds of the Sahara lull you to sleep.
A&K Luxury Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Ouarzazate
Drive on to Ouarzazate, once a stopping point for African traders travelling to the cities of Morocco and Europe, amid views of the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains, intersecting the Dades Valley's flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees. Travelling along the "Road of a Thousand Kasbahs," stop to visit a small private museum that showcases local art, culture and history. On arrival in Ouarzazate, check into your delightfuldesert-oasis hotel.
Le Berbère Palace | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Ouarzazate
Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a vibrant trade centre, known for its pottery and carpets. The Taourirt Kasbah, now consists of simple clay houses and towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. Head on to Aït Benhaddou, site of the region's most exotic kasbahs, where the buildings defy the laws of gravity as they perch upon the steep slope –several of which have been featured in films, such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Le Berbère Palace | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Ouarzazate / Marrakech
Set off from Ouarzazate for the fascinating 'Red City' of Marrakech, where during dinner at the luxurious Four Seasons, the chef will share his insight into the true history of Moroccan cuisine.
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech / Selman Marrakech | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Marrakech
Start the day exploring Marrakech's famous medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This thousand-year-old city was long a political, economic and cultural centre and is home to numerous architectural jewels which you'll see during the day, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret and Dar Si Said;housed in a palace, it is among the most beautiful of its kind in the world. Visit the Bahia Palace, a classic example of privileged life in the 19th century, then Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's atmospheric main square, which is filled with hundreds of food stalls, fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every corner. Feast your senses further exploring the souk, the bustling maze of alleyways brimming with all manner of wares from spices to shoes.
* Four Seasons Resort Marrakech / Selman Marrakech | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Marrakech
Explore the beauty of the 12th-century Menara Gardens set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, olive groves, orchards and reflecting pools. Continue by horsedrawn carriage to Jardin Majorelle, the famous garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle who painted the walls and features a striking ultramarine blue. Spend the rest of the day as you wish, relaxing at the hotel, shopping in the souk –or you may like to visit the Al Karam project which assists homeless children and is supported by A&K Philanthropy –a rewarding opportunity to interact with the children. In the evening there is a special farewell dinner with entertainment by a local gnaoua band.
* Four Seasons Resort Marrakech / Selman Marrakech | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Depart Marrakech
You will be driven to the airport to board your international flight home, or you could choose to join an Essaouira post-tour extension.
Note: Although this itinerary involves long drives, these are the best way to experience the magical scenery that Morocco has to offer.
* On the 29th Oct and 5th Nov departure 2016 –the accommodation in Marrakech will be the Royal Palm Marrakech Resort.
Departure Dates & Pricing
|Departure Dates||Per Person from|
|28th Oct 2016, 4th, 11th Nov 2016, 9th, 16th Dec 2016||£4,925|
|23rd Dec 2016||£5,489|
|14th, 28th Jan 2017||£5,150|
|4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Feb 2017, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Mar 2017, 1st, 15th, 22nd Apr 2017 , 6th,13th, 20th, 27th May 2017, 3rd Jun, 16th, 23rd, 30th Sep 2017, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Oct 2017, 4th, 11th, 25th Nov 2017, 9th, 16th Dec 2017||£5,385|
|23rd Dec 2017||£5,995|
The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
Long drives should be expected on this itinerary. This is the only way to experience the magical scenery that this exotic country has to offer.
Minimum age is 10 years.
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Our office in Marrakech is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Morocco, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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Best time to be there
Morocco is warm and sunny year round. The best time to visit is mid-February to June and September to December. Coastal Morocco is cooled by sea breezes. The peaks of the Atlas Mountains are snow-capped for most of the year.
Marrakech (BA, Royal Air Maroc, Easyjet); Agadir (Easyjet); Casablanca (Royal Air Maroc and Air Arabia); Tangiers (Royal Air Maroc & Air Arabia); Essaouira (Easyjet); Fes (Ryanair)
3 hrs 15 mins - 4 hrs 20 mins
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required