Enjoy a flight from the UK and arrive into the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Soak up some of the local sights on your journey from the airport to your hotel and then revive for the rest of the day at Villa Mandarine.
Explore the relics of Morocco’s Moorish past. Visit the Tour Hassan, an incomplete minaret of the great mosque, and then the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the present king's grandfather. For awe-inspiring views over the Atlantic, stroll through the former palace of Kasbah des Oudaias, and out to the headland. From here, set off to Fes, Morocco’s intellectual heart. Explore the Karaouyine, considered one of the greatest Islamic schools in the Arab world and meander the three parts of Fes: Fes-el-Bali (old Fes), Fes-el-Jdid (new Fes) and the French-built Ville Nouvelle.
Step back in time at Fez El Bali, the largest living medieval medina-city. Its 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks form a labyrinth. Discover the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), Nejjarine Square and the Fondouq (Caravanserai), now a museum of carpentry artefacts. Visit the tanneries and Dar Batha and the Museum of Moroccan Arts, before Fez El Jedid (New Fez) and its Royal Palace, mosques, medersas, souks and the city wall. Go to the pottery factory to see how zellij tiles are made and then enjoy a traditional tagine for dinner.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Volubilis is the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruin in Morocco. Marvel at superb mosaic floors, including depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck and a portrait of Amphitrite in a chariot drawn by a seahorse. Head to Meknes, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco to view the Bab Mansour gateway before lunch. This afternoon, visit the wine cellars of Chateau Roslane and then indulge in a three-course meal with wine. You will spend the night at the Chateau.
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Fes airport for your onward short flight to Marrakech. Should you prefer to drive and enjoy some more sight-seeing, this can be arranged. On arrival in Marrakech, check into Les Jardins de la Medina to experience an authentic Moroccan riad.
Today, discover the mysteries of Marrakech. Start at Bahia Palace before visiting the souks. Indulge your inner ‘shopaholic’ in a maze of colourful alleys and small squares. Finish at Djemâa el Fna square and watch a multitude of street artists perform before enjoying dried fruits and freshly pressed orange juice. Head from here to the Majorelle Gardens, including a small Islamic art museum in a bright blue house, once the painting studio of Majorelle. Tonight, enjoy a sundowner at the Royal Mansour, overlooking the Koutoubia mosque and the hotel gardens.
Escape the frenetic city to a place where the silence is almost deafening. Just a short drive from the capital are the High Atlas Mountains, a jagged cluster of peaks dotted with traditional Berber villages. See how time has stood still on a visit to the villages of the Asni Valley, located among the foothills. Then you can enjoy a decadent lunch at Kasbah Tamadot, owned by Richard Branson.
You might wish to take a unique hot-air balloon ride over Marrakech. See the city in a new light and new perspective, then explore Marrakech from a vintage sidecar. This thrilling ride travels the town and palm groves to Dar El Sadaka: Jean-François Fourtou's magical house. Wonder at its artistic masterpieces, sculptures and artworks, then head back to town, seeing the sights you choose. For an evening meal to remember, perhaps take a trip for dinner in the Afgay desert before your last night at your hotel.
After a final breakfast at les Jardins de la Medina, we’ll take you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.