A world away despite the short flight, fly into Casablanca, Morocco's largest city. A member of the A&K team will take you to the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, a modern Casablancan.
Towering over the city from its position on the Atlantic coast, the Hassan II Mosque was completed in 1993. It's the largest mosque in the country and one of the most richly decorated in the world. You'll tour the striking interior, where the seabed is visible through the entrance hall. On the way to Fes stop in Meknes to see one of the country's imperial cities, and the Roman ruins at Volubilis.
Discover the timeless charm of Fes, one of the best-preserved imperial cities in the world. Wander the 9,000 narrow alleys that make up the labyrinth of the city's old quarter, a fortified citadel of markets, souks and traditional workshops. You’ll also discover the historic Nejjarine Fountain, fine palaces, mosques and madrassas (Koran Schools) that are dotted throughout the city.
Explore the beautifully preserved relics of Morocco's Moorish past in the capital, Rabat. The city's most famous site is the Tour Hassan, an incomplete minaret of the great mosque. It’s next door to the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the present king's grandfather. Stroll through the former palace of Kasbah des Oudaias, which stands on a bluff overlooking the pounding Atlantic. Then head to the serene comfort of your sumptuous riad.
Marrakech is known as the Red City and you'll soon see why. The sunset reflecting off the ochre-hued buildings turns the city crimson in the dying light. Explore the heart of the medina, a bustling maze of noise and activity. You'll find yourself in the very centre of it at the delightful Riad Joya. Slip behind the hotel's walls and find an oasis of calm.
Many of Marrakech's architectural attractions are inside the medina. Start at the Koutoubia mosque with its inspiring minaret. The Bahia Palace is a masterpiece of domestic architecture and the Dar Si Said Museum boasts courtyards scented with citrus, palms and flowers. In the heart of Marrakech there's the permanently buzzing Djemaa el-Fnaa square, with its snake charmers, street musicians and towering piles of spices on every corner.
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.
After a final breakfast at Villa Joya, we’ll take you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.