Morocco – Southern Explorer & High Atlas Mountains
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International return flights from Dublin to Marrakech.
All private transfers and guiding requirements throughout.
10 nights’ in authentic Moroccan accommodation.
Explore the palm trees to Zagora, experience the magic of the Sahara desert and go back in time in Skour’s oasis.
Relax and unwind in the beautiful Atlas Mountains.
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Marrakech is a city of immense energy and history and one of the most compelling of all African/Arab cities. Sitting in the shadows of the mighty snow-clad peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is not only one of Morocco’s most aesthetic cities, but also one of its most lively and exciting. In this suggested itinerary, you’ll spend ten days exploring this fascinating part of the world. You will have guided experiences throughout so that you can witness the real Morocco. Enjoy guided historical tours including Majorelle Garden, YSL Museum, a sunset tasting trail and evening storytelling with cocktails in Marrakech. Experience a Farm to Table cooking class, go camel riding in desert and hiking in the High Atlas Mountains. This is a great itinerary for couples who are interested in both culture and history.
Depart from Dublin and arrive in Marrakech.
Your driver will be waiting to take you to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next three nights in a beautiful handpicked property. Marrakech is not only one of Morocco’s most aesthetic cities, but also one of its most lively and exciting.
In the evening, enjoy a private food and cultural experience with an expert foodie guide.
Dine with the locals while sampling regional specialities at the most popular food stalls in the market while soaking up the night-time ambience in Jamaa el-Fna square. Once you have had the opportunity to try the various street foods, you will have the opportunity to then take over a local restaurant close to the Jma El Fna and re-create what you’ve tried enroute.
Today, enjoy a guided historical tour in Marrakech including YSL Museum and Majorelle Garden.
Marrakech is a city of immense energy and history and one of the most compelling of all African/Arab cities. Your guide will teach you about the history and take you to the city’s important sites.
In the evening, enjoy a private session with a master storyteller.
Enjoy this dying art in the comfort and peace of your hotel with the master Storyteller, Ahmed Ezzarghani, in both Arabic and English before dinner.
Today you’ll enjoy a farm to table cooking class.
Transfer to the outskirts of Marrakech for a cooking class that takes place in the Amizmiz Valley, populated by Berbers. This elegant eco-farm is set amongst 15 hectares of olive groves, vegetable gardens and orchards. Your professional chef and tutor will teach you how to utilise herbs and spices as well as prepare a typical Moroccan meal, including bread-making Moroccan style!
Privately transfer to Taroudant.
Taroudant is in the 11th century the capital of a small Berber kingdom in the south of Morocco. Annexed by the Almoravids in 1056, under whom it remained autonomous, it was destroyed in 1306 by the Merinids. You will spend the next two nights here. Enjoy some time at leisure, exploring your surroundings.
Transfer from Taroudant to Zagora.
Depart Taroudant and head to the Zagora via the outskirts of the Draa Valley. The Draa Valley is a stunning oasis home to Berber villages, sumptuous Kasbahs, streaming sand dunes, lush green plains, snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Arriving in Zagora, enjoy the views from your luxury hotel where you’ll spend overnight.
Privately transfer to the magical Sahara Desert.
Enjoy an adventurous 4x4 ride into the heart of the desert where you can take solace in the tranquillity and the amazing landscape of the desert. Sunrise and sunset are when the dunes are most seductive, the immense skies and the vast stretch of desert highlighted by the setting or rising sun is truly magical.
Enjoy a Sunset camel ride before returning for dinner.
Dinner can be served either inside a tent or in the open sky under the starry night. A nomadic show follows with rhythmic music and cultural dance moves. Spend one night in your remote accommodation in the desert.
Transfer from Sahara Desert to Skoura.
Enroute, enjoy a stop to explore the Hollywood base in Morocco: the city of Ouarzazate in which a myriad of iconic movies were shot such as Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and The Mummy. On arrival in Skoura, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation where you’ll spend one night.
Say goodbye to the valleys of the south and privately transfer to the High Atlas Mountains.
On arrival, relax in your luxury refuge overlooking the Ourika Valle. It has the perfect setting for those wanting some luxury while in the High Atlas Mountains. You’ll spend two nights here.
Today, you’ll go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and have lunch with Berber family.
Join your expert mountain guide for a hike through the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Visit some of the surrounding Berber villages and experience traditional rural life with local women.
Enjoy baking your bread the Berber way, in a clay oven that is still used and operating to this day.
Share your Berber meal with the family who will be happy to share details of how they live their lives here.
It’s time to leave Morocco behind as you transfer to the airport.
Arrive in Dublin.
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La Villa des Orangers
Hotel Villa des Orangers is a luxurious riad property, built in a former palace complex just outside of the medina walls of Marrakech. Rooms are divided between two elegant mansions and the pool is set beneath the orange trees and within the landscaped courtyard. The food here is heavily influenced by French cuisine, with dishes like lamb noisette and grapefruit macarons on the menu.
Hotel Dar Zitoune
Hotel Dar Zitoune Taroudant is an environmentally conscious Riad located in the heart of the Souss region in the south of Morocco. It is located in a peaceful garden setting just a few kilometres away from the city of Taroudant.
Within the property, you’ll find a pleasant garden, a large heated swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a spa and a fitness room. The restaurant also offers a fusion of Moroccan and European cuisine which can also be served on the terrace or in the lounge bar.
Azalaï Luxury Camp
Azalaï Desert Camp offers a unique encounter with the desert in the hollow of the Chigaga dunes. Accessible by 4×4 from M’Hamid, these dunes offer an extreme and wild spectacle. Here, time stops. Silence is enveloping. It is a perfect spot for contemplation. Marvel as the warm, lazy breath of the wind nudges the crests of sand ever further away.
Kasbah Bab Ourika
Kasbah Bab Ourika sits on a hilltop in the Ourika Valley, with spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Although it was built to resemble an authentic Moroccan Kasbah, its style is modern and minimal. All rooms are spacious, with muted colours and understated furnishings to create an airy feel. The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco, being constructed primarily of rammed earth using the traditional Berber technique. Facilities include a relaxing Hamman offering steam baths and massages.
Les Jardins de Skoura
Located in the heart of the Skoura palm plantation lies Les Jardins de Skoura, a rustic yet stylish accommodation, the perfect base from which to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Atlas foothills. Escape the hot summer air in the cool waters of the pool or blissfully swing in the hammocks after walking among the crumbling kasbahs. Prepared using homegrown produce, traditional Moroccan cuisine is served in the lush gardens, often to the backdrop of a local musician.
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