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Highlights of Morocco Tour

Explore the diverse country of Morocco with a tour encompassing the highlights of this charming African region. From bustling souks and ancient palaces to breath-taking desert landscapes and luxurious botanical gardens, Morocco is the perfect destination for adventurers, culture seekers and couples.

On the way from Marrakech Airport, pass by vast argan forests and find out how the famous nutty-flavoured argan oil is made by the locals. From there, travel onwards to the beautiful seaside town of Essaouira with its historic ramparts and a 16th century working fishing village, where you can indulge in fresh seafood. Leave the town and bustle behind you to sample some excellent locally-grown wine at the Val d’Argan vineyards before entering the Agafay Desert. Here you’ll find stretches of sand dunes as far as the eye can see. Spend a night under the stars in a luxury camp retreat and switch off from the outside world.

Rejoin civilisation with a trip to Marrakech and take a tour of Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech's medina quarter, the magnificent mosques, and Saadian Tombs. Nature lovers can discover the botanic Majorelle Gardens, established in the 1920s and famous for their coconut palms, banana trees and other assorted flora.

Learn the authentic ways of cooking Moroccan cuisine with a workshop at La Maison Arabe and sample your own creations, with delicacies such as tagine and couscous, before treating yourself to some handicrafts and homegrown spices from the nearby souks.

Hayes & Jarvis are luxury travel experts, crafting once-in-a-lifetime tours for guests all over the globe. We are delighted to be sharing our Highlights of Morocco tour with you.

Duration
7 days

Guide Price

 £1,799  pp
Best time to go
March to May
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Jamaa El Fna Square

Trip highlights

  • Experience the historic seaside town of Essaouira and the bustling markets and mosques of Marrakech
  • Camp under the stars in the remote Agafay Desert at Scarabeo Stone Desert Camp
  • Indulge in some local wine tasting from the winemakers at Val d'Argan
  • Learn the art of creating authentic Moroccan cuisine with a cooking class at the celebrated La Maison Arabe
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Arrive at Marrakech Airport where you'll be greeted and driven towards the coastal town of Essaouira.

On the way, you’ll start to familiarise yourself with Morocco. Learn about the native argan tree as you pass the forests and witness first-hand how the kernels are used to make the famous argan oil with a demonstration from a local argan oil producer.

Continue onwards to the seaside town of Essaouira, located on Morocco's Atlantic Coast. The old town – the medina - is shielded by ramparts built in the 1700s, and is well-known as a laid-back alternative to the busier Marrakech. Watersports are popular along the waterfront, due to the windy weather.

Stay for the first of two nights in a charming hotel in the heart of Essaouira, with a terrace boasting great views and a popular local restaurant.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Dar L’Oussia
Marrakech

After experiencing your first Moroccan breakfast, explore the hub of Essaouira - a working 16th century fishing village, where locals and visitors alike enjoy browsing the bustling fish market.

The town features a blend of Portuguese and Moroccan military architecture from the days of the Portuguese invasion in the 15th century, which you can observe today. Discover the medina, complete with bustling markets and stalls. These are a feast for the senses, full of vivid colours and aromatic scents.

Pick up some fish for lunch at the port, and spend the remainder of the day strolling around this unique and fascinating area.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Dar L’Oussia
Moroccan Desert

Leave Essaouira behind and enter the world of Morocco's famous desert land, in famous Agafay Desert.

stop off at tLe Domaine du Val d’Argan vineyards, which was established by the renowned wine-making Melia family. Famous for producing some fantastic homegrown wine, enjoy t tipple or two accompanied by a delicious lunch. 

Your final destination for the day is the Agafay Desert, where you'll spend a night at candlelit Scarabeo Camp, sleeping under the stars. Feel completely at one with nature as you look out onto magnificent sand dunes and mile-long stretches of desert.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Scarabeo Camp
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Get acquainted with the desert in the morning before continuing on your journey to the vibrant and popular city of Marrakech.

With the help of your local guide, seek out the lesser-known spots of Marrakech with a unique local tour. You’ll be acquainted with the best food stalls to visit, the best entertainment, and historic nooks that only a native would know about.

Discover the renowned square of Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech's medina quarter - the historic old city. You'll be wowed by an array of live entertainment - from fortune tellers and snake charmers to dancers and cooking displays.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Jardins de la Medina or Riad Kniza
Jardins de la Medina
Jardins de la Medina

Uncover more of Marrakech's past and culture with a tour of the Koutoubia Mosque - the most iconic mosque in the city. Listen to the chanting of Imam prayers that emanate from this 12th century place of worship five times a day. 

Witness where royalty once lived, in the now ruined 16th century El Badi Palace, and learn about its battles and opulence of times gone past. The Bahia Palace - meaning 'brilliance' – was built much later, in the 19th century, and proudly exhibits beautiful gardens and stunning Moroccan architecture. An excursion to the Saadian Tombs, which was rediscovered in the early 1900s and is the final resting place of the Saadian dynasty, provides an interesting insight into the city’s past.

If you love nature and impeccable garden design, then you will enjoy the beautiful botanical garden at Majorelle Gardens, which is named after and created by the French painter in the 1920s. Wander around the stunning banana trees, coconut palms and bougainvillea, as well as the stunning lily ponds and fountains. This famous garden was taken over in more recent times by Yves Saint Laurent.

Join a Marrakech excursion to reveal each and every hidden gem of this captivating and culture-soaked city, as you wander through heady alleyways brimming with Arabian goods, from Moroccan teapots to mint tea leaves and spices piled high.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Jardins de la Medina or Riad Kniza
Marrakech
Marrakech

Today you get to unleash your creative juices with a cooking class at La Maison Arabe, at the impressive specialist cooking school located within this luxurious hotel’s grounds. This is a perfect way to understand and practice Moroccan cuisine, as skilled tuition from the chef will help you understand how to create local specialities such as lamb tagine, pastille and couscous. Sit down to lunch afterwards to tuck into the delights that were made by your own hands.

In the afternoon, visit some of the souks and shopping areas, and follow the trail from Djemma El Fna to the Musée de Marrakech. Selling a host of Moroccan goods such as spices, fragrances, and food, it’s easy to get caught up in the community buzz of Moroccan shopping.

Head back to your hotel for the night and dine on a rooftop restaurant as you watch people go by.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Jardins de la Medina or Riad Kniza

Bid farewell to Marrakech and take a last look around the markets and mosques before returning to your hotel and being taken to the airport.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 6 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Breakfast in all accommodation, except in Scarabeo Camp which is on a half board basis: breakfast and dinner
  • Private, air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments and palaces for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)