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THE BEST OF MOROCCO
Take in some of the highest peaks in North Africa, the dramatic, unexplored landscapes of the Agafay Desert and the imperial cities of Fez and Marrakech, which can now be linked with a direct internal flight as opposed to a seven-hour drive.
Discover the treasures of Fez
An authentic taste of Morocco
Motorbike tour of Marrakech
Get off the beaten track
Hiking in the Atlas Mountains
Choose from optional extras
- Eight nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Return flights from the UK
- All breakfasts
- Dinner at Scarabeo and local lunches in the mountains
- Domestic flights in economy class from Fez to Marrakech with 20kg luggage per person
- All private transfer and transport requirements including airport transfers
- Hidden Medina Tour and Tasting Trail in Fez
- Half day Marrakech tour
- Side-car motorbike tour
- Camel ride in the Agafay Desert
- Two days with guides in the mountains
- Government taxes and service fee
Day1Journey to FezFez, Morocco
Fly from London to Fez airport, then transfer to Jardin Des Biehn for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The hotel is a Pasha's summer palace in the heart of the medina. There's a restaurant, a hammam and spa, a shop, a Sophrology Centre and an art gallery plus a complimentary bottle of wine in your room.
Day2Souks and sights of FezFez, Morocco
Your guide will take you on a Hidden Medina Tour to see the historical sites and ancient artisans. Explore the colourful streets and souks, gain access to palaces and Islamic gardens, venture into the depths of the tanneries and observe weavers at their loom.
Optional private visit to Al-Quarwiyyan with Moha Ennaji (additional £600 per person), one of the leading researchers and academics in North Africa. The Al-Qarawiyyin opened in 859 AD. Its library contains manuscripts that are among the earliest in Islamic history. A ninth century Quran, a 10th century account of the Prophet Muhammad's life, as well as formative scientific and medical textbooks can all be found here.
Day3A traditional tasteFez, Morocco
This morning your private guide will take you on a tasting trail around Fez. Start by exploring the fresh food souks, then on to the honey souk to taste an array of delicious honeys and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture. Then visit traditional farnatchis, the spice El Attarryia and the henna souk. Try traditional foods including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, and fresh goat cheese, finishing off with a visit to a Moroccan tea house.
Optional cooking class with Tara Stevens (additional £550 per person)
Tara Stevens is a Condé Nast Traveller contributor, a food writer, producer and cook based in Fez. She has published several books on different cuisines for Phaidon Press, among them, Eating With the Chefs: behind the scenes at 18 of the world's best restaurants. All classes are bespoke, private and take place at Stevens' home in the medina, usually with a couple of glasses of good Moroccan wine.
Day4Magical MarrakechMarrakech, Morocco
Fly to Marrakech and transfer to Riad Adore for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The hotel is a fascinating fusion of traditional Moroccan and modern European design.
Explore the city with your private guide. Sights visited in the tour include the Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, the Saadien Tombs, the El Badi and El Bahia Palaces and Dar Si Said, home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts.
Day5City adventuresMarrakech, Morocco
Explore the city of your own accord or go on a private designer shopping trip with designer Brahim Mouhib (£330 per person), visiting the hippest ateliers of Marrakech, where age old techniques collide with avant garde designers and artists. He opens the doors to the newest and coolest stores and showcases Sidi Ghanem, an area of Marrakech fast gaining a reputation for high-end custommade wares and art.
Day6Motorbikes and camelsAgafay Desert, Morocco
In the morning ride a side car through the city streets, venture across the palmeries and encounter small villages, exploring a side of Marrakech not normally accessible on foot. The motorbikes are Urals, authentic Russian knockoffs of the 1938 BMW R71. Enjoy a bottle of champagne en-route in a mystery location.
This afternoon you will be driven from your riad to the Agafay Desert, less than an hour from Marrakech, for one night at Scarabeo Camp (half board). Dotted amongst the desert landscape, the tents are decorated with locally crafted pieces. Before sunset take a camel ride around the surrounding area and return for dinner in the canyons, lit by candles, with traditional musicians playing.
Day7Into the Atlas MountainsKasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco
After breakfast, you will be driven to the majestic Atlas Mountains towards Imlil with your private guide. Explore on foot or by mule to visit some of the surrounding Berber villages. Experience traditional rural life, roll your own couscous then enjoy the meal in a true Moroccan style.
You will then head through the picturesque valleys of olive and walnut groves to the Ourika Valley to stay at Kasbah Bab Ourika for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The Kasbah is an eco-friendly hotel constructed principally from rammed earth, the traditional Berber building technique, it seems almost to have grown out of the rocks beneath.
Day8High Atlas hikingKasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco
A trek through the Mizik Pass, a wild crossing between two populated valleys in the Toubkal National Park at nearly 2000m above sea level. The steady hike up through juniper forests offers spectacular views over the Berber dwellings of Imlil, the Tamatert Pass and up to the snowy slopes at Oukaimeden, the highest ski resort in North Africa.
A picnic lunch will be prepared at Azib Tamsoult - a cluster of shepherd huts used by villagers and their flocks during the summer period.
Day9Return to the UKMarrakech, Morocco
Drive back to Marrakech airport for your flight home.
LE JARDIN DES BIEHN
A pasha's summer palace in the heart of the medina, with its own hammam and spa.
A charming hotel with a lovely roof terrace overlooking the labyrinthine medina where the contemporary design is combined with Moroccan touches.
The campaign-style tents are decorated with locally crafted pieces and a candlelit dinner is served as musicians play.
KASBAH BAB OURIKA
A funky, eco-conscious, rose-scented hideaway made according to the Berber tradition of using rammed earth.
'This hotel makes me happy every time I think of it: the views of the mountains, the endless feasts, decorated as if by some super-cool, stylish spy'
Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveller Editor-in-Chief