Morocco is a true paradise for shopping at absolute bargain prices with beautiful weather almost all year round, especially in winter.
Morocco evokes relaxation, sun and relaxation in a mystical setting of perfumed gardens, exotic plants and palm trees. Marrakesh is a very safe destination with an ancient tradition of hospitality, so travelers feel secure and very welcome by some of the friendliest people in the world. Cairn Travels will lead a small group tour to Marrakesh and surrounding areas in January 2022 and I hope you will join us.
Day 1: After an overnight flight to Morocco, land in Marrakesh. A private driver will meet and transfer you to the four star hotel accommodations for the next five evenings. The hotel is situated in the royal district of the medina called the Kasbah. The two royal palaces of Marrakesh are situated at either end of this district. The Kasbah is located in the southern part of the medina and is only a fifteen minute walk from the main square, Jemaa al Fnaa. The hotel offers year round swimming with its heated pool and the roof top jacuzzi, cloaked in a bedouin tent for added intimacy, soothes aching limbs after a hard days shopping in the souqs. Pamper yourself in a hammam – steam bath – and let the in house masseuse give you a traditional moroccan massage using natural products.
The evening is ours to relax. In addition to many restaurants in the area, dining is available on the roof terrace which in addition has its own tagine oven and grill. Enjoy the delights of Moroccan cuisine while soaking up the exotic and unique atmosphere of the Kasbah. Dinner is included our first evening at the restaurant in our hotel which comes with high reviews. Each evening, we will be asked to choose our preferred dishes for the morning in order that the kitchen staff can source all ingredients fresh from the market.
Day 2: Awaken to your made to order breakfast at the hotel before our personal guide escorts us through the city of red walls, winding souks and tangled streets that define Marrakech. Against the impressive back-drop of the snow-capped Atlas mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech offers a wealth of sightseeing and fun activities. We’ll tour the Saadian tombs, one of the world’s finest examples of Moorish architecture. Also see the Bahia Palace famed for its 50 marble columns. We’ll stroll through the Jardin Majorelle, a beautiful exotic park. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex.
Day 3: Today our private driver will escort us on a unique 2.5 hour journey from Marrakech to the seaside city of Essaouira. I can’t wait to explore the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, soaking in hundreds of years of culture and history.
Along the way, we’ll stop to see the Argan trees where small goats clamber up the low branches and feed. Sometimes there are as many as 20 goats sitting in one tree! After our full day in Essaouira, relax while being transfered back to the hotel.
Day 4: Today is another fabulous day in Morocco. A comfortable private vehicle and driver will whisk us away to the Atlas Mountains. Visit a Berber village before seeing the argan oil cooperative to see how the oil is extracted manually from the kernels of fruit. Pass the cascades of Setti Fatma, a series of seven beautiful waterfalls. Lunch will be served here with restaurants that set up their tables and chairs on boulders in the Atlas Mountain streams.
Mondays are Berber market days in the Atlas Mountains. Watch as livestock is traded, food cooked in traditional ovens under the ground and a wide variety of hand made Berber merchandise being bought and sold. There are also many artisanal workshops and galleries. On the way back, visit a saffron garden where the owner will give a demonstration of the curative and palliative effects on the body of the various herbs that are grown there.
Day 5: After breakfast, perhaps relax by the pool. In the event you are like me and want to shop, we will have a guide escort us to the markets. Prepare to be completely over stimulated with the plethora of colorful fabrics, ceramics and spices:)
In the afternoon we will be driven an hour to the Sahara desert. As the sun sets, we will prepare for an hour long camel ride into the golden scenery. We’ll have dinner in a traditional and private Berber tent.
Day 6: After breakfast it will be time to say good bye to colorful Morocco for your flight home.