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Morocco - Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains

Spend time in Morocco's beating heart Marrakech, rise up to the High Atlas Mountains & gain an understanding of the Berber people

Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco . The city has the largest traditional market (Souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa, the Place D’Jemaa El Fnaa. The square bustles with acrobats, storytellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night the square is filled with food stalls, becoming a huge open-air restaurant.

Trip Highlights

Le Jardin Majorelle: The Majorelle Garden is a two and half acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden in Marrakech, Morocco. It was created by the French Orientalist artist, Jaques Majorelle over almost forty years, starting in 1923, and features a Cubist villa designed by the French architect, Paul Sinoir in the 1930s. In the 1980s, the property was purchased by the fashion designers, Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The villa houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, the Berber Museum and has recently opened the Musee Yves Saint Laurent

Menara Pavilion & Gardens: The famous panorama of the Atlas Mountains is worth a visit alone to the gardens of Menara. Like the Jamaa el-Fna and the Gardens of Agdal, the Menara Gardens are classified as “World Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO. The Menara Gardens offer a stunning view of the Kortoubia Mosque Minaret. The lake is stuffed with carp and provides an irrigation source for the garden. The pavilion overlooking the pool was built during the 19th century in the Alawi style for use by the Sultan and his family. 

Place D’Jemaa El Fna: A place of magic, storytelling, dancers, water sellers and snake charmers. With stunning view of the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque close to the square, the action is non stop but really comes alive as the sunsets and the food stalls are at their best, with local musicians creating a feast for all your senses.

Ourika Valley: A short drive from Marrakech takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into beautiful landscapes.  Lined with walnut, willow and poplar trees, the contrasting mountains with their red and green terrain are stunning.  The traditional Berber lifestyle can also be appreciated as you travel through local villages.

Sample itinerary

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Depart for Morocco. Your flight journey will take approximately four hours Arrive in Marrakech & transfer to your accommodation Enjoy an evening meal at your accommodation
2 Start the day with a tour of the Ancient City (Medina) with an Official Guide. Along the way you will see the Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Madrasa School,Qoubba Almoravide,Saadiens Tombs,El Badii Palace,Museum of Marrakech. After lunch visit to the famous ‘Le Jardin Majorelle’ and a tour of the ‘Menara’ (Pavilion & Gardens) Evening visit to the main square ‘Place D’Jemma el Fna’ followed by a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride (Caleche) around ‘New’ Marrakech.
3 A day excursion to the Vallée Ourika in the Atlas Mountains. Arrival in the village of Setti Fatma (1500m) this village has a picturesque setting surrounded by walnut trees and weeping willows. A local guide will take you for a short walk to the beautiful waterfalls. Return to Marrakech in the afternoon around 17:00 Enjoy an evening meal in your accommodation before a show at ‘Chez Ali’’ Fantasia
4 With a morning at leisure enjoy some free time to soak up the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Be sure to pick up some souvenirs of your time in Morocco before you leave Depart for home  

Whats included

  • Return flights from London to Marrakech with hand luggage
  • Airport transfers to the hotel
  • 4* Hotel in Marrakech on a full board basis
  • Official Local guide
  • Tours and Excursions as detailed