Mayhem in Morocco 2019

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Highlights

  • Fascinating culture & cuisine
  • Incredible, other-worldly landscapes
  • Retail therapy at its best
  • Small, specialist group departure
  • Travel with likeminded female travellers

Key Facts

  •   Morocco

  •   Great for shopaholics

  •   11 days

  •   Escorted by Sarah Hoyland

 

Capture the essence of Morocco - the colour, history, contrasts and style - on this jam-packed journey. Rich with immersion and full of surprises you will travel through ancient Imperial cities, mountains and desert landscapes to experience Morocco in style.

Commencing in Rabat you will travel directly to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Fes, where you will be transported back to medieval times as you stroll through the labyrinthine alleyways of the 1200 year old Medina and explore this charming and eclectic city. Wasting no time with a quick internal flight to Marrakech you'll be immersed in a world of bustling souks, spice markets and perfumeries with an excursion to hike in the foothills of the mighty Atlas mountains. Heading for the dreamy stone desert of Agafay you'll  enjoy a night under elegant white canvas at a luxury tented camp before finally taking in vineyards and argan oil co-operatives en route to Essaouira and the beautiful Atlantic coastline.

Throughout your journey you will stay in impressive kasbahs, stylish riads and the very best boutique hotels as you discover the language, arts and cuisine of the Tuareg, Berber & Arab people and grow to appreciate the diverse cultural influences that have shaped this fascinating country.

Join Sarah Hoyland and a team of exceptionally knowledgeable guides for a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in Al Maghrib, the ancient Arabic name for Morocco, meaning "far west where the sun sets."

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Rabat | 1 night                

Welcome to Morocco! On arrival in Rabat you will be met and privately transferred to Riad Zyo, an artfully converted post office, now a boutique hotel, close to the marina. Enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow mayhem-makers!

Day 2 | Fes | 2 nights              

Explore the city on foot with a guided tour taking in Hassan Tower, Kasbah des Oudayas and the Chellah - a medieval fortified Muslim necropolis located in the metro area of Rabat. After a stop for mint tea, transfer by road to Fes stopping en route at the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis. On arrival in Fes check in to the stunningly beautiful Palais Amani and enjoy drinks on the roof terrace as the sun sets over the skyline.

Day 3 | Fes

Today is dedicated to exploring the scholarly city of Fes with a private guide. Visit the Royal Palace, the ancient university of Al Qarawiyyin and the Fes Tannery, wander the medina's labyrinth of paths and alleyways and shop your way through the spice & perfume markets, leather ware shops and carpet emporiums. The evening will be at lesiure to enjoy the mosaic gardens, sumptuous gardens and fabulous menu as you wish.

Day 4 | Marrakech | 4 nights

A leisurely morning will give you time to relax or do some more shopping with the assistance of a guide before a quick flight takes us to Marrakech. Landing in the afternoon check in to La Maison Arabe then join a cooking class to prepare a feast for dinner this evening.

Day 5 | Marrakech

A guided tour will showcase this vibrant city's highlights including the magnificent Koutoubia mosque, Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace, then continue through the medina to visit the spice market, artisans' quarter and a parfumerie. In the evening we'll visit Jemaa el-Fnaa, a vast public square which comes alive at night with lights, stalls, street food vendors and entertainers - every one more eccentric than the last!

Day 6 | Marrakech               

This morning we will drive south from Marrakesh to Imlil, a quaint rural village in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. From here we will spend the morning hiking the ancient Berber tracks bisecting the pretty terrain - mules optional! Tea and lunch will be served at the local Berber village before we continue to Richard Branson’s renowned Kasbah Tamadot for drinks and some well earned R&R in pure luxury!

Day 7 | Marrakech

You will have the opportunity to take to the skies this morning with an optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over Marrakech Valley. Take the rest of the day to explore and shop your way through the souks and medina. As evening falls we will regroup for an atmospheric horse and carriage tour of the city.

Day 8 | Agafay Desert | 1 night                                  

After breakfast we will be driven to the world famous Marjorelle Gardens which were lovingly restored by fashion designer Yves St Laurent and provide a cool, calming and fabulously photogenic retreat. In the mid afternoon we will depart for the Agafay Desert - approx 45 minutes by road. Camels will await our arrival and we will enjoy a magical sunset ride through the desert. We will stay at the effortlessly chic Scarabeo Camp, spending the night under elegant white canvas.

Days 9 | Essaouira | 2 nights                          

This morning we head for the Atlantic coast and the seaside town of Essaouira, stopping at an argan oil co-operative and a local vineyard en tour. We will spend two nights in Palais des Remparts which is situated within the medina yet enjoys breathtaking ocean views. This afternoon we'll head out to explore the bustling entrance of the port as fishermen haul in their daily catch and wander the UNESCO world heritage media with its colourful local artworks and numerous shops selling fresh pastries and sweet treats.

Day 10 | Essaouira                                                                                  

Take the morning to explore, shop or wander the miles and miles of golden sand. At around midday we will head slightly inland where rolling hills and Argan forests carpeted with wildflowers provide the perfect environment for goats giving rise to some exquisite paddock-to-plate style dining. We'll enjoy a leisurely lunch at an organic cheese farm, soaking up the idyllic way of rural Moroccan life. 

Days 11 | Homeward bound                                                                      

There are no plans today to give you the freedom to shop for last minute treasures, relax on the beach or simply enjoy the hotel. This afternoon we will head to the airport where you will begin your journey home or continue with your onward arrangements.

Thank you for joining us in creating mayhem in Morocco!

Key Facts

  • Hosted by Sarah Hoyland
  • 11 days / 10 nights
  • 24 February to 6 March 2019
  • Begins: Rabat  | Ends: Essaouira
  • A$6,650 per person twin share. Excludes international flights.
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us

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