The dignified palaces, mosques and colleges juxtaposed with life on the streets, in the souks and bazaars and in the hectic main square give you a picture of Morocco old and new – in microcosm. But this energetic city isn’t the only Morocco.
In the mountains lie Berber villages where time doesn’t seem to have changed life. And in the south you will find awesome scenery – the Tizi n’Test Pass, for example - interesting towns like Taroudant, and Agadir where culture is complemented by a superb beach.
Fly to Marrakech. You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Marrakech is an endlessly unfolding mystery with enchantments at every step along the way. A half day historical tour will reveal ancient landmarks like the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret, plus the huge courtyard, Saadian Tombs and sunken gardens of the 16th century El Badi Palace. You’ll be staying in the heart of the ancient medina, moments from the Royal Palace, so you’ll have boundless opportunity to wander through the tiny streets, past artisan workshops and tempting bazaars. You’ll be able to bargain for jewellery, carpets, frankincense, robes and souvenirs, as well as experiencing the bustle of the souk and the swirling life of Marrakech’s famous Jemaa el-Fnaa – reputedly the busiest square in Africa.
Stay: Three nights in a deluxe room at Villa des Orangers.
Marrakech – Asni
Today you take a scenic drive into the countryside beyond Marrakech to arrive, in under two hours, at Asni. This tiny, unchanged-by-time Berber village enjoys a dramatic setting with views of the snowy peaks of the monumental Atlas Mountains and the plunging river valley to the north. You can play tennis or work out, or experience a range of adventures, from hot air ballooning to skiing. Or simply chill out in your hotel’s swimming pools, hammam and beauty salon.
Stay: Two nights in a superior room at Kasbah Tamadot.
Asni – Taroudant
Another fascinating road trip brings you, after four hours of sweeping scenery, to Taroudant. And along the way you travel through the mighty Tizi N’Test Pass, so make sure your camera is fully charged before you set off. You’ll be staying just outside Taroudant, amongst cool olive groves in a Berber-inspired riad.
Stay: One night in a junior suite at Riad Dar Zitoune.
After exploring the quaint town of Taroudant, you’ll set off for Agadir with its wonderful beach of golden sand and its lively bustle. Your hotel offers a pool, sun deck, elegant spa and beautiful gardens for relaxing; the perfect base for exploring Agadir itself; a busy mix of traditional architecture, jostling souks and great sight-seeing opportunities – a memorable snapshot of life in Morocco.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Riad Villa Blanche.
Agadir – Home
At about midday you’ll be taken to Agadir Airport for your return flight home.