MARRAKESH - JARDIN MAJORELLE - ESSAOUIRA - BERBER VILLAGE - ATLAS MOUNTAINS
8 days – 6 nights from NYC
* per person in double occupancy
most US gateways available
Travel Dates: FEBRUARY 1 - 8, 2024
6 nights, 8 days accommodation, sightseeing, some meals and airfare from NYC. (most US gateways available).
Morocco is known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse landscape. Marrakesh is home to many historical and cultural landmarks, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine. Explore the ancient medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander through the winding alleys filled with vendors selling everything from spices to handcrafted goods. Visit the famous Koutoubia Mosque, with its iconic minaret that towers over the city. Venture outside the city walls to see the breathtaking Majorelle Garden, a botanical oasis featuring vibrant blue walls and lush greenery. No visit to Marrakesh would be complete without a trip to Jemaa el-Fnaa, the city's central square and marketplace. Here, visitors can experience the bustling energy of the city while sampling traditional Moroccan dishes like tagine and couscous. Overall, Marrakesh is a vibrant and exciting city with plenty to offer visitors. Its unique blend of history, culture, and cuisine make it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Morocco.
MAIN PROGRAM INCLUDES:
• Round trip airfare from Newark, (EWR) or JFK airports. Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included. (Valid at present time)
• First class 4* centrally located hotel accommodation for 6 nights at: BAB hotel Marrakesh, 1 night Casablanca or similar including hotel tax and service charges
• Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout the program.
• Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
• Guided tours as per program
• Admission as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Daily Breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Drinks not included.
• All VAT city and local Tax, baggage handling at hotels. (Based on one bag per person).
• Headsets on guided tour
Day 1: Departure from the USA on your overnight flight to Morocco
Day 2: Marrakesh! Upon arrival, proceed through customs and collect your luggage. A Jet Vacations professional guide will personally greet you. Departure and Transfer from Casablanca to Marrakesh. Orientation Tour of Marrakech. Visit the Koutoubia Minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech. The 12th-Century Mosque is a master class in Moorish architecture. Visit the Koutoubia Minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech. The 12th-Century Mosque is a master class in Moorish architecture. Continue on to the Djemaa el Fnaa, the main square at the heart of the medina. In the late afternoon, food stalls appear next to rows of escargot sellers, snake charmers, musicians and story tellers. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Alfassia Aguedal. For more than 30 years, AL FASSIA in Marrakech has been a reference in the Moroccan culinary scene, offering dinner outside in the freshness of our gardens or inside in one of the Moroccan lounges. (Dinner)
Day 3: Marrakesh – Jardin Majorelle & Yves St. Laurent Museum: Breakfast at your hotel, start the day by a Visit the Jardin Majorelle. The garden was a gift to Marrakech from Yves-Saint Laurent. Purchased from the painter Jacques Majorelle, the garden is adorned with Majorelle blue, the color named for him. Continue to the Berber Museum. Dedicated to Berber traditions, displaying costumes, craftwork, jewels & Musical instruments. Continue next door to the Yves-Saint Laurent Museum, opened in October 2017, the museum highlights the life work of the designer, his works and his connection to Marrakech. The museum also includes a hall for temporary exhibitions, a research library with over 5,000 volumes, a 140- seat auditorium, bookshop and terrace café. The museum itself has been recognized by architectural as unique and innovative design. Visit Dar El Bacha Confluences Museum in Marrakech Palace Pacha Glaoui, located in the medina of Marrakech, is one of the most beautiful palaces of the red city. Also called “the governor’s palace”, or Dar el Glaoui, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Enjoy lunch at Cafe Arabe, where you will be welcomed in a traditional and contemporary environment, immersing yourselves in a vivid and magical, enchanting and charming atmosphere. In the afternoon. visit the Souks of Marrakech and discover the Medina (the old town). Your guide will take you through the heart of the bustling Market. You will experience the sites, smells, and sounds of the ancient Souks as they have always been the center of Artistic Creativity and commerce. A wonderful experience! A great afternoon to get some gift shopping done. Then visit the Mellah of Marrakech - formerly known as Hay Essalam is the Jewish Quarter (Mellah) of Marrakesh. It is the second oldest of its kind in the country. And considered to be one of the largest in Morocco. It never ceases to surprise and impress its visitors!
Dinner Independently (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4: Marrakesh - Essaouira: After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred from Marrakesh to the coast to Essaouira (about 2 1⁄2 hours from Marrakech), a former Portuguese town on the Atlantic Ocean that has become something of an artists’ colony, the enchanting streets of this fortified town were the setting for Orson Welles’ 1952 Othello. On route, you might see goats climb Argan trees in search of the tree nuts. We will at one of the Argan oil cooperatives on the road between Essaouira & Marrakech. They produce the best argan oil, where the highest standards are used to produce the finest cosmetic and culinary oils. The company’s oil is also certified organic based on international standards. Argan oil has gained notoriety in the USA & Europe for its cosmetic qualities as well as the cooking oil which is extremely healthy and adds a pine nut flavor to any fresh salad. Upon arrival, explore the picturesque street of the thuya workers, the oceanside ramparts, and the numerous art galleries and boutiques scattered about. Most recently was the location for several episodes of the Game of Thrones series. For centuries Essaouira was home to a large Jewish community and has two Jewish cemeteries. While the city had a cemetery with 2,400 graves, the oldest dating back to 1775, a new cemetery in front of the former was built in 1875. Enjoy lunch at La Coupole Essaouira Beach, an eco-responsible place of life offering a balanced cuisine combining land and sea accompanied by a large menu of cocktails and other drinks in a tropical setting and an exotic musical atmosphere. After lunch, visit the Jewish cemetery and the site of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Haïm Pinto, who died in 1845 and whose home and synagogue are preserved as an historic and religious site. It is situated in the Mellah. Head back in land to Marrakech. Return to your Hotel in Marrakech for Dinner on your own & Overnight (Breakfast – Lunch)
Day 5: Marrakesh – Berber Village visit with private Cooking Class (Optional). Enjoy a full day at leisure or after breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Dchiera Aghouatim (“Big Family”), a small Berber village. (about 40 minutes) Here we will have a private, outdoor cooking class hosted by a famous local chef. Prepare your own traditional Moroccan dishes and enjoy them for lunch! Learn about Moroccan spices, including Ras al Hanout, the definitive spice of Moroccan cuisine. Bake bread the traditional Moroccan way using an earthen, wood-fueled stove. The organic vegetables used in your dish are Bake bread the traditional Moroccan way using an earthen, wood-fueled stove. The organic vegetables used in your dish are grown in the garden on site! While your tagine is cooking over the fire, take a walk (about 20 minutes) across a wide valley, where sheep graze, wild cactus fruit grows, and the days go on seemingly untouched by modern life. Wander through the village and visit with the locals who are happy to talk about the history of their community and their daily life. Rest of the day at leisure. Return to your Hotel in Marrakech for Dinner on your own & Overnight (Breakfast). Additional 109USD per person.
Day 6: Marrakesh – Hiking the Atlas Mountains – Desert experience: After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted inland to the foothills of the High Atlas (Approximately 40 minutes’ drive). Enjoy a two-hour guided walking tour with one of our local expert mountain guides. Travel along ancient pathways through Berber villages. Stop in a local Berber home for tea. If you prefer more strenuous hike that is easily arranged with our expert Mountain Guide. Lunch on your own. In the late afternoon, participate in a “Desert Agafay” experience. The Desert d’Agafay Inara Camp is ideal for a taste of Moroccan desert culture. You will be spending a wonderful time at the Inara Desert Camp perched on a rocky expanse. You will be welcomed with Moroccan tea Nomadic musicians wearing scarves like those worn by Saharan tribesmen. Enjoy Camel Ride followed by a wonderful farewell dinner under a tent of the Luxury Encampment in Agafay. Return to your hotel in Marrakesh and overnight under a luxury tent in the Desert (Breakfast – Dinner)
Day 7: Marrakesh – Casablanca: After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca Visit to the Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, the Mosque can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers making it the second largest in Islam today. This amazing structure took over five years to build, and is considered one of the most beautiful representations of the quality Moroccan craftmanship in the country. Visitors will be amazed by the detail wood, marble, and tile handwork. The Hassan II Mosque is the only Mosque which allows non-Muslim visitors inside. Lunch. at. Rick's Café and it’s beautifully laid out interiors featuring a nice range of carefully chosen pieces of furniture and none of them is placed haphazardly. Later we continue with a panoramic tour of the city before arriving to our hotel. (Breakfast-Lunch).
Day 8: Depart to the airport for your return flight back home. (Breakfast)