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Marrakech,Essaouira&

the Atlas mountains

6 days from only £449

 

Marrakech is a magical city with the largest souk in the country and the biggest public square in Africa, the red city of Marrakech.

It is indeed an open air theatre, no wonder the UNESCO made it a WORLD HERITAGE par excellence.

It is unique and one the must see on the list of real travellers.

The amzing labyrinthine streets and the buzzing souks of Marrakech attract thousands of tourists everyday,

From dramatic mud-brick citadels to tradtional berber villages and the snow-dusted Atlas mountains, Morocco is simply spelllbinding. Haggle for spices and brightly coloured carpets, traverse the amazing ancient ‘road of a thousand kasbahs’, capture your own piece of imagination in the photogenic city of Essaouira and explore no fewer than four stunning monuments of the imperial city.

showcase a timeline of Moorish history and culture. Experience the beauty of Agadir, explore the herritage of this exotic land and uncover its legends, romance and lavish hospitality.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1

 

Flight and transfer to the hotel Mogador Opera.

 

Day 2

 

Start the day by a guided tour to the 19th century Bahia Palace. The palace complex was erected in piecemeal fashion as additional tracts of land were gradually made available to the vizirs by their sultans. Due to the additive nature of the design process, the plan is highly irregular and there are no continuous axes, unified elevations, or consistent ordering principles. The palace is quite large and spreads over almost eight hectares in plan, comprised of a series of walled gardens, pavilions, and courtyard buildings at varying scales.

 

We continue to the  Medina of Marrakech including the souks, the 16th century medersa Ben Youssef and the main square Jemaa El Fna UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE.

 

Founded in 1070-1072 by the Almoravids (1056-1147), capital of the Almohads (1147-1269), Marrakesh was, for a long time, a major political, economic and cultural centre of the western Muslim world, reigning in North Africa and Andalusia. Vast monuments dating back to that period: Koutoubia Mosque, with the matchless minaret of 77 metres, an essential monument of Muslim architecture, is one of the important landmarks of the urban landscape and the symbol of the City, the Kasbah, ramparts, monumental gates and gardens.

 

Later, the town welcomed other marvels, such as the Badiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef merdersa, les Saâdians tombs,  Bahia Palace and large residences. Jamaâ El Fna Square, inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, is a true open-air theatre that always amazes visitors. Due to its still protected, original and well conserved conception, its construction materials and decoration in constant use, and its natural environment (notably the Gardens of Aguedal, Ménara and the Palm Grove (Palmeraie) the plantation of which is attributed to the Almoravids), the Medina of Marrakesh possesses all its initial components both cultural and natural that illustrate its Outstanding Universal Value. (Free time for lunch)

 

 

Afternoon visit to Jacque Majorelle & Yves Saint Laurent Gardens, The garden was made in the 1920s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, with marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvilleas. Perhaps unsuprisingly as the garden was designed by a painter, the garden is composed and coloured like a painting. Many of the built features were painted in a dark blue ('Majorelle Blue') which works very well with the soil, climate and plants. In fact, Majorelle's garden rather than his paintings was his masterpiece. Water is an important feature of the garden - there are channels, lily-filled ponds and fountains. Majorelle was an avid plant collector. After years of neglect, the garden was then taken over and restored by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge. A short drive from the garden you will find yourself in the middle of the Palmeraie of Marrakech. You will enjoy a stroll in the Palm groves oases of Marrakech and why not experience a camel ride

 

 

Day 3 

Today we leave Marrakech and we head towards the Atlantic to the unspoiled city of Essaouira. Orientation tour and free time for lunch.

Essaouira: The laid-back attitude, plum accommodation, artsy atmosphere, bracing sea breezes and p­icture-postcard ramparts make Essaouira a firm favourite on the traveller’s trail. It’s the kind of place where you’ll sigh deeply and relax enough to shrug off your guarded attitude and just soak up the atmosphere.

Return to Marrakech for dinner and overnight

 

 

Day 4

At leasure for relaxation, spa, souks & sun

 

 

Day 5

Today we take you to the foothills of the Sheer Atlas Mountains. We drive throught the Wadies and valleys, we visit the local Berber house famous for its water mill.. Many panoramic stops to admire the contrast of colours. Green vegetation, reddish clay mountains, snow capped and adorned by the blue sky.

 

 

Day 6

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to Menara airport to take your Return flight to Gatwick

 

 

Features:

 

- Six nights in good Four-star hotels with breakfast and dinner

 

- Guided tour of Islamic sites of Marrakech, The Koutoubia mosque, the Madrassa Ben Youssef, the Saadian mausoleum, and the main square Djemaa El Fna.

 

- Visit the Madrassa ben youssef, the historical Koutoubia mosque.

 

- Walking tour of the old town of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city after Fes.

 

- Visit to the the unspoiled coastal town of Essaouira.

 

- Visit the Atlas mountains and the Ourika valley.

 

- Walking tour of the old town of Marrakech, Essaouira and the Atlas mountains (Ourika Valley)

 

- Escorted by our experienced tour Guide

 

 

- Accomodation in 4* & 5*

 

 

Price Includes

 

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room and includes: return transfers from and to the airport; 6 nights on half-board basis staying in four-star hotels; all touring as mentioned, guided visits to Marrakech, agadir and the Atlas mountains; the services of an experienced tour guide and tour manager.

 

Please note:  Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £125 per person.

*Return scheduled flights to Marrakech can be arranged with third parties and it is available for groups, 20 people plus.

 

Visas & Health 

 

UK passport holders do not require a visa, but other passport holders should check with the relevant embassy. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations at least a month before departure.

 

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