Honeymoon in Morocco / 8 Days
Stay at Stylish, Boutique Moroccan Riads. Picnic at a Secret Spot in the Atlas. Enjoy Exceptional Nightlife. Wander through food markets and, bizarres. Take a Private, Cooking Class. Indulge in a Bubble bath with rose petals, candles...in your Jacuzzi tub. Hammam & angel’s skin just for you two. Relaxing massage '30min’ in duo with essential oils. Lunch on a Private Beach. The bustling Souks of Marrakech await you.
DAY 1: CASABLANCA OR MARRAKESH ARRIVAL - TRANSFER TO YOUR MAJESTIC RIAD LOCATED IN THE OLD MEDINA
- Enjoy a welcome Moroccan tea. Unwind after the long flight and then relax with a special honeymoon spa, hammam, and couples massage.
- Lunch Recommendation: Off to the Marrakesh palmerie for a three-course lunch at Hotel Les Deux Tour, a lovely property located a half hour outside of Marrakesh. Enjoy luncheon and relax poolside. Return to your luxurious riad in the late afternoon.
- Visit Djemaa El Fna Square. Explore this age old medieval circus with snake charmers, acrobats, and lively attractions. Your guide will lead you through the labyrinth streets and alleys of the Djemaa. Enjoy aromatic smells, taste fresh squeezed orange juice, and venture into the souks specializing in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes, and tanneries. Enjoy a three-course lunch consisting of fresh salad, tajine, and fruit at one of Marrakesh’s most delectable restaurants.
- Dinner Recommendations: Your riad, La Salama. Al Fassia, or La Maison Arabe
- Spend the night at the luxurious Le Sultana Riad and Boutique Hotel in the heart of the Marrakesh medina.
- Breakfast is included.
DAY 2: MARRAKESH GUIDED HISTORICAL TOUR
- Breakfast at your riad. Begin your one day historical tour of Marrakesh. Explore the sites, the sounds, and the souks. Head to the Majorelle Gardens by Kalech.
- The Majorelle Gardens – The Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, bears its name from its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist who was born in Nancy, France in 1886. Jacques Majorelle was the son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle. In 1947 he opened his gardens to the public and during this time also painted a magnificent ceiling space at La Mamounia, a five-star hotel with gardens. Jacques Majorelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy in 1901 and later, in 1919, he went to Marrakesh to recover from heart problems. He built the garden during those years using a special color of blue extensively in the garden that is now named after him, Majorelle Blue. Jacques Majorelle returned to France in 1962 after a car accident and died later that year of complications from his injuries. As a collector of unique plants from five continents Jacque Majorelle left Yves Saint Laurent one of the more unique collections of flora and fauna of this era, as well as a place of inspiration and contemplation. Even though Morocco is no longer under the French protectorate, this originally French creation is one of the most beloved areas in Morocco.
- Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens – The largest mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. The minaret was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199) and was used as the model for the Giralda of Seville and for the Hassan Tower of Rabat. The name is derived from the Arabic al- Koutoubiyyin for librarian, since it used to be surrounded by sellers of manuscripts. It is considered the ultimate structure of its kind. The tower is 69 m (221 ft) tall with a lateral length of 12.8 m (41 ft).
- Visit the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakesh date from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. The tombs were only recently discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-Arts service. The mausoleum comprises the tombs of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the the Draa Valley.
- Visit the El Bahia Palace. The El Bahia Palace in Marrakesh is a beautiful building and an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that represents the trends and standards of the wealthy at that time. The palace is surrounded by an eight hectare garden.
- Next visit the old Medina, the old quarter of the Marrakesh. From here we will explore this historically charming area on foot. In Djemaa el Fna, you will visit the famous 12th century Koutouba Mosque, its influential minaret and gardens.
- Your guide will lead you through the labyrinth streets and alleys of the Djemaa. Enjoy aromatic smells, taste fresh squeezed orange juice, and venture into the souks specializing in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes, and tanneries. Enjoy a three-course lunch consisting of fresh salad, tajine, and fruit at one of Marrakesh most delectable restaurants.
- Next we will visit the Museum of Marrakesh, a Contemporary Moroccan Art Museum or Tiskiwin, a private museum dedicated to popular arts and crafts located in a beautiful Spanish-Moroccan house, next door to Dar Si Said palace, a smaller version of the Bahia.
- Your evening free to explore Marrakesh on your own. Your private driver will be available to escort you to a variety of restaurants we recommend.
- Dinner Recommendations: Your riad, Le Marrakechi, Le Fonduk, Dar Moha, La Trattoria, or Le Comptoir Darna.
- Spend the night at a 5 star riad in the Marrakesh medina – traditional restored palace-style or riad with an interior palmerie.
DAY 3: COOKING CLASS AT LA MAISON ARABE- FREE EXPLORATION
- Breakfast at your Riad. Stroll through the old city and then being your day of a cooking adventure.
- Begin your Half-Day Marrakech Cooking Class.
- 10:00am – 14:30 (2:30opm) La Maison Arabe Cooking Class
The workshops are conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from our Moroccan restaurant, and are held at the hotel. Small groups of maximum 10 participants work alongside a translator (Arabic/English/French), using easy-to-use modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At the end of each workshop, participants dine on the meal they have prepared. At a typical half-day workshop, one learns to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.
Cooking Class Overview:
- Greeting and overview of Moroccan cuisine by an English speaking interpreter
- Demonstration of how Moroccan bread is made
- Visit a communal bread oven and hotel spice market
- Work and cook at your own workstation alongside the Dades to prepare a delicious Moroccan meal
- Moroccan Meal Description: Two Moroccan cooked salads, Chicken & Lemon Tajine with Preserved Lemons & Olives. Pastilla with Milk for Desert.
- Participate in a Moroccan Tea Ceremony
- Dine on the mouth-watering lunch that you have prepared
- Option to add Moroccan wine pairings
OPTION FOR POST COOKING CLASS: FREE TIME TO EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN OR VISIT THE PALMERAIE GARDEN & MUSEUM OUTSIDE OF MARRAKECH
- After the Cooking Class visit the Marrakech Palmeraie Garden & Art Gallery Created by Abderrazak Benchabbine: Abderrazzak Benchaabane is a Marrakech legend. Quiet and soft spoken, this renowned Garden Designer, Ethnobotanist, Perfumer, Teacher, Photographer, Writer, Garden Restorer and Publisher has created a landmark place for himself within the world of the “red hamra” city. Benchaabane is currently a Botany and Ecology professor at the University of Marrakech. Abderrazzak Benchaabane’s Andalusian Garden & Cactus Garden Visit. with its tiled steps and the Sahara area with its earthen piste wall calls one to come, rest and contemplate the serenity of this magical place.
- The cactus garden was planted 10 years ago with 40 kinds of cactus from Morocco, South Africa, USA, South America and Mexico. All the locally grown cactus came from his mentor, a German engineer of Agriculture here in Morocco. The Palmeraie Museum has one of Morocco’s most profound Modern Art collections by Moroccan Artists set within these lush Gardens.
- Spend the night at the Luxurious Le Sultana Riad
- Boutique Hotel in the heart of Marrakech medina.
- (Room Type: Prestige Room)
- (Breakfast Included)
DAY 4: MARRAKECH - GARDEN EXCURSIONS TO NECTAROME - OURIKA - LUNCH AT KASBAH BAB OURIKAR
- Breakfast at your Riad. Depart for the Ourika Valley.
- En route to Ourika visit the Nectarome Botanical Gardens.
- Upon your arrival in Ourika you will have the option to indulge in the spa, relax after your journey, take a bike ride around the valley, go for a walk on your own, or enjoy the Kasbah swimming pool and gardens with views over the Valley of Ourika and the Atlas mountains.
- The Ourika Valley provides spectacular surroundings which offer a memorable escape from the hustle of the modern world. The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly buildings in Morocco and is constructed principally from “pise”, or rammed earth, in the traditional Berber building method which makes it blend easily with rock and earth around it.
- Day trip by car through the Ourika Valley to the Setti Fatma Water Falls and the Tamadant Valley.
- Visit to the large Monday Berber Market at the nearby town of Tnine Ourika, then tour the farms growing herbs and flowers in the valley.
- Kasbah Bab Ourika was built within an exceptionally beautiful landscape in the Atlas Mountains only 35 minutes from Marrakech. On the hilltop at the apex of the Ourika valley, the Kasbag looks down to the river, green fields, and olive, orange, and lemon groves right up to the dazzling snowy mountain peaks.
- With a 360 degree panoramic view, Kasbah Bab Ourika receives warm sunlight all day and its location ensures spectacular sunsets. You can relax in your room with a private terrace, or unwind by the secluded swimming pool.
- Meals are served in the gardens, in the colonnaded restaurant, or can be taken privately in your room or suite. The restaurant serves meals prepared from fresh produce supplied daily from the surrounding villages and farms. The chef specializes in traditional Berber recipes, as well as international cuisine.
- Dine & spend the night in the Ourika Valley at a remote Kasbah with views of Ourika, fireside, and tranquility.
- (Room Type: Superior Room)
- (Breakfast & Dinner Included)
DAY 5: MARRAKECH - ESSAOUIRA (HALF-DAY GUIDED VISIT)
- Driving Time: 3 Hours
- After breakfast at your riad, depart for Essaouira.
- The journey to Essaouira, a former Portuguese fishing village, offers a few roadside towns and the occasional Berber village. Essaouira is a seaside medieval town that boasts lovely whitewashed and blue-shuttered houses, colonnades, thuya wood workshops, art galleries, and delicious seafood.
- In the 1960s and 1970s, Essaouira was a pitstop on the hippie trek from Marrakech. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Cat Stevens all made the pilgrimage here and Essaouira was the inspiration for the Hendrix song “Castles Made of Sand”.
- Once called Mogador by European sailors and traders, Essaouira is known for its annual Gnaoua Music Festival that attracts over 300,000 people in June. There is also an expansive beach for surfing called Plage de Safi.
- Visit the Skala du Port and the Essaouira Medina. Stroll along the sunlit pedestrian main square, Place Prince Moulay el Hassan. Skala du Port, the fishing harbor, offers breathtaking views of the Portuguese ramparts.
- The medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is an example of a late-18th century fortified town.
- Walk along Mohammed Ben Abdualllah Avenue that leads to the Jewish Mellah in Essaouira.
- Stop by the fish market, visit the jewelry market, and tour the Thuya Wood Cooperative. Thuya is a wood that is indigenous to Essaouira and is unique for its earthy, menthol, and woody smell.
- Have lunch at the fish-grill cafes with wooden tables and benches laid out overlooking the harbor that was the only Moroccan port south of Tangier in the 19th century.
- Visit Orson Welles Square. This memorial, designed by local artist Samir Mustapha, pays homage to Orson Welles who filmed Othello in Essaouira.
- Essaouira’s history is a reminder of the times when Spain, Portugal, and England fought to maintain control over Africa’s coasts. It has a typical Portuguese harbor that is a stunning example of Moorish and Portuguese architecture.
- Return to Essaouira in the evening. Dinner and relax for the evening.
- Dinner Recommendations: Taros, Le Sirocco, Elixer, Chez Sam
- Spend the night at L’Heure Bleue in Essaouira.
- (Room Type: Superior Room
- Breakfast Included
DAY 6: ESSAOUIRA - FREE DAY
- Breakfast at your riad in Essaouira. Explore the seaside city at your leisure.
- Visit the local markets and take in the sea.
Options for Free Day:
- Relax on the beach.
- Visit a local winery for wine and cheese tasting and have lunch with views overlooking the vineyard.
- Relax at your resort. Take in the surroundings at L’Heure Bleue. Sunbathe with a bottle of champagne.
- Take a magical camel trek on the beach at sunset.
- Ride quads on the beach for an active and dynamic outing.
- Horseback ride in Siki Koki. Ride until you drop, then lunch in the surfer town which boasts a charming and tranquil mausoleum.
- Dinner Recommendations: Taros, Le Sirocco, Elixer, Chez Sam
- Spend the night at L’Heure Bleue in Essaouira.
- Room Type: Superior Room
- reakfast Included
DAY 7: ESSAOUIRA - OUALIDIA - EL JADIDA - CASABLANCA
- Driving Time: 4 Hours
- Breakfast at your riad. Morning at leisure, then take the road to Casablanca via Oualidia and El Jadida.
- Explore Oualidia. Oualidia is a beach town where locals go to play and the Moroccan Royal family learns to surf.
- Upon arriving in Oualidia, the calm seaside resort town reveals an extraordinary lagoon at the center of a sweeping golden beach that is protected from the Atlantic by a large rock barrier. In spring and autumn, migrating pink flamingos land in Oualidia on the way from Spain to sub-Saharan Africa.
- En route to Casablanca stop in El Jadida for lunch and visit the old medina and Portuguese cistern. El Jadida is a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The original medina is composed of massive walls carved from stone and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Lunch Recommendation: El Jadida by the sea at Ali Baba, or Ostrea II by the lagoon in Oualidia.
- Continue on the road to Casablanca. Arrive in Casablanca in the early evening.
- Dinner Recommendations: Rick’s Cafe, El Mer, Snack Amine, local seafood, or Moroccan fare.
- Spend the night at Sofitel Hotel in Casablanca.
- Room Type: Superior Room
- Breakfast Included
DAY 8: CASABLANCA DEPARTURE
- Breakfast at your Hotel. Depart Casablanca from Mohammed V Airport.
LA SULTANA VIP HONEYMOON PACKAGE
- Romantic welcome in your room with wine or champagne
- Bubble bath with rose petals and candles
- Breakfast in your room or on the terrace
- Hammam for 2
- Relaxing half-hour couple's massage with essential oils
- Late check-out and upgrade upon availability
Not Included: Lunches, Dinners except where noted, Gratuities
LA SULTANA MARRAKECH (3 Nights) With VIP Package
La Sultana is an authentic Boutique Hotel & Spa especially made for lovers of rare hotels where everything is a fusion of the senses. La Sultana has a feel and atmosphere that allows one to relive the history and tradition of past centuries. A magical and luxurious residence, this unique riad is located in Marrakesh’s old medina. La Sultana also offers two superb hammams, a Jacuzzi, sauna, beauty centre, hairdresser, special showers, balneotherapy, and massage.
L’HEURE BLEUE PALAIS - ESSAOUIRA - SEASIDE RESORT (2 Nights)
A gracious, deluxe hotel in the city of Essaouira, Heure Bleue Palais welcomes you to a world of refined elegance coupled with traditional North African charm. Enjoy world class amenities and service worthy of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux banner. A magnificently restored building, L’Heure Bleue is a luxurious riad set in the heart of the Medina and a short walk from the port.
SOFITEL TOUR BLANCHE HOTEL - CASABLANCA (1 Night)
Located in the heart of the business district in the city center, the Sofitel Casablanca Hotel towers above the white city. Opposite the Hassan II mosque, the hotel boasts an innovative design combining comfort, modernity, and luxury. The hotel offers guests two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a ballroom.