MOROCCO – Marrakech Tours
Morocco has been a jet-set favorite for decades now since luminaries like Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin roamed the halls of La Mamounia. These days, you’re likely to see Usher and David and Victoria Beckham roaming the country’s souks. Luckily, there are plenty of great reasons other than celebrity stalking to put Morocco on your map.
First, the much-anticipated Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened its doors in Marrakesh this year with a fabulous exhibit devoted to the designs of the fashion icon; it’s adjacent to the city’s historic Jardin Majorelle botanical garden, where Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered. The city is home to some of Africa’s finest luxury hotels, including the Amanjena, the Royal Mansour and a Mandarin Oriental that opened in 2015. It will welcome new hotels including an Oberoi and a W (opening at the end of 2019).
Up on the country’s northern Mediterranean coast, the beach towns of Tamuda Bay have heated up thanks to the recent openings of new resorts such as the Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach Resort and Spa and an upcoming Ritz-Carlton Reserve. In Fez, the al-Qarawiyyin Library, which was originally founded in 859, was restored and reopened to the public at the end of 2016, so you can now stop by to peruse the 4,000-plus rare manuscripts and books as well as the elaborate original architecture and mosaics.
On the Atlantic Coast, meanwhile, the whitewashed town of Essaouira has some of Morocco’s sleepiest souks for souvenir shopping, elegant riads tucked away down hidden lanes, and impressive Portuguese ramparts. For a taste of the mountains and life along the old caravan trails, stop in the famous blue town of Chefchaouen, or consider a sojourn in the holy village of Moulay Idriss in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, which only opened to non-Muslim visitors in the past few years.
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Marrakech to Fez Desert TourTake a 4-day tour through the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech to Fez with a small group. Visit many attractions along the way including the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the Rose Valley, the Dades and Todra Gorges, and an overnight tent stay in the Sahara Desert with a camel ride. Enjoy a more personalized experience with a small group of no more than 6 guests.
- Discover the best of Morocco on a 4-day tour from Marrakech to Fez
- Visit many attractions on the way such as Ait Ben Haddou and the Rose Valley
- Spend the night in a tent in the Sahara Desert
- Experience the Ship of the Desert on your Camel ride
- Enjoy a personalized experience with no more than 6 guests
REVIEWSSherry H, ***** Nov 2017
We signed up for the Small Group Tour From Marrakech to Fes via Desert 4 days 3 nights. Our driver/guide was Hassan….he is a remarkable fellow and we thoroughly enjoyed our long days with him in the company’s SUV. He’s only 27 and oh so knowledgeable. Along the way, Hassan became our good friend as he delighted in sharing his world with us….and boy, are we grateful. His commentary was always thoughtful and considerate…..and very funny as well! All total, we covered 1200 kilometers about 800 miles during the tour. We started in the foothills outside of Marrakech heading west through the renowned High Atlas mountains…..7500 feet at their peak. Hassan would stop along the way so many times for us with what he would call a Panoramic….time for stunning photos of the Moroccan countryside!! The hotels and meals were fine….not great mind you, but OK for what we expected. All in all….ours was a wonderful experience. Hassan is the best!