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Marrakech & the Coast

This sample itinerary can be tailored to your precise requirements and interests. That is what the Morocco specialists at Pomegranate Travel excel at!

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From $4,999 per person

Itinerary

A unique blend of Morocco’s rich history & sublime coastal landscapes on an unforgettable ten day adventure.  Discover the enchanting & varied cities of Marrakesh, Essaouira, and Rabat, as well as the wonders of the Atlas Mountains, on this unforgettable Moroccan adventure.

Day 1

Welcome to Morocco!

Marrakech

Arrive at Menara International Airport, Marrakech where you will be met by our VIP service and escorted through arrival procedures. You will then be transferred by comfortable air-conditioned car to your hotel in Marrakech.

Day 2

Classic Marrakech

Marrakech

With its exotic heritage, fragranced gardens, labyrinthine medina, and flamboyant souks, Marrakech encapsulates the spirit of the Maghreb like no other city. With full flexibility, today’s privately guided half-day tour is an opportunity to explore Morocco’s “Ochre City”, taking in the sites that interest you most. Highlights include the main square, Djemaa el Fna, famed for its snake charmers, fortune tellers, musicians and dance troupes, and the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, a symbol of the city’s rich Islamic history. You might choose to explore the Jewish Quarter (Mellah), touching on the history of Jewish footprints in the region. Lovers of architecture (and beauty we might add!) shouldn’t miss the resplendent palaces of Marrakech and will want to visit the 19th-century Bahia Palace, renowned for its zouak ceilings, El Basha Palace or Dar Si Said (once reopened). Further treasures include the 16th-century Saadian Tombs within the royal kasbah, and Medersa Ben Youssef, perhaps the most exquisite example of Islamic architecture within a madrasa in Morocco. Whether you like to tour fast or slow, to focus on one topic or gain an overview, your private guide will tailor this tour to your specific interests.

This evening, we will be happy to arrange dinner in one of the restaurants we best recommend.

Day 3

Jardins Majorelle, YSL & Marrakech by Sidecar

Marrakech

Created by French artist Jacques Majorelle, later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech’s Jardin Majorelle is a magnificent 12-acre botanical garden in the heart of the city, with an enormous display of cactus trees, cypresses, towering banana palms and vibrant bougainvillaea surrounding a bright cobalt blue art deco studio, which houses the Musée Berbère (Berber Museum). Stroll along the peaceful shaded pathways and take in the scent of roses, jasmine and hibiscus while you learn about the history of the gardens and their 40-year creation by Jacques Majorelle. Visit the Berber Museum in Majorelle’s former painting studio, wander through its collection of Berber art, textiles and artefacts, and learn about North Africa’s first inhabitants’ history and rich cultural heritage.

Born in Algeria in 1936, Yves Saint Laurent became enamored with Marrakech thirty years later, buying his first Moroccan home within the medina. He subsequently purchased and restored Jardin Majorelle and Villa Oasis with his partner, Pierre Bergé, visiting several times a year and drawing inspiration for his collections. The Yves Saint Laurent Museum guides visitors through Saint Laurent’s life and career, from his early days as a young aspiring artist to fame as a significant haute couture designer. In the company of your private guide, explore this incredible 4,000 square metre space with its collection of couture garments and accessories on loan from the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. You’ll find an auditorium, voluminous displays of photographs and sketches, a gift shop, bookstore, café-restaurant, and a research library with over 5,000 titles. Art, design and fashion enthusiasts will delight in this treasure trove that celebrates the life of one of the world’s most influential designers.

Next up, a thrilling adventure begins as you embark on a Secret Marrakech tour by vintage sidecar. Accompanied by your private guide, take to the city’s myriad alleyways on this unique expedition, discovering hidden corners and paths less trodden. You’ll visit the Nouvelle Ville (new town) with its stunning 1930s architecture, weave through the ancient cobbled streets of the medina, and absorb the peaceful rural setting of the Palmeraie (palm grove) on the outskirts of Marrakech. Talk to your private guide about what interests you most, whether art, food, architecture, history or photography, or even Jewish heritage, and the ride will be completely tailored.

This evening you have the opportunity to sample another one of Marrakesh’s great dining establishments which we will be happy to book for you.

Day 4

Atlas mountains & evening street food tour

Atlas Mountains, Marrakech

Today, we invite you to escape the bustling city of Marrakech and journey into the serene beauty of the Atlas Mountains. This magnificent mountain range, located just a short drive from Marrakech, offers a tranquil retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.  Experience life in a traditional Amazigh village, meet a local family, and gain an insight into Berber customs and culture. Nestled in the Toubkal valley, surrounded by walnut, cherry, and apple trees, this small village feels a million miles from city life despite being only an hour and a half’s drive from Marrakech. Accompanied by a private guide, enjoy some light hiking on the pretty mountain trails with their beautiful views and take a moment to bask in the fresh air and sounds of nature. Stroll through the village, enjoy a Moroccan tea-making ceremony, and learn to make bread the traditional Berber way.  This area is recovering from the September 2023 earthquake, and tourism directly supports local communities.

After refreshments at your hotel, as the sun sets over the Ochre City of Marrakech, indulge your tastebuds with our evening street food tour, venturing beyond the well-trodden paths of Djemaa el Fna into the heart of the medina with its bustling streets and hidden alleyways. Designed by locals with deep knowledge and passion for their city’s culinary secrets, embark on a journey through flavours and stories untold. This isn’t just a regular food tour but a culinary adventure where every dish tells a tale of Moroccan tradition and innovation. Sample flavours unique to Marrakech, visit a beloved local haunt that’s been serving popular favourites for more than 30 years, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Moroccan cuisine, far from any of the tourist traps. Accompanied by an expert guide, this unforgettable private tour invites you to experience the city’s street food scene with depth and authenticity.

We guarantee you will finish this tour with a full belly and will not be going to bed hungry tonight!

Day 5

Essaouira escapade

Essaouira

This morning we leave Marrakech and travel to Essaouira by comfortable private vehicle. The journey will take us through beautiful Moroccan landscapes, making it an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Famous for its Tradewinds, known locally as alizé, Essaouira is a picturesque port town with a bohemian vibe, frequented by windsurfers between the months of April and August. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also a superb example of an 18th-century fortified town and a major seaport, connecting Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa with Europe and beyond. A diverse range of ethnic and religious groups have co-existed here throughout history, including Africans, Arabs, Greeks, Christians, Jews and Muslims, making it a thought-provoking center of multiculturalism, and the excellent new museum Bayt Dakira is recommended for a visit highlighting tolerance between Muslims and Jews. Accompanied by your private guide, also visit the ancient fortress walls know as Scala de la Kasbah, the medina’s spice and artisan filled laneways, the fishing port with its assortment of bright blue boats, and fish market which operates during the mornings. Learn about the city’s rich history as a strategic port (Mogador to the Portuguese), explore its vibrant art scene, and admire panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Essaouira is also the home of Morocco’s famous Argan tree and interest allowing you can visit a women’s Argan oil cooperative, though please be aware ahead of time that the cooperatives all contain shops.

Essaouira is unsurprisingly home to some lovely fish restaurants – highly recommended for dinner!

Day 6

Leisure at Oualidia

Oualidia

After a private transfer from Essaouira, you’ll arrive at this luxurious coastal retreat, where the rest of the day is yours to unwind and soak in the breathtaking surroundings.  Overlooking the picturesque Oualidia lagoon, La Sultana Oualidia invites you to unwind in a haven of opulence and tranquility. Experience unparalleled luxury as you indulge in sumptuous seafood, soak in the breathtaking vistas, and let the gentle ocean breeze rejuvenate your senses. Your time at La  Oualidia promises to be an unforgettable and rejuvenating Moroccan retreat.

Dinner tonight is recommended at the outstanding hotel restaurant.

Day 7

Water fun (or more leisure!)

Oualidia

Oualidia is a hidden gem for those seeking an unforgettable coastal experience, offering a myriad of water sports and leisure activities to make your stay truly memorable.  Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Oualidia lagoon, where you can enjoy a variety of water sports such as kayaking, SUP, fishing and surfing, or enjoy land based activities such as horse riding, bird watching, biking and yoga.  Alternatively, for those looking for total relaxation, soak up the sun, savor the sumptuous seafood, and simply let the gentle ocean breeze rejuvenate your senses.
This evening enjoy the intimate and convivial atmosphere of this special retreat.

Day 8

Casablanca & onwards to Rabat

Casablanca, Rabat

Today, our adventure takes us from the coast to the capital city of Rabat. En route, we’ll enjoy a stop in Casablanca for a fascinating tour of its top attraction, the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. This is one of the only mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims. Marvel at some of the most outstanding craftsmanship in Morocco as your guide explains the history of this enormous religious landmark jutting over the ocean. To feel the atmosphere of the city, stroll along the Corniche, and enjoy refreshments whilst people watching and picking up the city vibes.

Continue by private transfer to Rabat.  Settle into your luxurious accommodation and then meet a leading expert to learn more about the capital and the country.

EXPERT BRIEFING: We have arranged an expert briefing where a member of our speaker’s bureau will set out for you the current state of affairs in Morocco, including questions around its political structures and methods of sharing power, in particular focusing on the concept of a constitutional monarchy and how it has brought stability to the country, including through the tumultuous time of the Arab Spring over a decade ago. We will touch on the diverse population, the key social and economic challenges for Morocco today, and Morocco’s role as a bridge between Europe and Africa. Our speakers are prominent journalists, risk analysts and think tank people, and offer deep expertise in their areas of knowledge. This will be a chance to step away from the medinas and romance of the past and probe deeply into the Morocco of today.

 

This evening, we will be happy to arrange dinner in one of the restaurants at the Marina, which has an extremely convivial atmosphere, and great views to the beautifully lit mausoleum.

Day 9

Rabat: explore the Capital

Rabat

Rabat is Africa’s greenest and most ecological city.  With a convergence of contemporary architecture, colonial influence, the regal palace, and the charm of the ancient medina, Rabat is a diverse town with intriguing highlights. With your private guide, visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which holds the tombs of the Moroccan king and his sons, the late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. Its white marble silhouette and pyramidal green tiled roof exemplify modern Alaouite architecture from the 16th to 19th centuries. You will also see the Hassan Tower, the last remaining sign of what was to be the largest mosque built in the Muslim world. Visit the expansive Royal Palace estate, which is like a city in itself, and journey back in time to Rabat’s historic medina and adjacent fort, the Kasbah of the Udayas with its delightful Andalusian Gardens and panoramic views across Rabat’s expansive Atlantic coast.

Rabat is also home to some of the country’s finest museums covering archeology and contemporary art, which time allowing you will visit.

Day 10

Depart Morocco

Rabat

This morning, your tour draws to an end, and you will be transferred by comfortable air-conditioned car to Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca. Our VIP service will assist you with procedures. We wish you a safe and comfortable journey, and trust you will return home with a treasure of memories.

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