Morocco Culture & Trekking – Delight of Discovery

A recent client compliment from their Moroccan Journey reminded me of my own exotic adventure too many years ago and has rekindled setting a date for a visit next year.

“Gwen – Thanks for arranging our incredible trip in Morocco.  The hotel you proposed in Marrakech, in the heart of the Medina (the older city), was perfect for us. We were in the middle of everything, from snake charmers to the bustling shops, but able to escape to the calm of the hotel rooftop to see it all from distance. Also, the guide for our trek days in the Atlas Mountains was amazing. A local of the Berber community, he seemed to know every trail, mule driver and village.  Fantastic.”  John R.

These clients stayed in the cultural mix of the medina, the old walled city, which we feel adds to the experience, as you can walk everywhere. Then whisked out to the high Atlas Mountains for trekking and a luxurious stay in a hotel Berber Tent, where you can soak up the views on your private deck equipped with sun loungers and space for outdoor dining, some suites have their own Jacuzzi. After a day of mule trekking through Berber villages, a jacuzzi is the perfect reward!

Marrakech Morocco

Morocco is a land of legends and fascination, despite its closeness to the European continent, its soul lies in the cradle of its North African coastal home. A historically independent nation, it has always been a multi-cultural historic crossroad for trade, ideas and migratory people.

Snake charmer on the famed square.

Shaded respite in the gardens of a private cooking school.

An awe inspiring country with a strong sense of culture. Open air vendors will tempt you with their colorful wares, snake charmers do exist on the famed Jamaa el Fna  Square, in the medina quarter. Marrakech’s Marjorelle Garden is a must visit, designed in 1920 by famed French painter Jacques Majorelle. Historic museums, surfing on the coast and trekking in the great Atlas Mountains are only a few of the exotic and authentic offerings.

Local woman making breakfast bread.

Moroccan cuisine has gained massive followers among food connoisseurs. Staples of most meals include lamb, fish and fowl, including pigeon, which is considered a delicacy when baked in pastry, the b’stillah is a national favorite. Vegetables including tomatoes, eggplants and onions are typically served with the well known and loved couscous. Bread, or Khob, as in many Middle Eastern and North African countries is considered a deep cultural symbol as well as a daily staple. Crusty, round flattish loaves are often baked on a girdle over an open flame or earthen ovens.  Mint tea is served everywhere in dainty tulip glasses. An ancient Moroccan proverb:  “manage with bread and butter until God sends honey”.

Morocco  is an enchanting exotic location and has been a favorite of our clients for many many years- we can add authentic tents in the desert, camels to climb the dunes…let your imagination be boundless!

Can we tempt you to discover the rich emblematic and colorful nation in Spring or Fall?

Journey Moroccan Odyssey

Arrive Fes
Riad Fes, a Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel. Begin with a privately guided tour of souks and tanneries. Sunset dinner served with a backdrop of stunning vistas and night skies.Your visits will include: Volubilis Roman Ruins from 3rd century BC and still displays intact colorful mosaics. Souk Tasting Trail, amazing traditional Moroccan street food tour with Fes expert.

A private Artisan tour with a “happening” young Moroccan Designer whose fascination of handicraft was inspired by Berber graphic colors, began early and continues to grow. The artists collaborate with different artisans and is passionate about celebrating their creativity by drawing inspiration from traditional techniques whilst embracing a contemporary style.

A private textile session with a Fashion and Interior Designer, textile authority and enthusiastic collector of Islamic carpets and textiles. The artist launched fashion which incorporates 19th century textiles into contemporary designs.

Drumming workshop if you would like to learn ancient music technique.Arrive Ouarzazate via private plane
Dar Ahlam, Maisons des Reves, a Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel.

Ait Benhaddou, visit a fortified city or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech.

Activities may include camel riding and picnicking at the lake.
Dinner in the Sidi Flash Gorge followed by stargazing with a local astronomer.

Arrive Ouled Driss via helicopter for a luxury desert overnight stay.
Morning begins with an exhilarating 4-wheel drive adventure through sandy trails, blooming acacia and tamarisk trees to the dunes, reaching the most elaborate and important kasbahs in the Dades Valley. You have seen these vistas used by movie makers for years including Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth.

Meet your decorated camels at end of day for a ride to the highest dunes climbing to the peaks for a spectacular sunset over the Sahara Desert. Chilled drinks, known as sun downers, in hand. A leisurely ride back to your private luxury desert tent erected in the middle of the desert.

Imagine the quiet and the vastness of gazing as far as you can see – the expansive horizon seems to stretch forever. As dusk descends, local nomadic Tuareg joins the family for supper and teaches everyone traditional drumming.morocco-123976_128Sitting beneath an endless blanket of twinkling stars, an astronomer points out distant galaxies and identifies the stars, originally named by ancient Arabs who navigated these sands. Camped in the historic and legendary Caravan Route from Marrakech to Timbuktu, dreams of exotic adventures are guaranteed. Sunrise is glorious with a dawn camel trek to greet the rising sun.

Arrive to the soaring Atlas Mountains via private transport from Marrakech.
Bab Ourika Hotel. Activities include river rafting, repelling and a privately guided trek through Atlas Mountains.

Arrive Marrakech via private transportation.
La Mamounia Hotel in a private riad. This is a legendary location an original oasis in the desert. Begin your day with an exhilarating sunrise Hot Air Balloon excursion. Continue with quad biking, or discover hidden sides of Marrakech with more souk tours sampling street food, meeting local textile and leather designers in their studios.Morocco is easily reached from Europe – hop over for an exotic odyssey!