See Morocco from above on a helicopter flight over the Ourika Valley, trek through the Agafay stone desert on a camel’s back and fly over the palm groves of Marrakech in a hot air balloon.
From camel treks through the Agafay stone desert to hot-air balloon rides over the palm groves of Marrakech, this 6 day Morocco LuxVenture® takes you off the beaten track to the Ourika Valley and the Ochre City. Start your journey at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains at the Kasbah Bab Ourika. Surrounded by olive groves and citrus orchards, spend your days trekking through the farmlands to discover traditional Berber villages, followed by an exclusive helicopter tour of the valleys below. Next up, make your way to the Riad de Tarabel located in Gueliz, the old French Quarter of Marrakech. Discover the narrow streets of the Medina, browse the buzzing stalls at the local souks and admire the ancient monuments hidden within the old city walls. With Marrakech as your base, explore the surrounding area on a slow-paced camel trek through the Agafay stone desert, float above the palm groves of Marrakech in a hot air balloon and wind through the deserted palm grove roads towards Marrakech in a vintage style sidecar.
Your 6 day Morocco LuxVenture® starts on arrival at Marrakech Menara International Airport. Touch down and enjoy a simple VIP fast track through customs to meet your dedicated Ker & Downey® Africa representative waiting for you at arrivals. Your private driver will be ready to transfer into the Atlas Mountains to Kasbah Bab Ourika, a mere one hour drive away. The Kasbah features 26 individually decorated rooms overlooking the Ourika Valley. Using a traditional Berber building technique, the eco-friendly Kashbah is constructed from rammed earth and blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings. After a seamless check-in, spend the afternoon at leisure at the secluded swimming pool overlooking the surrounding olive groves, citrus orchards and the river below. Alternatively, explore the Kasbah’s organic vegetable garden or reboot after your travels at the traditional Hamman. In the evening, make your way to the dining area and indulge in Chef Michael Arthur’s unique Moroccan and European menu. Using fresh organic ingredients, the 3-course dining experience serves up delicious dishes, from Mediterranean fish soup to charcoal cooked beef tagine.
Fill up on a fresh and healthy breakfast served in the Kasbah’s garden or, upon request, brought to your room. Today, your guide will meet you for a gentle trek through the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Pull on your walking shoes and meander through the fertile valleys of olive groves and vegetable gardens. En route, you will have the opportunity to explore the salt productions at Taourirte – a traditional Berber village, discover over 50 species of medicinal plants at the Nacatrome Bio Aromatic gardens and visit the saffron plantation at Takaterte. Refuel with a light picnic lunch before returning to the Kasbah for an afternoon at leisure. For dinner, choose to dine under the stars in the garden or have your meal brought to your room.
Wake up at your own pace and enjoy one final breakfast at Kasbah Bab Ourika. After check-out, your private driver will meet you to transfer to the Marrakech Airport for a unique helicopter adventure over the “Three Valleys of the Atlas”. Grab your camera and get snapping as the 1 hour scenic flight takes you over Lalla Takerkoust Dam and the Asni and Ourika valleys. Your driver will meet you at touch down and transfer you into the heart of the Ochre City, Marrakech. For lunch, we recommend dining poolside at the Selman Hotel, where you can enjoy sunny Mediterranean cuisine before you arrive at your final destination – Riad de Tarabel. Located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, the old colonial mansion boasts 10 suites surrounding a courtyard garden. After a seamless check-in, check-in, you will have time to reboot before meeting your expert guide for an insider tour of the city’s bustling marketplace, the Djemaa El Fna Square.
After a hearty breakfast at the Riad de Tarabel, your guide will meet you for a walking tour of the city’s Old Medina. Wander through the narrow streets of the old city, browse the buzzing stalls at the local souks and admire the ancient monuments of Bahia Palace, Saadian tombs, and the Koutoubia Mosque. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a modern Moroccan lunch at Nomad rooftop and enjoy views of the surrounding Medina and Atlas mountain range. Before the sun sets over Marrakech, embark on a 4×4 to the Agafay stone desert, a mere 40 minutes away. Saddle up for a slow-paced camel trek before dinner at the luxury nomad camp and your onward journey back to Marrakech.
Rise before the sun – today has something incredible in store for you! Your driver will meet you to transfer you to the palm groves of Marrakech for a sunrise hot air balloon ride beside the Ochre City. Once back on land, enjoy a traditional Berber breakfast served under a canvas tent before making your way back to Marrakech aboard a vintage style sidecar. Venture off the beaten track alongside your expert expat guide as he winds through the deserted palm grove roads towards Marrakech. Your sidecar adventure ends at the Yves Saint Laurent’s Majorelle Gardens, a 40-year passion project by French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle. The botanical gardens lead past bright blue visages towards the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, featuring the designer’s collections inspired by the colour palette of Marrakech. Return to the Riad de Tarabel for an afternoon at leisure at the swimming pool or return to the Media to browse the souks for souvenirs. Tonight, you can choose to dine at the Riad’s restaurant or enjoy dinner in the city.
Day 6 marks the end of your 6-day Ourika Valley + Marrakech LuxVenture®. After a hearty breakfast and easy check-out of Riad de Tarabel, your driver will meet you and transfer you to Marrakech International Airport for your onward journey home.
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