- Marrakech's unique atmosphere and Essaouira's oceanfront tranquillity
- The refinement of your accommodation in the heart of the city, two riads dedicated to well-being
- A spotlight on Marrakech's art, your tickets to the Yyes Saint Laurent Museum and the Jardin Majorelle and the Essaouira medina in private: this is all included
- Private transfers, local Concierge and good accommodation: all reasons to travel with us
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FROM MARRAKECH'S MEDINA TO THE SEA
First chapter of this journey: Marrakech and its extraordinary energy. This Berber city has long captured the hearts of aesthetic travellers, gourmands and passionate bargain hunters. The hidden gardens and caravanserais of the medina tell the story of the city's past, while colourful fabrics and spicy aromas gently bring us back to the present. A private transfer then takes you right to the pier at Essaouira, which is buffeted by the trade winds. The contrast with Marrakech is striking. Although the harbour is lively when the fishing boats return, time seems to stand still on the streets and cafe terraces at other times of the day.
So you're right at the heart of things, we have chosen two charming hotels that will open the doors to a secret Morocco. These riads are located in the heart of the city, in the historic medinas. Traditional interiors combine more contemporary influences with everything you need to relax - a sauna, steam room, treatments and a swimming pool. Your itinerary is punctuated by activities we've already booked for you, so you get the inside story of every city - then everyone can take the trip at their own pace. In Marrakech you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, the House of Photography with a guide, you have tickets to the Jardin Majorelle and the new museum dedicated to Yves Saint-Laurent. In Essaouira, you will explore the medina with a private guide. And throughout the trip our local Concierge is on-hand to help in the case of unforeseen circumstances, or to satisfy any last-minute whims.
Flight to Marrakech
Private transfer and accommodation for three nights in the heart of the medina, in a beautiful colonial-style house. The riad combines elegance and nature: tree-lined patios, terraces and lounges bathed in light. It has only a handful of rooms, decorated with ancient photos, engravings, furniture and shabby-chic objects from all over the world.
Included in the itinerary - A walk through the city's museums. Accompanied by a private guide, you first go to the Museum of Art and Culture, created by a passionate collector, Nabil El Mallouki. The collection of works of art here is constantly being enriched by the discovery and acquisition of rare pieces: Moroccan crafts, paintings, furniture, jewellery, ceramics and pottery. Next up is the Museum of Photography, located in an old caravanserai (travellers' inn) in the medina. Here you'll find the private collections of Patrick Manac'h and Hamid Megani which bring together numerous black and white photographs, a way of highlighting the history and faces that shaped the country.
Already included in the itinerary - Tickets to the Jardin Majorelle and the Yves Saint-Laurent Museum. The Jardin Majorelle is an emblem for Marrakech's green spaces. It came into being in the 1920s and, as its creator, orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle, intended, the rarest species coexist in this world dominated by cobalt blue. In the middle of the garden, in the painter's former studio, is a Berber museum displaying part of Pierre Berge and Yves Saint-Laurent's personal collection. This exhibition is centred around sets of jewellery, ceremonial costumes and utensils which are part of Berber cultural heritage. Then it's on to the brand new Yves Saint-Laurent Museum. Behind a brick and terracotta facade, the designer's many creations are on show - clothing, accessories and drawings - for which Marrakech was a real inspiration.
Marrakech - Essaouira
Private transfer to Essaouira (around three hours) and four nights' accommodation in a riad in the medina, right next to the sea. Its few rooms combine traditional style and contemporary design. The dining room brings guests together for simple and fresh meals, where seafood - a must - is served. Tea is served in the coolness of the courtyard or on the rooftop terrace near the pool. Wellness comes in the form of a steam room, sauna and a range of treatments - all pretexts for some 'me-time'.
Included in the itinerary - A private visit to the medina. Proudly dominating the Atlantic Ocean, Essaouira is a perfect combination of Portuguese and Moroccan culture. Along with your private guide, you can stroll through its medina, the historic centre of the city designed by French architect Theodore Cornut. This tour takes you from the fishing harbour to the Sqala and the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah Museum, which is named after the city's founder and tells his story.
Do it, live it - Learn about watersports: it's as much about surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing here as about the sun lounger - go from craft shops to cafe terraces - experience the hustle and bustle of the harbour and then taste the fish of the day in a tucked away little restaurant - see every shade of blue against the white of the houses - go for a camel ride on the beach - marvel at the kindness of the locals - in the evening, have tea watching the sunset...
Private transfer to the airport and catch your flight home.
A la carte
45 minutes from Marrakech, close to the village of Talet, Kasbah Beldi is a 37-acre restaurant and garden with large terraces under olive trees, designed for chic picnics in a nomad style (carpets, cushions and ice cubes always within easy reach), two pools between the lake and mountain, a vegetable garden where you can pick fruit and vegetables yourself and old-fashioned craft shops where you can meet women working for a charitable association. Expect a warm welcome, smiles and natural warmth from these mountain dwellers.
NATURE INLAND FROM ESSAOUIRA
Your local hiking guide has used his training as a forest guide to come up with nature discovery hikes: argan trees, dunes, thuja forests... Based on your requirements and fitness, he will offer village, beach or countryside trails. Among our favourites: the camel walk from the beach and forest at Essaouira through acacias, dunes and palm trees (an opportunity to discuss the vegetation of the dunes) and a day in Tifaouine, where the route crosses through an argan forest, a beach walk, a visit to an argan oil cooperative as well as a trip to the Sidi M'Bark waterfalls and its terraced gardens. This tour also includes lunch with a Berber family or at a women's cooperative.
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