Divine Morocco Women Only Tour. This is our most divine Moroccan journey yet. A fabulous opportunity for you to discover Al Maghrib, the ancient Arabic name for Morocco. Home to a rich culture that goes far beyond what you might know of the souks of Marrakech, Morocco is a country that deserves a deeper exploration.
Morocco’s blend of diverse cultures and landscapes is as romantic as it is compelling. It is a gateway to Africa from Europe, where ancient Berber, Roman, Arab, Spanish and French history meet and mix to create something incredibly – and uniquely – alluring. On this Divine Morocco tour, we capture the real essence of Morocco ‐ the colour, history, contrasts and style ‐ on this incredible journey through ancient Imperial cities, the spectacular Atlas Mountains and along the Atlantic coastline. We also visit the craggy expanse of the Agafay Desert and stay in the pared-back luxury of a canvas Bedouin tent.
We will immerse ourselves into the country’s exotic spirit; visiting artisanal carpet makers, nomadic traders and female designers. We will breathe in the rich aromas of the spice markets before grabbing a bargain in the labyrinth of souks, hunting for handmade slippers and authentic Berber rugs. We will sip mint tea and watch the going’s on in Djemaa el Fna, and weave our way through Marrakech’s age-old alleyways.
Arriving in Casablanca we travel to Marrakech with its’ medieval walls, where we will discover legendary souks, sumptuous Moorish palaces and gorgeous botanical gardens.
From here to Essaouira, with it’s Atlantic seafront, incredible artisan community and fabulous seafood, followed by the Agafay Desert for an overnight under the stars in a luxury tented camp.
We then travel to the Atlas Mountains to discovering local Berber villages and luxuriate in a gorgeous Kasbah before heading back to Marrakech, where the pink-walled Medina boasts enough colour, diversity and vibrancy to keep us busy for days.
We stay in a combination of gorgeous Riads, hotels & luxury tents. We will get lost in the alleyways of Fes, immerse ourselves in the centuries‐old souks and artisan markets of Marrakech, tread ancient Berber paths in the High Atlas and discover the language, arts and cuisine of the Tuareg, Berber & Arab people.
On this 2 week Divine Morocco Women Only Tour, we’ll take you into some of our favorite spots with stays in some of our all-time favorite properties. Join us to see why this tour really is a Divine Morocco 2023 experience!
11 May 2024 – 24 May 2024
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*Rates are per person based on Twin Share & Single Room.
*Rates are based on a minimum of 8 Guests.
*If numbers fall below 8 Guests, we will offer the tour at a re-priced amount.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*International Airfares are not included. PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE.
Welcome to Morocco!
Upon arrival into Casablanca, clear Customs and Immigration, collect your baggage, and proceed directly to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met our representative and transferred to our hotel.
Check into our lovely accommodation, Le Casablanca Hotel, where we will stay for the night. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, indulge in the spa, take a swim or catch up on some sleep after your long haul flight then join your fellow travelers for cocktails in the bar and a Hosted Welcome Dinner this evening.
Overnight Le Casablanca Hotel. (Welcome Dinner)
This morning after breakfast, we embark on a morning tour of Casablanca.
Before departing for Marrakech, we will stop for lunch at Rik’s Cafe in Casablanca. Rik’s is a romantic eatery inspired by the cafe in the 1942 film “Casablanca,” with great cocktails & a piano. When you step inside you feel like you’re going back in time to the 1940s.
We drive to the ochre‐coloured city of Marrakech and transfer to our gorgeous Riad where we will stay for the following four nights.
Settle in and then gather on the roof for sundowners before enjoying our candle-lit roof-top dinner.
Overnight Riad Yasmine (B / L / Dinner)
After breakfast we will be driven to the world famous Marjorelle Gardens. This colourful garden surrounds the equally colourful villa that was once the private home of painter Jacques Majorelle. Full of cacti, bamboo and other rare and exotic plants, the gardens were lovingly restored by world famous fashion designer Yves St Laurent, whose dying wish was that his ashes be scattered adjacent to the villa, where he passed so much of his leisure time. The Marjorelle Gardens are one of the most visited sites in all of Marrakech. You will have free time to wander this calming retreat.
We will also visit the fascinating onsite Berber Museum. (There will be time to shop in the stylish boutiques across the road.)
From here we will wander up the road and visit the YSL Museum – an incredible museum dedicated to the work of legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
We have lunch at fabulous Le Kilim before we return to the Riad for a swim and some downtime.
Early evening, we depart for a guided wander through Jemaa el-Fnaa at sunset. For a thousand years, Jemaa el-Fnaa has served as a gathering place and market at the heart of Marrakesh. In the morning, stall owners set up their stands selling orange juice, spices, traditional medicines, mint leaves, and snails. The flutes of snake charmers drift across the square and tooth-pullers ready their pliers to pluck out the aching teeth of passers-by. Once the sun sets, Jemaa el-Fna really comes alive. Berber musicians and Gnaoua dancers begin their nightly performances, acrobats and slapstick comedians start performing all across the square, and henna tattoo artists vie for customers as storytellers, and poets pass on the oral traditions of Morocco.
Return to our Riad.
Overnight Riad Yasmine (B / L)
Full day tour of the Souks!
Today we enter the maze of alleyways and narrow streets that make up the souk. Here sellers offer everything from spice, sandalwood and black soap to clothing, baskets, leather goods, furniture, lanterns, fabrics, pottery and almost anything else you could wish for.
The souks of Marrakech are the largest in Morocco (over 3000 stalls) and famed throughout the world as some of the most exotic marketplaces to shop in. Prepare for all of your senses to be overwhelmed at once; the souks are the heart of the medina and have been the centre for trade in the city a thousand years. Even if you’re not into shopping, the souks are still a spectacle that are well worth experiencing.
In between our exploring, we have lunch at Nomad.
We return to our Riad this evening for some well earned rest!
Overnight Riad Yasmine (B / L)
This morning we head to the fabulous Maison de la Photographie (House of Photography Museum). The Maison de la Photographie invites you on a journey in time, back to the Marrakech of the 19th Century. The changing exhibitions present treasures from the early days of photography. Lunch (to own account) can be enjoyed on the lovely roof top of the Museum.
We then visit the Musee du Parfume in the Medina. The perfumer Abderrazzak Benchaâbane founded the Museum, which opens you to the world of perfume art. From flask distillation to perfume organ composition, the various rooms of the museum describe the different stages of transformation of the raw materials used in the composition of perfumes, cosmetics and body care products. We will create our own fragrance – exotic and Arabian in nature, think ingredients like musk, patchouli, jasmine and amber.
We enjoy a long, lazy lunch at Le Jardin.
Your afternoon is free.
Return to the Souks, shop some more, or simply rest up at our gorgeous Riad.
Overnight Riad Yasmine (B / L)
This morning we head out on a fabulous experience: on a vintage sidecar! We meet our guide at the famous heritage building ‘Le Grand Café de la Poste’. Our Insider Guide introduces us, thanks to an old map, to both the geography of the city and our tailor-made itinerary. Adjust your helmet, put on your sunglasses and hop on! In the Medina’s beautiful maze, through the ancient French neighborhood or in the mythical palm grove, Marrakech is full of surprises. A vivid flea market, secret gardens behind closed doors, old art deco buildings or khettaras in the palm grove are just a few of the many hidden treasures we will introduce you to on this unusual open-air ride. There is no predefined program, this ride is made according to your desires and your interests!
This afternoon is all about hammam. The hammam ceremony draws its sources from purification and beauty rituals known since antiquity. To create the treatments of a hammam, we have traced the history of the thermal baths and pierced the beauty secrets of Moroccan women who carry within them the traditions of a thousand-year-old art. So this afternoon we abandon ourselves to this voluptuous parenthesis in a hammam which is embellished with treatments of which Moroccan women have held the secret for millennia.
After our hammam, we will enjoy a tea service offered in the garden . Choose from a British, French, or Moroccan inspired table setting. All of them are equally as good – so we will be sure to each order something different so we can taste each others. There’s no bad option!
Tonight we will dine at the delightful Limoni Restaurant.
Overnight Riad Yasmine (B / D)
After a lazy breakfast we transfer to the Atlantic coast to the seaside town of Essaouira.
En-route, we will have a private lunch at an amazing villa on the outskirts of Essaouira, with local wine included.
We check in to our gorgeous accommodation, Villa Beldi. A former bourgeois house of the 1960s, built a few minutes away from the large beach and the ancient medina of Essaouira, Villa Beldi is a charming boutique hotel with a lush garden and grand swimming pool.
Once we have checked in, we can head out to explore the bustling entrance of the port where fishermen haul in their daily catch and lay it out proudly, just like at an old‐fashioned fishmonger. Or you can simply relax in your gorgeous surrounds and sip a cocktail by the pool.
Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
Overnight Villa Beldi (B / L / D)
This morning after a lazy breakfast we will make our way into the walled medina ‐ a UNESCO World Heritage site of seawalls and imposing ramparts, where we will discover colourful local artworks (Essaouira has long held an attraction for artists) and will have the opportunity to sample traditional Moroccan treats in the local pastry shops.
Essaouira has the cool breeze, blue skies, and laid back atmosphere that will relax and calm you. We have the day to explore and indulge in some Guided Shopping around the boutiques and concept stores before returning to our hotel for overnight. The Medina is where all the life happens, where sipping a mint tea is a sacred moment, where the days follow each other between a hookah and the prayer of a muezzin; it is where most activities take place and where a walk in the small old streets is basically following the sounds of gnaoua music, a scent of amber and sandalwood, the smoke of a spiced couscous.
We have lunch at the little bit kitsch, little bit trendy, little bit of of everything, Caravane Café.
Before returning to the Riad, we can drop in for a sundowner at Salut Maroc.
Return to the Villa for rest, relaxation and (another) sundowner.
Overnight Villa Beldi (B / L)
Today is free to do as you wish.
Return to the medina maybe? There is just so much to see in the Essaouira Medina and the best way to see it, is to simply wander. Discover silversmiths, textile artists, the Bayt Dakira Jewish Museum (which gives a great account of Jewish Moroccan history) and designer Boutique stores.
Or book a hammam, swim/chill/relax, take a cooking class, surf lessons etc
Tonight we dine in the Villa.
Overnight Villa Beldi (B / D)
Today we are transferred to our gorgeous Tented Camp in the Agafay Desert.
After another lazy morning, we travel first to Le Domaine du Val d’Argan, a celebrated winery dating back to 1994. One of the country’s most renowned wineries, we will have the opportunity to taste a selection of the delicious wines and eat a wonderful lunch.
Scarabeo Desert Camp is a secluded retreat tucked away between the bustling streets of Marrakech and the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Switch off from the world, with no technology, no internet, no phone signal – just beautiful, calm surroundings and a starry sky to gaze into at night.
This evening we enjoy a peaceful trek with the desert’s most iconic animal. Arabian camels, known as dromedaries, differ to other species featuring a single hump rather than two. Our Berber guide will lead us away from the camp to enjoy breath-taking sunset views. We return to camp to enjoy a locally-sourced meal served in the “circle”, a traditional communal living space, complete with a roaring campfire. At night the ambience of the desert comes alive as you relax to the sounds of traditional Berber musicians and enjoy the endless starry sky and peace of your desert surrounds.
*For thousands of years, camels have been used as a mode of transport in the desert. They can carry heavy loads and stay hydrated for hours at a time, attributes that made them vital to the survival of desert dwellers in various regions. At Inara Camp, the camels are treated very well, and a lot of attention goes into their well-being. The camel handler has the job of being concerned with the camels’ well-being at all times — after all, their livelihood depends on the camels being healthy and able to work. They see the benefit of treating the camel with the care that it needs. At night, camels are allowed to roam free and sleep where they please. They see the benefit of treating the camel with the care that it needs. We are a Responsible Tour provider and if we ever see suggestive wounds or the owners being abusive towards the animal, we refuse to ride. And it is completely up to you as to whether you would like to ride or not.
Overnight Scarabeo Desert Camp (B / L / D)
This morning we will travel to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains to our divine Kasbah.
First, we stop at the gorgeous Beldi Country Club for lunch and a spot of boutique shopping.
Surrounded by olives trees, Kasbah Bab Ourika perches majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika Valley, offering a bird’s eye view of the Atlas Mountains, traditional Berber villages and of the lush river valley below. It guards the gateway to the snow-capped Mountains with awe inspiring 360 degree panoramic views and the best viewpoint to enjoy a Moroccan sunset. The setting is simply stunning, and the location makes it perfect for hiking, trekking, biking, rafting and horse-riding.
The Kasbah is an authentic mountain retreat constructed in the traditional Berber tradition with rammed mud walls. It is probably Morocco’s most environmentally friendly hotel – something to revel in while we are enjoying the spectacular surroundings, exquisite cuisine and eco chic décor. The resident chef focuses on traditional Berber cuisine using fresh ingredients derived daily from neighbouring villages. Delicious Berber, Arabic and international meals are served in the shady gardens or colonnaded restaurant.
Our afternoon is free to take in our surroundings and simply relax.
Tonight we enjoy a Hosted meal in the Kasbah.
Overnight Kasbah Bab Ourika (B / L / D)
This morning we have an opportunity to visit female artisans in the High Atlas Mountains with our guide to assist with language and explanations. (This immersive excursion will be confirmed closer to departure.)
We then have a guided visit to a Berber Village, including lunch with a Berber family.
After lunch we visit the village of Tafza and its pottery manufacturing.
Overnight Kasbah Bab Ourika (B / *L – *if on experience / D)
Today can be spent simply enjoying your tranquil surrounds, or choose an optional activity that appeals.
Days disappear easily at the Kasbah, spent either idling around the pool, reading in the garden or unwinding in the hammam. The spa is a space dedicated to wellbeing, relaxion and beauty. There is a selection of treatments on offer: massages, hammam, facial treatments and oriental manicure. The spa uses aromatherapy oils created by Nectarome, an organic garden neighbouring Kasbah Bab Ourika.
You can visit the Nectarome Gardens and see the aromatic, medicinal and ornamental plants that are grown. Discover the virtues and secrets of the fifty or so endemic plants in the Garden and learn the properties and uses of these plants, their essential oils and hydrolats in the fields of beauty, health, cooking & decoration.
For the more energetic there is hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and riding from the Kasbah.
Tonight we enjoy our farewell meal at the Kasbah.
Overnight Kasbah Bab Ourika (B / Farewell Dinner)
Today marks the end of our divine Moroccan journey.
Depart the Kasbah at *TBC for our road journey to Casablanca, arriving in time for our flight home or, pending your choice, onward travels elsewhere.
Wishing you a safe flight and ‘shukran’ (thank you) for sharing this wonderful adventure
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