Inhale the peregrine scents of the Marrakech spice market as you weave through intricately woven alleys of the souks in the company of an accomplished guide. Emerge from the colourful maze into the Place Djemaa el Fna, a hive of local bounty and culinary fervour just as the haunting call to prayer fills the early-morning air.
Day 1 - Marrakech
Arrive at the airport and transfer to your deluxe Riad. Settle into your room. Head out this evening for an introductory visit to the old medina. Enjoy dinner in one of the finest Moroccan restaurants.
Day 2 - Marrakech Medina
Set out this morning to discover the fascinating history and rich cultural heritage of this ancient city. See the elaborate palaces, mosques and Koranic school as you meander through the narrowed alleys of town. After lunch in one of the trendy local restaurants, spend some time with your culinary guide in the souks to familiarize yourself with the fragrant spice stalls and food shops. This will give you a great sense of how the locals prepare for their daily feasts. In the evening return to the palmeraie in time to relax under the palm trees, take a dip in the pool and enjoy a sumptuous meal under the stars.
Day 3 - Palmeraie Cooking
After a late sleep and leisurely breakfast on the terrace head into the kitchen and roll up your sleeves during a cooking class. Discover the delicate spice combinations that go into every dish, learn the fine flavour balance of the ultimate tagine and learn how to knead your cous-cous to achieve a perfect airy texture. Enjoy the fabulous feast you have created for lunch and then take the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Head into town to further explore the sites, markets, and restaurants or simply relax in the serene surroundings with a good book.
Day 4 - Lower Atlas Organic Garden
This morning after breakfast venture off by private transfer into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped peaks beyond the walls of Marrakech and as you approach you will discover the lush green terrain of the lower mountain range. Travel across the Haouz plain through the tiny rural villages and Berber communities to the market town of Tnine Ourika, and arrive at an organic herb garden. Here see, smell and taste the various fragrant herbs that go into cooking and also aromatic ointments such as aromatherapy massage oils. See bread baked in the traditional manner in clay ovens, and feast upon it with your gourmet lunch served in the garden against the Atlas panorama. Return to Marrakech for the evening and a farewell dinner .
Day - 5 Marrakech to Essaouira
After a leisurely breakfast set out with your driver along the scenic road to Essaouira. Traverse the rugged, agricultural terrain through villages and olive groves all the way to the Atlantic coast. Arrive in Essaouira in time for lunch on your own someplace along the water. Once you have settled into your room at your riad, take the afternoon to walk the endless beach south to the dunes, explore the medina or simply realx on the roof terrace and take in the sounds of the city.
Day - 6 Essaouira Medina & Markets
After a leisurely breakfast set out with your private guide to the market for a food foraging exploration in the souks. Experience the sights and smells of this aromatic market and buy all the ingredients you will need to prepare a fine Moroccan sefood lunch. This afternoon relax and digest your meal, soak in the sun from the roof terrace or take a dip in the Ocean. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.
Day 7 - Argan Grove
After breakfast, drive south toward Agadir for about 45 minutes and notice the terrain changing from Olive groves to Argan groves. Wander through one of these endangered Argan forests to see the unique spectacle of goats climbing their thick gnarled trunks to eat the fruit, then visit a farm where (mostly women) are producing the exotic and delicious Argan oil, virtually liquid gold. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure with options to ride camels or go driving in buggies on the dunes.
Day 8 - Marrakech Departure
After an early breakfast, drive to Marrakech and depart on your flights home.