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Marrakech & the Highlights of Morocco
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Marrakech & the Highlights of Morocco

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Marrakech has been a bustling marketplace for centuries and today it remains one of the most captivating cities you are likely to find. On the 6-night break to this Moroccan wonderland you will discover the very best of what the ‘Red City’ has to offer. Despite the size and the labyrinthine nature of the city, Marrakech is surprisingly easy to navigate and a journey through the streets will never be boring while you pass acrobats, musicians, storytellers and dancers along the way.

This trip includes a city tour of Marrakech, and full day excursions to Essaouira and Imlil.  There will also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy Morocco at your own pace. Join us and let our fantastic local guides show you the very best of this wonderful ancient country. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Moroccan Dirham (MAD)    
Local Time
GMT
Passport
No entry visa is required for Irish/UK citizens. Non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Flight Duration
Flight is approximately 4 hours. 
Climate

Warm and sunny climate, with average temperatures from the early to mid 20s. Evenings can be quite cool.

Food & Drink

Moroccan food is spicy, healthy and delicious. Tagines of lamb or chicken, flavoured with spice mixes known as Ras el Hanout, meatballs of lamb or beef (kefta) and couscous are all popular.

Fruit is used as commonly as vegetables in cooking. Vegetarians will be happy with ‘meze’, small dishes usually including spiced aubergine dip, herbed potatoes, honeyed carrots, puréed pumpkin with cinnamon, and roasted tomato relish. Refreshing mint tea is the nation’s favourite drink.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 15.91MAD
  • Beer: 25.80MAD
  • Glass of wine: 30.10MAD
  • Light Lunch: 41.61MAD
  • Soft Drink: 9.74MAD
  • Bottled Water: 6.16MAD
  • €1 = 10.8 MAD
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • A shawl or pashmina for ladies, long trousers for men, for visits to holy places
  • A sun hat
  • A warm jacket for the evenings
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Lords of the Atlas by Gavin Maxwell

Maroc by Daniel Easterman

Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud

Holiday highlights

Atlas Mountains

The High Atlas Mountains are North Africa’s highest mountain range. The mountains run diagonally across Morocco for almost 1000km.High Atlas Mountains are home to native people called Berbers, speaking their own dialectic in their villages. Marrakech is the only Moroccan city with a recognisable Berber ambience, situated at the base of the Southern Atlas mountains. The colour of Marrakech is the colour of the Berbers – reddish, ochre and earth tones which gives this region the impression of the city springs from the earth.

Essaouira

A perfect example of a late 18th century fortified town, Essaouira was built in accordance with the principles of the North African military architecture with an influence of contemporary European standards. It has always been a major international trading seaport, which links Morocco with the world.

Marrakech souk

The souk has a variety of shops selling handcrafted slippers, traditional woodwork, brass, iron and bronze artefacts, jewellery, kaftans, carpets, spices and pottery.

Djemaa el-Fna

This colourful square in Marrakech is where snake charmers, storytellers, medicine men and musicians congregate to entertain and enthral locals and tourists alike.

Bahia Palace

The name of this palace literally means ‘brilliance’ and it truly is a spectacular sight. Located in the Jewish quarter in Marrakech, its construction was completed in 1900 and it was intended to be the greatest palace of its time.

Majorelle Garden

This garden is a twelve-acre botanical garden, which was designed by Jacques Majorelle in the 1920’s and 30’d and purchased by Yves Saint-Laurent. They have been open to the public ever since and are a real highlight for many visitors to Marrakech. They house many plants from across the world as well as a Berber Museum and boutique café offering spectacular views.

Menara Gardens

Standing at the gates of the Atlas Mountains, the Menara Gardens are a refreshing oasis of tranquillity to the heat of Marrakech. They were built in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler and contain several gardens surrounding a huge artificial lake. A must for any visitor to Morocco.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Moroccan Dirham (MAD)    
Local Time
GMT
Passport
No entry visa is required for Irish/UK citizens. Non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Flight Duration
Flight is approximately 4 hours. 
Climate

Warm and sunny climate, with average temperatures from the early to mid 20s. Evenings can be quite cool.

Food & Drink

Moroccan food is spicy, healthy and delicious. Tagines of lamb or chicken, flavoured with spice mixes known as Ras el Hanout, meatballs of lamb or beef (kefta) and couscous are all popular.

Fruit is used as commonly as vegetables in cooking. Vegetarians will be happy with ‘meze’, small dishes usually including spiced aubergine dip, herbed potatoes, honeyed carrots, puréed pumpkin with cinnamon, and roasted tomato relish. Refreshing mint tea is the nation’s favourite drink.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 15.91MAD
  • Beer: 25.80MAD
  • Glass of wine: 30.10MAD
  • Light Lunch: 41.61MAD
  • Soft Drink: 9.74MAD
  • Bottled Water: 6.16MAD
  • €1 = 10.8 MAD
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • A shawl or pashmina for ladies, long trousers for men, for visits to holy places
  • A sun hat
  • A warm jacket for the evenings
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Lords of the Atlas by Gavin Maxwell

Maroc by Daniel Easterman

Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Morocco

Full Day

Travel to Morocco

Upon arrival in Marrakech, you will be met by our local representative in the airport before being transferred to your hotel, where you will have a 6-night stay. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to unpack, relax and explore the surroundings of your hotel.

Day 2 – Marrakech

Full Day

Marrakech City Tour

Today there is a city tour of Marrakech, to visit wonderful sites such as the Menara Gardens, Koutoubia mosque and Bahia Palace with its lush Moorish-style gardens. Later, you can shop for silks, spices and delicacies in the atmospheric souks (markets). Your tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square where at the end of the afternoon, storytellers, snake charmers, tooth-drawers and dancers entertain the crowd.

Day 3 – Atlas Mountains

Full Day

Atlas Mountains

After breakfast, transfer to Imlil, a small village in the Atlas Mountains which sits at 1,800 metres above sea level. Discover stunning views of a variety of landscapes, mountain streams, coloured rock cliffs, valleys and Berber villages. During this excursion, a mule ride (optional), tea with a local Berber family and a traditional Moroccan lunch is included.

Day 4 – At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Spend your free day shopping, sightseeing or relaxing at your hotel. Your guide can recommend activities or suggest places to visit.

Day 5 – Essaouira

Full Day

Essaouira City Tour

After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided tour of the lovely city of Essaouira located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Along the way, you will visit markets, carpentry workshops, art galleries and the harbour, where there are stalls of freshly caught barbecued fish.

Day 6 – At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Enjoy another day at leisure in Morocco and some independent sightseeing in Marrakech. Why not pay a visit to the lively Jemaa el Fnaa square where street entertainers and vendors ply their trades? In the evening, enjoy a tasty farewell dinner at a local Moroccan restaurant.

Day 7 – Agadir and Return Home

Full Day

Agadir and Return Home

This morning, you will transfer to Agadir airport for your return flight home with a guided city tour of Agadir en-route. Agadir is well known for its golf courses, wide crescent beach and seaside promenade lined with cafes, restaurants and bars.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Adam Park Marrakech Hotel & Spa 4

Located a 15 minutes’ walk from the lush Agdal Gardens, this hotel offers a wide range of facilities all designed to make guests enjoy their stay to the fullest. Adam Park Hotel is approx. 2km from Marrakech’s centre and offers a good base to explore this lively city.... read more read more read more

Located a 15 minutes’ walk from the lush Agdal Gardens, this hotel offers a wide range of facilities all designed to make guests enjoy their stay to the fullest. Adam Park Hotel is approx. 2km from Marrakech’s centre and offers a good base to explore this lively city.

Hotel address
Adam Park Marrakech Hotel & Spa
Zone Touristique de l Agdal
40000 Marrakech
Morocco
Marrakech
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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