Garden Tour of Morocco-9 Days/8 Nights
Morocco is a country of contrasts; the maze of the medinas and exotic souks of Fez and Marrakech, hidden courtyard gardens, long views to the dramatic Atlas Mountains and warm, hospitable people who are happy to share their culture,traditions and valuable knowledge about Morocco.
The gardens visited give a balance of intimate courtyard gardens with vibrant plants, colourful tiles and splashing water, and country gardens known as J'nanat (gardens of paradise) which have an emphasis on orchards and decorative herb gardens. We visit the Atlas Mountains where the Berbers tend their terraced fields and flocks of sheep and goats.
We book your accommodation in Moroccan guest houses which are surronded by exotic gardens. Based in the countryside near Marrakech our first, Le Beldi, is a welcoming riad-style hotel, surrounded by gardens and rose fields with views to the Atlas Mountains. We then move to Taroudannt, south of the Atlas, to a private riad guest house with an amazing garden designed by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières, well-known French garden architects and designers.
Day 1: CASABLANCA-MARRAKESH
Fly into Casablanca and visit the economic capital of Morocco . Visit the Habbous quarter, and the art deco buildings in the center of the city, the Hassan II Mosque, and the United Nations square. Enjoy an agreeable lunch on the Ain Diab Corniche (optional) before departing for Marrakech. Upon arrival, have an orientation tour of the” red city”. In the evening, dinner at the Riad and overnight.
Day 2: MARRAKESH
We leave for Marrakech with our guide, for a fascinating introduction to the extensive medina with its farmers’ markets and local craftsmen. Our guide takes us down various bustling little medina streets at lunchtime until we reach an enchanting riad garden with rambling bougainvillea, jasmine, glazed pots, decorative tiles and water fountains. An exuberant garden of courtyards and terraces and a perfect place for lunch. Afternoon visit to the striking Jardins Majorelle, created in the 1930s and restored by Yves St Laurent.
Day 3: HIGH ATLAS/TOUBKAL NATIONAL PARK
A day in the Atlas Mountains. The snow-capped Toubkal mountain (4167 metres) towers above the Berber village of Imlil. Our guide takes us on foot (or by 4×4) up the valley with cherry orchards in blossom to his outlying Berber village for mint tea at the family home.
We continue our walk up the valley to the Kasbah du Toubkal. The stunning and dramatic scenery can be viewed from the rooftop terraced garden where we enjoy lunch. Walk down to Imlil village through walnut woods with time to explore the village before descending the valley returning to Le Beldi.
Day 4: MARRAKESH GARDENS
Morning visit to the traditional country gardens of La Maison Arabe, reached through La Palmeraie. An innovative blend of potager garden with decorative shrubs and climbers. We enjoy a delicious lunch under the fig trees in the courtyard. Continuing to Marrakech we discover the sumptuous gardens of Hotel La Mamounia. Traditional, immaculately-kept, large gardens within the medina walls, with produce used in their own restaurant.
Day 5: TAROUDANT
Departing south across the Atlas Mountains and through the Argan tree growing region we arrive at medieval Taroudannt, follow the ancient ramparts to Dar al Hossoun, our base for three nights. Lunch awaits us in the garden. In the afternoon the owner shows us the plant collections. We enjoy an aperitif together before dinner with local specialities.
Day 6: TAROUDANT GARDENS
Leave in the morning up the southern slopes of the Atlas Mountains to visit a Berber village and the potager and orchards of a restored farmhouse where we have lunch or a picnic. Guided visits to a nearby privately-owned garden with succulents and grasses, water rills and a courtyard designed by Ossart and Maurieres. Dinner together at our riad.
Day 7: TAROUDANT
Morning visit to an exceptional walled private garden on the outskirts of Taroudannt continuing to enjoy time in the bustling, colourful souks. Afternoon optional cookery course at the riad preparing dishes to be enjoyed together at dinner.
Day 8: MARRAKESH
Return to Marrakesh for an overnight stay at the Riad.
Day 9: CASABLANCA AIRPORT
Transfer to Casablanca airport for your flight departure
Dates: April 14 through April 22.
This tour is a small group tour( 7 people max.).
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