Marrakech City Break
Enjoy a Big Short Break in the most exotic place within easy reach of the UK - Marrakech. Home to luxury riad accommodation, fabulous and fabled souqs, excellent restaurants, and also a perfect base from which to explore the nearby Atlas Mountains, Marrakech should be high on any long weekend hit list.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Take a guided tour of the souqs to discover the hidden gems within the alleyways.
- Sample some of the best Moroccan cuisine available in the Djemaa el-Fna street food market.
- Meet a traditional Berber family as you are invited to drink tea with them in their home in the Atlas Mountains.
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Day 1: Arrive
After a morning flight, Marrakech Airport is only 10 minutes' drive from the medina - the ancient city centre - so the cultural immersion on your luxury Marrakech city break begins pretty much immediately.
We work with a number of superb riads (converted traditional Moroccan houses with internal courtyards) and can recommend which will suit you best.
All you have to do is check in and slowly unwind in your new tranquil surroundings, before venturing out in to the hubbub of the ancient city alleyways, armed with our in-depth dossier of the best places to see, eat, drink and shop.
Day 2: Explore
Spend a day exploring the city in more detail today. Whether you're particularly interested in buying carpets, spices, or ceramics, we will arrange for a guided tour of the souq this morning.
A private guide will show you the best routes through the maze like alleys where you'll experience a full on sensory sensation. This is not just a guided shopping trip, your guide will also be able to help you communicate with the vendors, get you to sample the best produce, and tell you fascinating stories ranging from historic tales to fantastical folklore.
After lunch, take a historical tour of the city with your guide, including highlights such as the Koutoubia mosque. By far the tallest point in the medina, the Koutoubia's minaret is a useful reference point and just one example of the beautiful architecture in Marrakech - other examples you'll visit include the 19th century Bahia Palace and the Lezama synagogue.
Day 3: Venture out of the city
Today we suggest spreading your wings and venturing beyond the city itself.
After breakfast a private guide will meet you at your hotel in a 4x4 and you will then head out to explore the deep Berber country in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. As you drive, enjoy the breath taking scenery of valleys, villages and open landscapes.
During the course of the day you will stop at a small Berber village to be welcomed by a family of locals for a delicious glass of mint tea, before carrying on to Kik Plateau, where you can explore the unspoiled landscapes, rarely explored by tourists. Next your guide will stop in Ansi, where lunch will be ready to eat on a terrace set between hundreds of olive groves, in the valley of Marigha. After lunch, you have the option to take a walk to the salt vats down the valley before the drive back to Marrakech.
This evening, enjoy dinner in one of our recommended rooftop restaurants and then put those haggling skills to the test once more in the souqs.
Day 4: Home time
Enjoy a relaxing morning at your riad - trying to fit all your new purchases in to your bag or simply soaking in the hammam - before a long lazy lunch and return transfer to the airport for an early evening flight back to the UK.
Isabel is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.