A place of warm sun and marvelous contrasts, Marrakech is sure to leave an enduring impression on any traveler!
The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words mur (n) akush, which means “Land of God.” It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The city is divided into two distinct parts: The Medina, the historical city, and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle.
Once in Marrakech, pass the Koutoubia Minaret – a 12th-century Moorish monument and then visit Bahia Palace, a remarkable example of the Eastern architecture. The use of marble, stucco, and mosaics predominates in the apartments, opening on to courtyards filled with fountains and plant life. Also experience the Dar el Bacha Museum in the center of the Old Town. The museum is one of the most beautiful palaces of the Ocher City.
A visit to Marrakech wouldn’t be complete without traversing its labyrinth of vibrant souks. Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of textiles, clothing, and all Moroccan handicrafts. This maze of colorful alleys and small squares are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts. End up at the Djemâa el Fna square. The multitude of small restaurants that take over its center from the early evening, contribute a delicious scent! No one really knows how it came to be, but over the years it has become the beating heart of Marrakech, where fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians perform at every turn. Its a great place to enjoy a cup of Moroccan tea and people-watch!
While in Marrakech, participants can also try their hands at preparing some of the traditional fare! Moroccan cuisine is the product of a remarkable diversity of influences. One can trace the country’s long history of colonizers and immigrants who have left their mark in more than one way in a variety of dishes. The cuisine of the first inhabitants, the Berbers, still exists today in the staple dishes like tagine and couscous. Here, learn the secrets to preparing a variety of Moroccan specialties during this memorable cooking class and lunch at the ATELIER DE CUISINE Cooking Classroom.
Voyagers will finish up their time in Marrakech at the Majorelle Gardens. Home to the late Yves Saint Laurent. Today, it houses a collection of plants from the four corners of the earth.
- Drive to Marrakech (~3.5hrs)
- Koutoubia Mosque
- Bahia Palace
- Dar El Bacha Museum
- Old Medina, Souk & the Square (moroccan tea break in the square)
- Time to freshen up at hotel (~1.5hrs)
- Overnight at hotel
- Cooking Class
- Majorelle Gardens
- Travel back to Casablanca (~3.5hrs)
*Itineraries are tentative and subject to changes; please be flexible.
Day 1: lunch, dinner
Day 2: breakfast, lunch
- Participants are encouraged to wear flat, comfortable shoes, and to bring along hats and sun glasses for sightseeing.
- Sites and order of visits are subject to change due to weather or other operational influences.