“Morocco is the TRUTH!” Will Smith posted on Facebook last year during his trip. Experience for yourself why Morocco is the stylish party capital of Africa. American and French rap artists, dancers, film-makers, actors and models call it a second home. P. Diddy threw his birthday party here with camels and snake-charmers there to greet guests, Jay-Z sung about his adventures there on Magna Carta Holy Grail and French Montana just shot his latest music video with his native country as the beautiful backdrop. We’ll spend a day Casablanca, the country’s largest city and go shopping at the world renowned Central Market and visit the famous Hassan II Mosque. With its intricate mosaics, sculpted moldings, stone and marble floors and columns the mosque took almost 6000 Moroccan artisans five years to build.
This flashy and luxurious trip will try to keep up with everything that Morocco has to offer. We’ll get down with the fire-breathers and dancers at the lit clubs in Marrakesh then recover with the ancient rituals in the spas (Hammams) that are a cornerstone of the culture. We’ll explore why Yves Saint Laurent called it home, see how the YSL haute couture fashion empire was inspired by the clothing worn by Berber women and tour the gorgeous gardens of his posh estate. You’ll enter North Africa’s largest market, greeted by monkeys, fortune tellers, dancers, street foods and some of the most delicious fresh juices you’ll ever have. Checking out the market (Souk), you’ll feel like a Sultan as you see what leather, silk and bronze artisans have to offer and the colorful options from the rug merchants. Life in the medina (old city) hasn’t changed for hundreds of years and interacting with it is a truly unique experience.
Day 1: May 19
Arrival in Casablanca
Check into your room at Gray Hotel and Spa and join BTM for a welcome dinner then to Sky Bar for drinks and music on the rooftop deck.
Day 2: May 20
After breakfast we’ll tour Casablanca and visit the world famous Hassan II Mosque. Its dramatic location overhanging the ocean waves echoes verse from the Quran, which states that God’s throne was built upon the water. The mosque complex was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau, took six years to build and was completed in 1993. The current King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, allegedly dropped around $700 million on this gem. With seating for 105,000 people and a retractable roof, it’s more like an NFL stadium than a temple, but with marble walls.
Following lunch we’ll depart for Marrakech where we’ll check into the beautiful 5 star resort, Kenzi Club Agdal and enjoy an evening horse and carriage tour.
Day 3: May 21st
Today we’ll explore one of the most visited sites in Morocco, the breathtaking Majorelle Gardens. Take a moment to relax and enjoy the bright colors and all that makes nature beautiful in an atmosphere of serenity and bliss.
Next we’ll visit Berber Museum which was officially inaugurated under the High Patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. Located in the former painting studio of Jacques Majorelle, the museum offers a rich panorama of the extraordinary creativity of the Berber people, the most ancient of North Africa. More than 600 objects from the Rif to the Sahara Desert, collected by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, demonstrate the richness and diversity of this still-vibrant culture.
After lunch by the pool we’ll go on a guided tour of the medina and visit Medrasa Ben Yussef, Bahia Palace, the spice market, artisans workshops and Koutoubia. And later we’ll enjoy a cup of Moroccan Tea while watching the sunset over Jamr el Fna Square.
Day 4: May 22
You have a free morning to yourself in Marrakesh. You can take advantage of the Moroccan Hammam Spa Experience or explore the other facilities in the hotel before we meet for lunch by the pool. Later that afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to go on a shopping tour.
Day 5: May 23
After breakfast we’ll head to Essaouira (Ess-ah-where-ah). The beach front adds a totally different vibe, as an old-school hangout of Jimi Hendrix and now a famous Game of Thrones set. The party starts with an ATV/Quad race over the dunes and along the diamond-shining waters which will build up your appetite for a seaside lunch. Then it continues with a visit through the old city and fortress of Essaouira, a spot that’s a unique symbol of tolerance as Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in harmony behind its walls. It culminates in the trans-Atlantic search for the roots of Blues music, where answers are found in the traditional rhythms and oral melodies of the Berber people. A hands-on music workshop will get you grooving to the beat and get you hungry for a meal of fish so fresh they might still be moving.
Day 6: May 24
Keep the shades but trade the beach for the desert: it’s time to hop on a camel to watch the sun set over the mountains. This landscape is unique and anything but empty. You’ll be with the nomads, enjoying dinner under the stars, singing songs and even doing a photoshoot in traditional clothing with caftans, jewelry and daggers. Wherever we go, the BTM crew makes an oasis and here we’ll be glamping in style.
Day 7: May 25
On our way back to Casablanca we’ll stop for lunch at an organic farm before getting back to stunning colors, wild patterns and rich spices in the country’s biggest city. This city on the Atlantic is all painted white, as the name hints-at, and has lots to check out: from a growing street-art scene to restaurants that are the reason Moroccan cuisine is famous around the world. You’ll enjoy free time to explore the Casablanca boardwalk and promenade along with an outdoor traditional Moroccan dinner at La Sqala.
Day 8: May 26
After breakfast we’ll be taken to Mohamed V Airport for final departure. t for final departure.