The Moroccan Experience
The BTM Moroccan Experience will take you from the vibrant market in Marrakesh, to the chilled-out beach town of Essaouira, to the starlit desert, and back again. We’ll get down with the fire-breathers and dancers at the clubs in Marrakesh then recover with 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 where you’ll be greeted by monkeys, fortune tellers, dancers, and sample street foods and delicious fresh fruit juices. Checking out the market (souk), you’ll feel like a Sultan as you see what the leather, silk, and bronze artisans have to offer and survey 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.
OUR 08 DAYS/07 NIGHTS PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Day 1: Tues Apr 23th– Arrival in Marrakech
Your journey begins upon arrival at the Marrakech-Menara Airport where you’ll be greeted by English-speaking guides and transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to your accommodations at Riad Justo, a boutique hotel nestled in the ancient labyrinthine streets of Marrakech’s pulsating Medina. You’ll be offered a welcome tea and guided through a seamless check-in process.
Later that night, you’ll experience authentic home-cooked Morrocan cuisine during our BTM welcome dinner at the riad’s gorgeous rooftop restaurant.
Day 2: Wed April 24th– Majorelle Gardens and Berber Museum
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 the Berber museum, we’ll have lunch a Nomad, a local restaurant with fantastic views of the Medina and Atlas mountains that serves “Modern Moroccan” food with a strong emphasis on fresh local produce. Then we’ll go on a guided tour of the medina and visit Medrasa Ben Yussef, Bahia Palace, the spice market, artisans workshops, and Koutoubia.
That evening, we’ll take a sunset horse and carriage ride before ending the night with a delicious dinner and a captivating belly dancing show at Comptoir Darna.
Day 3: Thurs April 25th– Atlas Mountains day trip
After a breakfast at the riad of spiced eggs, traditional Moroccan breads and cakes, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit, and organic yogurt you’ll be picked up for an excursion to the Atlas Mountains.
On this full day tour, you’ll explore broad valleys, tumbling waterfalls, and lush orchards with views of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. You’ll also get a chance to visit Berber villages and enjoy a local meal for lunch.
That evening, you’ll return to the Riad for dinner.
Day 4: Fri April 26th– Women’s Argan Cooperative, guided walking tour of Essaouira
After breakfast at the Riad, we’ll depart for Essaouira, a relaxed port city that was a favorite of Jimi Hendrix. On the way, we’ll make a pit stop at the Women’s Argan Cooperative where we will see first-hand how Argan oil is made. Southwest Morocco is the only region in the world where Argan trees grow and Moroccans have been using it to moisturize their hair and skin as well as for culinary purposes for generations.
After stocking up on oil, we’ll continue our travels to Essaouira, check-in to La Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa and have a delicious lunch at Ocean Vagabond. That afternoon, you’ll take a guided historical walking tour of the city before meeting for dinner at Caravane Café.
Day 5: Sat April 27th– ATV beach adventure, Moroccan drumming workshop
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll depart for an epic ATV adventure that will take us through the dunes and onto the beach. Afterwards, you’ll have the afternoon free to enjoy at your leisure. You can lounge by the pool, walk along the beach, or shop for souvenirs in the medina.
We’ll spend the evening with Imad, a local musician and instrument maker. He will take us on a journey through the medina to discover the sacred and traditional world of gnawa, a spiritual music from Morocco that is traditionally used to induce trance and healing ceremonies. It is the music of former enslaved black Africans who integrated into the Moroccan cultural and social life. After we learn their history and traditions, we will get to play some basic rhythms on traditional gnawa instruments and experience a private dance presentation from a local gnawa troop.
Dinner at a local restaurant called Beach and Friends with be followed by an after party with our own DJ.
Day 6: Sun April 28th– yoga, camel rides
After breakfast at the hotel, you’re invited to indulge in a morning yoga and meditation session on the beach before we check-out and head to a local farm for mid-day meal. After lunch, you’ll be transported to the Agafay Desert for camel rides, a sunset BTM photoshoot, and a nomad dinner under the stars. Finally, we’ll make our way back to Marrakech to settle into our boutique hotel for the night.
Day 7: Mon April 29th– Free day in Marrakech
You’ll have the final day in Marrakech to spend at your leisure. You are welcome to choose from the following add-on activities:
That evening we’ll have a farewell dinner and then head to the 555 nightclub for an optional night on the
Day 8: Tues April 30 – Final departure
After breakfast, you’ll check out of the hotel and be transferred to Marrakesh Airport for final departure.