The vibrant city of Marrakech was founded almost 1000 years ago and is one of the unique places in the region. A heady mix of Europe, Africa and Arabia, with a striking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. Once inside the ancient Medina, you'll find great chaos of stalls selling spices, carpets, delicious fragrant food, and more. The city's magic has charmed many visitors over the centuries, and it is little wonder there can be few places in the world that have such an eclectic blend of sights, sounds and smells for the senses; dive on in and embrace this raucous city, and sample delicious food.
In the Djemaa el-Fna, haggle for a bargain in the souks when the mayhem all gets too much, escape to the relative tranquillity of the Jardin Marjorelle, a two and a half-acre park famous for its blue walls and cactus gardens and is a veritable oasis of calm. Then, as the sun goes down, relax with a mint tea and watch the world go by; there's an absolute feast for the eyes. As the snake charmers head home, a banquet of street food appears with the evocative soundtrack of the call to prayer. A visit to this city will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
I T I N E R A R Y
Day 1 - Stansted/Marrakech Flight number RK3556 Dep.06.50/Arr. 10.25
An early morning flight to Marrakech from Stansted arriving mid-morning. On arrival, you'll be met by our agents and transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon, after a Zumba class, head out to explore the city with its maze of souks and vibrant merchants selling a whole array of products, both traditional and modern. Try some of the local food, there's plenty to choose from, and the aromas will fill the air!
Day 2 - Visit The Three Valleys
Starting with the Zumba class and after breakfast, head off on a full-day trip to visit the Three Valleys. This area to the south of Marrakech has strikingly diverse scenery, from agricultural to snow-capped mountains. They'll be an array of Moroccan wares on offer, from carpets to jewellery, so this could be the place to pick up a souvenir. You'll pass adobe Berber villages and see Lalla Takerhoust Lake before heading back to Marrakech late afternoon.
With the beautiful settings and surroundings, we will take advantage of some Zumba choreographies and capture the moment on video to add to your memories.
Day 3 - Jardin Marjorelle & Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Get the day off to a flying start with a Zumba Class; once you've freshened up and had breakfast visit the famous Jardin Marjorelle. This 2 ½ acres of the botanical garden was created in 1923 by the renowned French artist Jacques Marjorelle. You'll also see the Cubist villa, which was once home of Yves Saint-Laurent. The electric blue walls of the garden and cactus gardens make this the ideal spot for holiday photos.
Just a stone's throw from the Gardens is the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, which houses a whole array of YSL garments through the ages, artworks, design boards, archives and photography. A pretty extraordinary collection housed in a striking architect-designed building.
Afterwards, you can stay for some time to shop or experience a local Spa and Hamman (to be paid locally) for a bit of pampering.
Day 4 Marrakech/Stansted Flight number RK3557 Dep.11.15/Arr. 14.50
After an early Zumba Class, it's time to head to the airport for your flight back to Stansted, which arrives in mid-afternoon. You'll return home feeling refreshed and with many holiday memories and photos to share with loved ones.
Meals included; Breakfast on days 2-4. Lunch is included on day 2 when visiting the Three Valleys. We can also arrange a group lunch or dinner in a local restaurant with entertainment at an additional cost.
Fawakay Villas is a chic retreat combining the best of a boutique hotel and a private villa. The owners lovingly created the hotel in over 3 ½ acres of the Moroccan countryside. Located around 10 km from Marrakech, the hotel is in a quiet location amid some local villages. The owners are very hands-on and live on-site with their families and pets.
Accommodation; each room has a private bathroom and is attractively furnished in local style, constructed using recycled materials married with some more traditional ones.
Facilities; There's a restaurant serving simply delicious local-style cuisine, a bar, a swimming pool and a separate pool for children. This charming property is full of pleasant surprises and allows guests to be as private or social as possible.
*Price includes daily ZUMBA classes, return flights from Stansted, taxes, accommodation, breakfast, airport transfer and tours based on 20 people travelling together.
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