Best of Morocco Long Weekend

Souks, Mountains and Desert

March to December

This is a great combination break offering the hustle and excitement of Marrakech with luxury and remoteness of Dar Ahlam in the desert and the majesty of the Atlas Mountains at Kasbah Tamadot. 

Celebrate in style - or just enjoy an incredible long weekend... 

Famed for the bustling activities of its shopkeepers and the skill of its craftsmen, Marrakech is renowned for its wonderful climate and for its remarkable and varied setting. Palm groves, rose gardens, the snow capped Atlas Mountains and the nearby desert all contrive to make this one of the world’s most evocative locations, and certainly a destination that should be on every traveller's 'bucket list'!

To sit and watch the kaleidoscope that is Jemaa El Fna, with its fortune tellers; story tellers; tooth pullers; herbalists; snake charmers; acrobats; musicians and dancers, is to participate in something very special indeed.

Be prepared to negotiate like a Berber when you pick up a bargain in the Medina, dine on one of the world’s great cuisine’s or simply indulge in the pleasures of your Riad – your senses will be brought to life!

The nearby High Atlas mountains have peaks over 4,000m offering stunning views and a huge range of opportunities for trekking that vary in ability level from ambling to serious hiking.

The road to Ouarzazate passes directly through the spectacular valley of Kasbahs where hundreds of citadels line the valley of Dades, giving you a glimpse into the rugged desert culture.

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Marrakech. VIP Meet and Greet. Private transfer to Riad

On arrival in Marrakech you will be met at the steps of the plane and given VIP assistance through immigration, thus beating the crowds and the queues. 

Your guide will then transfer you to your choice of Riad. We include La Maison Arabe, one of the most highly rated, best managed and serviced Riad style hotels in Marrakech. We offer a wide range of Riads in Marrakech so can help if you have a particular request.

Evening at Leisure

Day 2 - Private City Tour. Berber Show and Feast

After breakfast your private driver and guide will collect you from the Riad for a day trip to see the key sites of the city including:

The Saadian Tombs were sealed for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917.The tombs are magnificently decorated with colourful tiles, Arabic script and elaborate carvings.

The Bahia Palace was built in the 19th C combining both Islamic and Moroccan style. Set up by the Grand Vizier of the Sultan for his concubines it is certainly impressive with its vast courtyard.

A beautiful relaxing spot is at the Menara gardens built to the west of Marrakech with the central basin irrigating the surrounding olive groves and orchards.

At Ben Youssef Medersa see buildings covered in an abundance of decoration: carved cedarwood, exquisite stuccowork, and colorful zellij tiles, similar to the Alhambra palace in Granada.

Take a break for an outdoor lunch prior to continuing the private tour. Visit Djemaa El Fna square, the pulsing heart of the city that becomes a medieval style entertainment area with jugglers, story tellers, musicians, and fortune tellers.

The Dar Si Said Museum in Morocco is housed in an opulent palace that is a delight to explore. You will see strong Hispano-Moorish decorations,exquisitely decorated doors and window frames, stunning cedar wood intricate carvings, and a reproduction of a bridal salon.

The day tour will finish with a stroll and relaxation at the Marjorelle gardens where luxurious plants from the five continents are presented in an enchanting framework.

This evening go to Al Kasbah for the spectacular Berber show and feast. Here you will see dancers, musicians, acrobatics and of course the famous horseman with their Arabian Stallions. Enjoy a traditional Tagine and Couscous dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - 4WD Private Safari to Ouarzazate & Dar Ahlam

Today you take an adventure by land-cruiser via the Tichka pass in the heart of the Atlas mountain chain to visit the Kasbahs of Taouirt, Tiffeltout and Ait Benhadou, the most spectacular fortresses in the south of Morocco. 

You will continue to Ouarzazate to stay at the luxurious Dar Ahlam in the Oasis of Skoura that was once part of the Sultans hunting ground. 

This 19th Century Kasbah has been converted to the very highest standard combining traditional Moroccan vales with French chic. Its eight suites and three villas are superbly decorated.

Enjoy staying in Junior Suite for 2 nights on an all inclusive basis. This includes all meals, select wines, exclusive excursions with one of the Kasbah's guides, Hammam and special dinners!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Day at Leisure to enjoy Dar Ahlam and the Moroccan Desert

Here you can take camel rides, go mountain biking, horseback riding or take cookery classes. You can also take exclusive excursions with a guide driver in a 4 x 4 to explore the Ourika Valley to see tiny villages clinging to the steep hillsides, rocky landscapes merging with the ubiquitous desert, or the dramatic Dades Gorge and Todra Canyon. 

Otherwise simply relax and enjoy the heated swimming pool and Hamman together with Spa treatments available. All activities, except 4 x 4 safaris, are included.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - Private 4 WD to Atlas Mountains and stay at Kasbah Tamadot

After breakfast journey towards the high Atlas mountains for your last night in one of the most spectacularly situated Kasbahs in Morocco. Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot is located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and overlooks a valley whose river ebbs and flows with the seasons. On a clear day you can see Mount Toubkal, the Atlas' highest peak. 

Check in and savour the relaxing environment prior to dinner on the terrace and overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 - Transfer from Kasbah Tamadot to Marrakech airport.

Enjoy breakfast gazing out over the view and then relax for the day. We will try and organise your trip so that you have an evening flight home, enabling a full day of relaxation or adventure at Kasbah Tamadot.

Your driver will collect you for the 1 hour trip back to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

What we include

  • Flights
  • 5 nights' accommodation with breakfast:
    • 2 nights' B&B Maison Arabe
    • 2 nights' all inclusive Dar Ahlam
    • 1 night full board Kasbah Tamadot
  • Activities detailed
  • Private transfers
  • Private Vehicles & Guides

Price per person: From £1,895

Prices shown are based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room. Single supplements will apply.

Flights are available for this experience from Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Glasgow

When to go: March through to December although Dar Ahlam closes for 2 weeks in Aug

Accommodation

La Maison Arabe

Frommer's guide labels La Maison Arabe as 'The epitome of Moroccan elegance' and we would whole heartedly endorse this.

A fantastic Riad, with just 26 luxurious rooms and suites, it is filled with rich, sumptuous fabrics, ornately hand carved furnishings and traditional Moroccan finishes. Situated only 15 minutes from Jmaa el Fna square, the heart beat of Marrakech, it has roof terraces with amazing views over the Medina, refreshing swimming pools, beautiful courtyards and salons, wonderful restaurants, impeccable staff & delightful Hammam and spa.

Riads come and go all the time in Marrakech but there are a handful that have maintained their standards for well over 50 years!

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam is a traditional Kasbah nestling in the palm groves at the gateway to the Southern Moroccan Desert. A Relais and Chateaux property, Dar Ahlam combines elegance and luxury with authenticity.

The 1.5 hectares of gardens are laden with date palms, olive trees, aromatic herbs and wonderful spaces for private meals.

The Kasbah has 8 spacious suites, each individually decorated with unusual antiques and silk drapes. There are also 3 villas with private swimming pools.

The views over the desert and the Atlas Mountains in the distance are dramatic. This is a unique haven with first class service and food.

Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot is a magical walled building located near the village of Asni in Morocco's High Atlas region, a mere 45 minutes drive from the centre of Marrakech.

Within its protective walls guests will find an intriguing and extensive complex. Bought by Richard Branson in 1998 it has been continually improved on.

Kasbah Tamadot has 27 bedrooms and suites including nine luxury Berber Tents, some of which have private plunge pools. All are individually decorated using traditional Moroccan furnishings and antiques, as well as items from the vast collection of Luciano Tempo, Kasbah Tamadot's former owner. Each room has a uniquely descriptive Berber name which tells you something about it.

With its intimate fireside bar and breathtaking terrace views, the stunning Kanoun Restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine. The food combines local and international flavours, with home grown herbs and vegetables from the Kasbah Tamadot gardens. Dine al fresco around the candle lit reflecting pool, up on the rooftop terrace underneath the stars or somewhere private just for two!

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