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New Year in Marrakech

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Marrakech. Transfer to Riad Africa

On arrival in Marrakech you will be met at Menara airport and transferred to Riad Africa, your accommodation in the heart of Marrakech medina. A first category and fully licensed ‘Maison d’hôte’, Riad Africa is located in a safe and peaceful residential neighbourhood in the Riad Zitoun Lakdim area of the medina.

Offering easy access (just a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank) it takes just 5 minutes to walk to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square along the popular/easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street. An excellent choice of local restaurants, cafes and shops is located within a 5 minute radius on foot, including the highly rated and atmospheric Kosybar.

Eight spacious bedrooms and suites are themed after Africa’s most evocative and fabled destinations. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, iPod docks, a local mobile phone (for contact with riad staff when out and about), bath robes/slippers, a hair-dryer and personal safe. High speed wireless internet access is available throughout the riad.

Guests can cool off in and relax around one of the largest plunge pools in the medina. A tranquil palm-filled courtyard, a comfortable dining room/salon, a massage room, hammam, evening bar and private roof garden/terrace offer a choice of public areas in which to unwind. A range of health and beauty treatments are available including a massage/treatment room and hammam).

For first time visitors to the medina of Marrakech, a great way of getting to grips with this magical city is on a guided sightseeing tour (included). The famous souks of Marrakech offer an intoxicating passage to Africa’s most famous meeting place - the huge medieval square of Djemaa el Fna. Here at the heart of the old city acrobats and jugglers, snake charmers, beggars, boxers, musicians, fresh juice and food sellers all compete for your attention - and a few dirham’s in the process.

It is easy to spend several hours wandering the square, sipping mint tea and savouring the utter assault on your senses. As night falls take a seat in one of the restaurants that overlook the square and watch the scene unfold. With the conflicting sounds from musicians and singers, and thousands of tiny white lights illuminating swirling smoke rising from food stalls, expect a night you’ll never forget! Today, your guided tour includes visits to Koutoubia, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Medersa Ben Youssef and Djemaa el Fna.

4 nights at Riad Africa with breakfast.

Days 2 & 3 - At Leisure in Marrakech

With palaces and palm groves, rose gardens, and a backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is the capital of the Moroccan South, a cultural crossroads and keeper of tradition and folklore. The ancient pink-walled medina contains a wealth of rich architectural heritage, and the real highlight - Place Djemaa el Fna - is like no other square in the world.

Marrakech is simply jam-packed with things to do and a week would certainly do this fabulous city justice. As well as numerous cultural attractions in the old medina, Marrakech has a great range of outdoor activities on offer including quad biking, buggy adventures, horse and camel-riding excursions. Helicopter and balloon flights operate throughout much of the year (depending on weather conditions) and offer a superb bird's eye view of the Red City.

Should you wish to chill out for the day by a large pool in an out-of-town tropical setting, take your pick from Nikki Beach, Plage Rouge or the Beldi Country Club. Families may enjoy a visit to Oasiria, a water park with beach.

During your stay at Riad Africa a guided walking tour and a full body massage and hammam is included in this winter break package.

Day 4 - Day trip to Toubkal National Park

Clearly visible from Marrakech when snow-capped during winter months, the soaring peaks and hidden valleys of the High Atlas Mountains are just over an hour’s drive from the city – ideal for an exciting day trip. For unrivalled views of North Africa's highest peak – Jebel Toubkal – we head for the Berber village of Imlil, the vibrant hub of High Atlas trekking and gateway to isolated villages, fruit-filled orchards and spectacular mountain scenery. 

This thrilling day trip will take you from the walls of the ‘Red City’ up into the high valleys of the High Atlas Mountains and Toubkal National Park. The objective of this trip is to spend time with the friendly and welcoming Berber people in and around the village of Imlil (1,740m). Here, in the heart of the National Park, the views of Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, are virtually unsurpassed.

En route to the Atlas you’ll make a stop at the busy little town of Asni which is a buzz of activity as local Berbers ply to sell their produce and goods. Leaving the main road which leads to the high pass of Tizi n’Test, the final stretch of the journey to Imlil twists and turns up through the fertile Mizzane Valley. Once in Imlil there’s time to explore the village and surrounding trails in your 4x4, learning about daily Berber life as you go.

Lunch is a leisurely local affair, taken in a typical Berber village house, enjoying a home-cooked three course meal of Moroccan salad, couscous with lamb or perhaps a tasty vegetable tagine, fresh seasonal fruits and tea. After lunch you have time to discover more of the village and gaze at the breathtaking views of Jebel Toubkal which dominate the horizon. There’s lots of opportunity for taking photos on this trip, so don’t forget your camera, and wear comfortable clothes and suitable footwear for village trails.

Day 5 - Transfer to Airport

Your short holiday ends today with a transfer to Marrakech airport.

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