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Riad Farnatchi, Morocco

Offer 1: Marrakech with Riad Farnatchi - Stay 4 pay 3 to be taken mid-week in March

Day 1
½ Day guided tour of Marrakech
Private dinner at Riad Farnatchi

Day 2
A day in the Atlas mountains:
After driving out of Marrakech and through some truly stunning scenery in the Atlas foothills, you will visit the village of Imlil which sits in the shadow of Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. This tiny village is almost at the end of the road and it is a great starting point for some beautiful walks to local Berber villages where you can get a taste for Moroccan mountain life and have some stunning views of the Mountains. Your guide will explain to you about the local culture as well as point out historic points of interest and answer any questions you might have. Lunch is also included at a lovely little house in a tiny village just above Imlil. From here there are two options for your route back to Marrakech. You can either return the way you came on the road through the beautiful Ouirgan valley via Asni, or take the slightly more adventurous off road track that takes you down through some lovely villages where you will see more of the local culture. A lot of tours are available to Imlil but this has been put together by us and, particularly if you opt for the off-road option, will take you far from the madding crowd.

Day 3
Time to explore the souks

Day 4
Essaouira and Val d’Argan
The Val d’Argan is a beautiful area planted with rose bushes, pomegranate trees, olive-trees and Argan trees located just a few kilometers from Essaouira. Backing into the desert the Val d’Argan estate is the first and only Moroccan vineyard exclusively dedicated to grape varieties from the Rhone valley.
After visiting the vineyards and the olive and Argan groves whose fruit is grown for the production of organic oils you will be invited to taste the produce whilst overlooking the estate and having a delicious lunch. After lunch you will visit the women’s cooperative where you can see how the Argan oil is produced before your final stop at the best point to view the whole of Essaouira. Please also see our comments above with regard to Essaouira.

This would be £1,075 per person based on 2 sharing in a superior suite. This offer is based on pay 3 stay 4 with dinner on the first night and the guide on the first day, Atlas Day Trip and excursion to Essaouira, includes international flights and transfers.

Offer 2: Morocco by Helicopter - For travel in March

Day 1
4 nights in a Superior suite at Riad Farnatchi
Collected from the Airport in a Range Rover
Private dinner at Riad Farnatchi

Day 2
You will start and end your day in Marrakech however in between you will travel by helicopter down to the Sahara desert were you have a private lunch laid on for you in the dunes. This incredible experience allows you to enjoy wonderful views of the Atlas mountains on the way and then the majestic beauty of the Sahara - without the usual 7-12 hours in a car in each direction. You will have a chance to go for a short walk through the dunes with a Berber guide and enjoy a delicious lunch before flying back to Marrakech.

Or

You will be taken by car to the Heliport where you will meet your internationally qualified private mountain guide, who will kit you out with everything you need for a day’s skiing in the high Atlas Mountains. From the Heliport you will be flown up into the mountains where the guide will identify the best virgin powder for you to ski.

Day 3
Providing you don’t mind an early start (sunrise) then a Hot air balloon ride is a fantastic experience with views over the whole region including up to the Atlas Mountains. You will be picked up from the Riad and driven to the launch spot where you will be given a light breakfast while the balloon is filled and made ready for your flight.
On your way back we will arrange a private guided tour of the Majorelle gardens with one of their experts who will tell you all about the Majorelle gardens their history and how and why they came about. You will also be invited into the private gardens of Yves St Laurent, normally closed to the public. From here you will be taken by car to the private gardens of Mr Benchaabane at the meusum of Contemporary art and nature of the Palmeraie and this is where you will learn how to create your own perfumes. Using some of the scents from the gardens you will be guided through the process of producing your own unique scent.

Day 4
A day in the Atlas mountains:
After driving out of Marrakech and through some truly stunning scenery in the Atlas foothills, you will visit the village of Imlil which sits in the shadow of Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. This tiny village is almost at the end of the road and it is a great starting point for some beautiful walks to local Berber villages where you can get a taste for Moroccan mountain life and have some stunning views of the Mountains. Your guide will explain to you about the local culture as well as point out historic points of interest and answer any questions you might have. Lunch is also included at a lovely little house in a tiny village just above Imlil. From here there are two options for your route back to Marrakech. You can either return the way you came on the road through the beautiful Ouirgan valley via Asni, or take the slightly more adventurous off road track that takes you down through some lovely villages where you will see more of the local culture. A lot of tours are available to Imlil but this has been put together by us and, particularly if you opt for the off-road option, will take you far from the madding crowd.

This would cost £4,490 per person and includes 15% discount. For the Heli-ski option instead of the lunch in the dunes then it would be £2,285 person based on two people sharing in a superior suite, international flights, transfers & experiences including the helicopter.

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