A small group journey for women

Mayhem in Morocco

Departing in 2021

Mayhem in Morocco

Capture the essence of Morocco – the colour, history, contrasts and style – on this jam-packed journey. Rich with immersion and full of surprises you will travel from the Atlantic Coast, through ancient Imperial cities and desert landscapes against the backdrop of the spectacular Atlas Mountains.

Commencing in Rabat we will travel directly to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Fes, where we will be transported back to medieval times as we stroll through the labyrinthine alleyways of the 1200 year old Medina and explore this eclectic city and its surrounds. Flying south to Marrakech we will indulge in the diverse cultural influences that have shaped this fascinating country including spending time with the Berber people in the High Atlas Mountains before spending a night in the Agafey Desert and exploring the Atlantic Coast.

Enjoy a combination of the very best riads, hotels and luxury camps, get lost in the alleyways of Fes, immerse yourself in the centuries-old souks of Marrakech, tread ancient paths in the High Atlas and discover the culture of the Tuareg, Berber & Arab people.

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in Al Maghrib, the ancient Arabic name for Morocco, meaning “far west where the sun sets.”

You will love

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Rich and diverse history
  • Fascinating culture & cuisine
  • Incredible, other-worldly landscapes
  • Retail therapy at its best
  • Small group departure hosted by Sarah Hoyland

11 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAY 1 | RABAT | 1 NIGHT

Welcome to Morocco. On arrival at Casablanca airport you will be met in arrivals and driven to Rabat (approx 1 hr). After settling intoour riad we will head out to visit the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas, enjoying a mint tea at Cafe Maure before returning to our riad for a hosted, welcome dinner.

DAY 2 | FES | 2 NIGHTS

After a morning visit to view the highlights of Rabat we will drive to the Imperial city of of Meknes & visit the heritage listed site of Volubilis before arriving in Fes. Enjoy sundowners on the roof of our riad this evening as the sun sets over the Fes before sitting down to a hosted dinner.

DAY 3 | FES

We will explore the labyrinth of alleyways in the medieval town of
Fes with our private guide, along with a visit to the City Palace, Jewish Quarter & a ceramics workshop. Evening at leisure.

DAY 4 | MARRAKECH | 4 NIGHTS

A relaxed morning before we transfer to the airport for our domestic flight to the pink city of Marrakech.
After settling in to our riad we’ll enjoy a n afternoon walking tour including the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. This evening we’ll wander the famous Djeema el Fna square.

DAY 5 | MARRAKECH

Enjoy a morning guided tour of the souks and artisan quarters including a visit to the culinary arts museum with street food tasting for lunch and a spice blending workshop. Remainder of afternoon at leisure to get wonderfully lost in the souk, enjoy the spa in our riad or simply relax. Dinner is at leisure.

DAY 6 | MARRAKECH & ATLAS MOUNTAINS

After breakfast we leave Marrakech for a full day tour, winding our way through the valleys beneath Mt Toubkal & the High Atlas Mountains. We will visit a traditional Berber family home high in the mountains where we will feast on a traditional lunch before stopping at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot (time permitting) for a G&T! Return to our riad for an evening at leisure.

DAY 7 | MARRAKECH

Morning tour of Majorelle Gardens including meeting a perfumer to make our own perfume! An opportunity to visit to the best boutiques in Marrakech this afternoon before participating in a cooking class this evening & then dining on our culinary creations for dinner.

DAY 8 | AGAFAY | 1 NIGHT

Morning at leisure before transferring by road to Agafay (approx 1hr). Arrive in Agafay in time for lunch and the opportunity to soak up the ambiance of this incredible locayion. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset camel ride before returning to camp for dinner under the stars.

DAY 9 | ESSAOUIRA | 2 NIGHTS

Transfer by road to Essaouira (approx. 3hrs), visiting a winery en route for lunch. After settling in to our Riad we will walk to the port to hand select fresh fish for our dinner.

DAY 10 | ESSAOUIRA

We will explore Essaouira on foot this morning on a walking tour of the port and souk. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before a hosted farewell dinner this evening.

DAY 11 | END OF ITINERARY

After an early breakfast we will depart at 7am for Casablanca arriving in time to check in for our outbound flight. Begin your journey home or continue with your onward arrangements – ask us for ideas!

ACCOMMODATION

A handpicked selection

Villa Mandarine – Marrakech

Perfectly located within the exclusive Agdal area of Rabat, Villa Mandarin has been transformed by its French owners into a sunlit hotel upon 2 hectares of orange groves. Villa Mandarine is ideal prior to departure from Casablanca, and offers the opportunity to discover the historical wonders of Rabat. Read More

Riad Les Yeux Bleus – Marrakech

Riad Les Yeux Bleus is located in the old Medina of Marrakech. An excellent choice of trendy bars, art galleries, and restaurants are all within easy walking distance, coexisting in friendly symbiosis with the ancient ways of the city. This stylish city hangout is the perfect introduction to the wonders of Marrakech. Read More

Scarabeo Desert Camp – Agafay Desert

In the small rocky desert of Agafay, Scarabeo Camp affords stunning 360° views of the desert’s barren beauty and beyond to the snow‐capped Atlas Mountains. Scarabeo offers just 15 tented rooms sitting elegantly amidst the grandeur of unending landscape. Venture into the desert at Scarabeo for an experience of pure escapism! Read More

Dar L’Oussia – Essaouira

Explore at ease while at Dar L'Oussia. This stylish Riad lies in close proximity to many of the city's highlights, from the souks and beach, all the way through to the ancient fishing port. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the beach and medina from the rooftop terrace over a meal as you unwind after a busy day of exploring the fascinating surrounds. Read More

NEED TO KNOW

11 Nights / 10 days | September 2021 - exact dates to be confirmed

11 Nights / 10 days
September 2021 - exact dates to be confirmed

AU$8,950 per person twin share

AU$8,950 per person twin share

START: Casablanca, Morocco     |     Finish: Casablanca, Morocco

Inclusions

  • Escorted by Sarah Hoyland ex Casablanca
  • 10 nights in luxury boutique accommodation
  • Economy class domestic flight Fes to Marrakech
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner in Rabat, Farewell dinner in Essaouira plus 5 additional dinners
  • Lunch (tasting tour) in the Marrakech souk, traditional Berber lunch in the Atlas Mountains plus lunch in the Agafay Desert
  • Bottled water whilst touring
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on dates specified to / from Emirates flights
  • Land transportation in air-conditioned deluxe vehicle throughout the itinerary
  • Professionally guided walking tours of Rabat, Fes, Marrakech & Essaouira
  • Private audience with a perfumer & creation of a signature scent in Marrakech
  • Artisan tour in Marrakech
  • Camel ride & Stony Desert experience
  • Day trip to the High Atlas Mountains with a visit to Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot
  • All sightseeing hosted by English speaking guide + all entrance fees to monuments outlined
  • All tips & gratuities for local guides, porters & restaurant staff

Exclusions

  • International air arrangements plus all applicable pre-paid departure taxes
  • Travel Insurance and individual health requirements
  • Additional meals and all drinks
  • Room or flight upgrades
  • Laundry, camera fees (minimal) and personal purchases
  • Gratuity for local tour escort & driver (discretionary)
  • Items of a personal nature & any item not specified

Minimum – 8 travellers

Maximum – 16 (plus host)


Flights & Insurance – on request

Recommended Routings to Morocco | Emirates via Dubai | QANTAS codeshare via Dubai | Qatar via Doha

Terms and Conditions apply – please request a copy of our Booking Form for full details
This tour departs with a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 16
A single supplement applies of A$3,500 should you prefer you own room
Should you be willing to share please advise, however note that should no other ‘willing to share’ participant sign up you will be responsible for paying the single supplement
The price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation and unforeseen changes beyond our control
We reserve the right, due to situations beyond our control, to substitute any accommodation with another of comparable quality – this would be advised ASAP
All touring is subject to change or re-order due to weather or unmissable, on the ground opportunities that may arise
Price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation & unforeseen changes beyond our control
All quoted airfares & taxes are subject to change at anytime prior to, or at the time of, ticketing.

DEPARTURE DATES WILL BE SET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE GIVEN THE CV19 CIRCUMSTANCES

 

Hosted by...

Sarah Hoyland

Sarah is the Founder of our Journeys for Women collection and co-Director of The Classic Safari Company. Over the years she's travelled to all seven continents, visited over 63 countries, forged global lifelong friendships and honed her haggling skills to perfection! In her own words 'I am happiest when I am lost in a souk, on safari in Africa, travelling with my daughters or when I have the privilege of viewing wild and wonderful places afresh through the eyes of the ladies I host on our womens-only soirees!'.

Firstly thank you for introducing me to the wonderful tours of the Secret Women's Series. The trip was superbly organised, the hotels brilliant and activities, informative and spectacular. This definitely won't be the last trip that I take.

Kris Isemonger

Sarah was full of fun, life ideas, knowledge and of course madly making it all happen seamlessly for us!! So so appreciate everything you did for us, our survey was just full points on every score because everything to do with the trip was full points on every score!

Jacquie Randall

Here's to all the wonderful women that made this one of the most amazing trips I have ever been on. I cannot thank you enough. I loved every minute of it.

Jenny, Sydney

What an amazing opportunity you have provided for all women through the Secret Women's Series - thank you, thank you, thank you!

Libby, Sydney

I travel regularly and always organise everything myself. It was so refreshing not to have to do any of that, I didn't even bring the itinerary, just went with the flow.

Rebecca, Sydney

Thank you for making our trip to India the trip of a lifetime. Your generosity of spirit, patience, gorgeous fun manner, “nothing is too much trouble” attitude, enormous level of expertise, and sharing your love of India with us all helped to contribute to a seamless, fun, incredible experience.

Elizabeth, Sydney

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