06 – 13 April 2018
Morocco is a country filled with atmosphere and contrasts: from the buzz of the medina and exotic souks in Marrakech to hidden gardens and long views of the mountains. Moroccans are a warm, hospitable people happy to share their history over a glass of mint tea.
e visit gardens that exemplify a balance of intimate courtyards with colourful tiles, the sound of splashing water and abundant, vibrant plants; and country gardens known as jnane (gardens of paradise) with their emphasis on orchards and decorative plots of herbs. Recently, there has been a trend to experiment with new designs, and we include a number of such gardens in our programme.
Our first hotel, Les Deux Tours in La Palmeraie, is elegant and welcoming. Situated in the countryside near Marrakech, it is surrounded by extensive gardens with views toward the mountains.
We move on to Taroudant, south of the Atlas Mountains, to a traditional guesthouse or riad with an amazing garden designed by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières, well-known French landscape architects and designers.
Our group is small, comprising some fifteen participants. We use a minibus as most travel is very local except on the transfer morning through the Atlas.
The climate in early April is sunny and warm, sometimes windy.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wifi is available in the hotel and riad.
Clothes: Light clothes are recommended although in the mountains an extra layer could be needed during the day. We recommend layers, a waterproof jacket and some good walking shoes for the day in the Atlas Mountains. So as not to cause offence in a Muslim country, modest dress is recommended with long trousers (or skirt) and a shirt or tee shirt with long sleeves. Sun hats, sun cream and insect repellent are recommended.
Currency: The Moroccan currency is dirhams and you may take 1000 dirhams into the country. However, dirhams may be difficult to purchase and Susan will take you to the cash point in the airport on arrival. Euros are used extensively and we recommend you take a suitable amount. Tipping is the norm in Morocco for any service or help required. We include tips to porters and waiters.
Extensive walking in Marrakech, steep walking in the mountains – mules available (with a muleteer), level walking in most gardens.