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Rose Festival Immersion Tour

Valley of Roses
Roses
Rose Queen
Fantasia
Erg Chebbi
Taroudant
Essaouiara Sunset

13 Days/12 Nights of Morocco's Roses and Culture

Every spring in the region between the Atlas Mountains and the sand seas of the Sahara, a sweet scent fills the air and the lush green oasis becomes dotted with pink.  At this time of year, when the roses are in bloom, it is obvious how this region of Morocco got its moniker "The Valley of Roses." At the height of the season, the locals celebrate the annual harvest of the roses with a big festival that attracts Moroccans from all over. With festival activities such as the selection of the annual Rose Queen, Fantasia (a Berber course sport that is as fantastic as it sounds), local sporting events, traditional music and dance performances, and the Rose Queen parade, there is never a dull moment. And this year you can attend with us! Since this is our hometown, we have special connections and have arranged for our guests to have VIP access to all festival activities.  Experience the joy of this special time of year with this exclusive tour!


 

Trip Summary

 

May 2 - 14, 2018

$3200 USD Per Person*

*based on double occupancy

$400 USD Single Supplement

Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech!
  • Day 2: Marrakech to Valley of Roses via Ait Ben Haddou
  • Day 3: Rose Festival
  • Day 4: Rose Festival
  • Day 5: Valley of Roses Local Immersion
  • Day 6: Valley of Roses to Merzouga Camel Trek
  • Day 7: Merzouga to Agdz
  • Day 8: Agdz to Taroudant
  • Day 9: Taroudant to Essaouira
  • Day 10: Essaouira Immersion
  • Day 11: Essaouira to Marrakech
  • Day 12: Marrakech Immersion
  • Day 13: Au revoir! (Departure)

Note: If the Rose Festival falls on the second weekend of May, the itinerary will be reversed.

Includes
  • Ground Transfers to/from Airport (Marrakech)
  • Private Transportation
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • VIP Access to the Rose Festival
  • Special Rose Experience
  • Lunch with Local Family
  • Hiking OR Traditional Hammam
  • Guided Walk in Tinghir Palmaeraie
  • Camel Trek and Overnight Stay in Desert Camp
  • Guided Tour of Kasbah Tamnougalt
  • Guided Tour of Taroudant
  • Wine Tasting
  • Guided Tour of Marrakech
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 12 Nights of Accommodations
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
Excludes
  • Airfare to/from Morocco
  • Meals other than specified
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech
Day 2: Marrakech to Valley of Roses via Ait Ben Haddou
Day 3: Rose Festival
Day 4: Rose Festival
Day 5: Rose Valley Local Immersion!
Day 6: Valley of Roses to Merzouga Camel Trek
Day 7: Merzouga to Agdz via Rissani Market Day
Day 8: Agdz to Taroudant
Day 9: Taroudant to Essaouira via Agadir
Day 10: Essaouira Immersion!
Day 11: Essaouira to Marrakech
Day 12: Marrakech Immersion!
Day 13: À Bientôt! (Departure)

Accommodations

Whenever possible, we prefer to use locally owned and operated accommodations that are hand picked by us.  The following list represents our preferred accommodations for this tour, but these may change depending on the group size and availability.  Substitute accommodations will be at least the same level of comfort as the ones listed below. 

Marrakech: Riad Mabrouk

This fabulous riad will be your meeting point for this tour.  Located in the medina and a 1 minute walk from Jemaa El F'na, this traditional guest house boasts amazing views of Marrakech from its rooftop terrace.  The rooftop terrace is also where you'll find a dipping pool -- perfect for cooling off after a long day of discovering Morocco.  No need to save leg power to climb steps -- the newly installed elevator will make getting to the terrace and your room a breeze.   Speaking of your room, the guest rooms all have air conditioning, a safe, a minibar, and a television.  The en suite bathrooms are furnished with toiletries and hair dryers.  And since there is free wifi, you'll be able to post all of your photos of magical Marrakech.

There We love staying here.  The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the service for our adventurers is impeccable.  It is the perfect place to start your Morocco Immersion!

Valley of Roses: Ksar Kaissar

This recently renovated hotel just outside of the center of Kelaat M'Gouna offers comfortable rooms in close proximity to the Festival activities.  The Fantasia field is located within walking distance.  All rooms are en suite and have air conditioning.  There is also a hotel pool and a bar. The location of this hotel makes it ideal, but it is also the "official" accommodations of the Festival. If rooms availability, we will use accommodations slightly further away.

Erg Chebbi: Hotel Yasmina Merzouga

Another of our favorites, this hotel is situated right on the edge of the giant dunes of Merzouga.  The comfortable rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning.  There is a large terrace in the common area which is the perfect place for tea upon your arrival or prior to your camel trek.  Or, if you prefer, you can have your tea by their beautiful pool.  

Yasmina's standard desert camps are located in the heart of the big dunes.  The tents have electricity and comfortable mattresses with plenty of warm blankets.  Of course, if the weather is nice, you may prefer to bring your mattress outside and sleep under the stars.  The standard tents are not en suite, but there is a tent that houses multiple flushing toilets and sinks with running water.  In the morning, you'll camel trek back to the hotel where you will have time to shower and prepare for your day.

Agdz: Auberge Chez Yacob

This cozy bed and breakfast is housed in an authentic kasbah that dates back at least to the 18th century - although, no one really knows how old it really is.  Once an important stop on the old salt caravans, staying here is like stepping back in time and one can feel the history of this special guest house.  The rooms are clean and comfortable and equipped with air condition and en suite bathrooms.  If the weather is accommodating, meals (which are locally sourced and delicious) are served on the terrace overlooking the adjacent palmeraie. The thing that make this guest house so special, though, is the people.  From the moment you arrive, you are welcomed as if you are family.   In the evening, locals often gather here and, if you are lucky, you may be treated to an impromptu concert.  This relaxing spot is the perfect place to experience the simplicity and joy of the Berber way of life.

Pictures coming soon. . .

Taroudant: Riad Dar Tournai

This charming and bright riad feature a gorgeous pool and lush grounds with views for the medina wall.  Located in a quiet area in the heart of this bustling market town, you are a short walk away from the main square and souks, but you can also just relax and enjoy the quiet of this beautiful riad.  All the guest rooms have private en suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

Essaouira: Riad Ben Atar

Located in the heart of the medina, this traditional Moroccan riad is just a short walk away from both the beach and the shops of the medina.  The rooftop terrace furnishes a place to relax and enjoy the breeze with spectacular views of the medina and the sea.  The comfortable rooms are a great place to unwind after a day of exploring.  Rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms and televisions and there is free wifi that is accessible throughout the riad.

 


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