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EGYPT, ARABIA & MOROCCO


ATLAS MOUNTAINS Separating the Atlantic and the Mediterranean from the barren plains of the Sahara, the Atlas Mountains carve great swathes through the Moroccan interior. Home to isolated Berber villages and the towering peak of Jebel Toubkal, these mountain landscapes are within easy reach of Marrakech.


KASBAH TAMADOT, ATLAS MOUNTAINS Sir Richard Branson’s private retreat, this historical kasbah is a fairytale setting of courtyards, staircases and terraces, set amidst the breathtaking mountain landscapes of the High Atlas foothills. With 18 beautifully furnished rooms, it is a stunning mix of Moroccan elegance and modern sophistication.


KASBAH DU TOUBKAL, ATLAS MOUNTAINS Spectacularly located in the heart of the High Atlas, this stunning location is one of Morocco’s most remarkable settings. Nestling below the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the retreat offers the choice of Berber salons and standard or deluxe rooms, or the privacy of its Garden House. A rooftop terrace makes the most of the breathtaking surroundings.


OUARZAZATE The largest town in Sahara Morocco, Ouarzazate once lay along the busy trading routes that lay between Africa and the northern markets of Morocco and Europe. Nearby Ait Benihaddou is one of the best preserved kasbahs in the country. The town is also the location of one of the largest film studios in the world.


SAHARA DESERT CAMP, MOROCCO A private luxury camp, situated an hour’s drive from Erfoud, this exclusive setting lies amongst the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi. Accessed by a short camel ride across the desert, the camp is decked out in colourful Berber carpets and each of its spacious tents feature en suite facilities, hot showers, electricity and running water.


DADES VALLEY Trapped between the alpine snows and the semi-desert, the fertile Dades River Valley is traditional fig country. The main trading route between the desert and the oases of the Tifilat, the valley’s twisted landscapes of red rock are strewn with hundreds of ancient Berber kasbahs, built by the local people to protect them from invasion.


ERFOUD An oasis town set amongst the dunes of the Sahara, Erfoud is home to a thriving film industry that has been used in the production of a number of Hollywood movies. Built by the French, besides the waters of the Ziz River, the town provides an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding desert.


L’HEURE BLEUE PALAIS, ESSAOUIRA Located in the heart of Essaouira’s old town, 35 individually themed rooms offer traditional or colonial ambience. Blending Moroccan elegance with modern comfort, the property features a superb rooftop terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, hammam, spa and an excellent range of French cuisine.


VILLA MAROC, ESSAOUIRA Ideally situated, the Villa Maroc lies within the historic ramparts of the old town, just minutes from the beach. Comprising two 18th Century riads, this beautifully renovated boutique property is built around a central courtyard and boasts 21 individually appointed rooms, a hammam and a rooftop terrace with views across the medina and the bay.


ESSAOUIRA A UNESCO World Heritage Site and certainly one of Morocco’s most engaging resorts, Essaouira began life as a trading port for European and Jewish merchants. Nestling behind the walls of its Portuguese fortifications, its picturesque blue-shuttered houses and traditional fishing boats today provide the perfect backdrop before the crashing rollers of the Atlantic Ocean.


A TASTE OF MOROCCO


9 DAYS from £1350 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary


An introduction to Morocco’s exquisite riads and kasbahs


DAY 1 – Fly to Marrakech Fly bmi to Marrakech, 3 nights at Les Jardins de la Medina, located in the heart of the medina.


DAY 2 – Marrakech Guided tour through the labyrinthine streets, visit the colourful souks and Djemaa el-Fna Square where storytellers gather.


DAY 3 – Marrakech At leisure to explore this fascinating city.


DAYS 4/5 – Essaouira Transfer by road to the charming resort town of Essaouira. Relax for 2 nights at Villa Maroc located in the historic ramparts of the old town. With its blue shuttered houses Essaouira has a reputation as Morocco’s most easy-going town.


DAY 6 – Atlas Mountains Drive via Marrakech, across the Haouz Plain towards Toukbal Massif located in the Atlas Mountains. Spend 3 nights at the delightful Kasbah Du Toubkal.


DAYS 7/8 – Atlas Mountains Days at leisure. Explore on foot these remarkable mountain landscapes which are riddled with Berber villages. You may however just decide to relax in the beautiful surrounds.


DAY 9 – Fly to UK Return to Marrakech, fly with bmi to Heathrow.


DEPARTURES WEEKLY


With a wide selection of riads, kasbahs and hotels available, the above journey is a flavour of what Bales can offer you. Contact our Sales Team for further inspiration.


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