Day Tours

It’s not all hard work and no play! A varied selection of day tours in and around Marrakech will be available for AORTIC 2015 delegates and partners who find that they have a free moment during the Conference week. Land of legends, crossing of civilizations, Morocco Kingdom offers many mysteries to be discovered and a wide range of landscapes to enjoy.

Our team of specialist travel consultants at Destination Management Morocco has carefully put together tours that we hope will appeal to you, the delegates of AORTIC 2015.

Half day tours

Day tours

Friday night dinner

Some great reasons to book with us are: we provide local knowledge on routes, flight connections and good lodgings. We also provide local point of contact and support whilst you are in Morocco. Once you are booked and confirmed we send you full digital travel documents prior to departure.

To book

Complete the Day Tour Booking Form and return it to sales@dmc-morocco.com.

Pre bookings close 2 November 2015. Dependant on space, bookings can be made onsite at the Tours desk in the conference venue from 18 November until 22 November 2015. Tours have to be booked and paid for 24 hours in advance.  Cash payment only in Moroccan Dirhams (MAD) or in EURO.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further enquiries or requests that are not covered in the demo itineraries below.

All the best,
The Destination Management Morocco Team

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Tel: +212 524 011 249
Email: sales@dmc-morocco.com
Website: www.dmc-morocco.com


HALF DAY TOURS

CULTURAL HALF DAY TOUR TO OURIKA VALLEY AND THE BERBER PEOPLE


Departs daily at 09:00 and 14:30
Duration ± 3.5 hours
In the heart of Berber country, on the edge of the Atlas Mountains, the Ourika Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Morocco. The clear fast -flowing waters of the Ourika River cut through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and irrigate the valley with its green terraces of orchards and crops. The valley is dotted with small villages, clustered together, and climbing on the hillsides of the mountains.

On the picturesque 45min drive from Marrakech to the Ourika Valley, you will experience a complete change of scenery and landscape in contrast with the Imperial city. In the Ourika Valley you will discover the way of life of the native inhabitants of Morocco: the Berbers, who settled here centuries ago (long before the Arabs and even the Romans). Taste the traditional mint tea with homemade breads and pure olive oil in a local’s home while you learn about the Berber culture, language and traditions that have survived the centuries.

Price: MAD500 or EUR47 per person
Included: Guide, transportation and traditional mint tea with tasting of local bread with olive oil.


“SOUKS” (MARKETS) OF MARRAKECH HALF DAY TOUR


Departs daily at 09:00 and 14:30
Duration ± 3.5 hours

The souks (markets) are a living place with an intricate economic infrastructure. Different trades are assembled in quarters, and nobody seems to be perturbed if you stop and watch the artisans perform their century old professions. What a place it is, Moroccans love it and foreigners too, and there is more Moroccan hand-made craftsmanship to choose from than in any other souks in Morocco.

Souks of the “medina” (city)
Souk Chouari Specializing in weavings and basket works as well as wood sculpting.
Souk of jewelers Large selection of jewelry and gold.
Souk el Attarine Perfumes and oils.
Souk Haddadine Ironworks of all shapes, sizes and functions!
Souk Cherratine This bazaar specializes in leather goods, though their style is not as traditional as it once was as they produce according to tourists’ tastes.
Souk Smata Babouches are the pointed slippers you see on many Moroccans, and here you will find the largest collection you could ever imagine.
Souk Essamarrine This souk has a large selection of fabrics, you can also find a number of souvenirs.



Price: MAD350 or EUR33 per person
Included: Guide, transportation and visit of the souks.


MARRAKECH MONUMENTS HALF DAY TOUR

Departs daily at 09:00 and 14:30
Duration ± 3.5 hours

The visit of the monuments of Marrakech will start with the Badi Palace
The building of this vast and sumptuous palace was ordered by Ahmed El-Mansour in 1578, following his victory over the Portuguese at the famous Battle of the Three Kings. Designed to host magnificent receptions and banquets, it counted three hundred and sixty rooms arranged around a large inner courtyard adorned with a pool and blooming flowerbeds. Pillaged in 1696 by order of Moulay Ismael to provide decoration for his royal palaces in Meknes, only the shell of this once resplendent edifice remains.

From the Badi Palace, we will continue to the Bahia Palace

This sumptuous residence was built at the end of the 19th century. Set in an immense eight-hectare garden, the property contains a succession of luxurious secret apartments opening onto patios. A thousand craftsmen, in the most part from the Fez region, took part in its construction which took over seven years. The building of the palace reintroduced the techniques and decorative materials of traditional architecture and, as in former times, carved wood and sculpted plasterwork and stucco adorn its interiors and exteriors.

From the Bahia Palace, we will walk through the Jamaa El Fna square and to the Koutoubia Mosque

The famous square of Marrakech owes its fame to its beauty and continuous activity. During most of the days, folk artists and street entertainers: snake charmers, story tellers, musicians, dancers, actors, acrobats, etc. put up their shows.

The Koutoubia is one of the largest mosques in the Western Islamic world, perhaps even the most beautiful in the harmonious unity of its design. It is a shining and permanent example of the Hispanic-Moorish art of the Almohad era, allying apparent simplicity with marvellous dexterity and discreet luxury. The “booksellers’ mosque” owes its name to the manuscript souk whose shops were attached to its walls during the Middle Ages, a practice common in Arab Muslim towns. Its renowned minaret, a jewel of Hispanic-Moorish architecture, has cast its protective shadow over the city for more than eight centuries.

Price: MAD350 or EUR33 per person
Included: Guide, transportation and monument entrance fees.


FULL DAY TOURS

ASNI VALLEY FULL DAY TOUR



Departs daily at 09:00
Returns at ±17:00

This excursion begins with a picturesque drive from Marrakech to the Asni valley. Discover the life of native habitant of Morocco; the Berbers. This excursion will take to the Atlas Mountains, where the Berbers has settled for centuries, way before the Arabs and even the Romans. The Berbers have struggled for centuries to keep their own culture, language, and traditions.

In the heart of Berber country, the Asni Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Morocco. The clear fast -flowing waters of the Asni River cut through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and irrigate the valley with its green terraces of orchards and crops. The valley is dotted with small villages, clustered together, and climbing on the hillsides of the mountains.

About 45 minutes from Marrakech, you will experience a complete change of scenery and landscape in contrast with the Imperial city, and taste traditional mint tea with home-made breads and pure olive oil at a local habitant house.

Lunch will be served by Takerkoust Lake. Menu: variety of salads, BBQ (beef, chicken, and ground beef), vegetable tagine, fruits basket. Beverage package: ½ bottle of water, soft drink, tea or coffee.

09:00 Departure from the conference venue and driving through the Atlas Mountains
10:30 Stop at local habitant house
11:30 Arrival at the Takerkous Lake for a bivouac lunch, with a splendid view on the mountain and on the valley.
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Trekking in the surrounding of the lake
15:15 Return to the camp and refreshment will be served
15:45 Departure to the conference venue
17:00 Arrival to the conference venue

PRICE FROM: MAD800 or EUR75 per person
Included: Transportation, a guide, traditional mint tea with tasting of local bread with olive oil at local habitant house, lunch, and refreshments


MARRAKECH MONUMENTS AND SOUKS TOUR

Departs daily at 09:00
Returns at ±17:00

The visit of the monuments of Marrakech will start with the Badi Palace

The building of this vast and sumptuous palace was ordered by Ahmed El-Mansour in 1578, following his victory over the Portuguese at the famous Battle of the Three Kings. Designed to host magnificent receptions and banquets, it counted three hundred and sixty rooms arranged around a large inner courtyard adorned with a pool and blooming flowerbeds. Pillaged in 1696 by order of Moulay Ismael to provide decoration for his royal palaces in Meknes, only the shell of this once resplendent edifice remains.

From the Badi Palace, we will continue to the Bahia Palace.

This sumptuous residence was built at the end of the 19th century. Set in an immense eight-hectare garden, the property contains a succession of luxurious secret apartments opening onto patios. A thousand craftsmen, in the most part from the Fez region, took part in its construction which took over seven years. The building of the palace reintroduced the techniques and decorative materials of traditional architecture and, as in former times, carved wood and sculpted plasterwork and stucco adorn its interiors and exteriors.

From the Bahia Palace, we will walk through the Jamaa El Fna square and to the Koutoubia Mosque.

The famous square of Marrakech owes its fame to its beauty and continuous activity. During most of the days, folk artists and street entertainers: snake charmers, story tellers, musicians, dancers, actors, acrobats, etc. put up their shows.

The Koutoubia is one of the largest mosques in the Western Islamic world, perhaps even the most beautiful in the harmonious unity of its design. It is a shining and permanent example of the Hispanic-Moorish art of the Almohad era, allying apparent simplicity with marvellous dexterity and discreet luxury. The “booksellers’ mosque” owes its name to the manuscript souk whose shops were attached to its walls during the Middle Ages, a practice common in Arab Muslim towns. Its renowned minaret, a jewel of Hispanic-Moorish architecture, has cast its protective shadow over the city for more than eight centuries.

Lunch at the typical Moroccan restaurant in the medina (city). Beverage package: ½ water, soft drink, and tea.

From the restaurant there are several entries to the fantastic souks where the main attraction is looking at the ongoing activities. The souks (markets) are a living place with an intricate economic infrastructure. Different trades are assembled in quarters, and nobody seems to be perturbed if you stop and watch the artisans perform their century old professions. What a place it is, Moroccans love it and foreigners too, and there is more Moroccan hand-made craftsmanship to choose from than in any other souks in Morocco.



Souks of the “medina” (city)
Souk Chouari Specializing in weavings and basket works as well as wood sculpting.
Souk of jewelers Large selection of jewelry and gold.
Souk el Attarine Perfumes and oils.
Souk Haddadine Ironworks of all shapes, sizes and functions!
Souk Cherratine This bazaar specializes in leather goods, though their style is not as traditional as it once was as they produce according to tourists’ tastes.
Souk Smata Babouches are the pointed slippers you see on many Moroccans, and here you will find the largest collection you could ever imagine.
Souk Essamarrine This souk has a large selection of fabrics, you can also find a number of souvenirs.
ITINERARY
09:00 Departure from the hotel
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Continuation of the visit
16:45 End of the visit
17:00 Arrival at the hotel

Price: MAD750 or EUR70 per person
Included: Transfers, lunch, monuments entrance fees and a guide.


DAY TOUR TO ESSAOUIRA

Departs daily at 09:00
Returns at ±18:30

ITINERARY
09:00 Departure from the conference venue (2:30 hours’ drive) to discover the wonderful city of “Mogador”
11:00 Arrival to Essaouira

The best way to discover this nice city is to walk on foot via the narrow streets and enter the medina (city), full of whitewashed houses with cheerily painted blue doors, breathe in the pungent scent of freshly caught sardines grilling in the open air. Dormant cannons stand guard over the fishing fleets on the wharf. Stroll through, narrow alleyways that make up the city’s medina and watch as craftsmen carve boxes of lemon wood, briarwood, and mother of pearl inlay. Here you may notice the Star of David on some of the town’s walls. Essaouira was once a major Jewish center of Morocco before its people immigrated back to Israel. Throughout the visit, you will notice the Portuguese, Berber, and French influences on the city’s architecture. In the 15th century the Portuguese established a commercial center and a military fortification.

12:30 Seafood lunch by the sea. Beverage package: one soda + ½ mineral water + tea or coffee
14:30 Continuation of the visit

La skala was constructed in 1769. The cannons were built in Spain in the 17th and 18th century. Down from the Skala, traders have taken over the area, and turned it into a mixture of workshops and shops.

The marina gateway: This gateway linking the medina to the harbour was built on the initiative of the founder of the city, the sultan Sidi Mohammed well Abdallah. It is decorated with a classic triangular pediment where is written down the date of its building – the year 1769.

The Ramparts: The ramparts are actually two attractions: the ramparts themselves and the views over the cliffs and the ocean. Big well-kept canons point at the sea. Don’t forget to look down at the narrow streets running parallel to the ramparts.

16:00 Departure to Marrakech
18:30 Arrival at the conference venue

Price: MAD800 or EUR75 per person
Included: Transportation, a guide and lunch


FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER

DINNER AT GHARNATA PALACE


Depart at 18:30
Duration ± 3.5 hours

Enjoy a night of traditional Moroccan dining and entertainment in Marrakech! Your evening takes place in a centuries-old Moroccan palace whose ground, walls, pillars, and doors are the results of finely crafted artisans. Their finely sculpted, painted and chiselled wood work adorns the palace. Dine on a lovely spread of typical Moroccan cuisine in the elegant dining room as you watch live dancing and musical performances. You’ll become immersed in Marrakech’s old-world charm and heritage as you enjoy great food and captivating entertainment in a stunning setting.

Price: MAD600 or EUR56 per person
Included: Transportation, dinner and drinks package of ½ wine, ½ water, tea and pastries.


City Sightseeing Tours

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