Choose romance and exoticism to celebrate your nuptials with Mint Tea Tours’ 8-day Honeymoon Tour from Casablanca! Our inclusive private Moroccan tour package makes planning for your honeymoon easy, and traveling in Morocco with a private English-speaking driver means your special once-in-a-lifetime trip goes seamlessly!
Start your Morocco honeymoon tour by landing at Casablanca’s airport where you will meet with your driver. There will be no time to waste in Casablanca so after you shake off flight fatigue, we will drive directly towards the city of love, Marrakech. Marrakech, our first stop of the tour, is famous as the city where celebrities spend their New Year holidays, vacations, birthdays and of course honeymoons such as David Beckham, Jack Roberson and Christian Ronaldo.
After we arrive at your riad in Marrakech, we suggest that you rest and refresh until evening, when the skies of Marrakech get covered with the smoke of different sorts of Moroccan street food cooked in the famous square of Djamaa el Fnaa. Your private driver will direct you to the famous square where storytellers and snake charmers gather and offer some magnificent view or sometimes shows that were traditionally full of wisdom. Nearby are the twisted streets and markets of wonders within the medina of Marrakech. It will be a good opportunity for you to get introduced to the famous Moroccan souks and products.
Today will be an eventful private guided tour of Marrakech, and the Red City has a lot of monuments and charming places. So apart from focusing on the charm of the city only, we will dive in its history and culture as well for a harmony of perfection.
Start your day by exploring Majorelle Garden, the most prestigious and popular garden in Morocco and perhaps in North Africa. Historically, the garden took its name from French artist, Jacques Majorelle, who toiled 40 years to fully create and open the garden in 1924. In its modern form, the garden is Marrakech’s little paradise which contains a psychedelic desert mirage of 300 plant species from five continents.
Within the garden, is found the Berber Museum which presents a panorama of the extraordinary creativity of the Berbers that are locally referred to as “Amazigh”, the most ancient people of North Africa. The museum contains more than 600 objects, collected from the Rif Mountains and the Moroccan Sahara. Here, you will see and learn about the Berber costumes, Berber silver jewelry, artifacts and Moroccan ceramics, textiles and embroidery. This is a must see piece of Marrakech for all visitors of Marrakech.
Our next stop after the garden is the iconic site of Koutoubia Mosque and its gardens. Koutoubia Mosque was built during the 12th century by the Almohad dynasty. Today, at 70 meters high, the minaret remains the highest structure down the years counting all dynasties that ruled Morocco. The mosque on the other hand is considered the largest mosque in Marrakech. Local laws restrict any new building projects from exceeding the height of the minaret, providing a focal point for all to enjoy.
Later, we will visit El Bahia Palace. This sprawling palace was built between 1866 and 1867. It is set over two acres in the middle of the Marrakech medina and features 150 rooms, including a harem section located just off the sun-filled Court of Honor. The palace is perhaps one of the best-preserved historical sites and certainly most interesting in Marrakech.
Another important site on today’s private guided tour of Marrakech is the Saadian tombs. Marrakech is home to many historic attractions and interesting museums. As a matter of fact, Marrakesh was the capital during both Almoravid and Saadian eras, and legacies from each dynasty can be observed around the city. The Saadian tombs date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered only recently in 1917 and were brilliantly restored. The tombs have been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech thanks to the beauty of their decoration. The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River.
Marrakech has always been a symbol of harmony between Abrahamic religions, especially Islam and Judaism. The perfect example for that is the Jewish mellah that was founded in the mid-15th century. The mellah was established especially to host Jews who were escaping the ruthless misery practiced upon both Muslims and Jews by the Spanish Catholic monarch Fernando and Isabella upon the Spanish Inquisition of Andalusia.
Interestingly enough, like all other Moroccan mellahs, Marrakech’s Jewish neighborhood is walled and typically located adjacent to the kasbah, which functioned as the royal palace. Historically speaking, the sheltered area provided the Jewish community with protection. This containment might be seen as punitive, but in reality, Jews sustained their culture in a relatively autonomous community within. In fact, Jews were free to have other activities outside the mellah’s walls, but they were not allowed to have more properties further outside of there. Note that visiting the mellah is optional, but it is a good and an interesting opportunity for everyone to learn about the Jewish community in Morocco.
The last stop on today’s private tour of Marrakech will be the Rahba Kedima spice market. This colorful and historical market is filled with a wide array of spices such as cumin, cinnamon, saffron, dried pepper and more. It makes a perfect shopping opportunity for those who admire the Moroccan tastes and style of cooking.
Finally, we will take you back to your riad to relax or, if you prefer, your private driver can take you to enjoy the evening at Djamaa El Fnaa square.
Today you will have a free day so that you can chill in your riad if want or make a discovery of your own. However, our private driver is always ready if you need him. However, since it is a day free for relaxing, we suggest that you consider experiencing a Moroccan spa (hammam and massage). Marrakech is well known for spas so it will be a good idea to spare some time at afternoon for a royal spa. Or, maybe if you prefer cooking and you admired at the first taste Moroccan food, we suggest for you a cooking class. This way you will learn how to cook tasty Moroccan tagines or delicious Moroccan pastries.
Today we are taking a day off from the heat and the busyness of Marrakech. We will escape the crowds of Marrakech and drive for about two hours towards the stunning waterfall of Ourika Valley.
The scenic drive to Ourika is breathtaking. Along the road, you will trade the Berber rocky villages for hills and the majestic Atlas peaks well-adorned with snow. Shortly after the drive starts, and just in the proper time, we will make our first stop and visit the Souk Tnine de l’Ourika. This souk is considered the largest in the area, and it is officially held for locals every Monday. Here, you will find different and unique kinds of local crafts and other Moroccan treasures. Take your time to feed your shopping desires and maybe just to feast your eyes on the somewhat exotic items there in the souk and then join your private driver to continue our drive.
The next 60 kilometers of road will be filled with gardens, land cultivated by palm tree plantations and fruit trees, tiny hamlets, summer homes, and local small cafes and restaurants. Along the drive, and moving through the valley, we will visit Setti Fatma, a favorite weekend resort for numerous of residents of Marrakech. The resort is appreciated for its beautiful streams and waterfalls.
Eventually, we will arrive at Ourika, our final destination for the day. The valley sits at the foothills of the mighty Atlas Mountains with slightly cooler temperatures, which makes it a perfect escape from the high temperatures of Marrakech and the modernity of the west, all with its much more laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy your afternoon chilling and discovering different charming and romantic sightseeing on riversides and waterfalls fantastically decorating the area with local cafes and restaurants at the river banks, where one can have a drink while feet are soaked in water, or maybe even a tagine.
Early evening will mark our return time to Marrakech.
Today we leave behind Marrakech and we drive towards the coastal city port of Essaouira. The road connecting Marrakech and Essaouira is rather short with few Berber villages on the roadside.
Once we arrive to the city after approximately two hours’ drive, get refreshed and enjoy a stroll along the town’s sunlit pedestrian main square, Place Prince Moulay el Hassan and the Skala du Port, the fishing harbor offers breathtaking views of the Portuguese ramparts and then explore the spice and jewelry souks.
Back in history, Essaouira was considered a small Portuguese finishing port. However, today the town has become a must-visit destination in Morocco, especially for its magical sunset seen from the old ramparts on the coast. The overall city became famous as a romantic get-away, and there are other reasons for Essaouira becoming the favorite touristic destination in Morocco apart from merely its sunset. This medieval town boasts lovely white-washed and blue-shuttered houses that please the eyes of its visitors, along with its charming sea view, give it an impression of the “African Santorini”. This is without mentioning the traditional Gnaoua music that is played everywhere in the town and whose festival that attracts more than 300,000 visitors in June every year.
Later, discover the charm of the inner medina with its walls, ports, markets and museums. In fact, Essaouira is believed to be a conventional museum in itself. However, visit the museum of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah where fascinating sepia photos and a collection of old weapons and traditional jewelry are found. Or maybe if you prefer having a different kind of shopping away from the hassle of Marrakech, then get lost in the medina and discover another type of local souk (market) where you will find some precious pieces of local art and souvenirs for good prices. Afterwards, head to Moulay Hassan Square and enjoy a unique type of musicians performing Gnawa music which is the most famous type of music in southern Morocco.
The last thing that is not to be missed in Essaouira is of course the famous romantic sunset. In fact, sunsets over the Atlantic are spectacular, and few people leave Essaouira without dozens of sunset shots on their camera or phone.
Today you will have your second free day during your private Moroccan honeymoon tour to rest and relax. Essaouira, being a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, is the perfect place for a free day. It gives one the feeling of peace and charm with its cool Atlantic wind that brings joy to the soul.
Today we take the road back to Casablanca for our last page in this Moroccan honeymoon chapter. On the way we will stop first to visit the town of El Jadida, which is a port city on the Atlantic coat of Morocco with massive Portuguese walls of hewn stone.
Later we move to Oualidia, which is where people of Marrakech spend their summer holidays and many learn to surf. Upon arriving in Oualidia this seaside calm town uncurls to reveal the magical lagoon at its center.
Finally we will continue our drive to Casablanca, our final destination. Upon arrival to Casablanca in the evening, you will have the chance to enjoy one last walk along the Atlantic as well as one last sunset view in Morocco from the Ain Diab beach after having some free time to stroll along the Atlantic coast.
Today marks the end of Mint Tea Tours’ private Moroccan honeymoon tour. We wish you a safe flight back home!
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It was overall a great experience. Our driver Mimoun’s kindness and consideration towards us and his careful driving made the trip so easy for us. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him.
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