A tour to study the jewellery and textiles of Morocco.
10 % of all tour fees will be donated to the Sunera Foundation ( please click the link to learn more about the charity.)
A 14 day 13 night tour.
Host Sarah Corbett
October 18 th – 31 st 2015
£3400 per person.
10% discount for those sharing accommodations.
Extra days at the start or end of the trip can be arranged to suit your flight schedule.
Sunday 18 th October Arrivals and transfer from Marrakech Airport (transfers from Casablanca can be arranged at cost) You will be met at the arrivals gate by your driver, who will drive you to the Ancient Medina of Marrakech. Your wonderful home in Marrakech awaits! The one time stunning Art Deco home of Superstar Josephine Baker will be our Marrakech residence. We will relax and settle into our beautiful rooms once all guests have arrived we shall gather to eat together.
Monday 19th October A full day of jewel shopping and visits to some of the finest jewel stores in Marrakech
Tuesday 20 th October We will spend the whole day in the Medina, viewing and if we wish purchasing Antique, textiles and Jewels. Stopping only for Lunch! In the evening we will head to The hustle and bustle of Djema el Fna where we will eat the street food and soak up the vibrant entertainment and atmosphere.
Wednesday 21 st October We shall leave Marrakech after breakfast and head to the beautiful coastal town of Essaouria. After lunch and settling in to our seaside acommodations we shall meet Jewellery dealer Joseph Sebag. Joseph is a charming man who lives in Essaouria and specialises in jewellery and books. We shall eat in town. The fresh fish is a local speciality.
Thursday 22 nd October We shall spend the day shopping for jewels and textiles in Essaouria. There are several very good galleries in town, and we shall take time to enjoy the wares on offer in all! One of the specialities of the Jewish silversmiths of Essaouria is the wonderful filigree work, we shall search for good examples to see. We shall eat in a local restaurant and return to our riad to rest before our trip the following day.
Friday 23rd October Leaving the coast behind us we shall head inland once more to the walled town of Tarroudant. Our luxurious hotel is just outside the town, and offers every luxury, spa, pool, gym and sweet bungalows which are dotted around a magical garden. We shall enjoy the chance to relax and unwind before our meal in the hotel that evening.
Saturday 24th October A full day of jewellery shopping in Tarroudant, this small town offers much for the adornment enthusiast, and we shall visit small shops and high end galleries to explore the very best which there is on offer. We shall lunch in the local square, and resume our quest for jewels until the early evening when we shall return to our riad to eat and rest.
Sunday 25 th October We will take to the road once again to cross the Siroua region and buy fresh local Saffron. this is a lush valley which was once the centre of the saffron farming of Morocco the riches of the farmers led to the creation of wonderful opulent jewellery. We shall arrive in Ouarzazatte in the late afternoon, and relax in our elegant riad which is a Ksour, made in the traditional techniques, yet chic and comfortable.
Monday 26 th October We will spend today in the town of Ouarzazatte, this is a treasure chest, with a large quantity of good antique pieces still on offer.
Tuesday 27 th October We will spend the day shopping in selected jewellery shops in Ouarzazatte. A few secret places in this desert town, which will yield plenty of really exciting jewel choices. And the super laid back Saharan feel makes this chilled town a delight to visit. We will eat in a stunning restaurant in town.
Wednesday 28th October Following a relaxed breakfast we shall begin our mountain adventure as we cross the High Atlas Mountians. We shall stop to view Ait Bennhadidhu on the way, and then head over the Tiz n Tichka pass to return to Marrakech. On the way we will visit a co operative producing Argan oil. We will arrive in Marrakech late in the afternoon and check into our beautiful city riad. We shall eat in the Medina.
Thursday 29th October BAck in the hustle and bustle of the city, we shall visit the Mellah area where we will have access to wholesalers and bead dealers.
Friday 30 th October A day of jewel shopping in Marrakech, we will visit trusted dealers and enjoy the best the souk has to offer us for the day In the evening we will eat together in our riad, and share stories of our gathered treasures, and also of the ones which eluded us!!
Saturday 31 st October Free time in Marrakech and Transfers to airport
Included: Transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, transport, Evening meals in the riads and hotels where listed, entry to monuments, guided shopping and expert advice and talks Not included: Flights. Lunches, meals outside the riad, individually arranged excursions and leisure activities.