MOROCCO:

Marrakech & Atlas Mountains

Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2019

Specially curated for wonder women of consequence

Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Each and every one of your senses will be exhilarated in the maze and souk markets of the Marrakech medina. Our private Riad accommodations will be your oasis within the walls of the old city which have been standing since the 12th century. You will be delighted by the gentle hospitality of the Berber people in our Atlas accommodations at the award-winning Kasbah du Toubkal. You will almost reach the sky as we trek across Toubkal at 14,000 feet, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains which stretch 1,600 miles across North Africa from Morocco to Algeria and Tunisia. And you will be nourished physically, mentally and spiritually with a daily yoga practice.

Morocco Highlights

 

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Day 1 - Marrakech

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Brunch & Check In

2:00 - 3:00 & 3:00 - 4:00 PM

ReSTORE: Yoga (select one)

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Bienvenue á la Medina Stroll

7:30 PM

Welcome Moroccan Dinner Feast

Day 2 - Marrakech

Euro Moroccan Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 - 9:00 & 9:00 – 10:00 AM

ReAWAKEN: Yoga (select one)

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Medina Maze & Souk Experience, with lunch

Dine and venture on your own

Day 3 – Atlas Mountains

Euro Moroccan Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 - 9:00 & 9:00 – 10:00 AM

ReELEVATE: Yoga (select one)

11:00 AM

Journey to the Atlas Mountains

12:30 - 3:30 PM

Visit Education For All, with lunch

4:30 PM

Check In

Book your private Hammam

Moroccan Berber Feast Dinner at Leisure

Day 4 – Atlas Mountains

Euro Moroccan Breakfast at Leisure

8:00 - 9:00 & 9:00 – 10:00 AM

ReDIRECT: Yoga (select one)

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Toubkal Hike

1:00 PM

Lunch with 360 mountains view

Book your private Hammam

Moroccan Berber Feast Dinner at Leisure

Day 5 – Atlas Mountains to Marrakech

Euro Moroccan Breakfast at Leisure

Book your private Hammam

8:00 - 9:00 AM

ReNOVAD: Yoga

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Journey to Marrakech

 

Our Morocco renewal experience includes 4-night accommodations, 4 private tours, 5 Yoga group sessions, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 private hammam steam bath sessions, Marrakech/Atlas transport, mint tea, tea & more tea! Airfare and airport transfers are not included. For your convenience, we have a Master Concierge to assist you in researching flights and any additional custom-made experiences. We host a maximum of 24 guests per journey.

$1,790 Per person in double room

$2,290 Per person in single room

RSVP and consider payment plan with $600 booking deposit

SHARING THE EXPERIENCE

Incentives, group bookings & engaging our retreat planning services

SHARING THE LOVE

Renovad is committed to giving back to the communities that welcome us warmly through our journeys. We are delighted to support Education For All (EFA),  established to provide secondary education to girls from the High Atlas mountain region. They provide boarding and education for girls 12-18 years old at no cost to their families. The overall environment is designed for the girls to thrive, resulting in an average of 90% pass rate across all years and 50 EFA girls currently enrolled in college. Learn more at www.efamorocco.org   

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are passports, visas and vaccinations required?

A valid US passport that is NOT due to expired within 6 months of travel IS REQUIRED. There are no visa or vaccinations required for travel from the US. We recommend purchasing travel insurance with health coverage should any emergency arise that require medical care.

Which airlines provide best access from the US?

Iberia provides the most convenient flights from New York JFK, Miami MIA and Chicago ORD. Royal Air Maroc is also a great option from New York JFK and Washington IAD. Air France provides good access from Los Angeles LAX and other major US hubs with options for longer layover in Paris, should you want to take a stroll by the Eiffel Tower on the way to or from Marrakech. We are glad to help you research flight options.

What are the options for airport transfer from Marrakech airport to the Riad hotel?

We recommend or can facilitate scheduling of airport transfers through the Riad.

What is the weather like in Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains?

Overall, expect a considerable fluctuation between daytime and evening weather, typical of semi-desert climate. Marrakech is dry and pleasant in November with temperatures fluctuating between 50 – 70°F. Temperatures are lower in the Atlas Mountains at average of 40 – 60°F.

What should we pack?

Other than your beauty potions and customary toiletries, we recommend packing casual comfortable layers of clothing to manage temperature fluctuation of 40 - 70°F. While Moroccans are very used to western style and some tourists wear anything, modest attire covering cleavage, back and upper legs is most appropriate; of course, we would not suggest compromising on fashion creativity and cuteness. Comfortable walking shoes for Marrakech and a pair of hiking shoes/boots for the Atlas are in order, and do not forget your Yoga attire.

Can we communicate in English? What languages are spoken?

Moroccans speak a mixture of Arabic, Berber, French, and many also speak English and Spanish, particularly in the larger cities like Marrakech and the tourism areas. It is always a good idea to learn a few key phrases in Arabic to show appreciation for their culture. Start with please “aakef”, and thank you “shukran”.

What is the currency and customary payment options?

More established shops will take credit cards (Visa and Master Card preferred, American Express often times not accepted), but most smaller markets, street vendors, and cabs transact in cash. The Moroccan Dirham goes for roughly 9 Dirhams per 1 Dollar. Be ready with the local currency by exchanging currency at the US airport. While you can also use Euros and withdraw Dirhams from ATM machines in Marrakech, machines are sometimes not readily available or functioning.

Should we negotiate pricing when shopping?

Absolutely. Bargaining is part of the art and enjoyment of shopping in Morocco. If after negotiating you do not feel you are getting a fair price, walk away and you will likely hear the shop owner calling you back with his best offer. If you are not willing to spend $1,000+ on a Moroccan carpet, do not enter any carpet shop, even if the salesmen attempts to lure you by offering tea…. Just say “LALALA”. Nope.

Do we need electric converters?

Yes. As in Europe, Morocco uses 220 voltage.

Is Morocco safe for women travelers?

Yes, Morocco is safe for female and all visitors. If you have never visited the country, the old cities’ alleys and market may be intimidating. After taking couple of strolls and getting your bearings, you will likely feel up to exploring. As it is the case with travel to any country, one must practice caution and common sense. This includes not wearing expensive looking jewelry, not flashing large sums of cash in public, keeping a good hold on cell phone and cameras, and staying aware to avoid pickpocketing. We recommend using a zipper cross body bag for comfort and worry-free exploring. Never accept tours offered by eager guides in the city streets – while the intention is usually to lure you into shops where the guide gets a commission, don’t go; take advantage of our Renovad guided tours, or use GPS and sense of direction to explore on your own. Hiking in the Atlas is best with a guide; our itinerary includes an Atlas hiking tour.