Some of the world’s most special places can only be visited by special means, and Tangier, at the northern tip of Morocco, is one of them. Curated in partnership with the Indagare, experience the ultimate insider offering. In the company of ICAA president Peter Lyden and interior designer Frank de Biasi, guests will go behind normally closed doors and walls—to see the private paradises, both small- scale and large, that a constellation of leading European and American interior designers have created for themselves.
This tour is arranged by Indagare. Please note, that you must contact the tour provider, Indagare, to formally register for this program. Payment of the $600 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip.
A fully tax-deductible donation of $600 per person is required to participate in this travel program. Please note that this donation is non-refundable except in the case that this travel program is cancelled by the organization. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.
Fairmont Tazi Palace transforms a former private residence into a stylish home base for visitors to Tangier. On a hillside just west of the city’s historic center, Fairmont Tazi Palace conveniently places guests within 10 minutes of both the major sites, including the historic center and the Corniche waterfront, and the forested peaks of Cape Spartel Reserve, which towers 1,000 feet above the Strait of Gibraltar. Built in the 1920s, Tazi Palace served as a residence for one of the sultan’s chief advisors. Original architectural details showcase a romanticized, royal take on Moorish style. Like many of the city’s grandest villas, Tazi Palace was later abandoned and sat empty for decades. After a multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion, the palace has now been restored—and transformed. New structures built into the hillside create a multi-tiered resort, now home to 133 rooms and suites, which look out over Moorish-inspired gardens.
Participants will meet their Tangier hosts and fellow travelers for an introduction to Tangier’s Medina, followed by a short walk to the riad of interior designer Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer for a festive welcome cocktail followed by a dinner at a beautiful Tangier home.
Following their welcome dinner, travellers will discover the Medina and its skillful craftsmanship andgalleries - Boutique Majid, gallery Conil and Laure Welfling designs.
The group will enjoy a drive and visit to the American Legation, which not only commemorates Morocco as the first country to recognize the independence of America, but is also the oldest continuously operated diplomatic property—and the only American national landmark outside of U.S. borders. After the private tour with the in-house guide participants will enjoy lunch at the American Legation hosted by its director Jen Rasamimanana.
Travelers will enjoy a dinner with a New Zealand-born interior designer, at his villa, an ocean-facing paradise halfway up Tangier’s Old Mountain, called Gazebo.
Participants will spend a morning discovering St. Andrews English Church and Moshi Nahon Synagogue with Tangier host, Frank de Biasi and the team. During the visit participants will learn more about the current and future restorations of the cities cultural and faith institutions and plans for renovation of the Medina as whole.
Participants will dine in the treasure filled home of Moroccan antique expert in The Palace District.
Participants will spend a full day at Umberto Pasti’s oceanfront Eden, Rohuna, the world-famous garden chronicled in Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco. Rohuna has been the passion project of Italian horticulturist Umberto Pasti for decades. In partnership with a small local village, he has transplanted thousands of flora and created the Garden of Consolation, a series of botanical rooms and terraces, as well as a Wild Garden with fields of iris. Rohuna is renowned for its botanical richness, its sea views and its community integration. Participants will tour the project, meet the villagers who have transformed this area and have lunch on the exceptional property.
Tangier (image: Wikimedia Commons/Marwan Andrew)
Fairmont Tazi Palace (image: Wikimedia Commons/Travel4brews)
Tangier Medina (image: Wikimedia Commons/Travel4Brews)
Saint Andrews English Church (image: Wikimedia Commons/Cosmo45)
Church of St Andrews Tangier (image: Wikimedia Commons/KJP1)
Tangier (image: Wikimedia Commons/Aleksandr Zykov from Russia)
Tangier Beachfront (image: Wikimedia Common/Maged)
If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $600 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program.
Your $600 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.
Yes, a donation of $600 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.
You can make your $600 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.
No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $600 required donation.
For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected]. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.
Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations.
The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected].