The Capital of Moroccan Style: Marrakech
October 12-17, 2020
The ICAA is pleased to partner with luxury travel-planning company Indagare to present an exclusive tour of Marrakech, Morocco. The itinerary for this trip to Morocco provides in-depth exploration of the public and private sides of the country's style capital. Guests will visit extraordinary local landmarks—including the famous medina and its souks—tour sumptuous private riads and residences, and meet with celebrated tastemakers and creative leaders.
From the windswept Desert d’Agafay to the sparkling city of Marrakech, Morocco is a seductive destination that truly has it all: glamour, romance, history, adventure and eternal allure. Highlights of this exciting tour include a visit to Villa Oasis, the former retreat of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé and the Saadien Tombs, a mausoleum of the great dynasty that once ruled North Africa.
This tour is arranged by Indagare. For further information, please contact [email protected] or 646-780-8383.
Please note that a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.
Djemaa el Fnaa
Tour participants will visit Djemaa el Fnaa in the heart of Marrakech's famous pink-walled medina. Djemaa el Fnaa is considered the busiest square in all of Africa and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Space due to it's unique role in transmitting oral history through generations.
Dinner at Villa des Orangers
This tour includes dinner at the beautiful Villa des Orangers, a Relais & Chateax hotel that displays the stunning architecture of a typical Moroccan townhouse, with verdant courtyards, tiled walls and exotic flair.
Tour participants will visit the Secret Garden, a recently restored 400-year-old complex showcasing Islamic art and architecture and garden design.
Tour participants will visit the Bahia Palace, a 19th-century palace with a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard and treasures that mix Andalusian and Moorish art and architecture.
Riad El Fenn
Participants will enjoy lunch at Riad El Fenn, the creation of Vanessa Branson and one of the most stylish riads in the city. After lunch participants will have the opportunity to shop in the property's well-curated design store.
Dar el Bacha
Tour participants will visit Dar el Bacha, an ornate palace built by the powerful Glaoui family that now contains a historical museum.
Participants will tour the opulent Saadien Tombs, the mausoleum of the great dynasty that once ruled North Africa. This treasure, which features incredible mosaic work, was lost until the 20th-century, when arial photographs revealed its existence.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Tour participants will visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, whose design was masterminded by the KO Studio team. The museum opened in 2017 to much fanfare, as the French designer regularly celebrated his love for Marrakech.
Tour participants will visit the Majorelle Garden, a gorgeous botanical garden designed by French expat artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s. There is a Berber museum and boutique on site.
Tour participants will be welcomed for a private visit to the exquisite Villa Oasis, which was once the retreat of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. This former home of Jacques Majorelle includes interiors painted by Majorelle himself as well as traditional Moroccan details such as carved plasterwork, coffered ceilings, tile floors, intricate stencil and metalwork and arched doors.
Participants will have lunch at Jnane Tamsna, a sprawling walled estate 20 minutes from the medina. This creation of Meryanne Loum-Martin, one of North Africa's most stylish women, is popular with fashion designers and celebrities for its privacy and chic décor.
Tour participants will venture into the Palmeraie to see the cactus gardens, museum and perfume laboratory of Abderrazzak Benchaabane, an ethnobotanist, humanitarian, and Marrakech's leading garden designer.
Moroccan Gastronomy Workshop
Tour participants will meet a dada (traditional cook) for a hands-on Moroccan Gastronomy Workshop and cooking class that will introduce participants to traditional Moroccan cuisine while preparing a two-course meal.
Tour participants will visit the Desert d’Agafay about 45 minutes outside of Marrakech for a tase of Moroccan desert culture. Guests will have the option of riding a camel to a dinner feast hosted in a Berber tent under the stars.
Participants will meet with architectural historian Rachel Thomann for a walking tour of Gueliz, Marrakech's up-and-coming "new city" to learn about the area's unique architectural heritage - where Art Deco, French Colonial, and traditional Moroccan design meet.
- Five nights in the Four Seasons Marrakech in a Premier Room
- All meals and activities indicated in the itinerary
- All guided touring, activities and admissions indicated in the itinerary
- Group airport and city transfers throughout the itinerary, as indicated
- Expert guides, as indicated in the itinerary