The Capital of Moroccan Style: Marrakech

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.

Secret Garden

Tour participants will visit the Secret Garden, a recently restored 400-year-old complex showcasing Islamic art and architecture and garden design.

Bahia Palace

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.

Saadien Tombs

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.

Majorelle Garden

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.

Villa Oasis

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.

Jnane Tamsna

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.

Palmeraie

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.

Desert d’Agafay

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.

Gueliz

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.

What’s included

  • 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
Double Occupancy
$7,650
October 12 - 17, 2020
Single Occupancy
$9,250
October 12 - 17, 2020

FAQ

How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program. The contact information for ICAA tour operators is included on individual travel pages. Kindly note that the ICAA works with three different consultants for program offerings. If you are unsure which travel consultant to contact for a given program, you may email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x109

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 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.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 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.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For more information, contact [email protected] or 646-963-2234. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

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]