May 17-24th, 2019
This trip is especially designed for women 40+ yrs old.
Marrakech, also known as The Red City due to the buildings made of red clay, was founded in 1062 and is surrounded by 12th century walls. Enter inside the walls of this ancient city and you will discover a gateway to an age-old culture. Prepare for an intoxicating assault on the senses with startling contrasts of colors, mixed aromas of musky perfumes and incense, languages peppered with Arabic, Berber and French and tasty foods influenced by the vast variety of spices from the Far East. The atmosphere is teeming with humanity and the best way to enjoy the experience is to embrace it.
Marrakech is one of our most exotic destinations that we offer and we would like to share this with you by introducing you to our favorite places. I have lived in the Middle East for over a decade and Latifah was raised there in her youth and returns to various parts of the Middle East every year. In addition, Latifah speaks Arabic fluently. We have visited Marrakech many times and we love it! Come and experience Marrakech with us- it is a destination like no other!
Trip Length: 8 days, 7 nights
Trip Style: Cultural & Desert
Category: Boutique Travel
Group Size: 8-12 Women
Accommodation: Traditional Luxury Riad inside Medina & Glamping in Tents
Activities: Cultural Tours • Majorelle Gardens • Berber Museum • Bahia Palace • El Badi Palace • Saadian Tombs • Markets • Henna Gathering • Camel Riding • Trekking in the Atlas Mountains (easy level) • Lunch in a Berber Village • Stargazing • Free Time • Cooking Class • Morning Yoga • Hammam (spa) Experience • Meeting with Local Women
Prices: See Below for a Variety of Options
We will be residing inside the walls of the traditional medina (town) so that you can immerse yourself in the culture. Our riad, a traditional Moroccan house with an inner courtyard, will provide an easy launching point for us to explore the winding labyrinth of passageways and alleys that constitute the souk (markets). At the end of a day of discovery, the riad will also provide a tranquil retreat from the chaotic rhythm of the medina. You will be staying only a short walk from Jemma el-Fnaa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as an open-air theater due to the musicians, snake charmers, belly dancers, storytellers and a variety of other characters who fill the square in the evenings creating a scene from One Thousand and One Nights.
Most mornings will begin in a leisurely relaxed manner with gorgeous sunrise views from the rooftop, a casual yoga class at our riad and a leisurely breakfast. Once showered and ready to venture out, we will begin to uncover some of the vast secrets of the city and discover the rich history. We will use a private tour guide to visit the significant sites such as the Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace and Saadian Tombs. Outside of the walls of the medina, we will take the time to savor the Majorelle Gardens which houses the intricate displays of the Berber Museum.
Shopping, not to be forgotten, will be an important activity on this trip as the souks contain a vast array of perfumes, spices, clothing, Moroccan shoes, caftans, baskets, antiques, handcrafted goods and fabrics. We will have the opportunity to discover this wondrous array of wares using both a famous celebrity guide as well through our own individual wanderings.
An essential part of our cultural experience of visiting Marrakech is a visit to a traditional Moroccan hammam (spa). This ritual dates back thousands of years and it is one that you will not want to miss. The traditional hammam massage includes a body scrub and a massage that is unlike any other due to the unusual ingredients and the different components of the ritual. You will come away feeling very clean, relaxed and refreshed.
Henna gatherings are common in the Middle East and often given for special occasions. A henna tattoo artist will join us for you to partake in this traditional custom that Middle Eastern women have enjoyed for centuries. We will also embark on a culinary experience by engaging in the preparations of the traditional dishes of Morocco with local women during a cooking class.
After the frenetic pace of Marrakech, the tranquility of the desert will be a welcomed relief. Glamping is the modern day solution for women who want to experience the ancient call of the desert but in comfort! We will embark on a journey to the desert and spend two nights glamping in tents. Our meals will be cooked by women in a nearby Berber village and brought in daily. We will dine on a communal table in shaded areas during the day and under the stars and by candles at night. We have the opportunity to ride camels, stretch under the guidance of a yoga instructor, trek through the Atlas Mountains (easy level) and have lunch in a Berber village, gaze at the stars at night under the guidance of an astrologer, play board games, and just rest and relax! The beauty and calmness of the desert is an experience not to be missed!
All tents have an attached private bathroom facility and shower and you will have the option of sharing a tent sleeping in twin beds or sleeping solo in your own tent. All meals will be made by local women from the village and brought in daily.
We will be visiting Marrakech during Ramadan. Ramadan is the month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. However, this will only enhance our visit as the souk is a little less crowded during the day. Shops open around 10:00 a.m. and close before individuals break the fast (closing about an hour before sunset) and then open back up about an hour and a half after sunset and stay open until late at night. Foreigners are not expected to fast and we can move around freely and have water with us wherever we go. We will be respecting the custom and not walk down the street eating; however, during the day the restaurants still cater to foreigners and our riad will also be cooking some of our meals for us. In the evenings, the restaurants are alive and filled and people are in an especially good mood!
The benefits of visiting during Ramadan are many. A cannon is sounded every evening to signal the breaking of the fast, special foods are served after sundown that you can only eat during Ramadan, the shops stay open until 2:00 in the morning and the souk is alive and brightly lit in the evenings.
We will be spending two nights in the Moroccan desert camping in upscale tents (glamping). All tents have an attached private bathroom facility and desert-type shower and you will have the option of sharing a tent sleeping in twin beds or sleeping solo in your own tent. Please note that wifi is not available at this camp as we are in a remote area. We will be 'roughing' it a little but when we return to Marrakech we will indulge in hammam scrubs and treatments which will wash away the desert sand!
The riad where we will be staying is located within the walls of the old medina and was awarded the Gold List Award by Conde Naste Traveller in 2017. The interior design is quite stunning and all sleeping options are suites. We have reserved the entire riad for our exclusive private use for our group. The riad is surrounded by traditional high walls creating a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere inside but only minutes away from the excitement of the souk! The rooftop provides the ideal setting for breakfast, relaxation and sunsets! The staff at the riad offer attentive and low-key service at all times. They will be happy to help you unpack or pack your luggage and offer a variety of services for your convenience. Laundry and ironing are available upon request for a separate fee.
In this traditional riad, there is a wide variety of choices of suites and prices so it is important that you carefully read the descriptions and look at the pictures under the booking option to select which type of suite you would prefer. Each option is unique and you will need to book early to ensure that you secure the suite that you feel you would be most comfortable in! Please note that there are no elevators in the riad.
What is included in the price of the Marrakech May 17th-24th trip with Femscape Sojourns?
- eight days and seven nights’ accommodations including both a private, exclusive riad in the heart of the old walled city and glamping in a luxury desert camp;
- free pickup and transportation from the airport to the riad on the day of arrival and free transportation from the riad back to the airport for your departure;
- breakfast every morning, dinner on the night of arrival and full meals during two days of glamping in the desert;
- all transportation to and from the scheduled group activities;
- private guides for our group to visit Saadin Tombs, Bahia Palace, museums and other sites of interest;
- visit to the Jardin Majorelle developed by French painter Jacques Majorelle and restored by Yves Saint-Laurent, the Berber Museum and the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Museum;
- a famous celebrity guide will give us a private tour of the various markets of the souk;
- time alone for you to explore Marrakech, shop, gather with the other women or just relax at the riad;
- camel riding in the desert;
- trekking in the Atlas Mountains with lunch in a Berber village;
- two nights of glamping in the desert;
- private transportation to and from the desert camp for glamping;
- guided stargazing with an astronomer in the desert;
- traditional hammam (spa) experience with scrubs and massage (90 minutes);
- cooking class from one of the famous cooking schools where you have the opportunity to engage in hands on cooking of the local cuisine;
- participating in the ancient art of henna tattooing during a traditional henna gathering;
- meeting with local women (details upon arrival);
- morning yoga classes on most mornings;
- all group scheduled cultural tours such as visiting ancient or historical sites;
- free wifi in the riad;
- sales tax for the Femscape Sojourns booking.
What isn't included in the price of the Marrakech May 17th -24th trip with Femscape Sojourns?
- airfare to and from the retreat location;
- any type of alcoholic beverages. This is an option that you are welcome to pursue at your own expense;
- meals that are not specifically stated above;
- optional gratuities for hotel staff, tour guides, spa employees, or other guides or instructors;
- any item not specifically listed as included.
Reservation and Payment Policy
If you would like to travel with us, please click on the BOOK button below with your deposit of 30% of the total cost of the retreat. The remaining balance is due 91 days before the first day of the retreat. If you are booking less than 91 days before the trip, the full balance is due at the time of booking. After you pay the deposit, you can create an online account and submit the rest of the payment in increments with full payment expected 91 days before the start of the sojourn. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal.
Double Occupancy - Double Occupancy Twin Bed Glamping in Tents
The Maroon Suite - This double occupancy option looks out onto a shady patio and has a bedroom with twin beds, a small private living room with chaises lounges and chairs, and an ensuite bathroom with shower and tub. The overall feel of this suite is bright and simple. The furnishings are contemporary with elements that are reminiscent of the Moroccan architectural style. ($3,500 per person)
The Noir Suite - This double occupancy option looks out onto a shady patio and has a bedroom with twin beds, a small private living room with chaises lounges and chairs, and an ensuite bathroom with shower and tub. The overall feel of this suite is bright and simple. The furnishings are contemporary with elements that are reminiscent of the Moroccan architectural style. ($3,500 per person)
The Orange Suite - This is a split-level option with the small living area on the entry floor where there will be a twin bed and the queen bedroom upstairs with the ensuite bathroom and a small terrace. The entrance to this suite is located on the ground floor and the bedroom is on the second floor. Both women will share the bathroom. ($3,500 for the queen bed and $3,300 for the twin bed)
Single Occupancy Riad - Double Occupancy Twin Bed Glamping in Tents
The Red Apartment Suites - This option comes with two bedrooms with queen beds joined by a large luxurious private living room with hand painted wooden ceilings and a fireplace and views of a pool in the center of the courtyard. There will be a twin bed placed in the living room during our stay. One bedroom is for solo occupancy and has a queen bed in it with an ensuite bathroom ($4, 500). The second bedroom has a queen bed but the bathroom for this bedroom is located off the living room instead of inside the bedroom. This individual is sleeping alone in the bedroom ($4,300). A twin bed will also be placed in the living room of this apartment and this individual will share the bathroom that is located off of the living room with the individual who is in the second bedroom ($3,300)
Single Occupancy Riad- Single Occupancy Double Bed Glamping in Tents.
The Blue Apartment Suites - This option is for women seeking a single occupancy. It comes with two bedrooms each with a queen bed and their own large private ensuite bathroom. The bedrooms are joined together by a large private living room for the two women to share. The living room has a fireplace and views of a green patio and is decorated in blue and grey tones which are complemented by the carved wooden doors and pictures. ($4,800 per person)
Unexpected events happen in life which can cause you to change your plans. We highly recommend that you obtain travel insurance. Most insurance agencies require that you purchase travel insurance within 14 days of booking your reservation. At times, depending on the type of policy your purchase, travel insurance may pay for all or some of your cancellation fees.
Trip Cancellation Policy
Cancellation charges reflect the many expenses Femscape Sojourns cannot recover if you need to cancel, even if you must do so due to a personal emergency. This policy is not meant to be punitive. Femscape Sojourns has incurred various charges in reserving your place on this journey and planning for your participation. Please note that we do not make any refunds for any unused portion of your trip, not arriving, arriving late or leaving the trip early.
- If you cancel 91 days or more prior to the first day of the sojourn, 100% of your payment can be applied toward the cost of another trip with Femscape Sojourns within the next two years.
- If you cancel 60 to 90 days prior to the first day of the sojourn, 75% of your payment can be applied toward the cost of another retreat with Femscape Sojourn within the next two years. 25% of your payment is nonrefundable.
- If you cancel 31 to 59 days prior to the first day of the sojourn, 50% of your payment can be applied toward the cost of another trip with Femscape Sojourns within the next two years. 50% of your payment is nonrefundable.
- If you cancel 30 days or less prior to the first day of the sojourn, 25% of your payment can be applied toward the cost of another trip with Femscape Sojourns within the next two years. 75% of your payment is nonrefundable.
*To cancel your trip, you need to contact us via email at Femscapesojourns@gmail.com specifically stating that you would like to cancel your trip. We will process your cancellation within 10 business days. The cancellation policy date applies from the date we receive your email request.
Information About Booking Flights
It is best to fly into Marrakech (Americans spell it Marrakesh) Menara Airport with the code RAK. A driver will pick you up from the airport and take you to the riad (boutique hotel) within the walled city. We will already be in Marrakech so you can plan your arrival anytime during the day and you will be free to explore the souk until the evening when we will all gather at the riad for dinner. We will be in touch with you after you book with additional information and we will stay in touch with you until the trip date.