Mother-Daughter Sojourns

We are a mother-daughter owned travel company creating curated travel experiences that bring females together in exotic destinations.

 

One special type of sojourn that we offer are our mother-daughter trips. As mothers, when we were raising our daughters we were often so focused on our careers, marriages and meeting the needs of our entire family that we weren't able to spend quality time with all of our children. If your daughter is graduating from high school, now is the time to spend quality time with her before she leaves for college.  If your daughter is about to get married, take one last trip with her before she leaves home.  If your daughter is grown with children of her own, she may love time away to reconnect with you and with herself. Now that our daughters are grown, we wish we could go back in time and recapture those special moments. It isn't too late. You can schedule a special vacation for you and your daughter to ensure that you have quality time together.  

My first international trip with my daughter was when she was three months old. While I must say that she didn't have much input into our journey, she was a delightful traveler on that long-haul trip.  Since that time, we have traveled all over the world and we have found that exploring exotic destinations has strengthened our bond, given us confidence as women, and changed our worldview.

On these trips, we offer a range of experiences so that you can participate in group outings and have quality mother-daughter time alone exploring the backstreets and hidden markets. We offer a balance of experiences so that you can absorb, enjoy and understand the culture.  We also offer the opportunity to sit and chat with local mothers and daughters to understand their cultural experiences.

Marrakech

May 25-June 1, 2019

This trip is especially designed for mothers with their grown daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters or aunts and nieces. 

Overview

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!  

Who: Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, aunts and nieces.  Age 18+

Trip Length:  8 days, 7 nights

Trip Style:  Cultural & Desert

Category:  Boutique Travel

Group Size: 5-7 Mother & Daughter Couples (10-14 individuals total)

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) and lunch in a Berber village, stargazing, extra free time, cooking class, hammam (spa) experience, a surprise experience and meeting with local women.

Prices:  See Below for a Variety of Options

Our Stay

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.

To uncover some of the vast secrets of the city and discover the rich history, we will use a well-known private tour guide to visit 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 and fabrics. We will have the opportunity to discover this wondrous array of wares using both a guide as well through our own individual wanderings.

An essential part 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.

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, trek through the Atlas Mountains (easy level), 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!

Additional Information

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!

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.

Glamping

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. Each couple has their own private tent. 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!

 

Riad

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. 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 description 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;
  • pickup and transportation from the airport to the riad on the night of arrival;
  • transportation from the riad to the airport for 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 Saladin 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 mothers and daughters to explore Marrakech;
  • two nights of glamping in the desert;
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner while glamping in the desert;
  • camel riding in the desert;
  • trekking in the Atlas Mountains;
  • lunch in a Berber village;
  • guided stargazing with an astronomer in the desert;
  • private transportation to and from the desert camp for glamping;
  • 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);
  • surprise experience to be announced upon arrival;
  • all group scheduled cultural tours such as visiting ancient or historical sites;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Pricing- (All options come with private tents at the glamping site for mothers and daughters to share together.)

The Suites

The Maroon Suite 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 a 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 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 a 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 is a split-level option that has a small living area on the entry floor and a 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. ($3,600 per person)

The Red Apartment Suites

This option comes with two bedrooms with queen beds. The bedrooms open up to 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. One bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. ($3,800 per person).

The second bedroom's bathroom is located off the living room instead of inside the bedroom. ($3,600 per person). 

The Blue Apartment Suites

This option is a large apartment which comes with two bedrooms each with a queen bed and their own large private ensuite bathroom. The bedrooms are joined together by a large and luxurious lavishly decorated private living room for the two sets of mothers and daughters 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.  ($3,900 per person)

Travel Insurance

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

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 you purchase, travel insurance may pay for all or some of your cancellation fees.  

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.bThis 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.