Marrakech and Flowers of the Atlas Mountains (RHS Package)
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- The dazzling blue of the Majorelle garden
- The rugged beauty of the Atlas Mountains
- Gardens both ancient and modern
- The aromatic delights of the Nectarome
- Luxurious surroundings and great food at Jnana Tamsna
The timeless city of Marrakech has an enduring appeal, with low-rise pink and red buildings set against the magnificent backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas mountains.
Of all the wonderful gardens here, Majorelle is perhaps the best known and a favourite of ours. It is the former home and garden of French painter Jacques Majorelle, who came to Marrakech in the 1920s. The late Yves Saint Laurent renovated the garden; and the painter’s studio here has since been transformed into the Berber Museum, which has an amazing collection of decorative arts.
We dedicate a full day to the High Atlas Mountains, where we are treated to a fascinating overview of Moroccan flora and important plant areas as we pass through verdant conifer woodlands. We also visit a permaculture garden at Dar Taliba, a boarding house in Ourika. Girls from Amazigh villages can continue their formal education here while valuing their own traditions.
Back in Marrakech we visit the exciting new gardens that are being created here, including Le Jardin Secret, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and the André Heller garden. The heady scents of North Africa greet us at the Nectarome bioaromatic garden – the aromatic delight will stay with you forever.
We depart from London on a direct flight to Marrakech. On arrival in Marrakech we transfer the short distance to Jnane Tamsna where there will be time to relax or take a stroll in the garden. This evening we meet our hosts Meryanne Loum-Martin and Gary Martin for drinks and canapés in their home and a welcome dinner in the Jnane Tamsna gardens.
After breakfast, we visit the oasis gardens cultivated by Gary and explore with him the khettara water harvesting tradition whose vestiges are still evident in the Palmeraie. Meryanne will show the architectural and design elements of Jnane Tamsna and how they are integrated with the gardens. Later we will visit Majorelle Garden, the former home and garden of the French painter Jacques Majorelle. The painter’s studio within the garden is now the Berber Museum, which has an amazing collection of decorative arts and artefacts.
After some brief rest and relaxation at Jnane Tamsna we go to the Agdal area of the Medina for dinner.
After breakfast, we travel to the High Atlas Mountains. Our day-long tour will begin with a visit to a private garden on the road to Ourika, followed by a tour of André Heller’s Anima Garden. Shady paths lead the visitor between sumptuous trees and shrubs, in a garden filled with blossom. We enjoy lunch at the Jardin Bio-aromatique and visit to the fragrant delights of the Nectarome before a visit to the permaculture garden at Dar Taliba. The boarding house in Ourika offers girls from Amazigh villages the opportunity to continue their formal education while valuing their own traditions.
We will return to Jnane Tamsna for dinner.
We spend the morning visiting Marrakech gardens, beginning with El Badi Palace. The original building is thought to have consisted of 360 rooms, richly decorated with marble and gold. We continue to El Bahia Palace. There is a 2-acre garden with rooms opening onto sunlit courtyards, planted with cypress, orange trees and jasmine and furnished with wells and fountains to provide a sheltered and private space. The afternoon is free to explore Marrakech at your leisure.
In the early evening we will have cocktails at the Kasbah Bab Ourika, which has a spectacular location in the Ourika Valley, before returning to Jnane Tamsna for dinner.
After breakfast, we depart for the ‘souks’, the labyrinth of stalls and shops that offer myriad crafts, spices and other items for sale. Lunch today will be at the Maison Arabe, a luxurious and elegant hotel with its own lush gardens. In the afternoon, we will plunge back into the Medina for a special visit to the Jardin Secret created by Tom Stuart-Smith.The riad includes two courtyards, the larger of which has been restored as an Islamic paradise garden, reflecting the pure geometry and Koranic symbolism of its progenitors.
In the evening we enjoy a gala dinner with music and entertainment at Jnane Tamsna.
After breakfast, we transfer to Marrakech Airport for the return flight back to London.
- 5 nights at the Jnane Tamsna Hotel – dinner, bed & breakfast
- Welcome drink & 3 lunches
- Visits to Majorelle Garden, André Heller’s Anima Garden, and Tom Stuart-Smith’s Jardin Secret
- Services of Tim Upson, RHS Director of Horticulture, as tour manager
Supplements per person
- Single room supplement: £500.00
- Insurance: £39.00 (under 65); £78.00 (65–74); £117.00 (75–90)
Departure points and times
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