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Luxury Art & Design Tours

Contemporary Art of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto, Hakone

Art Tour of France
(10 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Provence, Cote d’Azur

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona

Art & Temples of India
(18 Days)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho & Panna National Park, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai

Art, Crafts & Design of Mexico
(9 Days)
Mexico City, Oaxaca

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(10 Days)
Fukuoka, Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen, Kanazawa, Tokyo

Art Tour of Berlin, Prague & Vienna
(9 Days)
Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Prague, Vienna

Italy for Art Lovers
(13 Days)
Rome, Florence & Assisi, Bologna & Ravenna, Venice & Padua, Milan

Art & Design of Portugal
(8 Days)
Lisbon & Sintra, Porto & Douro Valley

Aboriginal Art & Culture of Australia
(9 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land

Art Tour of Switzerland
(6 Days)
Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Weil am Rhein, Zurich, St. Gallen, Winterthur

Arts & Crafts of Burma
(9 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay

Arts & Crafts in England
(8 Days)
London, Cotswolds

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp, Amsterdam with The Hague & Delft

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(13 days)
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle

Arts & Crafts of Morocco
(13 Days)
Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Marrakesh

Art & Architecture Tour of South Korea
(8 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

The Art of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Naoshima, Kyoto

Arts & Crafts of Morocco

(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Marrakesh

This exclusive, in-depth private arts and crafts tour of Morocco gives travelers the chance to meet local artisans, learn about traditional artistic practices, and shop for a wonderfully diverse array of traditional Moroccan crafts such as beautiful woven carpets, fine leather goods, intricate marquetry, elegant metalwork and high-quality ceramics.

Begin in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, with a visit to the impressive Hassan II Mosque, a showpiece of Moroccan craftsmanship on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Also visit local museums and galleries that support the city's thriving contemporary arts scene.

Continue to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco. During private touring, explore Fez el-Bali ("Old Fez") and its medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crammed with narrow streets, tiny squares and busy workshops. Meet local artisans who specialize in geometric zellij tilework and mosaics, and see leather artisans working at the city's renowned open-air tanneries. During a private calligraphy workshop, learn to write the graceful, flowing lines of Arabic script. If desired, spend a day touring major Roman ruins at Volubilis and the former imperial capital of Meknes, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites with unique design elements.

Continue to Rabat, Morocco's sophisticated seaside capital. Stroll through the beautiful Andalusian Gardens, and visit the landmark Kasbah of the Udayas, which perches on a hill above a scenic estuary. Also see French colonial architecture, and shop for some of Morocco's best carpets in the souk (market).

Continue to the High Atlas Mountains and Kasbah Tamadot, one of Morocco's most acclaimed luxury resorts. Designed like a traditional Moroccan fort, the hillside resort has beautiful grounds and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. During your stay, enjoy private visits to local Berber villages and markets, as well as a meeting with a Berber women's weaving cooperative. Also take a workshop with a master potter to learn how Morocco's distinctive conical tagine cookware and earthenware serving dishes are created.

Spend the next two nights in Essaouira, a whitewashed port and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Atlantic coast. En route, visit an argan oil producer, and learn about the unique process for creating this treasured local product. During private touring in Essaouira, explore the impressive fortifications and medina, and sample fresh seafood at stalls lining the port. Also meet with a wood craftsman to see how local thuya wood is transformed into unique marquetry boxes and other decorative objects.

Conclude with four nights in Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks, and upscale shops and restaurants. During private touring, explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace. Enjoy classes focused on traditional Moroccan stucco work, mosaics, and dyeing and weaving. See important historic monuments and districts, including the Jewish quarter, Koutoubia Mosque, and Ali ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa. If desired, also visit museums such as the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts. Take an insider tour of the vast souks where shops offer local products such as argan oil, Berber carpets and Moroccan slippers. Also visit the spice souks, which are stocked with locally harvested saffron, cumin and other ingredients, and learn about traditional plant-based medicine from a local herbalist. Relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at one of our favorite spots, and enjoy reservations at elegant restaurants in restored ryads (guesthouses). One night, explore Djemaa el-Fna, the city's lively main square, which transforms each evening into a multisensory pageant of energetic street performances and tantalizing food stalls.

Throughout the tour, there will be opportunities to visit Morocco's best insider craft ateliers to shop for one-of-a-kind finds such as boucherouite rugs made of colorful textile scraps, leather pouf ottomans in rich colors, babouche leather slippers and brass lanterns incised with arabesque motifs.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Casablanca, Morocco
Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight. Afternoon introductory tour
Day 2 Casablanca – Fez
Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon meeting with mosaic and tilework artisans
Day 3 Fez
Morning meeting with leather artisans and dyers. Afternoon private tour, including private calligraphy workshop
Day 4

Fez
Private excursion to Meknes, Moulay Idriss and Volubilis

Day 5 Fez – High Atlas Mountains
Private transfer to resort for 2 nights with crafts-focused tour of Rabat en route
Day 6 High Atlas Mountains
Half-day tour of local markets and villages, including meeting with Berber women's weaving cooperative
Day 7 High Atlas Mountains – Essaouira
Morning private pottery workshop. Private transfer to luxury ryad for 2 nights with argan oil touring en route
Day 8 Essaouira
Morning meeting with master wood craftsman. Afternoon at leisure or option for flexible touring and shopping
Day 9 Essaouira – Marrakesh
Private transfer to ultra-luxury resort for 4 nights. Afternoon private tour. Evening visit to Djemaa el-Fna
Day 10 Marrakesh
Morning medicinal herbs workshop. Afternoon private stucco class
Day 11 Marrakesh
Morning dyeing and weaving lesson. Afternoon private tour
Day 12 Marrakesh
Morning mosaics class. Afternoon flexible craft-focused shopping and touring
Day 13 Depart Morocco
Private transfer to airport in Marrakesh or Casablanca

Hotels
Casablanca:

Four Seasons Casablanca

Fez: Riad Fes or Hotel Sahrai
High Atlas Mountains: Kasbah Tamadot
Essaouira: L'Heure Bleue
Marrakesh: La Mamounia or Amanjena

Cost
$13,775 Per person (double occupancy)