Marrakech is an intoxicating destination for all the senses, and the city and its surroundings are also home to a number of remarkable gardens. In the company of our own David Wheeler, we shall explore some of the finest – from the famous Jardin Majorelle, created by Yves Saint Laurent, to several private gardens not normally open to the public, as well as a day in the magnificent Atlas Mountains. We will be staying at the riad hotel Les Jardins de la Medina with its delightful pool. www.kirkerholidays.com/hotel/jardins-de-la-medina
Wednesday 24th April Depart Gatwick at 1510 on BA2666; arrive Marrakech at 1855.
Thursday 25th April – Jardin Majorelle Visit the garden rescued from dereliction by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, as well as the recently opened Musée Yves Saint Laurent nearby. We then visit Jnane Tamsna for lunch and take a walk through the gardens.
Friday 26th April – Marrakech Medina Walking tour of the medina with a local expert, followed by Le Jardin Secret – hidden in the old city.
Saturday 27th April – Atlas Mountains Day trip to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, including a visit to the gardens at Hotel La Roseraie, where we pause for lunch. Before returning to Marrakech, we stop at Sir Richard Branson’s magnificent Kasbah Tamadot for sundowners.
Sunday 28th April – Bahia Palace garden Morning visit to the Bahia Palace garden with an expert local guide. Free afternoon.
Monday 29th April – Private gardens Travelling outside the city again, we head to the André Heller garden. We then continue to Nectarome, a botanical garden that produces natural aromatic oils. In the afternoon, we visit the private garden of Lynn Guinness, before returning to Marrakech.
Tuesday 30th April – the Beldi Country Club This morning we visit the private garden of Prince Fabrizio Ruspoli. We then continue to the Beldi Country Club just outside the city for lunch. Free afternoon.
Wednesday 1st May – lunch at the Hotel La Mamounia Lunch at the famed La Mamounia before catching our flight home BA2667 at 1725. Arrive Gatwick 2100.
Total price per person £2,782 which includes: return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner (including wine), all transfers throughout in the company of a local guide and Kirker tour leader. For prices and availability contact Patrick Millar on 020 7593 2281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org