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· OUARZAZATE · TOUBKAL · IMLIL · SKOURA ERFOUD · AGADIR · OUALIDIA · CASABLANCA · TANGIER · BOUMALNE DADES · MERZOUGA
La Palmeraie, Marrakech
Imlil & Toubkal
Le Grand Sud â€“ The Moroccan Desert
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Many thanks for your interest in our holidays to Morocco – this fascinating country offers discerning travellers a unique and wonderfully exotic contrast to traditional northern European destinations and is the perfect place for a short break or longer tailor-made itinerary. Located on the south western shores of the Mediterranean, Morocco offers a wonderfully mild climate, warm winter sunshine, combined with diverse landscapes from spectacular mountain scenery, to Atlantic and Mediterranean shores, to fascinating Moorish cities, Morocco offers visitors a wide range of tailor-made opportunities.Whether you seek a stylish short break or a complex multicentre holiday, our expert consultants can help you to get the very best out of your holiday. For those of you who are yet to visit, you have a unique and highly civilised treat in store. For others who have already been captivated by her spell and seek to return to experience more of this fascinating country, we would be delighted to help you to create a holiday to some of the more off-the-beaten track destinations. This extraordinary land offers visitors a unique insight into African and Islamic culture but is more complex than that. The Moroccans are immensely proud of their French heritage and historical links with Europe and delight in providing guests with warm hospitality. Morocco offers the most discerning traveller an exotic, almost seductive blend of comfort and style combined with delectable cuisine and some excellent local wines. You can feast on the cultural treasures, shop in the bustling Medina, and relax in oasis-like hotels and characterful Riads in Marrakech, Fes and Taroudant, or head in to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to experience breathtaking scenery and traditional Berber villages.The perfect complement to a city-stay is to spend a few days on the unspoilt beaches around Essaouira and Oualidia or journey south to towns such as Ouarzazate or Erfoud, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Whatever your travel plans for the coming months, we would be delighted to hear from you – please call one of our experts on 020 7593 2288 or visit www.kirkerholidays.com. A telephone call is probably the best way to start, it is far often easier than surfing websites and our personal advice could well make the difference between a great holiday experience and an endurance test.Whether or not you are planning to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, you really do deserve a Kirker holiday and we shall do our utmost to exceed your best expectations every time you book. We very much look forward to hearing from you.
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MOROCCO KIRKER HOTELS We feature some wonderful properties covering a range of styles, from small, family-run riads to the finest luxury hotels. For each hotel description we retain editorial control and are therefore able to provide you with a balanced and unbiased view of each property. To help you choose the hotel best suited to your needs, please telephone 020 7593 2288 and speak to one of our expert consultants who would be delighted to share their first-hand experience. If you would like to view photographs of our hotels, please visit our website www.kirkerholidays.com where you will find a number of images for each property. However, please remember that website photographs can sometimes provide a seductive picture that may have been taken through rose-tinted spectacles on a sunny day – speaking to one of our experts is a better way to help you select the right hotel. The following icons are used throughout the brochure to help you choose the hotel that best suits your personal requirements: Spas are increasingly popular and a great way to relax and unwind whilst away on holiday and a number of our recommended hotels offer exceptional spa facilities. The green icon indicates that the hotel has its own golf course, or a recommended course nearby which can be pre-booked by the hotel’s concierge. Many of our hotels are perfect when taken exclusively for a private party to celebrate a special occasion; quotations on request. Moroccan towns traditionally have a medina which is a large, central area of housing with narrow lanes and alleys. Because of hot weather conditions, these houses, known as riads, do not have windows on the street, but look inwards to a central courtyard with a garden. The rooms tend to be long and narrow and face onto the courtyard from the four sides of the house. As riads are in the medina areas, you should expect the street life to be boisterous and bustling; however once ensconced in your chosen riad, it will be a haven of peace and tranquillity.
PRIVATE TRANSFERS Our holidays include transfers by private vehicle with assistance on arrival and departure – instantly removing the anxiety that many experience when arriving in unfamiliar destinations. No taxi queues, no fare negotiation – just a warm welcome and a smooth journey to your chosen hotel. For tailor-made holidays featuring a range of destinations, we always include private transfers throughout. NB for some riads it is not possible for the car to drive to the entrance and guests may have to walk for the last part of the journey.
THE KIRKER CONCIERGE We aim to offer a service that is complete from start to finish, whether you would like us to recommend and book a restaurant for a celebration dinner, arrange private guided tours, we take full responsibility for the smooth running of every aspect of your holiday. All holidays to Marrakech and Fes include a complimentary private walking tour.
KIRKER TAILOR-MADE We take pride in our ability to create carefully crafted holidays designed to help you make the most of your time in Morocco.You may wish to combine an Imperial city with the outstanding natural beauty of the Atlas Mountains, or have an ‘Arabian Nights’ adventure among the dunes of the Sahara. Our brochure includes a number of suggested itineraries, however, we must stress that we offer complete flexibility. Although we are not necessarily the cheapest, we do aim to offer exceptional overall value for money and rely on our clients for repeat bookings and recommendations for our future success.
SPEAK TO AN EXPERT Our sales team has many years of experience and we make regular visits to the hotels and destinations that we feature. Clients often comment that they have seen a tempting photograph on a hotel’s website but would prefer to speak to someone with experience who knows the property, because they need to find out what it is really like.
ADDED VALUE For holidays to Marrakech and Fes we include a private walking tour with an excellent local guide – this is the perfect introduction to these fascinating cities.You will find details of special offers at many of our hotels throughout the brochure, giving you complimentary nights or room upgrades. We speak to our contacts to negotiate the very best offers and prices every time we receive an enquiry.
KIRKER GUIDE NOTES We are proud of our knowledge of the destinations we feature and have prepared some useful Guide Notes to Marrakech giving invaluable information on restaurants, bars, museums, shopping, markets and sightseeing. The Kirker Guide Notes will be sent to you with your travel documentation – please do ask us if you would like a personal restaurant recommendation, our Kirker Concierge would be delighted to book a table on your behalf.
GROUND ARRANGEMENTS ONLY If you have already booked your own flight tickets, we would be happy to book all other aspects of your holiday, e.g. transfers and hotel accommodation. Prices are quoted immediately and include breakfast, tax and service at the hotel, plus transfers and Kirker extras such as private walking tours.
GROUPS & INCENTIVES If you are taking a group away to celebrate a special occasion, or if you would like help planning an incentive reward for your staff, we would be delighted to assist. Morocco has a number of smaller properties which can be taken exclusively for smaller groups. Please telephone Enrique Novella or Alex Carey on 020 7593 2283.
PRIVATE JETS If you are planning to celebrate a special occasion in style, why not consider taking a small group of friends on a private jet holiday? When compared to full fare scheduled airline tickets the cost is surprisingly inexpensive; you can depart from your local airport, avoid the usual security and immigration queues and travel at the time that suits you. For further details please telephone Ignacio Foley or Dominic Rossi on 020 7593 2283.
MOROCCO Morocco is the perfect destination for a tailor-made holiday; year round warm, sunny weather with a unique heritage combining French, Arab and Moorish cultures as well as spectacular scenery including both Mediterranean and North Atlantic coastlines.Those seeking culture should head for Marrakech or Fes with their fascinating architecture and exotic medinas offering great shopping opportunities in atmospheric souks.We highly recommend a private walking tour with one of our expert local guides and include them in all holidays to these destinations. Only a short drive from Marrakech and you will be in the heart of the Atlas Mountains – ideal for walking and the perfect contrast to the busy city. Close to Fes lies the ancient Roman city of Volubilis and the Imperial city of Meknes.The Atlantic seaboard has long stretches of beach punctuated by quaint ports such as Essaouira, the bustling resort of Agadir and the small city of Oualidia with its lagoons and exquisite pink flamingoes. We offer a range of carefully chosen riads as well as stylish 5 star hotels and can recommend a number of excellent restaurants where you can enjoy delicious French Arab cuisine.
Approximate driving times: Marrakech - Ouirgane or Imlil
Marrakech - Ouarzazate
Marrakech - Essaouira
2 hrs 30 mins
Marrakech - Agadir
Marrakech - Taroudant via Tizi N’Test
3 hrs 30 mins
Marrakech - Casablanca/Oualidia
Marrakech - Fes
Fes - Casablanca
3 hrs 30 mins
Fes - Erfoud
6 hrs 30 mins
Fes - Tangier
Ouarzazate - Zagora
2 hrs 30 mins
Zagora - M’hmid
Ouarzazate - Erfoud
Ouirgane - Taroudant
Essaouira - Agadir
2 hrs 30 mins
TAILOR-MADE ITINERARIES We are delighted to offer a choice of two classic tailor-made Morocco itineraries that have proved very popular with Kirker clients.We can highly recommend combining Marrakech with a few nights in either Fes or Taroudant – the Kirker team of Morocco experts would be delighted to discuss your personal requirements – just telephone 020 7593 2288 for further details. 4 NIGHTS MARRAKECH PLUS 3 NIGHTS FES
4 NIGHTS MARRAKECH PLUS 3 NIGHTS TAROUDANT
A sublime combination of the style and magic of Marrakech with the Imperial elegance of Fes.
The buzz of Marrakech combined with the relaxed peace and quiet of the Moroccan countryside of Taroudant.
• Flight with Royal Air Maroc from London Gatwick to Marrakech.
• Flight with British Airways from London Gatwick to Marrakech.
• Transfers by comfortable air-conditioned private cars to and from airports and railway stations throughout.
• Transfers by comfortable air-conditioned private cars to and from airports, and from Marrakech to Taroudant.
• 1st Class Rail from Marrakech to Fes.
• Four nights in Marrakech at the charming Riad Kniza, located in the heart of the city with small swimming pool, roof terraces and delicious home cooking.
• Four nights in the heart of Marrakech at the delightful Jardins de La Medina with private gardens, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa. • Three nights in Fes at the charming Riad Maison Bleue with swimming pool, spa and a delightfully relaxed atmosphere.
• Private walking tour in Marrakech.
• Private walking tours in Marrakech and Fes.
• Three nights at the hotel Dar Zitoune, located two kilometres from Taroudant, set in four acres of gardens with swimming pool.
• Flight with Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca to London Heathrow.
• Flight with British Airways from Agadir to London Gatwick.
Price from £1,248 per person including breakfast, tax and service.
Price from £1,338 per person including breakfast, tax and service.
MOROCCO MARRAKECH With its pink terracotta walls, the scent of orange blossom and jacaranda lined boulevards, this colourful city cannot fail to leave a striking impression on visitors. Marrakech has a unique, hedonistic quality that will enthral and delight with snake charmers, singing and dancing water sellers in the Mediaeval bustle of the Djemaa El Fna Square – this is surely one of the last great ‘out of this world’ experiences. 4 Naoura Barriere *****
1 Villa Des Orangers ***** Deluxe This stylish, boutique hotel is located close to the medina and offers guests a magical oasis-like quality where you can relax in peace and tranquillity away from the madding crowd. A member of Relais & Châteaux, this is a Kirker favourite; it has been beautifully restored with great taste and the original elegant Islamic features highlight the astonishing skill of the craftsmen who created the exquisite plasterwork around the colonnaded courtyards. There is a swimming pool and sun terrace where the excellent restaurant serves dinner by candlelight in the evening and a complimentary light lunch is served in one of the courtyards. There are 27 beautifully furnished bedrooms and suites and another small rooftop swimming pool. 3 night price from £880 per person. SPECIAL OFFER 1 November – 31 March: 7 nights for the price of 5 saving £394; 15 June - 11 September: 3 nights for the price of 2, saving £197.
2 Four Seasons Marrakech ***** Deluxe Recently opened, this exceptional hotel is located opposite the Menara Gardens, a 10 minute taxi ride from the medina and is perfect for those looking to factor some relaxation in to their Marrakech experience. It has tranquil, landscaped gardens with fountains and waterways and a number of private cabanas around the two beautiful swimming pools – perfect spots in which to recharge after a morning in the souk. The 139 bedrooms are sumptuously furnished in a contemporary style and many have balconies and terraces with views of the distant mountains. There are several restaurants offering a range of cuisine from Moroccan to Mediterranean, and whether you want a light snack or a gastronomic experience you will be served delicious food with impeccable service. Facilities also include tennis courts, an extensive spa and a kids’ club offering a wide range of activities. 3 night price from £1,124 per person.
3 La Mamounia ***** Deluxe The best known and probably the oldest hotel in Marrakech, La Mamounia reopened in September 2009. It has retained its striking architectural features, including ornate mosaics and wood carvings and these combine with sumptuous Moorish furnishings. There are now 207 bedrooms and three private riads in the grounds. An enormous spa has been added, and there are four restaurants, a beautiful indoor pool and a large heated outdoor swimming pool and three tennis courts. The extensive gardens remain remarkably tranquil given that the Koutoubia Mosque and Djemaa El Fna Square are only 10 minutes’ walk away. 3 night price from £1,298 per person low season, £1,425 per person high season.
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Set outside the city walls a 10 minute stroll from Djemaa El Fna Square, the Naoura Barriere provides a resort style haven away from the hustle and bustle of the medina. A member of the Lucien Barrierre group the hotel displays comfortable contemporary furnishings and traditional Moroccan style. The 86 rooms and suites, all with private terraces, focus on the large outdoor swimming pool with cushioned sun loungers around the periphery. There are two restaurants: Le Wardya is a relaxing poolside eatery where breakfast is served and Fouquet’s Marrakech takes the form of a traditional Parisian brasserie where one can enjoy dinner or a light lunch. Le Nuphar bar is an ideal place to unwind, as is the U-Spa Barriere with its state-of-the-art facilities. For family holidays the 26 Riads ranging from three to seven bedrooms are perfect and each has a private pool. 3 night price from £832 per person low season, £868 per person high season.
5 La Sultana **** Deluxe This boutique hotel sits on the medina square overlooking the Saadien tombs. Created from four adjoining riads, the owners have taken immense trouble to renovate the striking architectural features and have decorated throughout with great style. The 12 bedrooms and nine suites are air-conditioned. The outdoor swimming pool is located in one of the colonnaded atriums and there is also a large, stylish rooftop terrace with a plunge pool, sunbeds, a bar and a unique open-air cooling system. An excellent Spa centre has also been installed. 3 night price from £969 per person low season, £1,079 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 24 November – 19 December, 16 June – 15 September: 4 nights for the price of 3 OR 7 nights for the price of 5 saving up to £360.
6 Riad Farnatchi **** Deluxe Located in the oldest part of the city, this beautiful riad consists of three ancient houses and has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel offering superb service in elegant surroundings.The nine suites combine Moroccan style with a contemporary twist.There are a number of lounges and outdoor sitting areas as well as a rooftop garden where dinner can be taken and a dining room which is perfect for cooler weather.The riad also features a hammam and a jet stream swimming pool. 3 night price from £886 per person low season, £998 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 14 November – 15 December, 8 January – 24 February: 4 nights for the price of 3 saving up to £158; 2 June – 27 July: 5 nights for the price of 3 saving £288.
7 Riad Joya **** Deluxe This is an exquisite boutique riad with just seven suites and is located in the heart of the medina, a few steps from the Djemaa El Fna Square. The minimalist design is something not seen in the city before, and the cuisine is of the highest quality. The owner is a highly respected Italian hotelier and he has assembled a charming team, focussed on delivering outstanding service. Guests can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast on the wonderful roof terrace with its far-reaching views; experience the peace and quiet of the library or indulge in a traditional Moroccan bath and scrub in Joya’s exclusive hammam. No TVs in bedrooms. 3 night price from £749 per person low season, £837 per person high season.
MOROCCO 8 Riad Kniza **** Deluxe
11 Riad El Cadi **** Superior
Just inside the medina and Bab Doukala, this delightful riad has 11 rooms and is located five minutes from Djemaa El Fna Square. The charming owner speaks excellent English and is justifiably proud of his house which he and his family have created with just the right blend of comfort, elegance and style. An excellent Moroccan breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace where you can enjoy spectacular views. There are characterful lounges on the ground floor; a small swimming pool in the centre of a pretty courtyard and a beautiful indoor pool have recently been added. Riad Kniza is not suitable for children. 3 night price from £734 per person low season, £798 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 15 June – 10 September: 5 nights for the price of 4 OR 7 nights for the price of 5, saving up to £188.
The El Cadi is a unique property and one of the finest traditional riads in the city. It is elegantly decorated in great style reflecting the former owner’s remarkable knowledge and enthusiasm; his unique collection of antique textiles, furniture, ceramics and ancient Islamic treasures are still on display throughout. Several riads have been authentically restored to create this charming hotel; on the ground floor there are a series of connecting courtyards and facilities include a small swimming pool with a jet stream, a hammam and an extensive rooftop terrace. There are just 12 individually furnished bedrooms. Located five minutes’ walk along narrow medina streets to the famous Djemaa El Fna Square. 3 night price from £647 per person.
12 Es Saadi ****
9 Les Jardins De La Medina **** Deluxe The discreet entrance door and reception hall give no clue to the delightful courtyard gardens of this charming hotel. Created by combining a number of private houses, the architect has taken great trouble to preserve the character of the original buildings. There is a restaurant where they serve a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, adjacent to the characterful bar – both with an outside terrace overlooking the gardens. The hotel’s swimming pool (heated in Winter) is neatly tucked away in the heart of the gardens surrounded by tall palm trees and exotic plants. Guests can enjoy the excellent views over the medina from one of the many rooftop terraces. There is a fitness centre, a hammam and beauty salon and 36 bedrooms. 3 night price from £698 per person low season, £849 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 9 November – 10 December, 4 January – 4 February, 14 June - 22 July: 4 nights for the price of 3 OR 7 nights for the price of 5 saving up to £162.
In the leafy Gueliz area of Marrakech, yet only 15 minutes’ walk from the Koutoubia, this 1950’s built hotel has long been a firm favourite with English and French guests. Run by the charming Elizabeth Bouhlal, many of the staff have worked here for years. Although a little dated, the Es Saadi retains a high proportion of repeat clientele who enjoy the friendly service, the delicious food, and the excellent swimming pool and spa facilities. The owners have created a new ‘suites only’ wing and a number of private villas in the extensive gardens, each with its own pool and 24 hour butler service – rates on request. In the grounds there is a casino and a stylish nightclub, both of which are served by an entirely separate driveway – the nightclub has been created from a former theatre and is sound-proofed. 3 night price from £629 per person low season, £698 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 6 January – 6 March, 8 June – 4 September: 7 nights for the price of 5 saving £120.
13 Riad Noga **** This charming riad is located in the heart of the medina, just six minutes from Djemaa El Fna and has been created from two adjacent buildings. It is decorated using traditional fabrics and furniture and has a relaxed, informal atmosphere. There are three roof terraces where Fatima’s delicious home cooking is served, and plenty of sun loungers and areas to relax and read, including a covered ground floor courtyard where the Noga’s parrot keeps visitors entertained. There is a small swimming pool and just seven air-conditioned bedrooms. In addition, there is a ‘little riad’ close by with two rooms, a terrace and a private courtyard. Highly recommended. 3 night price from £669 per person low season, £718 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 15-31 July: 4 nights for the price of 3, saving £98.
Jardins De La Medina
10 La Maison Arabe **** Superior Owned by Prince Ruspoli, La Maison Arabe was one of the first riads to open, offering all the facilities that you would expect to find in a hotel whilst preserving the character of the original private home. Air-conditioned throughout, there is an excellent restaurant and bar and 17 bedrooms, many with either shared or private balconies. Guests are offered a complimentary tea every day and excellent service is provided by their charming staff. It is located on the edge of the medina, close to historical sights and souks and is just five minutes’ walk from the Koutoubia and Djemaa El Fna Square. A heated swimming pool has recently been added. The hotel has an excellent cookery school with classes taking place every day - further details available on request. 3 night price from £739 per person low season, £819 per person high season.
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MOROCCO LA PALMERAIE, MARRAKECH This area covers 46 square miles and is approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Marrakech.The grove consists of gardens and orchards and contains no fewer than 150,000 date palms. It is delightfully tranquil and is home to some of Marrakech’s most beautiful hotels. Palais Namaskar ***** Deluxe Set in amongst 12 acres of greenery and lakes and only 25 minutes from central Marrakech, the Palais Namaskar has established itself as the premium resort in Marrakech’s Palmeraie region. The architectural symmetry and smooth stone colonnades are in keeping with many luxury Moorish properties. The 41 rooms consist of deluxe rooms, suites and villas. Deluxe rooms and junior suites are beautifully furnished each with its own enormous terrace with outdoor heated Jacuzzi reached by crossing a ‘harmony pond’. A vine covered archway opens on to patios of the secluded one bedroom villas each equipped with private pool and garden and the three palaces, each perfect for family celebrations. There is a state-of-the-art spa on the premises and both restaurants Le Namaskar and La Table d’Antoine overlook the inviting outdoor pool. 3 night price from £1,238 per person.
Jnane Tamsna **** Superior This stylish property has an idyllic, oasis-like atmosphere that has been created by its owners Gary and Meryanne Loum-Martin. Jnane Tamsna is very much in tune with the local environment and your hosts are keen to provide guests with a relaxing atmosphere which is sympathetic to the local ecology. The main house has a striking Moorish design with high ceilings, a central courtyard, and pergola terraces where you can relax and enjoy the tranquil gardens. The eight acres shelter 24 bedrooms divided between five villas. There are five swimming pools and a tennis court. Guests are encouraged to stroll around the gardens where vegetables are grown for the restaurant and where date palms, indigenous shrubs, flowers and trees grow, including the famous Argan tree whose oil has become so sought after. Please ask for details about special themed literary and cooking packages. 3 night price from £943 per person. Kirker clients staying 4 nights from Sunday to Thursday receive complimentary lunch each day (offer excludes school holidays).
Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa ***** This luxury boutique residence lies in the heart of the Palmeraie region, a mere 15 minute taxi from Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna Square. The 28 guest rooms, suites, villas and pavilions are beautifully laid out amongst five acres of well-kept gardens and patios adorned with colourful flowerbeds. All rooms are decorated in traditional Moorish style with modern furnishings; junior suites have a terrace looking out towards the garden and outdoor swimming pools. For those looking for a more private experience, the one bedroom pavilions have their own private courtyard and garden or families can enjoy one of the luxury villas equipped with beautiful gardens and private pools. There are two restaurants; ‘La Pergola’ serves light lunches by the pool and ‘Maroliano’ offers fine Moroccan and Italian cuisine. The state-of-the-art hammam and spa is an ideal place to relax and experience traditional Moroccan treatments. 3 night price from £884 per person low season, £924 per person high season. SPECIAL OFFER 10 January – 18 February, 22 June - 26 August: 4 nights for the price of 3 OR 7 nights for the price of 5, saving up to £288.
private excursions in and around marrakech Prices are per person based on two people sharing and include a car and driver (where appropriate), an English speaking guide and collection and drop off at your hotel. THE HIDDEN SIDES OF MARRAKECH (half day): See the Koutoubia Mosque, the World Heritage protected Fountain of Chrob and architectural features; finish in the traders’ quarters of the medina: £35 HANDICRAFT AND SOUKS (half day): An afternoon insight into souk and medina cottage industries, dyers, tanners and jewellers; ending in the famous Djemaa El Fna Square: £35 KASBAH DU TOUBKAL (full day): A wonderful mountain retreat overlooking a Berber village, the Kasbah has some breathtaking views. Go up to the Kasbah from the village on the back of a mule and savour the location: £125 (including lunch, please note that alcohol is not served). ESSAOUIRA (full day): Visit this charming seaside town, visit the battlements, the friendly medina and the charming old port: £80
WHAT’S INCLUDED •• •• •• •• •• •• Jnane Tamsna
ALL KIRKER HOLIDAYS TO LA PALMERAIE INCLUDE A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF MARRAKECH
Return flights Return private car transfers Accommodation including breakfast A private city tour Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides or a table for dinner.
Prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices.
MOROCCO MARRAKECH COUNTRYSIDE
IMLIL & TOUBKAL
The spectacular views across the rolling plains towards the Atlas Mountains make a very striking contrast to the bustling centre of Marrakech. Bab Ourika and Tigmi both offer complete tranquillity with easy access to the city.
Imlil and Toubkal are small hamlets about 90 minutes’ drive from Marrakech heading towards the Tizi N’Test mountain pass and Agadir.We recommend that you find time to visit the Berber villages; perched on the mountainside, these ancient settlements have excellent views over the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
The Capaldi **** Deluxe This luxurious country retreat was created by Ed and Tara Lyle who came to the area on holiday and were so taken with the tranquillity and beauty that they decided to stay. It is a 45 minute drive from downtown Marrakech and nestles between the Agafay Desert and the foothills of the Atlas Mountains - Lake Lalla Takeerkoust is close by. It is the perfect complement to a stay in the city for those looking to relax but the many activities on offer in the surrounding countryside will also appeal to the more adventurous. The owners are wonderful hosts and take great pleasure in sharing their intimate knowledge of the area. The hotel sits in four hectares of manicured gardens and has 23 bedrooms, an excellent restaurant, an atmospheric roof terrace, two large swimming pools (one heated in winter), a spa with traditional hammam and a small cinema. 3 night price from £798 per person.
Kasbah Bab Ourika **** Superior Bab Ourika has a majestic setting on a plateau in the Ourika Valley and offers wonderful sunsets and panoramic views of snow capped mountains, traditional Berber hamlets and lush river valleys, yet is only 45 minutes from Marrakech. It is constructed from compacted earth and is one of the country’s most eco-friendly properties – thick walls negate the need for air-conditioning and solar panels provide hot water and underfloor heating. All 15 bedrooms are beautifully decorated in rustic style, using traditional Moroccan furniture and fabrics; all have wonderful views and some have terraces and fireplaces.You can dine on the garden terrace or in the colonnaded restaurant and pass your time enjoying a book and a drink in one of the cool internal courtyards or by the secluded swimming pool. Walking, trekking, horse riding and skiing can be arranged as well as visits to the weekly Berber market in Tnine Ourika and to local horticultural farms. Due to the rugged terrain around the Kasbah, access is by 4x4 vehicle. 3 night price from £739 per person.
Kasbah Tamadot, near Imlil ***** Deluxe Opened in 2005 and a Kirker favourite, this stunning property is perched high up on the side of a valley in the Atlas Mountains, and just an hour from Marrakech. Originally the private home of the antiquarian, Luciano Tempo, Kasbah Tamadot is owned by Sir Richard Branson. The entire hotel has been extended and refurbished retaining many of the wonderful original antique ceilings and furniture to create a magical retreat for discerning clients. The 27 bedrooms and suites including nine luxury berber tents all have superb views; there is a large heated infinity swimming pool which overlooks the valley and the river below, a spa with indoor pool and a great restaurant. The Kasbah Tamadot combines perfectly with Marrakech and Taroudant. 3 night price from £1,186 per person low season, £1,298 per person high season. Kasbah Tamadot
Le Village du Toubkal, near Imlil **** Le Village has a tranquil setting at the feet of the Atlas Mountains, close to the village of Imlil and on the edge of the Toubkal National Park. It has a simple, rustic design in typical Berber style and offers exceptional views of the mountains from the six bedrooms and from the vast terrace. Activities include cooking classes, visits to nearby villages and trekking in the High Atlas. There is also a spa offering a range of natural treatments. 3 night price from £726 per person.
Kasbah du Toubkal (a village guesthouse)
Kasbah Bab Ourika
This simple, characterful property located in an unspoilt village is a striking contrast to the Bohemian hotels of Marrakech. Discerning travellers who enjoy gentle walking and prefer to seek out parts of the country away from the usual tourist areas will delight in the unpretentious charm, relaxed atmosphere and exquisite mountain scenery. 3 night price from £839 per person.
Please note both the Village du Toubkal and the Kasbah du Toubkal cannot be accessed by car. Luggage is transferred by mule and clients must walk 10-15 minutes uphill.
TAILOR-MADE ITINERARIES Morocco is the perfect destination for a longer holiday where we can create a tailor-made itinerary combining two or more regions. Here are some suggested itineraries which will show you Morocco’s wonderfully varied landscapes and cultures at their best. All our itineraries include private car transfers throughout.
2. Marrakech & the Atlantic Coast: seven nights – Four nights Marrakech (Riad el Cadi), three nights in Essaouira (Ocean Vagabond): price from £998. Follow a stay in Marrakech with three nights overlooking the sea in this charming seaside town. Fly to Marrakech and back from Agadir with British Airways and private transfers throughout.
1. Atlas Discovery: nine nights – Four nights Marrakech (Riad el Cadi), two nights Atlas Mountains (Le Village du Toubkal) and three nights Taroudant (Dar Zitoune): price from £1,398. Enjoy great views of the Atlas Mountains whilst staying in Marrakech; then travel to Imlil on the mountain flanks; journey through a spectacular mountain pass to end in Taroudant for a relaxing finale.
3. Glimpse of the North: eight nights – Three nights Tangier (Le Mirage), three nights Fes (Riad Fes) and two nights Casablanca (Le Doge): price from £1,698 per person. Discover three aspects of Morocco: Colonial Tangier, Imperial Fes and cosmopolitan Casablanca. Flights with Royal Air Maroc from Heathrow and private transfers throughout.
MOROCCO LE GRAND SUD – THE MOROCC AN DESERT
Stretching from the High Atlas Mountains to the deserts and oases of the Saharan south, Le Grand Sud is the perfect complement to a stay in the Imperial cities of Marrakech and Fes. It is certainly off the beaten track and is blessed with diverse and beautiful scenery and has much to offer.You will travel through mountain passes, rolling plains interspersed with lush palmeraies and Berber villages en route to the golden sand dunes of the Moroccan Sahara.
SKOURA Situated just 40 kilometres from Ouarzazate along ‘the route of 1,000 kasbahs’, Skoura is a delightful palm grove. The perfect rural retreat to break your journey between Erfoud and Marrakech, you are within easy reach of picturesque Ait Benhaddou. Dar Ahlam ***** Deluxe
OUARZAZATE A scenic six hour drive from Marrakech passing over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass brings you to Ouarzazate.Wide boulevards lead to the centre of a small town; its characterful streets used on numerous occasions by the film industry, marking the start of the road of a 1,000 Kasbahs. From here the desert and mountains are equally accessible through this ever changing terrain. Direct flights to Orly leave Ouarzazate twice a week, making it possible to linger over the French connection a little longer on your departure from Morocco.
Far from the madding crowd, the Dar Ahlam (House of Dreams) is gaining international acclaim as a beautiful and tranquil retreat offering sensational comfort and superb service. The five acres of gardens include a large heated swimming pool and are surrounded by palm groves and have a spectacular backdrop of mountains. There are eight suites in the main building and three private one bedroom villas in the grounds (no telephones or televisions in the rooms).The cuisine is superb and prices include full board and just about anything you desire from four-wheel drive excursions to a relaxing massage.
Berber Palace ***** Located 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of town, the Berber Palace has long been the hotel of choice for the various Moroccan and Hollywood film crews who have made use of the immense landscape. The hotel has, in return, benefited by donations of a wide array of props now displayed throughout the public areas. The 260 rooms are all spacious with a classical Moroccan design (junior suites are recommended for small private terraces), and the requisite hammam can be found tucked away behind a spacious outdoor swimming pool area. This is the perfect place to break your journey into the desert.
PRICE INFORMATION All quotations for ‘Le Grand Sud’ will be tailor-made to match your requirements; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 or see your travel agent for advice and the latest prices. We always include private car transfers with assistance between destinations.
ERFOUD Erfoud is situated to the east of the High Atlas and is the gateway to the Saharan region.The best approach is from Er Rachidia through ‘old’ Erfoud; you are greeted by sights and scenes from the ‘Arabian Nights’ as Kasbah walls rise from the sand. A noted centre for fossils, Erfoud’s main raison d’etre, however, is as a base for visiting the dunes. Kasbah Derkaoua *** The Kasbah Derkaoua is 20 kilometres from Erfoud, near the dunes at Merzouga and was built using traditional materials such as pise (a melange of straw and mud which provides wonderful insulation). Simple but charming, there is a pretty swimming pool and accommodation is in rooms in the main building as well as in more spacious bungalows. Sunrise or sunset excursions to the dunes can be arranged as well as overnight bivouacs.
Approximate driving times are as follows: Marrakech - Ouarzazate Marrakech - Skoura Ouarzazate – Boumalne Dades Boumalne Dades – Merzouga Ouarzazate – Merzouga Boumalne Dades – Merzouga
3 hrs 3 hrs 2 hrs 3 hrs 30 mins 5 hrs 30 mins 3 hrs
MOROCCO MERZOUGA The town of Merzouga is an hour’s drive from Erfoud and is situated on the edges of the Sahara Desert. From here, your camel will take you on the short journey into the dunes for your overnight experience Merzouga Bivouac (tented accommodation) The Bivouac Tent gives you a unique experience where you sleep under the stars in the desert, surrounded by sand dunes.You will arrive by camel at sunset and your tent will comprise of a permanent bed, a fan and private facilities. Dinner and breakfast are prepared on site by local Berbers and served on your own private patio lined with Moroccan rugs. At the end of your stay, your transfer driver will collect you and take you to your next destination. Merzouga is closed during the hotter months of July and August.
BOUMALNE DADES The small town of Boumalne Dades lies at the end of the Dades Valley and is a comfortable day’s drive from Merzouga via the Todra Gorge. Xaluca Palace ***** Set on a hill overlooking the town, the Xaluca has 110 traditionally furnished bedrooms and a welcoming swimming pool and terrace where you can relax and unwind after your journey through the ever changing scenery of the Atlas Mountains.
THE CARAVAN ROADS Departing from and returning to Marrakech, this private threenight excursion takes you east through the Atlas Mountains to the dunes of the Sahara Desert. Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the pass of Tizi n’Tichka and experience breathtaking scenery of local villages along green valleys all the way to the pre Saharan regions. Stop to explore the beautiful UNESCO protected Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou used as a set for many films. After lunch, pass the city of Ouarzazate and head south towards the Saharan mountain ranges of the Anti-Atlas to Agdez. Dinner and overnight at the Riad Lamane in Zagora. DAY 1: MARRAKECH - ZAGORA
Leave Zagora and cross the beautiful oasis of the Draa valley and then the Reg Desert of Jebel Saghro. Stop for lunch in Alnif before reaching the legendary Saharan town of Rissani from where camel caravans used to start their long journeys across the Sahara desert. Continue to the edge of the Reg Desert to Merzouga where the Saharan sand dunes begin. Dinner and overnight in a private camp in Merzouga. DAY 2: ZAGORA - MERZOUGA
After breakfast, drive across the Saharan plains to the valley of Todgha, considered as one of the most beautiful in the South of Morocco. In the afternoon, continue to the valley of the Dades and the town of Boumalne. Dinner and overnight at the Xaluca in Boumalne Dades. DAY 3: MERZOUGA - BOUMALNE DADES
Stop in the city of Ouarzazate for lunch before crossing the Atlas Mountains back to Marrakech. Price £798 per person to include transportation, private guides and all meals. DAY 4: BOUMALNE DADES - MARRAKECH
Oualidia is a sleepy village, three hours drive from either Marrakech or Casablanca.We recommend a few days here as part of a tailor-made itinerary. It is situated on the Atlantic coastline yet sheltered from the ocean by sand banks that have formed lagoons often used by flamingoes on migration.
The old Kasbah town of Agadir was toppled during an earthquake many years ago. Never rebuilt, it remains a place from which to contemplate nature’s power and to view the ocean.‘New’Agadir stretches out along the bay and is a modern, attractive resort which flanks a vast sandy beach. It benefits from a year round temperate micro-climate akin to the Canaries. Nearby places to visit include Taroudant and Immouzer-Des-Ida-Outanane (once the site of a French Foreign Legion outpost).
La Sultana **** Deluxe La Sultana Oualidia is a luxurious haven built up against the cliffs and looking out over the waters of the lagoon. Although new, it has been designed in the style of a Kasbah, solidly crafted by local artisans using stone and natural materials. The 11 bedrooms are decorated in a modern, Mediterranean style. They are spacious and have a terrace, jacuzzi and sea views. There are attractive gardens, a restaurant and an excellent spa with an indoor swimming pool, sea-water jacuzzis and a number of treatment rooms. 3 night price from £1,098 per person.
C ASABLANC A Although it is no longer the romantic city portrayed in the 1942 film, as a central point from which to discover Morocco, it is ideal.Whilst here, you must visit the new Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco. Le Doge **** Deluxe At the heart of the city lies a collection of Art Deco houses erected by the French and one-by-one these are slowly being restored. Le Doge is a fine example and opened in 2011 after three years of renovation. Located a few steps from the Sacré Coeur Cathedral, it has just 16 bedrooms, each dedicated to a famous personality from the 1930s such as Ernest Hemingway or Coco Channel, and has the feel of a stylish and intimate townhouse with an abundance of Art Deco features. It is a member of Relais & Chateaux and has a fine restaurant, a spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and hammam, and a rooftop garden with fine views over the city. 3 night price from £849 per person.
Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort **** Superior Built in the Kasbah style of the region, the Sofitel has a prominent position on the beach, just a short distance from the heart of the resort. Spacious and comfortable, there are 273 large bedrooms and a well equipped fitness centre with an enormous swimming pool measuring 1,800 square metres. Other facilities include a private beach, a stylish Indian restaurant for the evenings and a Moroccan/Asian restaurant specialising in fish. 3 night price from £749 per person.
Timoulay **** Superior The Timoulay is situated only 500 metres from Agadir’s wide Founty beach and is a boutique hotel with 58 rooms which are spacious and furnished to a good standard and face the town or the pool. The style is contemporary Moroccan fused with more traditional Berber elements which is shown best in the traditional Moroccan lounge with its intricate Moorish detail, and brightly coloured cushions. The hotel also features the ‘Ayour’ restaurant serving à la carte Moroccan and international cuisine. The hotel is centred around the large outdoor swimming pool where they have created an elegant split-level sun terrace complete with day beds, parasols and sun loungers. Also at guests disposal is a small spa, fitness room and hammam. 3 night price from £798 per person.
MOROCCO TAROUDANT Located just 50 minutes from Agadir airport, this delightful town, founded in the 11th Century, has distinctive red ramparts which surround the old town. Formerly a seat of power under the control of various dynasties, the town is presently known for its production of olives and argan oil, as well as the manufacture of handicrafts.With its attractive medina and busy souk it is now an ideal destination for either a brief stay or for a longer break. It is a short drive to Agadir and the coastal beaches.The Massa Nature Reserve and the rock paintings around Tafroute are also easily accessible. La Gazelle d’Or ***** Deluxe This stylish hotel is located on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Taroudant; it is beautifully run by Madame Bennis and has a welldeserved reputation for offering excellent service that inspires clients to return time and again. There are 26 cottage style suites and one maison set in mature gardens, each providing discreet privacy – this is an ideal place in which to relax and unwind. The price includes buffet breakfast and dinner each evening. The extensive gardens include an outdoor swimming pool, health and beauty treatments, two clay tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a small riding stable and 200 acres of organic orange groves and farmland. The nearby Massa Nature Reserve and the Atlantic beaches are just 50 miles away. 3 night price from £1,498 per person.
Dar Zitoune **** Superior Located just two kilometres outside Taroudant on the road to Agadir, the Dar Zitoune (house of the olives) with its imposing entrance gate and enchanting four acre gardens offers charming service, great food and simple but comfortable accommodation. Opened in 2005, it was purposefully built in a traditional Berber style. The impressive entrance leads you into a vast dome-shaped lobby and onwards to the garden filled with orange, olive and palm trees. There is a large 20 metre swimming pool (heated in winter) and 14 air-conditioned bungalowstyle rooms which are set on one level stretching around the side of the hammam and the spa building. The restaurant offers very good European and local food which can be served by the pool, in the garden or in the intimate restaurant with its log fire. 3 night price from £687 per person.
TAILOR-MADE ITINERARIES These destinations combine perfectly with Marrakech to make exceptional multi-centre holidays. See pages 5 & 9 for some suggestions or call 020 7593 2288 to discuss your personal requirements. All our itineraries include private car transfers throughout.
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Return flights Return private car transfers Accommodation including breakfast Private walking tour (Fes only) The services of the Kirker Concierge to book expert local guides or a table for dinner Prices are based on sharing a double room (single supplements on request). All quotations are tailor-made and fluctuate depending on departure date; speak to an expert in our reservations department on 020 7593 2288 for advice and the latest prices.
ESSAOUIRA This charming seaside town is just over 100 miles west of Marrakech. Originally a fortified emplacement created by the Portuguese in the 15th Century, it is now a delightfully unspoilt town with a reassuring lack of modern bars and clubs – little has changed since Orson Welles directed his film Othello here in 1952.The wide, sandy beaches are just five minutes’ walk from the town walls and for much of the year the cooling sea breeze helps to ensure that the climate is relatively mild.The port is still a working harbour with repairs and construction being undertaken and there are a number of excellent fish restaurants. It has one of the last authentic markets frequented by relatively few tourists. L’Heure Bleue ***** A member of Relais & Châteaux, L’Heure Bleue is a luxurious riad set in the heart of the medina and a short walk from the port. Without doubt, this is the most elegant hotel in town and is furnished throughout with taste and restraint. There are 35 bedrooms, all superbly decorated in a contemporary, yet distinctly Moroccan style. One of the few places in Essaouira to have a solarium and heated swimming pool on its terrace as well as a billiard room, it also offers a varied menu which combines French and Moroccan cuisine. 3 night price from £839 per person.
Villa de l’O **** Deluxe Perfectly situated on the edge of the beautiful medina, the Villa de l’O offers magnificent views towards the bay of Essaouira and is only five minutes’ walk from the beach or the fine Moroccan souks. This 18th Century riad is in the traditional style and subtly combines stone, sculpted wood, beautifully made fabrics and unique design. The 12 rooms are complemented by hand made furnishing and decorations and the most modern of facilities. The internal courtyard is the perfect place to relax and sip a cooling mint tea and even has a retractable electric roof which lets sunlight into the building. The rooftop terrace offers some of the best views in Essaouira and breakfast is served here in fine weather. The spa ‘L’Ôsmose’ and hammam offers traditional Moroccan massages and treatments. 3 night price from £739 per person low season, £798 per person high season.
Ocean Vagabond Guest House *** Superior The Ocean Vagabond is a delightful property just a stone’s throw from the medina. It overlooks the sea and is modern in construction yet decorated throughout in charming Moroccan style. It is ideally placed for either exploring the old town or for indulging in watersports. The 14 bedrooms have either sea view or medina view and most have terraces or balconies. One of the few hotels in Essaouira with a swimming pool, there is also a supervised private beach with a restaurant which is 800 metres away; there is also a restaurant at the hotel. Massage and other treatments are available. 3 night price from £726 per person.
MOROCCO FES One of the Imperial cities of Morocco, Fes is more discreet than Marrakech and needs to be explored to discover the wealth that it contains.The medina hides a thousand treasures, from historical buildings and small private palaces, to the traditional industries that take place. Fes is an ideal base from which to visit the surrounding areas taking in Meknes,Volubilis and the more mountainous countryside further to the south and east where you will discover a lake district, cedar forests and Barbary apes.
private excursions in and around FES Prices are per person based on two people sharing and include a car and driver (where appropriate), an English speaking guide and collection and drop off at your hotel. 9TH CENTURY FES CITY TOUR (half day): ‘The oldest and largest Mediaeval city in the world’, there is untold wealth to be discovered – starting with the world’s oldest university: £35. 14TH CENTURY FES CITY TOUR (half day): Visit the parts of the city built by the Merinid dynasty including the Jewish quarter and cemetery and finishing in a museum housed in a 19th Century palace: £35. MEKNES AND VOLUBILIS (full day): Starting at the Imperial city of Meknes and its monuments, continue via the holy city of Moulay Idriss to the Roman city of Volubilis in the countryside before returning to Fes: £80
TANGIER The most important town in the north of Morocco, it is the perfect place from which to explore the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts as well as the Rif Mountains which hide pretty towns like Chefchaouen.The weather in the region is pleasant with higher temperatures usually abated by Atlantic breezes.We would be pleased to arrange private excursions to points of interest nearby. Le Riad Fes **** Deluxe This elegant riad has been expertly restored and decorated by the owner to a very high standard and is a delightful place to stay. There is a swimming pool, a hammam and a roof terrace where drinks and meals may be taken whilst enjoying the wonderful views of the medina. There are 26 bedrooms located around three different patios and each is furnished with great care, some in a traditional style and others more contemporary. The main courtyard has a grand piano which talented guests are encouraged to use! Located at the edge of the medina, Le Riad Fes is ideally situated for exploring this wonderful city. 3 night price from £698.
Riad Maison Bleue **** Deluxe This elegant riad hotel was created by the careful restoration of a 19th Century private residence and now offers a relaxed and stylish retreat from the hustle and bustle of the ancient medina.The 18 rooms and suites are beautifully decorated in traditional style and there is a pretty swimming pool situated in the courtyard of the riad. Restorative treatments are available in the excellent spa. Well liked by Kirker clients, the welcome here is always warm and friendly. 3 night price from £719 per person.
Riad Al Bartal **** Mireille and Christian Laroche have created a characterful and reasonably priced guest house just inside one of the Babs (city gates).With two rooms and five suites, adorned by paintings by a local artist, the riad offers comfortable and relaxed surroundings in which to enjoy good but unpretentious food. The rooms have no telephones or televisions and guests tend to socialise whilst enjoying the excellent hospitality of the charming owners. A popular hotel so we recommend that you book well in advance. Prices are based on suites. 3 night price from £519 per person.
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Le Mirage **** Superior Located 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Tangier, close to Cap Spartel where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, Le Mirage has a spectacular setting overlooking a vast sandy beach (steps lead down to the beach from the hotel’s gardens).The 25 bedrooms and suites all have terraces and many, like the pleasant piano bar and restaurant, overlook the sea. This is an ideal place for relaxation – there is a swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna and the beautiful beach is not easily accessed by the public so is always quiet. July and August are extremely popular and therefore we recommend you book well in advance. 3 night price from £898.
FLIGHT INFORMATION Direct flights from the UK to Morocco are as follows: Flights to Marrakech (for Marrakech, Ouirgane, Essaouira, Oualidia): Heathrow: British Airways (daily except Tuesday, Thursday) Gatwick: British Airways (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday); Royal Air Maroc (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday); Easyjet Stansted, Bristol: Easyjet Manchester: Thomsonfly, Easyjet Birmingham, Luton: Thomsonfly Luton, Stansted: Ryanair Flights to Agadir (for Taroudant): Heathrow: British Airways Gatwick, Manchester: Thomsonfly Gatwick: Easyjet Dublin: Aer Lingus Heathrow: Royal Air Maroc (connecting in Casablanca) Flights to Fez: Stansted: Ryanair Heathrow: Royal Air Maroc (connecting in Casablanca) Flights to Casablanca (for Casablanca and Oualidia): Gatwick: Air Arabia Heathrow: Royal Air Maroc Flights to Tangier: Gatwick: Air Arabia Heathrow: Royal Air Maroc British Airways Club Europe from £224 Royal Air Maroc Business Class supplement available on request
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crossing or international rail departure. Except where otherwise stated in our brochure or on our website, we regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so. Data Protection For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, Kirker Travel Limited is a data controller. Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect personal data held by us. This information will be passed to the relevant suppliers of your holiday arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them and to other third parties who need it to enable us to provide your holiday (such as credit card companies and banks), or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. Other than in relation to government/public authorities (over whom we have no control), we will take appropriate steps which are intended to ensure that anyone to whom we pass your personal data for any reason agrees to keep it secure and only uses it for the purposes of providing their services. If we cannot pass personal data to the relevant suppliers or any other third party as applicable, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to fulfil your booking. In making your booking, you consent to personal data being passed on to the relevant suppliers and other third parties. When travelling outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We would also like to store and use your personal data for future marketing purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or other marketing material) unless you have told us that you do not wish us to do so. Full details of our data protection policy are available on our website and on request. Publication date September 2013 ©2013 Kirker Travel Limited
OUR RANGE OF HOLIDAYS FOR DISCERNING TRAVELLERS SHORT BREAKS
The Kirker Italy brochure features destinations from Venice to Sicily and from Puglia to the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Lucca. Our expertise can cater for your every need; we offer opera and concert tickets, entrance for festivals, museums and special exhibitions and tailormade itineraries combining countryside and city hotels with high speed trains, car hire or the Orient-Express.
Our comprehensive brochure covers India from Shimla in the North to Cochin in the South and has a broad choice of hotels from converted palaces to characterful homestays. The dedicated Sri Lanka section highlights the many attractions of this fascinating island which can be combined in a tailor-made tour. Call our experienced sales team for further guidance.
CULTURAL TOURS & MUSIC HOLIDAYS
Our Cultural Tours programme is designed to appeal to a broad range of clients who enjoy travelling with like-minded companions and will be of particular interest to anyone who is curious about art, architecture, gardens, archaeology or history. Destinations include Italy, Spain, Romania, Russia and Albania. Our Music Holidays feature escorted visits to Europe’s leading festivals including Sibelius and Schubertiade, as well as a selection of our own festivals on land and sea.
Our new French brochure features classic city breaks to Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, Monaco, Strasbourg, Cannes and Lyon and tailor-made holidays to Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley, Champagne, Burgundy, Provence, LanguedocRousillon and the idylic island of Corsica. We feature simple family-run hotels up to the grandest palaces and châteaux.
Our Southern Africa brochure features a range of short break options and longer tailor-made itineraries. As well as including the pick of hotels and guesthouses in outstanding locations such as the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route, our programme includes game reserves, Zulu and Boer War battlefields,Victoria Falls, Botswana,Zambia, Namibia and Mauritius.
Spain offers a great climate and a wonderful range of music, art and architecture; all perfect ingredients for a wonderful short break. The Phoenicians, Romans and Moors all left behind an extraordinary legacy. Experience this fascinating country on a tailor-made holiday, designed to reflect the diversity of this fascinating country.
Holidays to 60 classic cities and relaxing rural locations throughout Europe and beyond. Our Short Breaks brochure features a range of over 500 selected hotels and we can create any tailor-made itinerary to two or more destinations. Each Kirker holiday is created to suit your personal requirements with travel by air, rail, OrientExpress, Eurostar or overnight sleeper combined with private guided tours, opera tickets, museum passes or a table at a Kirker recommended restaurant.
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