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Marrakech with Architectural Digest: May 2019

Immerse yourself in the history, romance and style of Marrakech on a journey that explores design and architecture, as well as the rich culture of the desert.

What to Expect

From the wind-swept Desert d’Agafay to the sparkling city of Marrakech, Morocco is a seductive destination that truly has it all: glamour, romance, adventure and eternal allure. We will experience all of this by exploring the unique design and style of Marrakech, through special curated shopping tours in the souks and industrial neighborhoods, cooking classes and a curator-led visit to the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum. We will also be treated to a private luncheon and behind-the-scenes tour of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s estate—the Villa Oasis—and the historic Majorelle gardens.

Then, we will travel to the desert for a camel trek and a festive dinner in a tented Berber camp. Along the way, we will uncover the rich culture that makes this destination so enchanting, with the expert guidance of local guides and stylish insiders from Indagare and Architectural Digest’s combined networks. On this journey, you will be joined by Mitchell OwensAD‘s Decorative Arts editor.




  • When
    May 5 – 10, 2019
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Art Lovers , Romantics , Style Mavens

This Journey's Host

Architectural Digest is a vibrant celebration of international design talents, innovative homes and products, inspiring decorating ideas, culture, and travel. Launched in 1920 as a California trade quarterly, the magazine evolved over the years, increasing in frequency and broadening in scope until it became the byword for living well. Today AD publishes nine international editions, as well as a website, and its brand has immeasurable influence in the world of interior design and style. On this journey, you will be joined by Mitchell Owens, AD’s Decorative Arts Editor. Owens has held editorial positions at leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, and has written about interior decoration, architecture, art and landscape design for publications ranging from The World of Interiors to Out, of which he was a founding editor. Long fascinated by Islamic architecture and design, Mitch and his family spent the early 2000s living in Marrakech, at a house in the medina that they called “Dar Cati.”

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Luxury accommodations at La Mamounia, one of Marrakech's most lavish hotels
  • Guided touring of historical city sites like the Koutoubia mosque, Djemaa el Fnaa, the Yves Saint Laurent museum, the Secret Garden and the riad Dar Cherifa, among others
  • Festive group dinners at such restaurants as the Royal Mansour, Jnane Tamsa and Riad el Fenn
  • Behind-the-scenes touring of the private Villa Oasis and gardens, the retreat of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé
  • Art and design-focused touring at top galleries, museums and gardens, as well as private homes
  • Shopping in the souks
  • An afternoon excursion into the Desert d'Agafay for a camel trek, a Berber tent dinner and a musical performance

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    May 5 – 10, 2019
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 24 travelers
  • Host
    Mitchell Owens
  • From


  • All accommodations indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals and activities indicated in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, activities and admissions indicated in the itinerary 
  • Group airport and city transfers throughout the itinerary, as indicated
  • VIP airport assistance upon arrival and departure 
  • Expert guides, as indicated in the itinerary, including your Architectural Digest and Indagare hosts and our partners on the ground


  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Additional meals and alcoholic beverages (not indicated in the itinerary)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Additional activities and transfers
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

Indagare has selected the articles from our website and magazine to prepare you for your journey. Peruse inspiring slideshows, insider tips, reading lists and more.

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