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Arrival at our hotel in the evening.
Our Moroccan experience starts with a full day discovering Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco. Fez has many mosques and medersas (theological colleges) including the ninth century Karouine University, whose architecture is very similar to that seen in Moorish Spain. We see wonderful mosaics and carved woodwork in Medersa Bou Ananiya, a group of buildings from the fourteenth century which also include an elegant minaret overlooking Talaa Kebira. We also visit the famous medina in Fez, which is one of the largest in the world. In its immense and confusing warren of souks there are thousands of craftsmen in their tiny shops opening onto the narrow alleyways. Noisy and pungent, hot and claustrophobic, the medina of Fez is a totally absorbing and unique experience. On the food departures we journey though the souk with our guide sampling olives, dried fruits, nuts, pastries, and other Moroccan specialities. Visit a local spice market and hear how spices are used in Moroccan dishes, see the mouth-watering variety of food on offer. Finally, our guide will take us to the Jewish District (mellah), the Royal Palace and a panoramic viewpoint over the medina.
After breakfast we travel to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. Despite the damage caused by the 1755 earthquake, this important Roman town managed to retain some detailed and very beautiful mosaics. Our next destination is sacred hilltop town of Moulay Idriss. Once forbidden to non-Muslims, the picturesque medina offers an excellent insight into traditional Moroccan life. We will visit a local family with whom we will enjoy a lunch of home cooked couscous. In the afternoon we travel on to Rabat the nation’s capital. Optional visit to the famous Mohammed V Mausoleum, Hassan Tower and enjoy a short break at the pretty walled Kasbah of Oudaias.
This morning we visit the exteriors of the impressive Hassan II Mosque, which displays the finest work Islamic craftsmen can produce, and we learn how historically important Casablanca was for Morocco. We board our train in the early afternoon for our four-hour journey to Marrakech. This wonderful experience gives us time to reflect on the historically rich North and prepares us for a completely different aspect of Morocco. There is time in the evening to stretch our legs and visit the famous Djemaa el Fna Square, around which Marrakech revolves. The name literally means 'place of death', as it was where Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, water-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, it is a place of entertainment for both locals and overseas visitors.
We set off on a guided tour in the morning (on foot) to see the spectacular sites of Marrakech. Our city guide will take us to the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian tombs, which date back to the 16th century. There is then some free time to visit the largest mosque in Marrakech, Koutoubia, and venture through the old streets of the medina to the Koranic School and the Museum of Marrakech. In the afternoon the partake in a traditional tajine cookery class. We will start in Djemaa El-Fna, before heading into the souks. Here our local host will teach us the Arabic words for all the ingredients we’ll need to cook our tasty tajine. With our ingredients in hand we proceed to the beautiful setting of a traditional Moroccan riad (house), where you will meet the family and hear about medina life. During your hands-on cooking class the chef will be giving you step-by-step instructions about how the locals cook traditional Moroccan cuisine. Famous dishes such as Moroccan salad, tajine and mint tea are difficult to make, but with a local to show you how, you’ll be an expert in no time. We’ll learn all about the key ingredients and spices needed to make it as authentic as possible, the perfect skill to take home from your Marrakech travel experience.
This morning we take the bus to the town of Essaouira for an orientation tour around this delightful old Portuguese fishing port by the Atlantic Coast. The settlement dates back to the 15th century, but the present town was constructed around 1760 by Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah, who needed a base from which to suppress a revolt from Agadir. Today, Essaouira is extremely relaxed and its whitewashed houses with painted shutters, artisan's workshops, boatyards and fishermen provide a marked contrast to Marrakech. For lunch we stop at the local market and can choose our fish straight from the stalls, we then take it to a locally resturant who will prepare it for us - it doesn't get much fresher than that! The afternoon allows time for some shopping, a relaxing walk (or camel ride!) along the beach, a walk to the harbour and ramparts or perhaps a boat trip.
Today is free to continue exploring the winding back streets and coastal ramparts of Essaouira. We transfer back to Marrakech around midday leaving time for last minute shopping in Marrakech. Other optional activities include a Calèche ride (bright green horse drawn carriage) to the peaceful Majorelle Gardens, which are decorated throughout in Indigo Blue and house a small Museum of Islamic Art. A final treat may simply be to try a hammam, a traditional Moroccan steam bath - a nice reward for our busy Moroccan experience.
For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.
7 nights 3-star hotels, some with pools, all rooms en suite
Travel by private minibus, train and local bus
Whistle stop tour of major sights
Guided explanation of all key monuments
All breakfasts are included. Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about GBP4 (USD7). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from GBP20 upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between GBP5-10 (approx. . USD8-15) depending on what you drink - so an estimate for food would be about GBP15 (approx. . USD25) a day. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices, but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.
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