Breathtaking Moroccon experience in February 2019
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Swap the winter blues for sunny Morocco in
February 2019 from £xxxxpp
7 nights, including flights, transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, daily excurions and tours.
Morocco features both sea and mountain and is home to the full range of Mediterranean climates, which surrender to the sands of the Sahara. The country has stunning vistas and with its mix of diverse, captivating panoramas and a rich kaleidoscope of culture, Morocco is an unbeatable destination.
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Flight from London to Casablanca airport. You will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and be transferred by an air conditioned vehicle to Fes
Check in and accommodation at the Riad El Amine in Fes.
At 09h30 am, your guide will meet you at the lobby of your riad for full day guided tour of Fes:
The “nouvelle Ville” of Fez, or the new city, provides a startling contrast with Fès el Bali. Wide and elegant avenues are lined with numerous cafés and restaurants. The modern aspect of the new city highlights the economic differences of the suburbs and the city center.
This theological college, marked by its green tiled roof, is a prime example of Merinid architecture, and it's the most beautiful of Kairaounie University's residential colleges. Inside, elegant calligraphy graces the ceramic tile walls. The marble floors, sculpted cedar, and carved stucco walls—made with a concoction of plaster and egg white—have held up since this masterpiece Medersa was built in 1350. Since it is still in use, non-Muslims must depart during prayer time.
Constructed in 1913, this gate is about 1,000 years younger than the buildings behind it. It is a strikingly beautiful entry point into the old city. Painted flowers and calligraphy embellish its outer blue ceramic tiles.
The fountain at Place Nejjarine
The square, with its splendid and unusual fountain, takes its name from the Souk Nejjarine (Carpenter’s Souk) which is situated behind a wooden door in a narrow street below the square.
Lunch at your leisure
The Jewish Quarter. The main street is especially interesting with its balconies and Art Deco zellij mosaic. Most Jews in Fez (around 300) now live in the Ville Nouvelle. Visit of the Ibn Danan Synagogue, a recently restored 17th century synagogue.
Transfer back to your riad
At 10h00 am, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your riad for a tasting food tour of Fes:
You'll visit three different food souks giving you the opportunity of trying traditional Moroccan street food, including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives and more. At the honey souk you’ll be able to taste an array of delicious wild honeys, discuss their flavors and health-giving properties and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture.
You'll experience traditional cooking methods by visiting a furnatchi, where the water for the communal bath house ‘hammam’ is also heated, and a 400-year-old ‘furan’ or communal oven and bakery.
Discover the world of spices and their uses and the secrets of the male-oriented domain of the tea den under the guidance of a culinary leader and story-teller.
Morning transfer at 09h00 from Fes to Marrakech.
Check into your accommodation at the Riad les yeux Bleues
At 09h30, your guide will meet you inthe lobby of your riad for a full day guided tour of Marrakech:
The Square, Jemaa el Fna
Jemaa el-Fna, translated as the Square of the art, is the main open space in Marrakech, and as old as the city itself. Once the scene of public executions, it is now the city's cultural epicentre, thronged day and night with a carnival of local life, including snake charmers, dentists, scribes and herbalists
One of the most visited sites in Morocco is the Saadian Tombs which are accessed via a narrow passage that leads to an enclosed garden, watched over by two mausoleums that include more than one hundred mosaic decorated tombs.
The centre piece of Marrakech is the square tower of the Koutoubia minaret, attached to the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the late 12th century.
This 19th century palace was built over a period seven years for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa, there are row after row of apartments—that once housed Ahmed's harem—a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures, both in the form of Andalusian and Moorish architecture.
Lunch at you leisure
The Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef
This theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14Th century, and restored in 1564 by the saadians who made it the largest theological college in the Maghreb and a rival to the important Medersa Bou Inania in Fes.
At the heart of Marrakech, filling the alleys north of the central square, are the souks, mile after mile of tiny emporia. Every section of the souk has its own specialty, with alleys devoted to everything from spices and ironwork to the ingredients necessary for casting magic spells.
The gardens of Marjorelle
These gardens are an oasis in the heart of the city and rich with flora and fauna. Once inside the garden walls, you would never think you were in the heart of a busy city. There is an excellent café in the gardens where you can enjoy a drink or snack.
Transfer back to your riad
At 09h30, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your riad for an artisan tour in the old medina of Marrakech
Visiting the old medina allows you to witness the everyday life of Moroccans, partake of it - if you wish, try your skills at bargaining, see artisans at work, and wander through the labyrinth of stalls and artisan workshops.
Afternoon pottery workshop
Learn traditional Moroccan pottery in 2 modalities: shaping techniques and turning techniques, providing you with the basics of the two most common shaping techniques used in Morocco: molding, and the turning of clay on the traditional potter’s wheel.
You will be able to interact with popular artisans and witness their way of living.
Transfer back to your riad
Morning transfer at 10h00 from Marrakech to Agafay “ Desert of Marrakech”
Check in at La Pause in Agafay
Upon arrival at La Pause you will be rated to a camel ride, before moving on to a Berber tent to have dinner. Fires are lit and dinner and drinks are served with entertainment.
Breakfast at the La Pause and transfer from Agafay to Marrakech airport for your departure flight
Riad El Amine
Located at the entrance of the Medina, Riad El Amine is housed in a beautiful restored building with traditional decoration. It offers excellent facilities and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are comfortable and fully equipped with air conditioning, TV, en suite facilities and bathrobes. The entire riad features authentic interior design and impressive architecture.
Riad les yeux Bleues Offering an outdoor pool, Riad Les Yeux Bleus is located in the old Medina of Marrakech, just a 10-minute walk from Djemaa El Fna square. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas. Rooms at Riad Les Yeux Bleus will provide guests with air conditioning. Private bathrooms also come with a bath or shower.
La Pause is a Berber desert retreat and the rugged simplicity of this retreat is in step with the brutal but beautiful severity of the desert. Berber rugs, mud walls, lots of cushions and candles and a fireplace are the ingredients that set the style of the guest rooms. Set in a genuine Berber tent made from goat's hair, the restaurant is as it has been for hundreds of years.
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