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Morocco is a country of vivid colours, towering gorges, sweeping sand dunes and bustling, atmospheric cities – and you’ll see it all on this fantastic tour, as you follow in the footsteps of the sultans. Sweep through the desert on a 4×4 adventure, stroll through the winding streets of the medinas, venture into ancient kasbahs and view some of the country’s most stunning architectural features as you traverse its colonial cities and natural landscapes. You’ll also cook up some of the true flavours of Morocco for yourself at a cookery class and sample African hospitality with dinner in a traditional riad.
Depart on your flight to Marrakech, one of Morocco’s most dazzling cities. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers when we head to a local restaurant for dinner. Here you’ll get your first taste of Moroccan culture as you’re entertained by a troupe of belly dancers, who may invite you to join in!
After breakfast today, we’ll head for the fascinating city of Casablanca. Our sightseeing tour by coach will take in the medina – that’s the old walled town, with its crooked lanes and shady squares – and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, which is the country’s largest. We’ll also see the vast United Nations Square and the art deco-inspired Mohammed V Square, the imposing Royal Palace, the bustling central market and the Habous quarter, with its quaint French colonial buildings.
Rabat is our first destination today, known as the ‘imperial garden city’ of Morocco. Enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes the tranquil beauty of the Oudayas gardens, as well as the 12th century Hassan Tower – the minaret of an incomplete mosque – and the mausoleum of Mohammed V. We’ll then carry on to Meknes, the ‘Moroccan Versailles’, which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail, a contemporary of Louis XIV.
Embark on a walking tour of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this morning, where treasures beckon around every corner. Admire the ancient buildings, dating back to the 9th century in the company of an expert Local Guide, and explore the winding lanes, alleys, tanneries and artisan shops that make up one of the world’s largest medinas.
We’re going to hit the road early this morning, as the spectacular scenery of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara await us. After breakfast, we’ll head to tranquil Immouzer du Kandar, with a beautiful waterfall at the edge of the town, and then we’ll make our way towards the delightful ski resort of Ifrane – a rare sight in Africa – as we head into the cooler mountain climate.
This morning we’ll travel to the heart of the Atlas Mountains and pass through the rugged and imposing Dadès Gorges, carved out by the Dadès River. The ancient rock, in vivid shades of red and purple, lends a dramatic, otherworldly backdrop to this striking landscape, with an earthy red soil that rubs off on the hands and leaves the scent of the earth. The constantly changing colours here are a photographer’s dream.
Our day begins as we visit the Ait Benhadou Kasbah, the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco. Used as a backdrop in films such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and classified by UNESCO as one of the cultural treasures of the world, the buildings making up the kasbah are studded with crenulated towers and decorated with ornate geometrical motifs – it’s a sight not to be missed.
This morning we’ll make our way to Agadir, home of the largest souk in Africa, then onwards to Essaouira. Formerly known as Mogador, this small town on the Atlantic coast is home to a long, sandy beach, wide boulevards and an atmospheric medina, all enclosed by 18th century honey-hued ramparts.
Today we head back to Marrakech, where on arrival, we’ll head off on a tour of its main sights. We’ll visit the beautiful Bahia Palace, which showcases 19th century Islamic and Moroccan architectural styles and boasts 160 lavishly decorated rooms. Next we head to the Majorelle Gardens, a green oasis where we can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.
We’ll learn the intricacies of traditional cooking this morning at a hands-on cookery class with a master Moroccan chef. With its unusual combination of cultures – Berber, French, Jewish, Andalucian – Morocco is known for some incredible flavours that visitors talk about – and miss – long after they return home. In the heart of bustling Marrakech, our chef will discuss key ingredients and techniques. From rolling traditional semolina to measuring out spices for a mind-blowing tagine, we’ll learn the culinary tricks of the trade, while preparing lunch.
Today we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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