Excursions from Marrakech

Marrakech City Tour
During this escorted tour participants will discover several impressive sights: First there will be a stop by The Koutoubia Minaret (the twin tower of la Giralda in Seville, Spain) the interior of the mosque is not accessible for non-muslims, Then it’s onto the Saadian tombs demonstrating Moorish architecture in its perfection. The tombs, consisting of splendid mausoleums built in the sixteenth century, were walled for some time, not to be discovered until 1917.

The Bahia Palace, Real jewel of Moorish architecture and art from the end of the 19th Century, full of History and histories about Sultan, wives, concubines, children, etc.

The morning tour will end in a guest house in the Medina where a
delicious lunch will be arranged. (in supplement)
After lunch and a light break, to better discover Marrakesh, they will enter an intricate maze of the narrow streets in the world of the souks. Protected from the sun by slatted awnings, they’ll find a variety of quarters established by craftsmen, according to a structured system of corporation. There are souks of basketwork, dried fruit, spices, clothes, wool, skins, Berber carpet, leatherwork, ironwork, jewelry Then comes the famous Djemaa El Fna Square. This traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Souss region, the High atlas and the South, has become the heart of Marrakech.

The tour will end in the Ben Youssef Medersa that was the Islamic college of Marrakech. The building of the Medersa as it is now was constructed around 1565. It is the largest Medersa in all of Morocco.

Marrakech Garde
Enjoy an oasis of exotic plant life and beautiful gardens in the desert city of Marrakech during this 3.5-hour excursion to the city’s Majorelle and Menara Gardens. Explore the intriguing history of Majorelle Garden, learning about its French-influenced architecture and connection to iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent. Then head to olive groves and orchards of Menara Garden.

Cooking Class
You are invited to discover a culinary world very different from your home kitchen! Recipies, traditional compositions, utensils made of pottery…all these elements are part of the traditional Moroccan cuisine still alive in the countryside of Morocco.
An experienced lady from the village will instruct you on the different steps to get your own dish cooked. Every single dish has got its own taste though the ingredients are the same!!!

ESSAOUIRA
After breakfast in your hotel, leave towards Essaouira (Ex-Mogador): Behind its purple ramparts and inside its whitewashed medina with blue doors lies a city that has been influenced by various cultures (Berber, Carthaginian, Portuguese, Arabs, others). Tour of the medina, the ramparts, the Scala, the marquetry craftsmen carving thuya wood inlaid with ivory; the fishermen’s port, the silver jewellers, the Mellah Jewish quarter, the art galleries, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah museum. Enjoy some time in the golden beach!!!

Ourika Valley
Participants will depart Marrakech towards Ourika: a lush oasis of vegetation in the foothills of the magnificent Atlas Mountains. Despite it being so close to Marrakech, this beautiful green valley is one of the most pristine valleys in Morocco.

At Aghmat, on the way, discover an abandoned village. All that remains is the original construction of Moatamid BenAbbad’s mausoleum, a prince and Andalusian poet captured during the conquest of Seville in 109. After returning to the main road, we will travel approximately

1.8 miles further south to a trail that leads to “douar” (village) of Ouriki. The lively souk here really comes alive on Mondays!

The Ourika River pierces the foothills of the Atlas making the valley green with orchards and terraced crops. This beautiful valley is also punctuated by a string of small douar homes. Lunch will be served in a restaurant in the Valley.

Ourika´s atmosphere and unique décor is sure to impress! There will be ample time to enjoy this till 16h30pm time to be transferred back to Marrakech

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