After breakfast this morning we will go for a tour of Marrakech which is considered as one of Morocco’s most cosmopolitan cities and boasts a spectacular location surrounded byfarmlands and snow capped mountains including the highest peak in North Africa rising at 14,000 ft. As we start our visit thismorning we will discover an exciting blend of modern architecture and an ancient walled medina. We will first stand by theKoutoubia Mosque with its 282 ft minaret, an architectural landmark dating back to the late 12th century. We will then enter
the Kasbah from Bab Agnaou gate to visit the historical and beautifully ornate Saadian necropolis of the 16th century. Our
walk through the 12th century Kasbah and its food market, bakeries and narrow alleyways will lead us to the Badii palace builtin the 16th century. Here we will admire the marvelous pulpit of the Koutoubia mosque made in 1137 in the city of Cordoba bythe best cabinet making artisans of that time. We will continue to the 19th century Bahia palace and discover the intricatework done by the local artisans to decorate this splendid home built by a powerful Vizir for his Harem. We will end our
exploration with a stroll inside the Jewish quarter and visit the historical synagogue built in 1492 by Sephardic Jews expelledfrom Spain.
After a break for lunch we will be guided through the “Hidden sides of Marrakech” where we will admire the architectural
beauty of Medersa Ben Youssef, a medieval theological school dating back to the 16th century as well the oldest building inthe city called the Koubba of the Almoravids, a dynasty who ruled in the 12th century. From there we will start exploringartisan quarters and the colourful Souks to interact with the real life of Marrakech people. Before sunset we will be strolling inthe square of which the city is so famed, Jemaa El Fna, where hundreds of locals and tourists come to spend the end of theday watching jugglers, dancers, fortune tellers, story tellers and traditional musicians.
You may wish to stay here for dinner either on the square where you may sample street foods from simple kebabs to the mostbizarre recipes, or sit comfortably in one of the good restaurants around the square for a nice dinner before you return to your
hotel. Overnight stay