After breakfast,Today will have a tour of the Souks of Marrakech focuses on the charity work done to help those in difficult social
situations by visiting a women's cooperative and association as part of our responsible tourism philosophy.
Will be met in our hotel or Riad for a short briefing before driven to one of the historical gates of the old city for a walkthrough the streets of Laksour quarter leading to the Souks. We will visit the women's centre Al Kaoutar which helps thosewithout any resources and in extreme poverty to learn a job and therefore earn a living. Here they learn and make highquality products and embroidery such as hand-embroidered table linens, pillow cases, pajama's, children’s clothing,
towels and napkins at perfectly reasonable fixed prices and all made at a nonprofit vocational training center. Thecenter has also a day carefacilityfor disabled women and their children. From here we will leave the Medina and driveto the modern part of Marrakech to visit the Amal Association, which is an organization that helps underprivileged singlemothers overcome poverty and social stigma by providing them with counseling, and vocational training to becomeprofessional cooks and pastry makers. Many of them who used to beg and live on the streets now work in some of themany Riads in Marrakech. After visiting the center, lunch is cooked by the ladies of the association. After lunch we will
be invited to a demonstration of Moroccan pastry making.
In the afternoon we will discover an exciting blend of modern architecture and an ancient walled medina. We will firststand by the Koutoubia Mosque with its 282 ft minaret, an architectural landmark dating back to the late 12th century.
We will visit the Badii palace built in the 16th century. Here we will admire the marvelous pulpit of the Koutoubia mosquemade in 1137 in the city of Cordoba by the best cabinet making artisans of that time. We will continue to the 19thcentury Bahia palace and discover the intricate work done by the local artisans to decorate this splendid home built bya powerful Vizir for his Harem. We will end our exploration with a stroll inside the Jewish quarter and visit the historical synagogue, SLAT LAAZAMA, built in 1492 by Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain.