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  • Day8

    Ouarzazate, Morocco

    April 12 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Long travel day from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, Morocco's Hollywood, deep in the desert and immortalized in movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, Gladiator and Game of Thrones, to name just a few. Traveling on local roads which are challenging but even more so due to extensive road construction.

    Our route took us across the chain of Atlas Mountains with views of Berber villages along the way perched on the side of the mountain. On the far side of the mountains the scenery changed dramatically becoming semi-arid and desert-like.

    A stop along the way at a cooperative where they make and sell Argon Moroccan oil products.
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  • Day7

    Wedding Anniversary in Marrakech

    April 11 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    An unforgetable anniversary celebration!

    A horse carriage ride through exotic Marrakech to a delightful restaurant decorated as a traditional Riad. A Riad is traditional house in Morocco. It is characterized by having an inner courtyard or a garden as the central element of the building. As a matter of fact, the name comes from the Arab word 'ryad' – garden.

    Moroccan specialties for dinner - harira soup (Moroccan lentil soup), couscous and lamb tajine and tasty dessert. Entertainment included belly dancers, snake charmer, local singers and dancers performing Atlas Music....our tour director requested a special love song to be performed by the local entertainers. Certainly, a night to remember!!! 🎊🎇🎉
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  • Day6

    Rabat to Casablanca, Morocco

    April 10 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Sightseeing with a local guide to the Royal Palace, Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hassan Tower, the Kasbah of Oudaias, and the Roman Relics of Chellah in Rabat. The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is a historical building which contains the tombs of the Moroccan King and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah.

    Then to Casablanca for lunch at Rick's Cafe Americain, famous for the movie, Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingred Bergman and the song, As Time Goes By" . Absolutely scrumptuous lunch, impeccable service, unique setting.
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  • Day6

    Hassan II Mosque

    April 10 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Hassan II Mosque is a mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the 3rd largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210m. The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca. The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean; worshippers can pray over the sea but there is no glass floor looking into the sea. The walls are of hand-crafted marble and the roof is retractable. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque's outside grounds.

    The building was commissioned by King Hassan II to be the most ambitious structure ever built in Morocco. It was designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau who had lived in Morocco, and was constructed by the civil engineering group Bouygues. Work commenced on July 12, 1986, and was conducted over a seven-year period. Construction was scheduled to be completed in 1989 ready for Hassan II's 60th birthday. During the most intense period of construction, 1400 men worked during the day and another 1100 during the night. 10,000 artists and craftsmen participated in building and beautifying the mosque. However, the building was not completed on schedule which delayed inauguration. The formal inauguration was subsequently chosen to be the 11th Rabi' al-awal of the year 1414 of the Hegira, corresponding to 30 August 1993, which also marked the eve of the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birth. It was dedicated to the Sovereign of Morocco.

    Just awesome!!!
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  • Day7

    Marrakech, Morocco

    April 11 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco. The region was inhabited by Berber farmers from Neolithic times but the actual city was founded in 1062 AD. Today itis one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic center and tourist destination.

    City sightseeing tour of the 19th century Bahia Palace; 16th Century Saadian Tombs which is a large complex of lavish mausoleums and tombs created to be the final resting place for the many rulers and members of the Saadi dynasty; and Jemaa El-Fna, the vibrant town center dominated by the 222-ft high 12th Century Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret which is the symbol of Marakech. The Koutoubia Minaret is constructed of red bricks and sandstone with many ornamental details.

    Jemaa el-Fna sits at the very heart of the city’s medina and has become perhaps the most iconic image of the country itself. A sprawling, terracotta-hued square overlooked by the Koutoubia mosque tower, Jemaa el-Fna is sprinkled with colorful food stalls, henna artists, snake-charmers, monkey-handlers and bell-clad dancers. It has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and has been described as a "world famous square". It is a hneycomb of intricately connected alleyways with a dizzying nimber of stalls and shops thar range from kiosks no bigger than an elf's closet to storefronts that expand once you're inside.
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  • Day9

    Sunset over the Sahara Desert!!!

    April 13 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    In the evening, a spectacular four-wheel drive to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes near Merzouga and then a camel ride to watch the sun set over the Sahara Desert. An absolutely awesome experience!!!

    Refreshments of traditional mint tea and cookies before returning to our hotel for a late night dinner and rest before setting off again in the morning.Read more

  • Day10

    Er Rachidia & Fes, Morocco

    April 14 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Traveled northward to Er Rachidia, originally built as a French settlement, via the Ziz Gorges and the middle Atlas Mountainsto Fes. Blessed with an ample supply of water and strategically situated, Fes became the capital of Morocco when the country shook off foreign rule under Berber King Idris in the 8th century. To this day, Fes has remained Morocco's spiritual and artistic center.

    A short visit to Ifrane, a beautiful town considered the Switzerland of Morocco, a very popular ski resort located in the Middle Atlas Mountains. It’s known for its alpine-style architecture and nearby ski slopes and forests. 

    In the evening enjoyed a traditional 4-course Moroccan dinner, consisting of soup, appetizers, dates, olives, chicken couscous and Moroccan dessert. Entertainment consisted of Arabian and Bedouin music and dancing as well as a belly dancer, of course. Fun evening.
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  • Day9

    Erfoud, Morocco

    April 13 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Fascinating drive through the desert via the Dades Valley with its oases filled with dates, olive trees and figs. A stop at Todra Gorge, Morocco's Grand Canyon. Beautiful!

    Traveled to Erfoud in the heart of the Sahara where we rode to the desert in four-wheel jeeps and then go via camel to the top of a sand dune in the Sahara Desert to watch the sunset.Read more

  • Day11

    Fez to Tangier, Morocco

    April 15 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Sightseeing tour in the morning - entrance to the Royal Palace, the King's Palace with its seven grand ceramic and wood doors; enjoyed a panoramic view of the Mellah (the old Jewish Quarter); and the Bab Bou Jaloud .The Bab Bou Jeloud is a traditional ornate gate that leads to the old medina in Fes. Surrounded by high walls, the Pasha Baghdadi square connects the medina with Fez el-Jedid. On one side of the square, you can make out the Bab Bou Jeloud, a beautiful monumental gate built in 1913 and the main entrance to Fez el-Bali. It was built in the Moorish style, consisting of three symmetrical horseshoe arches. The facade is beautified by a design rich in ornamentation based on geometric, calligraphic, and floral decoration and interlaced polychrome glazed tiles, which are predominantly blue.

    Our tour guide led us through a dizzying labyrinth of winding, narrow very busy streets in the Medina (local market, shops and vendors) and Medersa Bou Inania. Due to its immense size, in 1976, it was subdivided into some twenty smaller Medinas and is now declared as a world cultural treasure from UNESCO. This was followed by a visit to the Medersa Bou Inania which was the largest school in Fez. It was founded in AD 1351–56 by Abu Inan Faris. It is widely acknowledged as an excellent example of Marinid architecture. The name Bou Inania comes from the first part of the sultan's name Abou Inan. The madrasa functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque. This is the only madrasa in Fes with a minaret. Opposite the main doorway of the madrasa is the entrance to the dar al-wuḍūʾ (ablutions house) for washing limbs and face before prayers. Left and right of the central court there are classrooms. According to history, religious leaders of the Karaouine Mosque advised Abu Inan Faris to build this madrasa. It was the last madrasa to be built by the Marinids. The madrasa became one of the most important religious institutions of Fes and Morocco, and gained the status of Grand Mosque. The madrasa was renovated in the 18th century. During the reign of Sultan Mulay Sliman, entire sections were reconstructed. In the 20th century, major restoration work was performed on the load-bearing structure, the plaster, wood and tiled decorations with Islamic geometric patterns. The madrasa is one of the few religious places in Morocco that is accessible for non-Islamic visitors. Opposite the Madrasa Bou Inania is the Dar al-Magana, a wall with a hydraulic clock that was built in conjunction to the madrasa.

    Visited Allah's Art Gallery to watch a demonstration of a craftsman/artist creating intricate designs on bronze, copper or other metals. Beautiful work. We bought a small bronze wall decoration as a memento.

    A stop at a tannery to view high quality leather products such as coats, shoes, slippers, bags, etc. and learn about the process of manufacturing these goods. All goods are produced manually without modern machinery.

    In the afternoon, we continued on to Tangier, the jumping off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain. Long day on the bus!
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  • Day12

    Ferry-Tangier, Morocco to Tarifa, Spain

    April 16 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Ferry from Tangier, Morocco to Tarifa, Spain, then on to Marbella, Spain (very pretty). Checked in at our hotel and then had afternoon and evening free to explore Marbella and enjoy some fresh seafood and local food. Enjoyed tapas and wine at local restaurant on the waterfront at sunset; then espresso martinis at rooftop bar, served in a beautifully-decorated cup. Great cocktail and great service from sweet, friendly server. She even brought a manta to keep me warm!Read more

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