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Approximately 12½ Hours
Medina of Marrakesh
Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include the Bandiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre., founded almost a thousand years ago, nestles at the foot of Morocco's mighty Atlas Mountains. Set off by comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach for the 160-mile , with a rest stop en route.Marrakech, founded almost a thousand years ago, nestles at the foot of Morocco's mighty Atlas Mountains. Set off by comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach for the 160-mile panoramic drive, with a rest stop en route.
Once in Marrakech, you will pass the Koutoubia Minaret -- a 12th-century Moorish monument. Visit the Bahia Palace to see the rooms that once housed the Sultan's harem.
You will also stop at the Dar Si Said Museum -- a very beautiful palace building. The museum has seen better days, so parts of it are currently being renovated. Nonetheless, the graceful architecture of the building shines through, making a visit well worthwhile. The exhibits offer details of traditional Berber culture -- an insight into the everyday life of historical Morocco. Particularly noteworthy are items from the basin of Cordoba and some large wooden doors from an old storage house in the Lesser Atlas mountain range.
Lunch is served at a luxury venue before you head to Jemaa al-Fnaa Square to mingle with soothsayers, acrobats, snake charmers and water-sellers.
If time permits, you will have free time to explore and stroll on your own at the Marrakech souk (market) before the return journey to Casablanca.
Please note: Driving time to Marrakech is 3.5-4 hours each way. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Do not take photos of military personnel without their consent.