EXCURSION FROM RABAT
The capital of the nation. This city in many ways is what you would expect: elegant in its spacious European in self conscious in its very civilized modern ways. Our visit begins in the Medina with the Kasbah of the Oudayas. Visit the venerated Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Hassan Tower, the Mosque, and the ramparts and walls of the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace.
Sightseeing tour of Casablanca. “Principal city in Morocco and capital in all but administration” Casablanca is now the largest port of the Maghreb – busier even than Marseille, the city on which it was modelled by the French. Including visits to the central market, the Habous district, the old medina, the church, the Royal Place, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa with an exterior visit of Hassan II great Mosque. The Corniche in An Diab (coast line).
Situate at long the Atlantic coast, visit of the Portuguese occupation. Sea food lunch at the cornich in Sidi Bouzid.
Dating from the 9th century, modern Fès remains a beautiful city with a still intensely living medieval old town, protected by UNESCO for being the only one of its kind in the world. Visit the Souks with their myriad of craftsmen, the tanneries, the Karaouine Mosque and University, to mention a few.
Meknes, were it not for its proximity to Fes, would be a highlight of
Morocco. As it is, it tends to be overshadowed by its larger neighbor to the east. Meknes is, like Fes, a former capital of Morocco, although at a much later point in its history. Within a great system of triple walls – 25 miles in length – it is especially noted for its beautiful gates (« Bab » in Arabic)- considered to be among the most beautiful gates – and among the best preserved – in the Islamic world. Not to be missed among its many monuments – many built from columns and capitals plundered from nearby Volubulis – are Imperial the Stables and the Tomb of Moulay Ismail (the sultan responsible for turning Meknes into a Royal City), an active shrine to which women flock from all over Morocco to ask for his blessing or barakha.
Even for world-travellers who have seen their share of Roman ruins, the ruins at Volubulis are particularly compelling.
The site is extensive. You see not only the major public monuments, but you get a sense of the typical residential quarters and how the city actually functioned – which it did, in fact, until well into the 18th century – when the city was plundered to build Mèknes. The ruins at Volubulis are also well-regarded for the number of original and very impressive mosaics that are still in site.
The best time to visit the site is in the calm of early morning, before it is overwhelmed by busloads of European tourists.
Marrakech discovery. This is the second oldest imperial city known as “the pearl of the south” With the the Saadians tombs, the Koutoubia tower, the Bahia palace, and the Menara Gardens………
In the afternoon, exploration of the colourful souks and the Djema El Fna square with various entertainments.