Casablanca and onto Marrakech
Today we travel to Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, regarded
as its 'unofficial capital'. The city is an incredible blend of
ancient and modern, with an Old Town Medina and a terrific Art Deco
New Town. The Medina is a truly remarkable place, with tiny
labyrinthine streets and tall, dusty colonial-style buildings.
Nowhere will you feel more immersed in Moroccan culture, as sights,
smells and eccentric local traders and performers all compete for
your attention. On our guided tour, we visit the Mohammed V Square,
the heart of the city which is a hive of activity 24 hours a day,
and the iconic Hassan II Mosque - an impressive sight to behold.
This afternoon, we catch the train to Marrakech, where we transfer
to our hotel for three nights, the Es Saadi. Day
11 Known as the 'Ochre City', Marrakech lies in the
foothills of the Atlas Mountains, giving it a stunning backdrop.
Our guided tour of the city's main sights includes the fortified
Old Town and modern 'new city' area, built by the French at the
start of the 20th century. We then enjoy some free time to
experience the sights, sounds and flavours of Marrakech at leisure.
The city is still best known for the Djemaa el Fna, its incredible,
bustling main square - the largest in Morocco. The square is filled
with entertainers during the day - acrobats, musicians, dancers,
snake charmers, wide-eyed story tellers and instantly recognisable
water sellers. At night the square is transformed into a huge
open-air restaurant as it fills with stalls selling all different
types of Moroccan food. The incredible aromas will no doubt prove
to be an irresistible temptation. Take any of the streets heading
north and you will dive head first into Marrakech's tantalising
souks; piles of vividly coloured cloth, spice mountains, and
herbalists with a cure for every ailment imaginable.
- Guided City Tour
- Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 11 - Breakfast