DAY 7: Drive to Marrakech
Today we take a short drive to exotic and mystical Marrakech, an
enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High
Atlas mountains. We’ll visit the Bahia Palace with its expansive harem
quarters. Next we’ll enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, and then
explore the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah (quarter) and the
majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entering the 9th century walled medina.
As we explore the medina, we’ll stop at Ben Youssef Madrasa, a historic
Koran school, and wind our way through the serpentine labyrinth of the
ancient bustling souk, where we’ll see Moroccan craftsmanship at
its finest. In the late afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to shop
as we visit local artisan co-ops and learn about traditional Moroccan
crafts. For those not interested in shopping, you may choose to explore
Djemaa el-Fna sqaure on your own, perhaps enjoy a cup of tea at a roof
top cafe, or relax by the pool at the riad.
In the evening, thrill in the magic that emerges from heart of the
famed square, Djemaa el-Fna. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and
mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama that unfolds, as
Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers
seduce rapt crowds.
Accommodation tonight is at our charming riad inside the Marrakech medina.
Drive time: 1 hour
Meals included: Breakfast