He is known as the founder of modern Morocco and ascended the throne aged 27 years, after the death of his 2 brothers. His reign survived for 55 years, during which time he named Meknes the capital of the Kingdom, in Moulay Ismail undertook construction of the Grand Palace in Meknes, gardens, a monumental gate and several Mosques. The Mausoleum is a peaceful and spiritual resting place for the Sultan — one of the few sacred sites in Morocco. The shrine is a masterpiece of design, decoration and colour.
The site chosen was former Palais de Justice courthouse. Although a plain exterior, there is a series of 6 austere peaceful courtyards leading to the Tomb Hall. From here a door leads to the sanctuary tomb — completely renovated in the s by King Mohammed V, and where the Sultan is buried.
Lunch will be in Meknes and after lunch we will visit Volubilis. Next there is your walking visit at Volubilis. Volubilis developed from the 3rd century B.
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It grew under Roman rule in the 1st century A. The Roman city fell to local tribes in c. Inhabitants, Roman Christians and early Islamic settlers, continued for the next years.
During Roman occupation, Volubilis was the powerful ancient capital and the administrative centre of the province in Roman Africa, called Mauretania Tingitana. Its economic prosperity was based on agriculture, especially wheat and olives. By the 11th century Volubilis had been abandoned, after the seat of power was relocated to Fes. The ruins remained intact until the earthquake in Other prominent ancient landmarks are public and private baths and the amazing Triumphant Arch, built in A. Volubilis is also known for the rich and preserved mosaics and more than temples dedicated to Roman Gods.
Our journey now continues to Fes, approx. After a restful night and a tasty Moroccan breakfast in your charming Riad, today you will begin a full-day Heritage tour of Fes, with your expert Grand Moroccan Adventures local Fes travel guide, whom you will meet here in your Riad. It is an ornate city gate and is the main western entrance to Fes el Bali, which is the oldest walled part of Fes and was founded as the capital of the Idrisid dynasty — to AD.
Mellah is a walled Jewish quarter of a city in Morocco. The Mellahs of Morocco primarily evolved as the Jews migrated to Morocco after being expelled from the Iberian Peninsular during the Spanish Inquisition.
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Then we visit Borj Sud, a military Monument built in the 16th century by Sultan Ahmed El Mansour, together with other military buildings i. Situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, located an hour and half drive from Erfoud. This private camp offers spacious luxury tents with a sense of comfort and prestige.
Enjoy your special night under the stars at this beautiful Oasis in a premium tented camp. Experience a camel ride at sunset in the most enchanting Sahara Desert.
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Your desert experience includes an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars and breakfast in the morning. Rise and shine early this morning, to board your safari vehicles to watch the sunrise over the Sahara desert. You will proceed in your four wheel drive vehicles back to Erfoud. Your regular transport will further take you through Tinghir, the scenic Todra Gorges, wonderfully sculpted by Mother Nature.
And when the A-listers are in town, this large, five-star residence is where they stay. Built glamorously on a high perch in the style of a kasbah fort , it combines facilities with high-quality service, plus plenty of authentic Berber materials, crafts and artefacts. The studios themselves are nearby, as is, just outside town, Kasbah de Taourirt — one of the fairest forts of them all. Kasbah Taourirt: a citadel set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. As far as fortifications are concerned in Morocco, this is one of the most impressive of its kind.
The Ksar consists of a group of buildings built entirely of local organic material, and covered by a rich red mud plaster. Dinner will be served at Jad Mahal. The American architect Stewart Church, who during twenty years, lived in India, imagined the sophisticated place, a subtle mixture of Indian and Moroccan architectures. Exotic, colonial decoration made of woodwork and noble materials is declined into thousand colors.
The ceilings hand painted, the ground in tinted cement, the net curtains of the terrace roof play with the breeze, the basins and fountains give to the palace a magic atmosphere. An urban oasis with a chic and refined interior, art deco style with the master touch of local craftwork, designed exclusively for the hotel. The hotel is strategically located, a short walk away from the mythical place Djamaa El Fna and cultural tourist attractions, near the famous Mohamed V Boulevard and in front of Royal Tennis Club. Majorelle Gardens: This famous garden was created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle.
The garden hosts more than 15 bird species endemic to North Africa and has an amazing collection of cacti.
Lunch at Association Amal: a Marrakech-based non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement. Their program offers women from disadvantaged backgrounds a platform where they can enhance their capacities and learn new skills.
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When you sit down to an incredible lunch in their restaurant in Gueliz you are making a difference in the lives of the women they train. Continue on with the rest of the visit:. Souks: It is a riot of colour, noise and activity; a wealthy storehouse of all the treasures of this vast and varied country. You will find all the silver merchants in one corner, all the gold merchants in another, and rows of stalls selling exclusively leatherwork, copper goods or jewellery.
The real fascination is to watch the craftsmen at work, gilding on leather, or inlaying with enamel the sheaths of ornate silver daggers, hammering out copper, embroidering silks or smoothing out the surface of cedar wood table. It is taken to refer to the custom of displaying the heads of vanquished rebels or criminals, since the square is known to be a place of public execution even up to the last century. Then it has been a centre for public meetings and even riots. At dusk, as in France and Spain, people come out for an early evening promenade especially in Rue Bab Agnaou , and the square gradually fills until it becomes a whole carnival of storytellers, acrobats, musicians and entertainers.
Dinner in a Moroccan family house including soft drinks only : it is not only dinner but a complete immersion into the Moroccan culture and family life.
A perfect chance to interact with locals and experience a truly unique evening hosted by a Moroccan family. It is the best way to learn to cook typical and real Moroccan cuisine. A must do activity, as described by those who have experienced it. The hammam consists in three rooms with different temperature and a vestiaire.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Casablanca and check-in at your hotel. You will be transferred to your hotel where you will be given time to settle in and freshen up. Founded by the Almoravids at the end of the 11th century.
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Offers up mystery and magic sitting in a lush oasis nestling at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Optional lunch, continue with sightseeing in the famous Jamaa El Fna square, the lively central square filled with acrobats, snake charmers, fortune tellers, and a parade of other entertainers, which by day is a great market place of handicraft shops but at night is a place of non-stop entertainment with a huge open-air restaurants, vibrant nightlife, sounds and colors. Here we enjoy mint tea and a henna ceremony in the home of a local family, halfway through the fertile plain of Haouz.
We stop at the weekly Berber souk held by the locals of the surrounding area. The trip proceeds along the rivers meandering at the foot of the mountains.