Morocco | The legacy of Medieval Dynasties & Imperial Cities

Ancient Volubilis, Meknes
Ancient Volubilis, Meknes
El Badi Palace, Marrakech
El Badi Palace, Marrakech
View of Koutoubia Mosque and garden, Marrakech
View of Koutoubia Mosque and garden, Marrakech
Royal Palace, Rabat
Royal Palace, Rabat
Tour Hassan Tower, Rabat
Tour Hassan Tower, Rabat
Traditional market in Meknes
Traditional market in Meknes
View of the Al-Attarine Madrasa, Fez
View of the Al-Attarine Madrasa, Fez
Tanneries in Fez Medina
Tanneries in Fez Medina

Morocco is ‘the land of the furthest West’ (the Maghreb) with perennially startling landscape, cedar forests, rolling deserts and mountains. Positioned between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, there is exoticism here created by the various influences which have washed against the north-west corner of Africa. Phoenician traders, Roman and French colonists, Islamic conquerors, scholars and traders from Andalucía have all left their marks upon this country.

  • Explore the abandoned Roman capital of Volubilis
  • Discover a land though centuries old, traditions continue to thrive
  • Catapult backwards in time in Fez, the most complete Medieval city of the Arab world
  • Visit the Tour Hassan, the unfinished red sandstone minaret of what should have been the world’s largest mosque

Themes

  • Romans
  • Medieval
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly to Casablanca and drive to our hotel in Rabat.

Hotel: Riad Fes
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Our day starts with a visit to the archaeological museum in Rabat which contains the most extensive collection of artefacts in Morocco. Next, we visit the walled necropolis Chellah, a medieval palace of burial for the royal family. A definite highlight of the day is the huge 12th century square minaret of Tour Hassan and opposite of the tower is the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Hotel: Riad Fes
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

The extensive site of Volubilis – the Roman capital of Mauretania – is our first visit this morning. Built over a Phoenician foundation, it remained greatly influenced by Punic culture, even after the Roman conquest. We drive to the nearby Imperial City of Meknes to explore the Place Hedim followed by the 14th century Bou Inania Medersa. After lunch we head to the Pavillon of the Ambassadors & Dungeons then finish our day visiting the covered markets, where you can treat yourself to sweet delicacies or some fresh olives.

Hotel: La Tour Hassan Palace
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Lying on the northern slopes of the Atlas Mountains, Fez is one of the crossroads of North African civilisation. We visit first the Qarawiyin Mosque followed by the Al-Attarine Madrasa and the Musuem of Nejjarin. In the afternoon, we visit the Mausoleum of Idriss II and after we discover the traditional tanneries – one of the industries Fez is famous for.

Hotel: La Tour Hassan Palace
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Our second day in Fez starts at the King’s Palace then onto the Museum of the Arms and the Madrasa Bou Inania. Later, we visit a synagogue in Mellah on the way to see some local potteries.

Hotel: La Tour Hassan Palace
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

A long but scenic drive awaits towards Marrakech, via the cedar forest of Azrou, which is flanked by the Atlas Mountains.

Hotel: Sofitel Marrakech
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We spend a full day in Marrakech, Morocco’s most famous city. With lots to see and experience our visits include the largest mosque in Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque, the Sa’adian Tombs, Dar Si Said Museum, El Badi Palace, Dar El Basha and the Museum of Islamic Arts.

Hotel: Sofitel Marrakech
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

Heading out of Marrakech another scenic drive to Tin Mal, a small village deep in the High Atlas Mountains. Here we’ll find the remains of Almohad Mosque. Aside of its architectural and historic importance this UNESCO-listed site is impressive. After lunch, we return to Marrakech.

Hotel: Sofitel Marrakech
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

We depart from Marrakech and return back to London.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2020 Tour Details

Sun 1st Mar - Mon 9th Mar

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£3,395

Full Price £3495 Save £100

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sgl supp: £875

MOR20A

Led By: Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi

Guide Lecturer

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