On arrival to Marrakech airport and after completing Immigration and custom formalities you will be met and transferred directly to your Hotel. Depends on arrival time we may include some activities on this day. Check-in & Overnight at your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Marrakech : There’s only one world to define it: magical… There are a thousand legends which describe its history, which began in 1070 when the Saharan Almoravid Abu Baker, the leader of a powerful army, encamped in the plain of Haouz, at the base of the upper Atlas mountains. Marrakech, the capital of the south, has a mysterious and seductive air. Marrakech, a name with a magical sound that evokes palm groves and caravans, oriental markets and international spies, and duels to the death in an oasis of peace. Many are the roads which lead to Marrakech which make it a cross road from north to south and from east to west.
The Ramparts ( City Walls ) : The city walls of Marrakech, built in the XII century and subsequently destroyed and rebuilt, is about 15 kilometres long, reddish in colour and two meters thick. It has powerful ancient ramparts, various styles and many monumental doors, among which the Bab Aguenaou stands out for its magnificence. It dates back to the era of the Almoravids and leads to the quarter of the Kasbah.
The Koutoubia Mosque: The Koutoubia is one of the biggest mosques in the Western Muslim world. Its Hispano-Moorish style is of an apparent simplicity combined with discreet luxury. This masterpiece was built by the Almohads in one of its imperial cities. Today, it’s a starting point that’s not to be missed before heading out to explore the medina.
The minaret of the Koutoubia : It’s a square tower made of rose-colored sandstone ( 67.50 meters high, 12.50 meters wide ) adorned with a delicate sculptured decoration that seems just like lacework on stone. The minaret is topped by a lantern, decorated and square, as well as a ribbed cupola. The close proportion between the width and height of the minaret of the mosque bestows a perfect harmony to this masterpiece of Hispano-Moorish art which was taken as a model for the Giralda in Seville. According to a legend, the three orbs of golden copper which crown the cupola were made from the melted down jewellery of Yacoub-el-Mansour’s wife. Yacoub-el-Mansour completed the construction of the tower began by the sultan Abdel-Moumen. Another legend about the orbs says that they are guarded by genies (jin) and that terrible misfortunes will plague those who try to steal them. Koutoubia in Arabic means “the mosque of booksellers” because once, the surrounding shops were mostly dedicated to the sale of books and antique manuscripts ( XII -XIII centuries.). The first mosque, erected after 1147, was later destroyed because its orientation towards Mecca wasn’t correct. The foundation of the first mosque is still visible today. The construction of the current mosque, built according to the instructions of Abd el-Moumen, was completed in the same year construction started, in 1158, and ordered by Yacoub el-Mansour. This splendid work of art is subdivided into 16 naves and a wider middle nave. Here, the luxurious almoravide ornamentation and the décor of Andalusian inspiration exalt the simplicity and pureness of its lines. The 11 stalactite cupolas, capitals and molded structures make the Koutoubia one of the finest examples of Almohade art.
Break for lunch. (Optional)
This tour includes a visit to the aristocratic Bahia Palace (former home of a 19th century grand Vizir), The 14th century Medersa Ben Youssef and finally, a stroll through the souks of the Medina.
The Souks (Bazaars)…: The souk of Marrakech is the vital heart of the medina, the old part of the city which dates back to the XII century. It is the place where age-old customs and traditions have been coming together since ancient times. Originally, souks were divided into various specific sectors with defined boundaries and with names that reflected the activities which took place there, but over time these boundaries gradually disappeared. The souk is a magical and fascinating place where it is customary to accept the tea that the vendor offers, just as how bargaining the price of any item for sale is all part of the game; a place where losing your way is a fun, yet never dangerous experience.
Drive to Agadir for approx. 4 hours. stop en route to photograph the Goats climbing the argan trees. Agadir is very different from any other city in Morocco. Built next to a tragedy the earthquake of 1961 that killed 15,000 – it exhibits a totally different city culture and architecture from the rest of the country Agadir was, and continued to be a favourite tourist destination. So it is no wonder that it was the needs of tourists which more than any other thing made the street wide and straight, houses low and minimalistic and which placed hotels between the city and the beach.
Some people hate Agadir because there is very little that happens automatically here, while others find it all very attractive. One thing is definitely true: for every year that pass, streets become more and more lively, and more and more Moroccan elements move in where minimalist white houses before have dominated. OK! So Agadir might not be all that spectacular. And not all that Oriental, either. But as soon as you’re down on the beach, it is easy for anyone to really enjoy the city. The beach is all about relaxing! The beach is simply spectacular. It is clean, long, wide and there is a continuous breeze coming in from the Atlantic which makes it a pleasant place all through the day. The only drawbacks are the undercurrents, which can be strong and dangerous, and the temperatures which can be unpleasantly low in winter time.
Check & overnight at your hotel.
Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning drive to Essaouira. Your visit of Essaouira will begin inside the town walls where you will discover a charming provincial atmosphere and see the inlayers hard at work on their small furniture pieces which they encrust with wood and mother of pearl. The Scalla-the old cannon platform some of the cannons made in Seville in the 18th century are the finest workmanship ornamented with the crown of the king of Spain Philipe V and Charles III. Visit the residential neighborhood of Essaouira, the port area which is a real space to explore.
Check & overnight at your hotel.
Check & overnight at your hotel.
Any airfare tickets.
Meals except what is mentioned above.
Any expenditure of a personal nature, nor anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
Gratuities for guide and driver.