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Marrakesh or Marrakech was founded in 1062 under the reign of the Almoravid King Yusuf ibn Tashfin. Quickly many mosques and madrassas were built and the city became a major center for traffic between the western Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa.
Many palaces were built using Andalusian craftsmen from Córdoba and Seville, who brought the Umayyad style characterized by carved and lobed arched domes.
In 1122 the city was fortified by walls by the son of Youssef Ibn Tachfine Ali Ben Youssef.
In 1147 the Almoravid lost the city against the Almohad and almost all the monuments and palaces were destroyed by the Almohads as they considered the Almoravid to be heretics. In 1184 they built the impressive Koutoubia Mosque on the ruins of an Almoravid Palace.
In the sixteenth century Marrakesh became the capital of the Saadian Empire and the city was embellished and restored during the reign of Ahmed Al-Mansur Ad Dhahbi (‘the golden’ in Arabic) who brought more than half a ton of gold from Timbuktu (Mali). This gold was partly used to build the sumptuous El Badi palace.
After the end of the Saadi Dynasty in 1659, the Alaouite dynasty took control over Morocco and Meknes became the new capital of the Empire.
Your Accommodation / Airport, Train-Bus Station or wherever you want
30 Minutes Before Departure
Upon your arrival to MENARA airport in MARRAKECH where you will be welcomed by a member of our team, and then you will be transferred to your accommodation. The driver will provide a brief review of your tour. Dinner & night at the hotel.
After breakfast you will be joined by an official local guide to see all the sites with historical and cultural interest, The morning begins with a visit to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque as the landmark of Marrakech which has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadian Dynasty that originated from the valley of the Draa River. After lunch break, You Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. You will also walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts. Night with breakfast at the Riad/Hotel.
After breakfast a road time out is going to take you via some of Morocco’s lovely landscapes, passing by the Atlas Mountains via the high *Tichka Pass*, in the middle of the road you will veer out to take a side way to go to the very stunning Kasbah of Telouat, with its ruins that has a very lengthy history to inform and then we proceed our way by using the salt way to be a part of the well-known Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou which is a UNESCO World heritage site since 1987, and which serves as a substitute for Jerusalem in so many films such as “Kingdom of Heaven”. Arriving to Ouarzazate or Hollywood of Africa as it is referred to due to the fact of its famous studios and additionally because of the films that had been filmed in it and in which we will go to Taourirt Kasbah, then we continue our trip through the rose valley to join Dades gorges.
After breakfast depart to Merzouga via Todra Gorges, a very lovely canyon and the famous site in the area with its 400m high rock walls. We continue our way via Tinjdad, to join the palm town of Erfoud, very famous with fossils. then passing through the Allaouite Capital Errisani, which the royal throne started from it, Upon your arrival in Merzouga, you will camel trek crossing the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi and attend the sunset in the way to the Bivouac. A nigh in the desert camp, is a chance to get to know your inner self and spend a great time in complete silence.
In order to attend one of the most beautiful sunrises, you will wake up early before the sunrise, to watch the magical view with a cup of coffee, and then getting back with camel to the Hotel where you will have breakfast and shower. After refreshing up a journey will take us toward one of the famous, cultural capital of Morocco, the city of Fes, along the trip we will come across barbarian atlas apes in the huge cedar forest, then passing through the beautiful city of Ifran or Switzerland of Morocco as the Moroccan call it, because of its architecture and cleanness. dinner and breakfast at hotel
This day will be a full day guided tour to Fes. Fez has been viewed as one of the satisfactory recognized cities in medieval Jewish history, it was once domestic to one of the most influential Talmudic students of all times, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as Maimonides in the years of 1160 to 1165. Visit the Mellah with its synagogue. Fez is a non secular and cultural core with many facets. The tour will take you lower back in time whilst travelling Al Quaraouiyine University, the oldest college in the world (before even Oxford or the Sorbonne). We will also visit the medieval Medina with its Bou Anania Medersa, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum. Afterwards, continue to explore the slender alleys house lots of merchants and craftsmen promoting a vary of merchandise such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns and musical instruments. Overnight with breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast we will hit the road to current capital of Morocco, we will pass by and visit the ancient roman ruins of Volubilis and then continue our way to join Meknes, a former capital of Morocco during Ismailien Dynasty reign in which also have some very interesting monuments to visit such as Lahdim Square, Qara Prison, Moulay Ismail Tomb. Then we continue via the highway to join Rabat.
After breakfast we will visit Rabats historical monuments, Kasbah Oudaya and Hassan towers then we drive to the biggest city in Morocco, Casablanca city the economic capital of Morocco, including a visit to Hassan the Second Mosque with its tallest minaret in the world with 210 m ALT, we head to second Imperial city of Morocco, Marrakech. Upon arrival, you will check in at the hotel. Night with dinner.
After having great time with us in Morocco, we will transfer you to the airport depend to your flight time.