Getting on/off a bus. Walking up to 2 miles, approximately 2 hours; generally flat, even terrain. Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet that includes beverage choices of milk, orange juice, coffee, tea, water.
With a local expert and our Group Leader, we will board a bus and set out on a field trip to see and explore some of the city’s most significant monuments and highlights. We will begin with the Medina of Marrakech, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Founded in 1070-72 by the Almoravids, Marrakech remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period.” We will see La Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in the city, dates from the 12th century. No buildings are permitted to exceed its height of almost 230 feet (70 meters). Muslims are permitted to enter for prayers. We will also see the Bahia Palace, Si Said Palace, and the Kasbah. The word “kasbah” (qasaba) originally referred to a citadel within a city. In Marrakesh, it was the residence of the kings of Morocco. Today, it is a beautiful residential area famed for its architecture and colorful neighborhoods. Also in the Medina is the Maison de la Photographie — Museum of Photography. The collection contains not only photographs but journals, maps, post cards, and prints from approximately 1870 through the 20th century.
At a restaurant in the Medina, we’ll have a plated meal with water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Our field trip will continue. After returning to the hotel, we’ll have an introduction to Moroccan languages and dialects.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.