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Sights and sounds of Morocco

1 Saddle up for a Camel Ride
Saddle up for a Camel Ride

SHIPS OF THE DESERT fr £20pp

While holidaying in Morocco it is well worth taking this amusing family oriented excursion to discover the area of Essaouira . . . as well as learning to ride a camel. Make sure you have your camera at hand to get memorable pictures as each person comes to grips with balancing on the backs of these 'ships of the desert' before starting the tour.

You are taken on an easy loop out on the beaten paths seeing all the fauna and the flora along the Atlantic coast and meet shepherds and local fishermen. This is a very slow and peaceful excursion in the company of these docile animals and the good supervision and care of our local guide who will help you discover this beautiful region of his home country.

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1 Saddle up for a Camel Ride

Saddle up for a Camel Ride

2 City of Culture
City of Culture

JOURNEY BACK IN TIME fr £29pp

Fez El Jedid is a different part of the old city built in the 14th century. This was a rich period in the history of Morocco as people of different origins, religions and cultures came to settle in the country either from Europe, the Middle East or from sub Saharan Africa. This cultural visit begins in the most beautifully built Jewish quarter which stands next to the 14th century Royal palace.

This is the famous Mellah, where you see old Spanish-Moorish architecture and the Jewish cemetery where the tombs go back to the early history of Fes. Visit the synagogue of Aben Danan, and learn about the history of Judaism. Then walk into the historical gardens of Jnan Sbil to the Royal Palace - the oldest museum of Moroccan traditional arts. Finally drive out of the city to visit a pottery making village.

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2 City of Culture

City of Culture

3 Marrakech Medina tour
Marrakech Medina tour

DAYS IN THE MARKET fr £54pp

This is a delightful walking tour inside the colourful Souks in the Medina of Marrakech. You will be treated to a feast for your senses as you taste some local produce, smell the fragrance of the spices and oils, touch the texture of the beautiful fabrics, haggle over the prices, enjoy the hustle and bustle and listen to the sounds of everyday life in this world of its own.

You are taken to heart of the markets to see different alleys, quarters and the bright colours of the stores. With the help of your guide, you can talk to the crafts people to learn more about their skills. You also visit one of the many herbalist stores in the Souk and learn about the spices and their use in the Moroccan cuisine. End the walk at Jemaa El Fna square to hear Berber musicians and see snake charmers.

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3 Marrakech Medina tour

Marrakech Medina tour

4 Hidden Sides of Marrakech
Hidden Sides of Marrakech

The Secret Life of the City fr £73pp

On this popular tour you have an exciting exploration of the hidden side of the old city of Marrakech. Begin by walking through one of the historical gates to the old Medina and discover the medieval way of life of its inhabitants as you stroll around this colourful area. Then visit the 16th century Ben Youssef theological school which is considered the highlight of the Moroccan architecture in Marrakech.

Later stop at a sumptuous Moorish palace that was once the home of a Moroccan minister until the end of the 19th century. See the archaeological site of the Almoravid dome which is the oldest monument in
Marrakech dating back to the early 12th century then discover the hidden quarters where the artisans have their workshops and make all sorts of local crafts which make great souvenirs.

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4 Hidden Sides of Marrakech

Hidden Sides of Marrakech

5 Fez Full Day Tour
Fez Full Day Tour

HATS OFF TO FEZ fr £78pp

Fez is the oldest royal city in Morocco. Founded in the 9th century, it is said to be the most complete medieval city of the Arab world as it has preserved all its ancient aspects and way of life. You take a guided tour stopping at food and spice markets, handicraft quarters, auction squares and colourful stores. You also visit a school and artisan workshops and discover the secrets of their ancestral arts.

In the afternoon visit the royal palace built in the late 19th century as a summer residence for the king Hassan where you see the central four parts garden and the museum of Fez traditional arts. From there continue to new Fez to discover what used to be the largest Jewish quarter in Morocco. Walk inside this interesting quarter to see the jewellery market and visit one of the 17th century synagogues.

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5 Fez Full Day Tour

Fez Full Day Tour

6 A Full Day City Tour Marrakech
A Full Day City Tour Marrakech

See All the City Sights fr £117pp

There is no better way to see the real Marrakech than on this full day tour. This 900 year old city has been a gateway to the Sahara desert and a major caravan centre where traders and travellers from different parts of the world would meet. Marrakesh has a rich history and an ancestral tradition of hospitality. Start your discovery tour from the 12th century archaeological site of the Koutoubia mosque.

Take Bab Agnaou gate to visit the historical Saadian Tombs and walk through the 12th century Kasbah with its food market, bakeries and narrow alleyways. Visit the Bahia palace and discover the intricate work done by the local artisans. Take a stroll inside the Jewish quarter and stop every now and then to haggle over the price of different items in the Souks and end your tour at the UNESCO world heritage site of Jemaa El Fna.

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6 A Full Day City Tour Marrakech

A Full Day City Tour Marrakech

7 In the Footsteps Of The Romans
In the Footsteps Of The Romans

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ROMANS fr £117pp

Drive across the Saiss plain to Meknes, a medieval city rebuilt by the king, Moulay Ismail, in the 17th century to become his capital. Being one of the Imperial cities of Morocco, Meknes has lots of monuments and you see the granary and stables next to a huge reservoir, the mausoleum, Bab El Mansour gate, the most beautiful in North Africa, and walk to El Hdim square with its food market and museum.

In the afternoon, drive north towards the mountains of Zerhoun to visit Moulay Idriss, the holiest town for the Muslims in Morocco, where the first king is buried. After that, start a walking visit of Volubilis, the Roman capital of Morocco built more than 2,000 years ago, where you can admire one of the most beautiful collections of mosaics. Then drive back to Fes via the village of Zgouta through more scenic countryside.


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7 In the Footsteps Of The Romans

In the Footsteps Of The Romans

8 Traditional Cooking tour
Traditional Cooking tour

GET YOUR TASTE BUDS TINGLING fr £157pp

This culinary exploration is led by a Dada and an English speaking guide. A Dada is a lady who specialises in private Moroccan traditional cooking and practices at wedding ceremonies and other important family events. Walk inside the old Medina and stop at one of the traditional bakeries, see the furnace that heats the local public steam bath and where locals bring stewed lamb or beef called "Tangia”, to be slow cooked in the ashes.

You then explore food markets to learn about the herbs and spices used in Moroccan cooking and enjoy a Marrakech herbal tea on one of the roof terraces. Then at the main square of Jemaa El Fna you can stroll around the stalls before going to the former home of the French designer Pierre Balmain, which is now run as an upscale restaurant, where you learn more about cooking from the chef Moha, who is a celebrity in Morocco


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8 Traditional Cooking tour

Traditional Cooking tour

9 Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon

Soar Above the Desert fr £201pp

This amazing adventure offers you an unforgettable and safe experience as you soar above the Moroccan landscape. Weather conditions permitting, you leave before sunrise to the open beautiful countryside north of the oasis of Marrakech. Watch the balloon preparation and inflation before you board and then go where the wind takes you for a memorable hour's flight.

Enjoy the views as you fly over villages and stunning desert like landscapes. In the meantime your highly qualified pilot is constantly in radio contact with the retrieve crew who are following your progress in 4X4 vehicles. After landing you will be invited for a traditional breakfast in a local home of one of the Berber
villages you flew above. After this wonderful experience you are taken back to your hotel.

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9 Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

10 Camel Riding
Camel Riding

Take a Fun Camel Trek

No visit to Marrakech is complete without experiencing a camel ride and this trek is fun and also the best way to discover the palm grove located in the north-east corner of the city. This is the largest oasis north of the Atlas Mountains where you will see local villages beside the city’s most luxurious homes from the comfortable saddle of your very own camel.

You will be driven to the palm grove and get instructions on how to ride these gentle and friendly animals. Take a journey through the date palms at the slow and swaying pace of the dromedaries and observe the way of life of the locals as well as the biodiversity of the region. Stop at a Kasbah where you will be invited for a traditional mint tea and local crepes with honey before being driven back to your hotel.

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10 Camel Riding

Camel Riding

11 Day trip to Essaouira
Day trip to Essaouira

The Coast with the Most

Essaouira is a charming fortified town with remains of a 16th century Portuguese fort and a complete Medina of the mid-18th century. The town has played a major role over the centuries as a caravan trade market, linking Morocco with sub-Saharan Africa and as an international trading seaport linking Morocco with Europe and the rest of the world.

You start your drive from Marrakech to the Atlantic coast, crossing the Argantree forest where you visit a co-operative of women making Moroccan oil from the Argan fruit kernels. Enter Essaouira through one of the old gates and explore the streets, markets and artisans workshops. Later climb up to the Portuguese fort then visit the fishing harbour where you can have lunch. Then take a stroll along the beach before the journey back.

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11 Day trip to Essaouira

Day trip to Essaouira

12 Fez Hidden Sides - Half Day Walking Tour
Fez Hidden Sides - Half Day Walking Tour

SECRETS OF THE CITY

The old city of Fez is said to be the most complete medieval city in the Arab world and has preserved its ancient aspects and way of life. This walking tour will stimulate all your senses as you go for a guided tour of food and spice stalls, handicraft quarters, auction squares and colourful stores. Stop at children’s pre-schools, enter artisan workshops and walk by many historical fountains, mosques and sanctuaries.

After a break in Nejjarine square to visit the museum of Fez carpentering and cabinet making you meet the traditional agave silk weavers, visit the famous leather tanneries, coppersmiths and dyers to learn more about their traditional art. Fez is the spiritual and artistic capital of Morocco which you discover in detail walking through the gates of al-Qarawiyyin mosque.

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12 Fez Hidden Sides - Half Day Walking Tour

Fez Hidden Sides - Half Day Walking Tour

13 Oils and Wine tour
Oils and Wine tour

TRY THE LOCAL VINTAGES

Your first stop on this popular tour is at the belvedere of Essaouira for a marvellous panoramic view of the city and its two islands. Continue inland across the thuya and argan forest and stop at one of the argan oil women’s co-operatives. This oil is unique to the south west of Morocco and has many virtues, which is why it is now used in cosmetics all over the world.

When you arrive at Val d’Argan, you will be taken for a visit to the vineyards and the winery before being invited for some wine tasting. Val d’Argan wines are produced here in red, rosé or white and exported to different parts of Morocco and abroad. Enjoy lunch here and possibly buy some wines to take home before beginning the return journey to Essaouira.


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13 Oils and Wine tour

Oils and Wine tour

14 Essaouira Walking Tour
Essaouira Walking Tour

TAKE A STROLL AROUND TOWN

Start you visit to this old Portuguese fort town in the charming harbour on the Atlantic coast and see the fisherman at work. Founded and occupied in the 16th century to take advantage of the trans-Saharan trade routes, the city was rebuilt in 1760 and named Essaouira. It attracted a big Jewish community as it became Morocco's international port and trading centre.

On this half day visit you see the impressive fort and explore the spice souks, the jewellery market and watch different artisans in the carpentry workshops. Essaouira has attracted artists and musicians from all over the world and you will see their works in the local galleries. End your walking tour in the harbour and enjoy a lunch of freshly caught barbecued fish.

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14 Essaouira Walking Tour

Essaouira Walking Tour

15 Essaouira Quad Bike Adventure
Essaouira Quad Bike Adventure

GET ON YOUR BIKE

While holidaying in Morocco you could well be tempted to just relax and soak up the sun around a hotel pool or shop until you drop in the local souks. But it is well worth taking at least one adventure tour, and this quad biking trip ticks all the boxes. You discover the region of Essaouira on your quad bike with experts who know the local terrain like the back of their hand.

On this fun tour you get the chance to discover quad-biking in harmony with nature, with each excursion tailor-made for your physical aptitude and level as your experienced guides help you discover the beautiful area surrounding Essaouira, its rivers, wild beaches and immense sand dunes. Try different terrains and difficult paths and enjoy the feeling in complete safety with your family, friends or alone.

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15 Essaouira Quad Bike Adventure

Essaouira Quad Bike Adventure