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Approximately 12½ Hours
Marrakech, founded almost a thousand years ago, nestles at the foot of Morocco's mighty Atlas Mountains. Set off by motor coach today for the 160-mile trip with a rest stop en route. Once in Marrakech you will pass the Koutoubia Minaret -- a 12th-century Moorish monument.
Visit the Ben Youssef Medrassa, 500 years old and looking very good for its age. This atmospheric former school of Islam is located in the center of the UNESCO World Heritage Site medina (Old City) and features an unremarkable entrance. A hint of things to come, emblazoned over the doorway are the words, "You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded." It is fair to say that the dazzlingly beautiful interior ensures that this blessing will be fulfilled. The main attraction is the courtyard -- with a reflecting pool, intricate stucco-work, and scalloped archways influenced by Moorish Spain.
At the 19th-century Bahia Palace, you will see the rooms that once housed the Sultan's harem. They open off a vast and beautiful courtyard decorated with a central basin.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant before you visit the famous , where soothsayers, acrobats, snake-charmers and water-sellers mingle with locals and with visitors like you.is served at a local restaurant before you visit the famous Jamaa el Fna Square, where soothsayers, acrobats, snake-charmers and water-sellers mingle with locals and with visitors like you.
Time permitting, there will be a stop for shopping before you return to Casablanca.
Travel time to Marrakech is approximately four hours each way. Monuments and shops are closed during religious holidays. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Considerable walking is required and the pace is steady. Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking, as the walking is uphill, over uneven surfaces and cobblestones, and covers some distance. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Bring a hat and sunscreen. Bring bottled water from the ship. Do not to take photos of military personnel without their consent. Mind your belongings at all times, particularly at points of interest or in crowded places.