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Morocco: Archaeology of the Western Kingdom

10 Nov — 23 Nov 2018 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

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Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSASCOT

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1710 on Royal Air Maroc, arriving Casablanca 2030. Transfer to Hotel La Tour Blanche for overnight stay.

Day

2

Casablanca: Art Deco architecture, Hassan II Mosque then transfer to Rabat for two nights at Hotel La Tour Hassan.

Day

3

Rabat: walled citadel of Chellah (Roman town with 14th century burial ground for Marinid royals), Archaeological Museum, Hassan Mosque. Afternoon: medina with 17th century Andalusian walls, Kasbah des Oudaias (Almohad citadel), 17th century Palace Museum, Andalusian gardens. Evening lecture.

Day

4

Via Larache for ancient Lixus (site of legendary Garden of Hesperides) and Asilah (walled town with beautiful medina). Continue to Tangier for overnight stay at El Minzah Hotel.

Day

5

Tangier: walled kasbah, Museum of Moroccan Arts (outstanding ceramics from Fez and Meknès), reputed tomb of Ibn Battuta. Afternoon: depart for spectacularly situated mountain town of Chefchaouen for overnight stay at Hotel Casa Hassan.

Day

6

Morning visits in Chefchaouen: kasbah, medina (magni cent views of Rif Mountains). Transfer to Fez for three nights at Hotel Les Mérinides. Evening lecture.

Day

7

Morning: Roman ruins of Volubilis (Mauritanian capital founded in 3rd century BC). Afternoon: Meknès (ornate Bab el- Mansour gate, Bou Inania madrasa, Koubba, Dar Jamai Museum, vast complex of barracks, granaries and stables built by Moulay Ismaïl).

Day

8

Fez: souks, 10th to 12th century Kairaouine Mosque, madrasas. Afternoon: Andalusian quarter (16th century mosque and madrasa), Jewish Quarter in Fez el Jedid.

Day

9

Via Rabat and Casablanca to Marrakesh for three nights at Hotel Es Saadi Gardens (approx. 6 hour journey).

Day

10

Full day in Marrakesh. Morning: Saadian tombs, Almohad gateway of Bab Agnaou, vast ruins of 16th century Badi Palace, Museum of Moroccan Arts (housed in charming Dar Si Said Palace). Afternoon: Almohad tower of Koutoubia Mosque, souks, intricate Ben Youssef madrasa, Koubba (main survival of Almoravid city).

Day

11

Whole day excursion into High Atlas mountains.

Day

12

Essaouira (well preserved old Portuguese Atlantic town): forti cations and medina. Overnight stay at Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa, Le Medina Essaouira.

Day

13

Morning: free time followed by departure for El Jadida (Portuguese town of Mazagan with 16th century citadel) for overnight stay at Hotel Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf & Spa.

Day

14

Depart Casablanca 1230, arriving Heathrow 1550.

Tour Dates

10 Nov — 23 Nov 2018

Days

14

Cost

Tour Code

MORO-18

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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £695.

 
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