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Morocco Map - A Detailed Map of the Country of Morocco Morocco, officially referred to as the Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of nearly 34 million. Morocco has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibralter into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is a country in North Africa with a population of over 34 million. The Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts sharing international borders with Algeria, Mauritania, and Spain via the Strait of Gibraltar and the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Meilliain. Morocco is a country full of exotic locales and wondrous treasures for travelers who desire to see North Africa and explore a moderate Muslim country with a welcoming culture, a wide array of natural beauty, and a vast wealth of history. Few countries match the Destination of Morocco. With its iconic monuments, UNESCO Heritage Sites, Majestic Gardens High Atlas Mountains, Coastal regions and a grand Sahara Desert.
For more information and to view a Morocco Map Morocco Geography & Morocco Topopgrahy: Morocco is well situated on the far northwestern corner of Africa and has an expansive shoreline that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Straight of Gibraltar. The majority of the Moroccan coastline borders the Altantic Ocean with the tip of the country in the Tangier - Tetouan region (near Spain) down to the Eastern border of Algeria, bordering the Mediterranean Ocean. The topography of Morocco is varied. Morocco has one of the most extensive systems of rivers in North Africa.
Travelers to Morocco can expect to discover a wide variety of scenery as the country has mountainous interiors in the North (Chefchoueun, Tangier, Tetouan) extrmely fertile agricultural regions (Coasta area of Agadir, Souss Valley and Fes) to an arid and dry climate inland towards the Sahara Desert region (Draa Valley Region, Zagora, Merzouga and Erg Chegaga) and green Valleys (Dades & Todra).
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Morocco is the perfect holiday destination for families who want to tour a country that offers a wide range of adventure activities. The country's unique combination of urban cities, historic medinas, rural landscapes, Berber mountain villages along with a grand Sahara desert and sandy beaches make it family friendly. Morocco's tourism industry offers activtiies that are suitable for children of all ages. Family friendly adventure tours to Morocco can be customized to accommodate both outdoor or indoor holiday activites. Families vacationing in Morocco will have a safe and uneventful travel experience. Marrakech and Morocco has been voted by Trip Advisor as one of the best and safest destinations in North Africa for family travel.
Morocco Family Adventure Tour Itineary at a Glance:
Day 1: Visit the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech. This colorful garden is like cotton candy for the entire family with its wide variety of flora and fauna. Explore the costumes in the Berber Musuem and learn how this mountain culture once lived. Visit the old medina's ancient fortress walls, the souks, markets and climb the stairs of the Ben Youssef medersa. End the day with a visit to Djemma El Fna Square at Sunset and a Marrakech Food Tour where the entire family will have dinner on the road. Explore the backstreets of the Marrakech medina. Snack on Moroccan doughnuts, Harira soup with sweet dates, sip fresh fruit juices, sandwiches, visit a bread oven and consider the exotic tasting of Moroccan meats. Overnight in an Family friendly Moroccan Riad.
Day 2: Cook Up Morocco at a Kid Friendly Cooking Class where the entire family can make their own Berber Tajine. Guided by a Daada Chef you will visit the food marekts in the medina, learn how vegetables are bought and sold, explore the spice souks and then craft your own meal and then dine on it for lunch. End the day with a Kalech ride through the new cities garden district. Overnight in an Family friendly Moroccan Riad.
Day 3: Take the road to Morocco's Great South. En route visit the Ounilla Valley and Kasbah Telouet, a famous Kasbah that was once the home of the Pacha Glaoui. Continue to Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco. Climb to the top of Ait Ben Haddou Ksar and have lunch with views of the old town. Visit the Hollywood Film Studios where famous movies such as Kundun, Body of Lies, Cleopatra and the Game of Thrones were filmed. Overnight in an Family friendly Moroccan Riad with views of Ait Ben Haddou.
Day 4: Departure to the Sahara Desert. En Route visit the Draa Valley known for being crossed by pirates. Visit Agdz and the market of dates. Continue to the Berber Village of Ait Ouzzine. Nestled in the Saghro mountains is a Berber Village where you will learn how couscous is made, visit a working farm and have tea with a Berber family. Afternoon Family walk in the fields and see how the traditional Berbers live with their gardens of herbs, livestock, and henna plants. Lunch will be served followed by a henna party for the entire family. Continue to the arid Sahara Desert. Sunset camel trek across the Erg Chebbi Dunes. Bonfire and 1001 Arabian Nights dinner for the entire family. Overnight in a Wild Desert Camp in the Sahara Desert.
Day 5: Sahara Desert Adventure activties will fill your morning. Quad bike across the Erg Chebbi's grand sand dunes. Explore the flora and fauna on a desert walk with your Berber guide. Go off pise (windy road) to a children's school in the heart of the Merzouga Desert. Visit a school, meet a local teacher and see how children learn in Morocco. Next stop, visit the Musicians of Khemlia, Gnaoua travelers who made their way to the Sahara Desert and never left. Tea and almonds will be served as you watch this family friendly Moroccan, Berber drumming performance by the Century old Gnaouan muscians. Continue to Rissani after and learn about the art of bread baking of Madfouna, a Moroccan pizza. Visit fossil stuios to see how objects of art are made. Then continue to the Todra Gorge. Overnight at the foot of the Todra Gorge.
Day 6: Visit the Todra Gorge's grand canyon. Watch Berber women fetch water with their daughter with donkey's by their side. Hike through the Todra Gorge, have lunch at the foot of the Gorge. Continue to the Dades Valley. Overnight at a Guest House with Views of the Dades Valley.
Day 7: Dades Valley Rise Early. Visit the Dades Gorge, the Monkey fingers and drive through the Dades Pins along limestone cliffs with uniquely shaped erosions and superb scenery. Continue to the Valley of Roses. Visit this fertile region known for the Rose Demascus. Option to continue to the Valley of Nomads and have tea with a Nomad Family en route to Skoura. Overnight in at Guest House in the Skoura Palmerie.
Day 8: Visit Skoura and the Valley of 1000 Kasbahs. Skoura is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves that provide great views of the Atlas Mountains. Explore this unqiue region that is filled with a vast palmerie and small ksars once inhabited by Jews. Continue to the region of Ouarzazate. Visit the Oasis of Fint and have tea at the Head masters house. Then take the road back to Marrakech.
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|Posted by Alecia Cohen on August 24, 2016 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
“The children of him who has wheat in his house should not beg of his neighbor.”
“Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it.” “
There is no hunger but the hunger of wheat.” ~ Moroccan Proverbs
There are plenty of things you will not find on a typical Moroccan table such as silverware, water glasses and individual plates. However there’s one thing you will always find, and that is a hearty basket of bread. As age-old Moroccan proverbs illustrate, Moroccan bread is a vital part of the diet and culture. Morocco’s terrain is dry and the land is harsh geographically. Bread is the one food that binds people together at a meal and can be made relatively inexpensively with few ingredients.
Wheat can be kept and used over time when fresh ingredients are more difficult to come by. Dry bread provides sustenance for a population that today still remains semi-nomadic. Visit any village in Morocco during the wheat harvest season and you will see women in colorful attire across the fields sifting kernels of wheat in woven baskets, removing the bits that are inedible before grinding to flour. Families work together in unison within the fields collecting the grain. Not a single kernel is wasted. The grain is sold and traded among families across rural regions as well as being kept until the next harvest. Moroccan bread is a prized food. In urban areas of Morocco where there are no family plots to tend Moroccans make bread in their home or purchase ready-made bread. The varieties of breads that Moroccan families can purchase are many ranging from typical white to grain, sesame with anise and barley. As the result of Moroccan subsidies bread is affordable to all.
How Bread Is Made Across Morocco: Across Morocco there are several ways of making Moroccan bread and also many varieties of preparation. In the Sahara Desert region, the traditional way of baking is to build a hot fire on top of the sand and then bury the bread once it is hot enough. Another Southern bread baking tradition indigenous to the Draa Valley, Saghro region is to bake bread stuffed with fat, spices and herbs directly on volcanic rock, which produces a pizza-like thick doughy bread called bourafin. In the mountains an oven resembling a tandoori oven is used, the dough stuck to the sides of the clay oven and baked over fire to produce a charred loaf of tafernout. In the north of Morocco kalinti is a bread made with chickpea flour. There are also several iterations of stovetop breads like msemmen, harsha, and batbout. In Moroccan cities the practice of bread baking is gradually dying out as the result of ready-made bread and a generation of new working class that has no time to bake. Bringing the daily bread (khobz) to the traditional oven was once a central part of life.
In traditional Moroccan homes women kneed their dough in the morning; flattening it into characteristic round loaves and covering it with a cotton cloth. Then, they placed it onto a tray or wooden board and either give it to one of their children to drop off on the way to school or leave it outside the door. A neighbor or another person passing by who saw the tray instinctively pick it up and drops it off at the oven. At lunch it was picked up and paid for, each loaf a flat rate. In the ovens, dozens of loaves at a time are baked. The baker always knew which bread belongs to which tray and family.
The baker was also the eyes and ears of the community through his close, daily interaction with the neighbors. He could tell how well off a family was, how often they had company, and more based on passing words when coming in or the bread itself. When an engagement was in the works, the baker was often consulted for inside information on the prospective bride or groom’s family.
Bread is the utensil used to eat. It’s broken off (never cut with a knife) and used to scoop up tajines, soak up sauces, and savor soups. It’s drizzled with olive oil and served alongside a hot cup of tea for breakfast or stuffed with tuna or boiled eggs for a snack or late night meal. When there’s little else in the cupboards there’s bread to tide over an empty stomach. Bread is held in very high esteem in Morocco. It is never thrown in the garbage and the first reaction when dropped on the floor is to immediately pick it up and kiss it. The very basic ingredients in Moroccan bread mean that within a day or at most two it is dry. Dishes like treda make use of bread that’s stale. It’s shredded and put in the bottom of a plate and then topped with spiced lentils, sauce, and chicken if available.
To dispose of bread scraps that cannot be salvaged the garbage is not an option. They’re put in a bag separate from the other waste and when collected set aside by the garbage man. It’s then fed to animals or used as compost. The sacredness and special place bread holds in the Moroccan culture and home is not without challenges. Those who struggle with illnesses like celiac disease face an uphill battle. For many Moroccans it’s unfathomable that bread could make someone violently ill. For visitors this can be a difficult bridge to cross. Every culture has a particular food item that serves as a staple and the Moroccan love affair with bread remains a steadfast part of the Moroccan culinary tradition.
Amanda Mouttaki is a food and travel writer and blogger, with an expertise on Moroccan culinary traditions and food culture. Her passion is uncovering the stories behind traditional cultures and food around the world. She lives in Marrakech, Morocco with her family. Morocco’s Imperial Cities, Seaside Resorts,Sahara Desert,Berber villages, A Taste of Morocco, Magical Kasbahs, Ruins & Waterfalls, Absolute Morocco, The Best of Marrakech, Fes, and Ouarzazate
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on August 10, 2016 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
From the Atlas Mountains to the Atlantic Coast and from the Great Sahara Desert to Imperial Marrakech, Morocco Adventure Holidays offer a wide range of things to do. On a Morocco Adventure Holiday, travelers can experience another dimension of travel. Travel Exploration has created partnerships with cooperatives and local experts for Morocco travelers to participate in that will enrich their bespoke Morocco Holiday. Our hand curated holiday itineraires cover a variety of historical sites, activities and unique travel expeirences that cannot be found elsewhere.
On a Morocco Adventure Holiday travelers can Trek in the High Atlas Mountains of Toubkal, glide across the Atlas on a zipline, canyon in the Ourika Valley or balloon over Marrakech. For families interested in the ultimate adventure Sahara Desert holidays by 4x4 land cruiser, quad and camel in the Erg Chebbi Dunes are available year round. For couples and small groups that are interested in a bespoke
Morocco Holiday experience options are to take a cooking class with a Daada Chef, a Fes Souk Tasting Tour, Couscous Making in the Middle Atlas Mountains or Sip Tea with Nomads in Mount Mgoun. New on the scene in Morocco are farm-to-table dining experiences and wineries. The wineries in Meknes offer wine tasting tours and a private lunch that is tailor made to your pallete. If all of this is not enough to tempt you to take a Morocco Adenture Holiday then consider going local and learning how to bread bake with the Berbers, hand cut zellij tile and design pottery at one of UNESCO Fes cooperatives or learn cheese making in Coastal Essaouira at a local frommagerie.
Things to Do on a Morocco Adventure Holiday:
Quad Biking in the Sahara Desert
Hot Air Balloon Over Marrakech
Sandboarding in the Sahara Desert
Why Choose Travel Exploration for your Morocco Adventure Holiday?:
Over a decade of Morocco Travel Experience: Tailor Made Morocco Adventure Holiday itineraries for couples, honeymooners, families and small groups.
In Country Morocco Travel Experts: The Best Moroccan Guides work for us! We are Specialists in Andalusian and Moorish architecture. Jewish Heritage, Moroccan cuisine, Alumni travel groups, Wine Tours, Eco-Tours, Adventure
Creative, Tailor Made Itineraries: With over 200 itineraries covering all of Morocco we must have one that is perfect for you.
Licensed Historical Guides: We exmploy Moroccan Guides that are Multilingual, Experts in their home city on Architecture, Culture, Muslim and Jewish History, Religion, Customs, Design, Cuisine and Local Communities
Licensed Tourism Drivers: Our drivers work for our agency full time. They are in-country experts, who are Multilingual and will provide an intimiate and connective travel expeirence during your Moroccan tour. Go
Local - Up close Experiences with Moroccans: We offer direct access to local communities. Whether is is the Berbers in the Atlas regions, Nomads in the Sahara, Tradesman in the medinas, Arabs in the Desert or the Jewish community, we have relationships with them all. This will allow you as a Morocco Adventure Holiday traveler to experience an insiders view.
Socially Responsible Travel: Travel Exploration donates 5% of our proceeds to Project Feed, our charity in Berber villages and participates in a socially responsbile travel network ensuring that we employ equallyt both male and female guides along with using partners in Morocco that are socially conscious.
Gay Friendly: We are a gay friendly travel company, a member of IGLTA and support gay causes along with equal treatment for Moroccan gay rights and busiensses.
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on August 9, 2016 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
Uncover contemporary Morocco on a Tailor Made Morocco Tour. If you are a couple, family, small group or an indepenenta traveler it is worth considering taking a a private tailor made tour to Morocco to guarnatee a complete experience. Travel Exploration guarnatees an authentic, Tailor Made Moroccotravel experience designed by experts. Our tailor made tours offer the flexibility that is only available with a private, customized tour itinerary. As a Morocco Traveler a tailor made tour will allow you to engage with the locals, partake in activities such as Bread baking with the Berbers, a Cooking Class in Marrakech or a Cooking Class in Essaouira, a Fes Food Tour, Camel Trekking in the Sahara Desert, Bird watching in the Souss Massa Draa along with various Art Deco, Architectural or Historic Medina walks at Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Travel Exploration’s private tailor made tours to Morocco include luxury transportation in a 4x4, accommodations at the Best Boutique Riads and Hotels, an English/ Multilingual Speaking Driver along with Licensed, expert Historical Guides. Whether you prefer Old cities, Roman ruins and the souks or the Sahara Desert, the High Atlas Mountains and natural wonders, we can tailor make a tour based upon your personal interests.
Consider one of our Tailor Made Morocc Tours:
Splendors of Morocco An 11 Day Tailor Made Tour covering Morocco's Imperial Cities, the Great South and Desert Region. Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the Imperial City of Rabat's Mausoluem of Kings and Oudaya Gardens, Mosaics in Volubilis, UNESCO Fes, Sip tea with the Berbers and Trek across the Moroccan Sahara before journeying to the Skoura Palmeraie and sunny Marrakech.
Majestic Morocco A 14 Day Tailor Made Tour covering Morocco's Imperial Medinas & Cities, the Desert Region and Coastal Essauira. Visit the Grand White Mosque in Casablanca, the Imperial City of Rabat's Ruins of Chellah, Roman Ruins in Volubilis, Fes Heritage Sites, Eat couscous with Berbers, Camel Trek through the Erg Chebbi Dunes, and visit Marrakech, the Paris of Morocco before ending your journey in Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast.
Classic Morocco A 10 Day Tailor Made Tour covering Morocco's ancient cities, magnficient Moorish artchitecture, UNESCO Heritage sites, the Sahara Desert Region's Sand dunes and a High Atlas Trek.
One Week in Morocco Perfect for travelers who only have One Week to see Moroco, this adventure holiday offers site seeing in the Imperial Cities and the Sahara Desert. Activity and adventure packed this tailor made tour is a must do for travelers who are planning to fly through Paris, the UK or Spain with Morocco on their bucketlist.
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The bustling red terracota colored city of Marrakech is dotted with magnificent views of the High Atlas Mountains and surrounded by lush valley's and a desert-like palmeraie. Marrakech is the perfect city to use as a base for Day Trips. Often referred to as the Paris of Morocco, the city of Marrakech is well appointed in Morocco's south. Mararkech is just three hours from Morocco's Atlantic coast and the Essaouira Medina, an hour from the Ourika Valley and a full days drive from the Sahara Desert. Consider taking a one week holiday in Marrakech as to allow for these various Moroccan Day Trips.
Ourika Valley & Ait Ashok
A favorite weekend getaway for Marrakech's is the Ourika Valley. This quaint region is appeciated by locals for its valley's, streams and the seven Setti Fatma waterfalls. Ourika is perfect for long walks, hiking, visiting a Berber villages and is filled with palm tree plantations, fruit trees, tiny hamlets, summer homes and road side cafes. Travelers can enjoy tea and break bread with a Berber family on this day trip from Marrakech. For those looking to experience off the beaten path Ourika consider exploring the charming Berber vilage of Ait Ashok. Nestled in a secret location inside the Ourika Valley and not frequented by many travelers, it offers unforgettable views, authentic encounters, and an unclose experience to meet local villagers of of Tizi Oucheg. Ourigane Valley Nestled in the High Atlas Mountains of Toubkal National Park, this region is a must see for travelers interested in a low key, non touristic day trip from Marrakech. Ourigane Valley is ideal for relaxing and hiking. It's various flora and fauna makes for the idea location to sip mint tea with a view. The Ourigane VAlley also home to one of Morocco's oldest Jewish Zaouia sites, the shrine of Rabbi Abraham Ben Hammou. Ourigane boasts fresh Atlas air and small properties for longer stays such as the classic La Roseraie famous for it's 30 hectares of rose gardens and stables and the new, contemporary Hotel L'Amandier.
High Atlas Toubkal & Imlil
The High Atlas Toubkal Mountains are the second highest in Africa second to Kilamanjaro and the highest peak in North Africa. Toubkal and the village of Imlil offer scenic activities for hikers on a day trip from Mararkech. A day hike at Mount Toubkal allows for trekkers to explore the region's varied peaks and have lunch in a Berber village or at Kasbah Toubkal with views. The village of Imlil is small and windy with local shops selling Berrber silver jewelry and Moroccan goods. Filled with street cafes and guests houses, Imlil is a good refuge for hikers.
Cascades D'Ouzoud Waterfalls The Ouzoud falls, just a few hours from Marrakech boasts three tiered beautiful waterfalls and a lush valley. Ouzoud offers many trekking options. Visitors can take a wooden paddle boat trip at the bottom of the falls or a cold dip in the falls which makes for a charmed experience. Outdoor cafe stands conjure up the atmosphere with fresh cold orange juice and Moroccan snacks. A favorite of Marrakechi's, picnicing at Ouzoud is also popular in spring and summer months. For Morocco travelers who have more then a day trip from Marrakech available, an overnight stay can be arranged at a Berber guest house. The Berber guest houses in Ouzoud are secluded with spectacular views, local cuisine and Moroccan hospitlaity. Oukaïmeden Oukaïmeden is Africa's highest peak for skiiing and a Morocco premiere ski resort. Oukaïmeden village is perched on Jebel Attar and just an hour from Marrakech. Adventure seekers and skiiers can enjoy Oukaïmeden's windy slopes and chair lift to ferry them across the Atlas. Local cuisine is available at many of the Ski houses nearby, year round. Off season Oukaïmeden makes for the pefect getaway given its cooler temperatures and remote Atlas Mountain scenery. The region of Oukaïmeden is also known for its history of prehistoric rock carvings. The local musuem in Oukaïmeden provides more information on this and visitors can also explore with their Moroccan guide to discover rock carvings in the surrounding area.
Essaouira Medina This former Portuguese fished village once called Mogador is just three hours from Marrakech located on Morocco's Atlantic Coast. Essaouira has lovely white washed and blue-shuttered houses that create a scenic backdrop of coastal romance. Essaouira's seaside medival medina offers mouth watering seafood, thuya workshops and art galleries. A hippy colony with chic restaurants that cater to foodies, Essaouira is ideal for contemporary gastro-fare and a great place to enjoy sunset cocktails. The Essaouira medina is only 8 kilometers from the Ounara winery and a Frommagerie where travelers can learn cheese making or enjoy a five course menu of cheese inspired dishes. The Essaouira medina as a Morocccan day trip from Marrakech is a layed back option for couples, small groups and families.
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If you are thinking about a short an overseas adventure travel experience and not sure just where to go, Morocco should deifnitely be on your bucketlist. Consider spending One Week in Morocco to satisfy your wanderlust. Morocco is just an hour from Spain, a few hours from France, Italy and the UK. Morocco has much to offer ranging from historic sites, beaches, the great Sahara, farm-to-table cuisine and excellent local wines. Stroll through ancient city sites, take a Fes Food Tour, trek by camel with your Berber guide in the Sahara, bake bread with the Berbers or just soak up the sun at one of Marrakech's gorgeous boutique riads. You cannot go wrong with whatever you choose on a private Morocco tour and are guaranteed one week of culture and excitement.
Here's How to Spend One Week in Morocco on a Private Tour: This Morocco Tailor-Made Tour offers a unique mix of history, culture, Berber villages and vibrant landscapes.Explore Morocco's souks, spice markets, ancient mosaics and the Sahara in just one week.
ONE-WEEK IN MOROCCO, PRIVATE TOUR - TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1: Casablanca Arrival. Visit the Mosque of Hassan II. Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. It is an enormous architectural masterpiece and the second largest religious building in the world. Take the road to the Visit the Imperial Rabat en route to Fes. Discover beautiful domes, minarets, wide avenues,and green spaces. Your guide will escort you on a walk around the picturesque Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah. Explore the gardens nearby and visit the Palace of Rabat and visit the Necropolis at Chellah/Kasbah of Chellah. Next stop, the Holy City of Moulay Idriss. Overnight Fes.
Day 2: Start early and take a Guided Fes Historical Tour. Visit Islamic Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Historic Monuments, Jewish Heritage (Synagogue and Mellah), Craft Making and Shopping in the Souks. Overnight Fes. Visit the following sites in the afternoon: The Tannery Weavers Cooperative Mausoleum (Zaouia Sidi Ahmed Tijani) University of Kairouine Mausolem (Zaouia Moulay Idriss) Nejarine Square
Day 3: Morning Fez Food Tour – a Culinary Experience in the Backstreets of Fes You will visit at least three different food souks, allowing the chance to try traditional Moroccan street food including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, honey's olives, and more. This Food Tour is both vegetarian and Kosher friendly. Afternoon, visit Majestic Palaces, Andalusian Gardens and the Batha Garden and Musuem. Overnight Fes.
Day 4: Journey through the Middle Atlas to the Sahara Desert, Passing Ifrane, known as “Little Switzerland,” Midelt, Erfoud (the Capital of Fossils), and Rissani, Arriving in Merzouga for a Sunset Guided Camel Trek and Arabian Nights in the Great Sahara Desert. Visit the Musicians of Khemlia in Merzouga, a century-old Gnaoua group that performs ancient trance music. Arrive in Merzouga before sunset and then go by dromedary camel 45-60 minutes, at sunset, into the Erg Chebbi Dunes. 10001 Arabian Desert Glamping experience. Overnight Sahara Desert.
Day 5: Sahara Desert Exploration by pise. Departure from the Region to the Saghro Mountains for Lunch in a Berber Village Enroute to Skoura. Aït Ouzzine is a Berber Village inhabited by over 300 families who live in beautifully painted crenulated kasbahs, with their own henna fields, water wells, livestock, and gardens. Meet a local Berber family, sip tea in the Sagro Mountains, and dine on couscous. Henna Party option before driving through the Draa Valley to Skoura. Overnight Skoura Palmeraie.
Day 6: Visit the Adobe Village of Ait Benhaddou, Passing via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakech. Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. 32 km from Ouarzazate lies the picturesque village of Aït Benhaddou,situated in Souss Massa Draa on a hill along the Ouarazazate River. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodome and Gomorrah; for Jesus of Nazareth, the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt. Visit an argan cooperative where argan oil, butter, and cosmetics are made with the argan nut by hand as Berber women crack the nuts and the grind them one by one. Overnight Marrakech.
Day 7: Marrakech Guided Historical Tour: The Moroccan Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and Koutoubia, Historic Sites: Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs Monuments, the Grand Medina and its Lively Souks. Stop for lunch at Cafe Clock, the medina's hot lunch spot with Bo-ho chick design. Evening Tasting Marrakech Food Tour – Discover Djemaa El Fna at Sunset. Get ready for an evening of excitement in the Djemaa El Fna! Your personal guide who will take you on authentic culinary journey of local Moroccan cuisine. Indulge in a a five-course dinner tasting local street food. Tasting Marrakech offers you the opportunity to sample dishes you may not have the opportunity to try before such as a local Marrakchi specialty meat dish, a soup accompanied by a sweet treat, and more! Between courses and after dinner you will take in this world-famous square and its lively entertainment that crosses your path from Gnaoua musicians, to snake charmers, fortune tellers, acrobats, Hadous drummers and the like. Overnight Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech Morning at Leisure. There’s no better place to take it all in then at your Boutique Riad. Indulge in a local Moroccan Hammam/Spa Treatmentor enjoy your courtyard garden. Afternoon Visit to Amal Center, a cooperative run by women. Dine on Couscous before you depart for Casablanca.
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on August 2, 2016 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
Morocco’s history of Jewry and the co-mingling of Jews with Berbers and Arabs are a key factor in why Morocco is a perfect choice for Jewish Travelers to take a Jewish Heritage Tour today. The cultural diversity of contemporary Morocco reflects its historic vantage point as a gateway to Europe and the world. Morocco’s Jewish Heritage offers visitors an encounter with ancient historic traditions, customs, architecture, monuments and sites that have permeated Moroccan society for centuries. Visitng Morocco and its historic Jewish Heritage Sites will be a once in a lifetime experience so you will want to make it memorable. Planning a Tailor Made Jewish Heritage Tour requires doing some reserach and selecting a Morocco Travel Agent that specializeds in Jewish travel expeirences.
Tips for Planning a Tailor Made Morocco Jewish Heritage Tour are:
#1: Where To Go in Morocco: Choosing which Jewish Heritage Tour to take in Morocco can be daunting. For this reason we recomend you decide first on the timeframe you have to travel for your Morocco holiday. Morocco is spread out and while the majority of Jewish Heritage sites are located in the Imperial Cities of Fes, Meknes and Mararkech there are magnficent Jewish historic sites worth seeing in Essaouira, Ourigane and Azan. Make Sure to Stay at Least 8 Days. The two options most travelers consider are either an 8-Day Imperial Cities Jewish Heritage Tour or a 10-Day Jewels of Jewish Heritage Tour. These are purely focused Jewish Heritage Sites and for those travelers interested in combining Moroccan historic and cultural sites along with a camel trek in the Sahara Desert, a longer Tailor Made Jewish Tour is recommended.
Choosing which Jewish Heritage Tour to take in Morocco can be daunting. For this reason we recomend you decide first on the total timeframe you have to travel for your Morocco holiday. Morocco is spread out and while the majority of Jewish Heritage sites are located in the Imperial Cities of Fes, Meknes and Mararkech there are magnficent Jewish historic sites worth seeing in Essaouira, Ourigane and Azan. The two options most travelers consider are either an 8-Day Imperial Cities Jewish Heritage Tour or a 10-Day Jewels of Jewish Heritage Tour. These are purely focused on Jewish Heritage and for those travelers interested in combining cultural sites and a camel trek in the Sahara an 11-12 Day Tailor Made tour is then recommended. #2: Selecting a Jewish Travel Agent: The first step is to select an agent based in Morocco who has a deep Knowledge of both Moroccan and Jewish Hertiage. Consider Alecia Cohen. She is a Morocco travel designer and expert on Jewish Heritage. Alecia offers extensive personalized planning services for Jewish travelers interested in Morocco's historic sites which serve as a detailed guide for each traveler in discovering the best of Jewish Morocco. By learning about your individual interests, Alecia Cohen will make travel recommendations inclusive of cultural and educational activities that will create a lifetime memorable experience. Alecia Cohen will design your Jewish Heritage Tour step by step with you. She ensures that travelers to Morocco will have the opportunity to experience a real connection to the local Jewish commmunity, attend synagogue services, participate in private tours of Jewish sites and dine on Kosher and traditional Moroccan cuisine. As someone who lives, Morocco and has a passion for the people and the culture, Alecia Cohen guarantees Jewish travelers a unique tailor made Jewish Heritage tour itinerary that is stand out.
#3: How to Travel with the Experts: Local Historical Guides Verse National Jewish Historical Guide. There are two types of Historical Guides in Morocco, both authorized by the Ministry of Tourism that are a good fit for a Tailor made Morocco Jewish Heritage Tour. Local Licensed, Historical Guides: Morocco Jewish experts located in each city that have a license to host private couples, families and groups only in the city where they have obtained their license. National Licensed Guides: Morocco Jewish experts that have a National License and are authorized to tour the entire country of Morocco with private couples, families, and groups. #4: Kosher or Vegetarian Cuisine: As a Jewish traveler you have the option of a Kosher meals or Vegetarian cuisine depending on your level of strictness with kashrut. Kosher fare can be provided via private Jewish caterer where by you the cuisine will be delivered to your riad or hotel daily. A private Kosher Chef is also available at some hotels with advance arrangements. There is Kosher fare available at Kosher restaurants in Casablanca and Fes. The other offered is is Vegetarian cuisine which can be easily accommodated at all riads, hotels and restaurants.
#5: Where you will Stay - Accommodations at Boutique Riads & Hotels: Morocco is known for having some of the best boutique riads and hotels. Many offer an Arabian Nights sensibility. Riads are restored palace style accommodations with courtyards, fountains, lush gardens and traditional Moroccan tilework. Staying in the medinas at Boutique Riads (old cities) will allow better access to Jewish Heritage Sites. If you keep Shabbat then for some cities we will recommend staying in the ville nouvelle (new city) as this will enable you to be in closer walking distance to the Moroccan synagogues. #6: Travel Budget: Travel Exploration Morocco's Jewish Heritage Tour rates are based upon the itinerary we customize with you, the number of travelers and the complete Morocco Tour ameniteis such as a private driver, licensed expert historical guides, boutique accommodations, meals and other fees. For this reason pricing for Travel Exploration's Jewish Heritage tours can be obtained by contacting a us directly.
#7: Understanding the Jewish Heritage Sites & Moroccan Historic Sites Your Morocco Tour Will Include: The sites you will visit can be customized. For Jewish Heritage Tours they primiarly range from Synagogues to Cemeteries, Gardens, the old Mellahs along with Zaouias and Tombs in each Imperial City and the rural regions. Jewish Heritage Tours can be tailor made to include Moroccan historic sites of great important such as the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Mausolum of Kings and Kasbah Oudaya in Rabat, the Universities and Mosques of UNESCO Fes, the Majorelle Gardens and Souks of Marrakech, along with a visit to Berber Villages and a Camel Trek in the Sahara Desert. Some of the Jewish Heritage Sites you can anticipate visiting on a Tailor Made Jewish Heritage Tour are: Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca, Synagogue in Casablanca: Beth El, Synagogue in Meknes: Talmud Torah, Synagogues in Fes: Ibn Danen, Slat Alfassiyine, Synagogues in Marrakech: Slat Al Azama, Synagogue in Seffrou: Bet Em Habanim, The 700 Year Old Adobe Synagogue in Arazan, Synagogues in Essaoura: Slat Lkahal, Simon Attias, Synagogues in Tangier: Mishe Nahon, Jewish Mellahs in Meknes, Fes, Seffrou & Marrakech, Jewish Cemeteries in Fes, Marrakech & Essaouira
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12 Things to do with Morocco with Kids
Morocco is a family friendly country and the perfect choice for travelers with kids. Whether you are planning Morocco vacation as a younger family or traveling with older children Morocco has a wealth of adventure activities and things to do with kids. There are many exciting activities that serve as family tour essentials on a private tour not to be missed. Moroccans love children and much of the culture revolves around family. Children are welcome in Morocco and treated well and with much personal interest. It is common for Moroccans to admire children, offer compliments and engage warmly with families. The unique combination of Morocco's rural landscapes paried with the old world medinas (cities) and mix of exotic cuisine make Morocco a magical place to take a Family Adventure vacation.
12 Things to Do in Morocco with Kids:
Camel Trek Acorss the Moroccan Sahara Desert Camel Trekking offers a unique way to travel Morocco's great south. Families can explore nomadic villages and Kasbahs situated in palm groves, surrounding valleys, mountainous landscapes, gorges and the grand Sahara Desert Dunes. Camel trekking is an inspirational family adventure that shows how Moroccans traveled through the desert for decades and centuries before. Trek to an Oasis or camel trek at sunset before overnighting in a desert camp in the heart of the dunes.
Explore Moroccan cuisine on a Food Tour Food Tours serve as an opportunity for families to discover local Moroccan cuisine. Venture on a guided, private Food Tour of Marrakech's Djemma El Fna Square. Discover the best local eats such as exotic snail soup, sheepshead and sip Mint tea. A Fes Food Tour hosted by a local is also a perfect family activity for kids. Your local Moroccan Food Tour guide will share traditional cooking methods by taking you to visit a furnatchi where the water for the communal bath house ‘hammam’ is also heated, and a 400 year old ‘furan’ or communal oven and bakery. Look no further as the world of spices and their uses and the secrets will be in your hands. Explore the spice market and the male-oriented domain of the tea den under the guidance of a culinary leader and story-teller. Learn to bake bread in the 400-year old community oven with the baker overseeing your hands-on efforts. Take your hot bread to the honey souk to try it with 8 artisanal wild honeys, aged butter or khlia, spicy dried beef. Food tours are created for foodies and those who have the penchant for the exotic, you may try cooking ‘on-street’. Shop and fill up a terracotta urn ‘tanjia’ to have embedded in the hot ashes of the furnachi for a rich and spicy Moroccan casserole, followed by a succulent tasting.
Hike the High Atlas Hiking in Morocco is an essential family activity. With the High Atlas Mountains and located just an hour from Marrakech, families can trek through Berber Villages, overnight at a refuge and dine at a local family, Berber barbecue.
Djemaa El Fna Square
Djemaa El Fna Square is said to be the heart and soul of Marrakech. At the signal of sunset, this mysterious and mesmerizing place truly comes alive. Snake charmers fiddle flirtatiously with their cobras, fire swallowers eat fire, storytellers entertain big crowds, fortune tellers mesmerize tourists with tall tales and the rhythms of African and Arabic sounds hypnotize the crowds amongst the colorful clouds of cooking smoke decorating the air with mingled aromas of mint, cilantro, cumin, and turmeric. The square is transformed into a magical medieval styled circus.
Attend a Fantasia Horse Spectacle Experience a traditional Fantasia at the Chez Ali Equestiran Show in Marrakech. A Fantasia is an equestiran horse show, with entertainment, with Berber song, dance and fireworks that can be enjoed with a Moroccan meal of miswhi (Moroccan roasted lamb) and couscous. Get Lost in
Morocco's old medinas with a Local Guide Morocco's medinas (ancient cities) have narrow alleys, each leading to hidden architectural jewels and unique Moroccan historical sites. Morocco's medinas are traditional living quarters of the local population that has within them neighborhoods which allow self sufficiency such as a mosuqe, water fountain, bread oven, vegetable souk and butcher. Medinas also have magnficient boutique riads and hotels, opulent gardens, restaurants and are home to wonderful fruit and vegetable souks, handy crafts, woodworkers, desginers and bakers.
Quad Ride Across the Sahara Desert Dunes Quad riding in Morocco is ideal for families looking for adventure or those who want to experience rural terrain. Morocco offers dense desert trails, wild beaches and dunes that you can fly across during your Quad biking session. Quad bike across the Sahara Desert in Merzouga's Erg Chebbi Dunes, M'hamid El Ghizlane's Dunes or Erg Chegaga's Dunes. T
Take a Cooking Class with a Daada Chef Cooking Classes are conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from and held at a kitchen in the medina, rural or in a palmeraie garden setting. Family Moroccan Cooking Classes are a total of 4 hours with an option of an add on of wines tasting accompaniment. At the end of each class, families can dine on the meal they have prepared. At a typical half-day cooking class, families will prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.
Fly Over the Hot Atlas in a Hot Air Balloon Hot Air Balloon Over the Atlas at sunrise with views of Marrakech. Enjoy a 1-Hour balloon flight, then receive your souvenier flight certificate. Included in the kid friendly adventure for families is a 4x4 Land rover excursion through local Berber villages to a private tent where breakfast is served along with a visit to a Berber house and camel trek across the Marrakech palmeraie.
Zipline Through the Atlas
Zipline Through the High Atlas Zip Lining across the High Atlas can easily be incorporated as a one or two day excursion from Marrakech. The estate Travel Exploration works with is a grand example of ecotourism in Morocco done at its best suitable for families with kids. Take in the breathtaking famous 700-foot gorge and tree-to-tree zip-lining. Morocco adventure travelers can also cross the Tyrol suspension and tight-rope bridges, hike and trek on foot, horse or mule, participate in Berber bowling, archery, falconry and polo on mule-back. To top this off there are Berber weaving demonstrations along with Moroccan cuisine and tea-making workshops.
Vist A Water Park Oasaria Water Park serves as the perfect day excursion for families planning to visit Morocco in summer. This water park features multiple slides, a wave pool, a lazy river & kids' splash areas.
Lunch with a Berber Family
Sip Tea with a Berber Family Meet a local Berber family, sip tea in the Sagro Mountains, and dine on couscous. Then explore and tour the village by foot. Walk in the green fields and see how the traditional Berbers live with their gardens of herbs, livestock, and henna plants. After lunch, you can have your hands and feet painted with henna or your hair adorned with saffron by a local village artist and relax. Experience the tradition of Berber perfume made from musk and amber along with the villages own spices.