Mediterranean

Studies Association

MSA 2020 Morocco 

Educational Post Tour 

May 31 - June 4         5 Days - 4 Nights



ITINERARY - Tour starts and ends in Gibraltar

Tangier – Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes – Chefchaouen

SUNDAY, MAY 31

Coach Transfer Gibraltar to Algeciras for early morning ferry transfer from Algeciras to Tangier Med port. See above slide show.


City tour of Tangier with professional guide. Stop first at the old town, locally called “The Medina”.Visit the American legation, Dar El Oued Makhazen Kasbah, the Mendoubia Gardens, and the Grand and Petit Socco. Transfer to Cape Spartel, the meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Spartel which was known to the Greeks and Romans as the “Cape of the Vines”. Visit the Cave of Hercules, which is Africa’s most north-westerly promontory with a strange sea window shaped like a map of Africa.


Transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial Cities.


Overnight in Rabat.

Le Diwan Mgallery Rabat Hotel

Tangier-Medina

Tanger-Medina-Bernard-Moutin

Dar el-Makhzen Dar el-Makhzen or Sultanate Palace

Grand Socco Tangier

Tanger Mendoubia Gardens

Tangier Medina Old Steps Fox Painting

Tangier city museum - Sultanate Palace

Medina Marketplace

Cave of Hercules

MONDAY, JUNE 1


Breakfast in the hotel.

Tour of Rabat. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas. This Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty (12th century). 

Stop next at Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king's father and grandfather. Stop at Hassan Tower, which is a minaret built in 1195.

Transfer to Meknes, the "Moroccan Versailles" and one of the oldest cities in the kingdom. Visit Meknes which was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail(1672–1727), a contemporary of Louis XIV, before it was relocated to Marrakesh. Stop at the massive Bab El Mansour gate, which is the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Bab El Mansour gate was completed by Moulay Ismail’s son, Moulay Abdallah, in 1732. 

Stop next at Hri Souani, which is a complex of three different buildings built for granaries and stables. This amazing site has been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is probably “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988 by Martin Scorsese.

The Kasbah Rabat

Aqueduct for the Imperial City Meknes

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Door in the Kasbah

Inside the Kasbah of the Udayasbat, Morocco

Marrocos River Bou Regreg and the 

 Kasbah-Oudaya-Rabat

Meknes Bab al-Mansour Gate

Meknes Bab Mansour

Meknes Imperial Stables

Meknes, Morocco

Palace Gate Kasbah of the Oudayas


DAY 2 (continues)

Transfer to the UNESCO Roman ruins in Volubilis. Volubilis is a Berber and Roman city partly excavated by the UNESCO; it was considered as the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania. The city was developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh/Berber  and then Carthiginian from from the 1st century AD onward, the city grew rapidly under the Roman rule.

Late in the afternoon, transfer to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco.

Overnight in Fes. 

Barcelo Fes Hotel

Volubilis

Roman Mosaics

Roman Basilica Arches 

Tingis Gate 

Volubilis Basilica

Basilica

TUESDAY, JUNE 2 


Breakfast in the hotel.

Enjoy the guided city tour of Fes. Begin with the entrance to the largest royal palace in Morocco. Continue with a panoramic view of the ancient medina. Enjoy an authentic experience at the traditional ceramic crafts village of Fes after that. Your next stop is Fes El Bali, the ancient town or Medina, which is a medieval part of Fes that has not changed for centuries.

Royal Palace Gate

Royal Palace Courtyard

Doors, Royal Palace of Fes

Metal work on doors of Royal Palace of Fes

Royal Palace of Fes

Royal Palace of Fes

Visit the famous Al-Karaouine mosque, built by Fatima Al Fihria in 857. Al-Karaouine mosque became home to the University of Al-Karaouine, which is the first university in the world and the world's foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium. The university was built by Fatima Al Fihria in 859, and, since then, it has become one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world. In the medina, visit also a Merdersa, which is a Coranic school. Complete the city tour of Fes with the leather Souq and the oldest Leather Tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries.


Overnight in Fes.

Zawiya in Old Medina

Courtyard of the Zawiya

Fes, Old Medina

Gate to Old Medina Fes

Interior of Shrine dedicated to Idrisid II, Founder of Fes

Mausoleum’s south wall

Al-Karaouine mosque of Fes, Morocco

Al-Karaouine mosque

Al-Karaouine mosque

Al-Karaouine mosque

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to Chefchaouen, the “Blue City” and one of the most majestic places to visit in Morocco. Enjoy the city tour of Chefchaouen. Start your tour with the kasbah of Chefchaouen. This kasbah belongs to the early 18th century, and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail (1645 – 1727). Stop next at Plaza Uta el-Hammam, which is the cobbled main square in town and where the striking 15th century Grand Mosque sits.


Transfer to Tangier.

Overnight in Tangier.

HOTEL KENZI SOLAZUR TANGIER 

Chefchaouen, the blue city,  Blue Pearl 

Uta el-Hammam Square and Kashbah 

Chefchaouen, the blue city, Medina

Chefchaouen, the blue city, Kashbah

Chefchaouen, the blue city

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen Grand Mosque

Plaza Uta el-Hammam

THURSDAY, JUNE 4

FERRY RETURN TO ALGECIRAS, SPAIN

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