The Azores & Canary IslandsApril 28, 2015 - May 14, 2015
Optional Two-Day Excursion to Marrakech
Sunday, May 10 – Monday, May 11
From Agadir, drive inland to the romantic rose-red city of Marrakech; perched on the edge of the pre-Saharan Plains along the Berber trade routes that made this city one of the great citadels of the Islamic world. Explore the opulent 19th-century Bahia Palace, the medina—a World Heritage Site—and the Koutoubia Mosque. You will also visit the imperial Saadian tombs and Djemaa El Fna Square, a vibrant crossroads of magicians, acrobats, henna tattooists, and snake charmers. Browse the nearby souk where you can buy almost anything. From spices to shoes, jellabas to kaftans, tea pots to tagines, and much, much more.
In the evening enjoy a dinner of traditional Moroccan specialties. Overnight in our Marrakech hotel.
Today, choose to explore the Majorelle Gardens, like an oasis in the heart of this desert city; the Palmeraie, a vast area of date palms; and the bustling souk. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive through the stunning scenery of the desert and Atlas Mountains to arrive in Casablanca where you will reboard the ship.
Or, you may join an optional full-day birding excursion in the Atlas Mountains. Drive through a vast expanse of low desert with splendid views of the snow-dusted mountain range. Winding up into the mountains, make several stops to search for a variety of birds including the scarce and localized Barbary falcon, black wheatear, Atlas chaffinch, and flocks of aerobatic red-billed chough. With a great deal of luck, you may also encounter one of the great raptors of the world, the massive lammergeier.
Call our office for details on this optional extension.
- Price: $1,260 single occupancy, $980 double occupancy