Journey to the village of Chefchaouen (Chaouen for short), the town of poetry and art lined with blue and white wached houses, tiny balconies, tiled roofs and pa- tios adorned with citrus trees. This Moorish town shel- tered the Arab refugees form Andalusia after the fall of Granada and the decline of the Arab rule in Spain. Explore the town’s old medina on foot along with your guide, who will lshare stories of Chaouen’s history.
Visit of the Old Kasbah, dating back to the early 18th century. It’s fairly simple, without architectural surpris- es; however, it’s surrounded by gardens evoking a feel- ing of serenity. See the craftsmen at work in their small traditional factories and enjoy the aromas of the Moor-
ish and Andalusian civilizations.
Inside the Kasbah, visit the ethnographic museum containing antique weapons, musical instruments, and photographs of the old town. Stop at the cob- bled main square, where the striking 15th century Grand mosque stands. Until the Spanish arrived in the 1920’s the town remained practically isolated. The mosque and its nearby buildings were built by Jewish refugees, who alongside Muslims escaped Spanish persecution. Enjoy some free time here for shopping, exploring some more or simply to absorb the atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a typical lunch at an authentic restaurant
– Departure from the hotel
– Drive to Chaouen
– Kasbah & visit the ethnographic museum (Visit + Explanations)
– Grand Mosque stands (sightseeing + explanations + photos)
– Medina & Souk (sightseeing + explanations + photos)
– Typical lunch at an authentic restaurant (is not included)
– Free Time
Enjoy the highlights of Tangier and visit the beauti- ful resort town of Asilah on the Atlantic Coast.
A short drive takes you to the entrance of the me- dina, where you’ll enjoy a comprehensive walk through one of Tangier’s most historic and architec- turally interesting areas, the Kasbah and its muse- um, before moving on to the Grand Souk.
The Kasbah area is spread across the highest point of the medina, and your guide leads you on an up- hill walk while pointing out some of the highlights. Once at the top, you find yourself in an area much unchanged since the Roman times. The Kasbah was the traditional residence of the sultan and his ha- rem, and is now one of the most fashionable resi- dential areas of Tangier and much quieter quarter than the other areas of the city. Visit the Kasbah Museum, newly renovated, if focuses on the histo- ry of the area. You’re sur to enjoy the traditional courtyard, the various displays and the large mosaic works of art on display.
Winding your way back down the hill, your guide leads you into one of Tangier’s most colorful and bustling areas, the Grand Souk. Is always full of life and remains a busy place, especially when Riffian peasants come to market. It is the center of things and the link between the medina and the new city. A scenic drive takes you to Cap Spartel a promon- tory projecting into the waters where the Medi- terranean and Atlantic meet. You’ll stop here for a unique photo opportunity. Continue the town of Asila, situated on the north western tip of Moroc- co’s Atlantic coast. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring this beautiful place.
Asilah was first populated by the Phoenicians who used it as trading port, then by the Portuguese, and in 1692, the city was liberated and returned to Morocco. Today, it’s one of the most popular sea- side resorts on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, especially during the summer. Here you can find many desert- ed and quiet beaches, Mediterranean houses paint- ed in white and blue, the gentleness of its people, museums and street-artists form around the world. Drive back to Tangier and stop for shopping before returing to your ship.
– Departure from the hotel
– Hercules Grottos (Visit + Explanations)
– Drive to Asilah
– Lunch at Hotel Khaima (is not included)
– Palace Raissouni (Photo-stop)
– Medina & Souk (Visit + Explanantions)
– Return to Harbour