Special Events

-Free visit to Ifrane and the nearby berber city Azrou (17 km) (July 8th)

-Visit to AUI robotic observatory + star gazing session (July 9th)

-Trip to the old imperial city Fez and Gala dinner there (July 10 afternoon) - (50 Euros)
Fez,about 60 km far from Ifrane, is the holiest and imperial city in the Islamic world after Mecca and Medina. Founded at the beginning of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II. Fez is the best surviving example of an ancient Arab city, Fez is comprised of a new city, established in the 12th century, and the unchanged 2,000-year-old medina.

Tour Fez el-Bali (Fez the Old) and its medieval medina (old town), a UNESCO world heritage site crammed with narrow, winding streets, where donkeys laden with goods trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market.

A fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys, bustling souks, and artisan workshops, the atmosphere assaults the senses with fragrant spices, exotic delicacies, brightly colored carpets, and fine handmade goods bursting from endless stalls. Visit centuries-old mosques and universities, see the multi-colored vats of the open-air tanneries, tour the ceramic workshops that create prized Moroccan mosaics, and shop for traditional goods made from copper, ceramics, and leather.



- Conference trip to Marrakech  (about 300 Euros in double occupancy rooms or 370 Euros in single, see price details here: Post conference trip prices 


DAY 1/July 11: at 2:00 p.m departure to Marrakech through the atlas mountains: IFRANE /Azrou/ Khenifra/BENI MELLAL / MARRAKECH (300 Miles) -- a moment of relaxation in Beni Mellal .

Arrival to Marrakech at night Check in at the hotel, dinner and accommodation in the hotel.

DAY 2 /July 12:  Visit of historical Marrakech: the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia and the Dar Si Saïd Museum. Lunch at the local restaurant . Afternoon, visit of the famous Djemaa El Fna square with its surrounding souks and handicraft quarters. Dinner with fantasia show . Accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 3 /July 13: MARRAKECH / CASABLANCA / RABAT / (210 Milles) After breakfast, departure to Casablanca,short visit to the economic capital of Morocco :the central market, the Habous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and Hassan II mosque . Continuation to Rabat, city tour: the Royal Palace, (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, the Mohamed V mausoleum, the Hassan Tower. dinner and accommodation in the hotel

DAY 4/July 14: RABAT/ CASABLANCA/ DEPARTURE After breakfast, transfer to the Airport, with Departure assistance and formalities.


Marrakech

Take a tour through the Moroccan city of Marrakech, it is very famous for its architecture. Marrakech is Morocco’s second largest imperial city, with red ochre buildings and broad avenues lined with palm trees. Take a tour around Djemaa el-Fna, a huge square in the medina overflowing with food stalls and entertainers.

You will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Marrakech’s old medina and Kasbah begins with a stop at the foot of the Koutoubia Minaret.

You will continue into the 12th century fortress of Kasbah, where you will see the distinctive carved gate Bab Agnaou. Next is a stop at the 16th century monument of the Saadian Tombs, notice the wonderful Hispano-Mauresque architecture surround the burial ground of the royal family.

Walk through the mellah (Jewish quarter) on to visit the aristocratic Bahia Palace, where you will see a large palace with beautifully painted residential rooms and a lush Moorish style garden in the courtyard.

Finally, a stroll through the famous Jemaa El Fna Square which was the ancient meeting point of the tradesmen in northwest Africa.


Casablanca

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. A further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosque’s courtyard. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 metres.

The Parc de la Ligue Arabe (formally called Lyautey) is the city’s largest public park. On its edge is situated the Cathedrale du Sacré Coeur, which is disused, but is a splendid example of Mauresque architecture. The 45 meters high El Hank lighthouse (built in 1905 and renovated between 1914 and 1917)

The 45 meters high El Hank lighthouse (built in 1905 and renovated between 1914 and 1917)

The Old Medina (the part of town pre-dating the French protectorate) attracts fewer tourists than the medinas of other Moroccan towns, such as Fes and Marrakech. However, it has undergone some restoration in recent years. Included in this project have been the western walls of the medina, its skala, or bastion, and its colonial-period clock tower.


Rabat

When visiting Rabat make sure you take time to wander around the old city or medina, the best place to experience the Moroccan way of life. Rabat’s medina, unlike the ones in Fez and Marrakech, is a compact well organised quarter delimited by the sea and the river on two sides and by the Almohade Wall and the Andalous Wall on the other two. The Andalous influence is clear in the architecture characterised by a mixture of whitewash and exposed stone. In the medina are the traditional markets, called souks, selling absolutely everything from spices to carpets, silk, jewellery and leather goods.

Kasbah of the Oudayas, the old citadel of the Almohad, Andalous and Marinide villages, is a fascinating quarter sprouting history from every corner. The main access is through Bab Oudaya, one of the most enchanting Moorish doors in the world. The entrance of Bab Oudaya was built in the 12th century by the Almohades. One of the most ambitious constructions by the Almohads is the Hassan Mosque and its Tower that dominate the city entirely. Neither the Mosque nor the tower were ever completed but still remain an outstanding example of Almohad architecture. In front of the tower is the Mohammed V Mausoleum that maintains alive the memory of the sultan who helped Morocco to obtain independence. Other interesting sites are the impressive Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the King and the remarkable Andalous Gardens in the new city quarters. The ruins of Chellah, some of the most interesting ruins in Morocco featuring roman ruins from 200 BC and Marinide imperial tombs can be visited everyday from 9am to 5pm. From afar the Chellah necropolis looks like another medina, but the site hasn’t been habited since 1154 when it was abandoned in favour of Salé.