The destination today is exotic Marrakech. Driving from Safi, first make a photo stop at the Koutoubia Mosque. Completed in 1199, it is the tallest mosque in Marrakech and built in a traditional Almohad style. Next visit the tranquil Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French artist Louis Majorelle with lush greenery, palm trees, cacti, still pools and shady nooks. The 19-century residence of Dar el Bahia Palace is the next stop and is a fascinating place with its seemingly random arrangement of close, intimate rooms including the apartments of the Sultan’s favourite concubine; the magnificent Council Chamber and elaborately decorated reception rooms, all with mosaics and ceiling decorations. In the central courtyard admire the marble paving, fountains, flowers and intricate zelliges tile work. The inner courtyards were reserved for the sultan’s four wives and twenty-four concubines, and this is where you will enjoy a lunch of traditional Moroccan cuisine served with wine.
This afternoon, take a stroll through the labyrinth of alleyways in the ancient, 12th-century Medina. Your guided tour ends with a visit to the famous Djmâa el Fna Square, where you will find a permanent theatre of musicians, acrobats, snake charmers, food stalls and storytellers. The many colorful and varied souqs will entice you to shop for local and Berber handicrafts in leather, brass, copper, silver or gold; beautiful carpets; polished wood; a myriad of perfumes and an amazing selection of spices.