The taste of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

The taste of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

Gastronomy, bazaars, deserts, nature, culture ... the three countries have everything to offer you an experience of the senses and the mind. This travel proposal includes two activities, which you can modify, like the rest of the details, to adapt to your taste!

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Marrakech

About the city

Gateway to the desert and the south, Marrakech is overwhelming like no other imperial city of Morocco. Its reddish-pink streets and alleys are full of sounds, sights, smells and life. The mid-summer heat is enough to prostrate most tourists. The best times to explore Marrakech are early morning, early evening, and winter, during winter temperatures are mild, but fall significantly at night, due to the cold air from the High Atlas. The Djemaa El-Fna, Assembly of the Dead, is anything but what its name suggests. A hot and crowded market by day, the Djemaa really gets rolling at sunset when the entertainers invade. This chaotic outdoor circus offers a microcosms of Morocco at its most exotic. The huge audience clusters in tight circles around the diverse cast of performers. Almost every tour of Marrakech begins at the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, with its magnificent minaret presiding over the Djemaa. The minaret, crowned by a lantern of three golden spheres, is the oldest and purest surviving example of the architecture of the Almohads. The city’s two most breathtaking monuments date from the 16th century. Feast your eyes and cool off at the ornate Ben Youssef Madrassa, the largest Qur’anic school in North Africa. Even more lavish are the dazzling Saadian Tombs, modelled upon the interior of the Alhambra in Granada. The view from the terrace at the Badi Palace, now in ruins, is majestic. Close by we find the 19th century Bahia Palace. It is an ornate and beautiful palace with restful fountained gardens. To escape from the relentless midday sun, wander in the lush Menara Gardens and lounge in the charming lakeside pavilion. Marrakech is noisy, busy, dusty and chaotic. It is a visual and sensory banquet of colour, diverse cultures, architecture and design. Marrakech delivers an exotic and exciting taste of Africa and the best part is that it is only a few hours away from Europe by plane.

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Labranda Rose

Popularity:
  • 70% General
    555
  • AVENUE MOHAMED VI MARRAKECH,
  • 00212529900900
Services:
Rooms:
Double room (1) - ROOM ONLY
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A Taste of Marrakech: Inside the Medina

day 1 - Tour
We kick off this Marrakech medina tour and food experience at the beautiful and legendary Djemaa El-Fna square, home to almost a millennium of trading, bargaining, eating, and mingling. You’ll feel the history, tradition, and culture instantly, and after an initial briefing, we’ll wander off into the small streets branching off from the square.

Along the way, we’ll stop at hidden local shops that most tourists won’t find, to taste a few of the numerous different versions of olives, and snack on nuts and other typical Moroccan treats, before heading off towards the poultry/beef market to see how the locals shop and bargain. Sampling all kinds of food in Marrakech is a fascinating insight into the local life and traditions, and with all the different kinds of places your guide will take you, you’ll see many different sides to the part it has to play in Marrakech culture.

From there, we’ll head to one of the most popular sections – the spice section! Moroccan cuisine is known for its vibrant spices, and here you’ll learn how the spices are used in traditional cuisine, how Marrakech became such a popular spot for spice trading, and get inspired to recreate Moroccan culinary masterpieces when you get home. The spice market will totally enchant you with its exotic smells and bold colors from the likes of cumin, saffron, ginger, pepper, turmeric…we could go on, but you’d best just travel to Marrakech and see for yourself!

We continue our Moroccan food odyssey through the souks, where we’ll discover the many traditional types of bread, learn how nomadic communities preserved meat for periods of scarcity and wars, perhaps try a cow hoof or sheep’s head, and stop by to try some Ghoulal. We’ll end up in the square where, after seeing all the fresh ingredients of the souks and markets, we’ll enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner amid the bustling World Heritage listed Djemaa El-Fna at its peak. Surrounded by people, snakes and their charmers, monkeys and their mischief, the atmosphere is hard to beat. We’re pretty sure this will be an experience that’ll stick with you for a very long time. \n

Meeting/pick-up point: Outside Café France in Djemaa El-Fna. As you walk into Djemaa El-Fna through the main entrance this is a 3-storey café on the right side of the square. All through Djemaa El-Fna there are fake guides who will try and convince you to do a tour with them, so please make sure that you find the official guide who will be holding an Urban Adventures sign or badge and be waiting for you in front of the café.
Start/opening time: At 6pm.
End/closing time: At 9:30pm.
Drop-off location: Djemaa El-Fna Square.
Languages: English.\n
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Marrakech

Algiers

Morocco
Inezgane / 09:50
Royal Air Maroc AT 422 Royal Air Maroc
3h 50m 1 Stop
Algeria
13:40 Houari Boumediene
27/03/2018 30/03/2018

Algiers

About the city

Algiers is the capital and the largest city of Algeria. Algiers is a lively cosmopolitan city. In terms of population, it has grown rapidly of late. Indeed, the city is now home to over three million people, amounting to around a tenth of the population of Algeria as a whole. Modern Algiers is located in and around the waterfront area of the city. Most of the shops and restaurants can be found in this neighborhood, which is centered on the Rue Didouche Mourad. The seafront district of Baba-El Oued is home to Kettani Beach, a popular draw for both local families and visitors alike.

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Hydra Hotel

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Popularity:
  • 60% General
    85
  • BD BENYOUCEF BENKHEDDA ( EX SIDI YAHIA ) HYDRA,
  • 00213560954742
Services:
Rooms:
Double room (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Algiers

Tunis

Algeria
Houari Boumediene / 17:40
Tunisair TU 375 Tunisair
1h 10m Nonstop
Tunisia
18:50 Carthage
30/03/2018 02/04/2018

Tunis

About the city

With a balmy, sand-fringed Mediterranean coast, scented with jasmine and sea breezes, Tunis is refashioning itself as an ambitiously modern Arab capital. The city is keen on preserving its Mediterranean traditions as well as its Arabic and African roots. It's an attitude reflected in its architecture, with the old Arab medina sat next to the French colonial Ville Nouvelle (New Town). As any other Arabic metropolis, the medina is the historic and spiritual heart of the city. The tangled streets of the medina are crammed with people selling, buying and carting goods around, enveloped in the scent of spices. The contrast with the palm trees and café terraces of the ville nouvelle's avenue Habib Bourguiba could not be greater. Old men in traditional dress watch suited office workers and the young go past in jeans and shirts: this is Tunis. In the suburbs are the wonderful Bardo Museum and the impressive and mysterious ruins of the ancient Carthage, from where Hannibal set forth to drive his elephants over the Alps. Also nearby is Tunisia's most beautiful village, Sidi Bou Said, inspiration to many artists, and the gorgeous white-sand beaches of La Marsa. Tunis is a vibrant yet laid-back capital city that celebrates its Western and Eastern influences and flaunts proudly its cultural heritage.

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Hotel Le Diplomat

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Popularity:
  • 61% General
    146
  • 44, AVENUE HEDI CHAKER
  • +21671785233
Services:
Rooms:
DOUBLE (1) - BED AND BREAKFAST
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Carthage Museum - Bardo

day 9 - In English
Departure to the Bardo Museum and its superb Roman mosaics, one of the most important collections in the world.The Bardo museum is situated in the old palace of the bey, in what was the countryside before, and offers both itself and and the exhibits to be admired. The tour around the museum is a tour through Tunisian history, though dominated by Punic, Roman and Christian periods.

Continuation to Carthage and remainders of the splendours of Tunisia's past. There will be visits to the gigantic Punic Ports, the Antonin Baths, the Tophet as well as the Theatre. Declared a national monument the town of Carthage and nearby Salammbo abound in vestiges of the Punic and Roman empires, baths, dwellings, temples, shrines and the fabulous naval port of the Carthaginians.

For a thousand years, Phoenicians were masters of the Mediterranean and over 200 war ships and innumerable merchant vessels were sheltered in the nearby port of Salammbo. At its center the Admirals Island still exists and archeologists are reconstituting the pavilion with its shrine and docks. Next to the ports the ancient sanctuary of the goddess Tanit (Tophet) a quiet, shady square of hundreds of funeral steles \n

Meeting/ pick-up point: From hotels.
Duration: Four-and-a-half hour.
Start/opening time: At 8.00am.
End/closing time: At 12.30pm.
Languages: English, German and Italian \n

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The taste of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia
The taste of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia