#62 best destination in the world

Majorelle Garden

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  • 2 and 1/2 acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden
  • Created by French Orientalist artist for forty years starting in 1923
  • Features a Cubist villa

Marrakesh

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  • Old fortified city packed with vendors and stalls
  • Has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kasbah du Toubkal

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  • Hotel that offers traditional foods or mint tea, and rides on muleback to visit the mountains, nearby village, and Toubkal National Park, located in the middle of the Atlas Mountain range

Tin Mal Mosque

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  • Mosque located in the High Atlas mountains
  • Built in 1156 to commemorate the founder of the Almohad dynasty, Mohamed Ibn Tumart
  • One of the two mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslim
  • The prototype for the Tin Mal mosque was the Great Mosque of Taza, also built by Abd al-Mu’min

Aït Benhaddou

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  • Ancient fortified village
  • Great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Todgha Gorge

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  • Series of limestone river canyons, or wadi, in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Both the Todgha and neighbouring Dades Rivers are responsible for carving out these deep cliff-sided canyons, on their final 25 miles through the mountains
  • The height of the canyon walls can vary, but in some places can be up to 1,312 ft high

Crocoparc

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  • A huge crocodile head marks the main entrance of the parc.
  • Farm within the Atlantic area that contains more than 300 Nil crocodiles
  • The architecture and the design of the park portrays a walk in a forest, offering unique trees and plants varieties

Agadir Beach

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  • Highly rated spacious beach providing a sandy shoreline and volleyball courts

Essaouira

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  • City enclosed by fortress walls
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hassan II Mosque

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  • Largest functioning mosque in Africa
  • Completed in 1993
  • The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca
  • The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean; worshippers can pray over the sea
  • A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

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  • Mausoleum containing the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah
  • The building is considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette, topped by a typical green tiled roof, green being the colour of Islam
  • A reader of the Quran is often present
  • Construction completed in 1971

Chefchaouen

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  • City with blue walls of which there are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue.
  • One popular theory is that the blue keeps mosquitos away, another is that Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s
  • The blue is said to symbolize the sky and heaven, and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life
  • However, according to some locals, the walls were mandated to be painted blue simply to attract tourists at some point in the 1970s

Medina of Fez

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  • One of the best conserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world
  • Founded in the 8th-9th centuries
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Costs

Number of Days: 32 days

Best Time To Fly: March-May, Sept-Oct

Airline ticket: $1,772

Seattle -> Marrakesh (one way) = $861
Casablanca -> Seattle (one way) = $911

Food: $10/day x 32 days = $320

Entertainment/tours: $110

Airbnb/hotel: $87/day x 30 days = $2,610

TOTAL: $4,812