From the kaleidoscopic array of rich colors to the mesmerizing aroma of spice markets filling the streets, Morocco is an experience for the senses unlike any other. The rich cultural legacy of the country is reflected in  every turn as African and European influences blend harmoniously to create a simply fascinating destination.

Located less than 10 miles off the coast of Spain, the Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of all North African countries. Relatively recently freed, Morocco gained its independence from France and Spain in 1956. While their governance is no longer, their cultural influences remain alongside those of Africa sprinkled throughout. Cafes line the streets where locals gather to sip tea, catch up and watch the city in motion. Stunning mosques showcase artisanal craftsmanship and deep tradition. Multilingual locals are bustling about, often switching from language to language in the middle of a tale. The country is vibrant, to say the very least.

One month from today, we will be in the heart of it all. As is tradition with TravelQuest trips, many tours offer exciting pre- or post-trip optional add ons that allow travelers an even more in-depth look into the countries and cultures we visit. As TQ’s 2013 solar eclipse tours takes off, guests embarking on the West Africa cruise can enjoy an optional pre-tour in Morocco. They will journey along Spain’s Costa del Sol and cross the Strait of Gibraltar to spend five nights exploring the ancient cities of Tangier, Fez, and Chaouen. We can’t wait to share pictures of the dynamic landscape and the breathtaking celestial-adventures to follow.

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