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Imperial Cities History & Culture 7 days to Marrakech
4 Days Casablanca, Fes, Sahara Desert to Marrakech

Imperial Cities History & Culture 7 days to Marrakech

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Imperial Cities History & Culture 7 days to Marrakech

Uncover the best of Morocco with our escorted group tours or create your own magical journey with a tailor-made holiday.
Uncover an exotic mix of imperial cities, bustling souks, striking landscapes, delecious food and a  diverse of culture in Morocco, all awaiting discovery, discover unspoilt kasbahs, lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleyways off Marrakech’s famed Djemaa el Fna Square and travel back in time to wander through the ancient medina of medieval Fes. With enchanting imperial cities, impressive waterfalls of ouzoud, and the laid back Atlantic coast in Essaouira, Morocco is a truly dramatic holiday destination unlike any other.
Day -1 : Welcome to Casablanca Airport, Transfer to the hotel
Arrive at Casablanca airport; Meet and greet by your English speaking driver/Guide. Enjoy an orientation tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco and its largest city. Visit the famous Hassan II mosque, the landmark mark of the city with the tallest minaret in the world (210 metres, 689 ft)). Stop next at Ain Diab Corniche, which is one of the city’s most fashionable districts. Complete the city tour with the visit of Mohammed V Square in the city center. Optional dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Casablanca.

Accommodation: Hotel

Included Activities

Casablanca Hassan 2 Mosque – Welcome Dinner

Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

Day – 2 : Visit Rabat – Meknes, Volubilis – Fes
After Breakfast, depart for Rabat. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas. This Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty (12th century). Stop next at Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king’s father and grandfather. Your last stop in Rabat is Hassan Tower, which is a minaret built in 1195. Transfer to Meknes, the “Moroccan Versailles” and one of the oldest cities in the kingdom. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), a contemporary of Louis XIV, before it was relocated to Marrakesh. Stop at the massive Bab El Mansour gate, which is the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Bab El Mansour gate was completed by Moulay Ismail’s son, Moulay Abdallah, in 1732. Stop next at Hri Souani, which is a complex of three different buildings built for granaries and stables. This amazing site has been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is probably “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988 by Martin Scorsese. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis, a Berber and Roman city partly excavated by the UNESCO. Volubilis was considered as the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania. The city was developed from the 3rd century BC onward as an Amazigh, then proto-Carthaginian, and from from the 1st century AD onward, the city grew rapidly under the Roman rule. Arrive to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Optional dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Fes.

Accommodation: Riad (2 nights)

Included Activities

Rabat – Guided Walking Tour / Chella, Oudaya, Hassan Tower

Guided walking Tour Volubilis

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day – 3 :  Fez Sightseeing
Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the guided city tour of Fes. Begin with the entrance to the largest royal palace in Morocco. Continue with a panoramic view of the ancient medina. Enjoy an authentic experience at the traditional ceramic crafts village of Fes after that. Your next stop is Fes El Bali, the ancient town or Medina, which is a medieval part of Fes that has not changed for centuries. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the famous Al-Karaouine mosque, built by Fatima Al Fihria in 857. Al-Karaouine mosque became home to the University of Al-Karaouine, which is the first university in the world and the world’s foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium. The university was built by Fatima Al Fihria in 859, and, since then, it has become one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world. In the medina, visit also a Merdersa, which is a Coranic school. Complete the city tour of Fes with the leather Souq and the oldest Leather Tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. Optional dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Fes.

Included Activities

Guided walking tour Fes

Fondouk Nejjarine

Mederassa Bou Inania, Tanneries, Jewish Quarter

Meals Included

Breakfast

Dinner Pastilla

Day – 4 : Fes – Ifran – Marrakech
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Marrakech, “Paris of the Sahara” and Winston Churchill once described it. The journey takes you through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Stop first in Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses and its 1665 metres (5,460 ft) in elevation. Ifrane experiences snow during winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa,
-24 °C in 1935. Expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane. Arrive at Beni Mellal where you will stop for an optional lunch. Beni Mellal is an agrecultral city near the middle Atlas, we then continue to Marrakech, an optional visit to Ouzoud waterfalls.
Day – 5 :  Marrakech Sightseeing
Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy a guided city tour of Marrakech. Stop first at the Koutoubia Mosque, which is an old monument built under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199). This monument inspired other buildings such as the Giralda in Seville in Spain and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Stop next at the Bahia Palace. This Palace was built in the late 19th century and was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. Visit Madrasa Ben Youssef after that. This Coranic school is named after the Almoravid Sultan Ali Ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106–1142). Madrasa Ben Youssef is the largest in all of Morocco. Stop next at the Saadian tombs, which is a site that dates back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Continue the tour with the world famous Jema El Fna Square where you will enjoy amazing performance of traditional activities by storytellers, snake charmers, peddlers of traditional medicines. Your last stop is the bustling souks in the old medina. Optional dinner. Overnight in Marrakesh. Overnight in Marrakech.

Accommodation : Riad

Included Activities

Guided walking tour Marrakech

Majorel Gardens

Bahia Palace

Souks

Jamaa lfna & Koutoubia

Coranic medrassa ben youssef

Monuments and Heritage Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day – 6 :Marrakech – Essaouira
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Essaouira, which is another charming town in Morocco. Essaouira is a relatively small, easily navigable beach city. Essaouira has got a distinct multicultural feel, resulting from the large Portuguese, French, and Jewish populations that once called it home. Its mild climate and expansive stretches of ocean sand also place it among Morocco’s top beach towns. Essaouira’s walled medina was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2001. Its well-preserved, late-18th-century fortified layout is a prime example of European military architecture in North Africa. For the visitor, the mellow atmosphere, narrow winding streets lined with colourful shops, whitewashed houses and heavy old wooden doors make it a wonderful place to stroll. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Late in the afternoon, transfer back to Marrakech. Optional dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Marrakesh.

Included Activities

Argan co-operative, Visit Fishing boats port, Skali

Free time

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day – 7 :  Casablanca Airport Transfer
After breakfast, we will assist you to Casablanca airport for your departure flight according to your flight details.  

Imperial Cities History & Culture 7 days to Marrakech

On this trip you’ll journey to Morocco’s classic destinations, visiting its four imperial cities, Over 6 amazing days you’ll see the stunning Traditional architecture and palm-lined boulevards of Rabat, the impressive ramparts and monumental gates of Meknes, the craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques of Fes, the endless peaks of the high Atlas, the diverse landscapes of Morocco, Middle and High Atlas Mountains, and the storytellers, snake charmers and henna painters of Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna. Along the way you’ll wander the winding paths of ouzoud waterfalls, go back in time to the Roman Empire at the archaeological site of Volubilis, and discover the charming Essaouira coastal town. With each destination having its own unique history, wonders and highlights, this journey through classic Morocco is one unforgettable cultural adventure!

what’s Inclueded:

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation (hotel x Riads)
  • Late model transportation with A/C
  • Some meals (breakfast daily, dinner x 2)
  • All entrance fees
  • Meknes city tour
  • Tour of Volubilis archaeological site
  • Fes city tour
  • Optional walk in Atlas mountains ouzoud falls
  • Optional surf & Camel ride in Essaouira
  • Traditional Berber music
  • Visit Fes Medina
  • Marrakech city tour

Note: Travelling companions will be roomed together in hotels unless they request separate single rooms. For a single room there is an extra charge of €40 per person per night. Travelling companions will also be roomed together in Berber guesthouses. It is not possible to book a single room when staying in a Berber guesthouse.

Exclusions:

  • Aeroplane ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Note: This trip starts when you arrive on Day 1 and ends in the morning on Day 7. If you would like us to arrange accommodation, optional activities or anything else before, during or after your trip, please let us know as we are more than happy to do this.

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