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Duration

7 Days

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

Four Moroccan cities bear the “imperial” name which they owe to the Sherifian Empire, appellation that the Kingdom of Morocco has had for long periods of history. These magnificent cities have their roots in the History of Morocco as they were the capitals of the Sultanate and the Empire during a period of history.

A tour in the Imperial Cities is the best way to explore the rich and colourful culture of Morocco. The country is known in the Arab world as” El Maghreb” – country of the setting sun and powerful extremes, where the traditional and the modern prosper hand in hand. Morocco is considered the most westernized country in the Arab-Muslim countries.

Marrakech

marrakech

Marrakech is the second largest city of Morocco and is known as the Red or Ocre City. It is the capital of the south of Morocco and an imperial city that once lent its name to Morocco.

Bustling metropolitan, city of glorious history and mystic charms, radiant Marrakech is both splendid and mysterious. Bordered by the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas, surrounded by robust ramparts and century-old palm trees, magnificent gardens, colorful vibrant souks, and uninterrupted entertainment in the famous Djema El Fnâa square, Marrakech leaves visitors with the impression of being soaking in a fairy-tale world.

Impressive landmarks in Marrakech include majestic palaces: Royal Palace, Bahia and Badi palaces; the stunning Koutoubia mosque; Medersa Ben Youssef, the largest theological college in Morocco; Saadian Tombs; Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts; Majorelle Gardens; the huge Menara garden etc…

Fes

fes

Spiritual, religious and cultural capital of Morocco under various reigns, Fes has been the capital city of Morocco many times since its founding. Between 1244 and 1465, it was the capital under the Marinid dynasty, before returning to the Idrisid dynasty between 1465 and 1471. The Wattasid dynasty used Fes as its capital from 1471 to 1554, after which the Dila’ite dynasty designated the city as its capital from 1659 to 1663. Fes served as the capital city of the Alaouite dynasty from 1666 to 1672 and again from 1727 to 1912.

The holy city, as splendid as its secrets, testifies to a creative and imaginative spirit. A visit to Fes is worth a try to explore the authenticity of its medina, the spectacular architecture of its medersas, its effervescent Souks with captivating sounds, aromas and enchanting colours. The famous Belghazi Museum, the Medersa and Bou Inania and the historic Karaouine Mosque, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘oldest existing educational institution in the world’, never fail to amaze visitors. The inhabitants of Fes will amaze you with their hospitality and boundless generosity.

Rabat

rabat

Dating back to the 7th century BC, Rabat has been the cradle of different civilizations: Berber, Carthaginian, Roman, and finally the Arab-Muslim civilization.

Today Rabat has become the political and administrative capital of Morocco and the main residence of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Rabat is the city of the Maghreb infinite varieties, amalgam of all the contrasts of Morocco, the fragrance of various scents involving tradition and modernity. A visit to Rabat is the opportunity to enjoy wandering the Chellah excavation area and exploring the lovely Oudaias Kasbah; the beautiful Hassan Tower displaying sophisticated motifs and design; the Mausoleum of Mohammed V; Rabat Archaeological Museum and the Musée Mohamed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain.

Meknès

meknes

Capital of Morocco between 1672 and 1727, this city located southwest of Fez is renowned for its ancient monuments dating from the 14th to 18th centuries, for its walls with magnificent doors (Bab El Mansour), and for its Dar Jamaï museum.

Meknes is a city soaked in a history that speaks for itself. It is a city of architectural splendour and artistic genius, a city where the vestiges of the two greatest civilizations which conquered it (Roman and Islamic) coexist, and where history will take you back to the first Arab-Muslim dynasties founded by Moulay Idriss. Among the Roman remains, the ancient city Volubilis and the main archaeological site of Morocco.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech
o Pick-up at Marrakech Menara airport
o Hotel Transfer
o Check-in
o Dinner and overnight
Day 2: MARRAKECH
Morning:
o Breakfast at the hotel
o Marrakech Sightseeing Tour
o Visit of the historical landmarks of the city: Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and Saadian tombs.
o Lunch break during the visit

Afternoon:
o Visit of the colourful lively souks
o Walk through the Medina alleys to enjoy an enchanting exhibition of arts and crafts.
o Visit of the famous vibrant Jamaa El Fna square

Evening:
o Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 3: MARRAKECH /CASABLANCA / RABAT
o Breakfast at the hotel.
o Departure to Casablanca, Visit of the city, central market, Habous district…
o Visit of Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Africa. The Mosque, set on an outcrop extending
over the ocean with a 210m-tall minaret, can hold 105,000 worshippers – 25,000 inside and 80 000 on the outside
courtyards. A team of more than 6000 master craftsmen built the Mosque delicately carving intricate patterns and
designs in fragrant cedar wood from the Middle Atlas and pink granite from Agadir. The gates were made from brass
and titanium, and the ablution fountains in the basement were carved from local marble. (optional with supplement
according to availabity)
o Lunch in Casablanca.
o Departure to Rabat, the administrative capital of the kingdom. Rabat or the green city is named the imperial
flowered city.
o Visit the Royal Palace, the ruins of Chellah, Hassan Tower and Mohamed V Mausoleum built between 1961 and
1969. The Mausoleum reflects the architecture of the royal Muslim necropolises and all the magnificence of its
decoration: carved, painted or engraved wood, stucco, marble, zellij, copper and chiselled brass ... here lies the
sarcophagus of Mohammed V and King Hassan II.
o Visit to the Oudaya gardens and the Medina.
o Hotel Check-in
o Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: RABAT / MEKNES / VOLUBILIS / FES
o Breakfast at the Hotel
o Departure to Meknes, former stronghold of Moulay Ismail who wanted to give the imperial city the splendor given by Louis XIV to France. The capital then rivaling Versailles continues to be a typical city of poetry: Royal stables, Dar El Ma, Place El Hedine, Bab Mansour and huge ramparts hiding the secrets of amazing gardens.
o Lunch in Meknes at e restaurant at the heart of the Medina, then continuation to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a journey through time testifying to the history of Ancient Morocco with the Forum, the Basilica, the Arc de Triomphe, the baths and their rich mosaics which make of Volubilis an authentic open-air museum. Continuation to Fez.
o Check-in at the hotel
o Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: FES
o Breakfast at the hotel.
o This day is dedicated to the visit of Fez, memory city and heir to the Andalusian culture. This museum city has managed to preserve its tradition through its crafts and small trades while becoming a modern city. Visit of Fez El Bali, the largest and oldest medina in Morocco. This traditional city lives to the rhythm of the old days with its fountains, souks, Koranic schools and madrasas including the famous Attarine medersa and the Karaouine University Mosque.
o Lunch break during the visit.
o Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: FES / BENI MELLAL / MARRAKECH
o Breakfast at the hotel.
o Departure to Marrakech via Ifrane enjoying a landscape of cedar and oak forests of the Middle Atlas.
o Lunch at Beni Mellal.
o Arrival to Marrakech at the end of the afternoon, Check-in at the hotel.
o Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: MARRAKECH
o Free day for personal discovery, shopping, relaxation etc..
o Full board accommodation at the hotel.
o Possibility of optional excursions (to be confirmed on site).
o Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Departure
o Breakfast at the hotel
o Check-out formalities
o Hotel pick-up and transfer to Marrakech Menara Airport

Included/Excluded

  • Half-board accommodation (subject to availability) from Day-1 dinner to Day- 8 Breakfast
  • Full-board supplement at the hotel or in restaurants as per the tour program.
  • French-speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • Air-conditioned comfortable vehicle with driver.
  • Monuments’ entrance fees as per the tour program.
  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Driver and Guide Tips
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Hassan II Mosque fees to be paid on site
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