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Imperial Cities Tour

8 days / 7 nights - Casablanca ● Rabat ● Meknes ● Fez ● Marrakech

This exciting journey traces Morocco’s history and fascinating culture. Discover the colonial charm of Casablanca and the allure of ancient imperial cities. You will visit beautiful palaces and imposing mosques; enjoy strolling through mediaeval Medinas and busy souks; explore Fez, the oldest imperial city; marvel 17th century Meknes and its massive gateway, Bab Mansour; and visit picturesque Marrakech, where you will be enchanted by the acrobats, storytellers, seers, comedians and magicians of Djemaa El Fna.

Casablanca ● Rabat ● Meknes ● Fez ● Marrakech

  • Casablanca – is the largest city of Morocco. It is located in western Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically;
  • Rabat – is the capital and fifth largest city of Morocco. The Moroccan capital was recently awarded second place in “Top Travel Destinations of 2013;
  • Meknes – is a city in northern Morocco. Meknes is named after a Berber tribe which was known as Miknasa in the medieval North African sources;
  •  Fez – is the third largest city of Morocco. It is the capital of the Fès-Boulemane region;
  •  Marrakech – is a major city in the northwest African nation of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country after Casablanca, Fes and Rabat, and is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz;

 

Day 1: Casablanca
Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport. Welcome, assistance and transfer to the hotel in Casablanca. Check-in, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2: Casablanca — Rabat
Breakfast and meeting with the tour guide from 9h30am for the sightseeing of Casablanca, the business capital of Morocco with external visit of Hassan II great mosque before strolling along the Aïn Diab corniche. Independent lunch and departure to Rabat. Visit of the administrative capital of Morocco with the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum. Late in the afternoon, check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 : Rabat – Meknes – Fez
After breakfast, departure to Fez with a stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss Ist. Independent lunch and departure to Meknes or « the Moroccan Versailles » which was founded at the end of the 17th Century by Moulay Ismail. The sightseeing of this city will include Bab Mansour, Hari Souani and the old medina. Arrival to Fez, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 4 : Fez
The whole day is devoted to the sightseeing of Fez; the oldest cultural and spiritual city of Morocco. The clients will see the craftsmen working in the old-age way with a possibility to buy one of these items. Independent lunch and continuation of the city visit in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 5 : Fez – Beni Mellal – Marrakech
After breakfast, departure to Marrakesh passing by Immouzer El Kander and Azrou; known for its handicraft cooperative. Through the wooded and mountainous region of the middle Atlas, arrival to Beni-Mellal. Independent lunch and continuation to Marrakesh. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6 : Marrakech
The day will be devoted to the visit of Marrakesh; the second oldest imperial city known as the « Pearl of the South » with the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Garden. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, exploration of the souks and the Djemaâ El Fna place with its various entertainments. A Diffa Fantasia dinner will be provided under caïdal tents «CHEZ ALI» while watching folkloric troops from different moroccan regions. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 7 : Marrakech – Casablanca
After breakfast, morning free at leisure for personal exploration or relaxation by the pool of the hotel. Independent lunch. In the afternoon, departure to Casablanca via Settat. Arrival at the hotel, check-in. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8 : Casablanca – Airport
After breakfast, departure transfer to Mohamed V airport for return flight and assistance to the boarding formalities.

 

Morocco the very word conjures up the sights and sounds of an exciting, exotic, mystical country where Arab traditions meet the vibrant customs of Africa and the influence of Europe.

Inhabited mainly by the descendants of the Berber tribes, the country has been inspired by colonial influences, making Morocco a melting pot of fascinating and colourful cultures. From the vast emptiness of the Sahara Desert to the teeming bustle of colourful souks and markets, Morocco is a land of contrasts. It has a timeless quality that no longer exists in the modern world, a sense that the past with all its glory still lives on.

A country steeped in history, where Berber tribes created mountain shangri-las in the High Atlas and kings built immense palaces in the heart of their Medinas, creating what are known today as the Imperial Cities.

On arrival you are plunged into a culture, a religion and a lifestyle utterly unlike anything that you have ever experienced before; a mystery tour of a land of endless surprises, enchantment and enduring fascination. Morocco with its own exotic aromas, bustling souks, towering mountain peaks and hot deserts, Kasbahs and oases, jewel-like ‘riads’ and ancient Medinas; everywhere the rich colours of such amazing intensity and a warmth of welcome are hard to beat.

Moroccans are friendly, polite, competitive and intensely curious people. Islam is a thriving faith but Morocco’s version is also extremely moderate, open minded and tolerant. You can go a long way into the heart of their culture just by feeling independent enough to accept their hospitality which pours forth from rich and poor alike whether in the city or the countryside