The Imperial Cities Of Morocco
6000 DHs – min 2prs
The very first and a must-do tour for an approach of Morocco through its centuries old History. Follow the creation and the life of this new Mediterranean kingdom from the VII th century until today visiting the various cities that were its capital at a moment or another: Fès first, then Marrakech, then Meknes and finally Rabat until to day.
Enjoy the beauties of the architecture, the skill of its renown craftsmen, the delicacies of its cuisine and above all, the legendary hospitality of its people.
7 Days/6 nights. Starting from Casablanca, ending in Marrakech or Casablanca.
Day 1: Casablanca
Arrival in Casablanca Mohamed Vth Airport. Meeting by your A/C minibus and guide followed by transfer to your hotel. Panoramic tour of the city according to the arrival schedule. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat
In the morning, visit of the momentous Hassan II Great Mosque in Casablanca, a magnificent art work of architecture and Moroccan handicraft, followed by a panoramic tour along the seaside road, the harbour area, onto the city centre, and the Habbous district. Time at leisure for lunch, then tour of the old medina and on to Rabat, the Imperial Garden Capital of Morocco.
Brief orientation tour before check in at hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Rabat – Meknes – Fes
Morning visit of Rabat: see the Mausoleum of late King Mohamed Vth, a jewel of hispano-moorish architecture, the Hassan Tower nearby and the Oudayas Kasbah overlooking the mouth of the Bou Regreg River. Then on to Meknes, former Imperial city built at the end of the 17th century by King Moulay Ismael. The visit includes the old ramparts, the Moulay Ismael stables, Granaries and House of Water, Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gate in Morocco and the beautiful Moulay Ismael Mausoleum facing the Aguedal basin. Lunch, then on to Fes via Moulay Idriss, – a picturesque village hanging on the hills and sheltering the tomb of Moulay Idriss Ist, father to the founder of Fes – and Volubilis, a Roman archaeologic site.
Arrival in Fes for check in at hotel and dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Fes
Full day sightseeing of 1.000 years old Fes, founded by King Moulay Idriss 1st: see the Medina, the old coranic schools, the Karaouyine Mosque (from outside only) which was the largest University of the world in the 13th century with already more than 3.000 students. Optional lunch in the médina.
In the afternoon visit the modern part of the city, including – as Fes is also the capital of handicrafts – the famous “potters” district.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Fes – Marrakech
Morning leave to Marrakech across the Middle Atlas mountains, through the village of Immouzzer du Kandar, the lake of Daiet Aoua, Ifrane ski resort in the heart of a cedar forest. Then after Azrou and Khenifra, down the Tadla valley and the rich agricultural area of Beni Mellal where a break is planned for lunch.
A rather long day trip but very enjoyable due to the numerous changes of the scenery: fertile valleys, mountains and hills, farming areas, or long stretches of pastureland scattered by villages etc… Late afternoon arrival in Marrakech.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Marrakech
After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a full day sightseeing of Marrakech; in the morning the historical monuments: the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the beautiful Saadian Tombs. Lunch in hotel.
In the afternoon discover the labyrinthine souks with their numerous tiny little shops bustling of activity, and Djemaa El Fna square with its medieval open air entertainment.
Moroccan dinner with folklore show and Fantasia (traditional Moroccan horse exhibition/race), under the Caid’s tents in the Palmgrove 9 kms from the City centre.
Overnight at your hotel.
Day 7: Departure
In the morning, transfer to Marrakech Ménara airport in time for your departure flight.