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- This small group tour will take you to the 4 Imperial Cities of Morocco’s former empire in 7 days.
- Beginning and ending in Marrakech, highlights include Casablanca, the medieval city of Fes and the natural beauty of the Northern Atlas Mountains.
- You will be staying in 4* hotels throughout, with Half Board dining and special extras such as spa discounts included.
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Your Itinerary —
This tour includes Half Board dining and one lunch on day 7. (Half board = breakfast and dinner, excluding drinks.)
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech
Meet and greet by local representative at the airport
A welcome get-together will take place in the lobby of your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel Opera Plaza (in a Superior Room)
Breakfast. 08h00 we leave for Rabat via Casablanca. On this day you have the opportunity to discover the region that connects Marrakech to the capital of Morocco, Rabat.
On arrival in Casablanca, you will explore the fabulous Hassan II Mosque, which has the largest minaret in the world. Its exterior and interior decoration are highly impressive. Lunch and continuation to Rabat. Visit the administrative capital of the Kingdom. Landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower, Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Chellah Necropolis, the Jewish quarter in Medina, and the Kasbah of Oudayas. The city of Rabat is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Rabat is one of the big surprises of Morocco. It is a big city, but shows unique authenticity, with numerous monuments and fantastic places to visit. Dinner and overnight at Belere hotel 4* (in a Standard Room)
Day 3: Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fez
Breakfast. Leave Rabat on the highway for Fes via Meknes and Volubilis. Refreshment stop in Khmissat. Before arriving to Volubilis, an old city was under Phoenician and local Berber settlement, then expanded and developed under Roman rule from the beginning of the 1st century AD for almost 285 years. Continuation to Meknes, lunch and city tour. Visit the best of Meknes monuments, Elhdim, Bab Khmis, Bab Mansour, Elmellah. Arrive to Fes. Dinner and overnight Barceló hotel 4* (in a Standard Room).
Breakfast. Today you have a day dedicated to the spiritual capital of Morocco. Fez is the medieval Arab city, best preserved in the entire Islamic world. Do not be intimidated by its narrow streets, but let yourself be carried away by its mysticism and spirituality. Leave the hotel. View of the medina of Fez from the top of Borj Nord. Arrival to the old medina of Fez. Visit the Royal Palace and Fortress Borj Sud. The city of Fez is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the best monuments of Fez such as Karouiine, the first Islamic university in the world, and Nejjarine Square. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to visit Fez, its leather tannery - the oldest in the world, some museums and the fabulous souks of the old town. Dinner and overnight Barceló hotel 4* (in a Standard Room)
Day 5: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Beni Mellal
Breakfast. This is your last day of the tour to the imperial cities. We head to Ifrane, the "little Switzerland" of Morocco through the beautiful “Middle Atlas Mountains”, covered in forests of oak, cork and giant cedar. The dark brown tents of nomadic Berber encampments immediately establish a cultural shift away from the European north; the plateau are pockmarked by dark volcanic lakes.
Enjoy a refreshment stop near “Lake Hchlaf” out of the hustle and bustle in Fes Medina. On the way to Beni Mellal, past the forest of Azrou to see the small apes in the wild in their natural habitat. You will have the opportunity to see and interact with the monkeys-of-Gibraltar in the area of Cedar Gouraud. Free time for lunch at Khnifra Town. Arrive to Beni Mellal. Dinner and overnight at Les Belle Terrace hotel 4* (in a Superior Room) or similar hotel.
After breakfast, leave Beni Mellal behind and start your journey to Ouzoud. After 45 minutes you will reach one of the most spectacular sights in Morocco - Ouzoud Waterfalls, located in a plush valley, in a friendly Berber village. The first stop will be at the panoramic viewing point of the three beautiful waterfalls with a series of spectacular wide to narrow plunges that drop 110m into the river below. Trek along the river up to the caves or Gorges of Oued el- Abid or stay close by and enjoy Moroccan specialties and freshly squeezed orange juice at one of the many cafés along the terraces on the path to the falls and natural scenery. Take pictures to capture the beautiful rainbows that often appear near the bottom of the falls. Continue to Marrakech and check in to the Opera Plaza Hotel.
At 15h30, meet your local guide at the reception and head for a walking tour of the souks and medina of Marrakech. Experience the hustle and bustle of life in Marrakech during this walking tour of the city. Explore the labyrinth of narrow alleyways making up the colourful and bustling souks of Marrakech.
Experience the aroma of the herbs and spices; see the copper and bronze artists at work, visit the forged ironmongers, and pottery souk. Head to the Berber apothecary for a display of magic potions, spices and a refreshing mint tea, the traditional baker’s oven, and finally visit the dyers souk.
Finish your visit of the souks at the Djemâa el Fna Square (the ‘Square of the Extinct’). As the sun sets over Koutoubia, the Marrakchis come out to sell their wares, from fruit to alarm clocks, snake charmers and water sellers, fortune tellers and public scribes, tumblers and dentists, soothsayers and magicians, all to the African beat of the Gnaoua musicians. Dinner and overnight at Opera Plaza 4* (in a Superior Room)
See amazing Palaces and Monuments on a morning tour of Marrakech which includes the sweet smelling gardens of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Tower and the recently discovered Saadian Tombs. See the famous Koutoubia Tower, the largest mosque in Marrakech with a 70-meter-high minaret. The tower is a great example of Hispano-Moorish art.
Continue to the El Bahia Palace which is surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with fruit trees and sweet smelling flowers. Built in the 19th century, the palace was intended to be the greatest palace of its time.
Head to the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. Renovated by the famous French couturier Yves St Laurent – whose shrine pays hommage. Amble along shady pathways, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; and walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers. You stop here, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant electric ‘Majorelle Blue’ colour.
Lunch at a local restaurant in the medina of Marrakech. Return to the hotel and afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Opera Plaza 4* (in a Superior Room).
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the airport.
Your Hotels —
Just for you: VIP welcome in the room in each hotel
All rooms sleep up to
Just for you: 1x hammam session per person per stay, and a 15% discount on spa treatments.
Designed in a Moorish Arabic style, the Opera Plaza Hotel is strategically located in the centre of Marrakech and offers three restaurants, with Moroccan, International and Italian cuisine, as well as swimming pool with bar, fitness centre and spa. The hotel superior rooms are well decorated; equipped with air conditioned, direct telephone, satellite TV, LCD screen, safe deposit box, minibar, hairdryer.
In the centre of downtown and only a few steps away from the traditional medina, the perfect location of the Bélère Rabat allows guests to easily explore the rich history, culture, and traditions of Morocco. The Bélère Rabat offers 89 newly renovated luxurious rooms. All rooms are sound proof and equipped with air conditioning, heat, telephones, flat screen satellite TV’s, private bathrooms, mini-bars, and personal safes.
The Barceló Fès Medina hotel has been created as a haven of peace in Fes Jdid. Its modern rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with designer furniture.
Barceló Fès Medina hotel has a health and beauty centre, a spa with a fantastic Hammam (Turkish bath), a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi connection and international restaurant Azahar.
This guesthouse offers a small swimming pool, a professional kitchen fitted with wood burning ovens for fresh hand-made pizza and bread, a gym and a hammam, and a garden with olive trees.
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Transfers are included as per itinerary.
Distance from Marrakech airport to Opera Plaza Hotel: 7km / 10min.
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