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- This small group tour will take you to the four Imperial Cities of Morocco’s former empire in 7 nights.
- Beginning and ending in Marrakech, highlights include the medieval city of Fes and the natural beauty of the Berber city Volubilis.
- Our members will be staying in Standard Rooms throughout, with an English speaking guide within the cities and entrance fees to monuments included!
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Your Destinations —
Morocco is an iconic destination boasting towering mountains and lush rolling countryside as well as ancient medina cities and stunning architecture brimming with tradition and culture. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Hassan II Mosque and a discovery of the ancient Roman town of Volubilis, a UNESCO recognised archaeological site.
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: Arrival into Marrakech
Day 2: Marrakech
Day 3: Marrakech/ Casablanca
Day 4: Casablanca- Rabat - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes
Day 5: Fes
Day 6: Fes - Ifrane - Azrou - Beni Mellal - Marrakech
Day 7: Marrakech
Day 8: Marrakech - Depart
Your Itinerary —
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech
Meet your driver upon arrival in Marrakech and transfer to your first hotel.
Dinner and an overnight at Riad Laora or similar
Today’s tour takes you to the El Bahia Palace and tombs of the Saadian princes, then on to Dar El Basha Quarter with its traditional Moroccan restaurants. Peruse the wares of the Qassabine and Smarine souks (markets) and explore the ancient, former slave market of Rhaba Kedima Square, where locals buy ingredients ranging from bark to chameleons to use in their magic potions.
Free time at the huge, lively square at the heart of Marrakech, Jemaa-el-fna is one of the city's main attractions. By day or by night, the square is filled with wandering salesmen, musicians, dancers, and snake charmers attracting the attention of a cosmopolitan crowd, who come to experience the lively and colourful real Marrakech. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant during the day.
Overnight at Riad Laora or similar with breakfast at the hotel.
Journey north to Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca, a modern metropolis with a distinctively European feel. Wander around the League of Arab States Park, a verdant area dotted with palm trees, before continuing to the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church with its exquisite stained-glass windows. Passing the busy shopping area of the Habous Quarter, arrive at the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, home to the world’s tallest minaret, whose exterior and interior decoration are highly impressive and is a symbol of pride to the Moroccan people. Enjoy lunch served at a local restaurant before checking into your hotel.
Overnight at the Campanile Hotel or similar.
(approx. travel time: 3 hours / 240km)
After breakfast, travel to Rabat for a morning tour of Morocco’s colourful capital city. 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. Visit the Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret built from distinctive red sandstone, then explore the nearby mausoleum of Mohammed V with its mahogany domes and intricate gold leaf decorations.
Continue onward to another UNESCO World Heritage Site treasure, the preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis, and discover ancient pillars and intricately laid mosaics. Delve deeper into Morocco’s historical fabric on a visit to Meknes, the settlement of Sultan Moulay Ismail who founded this imperial city for his harem of 500 wives and 12,000 horses. View the Sultan’s resting place then journey to Fez for your overnight stay.
Overnight at Across Hotel or similar with breakfast/dinner at the hotel & lunch included en route.
(approx. travel time: 4 hours / 350km)
A full day tour exploring Morocco’s spiritual and cultural heart awaits you today. This enchanting city, set against a backdrop of the lush Zalagh mountain range, is acknowledged to be the most important in Morocco where old and new thrive side by side. Numerous civilisations have settled in Fes, leaving a legacy of palaces, mosques and museums filled with precious treasures. Begin your full-day city tour at the ancient medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the architecturally rich Andalucian Quarter.
Traverse some of the 9,000 streets of this maze-like district, passing the city’s oldest mosques and religious schools. This includes the 1,200 year-old Al Kairouyine which claims to be the oldest university in the world as well as the grandiose El Bouanania Medersa, famed for its glittering emerald green tile roof. The spiritual capital is alive with traditional crafts and famous for its tanneries with their brightly coloured dyes and pigments, providing a fascinating insight into the sights and smells of a craft that has remained practically unchanged for centuries. Return to the hotel.
Lunch will be served at Dar Patio Bleu Restaurant.
Overnight at Across Hotel with breakfast at the hotel & lunch in a local restaurant included.
Bid farewell to Fes this morning and journey past shimmering lakes and dense cedar forests on a spectacularly scenic drive. You will pass forests that are home to the endangered Barbary Apes and journey through the small town of Azrou. Arrive in Beni Mellal, tucked away in the Middle Atlas Mountains, in time for lunch at Chez Fatima. Afterwards, depart for Marrakech and check into your hotel upon arrival.
We recommend that you spend the evening at the world-famous Djemaa El Fnaa Square and witness the esplanade transform from a day market to an immense show of dancers, musicians and other entertainers.
Overnight at Riad Laora or similar with breakfast at the hotel & lunch in a local restaurant en route included.
(approx. travel time: 5 hours 45 minutes / 535km)
On this day of leisure, 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. Breathe in 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 souks.
The evening with incorporate a final dinner served in a traditional Moroccan Restaurant, Palais Chahramane, where guests can enjoy live shows from belly dancers.
Overnight at Riad Laora or similar with breakfast at the hotel & dinner in a local restaurant included.
Day 8: Departure (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the hotel in time for your flight home.
Your Tour Hotels —
Our members will stay at the following hotels in a Standard Room with meals included as per itinerary.
Casablanca: 1 night at Campanile Hotel or similar
Fes: 2 nights at the Across Hotel or similar
Sleeps up to
Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.
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: Round trip transfers in a minivan are included.
For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly.