Morocco Imperial Cities Tour – 6 Days
$ 1.380,00 PP
With certified guides in each city and a professional driver, we will pick you up from Casablanca to begin our tour of the four Imperial Cities.
You will visit Rabat, also referred to as the “Imperial Garden City” by wandering through its gorgeous Oudayas Gardens. The second Imperial City will take you to the “Moroccan Versailles” in Meknes, originally founded in the 17th century. Enjoy a change of pace in Fes, one of the largest cities in the world to not allow cars on its streets of the Old Medina! Wander through the winding alleys and appreciate the oldest Imperial City in Morocco. You’ll end our tour in Marrakech to enjoy many historic monuments and experience the Moroccan way of life – bustling with merchants, tourists, animals, small shops, and the aroma of spices around the famous Place of Jemaa El Fenaa.
|Day 1 : Arrival (Casablanca) - Rabat||
You will meet your driver at the Casablanca airport. Time allowing, you may visit the King Hassan II Mosque then transfer to Rabat. After you check in to your hotel, you will visit the Mausoleum of the Royals and the unfinished Hassan Tower. You will also visit the King’s Palace Gardens and Kasbah Oudaya.
|Day 2 : Rabat - Meknes - Fes||
Right after breakfast, you will drive to the second imperial city of Morocco. You will venture to the archeological site of Volubilis. These Roman ruins are well preserved and have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. We will continue driving to the last imperial city of Morocco. Meknes is recognized by its tall ramparts and large gates. Bab Mansour is one of the most impressive gates in the whole of Morocco. We’ll carry on for a stop at Sahrij Swani and the city’s granary which was used to store food and water. Located in Meknes is also the mausoleum of the longest reigning sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail. Before heading to Fes our last stop will be the El Hedim Square.
|Day 3 : Fes - Guided Tour||
The medieval medina of Fes is one of Morocco’s top cities in producing handmade crafts; in fact many of the ancient methods are still in use today. After breakfast, you will meet our local certified guide who will start the tour by visiting the King’s Palace. We’ll drive to the Southern Tower – the highest point of the city for a panoramic view of the Old Medina. Following this, you’ll visit a clay cooperative workshop where artisans will demonstrate how they handcraft Moroccan mosaics and other pottery. Here, our driving tour ends and you embark on a walking tour beginning with three historic monuments. Al-Qarawiyyin University is the first university in the world. Built by Fatima Al-Fihri in the 8th century, it is one of the city’s most admired monuments. Madrassa Bou Inania was built by Sultan Bou Inan in the 1350’s and stands as the most architecturally refined of Fes’ theological colleges. It is known for its massive brass entrance doors and its interior courtyard which contains a masterpiece of elaborate zellige tile work. You will explore the Moulay Idriss 2nd Mausolee to see its cedar-wood doors and richly decorated vestibule. You will end your day by visiting the leather tannery district of Fes where you will see local leather experts work goat, camel, and cow hides in small stone vessels filled with different colored dyes.
|Day 4 : Fes - Ifrane - Marrakech||
After breakfast, you will drive to Marrakech through the Middle Atlas Mountains. Our first stop will be at the city of Ifrane, nicknamed the Switzerland of Morocco. The charming town is known for its Alpine climate and high altitudes of 1,665 meters (5,460 feet). Afterwards, we will head up to Beni Mellal for an optional lunch then continue to your riad in Marrakech. Upon your arrival to Marrakech you will have free time with an optional spa/massage, or you can relax in your Hotel/Riad.
|Day 5 : Marrakech - Guided Tour||
After breakfast, you will meet a certified local guide who will lead a walking tour of the Red City. You will visit Bahia Palace, built by Bahmad Grand Vizir of Marrakech. As you discover the palace, you will enjoy the incredible mosaics and stucco styles while hearing some interesting stories about the 4 wives and 24 concubines. The next sight is the extraordinary architecture of Saadian Tomb, royal necropolis of the 17th century. Visit the famous souks of Marrakech and enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling marketplace. The large souk carries a variety of goods; from spices to traditional clothing and handmade artisanal crafts, there is something for everyone. You will have the opportunity to exercise your haggling skills while purchasing unique hand crafted items. You will finish your tour at Jamaa El-fana, the most animated square in Marrakech – frequented by snake charmers, monkey entertainers, fortune tellers, food stalls, and musicians. Wrap up your day with a group meeting and prepare for the departure.
|Day 6 : Departure||
This is the end of your journey – with good memories and warm wishes, we hope to serve you again soon in Morocco. Your driver will transfer you to the departing airport for a safe flight.