Four Delightful Imperial Cities and High Atlas Mountains – 9 Days

  • 9 days
  • From - Casablanca
  • To - Marrakech

This exciting Tour, beginning and completing in Marrakech, gives an awesome prologue to Morocco’s magnificent urban areas, with occupied medinas and astounding notable destinations to investigate and incredible chances to attempt nearby Moroccan cooking.
This highly enjoyable and entertaining tour covers the clamoring city of Casablanca, Imperial Rabat, Meknes, the Roman Ruins of Volubilis, the Holy City of Moulay Idriss, UNISCO Fes and Marrakech.

On arrival to Casablanca airport and after completing Immigration and custom formalities you will be met and transferred directly to your Hotel. Depends on arrival time we may include some activities on this day.

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Casablanca for a short drive to Rabat. Your guided sightseeing tour of Rabat, the political capital of Morocco and the fourth of the Imperial cities begins at the old Medina, the picturesque Kasbah (forth) of the Oudayas, and the Oudaya Gate (at the estuary facing the Barbary coast Corsair port of Sallee) with its Museums, built during the Almohads dynasty. Legend has it that Jews came to sala colonia 5.C. before Carthage. In the day of Solomon, to purchse Gold. The Merinids built the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah in the 12th and 13th centuries. Walk into the mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s father, in front of the Royal Palace. Have free time for lunch in Rabat.(not included). Drive to the nearby private museum Dar Belghazi for a look at Moroccan crafts through the centuries. Overnight at your hotel.

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Rabat and take the road to Meknes, driving through forests of cork trees (la MAAMORA). Meknes, third of the Imperial Cities, built by the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismael, contemporary of Louis XIV of France, whose grandiose building schemes he imitated. Visit, the old medina, the Mellah ( Jew Quartier) the monumental Bab El Mansour gateway, the Place LallaAdoua, the prison of the Christian slaves, the palace-tomb of Moulay Ismael (The only mosque in Morocco, after the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca which non-Muslims are allowed to enter), the ruins of the Agoudal Busin that was used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines, the Moulay Ismail royal stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar El Ma) which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan’s twelve thousand horses. Continue via Moulay Idriss to Volubilis, imposing Roman ruins, capital of Roman Province of Mauritania and home of Sylene, daughter of Antony and Cleopatra who married the Berber King Juba II, visit the Olive press, the House of Orpheus, the Basilica, the Baths of Gallienus, the Forum, the Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, the House of Venus. Leave Volubilis and drive through the Col of Zagota to arrive Fes and overnight at your hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. The oldest of the imperial cities, FEZ is arguably the symbolic heart of Morocco. Founded shortly after the Arab swept across North Africa and Spain, it quickly became the religious and cultural centre of Morocco. Even on those periods when it was not the official capital of the whole country, Fez could not be ignored and never really ceased to be considered the northern capital. The Medina of Fez el-Bali (Old Fez) is the largest living medieval cities in the world and the most interesting in Morocco. With the exception of Marrakech, Cairo and Damascus, there is nothing remotely comparable anywhere else in the Arab world. The narrow winding alleys and covered bazaars are crammed with every conceivable sort of craft workshop, restaurant, meat, fruit and vegetable market, mosque and medersas, as well as extensive dye pits and tanneries – a veritable assault on the senses as you squeeze past recalcitrant donkeys and submit to the sounds and smells of this jostling city. During the tour, you will see the: Qarawiyin Mosque/Medersa Borj Nord The Mellah Bab Smarines Bab Boujloud Dar Betha Museum Zaouia Moulay Idriss II Back to your hotel for the overnight.

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel. Full day drive across the cedar forests and picturesque scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains To Immouzzer, dominating the plain of the river Sebou, through the hill station of Ifrane, in the lake district, the town of Azrou with its old Kasbah and handicraft center. Stop over for lunch near the hotel swimming pool en route in BeniMellal/Afourer not included, then continue to the ocre city of Marrakech. Overnight at your Hotel

Breakfast at the hotel Marrakech : There’s only one world to define it: magical… There are a thousand legends which describe its history, which began in 1070 when the Saharan Almoravid Abu Baker, the leader of a powerful army, encamped in the plain of Haouz, at the base of the upper Atlas mountains. Marrakech, the capital of the south, has a mysterious and seductive air. Marrakech, a name with a magical sound that evokes palm groves and caravans, oriental markets and international spies, and duels to the death in an oasis of peace. Many are the roads which lead to Marrakech which make it a cross road from north to south and from east to west. The Ramparts (City Walls) The Koutoubia Mosque The minaret of the Koutoubia The Majorelle Gardens The Saadians Tombs The aristocratic Bahia Palace The 14th century Medersa Ben Youssef The Souks (Bazaars) Overnight at your hotel in Marrakech.

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel. This three quarter day excursion begins with a very picturesque drive from Marrakech through the gorge of Oued Ourika and the waterfall in Siti Fatma (when accessible and for those who enjoy walking approximately 45 minutes each direction). On Mondays & Fridays we also stop at the weekly Berber souk, which is a fascinating place to see the rural trade. The journey continues along the rivers which meander through the foothills of the mountains, dotted with typical hamlets of backed clay and stones. Along the way enjoy the opportunity to stop and visit the inside of a Berber home for a glass of tea and homemade bread. Back to your Hotel

MARRAKECH DEPARTURE After breakfast and check-out, you will meet your driver for your 3 hour transfer to Casablanca’s airport for your flight.


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