6 Nights / 7 Days
1 night in Casablanca
3 night in Fez
2 nights in Marrakesh
You will immerse yourself in the glorious history of the Four Imperial cities: Fez, Marrakesh, Rabat and Meknes, but also Casablanca, with its impressive Hassan II Mosque.
The Imperial cities, the oldest dating back to the 9th century, a focal point of our trip, has an interesting history and magnificent culture illustrated through unique places in all of the destinations featured in this in-depth journey.
Explore Morocco’s most fabulous palaces, thrilling monuments and labyrinthine Medinas as we travel throughout this magnificent part of the country.
Day 1 - Arrival in Casablanca (Dinner)
Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport. You'll be greeted and provided with assistance for your luggage. We will provide a private transportation for a drive to the your hotel.
Dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 2 - Casablanca - Rabat - Fez (Breakfast & Dinner)
Morning sightseeing of Casablanca, including the impressive Hassan II Mosque from inside (closed to tourists on Fridays) –a magnificent art work of architecture and Moroccan handicraft-, the old Medina –partly enclosed by the old wall with a maze of narrow streets and white washed brick or stone houses-, Place Mohamed Vth - a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s-, the United Nations Square - designed by French architect Joseph Marrast-, the League of Arab States Park - which offers a large area of greenery with palm trees, arcades, pergolas and cafés.
Then on to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. See the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty as well as the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah, which were built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries. Walk into the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s father and grandfather.
Continue to Fez and transfer to your selected hotel or Riad.
Dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 3 - Fez (Breakfast & Dinner)
A full day devoted to the visit of Fez, the religious/spiritual capital of Morocco, dating back to the 9th century and a plunge into biblical times.
See the old and new Medina and view the 14th century religious schools (Medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. Explore the impressive labyrinth of Souks in Fez, declared by UNESCO to be one of the world’s cultural treasures. The tour also gives ample photograph opportunities at the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts, and the beautiful façade of the Royal Palace.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 4 - Fez - Meknes - Volubilis - Moulay Idriss - Fez (Breakfast & Dinner)
Set off in the direction of Meknes, founded in the 9th century by Zenata Berbers. A visit of this former Imperial City of Morocco includes the old ramparts; the Agoudal Basin, once used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; and the Moulay Ismaïl royal stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar El Ma), built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan’s twelve thousand horses. Finally, see Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; and the Moulay Ismaïl Mausoleum, one of the very few holy sites in Morocco which may be visited by non-Muslims.
In the afternoon visit of Volubilis that used to be one of the Roman Empire’s most remote outposts, whose well-preserved and partially restored ruins date largely from 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, although the site was originally settled by Carthaginian traders in the 3rd century BC.
Continue to Moulay Idriss holy village where is buried the founder of Morocco, king Moulay Idriss, and visit of this picturesque village.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Fez.
Day 5 - Fez - Marrakech (Breakfast & Dinner)
You will be taken on a leisurely drive along the flanks of the mighty Middle Atlas range via the charming village of Immouzzer du Kandar, the lake of Daiet Aoua, the mountain Ifrane ski resort and town of Azrou before descending to the Tadla plain and the fertile region surrounding Beni-Mellal. Enjoy the numerous changes of the scenery: fertile valleys, mountains and hills, farming areas, and long stretches of pastureland scattered with villages.
In the afternoon you arrive in Marrakesh, the fourth of Morocco's great Imperial Cities, to settle in at your chosen hotel or Riad. Dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 6 - Marrakech (Breakfast & Dinner)
In the morning guided tour by Caleches (horse-drawn carriages), a very popular and fun mean of transportation typical of Marrakesh. You’ll see the Koutoubia Mosque (from outside), the lovely Bahia Palace, the Majorelle/Yves Saint Laurent Botanical Gardens and the modern area of Gueliz.
Afternoon walking discovery tour of the fascinating labyrinthine Souks of Marrakesh, which are certainly the most colourful and the most lively in Africa. The different trades are grouped by services they offer: the Dyers, the Blacksmiths, the Babouche and shoe-makers, spices and fabric sellers.
Your journey ends at the renowned Djemaa El Fna square, a popular entertainment area where at the end of the afternoon, storytellers, snake-charmers, tooth-drawers and dancers appear to entertain the crowd in a scene that is pure street theatre.
Tonight, you will dine at the gorgeous Yacut, owned by the Great Britain Honorary Consul and designed by the American architect Bill Willis. Located in the old Medina, down narrow alley-like streets, with high walls and plain facades, its splendour is only revealed once you have gained admittance. This is a palatial property built in a grand style around a central courtyard containing a garden, fountain and pool.
In this harmonious and serene setting, a refined luxury is combined with an opulent comfort: soft colours, stunning fireplaces, walls with antique mirrors, sumptuous textiles and luxurious sofas, zellij (mosaics) with impressive motifs, ancient ceilings, silver and bronze candelabras, traditional furniture and carpets.
You will also enjoy fantastic views as you drink aperitifs on the rooftop terrace, gourmet Moroccan food, local entertainment, and much more. Pre-dinner drink, 4-course gourmet Moroccan menu, unlimited Moroccan wine & soft drinks during the meal are all included. Overnight accommodation.
Day 7 - Departure from Marrakech (Breakfast)
Breakfast followed by transfer in time to Marrakesh Menara airport according to your flight home schedule.
This package rate includes:
• Accommodation in hotels or Riads and included meals, shown on the itinerary.
• Private transportation by chauffeured air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minibus. Mineral water and wet tissues on board.
• Fully licensed English-speaking guide throughout the programme.
• Morning horse-drawn carriage tour in Marrakech.
• All visits as described above.
• Entrance fees to monuments and sites listed above.
• Taxes and service charge.
It does not include:
• Air tickets.
• Drinks at meals, apart from the Yacut restaurant, where drinks are included ( see above).
• Personal expenses.
• Tips and gratuities that are left to the clients’ appreciation/consideration/discretion.