7-Day Imperial Cities of Morocco Tour

DAY 1/Sun

Arrive at Casablanca airport. Be met and set off on a tour of Rick’s city – Casablanca, the business capitol of Morocco. See the Medina, the Mohamed V Square, the Central Market, the Royal Palace grounds, the Habbous quarter, and the United Nations’ Place. Drive through the residential area of Anfa and the beautiful Ain Diab Corniche meandering along the Atlantic Coast, bordered with swimming pools and restaurants. Depart for Rabat, the “Imperial Garden City” and also the administrative capitol of the kingdom. Our sightseeing tour includes the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Hassan Tower and Mosque, the splendid Mohamed V Mausoleum and the Mechouar – the ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace. Late in the afternoon, check in to your hotel and enjoy a welcome cup or Moroccan tea. Dinner and overnight in Rabat.

DAY 2/Mon

Depart Rabat for Fes. Along the way stop in Meknes, the “Moroccan Versailles,” founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail, a contemporary of France’s Louis XIV. Our exploration of this area includes the Bab El Mansour, considered to be the finest gateway in Morocco, the Hari Souani, the Moulay’s stables,and the new and old Medinas. Continue on to the sacred Islamic town of Moulay Idriss, followed by a visit a visit to the Roman site of Volubilis. Continue to Fes for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3/Tues

This morning, explore Fes, the oldest of the Imperial Cities, known for its spiritual and educational contributions to Moroccan culture. Visit the Medieval Medina, the religious Islamic universities known as Merdersas, the Karouine Mosque and the Nejjerine Fountain. Dinner and overnight in Fes.

DAY 4/Weds

Leave Fes for a scenic journey through the Atlas Mountains stopping along the way at Ifrane, a ski resort, for a break. Lunch will be along the way, in Beni Mellal. Continue to Marrakesh, the “Pearl of the South” and second oldest Imperial City. Founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th century, its nestled in a lush oasis at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Dinner and overnight in Marrakesh.

DAY 5/Thurs

After breakfast enjoy a full day exploring Marrakesh, sightseeing throughout this historic city including the Koutoubia Mosque and gardens, the Saadien Tombs, and the Bahia Palace. Lunch at the hotel. This afternoon, walk through the colorful souks with their wealth of treasures, the famous Djemaa El Fna Square filled with fascinating characters, fortune tellers, merchants, story tellers, snake charmers, and tame monkeys, to name a few! Enjoy a farewell dinner at Chez Ali Restaurant, situated in the outskirts of the city. Sit under big caidal tents, enjoy a Moroccan meal, and watch performances by folkloric troops representing different regions of Morocco. At the end of dinner, a show will produce a camel caravan with a belly dancer, a fantasia, and a show of horse riding. Overnight in Marrakesh.

DAY 6/Fri

After breakfast, morning free at leisure for personal exploration or relaxation by the pool of the hotel. Checkout by noon and depart to Casablanca via Settat. Arrival at the hotel, check – in, dinner and overnight.

DAY 7/Sat

Depart for the airport and your onward journey.

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