Morocco Imperial Cities Tour

With Morocco imperial cities tour, delve into the deep history and vibrant culture of the Imperial Cities as you trace the paths left by ancient civilizations for your discovery. Morocco imperial cities tour takes you through thousand-year-old repositories for the passions that played a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s past.

DAY 1 – CASABLANCA
Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2 – FES
After an early breakfast, Start your tour of Casablanca with a visit to the impressive Hassan II Mosque,(closed on Fridays) the second largest mosque in the world. Continue to the port; the old medina; and Place Mohamed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s. Next, visit United Nations Square, designed by French architect Joseph Marrast; and the League of Arab States Park, which was built in 1925 and offers a large area of greenery with palm trees, arcades, pergolas and cafés with shady terraces. In the afternoon, we will have a 1 1⁄2 hour drive to Rabat. Sightseeing of this capital city of Morocco includes the old medina; the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas; and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty. Also see the well-preserved Hassan Tower; the Chellah, built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries; and the mausoleum of Mohamed V. Next, drive to Meknes, founded in the 9th century by Zenata Berbers. A visit of this former imperial city includes the old ramparts; the Agoudal Basin, once used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; and the Moulay Ismaïl stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar El Ma) which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries to accommodate 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. Continue to Fes for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3 – FES
A full day tour of Fes, the religious capital of Morocco, includes the old and new medinas, and visits to the 14th century religious schools (medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. Explore the impressive labyrinth of souks in Fes, declared by UNESCO to be one of the world’s cultural treasures. The tour also allows photo stops 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.

DAY 4 – MARRAKECH
In the morning, cross the Middle Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech. Pass the village of Immouzzer du Kandar, the lake of Aoua, and the Ifrane ski resort in the heart of a cedar forest. Continue through Azrou and Khenifra, down the Tadla Valley and the rich agricultural area of Beni Mellal, where a break is planned with time free for lunch. This is a rather long day trip, but very enjoyable due to the ever changing scenery. Travel through fertile valleys, past high mountains, rolling hills, long stretches of verdant pasture land and typical Moroccan villages. In the late afternoon, arrive in Marrakech for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5 – MARRAKECH
A half-day historical sightseeing tour begins with Menara Gardens. See the small Saadian pavilion mirrored in still water with the Atlas Mountains and olive groves in the background. This pavilion was used by sultans for romantic interludes. Next, enter the old medina, buried within the imperial walls. Stop at the foot of the famous Koutoubia Minaret, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Continue to the Kasbah, the 16th-century monument site of the Saadian tombs. Notice the wonderful Hispano-Mauresque architecture surrounding the burial grounds of the royal family. Afterward, visit the aristocratic Bahia Palace with its lush Moorish-style courtyard garden and beautifully painted residential rooms. Finally, stroll through the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, the ancient meeting point of the tradesmen in northwest Africa. Enjoy a three-course lunch at one of the city’s fine restaurants (included in tour). The afternoon is at your leisure. You may want to relax by the pool, return to the souks for shopping, or visit the interesting Dar Si Said Museum (entrance fee and transportation not included). In the evening, dinner will be served at l’Amandier Restaurant in Marrakech.

DAY 6 – MARRAKECH
Today is at your leisure to spend as you please. You may like to enjoy the hotel amenities, hire a horsedrawn carriage or play 18 holes of golf at one of Marrakech’s fabulous three golf courses.

DAY 7 – MARRAKECH
You will be transferred to Marrakech Menara airport for your departure flight.

06 NIGHTS/07 DAYS
1 night in Casablanca  +  2 nights in Fes  +  3 nights in Marrakech

 

Casablanca (and Place Mohammed V) is a busy, noisy city of genuine curiosity
Casablanca (and Place Mohammed V) is a busy, noisy city of genuine curiosity
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Looking out on the medina of Fez, Morocco
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Chouara Tannery, which is almost a thousand years old.
Horse-drawn Carriage in Marrakech
Horse-drawn Carriage in Marrakech
 

Tour Includes:
• 6 nights of accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily.
• 5 days of touring in an air-conditioned mini-bus with a English-speaking driver
• Local, licensed English-speaking guides.
• Entrance fees.
• Transfers to/from airports and hotels.
• Service and local taxes.

Tour Does Not Include
• Airfare.
• Meals except where indicated.
• Drinks except as specified
• Travel Insurance
• Tips for driver and guide
• Any extra service not mentioned in the above program 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
* You must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Morocco (Must have at least 6 months of validity past your scheduled return date).
* A $750 per person deposit is required at the time of the booking.
* Final payment will be due 45 days prior to departure.
* Prices quoted for land arrangements are subject to change without notice.

HOTELS SILVER  CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
Casablanca Idou Anfa Sheraton Le Meridien Royal Mansour
Fes Crown Palace J’nan Palace Palais Jamai (medina view)
Marrakech Kenzi Farah Le Meridien Les Jardins de la Koutoubia

We guarantee to operate this tour with a minimum of two passengers.

 Price per person in USD
November 01 to December 15,’16;
January 10 to October 31, ’17
SILVER CATEGORY GOLD CATEGORY DIAMOND CATEGORY
In a double room $1,395 $1,865 $2,365
In a single room $1,665 $2,165 $2,765
1 passenger traveling alone $2,995 $3,595 $4,095
December 16, 2016 to January 09, 2017 rates available upon request.
THE “MORE FOR LESS”
For the following number of passengers, you will enjoy this reduction:
• For 3-4 passengers: less $250 per person
• For 5-6 passengers: less $400 per person

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