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The Imperial Cities

The first and a must-do tour for an approach to Morocco through its centuries-old History. Follow the creation and the life of this new Mediterranean kingdom from the VIIth century until today, visiting the various cities that were its capital at one moment or another.
day by day itinerary

Arrival in Casablanca Mohamed Vth Airport. Meeting by your A/C minibus and guide followed by transfer to your hotel. Panoramic tour of the city according to the arrival schedule.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, visit the momentous Hassan II Great Mosque in Casablanca, a magnificent artwork of architecture and Moroccan handicrafts, followed by a panoramic tour along the seaside road, the harbour area, onto the city centre, and the Habbous district.

Time at leisure for lunch, then tour the old medina and on to Rabat, the Imperial Garden Capital of Morocco.

Brief orientation tour before checking in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Morning visit to Rabat: see the Mausoleum of late King Mohamed Vth, a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, the Hassan Tower nearby and the Oudayas Kasbah overlooking the mouth of the Bou Regreg River.

Then on to Meknes, a former Imperial city built at the end of the 17th century by King Moulay Ismael. The visit includes the old ramparts, the Moulay Ismael stables, Granaries and House of Water, Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco and the beautiful Moulay Ismael Mausoleum facing the Aguedal basin.

Lunch, then on to Fes via Moulay Idriss – a picturesque village hanging on the hills and sheltering the tomb of Moulay Idriss Ist, father to the founder of Fes – and Volubilis, a Roman archaeologic site.

Arrival in Fes for check-in at hotel and dinner and overnight.

Full day sightseeing of 1.000 years old Fes, founded by King Moulay Idriss 1st: see the medina, the old koranic schools, the Karaouyine Mosque (from outside only), which was the largest University of the world in the 13th century with already more than 3.000 students.

Optional lunch in the médina.

In the afternoon, visit the modern part of the city, including – as Fes is also the capital of handicrafts – the famous “potters” district.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Morning leaves to Marrakech across the Middle Atlas mountains, through the village of Immouzzer du Kandar, the lake of Diet Aoua, and the Ifrane ski resort in the heart of a cedar forest. Then after Azrou and Khenifra, down the Tadla valley and the rich agricultural area of Beni Mellal, where a break is planned for lunch.

A rather long day trip but very enjoyable due to the numerous changes in the scenery: fertile valleys, mountains and hills, farming areas, long stretches of pastureland scattered by villages etc. Late afternoon arrival in Marrakech.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Marrakech; in the morning, the historical monuments: the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the beautiful Saadian Tombs. Lunch in the hotel.

In the afternoon, discover the labyrinthine souks with their numerous tiny little shops bustling with activity and Djemaa El Fna square with its medieval open-air entertainment.

Moroccan dinner with folklore show.

Overnight at your hotel.

In the morning, transfer to Marrakech Ménara airport in time for your departure flight.
Please note that all timings and mileage are given for a return trip based on Google Maps data and itinerary availabilities. Trek itineraries are also not displayed as precisely as planned because Google Maps does not yet provide this type of information; you should then refer to the “day by day” program for accurate details.