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Imperial Cities Tour: Culture, Historic Sites, and Charming Riads

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  • Starting points: Rabat, Fez, Tangier, or Marrakech
  • Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Distance : 1,200 KM

Detail

This itinerary is perfect for those seeking to explore the fascinating Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakech.

It offers ample time to delve into the rich cultural and historical sites, wander through bustling souks, experience the charm of traditional riads, and indulge in delectable Moroccan cuisine. The flexibility of this trip allows for customization to fit your desired duration. Depending on your travel arrangements, it can start from various cities such as Rabat, Fez, Tangier, or Marrakech.

Activities

  • Photography
  • Walking

Accommodation

  • 3 Star accommodation
    included
  • 4 Star accommodation available at additional price of $500 per person
  • 5 Star accommodation available at additional price of $2000 per person

Price Includes

  • Hotels
  • Half board – 2 meals each day
  • Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • Professional English-speaking driver
  • Professional guides in the major cities
  • Entrance fees to historical sites
  • Excursion fees (Camel Trek)

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

What to Expect

You can book this trip along with one of our desert tours to have a unique experience that combines the Imperial Cities with a journey to the Sahara Desert for a comprehensive experience that covers the highlights of Morocco, including its cities, southern regions, and the majestic desert.

  • Delve into rich cultural and historical sites
  • Wander through bustling souks of Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes and Fes
  • Explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Sleep in charming traditional riads
  • Indulge in amazing Moroccan cuisine
  • Start from various cities like Rabat, Fez, Tangier, or Marrakech

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca

Upon arrival at Casablanca Airport (CMN), our team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. If you have time, you may explore the city, with the iconic Hassan II Mosque being a must-visit attraction.

Day 2: Rabat - Imperial City Tour

Today, we head to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco and one of the Imperial cities. Delve into the laid-back medina and discover its hidden gems, including the Oudayas Kasbah, Hassan Tower & Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the enchanting Chellah Gardens & Necropolis. You will spend the night in a delightful riad nestled in the heart of Rabat’s medina.

Day 3: Meknes Guided Visit

Our journey continues to Meknes, where we will explore its historical wonders. Marvel at the magnificent Bab Mansour, considered the most beautiful gateway in the Maghreb. Visit the El Heri es-Souani, a granary with impressive vaulted structures and stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers. Discover the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the Place el-Hedim, home to the renowned State-owned stallion stables of Haras.

Day 4: Volubilis / Fez

We will proceed to the awe-inspiring Roman ruins of Volubilis, where you will see ancient olive presses, grand mansions, breathtaking mosaics, and majestic arches. Experience the remnants of Roman and medieval Berber lifestyles. We will also visit the sacred town of Moulay Idriss, perched overlooking the ruins, before heading to the vibrant city of Fez.

Day 5: Fez Guided Visit

Embark on an exploration of Fez, the oldest city in Morocco, as you navigate its labyrinthine alleys and narrow streets. Our tour begins at the Royal Palace gate, followed by visits to the Jewish quarter, the first Mellah dating back to the 16th century, and the prestigious Al Qaraouine University, the oldest university in the region. Discover the traditional tanneries, the fascinating Attarine Museum, and the Mulay Idriss mausoleum. After a delicious lunch, you will visit a tiles cooperative and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire medina of Fez.

Day 6: Fez to Marrakesh

After an early breakfast, we will embark on a scenic trip from Fez to Marrakesh. Admire the picturesque landscapes as we traverse the Middle Atlas Mountains and pass by the base of the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival in Marrakesh, you will check into your hotel and then head to Djemaa el-Fna, the bustling central square of the medina, known for its vibrant atmosphere and entertaining street performances.

Day 7: Marrakesh Guided Visit

Begin your day by exploring Marrakesh, often called “the red city” of Morocco. Our guided tour will take you to the most important historical and cultural sites, including the enchanting Majorelle Gardens, the iconic Koutoubia Tower, the fascinating Saadian Tombs, and the exquisite Bahia Palace. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant near the square and a leisurely walk through the lively souks, where you can admire and purchase a wide array of handicrafts. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore other parts of the city at your own pace.

Day 8: Marrakesh / High Atlas Mountains Excursion (optional)

Today, you have the option to enjoy a free day in Marrakesh to further immerse yourself in its enchanting ambiance or embark on an excursion to the picturesque Berber villages nestled in the High Atlas Mountains. This optional excursion includes round-trip transportation and allows one to experience the stunning mountain scenery and the traditional Berber way of life.

Day 9: Marrakesh to Casablanca

Depending on your flight time the following day, you can either spend the day in Marrakesh or travel to Casablanca in the afternoon. The journey from Marrakesh to the airport in Casablanca takes approximately three hours. Alternatively, you may find flights departing from Marrakesh Airport (RAK).

Day 10: Departure from Casablanca

Today marks the end of your Moroccan adventure. Our team will assist you with your departure from Casablanca, and we hope you had a magical and memorable experience exploring the wonders of Morocco with us. Thank you for choosing  Medina Travels, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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