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Imperial cities & sand dunes

In a feast of colour, commotion and a great surge of bustling activity, this trip to Morocco will bewitch your senses. Favoured for the climate, the spices, Riads & Kasbahs, this little piece of Africa will have you hooked. Although the city life is often what makes Morocco famous, there’s so much more out there to discover. Hop on a camel in the stunning Sahara dunes; explore the Atlas Mountains’ impressive peaks and valleys. On this circuit you’ll get out into Morocco’s amazing lesser-known sites- but not less beautiful, and you’ll be talking about it for years to come…

DAY ITINERARY

01-02 Marrakech

You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Take an optional half day tour to Ourika Valley to see the traditional Berber villages. On Day 2, take a traditional horse carriage tour visiting the tombs, the palace, the medina and of course the famous Djemaa el-Fna square. In the evening, rest in a street side cafe with a cup of sweet mint tea or a freshly-squeezed orange juice.

03 Casablanca / Rabat

Make an early start on your way towards the iconic seaside town of Casablanca where you have a guided tour around the impressive Hassan II Mosque. After lunch, head to Rabat to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Kasbah des Oudaias perched above the rugged Atlantic coastline.

04 Volubilis / Meknes / Fes

Today will take you inland, first stopping at Volubilis, Morocco’s largest and best-preserved Berber – Roman ruins. Close by you’ll visit Meknes, the third imperial city. More laid back than some of the bigger Moroccan cities, it has a combination of winding streets and palatial buildings. From here it’s only a short drive to Fes, the oldest of the imperial cities.

05 Fes

Take in the vibrant atmosphere of Fes on a full-day tour. Visit the Medersa Bou Inania, the most beautiful of Meremides monuments, the El Quaraoiyin Mosque & university. Visit the Nejjarine Square with its 18th Century fountain and then Fes Medina – a maze of more than 9,000 small narrow cobbled streets, and a world away from modern Fes.

06 Ifran / Errachidia

Heading south east, make a stop at Ifran, the ‘Lion City’ before continuing over the Middle Atlas Mountains with the cedar forests for a stop at Midelt. After time for lunch, continue to the Deep South stopping at Erfoud overnight.

07 Merzouga

Arrive at the desert late morning and relax on the edge of the sand dunes and take in the spectacular scenery. It is an amazing experience swimming in the hotels’ pool while looking at the vastness of the desert stretching as far as the eye can see. Lunch is included at the hotel, and then you have free time to set off into the dunes or take an optional desert trek by camel. In the evening, have dinner around the campfire and sleep in authentic Berber tents for a true desert experience.

08 Dades Gorge

Make the journey back to the real world as you leave the magical desert behind you. Watch the landscape change again as you travel through the open countryside. Local conditions permitting, visit the very impressive Todra Gorge, before continuing on to Dades Gorge.

09-10 Aït Benhaddou / Ourzazate / Marrakech

Make it to Ourzazate, now famous as ‘Hollywood in the Desert’ due to the number of famous films that have been made here. Then check out the ancient Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb over the 2,260m Tizi n’ Tichka Pass and then drop down to the plains arriving into Marrakech by late afternoon. Your trip will finish at the hotel after breakfast on Day 10.

Highlights

  • Experience Marrakech’s atmosphere
  • Discover Casablanca’s historic sites
  • ExploreBerber – Roman ruins in Volubilis
  • get lost in Fes
  • Camp out in the sand dunes of the Sahara
  • Admire spectacular canyons of Morocco
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the souks

Imperial cities 5 night/6 days

The spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes will enchant you with its labyrinthine medina… You’ll visit Quarouiyin University and Mosque, as well as Merdirsa Bouanania, another major Islamic university.

The road to Marrakech is dotted with some wonderfully picturesque towns including Ifrane, famous for its unique architecture and woods, the artist’s haven of Azrou and all its lakes … The Red city (Marrakesh) itself is Morocco at its most majesty. A visit to Jemaa El Fna square offers a stunning array of food and performances, including musicians, snake charmers, fortune tellers… You’ll also visit the Bahia & Badii Palaces and the Menara Gardens and many other wonders…

Day 1 : Casablanca.

Arrival at Casablanca airport, Meeting with the guide, accommodation, dinner & overnight at the hotel in Casablanca.

Day 2. Casablanca – Rabat.

Breakfast at the hotel, the release number. Excursion in Casablanca (inspection Mahakma do Pasha – the residence of the Pasha of Casablanca Corniche boulevard, inspection of the exterior of the mosque Hassan II). Moving to Rabat, city tour (Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hassan Tower, Oudayai). After lunch departure to Meknes. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Meknes – Fez.

Breakfast at the hotel, the release number. The visit for Meknes and sightseeing there (the remnants of the Royal Palace, Bab Mansour, the old city). Moving to Fez via Volubilis. Inspection ancient ruins of Volubilis. Arrival in Fes. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4. Fez.

Breakfast at the hotel, full day visit for the Inspection of the medieval medina, Madrasah Bo Inanna Mausoleum Moulay Idris leather workshops, fountain Nedzharin. In the afternoon visit to the Moroccan market back to the hotel.

Day 5. Fez – Beni Melall – Marrakech.

Breakfast at the hotel, departure to Marrakech through the mountain road, Immuzer; Azrou and Ifrane visit & a break in Beni Mellal Dinner & Overnight at hotel in Marrakech.

Day 6. Marrakech.

Full day visit for Marrakech City (Al Bahia Palace, Al Badii Palace Saadien Tombs, lunch break then the Koutoubia Minaret; the souks (traditional market) Medina and Jemaa el Fna square. At the evening dinner in a restaurant with performance watching of folk groups. Return to the hotel, overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Marrakech – departure

Owing to your departure time, we can:
Take you to the Medina for some shopping of for some more last minute guided visits
Transfer to the airport

The Secrets of the South of Morocco Desert Tours

Morocco desert tour

A country of golden sand-hills and Kasbahs (fortified villages), with its fascinating oases and thousands of palm-trees hidden behind the mountains and the sand dunes. A fascinating country owing to its villagers’ and nomads’ hospitality, make the dreams of the travellers looking for a peaceful nomadic life and the wonders of the desert come true.
Each stage of the journey has to be fought for, each day bringing along its crop of discoveries.

The Program of the Circuit:

Arrival day:

Pick up at the airport, transfer to the hotel, welcoming tea ceremony in the hotel, a small visit to the medina of Marrakech, dinner in Jamaa El Fna square.

2nd day:

Visit with a local guide of the most important monuments, parks and souks of Marrakech – the Saadian tombs, Palais Badii, Palais Bahia, Dar Si Said museum and Majorelle Garden in the afternoon. Dinner in the riad. Tickets for the monuments and the park are not included.

3rd day:

We leave at 7:00 am toward the Ouarzazate, 200km through the Atlas Mountains (beautiful landscapes and Berber authentic villages). First big stop is to visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a 16thh century fortress classified by UNESCO as a human international patrimony. Big movies were turned there, like Gladiator, Laurence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven, Sand Brothers… We will stop for lunch in a nice restaurant at the edge of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. After lunch we drive to Ouarzazate (the capital city of cinema in Africa) and visit the famous Kasbah Taourirt. Then we drive toward Agdez and Zagora, visit the Draa Valley and its Palmeraie and spend the night in Zagora in a hotel.

4th day:

Drive to Tamgrut where we visit a 13th century school and its famous library. Arrival to Mhamid around 4 pm. We ride camels for an hour and a half in the middle of the dunes where we stop for pictures. We arrive to the camp half an hour before the sunset, we have a mint tea with the nomads in the camp and then go over the dunes to watch the sunset. After this we go for a walk to discover the desert. You will have the opportunity to see the most amazing sky you have ever seen in your life. Back to the camp for dinner, after which the nomads will play music for us around a fire. We sleep under nomad tents.

5th day:

We will wake you up half an hour before sunrise to see magical lights of the dawn. After the sunrise, we ride camels back, and once back to Mhamid we go to a hotel where we have a shower and breakfast. After breakfast we get into the vans and drive toward Ouarzazate, where we have a stop for lunch. After lunch we drive toward Agadir. We pass through Taznakht, the capital city of rags and carpets. We arrive to Agadir late in the evening, spend 2 nights in a 3* hotel with dinner included.

6th day:

A day in the beach.

7th day:

In the afternoon, we drive to Marrakech. We arrive to the hotel around 7 o’clock and have a dinner with a belly dancing in a high gastronomy restaurant.

8th day:

A hammam (Moroccan steam bath) is offered.

8 Day Imperial Cities Morocco Tour

imperial cities morocco tour

The Imperial Cities Morocco tour from Casablanca

For those of you who looking for a perfect destination for holiday and seeking culture, heritage, architecture and rich history; The Imperial cities Morocco tour is the best offer you  can get

Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh and Rabat are collectively known as the imperial cities of Morocco, and have all, at some point in Morocco’s history, been the capital city
The oldest of them is Fez, first established as capital in the ninth century under Sultan Idriss II.

After the fall of his dynasty; the Almoravids took over, and Marrakesh became their capital. but Fez remained an important city, and has been capital twice since under different rulers. The Almohads took control in the 12th century and built a new city, Rabat, as their capital. this was replaced, during the rule of Morocco’s notorious sultan, Moulay Ismael, by Meknes. Rabat again became capital under the French protectorate, which began in 1912, and retained the title after independence.

program of the tour:

Day 1: Arrival / Casablanca

Arrive at Casablanca Mohamed V Airport. You will have a brief review of the tour during your transfer to the hotel. Check in, dinner and accommodation in Casablanca.

Day 2: Casablanca/ Rabat (95 km).

Visit the economic capital of Morocco, the central market, the Habous district, the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque.
Enjoy a fish lunch at a local seafront restaurant. then Continue on to Rabat for a city tour: the Royal Palace, (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, the Mohamed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Rabat.

Day 3: Rabat/ Moulay Idriss/ Volubilis/ Meknes/ Fez (220 km).

Depart to Meknes and visit of the Ismalian capital famous for its 40 km long walls, visit Bab Mansour, the Royal stables and the Jewish quarter. After lunch continue on to the holy city of Moulay Idriss, via the ruins of the Berber/Roman city of Volubilis, before continuing on to Fez.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Fez.

Day 4: Fez.

The whole day is devoted to the city-sightseeing of Fez. The religious capital of Morocco includes medieval Medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersa; the Nejjarine fountain, Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and Karaouine mosque. and enjoy a Moroccan lunch at a traditional restaurant in the Medina. then in the afternoon visit Fez Jdid.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Fez.

Day 5: Fes/ Beni Mellal/ Marrakech (485 km).

Depart to Marrakech passing by the Berber villages of Immouzer du Kandar and Ifrane. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in Beni Mellal, one of the agricultural centers of Morocco. Enjoy lunch and a moment of relaxation in Beni Mellal one of the agricultural centers of Morocco. Arrive in Marrakech, known as the “Red City” in the late afternoon. Check in to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Marrakech.

Day 6: Marrakech.

Visit historical Marrakech, the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. Enjoy the Menara garden, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque—the largest in Marrakech. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and in the afternoon visit the famous Djemaa El Fna, a square and market place in Marrakech’s old quarter. In the evening, enjoy dinner with a cultural fantasia show (included) and overnight at Marrakech.

Day 7: Marrakech/ Casablanca (250 km).

Morning at leisure. Enjoy lunch at a Moroccan restaurant, then departure back to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Casablanca.

Day 8: Casablanca / Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport with departure assistance

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