Morocco Imperial Cities tour takes you to the four Imperial Cities in 8 days. Beginning in Casablanca, and then heading north to Rabat. We continue into the interior of the Northern Atlas Mountains to visit the medieval city of Fez. See many fascinating historical sites on the way. Move on to explore enchanting Marrakesh before you return to Casablanca for departure. A tour giving you a true and deep insight into the country.
At a glance
|Sat||Welcome to Casablanca. Transfer to your hotel|
|Sun||City tour and onwards to Rabat with a short tour|
|Mon||Explore Meknes and Volubilis. Overnight in Fes|
|Tue||Full day tour of Fes|
|Wed||Travel along the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech|
|Thu||Historical Marrakech and Djemaa El Fna tour|
|Fri||Afternoon departure for Casablanca|
|Sat||Tour ends with transfer to Casablanca Airport|
> Weekly departures(Saturday)
> Two meals Daily
> Half day sightseeing tours of Casablanca and Rabat
> See the Imperial past of Meknes and the impressive Roman Ruins in Volubilis
> Spend a full day touring Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco
> Explore the sites and sounds of the Marrakech, a city that moves on its own beat
> Pick up some bargains as you venture souks and handicraft quarters
Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are perhaps the best times to take a Morocco Tour. With a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south, though desert nights can get very cold. Traveling the Sahara desert is idyllic during the months of November to February. The south is isolated from the rest of Morocco and is arguably the most hospitable, breath-taking and culturally interesting of any region in the country
Morocco food & drink
Moroccan cuisine is famous throughout the world, and is quite unique. Full of subtle spices and tantalising combinations of flavours, Morocco's cuisine is sure to please every palate. During your stay in Morocco, you must try the warming tagines, flaky pastillas, spicy hariras and fishy chermoula.
When you’re looking for something to drink, mint tea (known as Berber whiskey) is the national drink and you’ll find it enjoyed everywhere.
Culture and Language
Fridays are a holy day so expect shops and market stalls to close around midday. And during the month of Ramadan (the dates of which change every year), you should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public as a mark of respect. The consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam, but it can still be purchased in larger stores, especially in touristy areas, and in hotels and restaurants. Arabic and Berber are the official languages. French is often used for business, diplomatic and government issues
Morocco is a visual feast and it can be hard to know where to point your camera first! Landscapes are no problem as they rarely have an issue with their picture being taken. When photographing people though, it’s important to be respectful – imagine how you’d feel if strangers started to take your picture without a by-your-leave! Always ask permission first, and it helps if you get to know your subject a bit better. Moroccans are very friendly, and you should have no trouble getting to know them.
Metered “Petit Taxi” is available in all major Moroccan cities. The cheapest and most popular way of getting around to country is to make use of the extensive Coach network. Private operators compete for travelers on the more popular routes. Casablanca has a super modern rapid transit tram system. Moroccan Rail (ONCF) has a network connecting North Morocco only. Centers such as Agadir and Essaouira do not have rail networks
There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s generally accepted that a 10% tip is suitable when eating out and for tour guides. Round up your taxi fare to the nearest five dirhams, but don’t feel obliged to tip if you aren’t happy with the service.
B’stilla: a flaky pastry pie is stuffed with steaming tender pigeon meat, almonds and eggs and spiced with aromatic saffron, cinnamon, and fresh coriander
Harira: a hearty bowl of soup, prepared with lamb broth, tomatoes, red lentils, chickpeas, topped with a squeeze of zesty lemon juice and a handful of chopped coriander
Tagine: slow-cooked stews always served with bread to mop up those smoky, hearty juices. Chicken slow-cooked with green olives and preserved lemons are perhaps the classic base, but lamb with plums and allspice is certainly a local favorite.
Ktefa: a traditional Moroccan dessert made with warqa pastry. It’s layered with delicious, sweetened fried almonds and covered with a custard sauce
The Imperial Cities
Fes, Marrakech, Rabat and Meknes are the Imperial cities of Morocco. Each one is or was the capital of one or more dynasties. Fes was the capital of Idrisid, Marinid, Wattadis and Alaouite. Marrakech of Almoravid, Almohad and Saadian. Rabat is currently the capital city.
When a Moroccan dynasty chooses his residence in Fez, Marrakech, Rabat or Meknes, the city became the capital is adorned with monuments (palaces, mosques, mausoleums) that reflect the prestige of the prince in the eyes of his contemporaries and history. World of grandeur, refinement and luxury, the royal city is a mythical universe which inspires medieval authors legendary images.
- Welcome at Mohammed V airport by the tour representative.
- Delivery of your vouchers and the documents of your trip.
- Brief review of the tour during your transfer to the hotel.
- Check-in at your hotel.
- Dinner (Restaurant closes at 10:30 pm no dinner served in the room )
- Overnight at your hotel in Casablanca
Casablanca - Rabat (B-D)
- Visit of 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 impressive Hassan II Mosque .
- Continue to Rabat the Administrative capital of the country.
- City tour of the Royal Palace; (Mechouar); the Oudaya Kasbah; the Mohamed V mausoleum; the Hassan Tower.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Rabat
Rabat - Meknes - Fez (B-D)
- Depart for Meknes and visit the Ismalian capital; famous for its 40 km long walls; see the Bab Mansour; the Royal stables and the Jewish quarter.
- Travel to the impressive ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis via the holy city of Moulay Idriss.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Fez.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Moroccan visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 NOV 18 to 31 JAN 19
- Seasonal supplements applicable for travel on 22 and 29 DEC 2018
- Call us for rates for travel on alternative dates