Imperial Morocco tour will allow you experience the grandeur of the imperial cities of Rabat, Fes, Meknes and Marrakech with the entire historical, architectural and cultural heritage they offer for Morocco’s first time visitor. Casablanca will also be part of this Morocco tour as it represents the heart of Morocco’s contemporary lifestyle, as well as hosting one of the most important mosques in the world: Hassan II Mosque.
Upon arrival at Casablanca airport, meet your driver and guide and depart to the city center, where you will enjoy a visit of the majestic Hassan II Mosque, followed by a drive in the Corniche and the Boulevard d’Anfa.
Lunch will be served at leisure in Rick’s Café or one of the seaside cafés in Ain Diab.
Afternoon drive to Rabat the capital of Morocco.
Rest of the day at leisure in Rabat.
After breakfast, get ready to visit Rabat major sites: Hassan Tower, the Mausoleum of the late king Mohammed V, the esplanade of the actual Royal Palace, and the Kasbah of Loudaya overlooking Bouregreg River.
Lunch will be served at leisure at one of the cafés on the riverbank before you continue to Chellah necropolis.
Mid afternoon, travel to Fes, the spiritual and capital of Morocco.
Today, you will explore Morocco’s oldest city, considered by many as ‘’ Athens of Africa ‘’ thanks to its cultural, religious, and educational institutions.
Discover the iconic sites of an ancient Imperial city accompanied with your guide. You will start with a visit of the broad esplanade of the Royal palace, famous for its cedar wood and bronze gates. Continue to the 16th-century Borj Sud to admire its architecture and a spectacular panoramic view of the walled city. From here, you will go deep into the UNESCO world heritage Medina. Follow narrow lanes to covered bazaars and an eminent madrasa, and pass riverside tanneries and hillside shrines. Get a glimpse of daily life in bustling Nejjarine Square, discover Moroccan art in the Dar Batha Museum and leave the medina to visit potters’ studios and Borj Sud, an imposing Saadian watchtower.
Drive back to your hotel or riad, and spend the evening at leisure.
After breakfast in your hotel, drive east towards the imperial city of Meknes. Be ready for a walking tour of Meknes to include the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the founder of the city, with Bab Mansour and the granaries which once hosted over 12 000 horses. After a short drive from Meknes, visit the hillside holy town of Moulay Driss, one of the most spiritual sites in Morocco, hosting the mausoleum of Moulay Driss, the founder of Fes, and a great grand son of the prophet Mohamed.
Lunch will be served at leisure at a local café.
From here, continue to the Roman archaeological site of Volubilis which hosts the largest and most preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.
Late in the afternoon, continue to Fes driving past vast acreages of vineyards producing good quality red and Moroccan wine.
Spend most of the day driving from Fes to Marrakech while admiring spectacular views of the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Upon arrival at Marrakech, check into your riad, and freshen up before you head to the most vibrant place in the city: Jamaa Elfna Square. Enjoy some free time there to get lost in the crowd, admire the local entertainment, and sample a local cup of mint tea with an aerial view of the square on top of one of the surrounding cafés.
After breakfast in your hotel or riad, get ready for a full day guided tour of the Medina of Marrakech, with its palaces, historical sites, Souks, medina walls and gardens:
Your exploration of Marrakech will start with an outside visit of La Koutoubia Mosque with its majestic minaret, considered the landmark of Marrakech. From there, you will continue to the Saadian tombs, dating to the 14th century, and hosting the Saadian Dynasty kings tombs. After a short drive past the Mellah, visit the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to capture the essence of Islamic and Moroccan style.
From here, enjoy a walk through the labyrinthine streets of the Medina watching the local craftsmen in their workshops, locals bargaining for their daily needs in the markets, and awaken your senses while walking in the spice markets.
Enjoy a quick lunch at one of the local cafés in the Medina before you head to Ben Youssef Medersa, a 14th century Islamic college containing 130 students dormitories around a courtyard richly carved in cedar, marble and stucco.
Right after the visit of the Medrasa, meet your horse drawn carriage just off Dar Elbacha Royal Palace and start a scenic drive through Gueliz, the French colonial district, and the new town to Majorelle Gardens, a 12 acre botanical gardens created in the early 20th century by a French architect, then reopened to the public after it was owned by the late French designer Yves Saint Laurent.
After breakfast, we will suggest various activities to choose from for the day:
After breakfast, drive to Casablanca airport for your return flight.