“I can only speak to my soul when the two for us out off exploring deserts, or cities, or mountains or roads”.
“A Great King, Great City”
The whole history of Morocco is inscribed on the walls of the 4 Morocco imperial cities Tour from Marrakech:
Marrakech and the Jemaa el Fna square, Rabat and the Hassan tower, Meknes and the Bab el Mansour gate, Fes and the Najjarines fountain, all listed as World Heritage by UNESCO
Exoticism guaranteed: let yourself be intrigued by the mysteries !
Set out from Marrakech on a 7-night private Imperial Cities Tour from Marrakech through Morocco’s imperial cities with accommodations in 4-star hotels. Enjoy the intimacy of a private car and driver as you explore ancient ruins and atmospheric Palace, and step into bustling souks, . Cross the Atlas Mountains to Berber Villages, take in Morocco’s gleaming seaside capital, and walk to corniche at Casablanca. Discover the extraordinary diversity of the Morocco’s landscapes and cultures on classic tour that begins and ends in Marrakesh’s most visited city.
Imperial Cities Tour from Marrakesh
You go in the footsteps of this king who had 500 concubines and 12000 horses or this other stake and righteous who only wanted the glory of the Lord by building Fez while this vizier by palace intrigues proclaimed himself regent of the king, he built the Bahia palace for his favorite, no less than 150 rooms. Other kings, not fearing death during their lifetime, built their tombs and excelled at it: the Saadian Tombs. Casablanca modern city does not escape tradition, and a great King offered him a masterpiece of Arab-Muslim architecture: the great Hassan II Mosque which can hold 25,000 people inside and 80,000 outside!
Day 1 : Marrakesh airport arrivalMarrakesh
Upon arrival, Pick- up from airport to your hotel or Riad. Night in hotel or Riad
Day 2 : Marrakesh Visit ( Unesco world heritage)Marrakesh
Meet the unexpected
More than a city, Marrakesh is a pearl polished by history and a taste for hospitality, knowing how to welcome its guests with open arms for centuries.
The city is subdivided into two distinct parts: the new (or modern) city, where there are many hotel complexes, luxury shops, banks, tea rooms and cafes with outside seating, and the medina or historic city (with ten kilometers of walls). It is easy to imagine the caravanners loading their camels with food, tools and handicrafts in bygone times. The souks offer everything that the traveler expects – colors, atmosphere, perfumes, smiling and welcoming faces.
Marrakesh is famous all over the world for its palm groves and minarets. The city is a real live show where people and local folklore are skillfully staged in a medieval setting.
After breakfast in hotel, day devoted to historical Marrakech visit: Bahia palace, Saadiens tombs, the colorful souks , optional lunch then visit the Jemaa El Fna place, a Unesco heritage site,
Jemmaa el Fna square by Juan Goytosolo
*Agora, theatrical performance, point of convergence: open and plural space, vast field of ideas, peasants, shepherds, roundworms, merchants coming from bus stations, taxi ranks, drowsy car rental stops: merged into an idle mass, absorbed in the contemplation of the daily hustle and bustle, supported by license and heedless of the terrain, in a continuous and capricious movement: immediate contact between strangers, oblivion of social constraints, identification in prayer and laughter, temporary suspension of hierarchies, joyful equality of people. » Juan Goytosolo. Optional Majorelle Gardens visit (12 $ payable in spot)
Night at hotel
Day 3 : Marrakesh – FezFes
“Get lost in the holy city” ( a world Unesco heritage)
“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on FEZ.“
After breakfast, Crossing to the Middle Atlas mountains, Berber villages, the cedars forest, arrival to Fes the oldest imperial cities, home to the world’s first university dating from the 9th century and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence: night in hotel or Riad
Day 4 : Fez historical Visit ( Unesco world heritage)Medina of Fez
Fez is not easily engaged To reach it, it is necessary to return by the main entrance, at once visible and veiled, of the sacred. Because Fez is a sanctuary. It is so moreover that soufis, these initiated of the Islam, always called her: Zaouïa. The traveler who came by far knew that by arriving near the city, it is to his founder and to his very patron saint that he asked for the hospitality. For him, Fez is the city of Moulay Idriss. Many of fassis still know by heart what the commentators report as being the words, during the inaugural prayer, during the saint: ” Ô Seigneur, You know that I did not build this city by vanity, by desire of fame or by pride. But I would want that you are liked there, that Your Book is Read to it and Your Law applied as long as will last the world. Ô Seigneur, guide towards the good those who live there and helps to carry out him, veil for them the sword of the anarchy and the dissidence … ”
After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to discovering Fez, a Unesco World Heritage and the oldest of the imperial cities, home to the world’s first university dating from the 9th century and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence. Surrounded by huge defensive walls, it seems suspended in a time warp, somewhere between the Middle Ages and the modern. But it’s more than that, it is a living city almost devoid of tourists, where whilst wandering among-st its amazing 9,000 tiny streets you experience its noisy hawkers selling everything from colorful vegetables, to delicious middle eastern pastries flavored with cinnamon and honey. Mind your backs for the passing of the only transport-mule or donkey! The haunting sound of the call to prayer resonates over the traditional rooftops whilst skilled artisans noisily beat metal into pans and intricate metal-ware as they have for centuries. . Visit of the medieval Medina. You will also explore the famous souks where craftsmen still labor in the age-old oriental tradition. Lunch on your own. Continue sightseeing in the afternoon. Return to hotel and overnight.(4* hotel or Riad: an a aristocratic house (B,B)
Day 5 : Fez – Meknes- Volubilis (UNESCO world heritage)Meknes Medina
“it is a place made for painters … the beautiful abounds … the beautiful runs the streets, I am stunned by all that I saw, I am at this moment like a man who dreams. ”
Eugene de Lacroix said of Meknes in 1832
Breakfast, guided visit to MEKNEs, a Unesco World Heritage, the 16th century capital whose ruler, Moulay Ismail, modelled himself on France’s ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV. After plundering his entire country he opened his amazing palace decorated with the most intricate colourful stucco work, huge beautifully detailed bronze doors and stunning mosaics via Volubilis, the westernmost outpost of the Roman Empire. Wonderfully isolated, set amongst gorgeous rolling hills and olive groves, it is a haunting sight, silent and almost ghost-like. Here our guided tour will ensure you appreciate Volubilis’s historic importance and its stunning mosaics:
– MEKNES One of Morocco’s most beautiful historical cities, its twenty two Kms of town wall, monumental gates and the ruins of an immense palatial complex form an impressive and curious backdrop for the meeting point of Morocco’s main roads. The 17th century sultan Moulay Ismail wanted to create a royal capital here that would rival Versailles. He had an army of bricklayers, blacks slaves and several hundred captured Christian slaves build 120 km of town wall, dream palaces, stables for 12,000 horses, hanging gardens watered by a four-hectare pond and immense storage sheds. After almost a century of construction, he left one of the most beautiful cities in Moorish-Arabic style.
The tour of this “Moroccan Versailles” and sightseeing includes Bab El Mansour, considered as the finest gateway in Morocco. First we will pass through the triumphal arch Standing at sixteen meters high with an eight meter long arch, the intricately patterned triumphal arch is argued to be the most beautiful in Morocco. Enter Place El-Hedime (Square of Ruins) which links the Medina and the kasbah. The square is lined with modern residential buildings and a covered food souk (market)..
-The Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stretched out over 40 hectares, are the most well preserved ruins in Morocco.
The Romans began building the city of Volubilis around 40AD in order to keep control of this North African region which was successively occupied by the Greeks, Berbers, Jews and the Carthaginian merchants. In the second and third centuries, the region began to develop more rapidly when the Romans began cultivating grain. The victory Arch, facing the main route and built in 217 in honor of the Roman emperor Caracalla, formally had a bronze chariot. Night in Meknes.
Day 6 : Meknes – Rabat – Casablanca ( Unesco world heritage)Rabat
“The past is buried deep within the ground in Rabat, although the ancient walls in the old city are still standing, painted in electrifying variations of royal blue that make the winding roads look like stream-lets or shallow ocean water.”― Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for Rabat, capital of Morocco. Arrival and guided visit the Mausoleum Mohammed V, grandfather of the present king. Guarded by two mounted, traditionally robed spear-carrying lancers. It is built in traditional style and the twin Hassan Tower of the Giralda in Seville in Spain (built at the same time and by the same Monarch, as well as the Koutoubia minaret in Marrakesh). A wonder of medieval Moorish world with its great minaret left unfinished when its founder died in 1199. Then visit of the esplanade of the Royal Palace and the Kasbah Oudaya on the seafront where Robinson Crusoe was locked up before escaping to Brazil. Optional lunch then departure for the city of Casablanca, arrival and exterior visit the Mosque Hassan II (inside visit 12€ payable in spot) , one of the largest religious building in the world, panoramic tour. Overnight in Casablanca night in hotel
Day 7 : Casablanca – MarrakeshGueliz
After breakfast route to Marrakesh, arrival and check’in at your hotel or Riad, rest of the day at your disposal to do whatever you please, whether it be shopping at the fabulous souks or simply relaxing by the poolside at your hotel.
Day 8 : Marrakesh airport TransferMarrakesh
“Anyone who is used to travel knows that there always comes a day when hi have to leave”. Paulo Coelho
According to flight hours, transfer to Marrakesh airport.