Morocco - Imperial CitiesThe most famous cities of Morocco are undoubtedly the four imperial cities Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. On this site you will find extensive information on the main sights, history and other facts of these cities, as well as background information about the country of Morocco.
Feel the magic of Morocco on 8 or 10 day Moroccan Explorer trip, which starts and ends in Marrakech or Casablanca. one of thise imperial city tours, will make you visit Casablanca, Fes, the Atlas Mountains and more ... Enjoy the services of a local Trip Leader and superb bucket list inclusions such as an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert and a guided tour of the medina in Fes and much more
Imperial city tour 8 days from Casablanca
Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca.
Arrival in Casablanca on their own, reception at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat.
Morning departure towards Rabat, but first, visit the economic capital Casablanca, the Hassan II Mosque and the cornich boulevard, then have lunch and continue to administrative Moroccan capital Rabat to visit the méchouar and outside the Royal Palace, Mohamed V mausoleum, the Kasbah Oudayas, the Hassan tower and the Museum of money.
Overnight at Hotel or Riad.
Day 3: Rabat - Meknes - Volubilis - Fes.
Departure after breakfast towards Meknes, the capital of Ismaili considered by the monumental Bab Mansour gate and its 40 kilometers of walls, visit of the Royal stables and the Jewish quarter .almorzaremos, then continue to visit the holy city Moulay Idriss, through the Roman city of Volubilis to get to Fes. Accommodation at Hotel or Riad.
Day 4: Fes.
Full day dedicated to a guided tour of the oldest of the imperial cities. Founded in 808 as the first political, religious and cultural capital. We started the visit by the beautiful Golden Doors of the Royal Palace. Subsequently, from a high point observe the wall that encloses the impressive and ancient medina. That then we walk walk in every corner, and Discover mosques, madrassas and religious sites to reach the district of the tanners. Free time for lunch - (not included) - and continue to visit the neighborhood of artisans. They brought their knowledge from Spain and have maintained Andalusian art and style to this day giving Fes deserved name of the city of artisans. Overnight at Hotel or Riad.
Day 5: Fes - Beni Mellal - Cascades Ouzoud - Marrakech.
Have breakfast and leave early in the direction of Fes Marrakech, passing through the city of Ifrane Morocco Swiza called, then, the Berber village Imouzer Kandar and Azrou. Beni Mellal reach, where we have lunch and then continue our journey to get to Marrakech passing by the beautiful waterfalls of Ouzoud, Accommodation in Riyadh.
Day 6: Marrakech.
A day dedicated to the visit of the Red City, Marrakech, starting gardens dela Menaracon your pond, the Saadian tombs where the founders of the city, the Palacio dela Bay, home of the former vizier, the Koutoubia, splendid minaret to end the unspeakable Djemaa El Fna Square in the morning, a great night bazaar and a magic show. Accommodation at Hotel or Riad.
Day 7: Marrakech - Casablanca.
Breakfast in the Riad, and free time all morning until after lunch, and then go to Casablanca, arrive in the afternoon, dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 8: Casablanca - Airport.
10 days Morocco imperial city tour including Sahara desert
Day 1: Marrakech
Get your first taste of Morocco’s delicate dance of old and new world in the 18-plus souks that fill the city streets and prepare to bend it like the Berbers. Ditch the map, turn off your phone and get hopelessly lost in a maze of mosaics and souks in the Red City – the best surprises are waiting around every corner.
Day 2: Marrakech
Take a roll around the medina in a calèche (horse-drawn carriage) and experience mosaic madness at the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace on a guided tour. Then, plan your attack on Djemaa el-fna Square –once a trading post for slaves, ivory and gold; now home to anything you could need from snail soup to a dentist check-up.
Day 3: Marrakech to Rabat
Of all the gin joints, in all the world, today you’re walking into Casablanca. Leave the booze out of it when you visit the Hassan II Mosque – bearer of the world’s largest minaret (210 metres), with a frickin’ laser beam on top. After lunch, head to the UNESCO World Heritage capital Rabat to rock the Santorini-esque Kasbah des Oudaias.
Day 4: Rabat to Fes
Live la dolce vita in Volubilis, or at least get a good idea of what it was like during Roman times at these well-preserved ruins. Replete with bathhouses and brothels, they knew how to party like it’s 3rd Century BC. Then, walk through Meknes and go into pattern overdrive in Fes.
Day 5: Fes
Mausoleums, mosques and (funky cold) medinas are in order today on a full-day whip around the city with a local guide. Lose yourself in the 9,000 narrow cobbled streets - and world’s largest car-free urban area - in Fes el-Bali, lined with spices, food stalls and tanneries. Or hunt down a hamam and shed your dignity and a few layers of dead skin.
Day 6: Fes to Errachidia
Rolling green mountains, alpine ski slopes… picturing Morocco? Nope? Welcome to Alpine-fresh Ifrane, aka the Switzerland of Morocco. After a quick stop, fill your memory bank with vistas of the Middle Atlas mountains and cedar forests on our way to Errachidia.
Day 7: Errachidia to Merzouga
Merzouga looks as if it might be swallowed by the red dunes of the Sahara Desert at any moment. Pull up a pool lounger and savour the view before setting off on camel to get Berber fever in a traditional desert camp. Climb the dunes and feel your hair stand on end as the sky burns away the last sunlight of the day and melts into a blanket of diamonds. Epic doesn’t even cut it.
Day 8: Merzouga to Dades Gorge
Step into your own Roadrunner cartoon today in the rock climber's nirvana of Todra Gorge. With a 3D landscape of imposing orange sandstone peaks, streams and the odd camel playing outside your window today, the trip to Dades Gorge will seem quicker than a coyote.
Day 9: Dades Gorge to Marrakech
Step onto the set of Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and The Mummy… to name but a few. Aït Ben-Haddou is UNESCO World Heritage and ‘Desert Hollywood’ beauty combined on an old caravan route between Sudan and Marrakech. The fortified city’s imposing walls have got nothing on the switchbacks of Tizi n’Tichka Pass, though.
Day 10: Marrakech transfer to the airport