Imperial Cities

Imperial Cities

Imperial Cities

Trip Details:

Operator:   Encounters Travel
Price From: 649 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 7 days

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About this program

This budget trip offers an amazing insight in to Morocco’s historic cities, with bustling medinas and fantastic historic sites to see, and a wonderful chance to experience local Moroccan cuisine. Starting and finishing in Marrakech (book cheap flights to Easyjet and Ryanair) the tour also includes the cities of Casblanca, the old town of Rabat, fantastic ruins at Volubilis, and of course time to explore the mazy medina at Fez.


Day 1 : Arrive in Marrakech

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. OVERNIGHT: Marrakech hotel MEALS: Dinner EXTRAS: Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour, Single Room Supplement (MOSHIC)

Day 2 : Marrakech, city tour

Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square. OVERNIGHT: Marrakech hotelMEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : Marrakech to Casablanca

After breakfast we leave Marrakech behind and head to the coastal city of Casablanca. We'll have a day of sightseeing today to visit the central market, the Habous District, the Royal Palace, Mohamed V Square, the Anfa district, and take in some magnificent views of the Hassan II Mosque. OVERNIGHT: Casablanca hotelMEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : To Fez via Rabat & Meknes

This morning we journey to the capital Rabat. Strategically located on the Atlantic coastline, Rabat began as a settlement in the third century BC. This morning we enjoy a tour of the old city including visits to the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah and the Hassan Tower Mosque. We leave Rabat before lunch and drive to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Next is ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the mediaeval city of Fez. OVERNIGHT: Fez hotelMEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Fez city tour

Over 1200 years old, the city of Fez is a labyrinth of souks, mosques and spice filled streets. We delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idrss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain and the Bou Anania Medersa. We also spend time confusing our senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez Jdid to explore the cities many varied souks. OVERNIGHT: Fez hotel

Day 6 : To Marrakech via Beni Mellal

We reluctantly leave Fez behind this morning and begin our journey back to Marrakech. Along the way we'll make a short stop in beautiful Beni Mellal which dates back to 1688. You'll arrive back into Marrakech this evening and the remainder of the day is free for some last minute exploration or shopping. OVERNIGHT: Marrakech hotelMEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Departure from Marrakech

You have some free time in Marrakech today until you are transferred to the airport for departure. OVERNIGHT: N/A MEALS: Breakfast EXTRAS: Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour

Country Fast Facts


Flag Flag_of_Morocco
Official Language(s)Berber, Arabic
Population33,848,242 (2014 census)
Climate(s)Warm Desert, Warm Mediterranean, Cold Desert,
Major Airport(s):Rabat/Sale International Airport (RBA), Casablanca Mohammad V International Airport (CMN), Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK)
Economic Driver(s):Mining, Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism, Agriculture

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