Marrakesh and Imperial Capitals

Duration

7 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Marrakesh

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Marrakesh; Ouzoud; Fez; Volubilis; Moulay Idriss; Meknes; Rabat; Casablanca

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Morocco! Marrakech. - Transfer to the hotel . - Free time.
19:30 hrs. - In the evening we include a ride in calesas (horse carriages) to see the famous D´Jema Square, full of life at that time. Back to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
IMPORTANT: - Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
08:15 hrs. - We will have the city tour. Located among hundreds of palm trees and surrounded by ochre walls, this exotic city brims with activity and life. We will get to know the great walls, the Jemaa Square, we will walk through the colorful Medina, see the Koutoubia Tower, as well as visit the Bahia Palace (ticket included). Lunch at the hotel and free time in the afternoon .
In the evening we recommend you the Fantasy dinner show, where you can experience the rich and varied Moroccan folklore.


Total distance: 540 km
Landscapes: Interesting landscapes, arid with oases, mountain following the Atlas, lands of nomads in some areas.
Note: Wear comfortable shoes for the visit of the Ouzud waterfall (easy access by stairs)
08.00 hrs- Marrakesh, departure. Our stage today, being longer, will allow us to see the contrasting landscapes of the country. Following the Atlantic slope of the Atlas Mountains we continue the first part of our route.
11.00 hrs.- Ouzoud Falls, surprising stop at this peaceful place that has the highest waterfalls in North Africa (110 meters), located in the Middle Atlas, in an area between spectacular gorges. We include a short boat trip and lunch in a restaurant with beautiful view of the waterfall, you can have fun watching the macaques (monkeys of Morocco) that inhabit this area.
13.30 hrs- Ouzoud, departure. We continue our route.
19.45 hrs- Arrival in Fez . Before going to the hotel, we will admire the view of the city from the Marinid tombs (according to sunlight it can be visited early the next day). Dinner included.
Total distance: 120 km.

Scenery: nice landscapes of farmlands.
Note: Fez is a very traditional city, and Mulay Idris is a holy city; therefore, we kindly request that you wear proper clothes and respect the local population. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes to visit the archeological site.
In the morning, we include a visit to Fez . We will cross through the Bronze Gates of the Royal Palace, we will visit the Jewish quarter, the lively souks, and the tanners’ quarter. Fez is the cultural capital of the country and home to the oldest university in the world. The city of Fez was established in the 9th century and is known for its breathtakingly beautiful Medina, whose Arab traditional atmosphere is the best preserved in the country. Towards the end of the visit, we will include the lunch in an old palace in the Medina.
15.00h- Fez- departure.
16.30h- Volubilis archeological site . Arrival at the probably best preserved Roman archeological site in the north of Africa, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Founded in the 3rd century B.C. as the capital of the Mauritania Tingitania province, Volubilis was a relevant military outpost of the Roman Empire where many beautiful monuments were erected. Admission is included .
17.30h- Volubilis- Departure. We resume our journey beside olive plantations.
17.45h- Mulay Idris - located on the top of a hill, we arrive at the principal holy city and pilgrimage destination for Muslims in Morocco. Mulay Idris, great-grandson of Mohamed and founder of the first royal dynasty of Morocco, is buried here. The city was closed to non-Muslims until 1912; until 2005, non-Muslims could not stay overnight here. Free time for walking around.
18.45h- Moulay Idriss- Departure.
19.30 h- Meknes . Arrival, dinner included and lodging.
Total distance: 240 km.

08.30 hrs- After breakfast, visit of Meknes , another fascinating city declared a World Heritage Site, founded for military purposes in the eleventh century by the Almoravids, and was the capital of the kingdom in times of Sultan Muley Ismail (1672-1727), founder of the Alaouite dynasty. This sovereign built an impressive city of Spanish-Moorish style, surrounding it with high walls marked by monumental doors. We will be surprised by the immense gate of Bab el Mansur and the activity in the square el Hedim (reminiscent of the D, Jemaa square of Marrakesh). We include entrance to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail . Free time.
12.30 hrs- Meknes, departure. Continuation by highway, time for lunch in service area.
15.30 hrs- Rabat. Arrival and city tour of the capital of the Kingdom. We visit the powerful fortress of the Oudaia, the Hassan tower where the mausoleum of King Mohamed V is located, the walls of the Andalusians, the outer enclosure of the Royal Palace and the modern quarters of embassies. After our visit, free time.
18.30 hrs- Rabat, departure. We follow the shores of the Atlantic.
20.00 hrs- Casablanca -Arrival at the end of the day.- Dinner included.
Total distance: 245 km
Scenery: from Atlantic plains of cultivated fields to more arid landscapes reaching Safi.
After breakfast, we include a sightseeing tour with a local guide to get to know the largest city and economic center of Morocco. We will walk through its great avenues, the beautiful square of Mohamed V with its fountain Moorish buildings and palm trees and through the park of the Arab league. We also visit little Medina. We include the admission and visit to the huge mosque of Hassan II (the only mosque in Morocco where non-Muslims are allowed to enter), located next to the sea, with its 210-meter-high minaret with laser lights on top pointing to Mecca. After that we will have free time for lunch in the pleasant maritime area of "la corniche".
15.30 hrs.- Casablanca. Departure towards Marrakech.
18.45 hrs. - Marrakech -Arrival.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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