Imperial Cities of Morocco
The Imperial Cities of Morocco are old capitals of one or more dynasties, e.g. Fès, which was the capital of Morocco several times, Marrakech that was the capital of the Saadiens, after being that of the Almohades and of the Almoravides, Meknès capital of Alaouites. Rabat is the current capital of Alaouites.
This Tour is a curtain raiser tour of the magnificence of these cities.
Arrival at the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca,
you will be welcomed by your driver and transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, proceed on a half-day sightseeing tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. Sightseeing includes a visit to Hassan II Mosque (outside) – the largest mosque outside Mecca, the Mohammad V square, Royal Palace and Habous district and the residential area of Anfa. After lunch follow the Barbary Coast to the imperial city of Rabat; the administrative capital city of the Kingdom. You will see Mechouar (ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the fortified Oudaya Kasbah, the marvelous Mohamed V mausoleum and the Hassan Tower. Later check-in to your hotel in Rabat for overnight.
Morning depart to the second imperial city, Meknes, which was the capital city under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672-1727). Later we will continue to Fes via the holy city of Moulay Idriss where the founder of the Islam in Morocco is buried; this town is famous for its green rooftops and offers one of the most picturesque views of Moroccan town life. On your way to Fez, you will also visit the roman city of Volubilis. Volubilis features the best preserved excavations in this part of northern Africa dating from the Roman Empire. In 1997 the site was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Later you will arrive to Fez and check-in to your hotel.
After breakfast, begin your full day sightseeing tour of Fez, the most ancient city of the Imperials, founded by Idris I (789) and his son Moulay Idris II (810). We will visit the medieval Medina with its Medersas (religious Islamic universities) Attarine and Bou Anania, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque. After lunch continue to Fez Jdid (new Fez), and return to Hotel.
After breakfast, depart for Marrakech. En route, you will pass through Ifrane, the village of Azrou (famous for its handicrafts), and the cedar woods of the Middle Atlas. Enjoy lunch in Beni Mellal, one of the agricultural centers of Morocco. Upon arrival to Marrakech in the late afternoon, you will check in at the hotel.
After breakfast, proceed on a full day sightseeing tour of Marrakech, the second largest city in Morocco also known as the pearl of south. The city was founded by Yusuf ibn Tashfin, member of the Almoravides dynasty in 1062. Prior to the reign of Moulay Ismail, Marrakech was the capital of Morocco. After his reign, his grandson moved the capital back to Marrakech from Meknes. Today you will visit the Menara garden, the Bahia Palace, and the Koutoubia. Afternoon we will visit the Djemaa El Fna square, which by day is a market place but at night is a place of non-stop entertainment; this area is great for bargain hunt in the souks and handicraft shops of Marrakech.
Half Day at Marrakech, afternoon, depart to Casablanca, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Airport for onward Flight.
Our package includes :
- Accommodation on HB basis
- Accompanying national guide
- Transportation on deluxe vehicle
- Entrances fees for the monuments and kasbahs