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This budget Morocco Tours From Casablanca To Imperial Cities Via Fez, starting from Casablanca and finishing in Casablanca provides a fantastic introduction to Morocco. Discover Morocco in style on this adventure tour from Casablanca to the imperial cities of Morocco, Fez, Meknès, Marrakech, and the Atlas Mountains.
The Imperial Cities of Morocco are Morocco's four historical capital cities: Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, and Rabat. Rabat is the current capital of Morocco.
Meet and greet at Casablanca airport, then transfer to your hotel to relax. Overnight in Casablanca.
After breakfast, begin the city tour of Casablanca with an outside visit to Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Continue to Ain Diab Corniche for a pleasant stroll along the coast. Your next stop is Mohammed V Square in the city center. The city tour of Casablanca also includes the Habous Quarter, one of the oldest areas in Casablanca. The district was built by the French in the 1930s as an attempted solution to the ongoing housing shortage. It marries the best of traditional Moroccan architecture with modern facilities and French ideals. Enjoy an optional lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the Imperial cities. Enjoy a short orientation tour covering the entrance to the Royal Palace. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, continue the city tour of Rabat. Stop first at the Kasbah of the Udayas, Rabat’s medina. This kasbah is a fortification constructed on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Kasbah of the Udayas was constructed during the realm of the Almohads. Continue to Mohammed V Mausoleum. This Mausoleum is home to the tombs of the current king’s grandfather, King Mohammed V, and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah. Inside the mausoleum, mosaics rise from the marble floor to a ceiling of gold leaf and hand-carved cedarwood, while the three ground-floor tombs are carved from white onyx. Next to the Mausoleum, stop at Hassan Tower, the towering minaret of the Hassan Mosque. The construction of the site began in 1195. The reminiscents are part of one of the oldest mosques left in existence. Transfer to Meknes, stopping to take pictures of the massive Bab El Mansour gate. Enjoy an optional lunch at a local restaurant. The city tour of Meknes will include the Harri Souani stables, the medina ramparts, and the entrance to the Royal Palace. Continue along to the UNESCO-sponsored Roman ruins in Volubilis where you will have a guided tour. Transfer to Fes overnight.
Enjoy a guided city tour of the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fes. The morning's first stop is a visit to the entrance of the largest royal palace in Morocco. This palatial complex rests in the center of the Fes El-Jedid area and is surrounded by high walls with an intricate and elaborately decorated gateway permanently closed. The doors are bronze but they shine like gold. The next stop will be the old Medina (Fes el Bali). This medieval center of Fez has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling various products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, etc. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the Leather Souq, the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. You will visit the Jamaa Al-Karaouine (the world’s first established university) and a Medersa (a Koranic school) in the medina. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Fes – Ifrane – Benni Mellal – Marrakech B
After breakfast, transfer to Marrakech. Stop first at Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses, and 1665 meters (5,460 ft) elevation. The town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also where the lowest temperature was recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. While in Ifrane, expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as
After breakfast, transfer to Marrakech. Stop first at Ifrane, a charming town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. Ifrane is famous for its Alpine climate, European-style houses, and 1665 meters (5,460 ft) elevation. The town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during summer. Ifrane is also where the lowest temperature was recorded in Africa, -24 °C in 1935. While in Ifrane, expect to find animals like the threatened Barbary Macaque and local tree species such as the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak, and the introduced London plane. We will then move on to Benni Mellal where you will stop for an optional lunch. Continue to Marrakech overnight.
Enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech after breakfast. The morning begins with a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque. The mosque is the largest in Marrakech and one of the oldest in the world. The minaret, 77 meters (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199) and has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. Your next stop is the Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Optional dinner at a charming local restaurant. Overnight in Marrakech.
Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax or wander on your own. In the afternoon, transfer to Casablanca overnight.
After breakfast, we will assist you to Casablanca airport for your retard flight.