Morocco: Imperial Cities Tour – 8 Days Itinerary
Day 2: Casablanca/Rabat Arrive at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport. After welcoming formalities, enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of fabled Casablanca, Africa’s second largest city, where an elegant blend of Art Deco and Neo-Moorish buildings line spacious avenues. Next it’s on to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, where the bustling Medina (old city) still resembles the town created ages ago, and home to the minaret of the Hassan Tower. Sightseeing will also include the Mohammed V Mausoleum, the striking and evocative Oudayas Kasbah, and the ramparts of the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace.
Day 3: Rabat/Meknes/Volubilis/Moulay Idriss/Fes After breakfast, depart for Meknes, chosen by Sultan Moulay Ismail as his imperial capital at the end of the 17th century. The city was built with 20 gates, more than 50 palaces and 15 miles of surrounding walls. Following lunch , stop at the remarkable Roman ruins of Volubilis, with its mosaics and temples. From there it’s on to Moulay Idriss, the cliff-high holy city of Islam. Finally, arrive in Fes for check-in at your hotel.
Day 4: Fes Explore dramatically beautiful Fes, the oldest Imperial City, founded in 790 A.D. Seeming to exist somewhere between the Middle Ages and today, the Soul of Morocco stimulates the senses with its visual details, haunting sounds and rich aromas. Fes’s medieval Medina, Karaouiyne Mosque, Attarine and Abou Inania Medersas (Islamic Universities) and the elaborately tiled Nejjarine Fountain intrigue and dazzle travelers.
Day 6: Marrakech Your tour of Marrakech – the “Jewel of Morocco” and the “Pearl of the South” – includes the Koutoubia Mosque, reaching nearly 230 feet in height; the lavishly decorated tombs of the Saadien Dynasty; the Bahia and Badii Palaces; and the Dar Si Said Museum. After lunch, continue your tour with visits to the Djema El Fna Square, famous for its unique outdoor entertainment, and to the lively Medina with its colorful souks, or markets.
Day 7: Marrakech/Ourika Valley/Marrakech Spend your morning relaxing by the pool or shopping. In the afternoon, explore the natural sights of the Valley of Ourika at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and discover the charm of a Berber village. Garden bloom among green terraced fields, villages are filled with ocher stone houses, and the clear water of the Ourika River trickles by.
Day 8: Marrakech/Casablanca/New York Breakfast early this morning and transfer to Marrakech’s Menara Airport for Casablanca, to connect with your flight home. Casablanca Tours offers a “Jewish Heritage” tour following the same schedule as above, emphasis on Jewish historical points of interest.