TOUR STARTS FROM THE COSTA DEL SOL (SPAIN)
The Morocco Imperial Treasures tour starts from the Costa del Sol (Spain)
Cross the Strait of Gibraltar and explore Morocco's incredible imperial cities of Marrakech, Fes, Meknes and Rabat on this 7-day tour. Visit royal palaces, historic monuments and many more of the country's amazing sights.
At a glance
|Sun||Travel to Tarifa for ferry crossing to Morocco. Overnight in Fes|
|Mon||Full day tour of Old and New Fes|
|Tue||Travel alongside the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech|
|Wed||Morning tour of Marrakech. Afternoon free|
|Thu||Day at leisure for personal exploration of Marrakech|
|Fri||Leave for Casablanca (City tour). Overnight in Rabat|
|Sat||To Tangier for ferry crossing. Tour ends at Costa del Sol.|
> Comfortable coach tour starting from the Costa del Sol on Sundays
> Full day tour of Fes - Old and new city
> Travel along the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech via Beni Melal
> Marrakech morning tour and a free day for you to explore the city's treasures
> See Casablanca and Rabat on your way back to the Costa del Sol
The historical and cultural wonders of Morocco are waiting on this journey to some of the kingdom's most legendary cities. From the cosmopolitan centers of Casablanca and Fes to historic Marrakech. This 7-day tour gives you a deep new insight into the country.
The Imperial Cities
The cities of Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh and Rabat. They are collectively known as the imperial cities, and have all, at some point in Morocco's history, been the capital; Rabat is the current holder. The oldest is Fez, first established as capital in the ninth century under Sultan Idriss II, a great-great grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. After the fall of his dynasty, the Almoravides took over, and Marrakesh became their capital; but Fez remained an important city, and has been capital twice since under different rulers. The Almohads took control in the 12th century and built a new city, Rabat, as their capital; this was replaced, during the rule of Morocco's notorious sultan, Moulay Ismael, by Meknes. Rabat again became capital under the French protectorate, which began in 1912, and retained the title after independence.
Fez. The most exciting of the imperial cities is built on a grand scale. It has surrounding walls that extend for nearly 10 miles. The best views over the city are from the Merenid tombs on the north side. Fez is really three towns in one. The core is Fez el Bali, the medieval city, or medina, where half the population of the city still lives; most visitors concentrate on the sights and streets here. Next is Fez el Jedid, the new city (although new in Fez means late-13th century) where you'll find the Mellah, or old Jewish quarter. Most visitors sensibly ignore the third part, the modern ville nouvelle, built by the French during the Protectorate.
None of the mosques is open to non-Muslim visitors, although it is worth looking through the entrance of the Zaouia Moulay Idriss at the tomb of the city's founder. There are many lovely buildings in Fez, especially the Medersa, or religious college, Bou Inania, an ancient and incredibly ornate courtyard, surrounded by the very plain cells once used by the students.
The newly opened Belghazi museum is also worth seeing; its treasures are all exhibited in a 17th-century riad, or town house built around a courtyard garden. But the main attraction for most visitors is the medina, with its narrow alleys. Horses and donkeys have right of way here, as they deliver supplies to the little shops in the souk. These are side by side with the essentials of everyday life: every district has its own bathhouse, bake house, knife-sharpener and so on. The whole medina is a maze, in which getting lost is (usually) part of the fun.
In Marrakesh, apart from the obvious sights – the square, the souks and the Koutoubia tower – many of the highlights are hidden away. These include the Saadian tombs, the mausoleum of 66 kings from the Saadian dynasty; the Koubba el Baadiyin, one of the oldest buildings in the city, which is believed to have covered the ablutions pool next to the mosque; and the magnificent Ibn Youssef Medersa, the largest in Morocco. The Bahia Palace was built in the Alhambran style by a slave who managed to become wealthy and powerful. Despite being empty of furniture, it is a wonderful example of 19th-century architecture on a grand scale, as is the nearby Dar El Said, a former palace that is now a museum.
Marrakesh is also famous for its gardens, the finest of which are the Jardins Majorelle, created by a French painter and now owned by Yves Saint-Laurent.
Rabat has a long history, and ancient and modern have been sensitively blended together. This is particularly noticeable in the way Rabat's two most famous landmarks have been combined. The Hassan Tower was built by Yacoub el Mansour – also responsible for the Giralda in Seville, as well as the Koutoubia minaret in Marrakesh. The tower was originally part of a mosque, built at the end of the 12th century; the stumps of the mosque's columns are all that now remain. At the far end of this site has been added the second main sight, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, grandfather of the present king.
At first, many Rabat residents were outraged at this combination of old and new; but the mosque incorporates many of the same motifs that were used in the old tower, and the craftsmanship in the modern building is exquisite. Another ancient corner of Rabat that is worth exploring is the kasbah, or fortification, overlooking the coast, and completely different in feel from the rest of the city. It consists of vast ramparts, which enclose a huddle of small, blue and white, flat-roofed houses that look more Andalusian than Moroccan.
Costa del Sol - Tangier - Fes (D)
- Morning departure to Algeciras or Tarifa to board the ferry crossing the Strait of Gibraltar towards Africa.
- We arrive in Morocco and after clearing customs we continue by motorcoach to the old city of Fes.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Fes.
- Breakfast at your hotel in Fes.
- We go on a morning city sightseeing tour of Fes; visiting the Medersa; the first university of the Islamic world; the old Casbah and its narrow streets; the quarter of tanners; the fountain Najerine; the great Medina which is considered as a World Heritage site.
- The afternoon is at your leisure to explore more of the city of Fes.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Fes.
Fes –Ifrane - Beni Melal - Marrakech (B-D)
- Departure to Marrakech crossing the Middle Atlas region.
- Sightseeing tour of different cities such as Ifrane, Khenifra and Beni Mellal.
- Continue to Marrakech
- Dinner and overnight
- Transportation by de luxe motor-coaches, with air conditioning, panoramic windows, and maximum comfort and safety.
- Experienced multilingual and English speaking tour conductors during the tours help you with your room accommodations and assure you of a pleasant vacation.
- Local sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
- Accommodations in selected hotels.
- The professional support of all our team at your service.
- Transportation of one baggage per person.
- Meal plan as per itinerary.
Tour departs from the Costa Del Sol in Spain
Departures : Sundays all year
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 NOV 18 and 31 MAR 2019
- Selected dates for travel in NOV - DEC - JAN - FEB
Contact us for any other date of travel required