Morocco Imperial Cities Itinerary

This itinerary is great for those who would enjoy exploring the Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakesh. This is one of our top Morocco tours since it gives you time to visit cultural and historical sites, shop in the souks, stay in quaint riads, and sample fine Moroccan cuisine. This trip can be shortened or lengthened to accommodate your dates and can begin in any city, such as Rabat, Fez, Tangier, or Marrakesh depending upon your travel arrangements.




Detailed Itinerary



Day 1 - Casablanca Arrival

Upon arriving into the Casablanca Airport (CMN), you'll be picked up and taken to your hotel. Following, you may wish to see some of the sights of the city, the best being the Hassan II Mosque.


Overnight: Le Royal Mansour Méridien



Day 2 - Rabat

The capital of Morocco, Rabat is the first Imperial city you will be visiting. With a laid-back medina worthy of exploration and a nice vibe to boot, you can visit the Oudayas Kasbah, Hassan Tower & Mohammed V Mausoleum, along with the Chellah Gardens & Necropolis. You will be spending the night in a lovely riad (traditional Moroccan home) inside the Rabat medina.


Overnight: Riad Kalaa (Breakfast, Dinner included)



Day 3 - Meknes

Today, you'll travel onward to Meknes, one of Morocco's lesser-visited Imperial Cities. Located here is one of Morocco's most impressive gateways, Bab Mansour. Here, you can opt to do a cooking workshop that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.


Overnight: Riad d Or (Breakfast, Dinner included)



Day 4 - Volubilis - Fez

If you opted to do a cooking workshop yesterday, then today you can enjoy a half-day guided visit of Meknes before continuing onward through the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis and the town of Moulay Idriss before heading to Fez.


Overnight: Riad Laaroussa (Breakfast, Dinner included)



Day 5 - Fez Private Guided Tour

In Fez, you will be able to explore the UNESCO protected Fez medina with a private guide, included today since Fez is made up of 9,000 roads and alleyways that are best explored with a local expert. Lunch is included on the tour today.


Overnight: Riad Laaroussa (Breakfast included)



Day 6 - Fez - Marrakesh

Today, you'll travel from Fez to Marrakesh. While you can take the train, some of our tour prices include private transport. If you decide to go via the backroads through Beni Mellal, then add on two hours of travel time to today's seven hour journey.


Overnight: Riad Siwan (Breakfast included)



Day 7 - Marrakesh Private Guided Tour

In Marrakesh, today will be devoted to a private guided visit (with lunch) of the Marrakesh Medina.


Overnight: Riad Siwan (Breakfast included)



Day 8 - Marrakesh & High Atlas

You'll have a free day in Marrakesh to continue exploring the sights, souks, and smells. If you'd like to use this free day to take a guided visit of the Berber villages of the High Atlas Mountains with lunch and transport included, we have this available as an itinerary extra. The roundtrip to the mountains and back to Marrakesh is three hours.


Overnight: Riad Siwan (Breakfast, Lunch included)



Day 9 - Marrakesh - Casablanca

Depending upon your flight time tomorrow, you can stay in Marrakesh or travel to Casablanca this afternoon. If you opt to stay in Marrakesh, travel time to the airport tomorrow is three hours. You might also find flights departing from the Marrakesh (RAK) airport.


Overnight: Le Royal Mansour Méridien (Breakfast included)



Day 10 - Casablanca Departure

You'll be departing Morocco today, so we hope you enjoyed your journey!



Accommodation Information



Le Royal Mansour Méridien

With stunning views of Casablanca’s harbor and the Hassan II mosque, Le Royal Mansour Méridien is set in the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. Once a French colonial centre, Casablanca was a strategic port during World War II and continues to be an area rich in art, history, and culture.


The hotel’s many amenities include meeting facilities, banquet halls, a fitness center, a spa, and La Douira restaurant, which serves classic Moroccan cuisine. Some of Casablanca’s best sites are in close proximity to the hotel, including the Place des Nations Unies, New Medina, the winding streets of the Old Medina, and the Central Market.



Riad Kalaa

The Kalaa is a Kasbah from the Almoravide dynasty built by the Emir Ben Tachfine on the banks of the Bouregreg river. It was constructed in 1140 AD for protection against enemy forces. A recent archeological dig near the Oudayas excavated sections of the original Kasbah.


Constructed in 1815, in the heart of the medina ramparts, only a few steps from the ocean, the Riad Kalaa has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisanal workmanship traditional to Morocco.


The Riad is unusually large with 11 rooms and suites, all en suite with central heating, Wifi and a safe-deposit box. Some of the rooms have an open fire.


The architecture of the Riad is quite unique, with nooks and crannies, terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring an intimate, harmonious and restful ambiance for all our guests.



Riad d Or

This is an architecturally outstanding riad, nestled in a quiet but very central location in the medina. The staff is warm and friendly, making an effort to make you feel at home.



Riad Laaroussa

A gorgeous riad in the heart of the Fez medina. Riad Laaroussa offers you a haven of peace and a team whose care and attention will make your stay unique.



Riad Siwan

Riad Siwan is as ravishing as Moroccan buildings get: loyal to its North African roots, yet with stylish contemporary furnishings at every turn. Ornately carved columns tower in the courtyard, and there’s a sun-drenched and spacious terrace on the roof. Inside, impeccable service awaits.



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