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Historic Cities of Morocco

Morocco's most famous imperial cities have played a pivotal role in the country's history that straddles the pre-Arabic times of the indigenous Berbers, to the Arab invasion and European colonialism to independence. This journey traces the ancient civilisations beginning in Marrakesh at the foot of the Atlas mountains and famed for its old Medina, Djemaa el-Fna, palaces, gardens and ancient steam baths. Then to Fes; the intellectual and religious heart of the nation and the UNESCO world heritage site crammed with narrow, winding streets, tiny squares, and artisan workshops. Visit centuries-old mosques and universities, the open-air tanneries, and shop for traditional wares made from copper, ceramics and leather. En-route to Meknes we encounter the perfectly preserved ruins of Volubilis, a thriving Roman settlement until the 4th century. We take a fascinating deviation to Chefchaouen, a gorgeous mountain city in northeastern Morocco with its distinctive blue-washed homes and a Mediterranean theme carried into our next destination at Rabat; once a thriving Roman port. A further highlight is our stay in traditional riads which fuse perfectly with the historic theme of our journey.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
Airport transfers (day 1 and 8 only)
5 nights in traditional riads on a twinshare basis
2 nights in good quality hotels on a twinshare basis
English speaking tour leader and local driver
city guides in Marrakesh, Fes, Volubilis, Meknes, Rabat
entry fees and sightseeing as listed in itinerary
private transport
Hightlights
Immerse in old and new Marrakesh including the main Djemaa el Fna square
Relax in the mountain town of Chefchaouen with its distinctive blue-washed homes
Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating city of Fes and surrounds
Explore the perfectly preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis and the pilgrimage town of Moulay Idris
Discover the mosques, tombs and impressive architecture of the one-time capital Meknes
Stay in traditional riads as we trace Morocco's ancient civilisations
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $1,990
Start Location
Marrakesh, Morocco
End Location
Morocco
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
24 Aug 201831 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
07 Sep 201814 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
23 Sep 201830 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
05 Oct 201812 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
19 Oct 201826 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
02 Nov 201809 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
30 Nov 201807 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
14 Dec 201821 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $1,990
11 Jan 201918 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
08 Feb 201915 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
08 Mar 201915 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
22 Mar 201929 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
05 Apr 201912 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
19 Apr 201926 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
03 May 201910 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
17 May 201924 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
31 May 201907 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
23 Aug 201930 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
06 Sep 201913 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
22 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
04 Oct 201911 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
18 Oct 201925 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
01 Nov 201908 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
29 Nov 201906 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
13 Dec 201920 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $1,990
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival in Marrakesh you will be met and transferred to the group hotel, which is actually a traditional Moroccan Riad. (Transfer is included if arriving on Day 1 only. Please contact your reservations consultant for rates if you require an arrival transfer on any other day.) The remainder of the day is at leisure in this colourful city. There will be a group meeting with your guide at the hotel at 18:30hrs. Overnight Riad Celia (or similar).
Day 2
Today we explore the fabled 'red city' of Marrakesh, so named for its ochre colored walls. We will start with a walking tour through the old town, or Medina, and visit the Medersa Ben Youssef (koranic school), stroll through the souks to the majestic Bahia Palace and also visit the imperial Saadien tombs. After lunch, we continue the tour by car, driving through part of the new city and taking in the beautiful Majorelle Gardens, Menara Gardens and the Koutoubia Mosque (from outside only). Our tour ends in the main square, the Djemaa el Fna, which is known for its snake charmers, acrobats, fortune-tellers, musicians and other colourful characters. There is time to watch and wander through the square at leisure, absorbing its intoxicating vibe. Overnight Riad Celia (or similar).
Day 3
Enjoy the picturesque Moroccan landscape today as we drive to the world renowned city of Fes. It will be a long driving day (approx 8 hrs) but one that is incredibly scenic. Along the way we will visit the rural town of Beni Mellal surrounded by huge fertile fields. The northern slopes of the Middle Atlas are impressively honeycombed with woods, fields and lakes. Passing Khenifra and the village of Azrou, known for its cedar woods, we will arrive in Fes in the late afternoon. Overnight Riad Salam or Riad Ghita (or similar). Please note: there is an option today to take a train from Marrakesh to Fes, departing at 09:00 and arriving at 16:10, approx 7.5 hrs. Times are subject to change and availability. Please ask your reservations consultant for cost of a 1st Class ticket, including hotel transfers in Marrakech and Fes. Seats must be booked in advance.
Day 4
Today we have a full-day of sightseeing in the enchanted city of Fes. We take a guided walking tour through the very narrow streets of the medina, including the Kairaouine Mosque, the Nejjarine square and the Medersa, as well as the souks and tanneries. The medina also offers the chance to purchase unique Moroccan handicrafts and samples of delicious local cuisine. After lunch at a local restaurant in the Medina, we drive to a number of significant sites outside the old city including the majestic Royal palace and the former Jewish quarter (or Mellah). To put it all in perspective we view the city of Fes from a spectacular vantage point which overlooks this beautiful region. Overnight: Riad Salam or Riad Ghita (or similar).
Day 5
A scenic drive from Fes to Volubilis begins our day. We will visit these awe-inspiring Roman ruins which feature some well-preserved mosaics. A short drive away is the Islamic pilgrimage village of Moulay Idris (non-Moslems are not permitted inside the holy shrine dedicated to the founder of Islam in Morocco). Here we take a short walk to gain a panoramic view over the town, its beautiful landscape and across to Volubilis. After lunch a short drive brings us to the imperial city of Mekn s. During a guided city tour we will visit the Mosque and the tomb of Moulay Ismail as well as the old stables and granaries of Dar el Ma and the famous Gate of Bab Mansour. Overnight: Palais Didi (or similar).
Day 6
This morning we leave Mekn s and drive north towards the Rif mountains. Again, we are surrounded by picturesque scenery with rustic farmhouses dotted amongst fields and olive groves. The town of Chefchaouen is our destination, built on the lower slopes of the Rif mountains. The houses here are painted blue, typical of the Andalusian style. We will visit the Medina of this pretty town with its old Kasbah and also a museum. Overnight: Casa Hassan (or similar).
Day 7
Leaving Chefchaouen, we drive to Ouazzane with spectacular views of the Rif mountains and its forests. Passing through Souk el Arba du Rharb we reach the Atlantic coast near Kenitra and continue south to the Moroccan capital, Rabat. We will enjoy a short, mid-afternoon tour of Rabat, visiting the Hassan Tower and the Mausoleum of the Kings Mohamed V and Hassan II. Afterwards we will be transferred to the city of Casablanca. Overnight: Imperial Hotel, Casablanca (or similar).
Day 8
Our trip concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport if you depart Casablanca today. For departure on any other day, transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.