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Visit the Imperial Citys of Morocco

Adventure to some of the most interesting and unique cities in the world. From Casablanca you will discover the soulful city of Fes, enjoy the blue city of Chefchaouen, explore the most southern outpost of 3rd century Roman city of Volubilis, wander a despots ruined palace in Meknes, then cross the High Atlas mountains to stay in the hillside kasbah village of Ait Benhaddou, and end your tour by following the old caravan route to magical Marrakech.

Throughout this tour you will be immersed in Arab culture mingling with African ways of life that are closely tied to indigenous Berber history. Visit souks (markets), UNESCO world heritage sites, mosques, palaces, Berber villages, ancient ruins, stay in medina riads and kasbahs and much more. Transport with our expert driver/guides in comfortable, safe, late model vehicles.

Tours can start or end any day in Tangier, Fes, Marrakech, Agadir or Rabat.


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Sample 8 day tour from Casablanca

You will stay in the uniquely different Imperial citys of Fes, Meknes and Marrakech, the blue city of Chefchaouen, visit Roman ruins at Volubilis, and stay in the world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. Add on more days and experience Essaouira, the cascades at Ouzoud, and much more!

This sample 8 day Imperial city tour does not include the Sahara desert nor an overnight camel trek although we highly recommend adding this to complete a tour of a lifetime.

We use small hotels and riads that are of interest because of location, excellent food, and unique traditional architecture. The food in Morocco is very fresh and reflects traditional cooking.

Options to upgrade to 4* hotels.

 

pot maker in fes


Day 1
Arrive Casablanca airport. Your driver will have a "Morocco Explored" sign, and be waiting upon your exit from the arrivals area. You'll be taken to your waiting car and transfer to Chefchaouen this morning. This town is small enough to wander freely and explore on foot with many hillside alleys that wind through this charming walled city. Make sure your camera is charged, photo opportunities abound. Stay in small hotel in the medina.

 

hotel door

 

Day 2
Explore the charming hillside town of Chefchaouen, known as the Blue City. Chefchaouen or Chaouen for short is famous for its electric blue that covers it's houses and mosques. The custom dates back to the 15th century when Jewish refugees settled here and brought with them their tradition of painting things blue to mirror the sky and remind them of god. The photographic opportunities are endless, especially fascinating in the mid day sunlight.
Stay in hotel in the medina.

 

koutoubia mosque

 

Day 3
This morning drive to Fes. Along the way you will stop and visit Meknes old city, the 17th-century imperial city-within-a-city of Moulay Ismael, palaces, mosques, and gardens. The highlights are the dungeons; the royal stables containing grain silos that used to hold enough food for the city residents for a year, as well as a stable big enough for 12,000 horses; and the Moulay Ismael Mausoleum. After continue on ward to the ruins of Volubilis. The Romans built this city as a trading doorway into Africa and for 200 years in the 2nd and 3rdC AD, it was the furthest outpost of all Roman cities. It's beautiful mosaics and columns to private houses can still be seen. The surrounding land is prized for it's olive trees. Nearby town was where Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789 bringing the religion of Islam, and started a new dynasty, and in addition to founding the town, he also initiated construction of Fes.
Arrive Fes in time for dinner. Stay medina riad in the medina.

 

telouet kasbah

 

Day 4
After breakfast meet your guide and explore this fascinating storybook medinas historic and ancient sites. Visit the famous leather tanneries still using techniques from ancient times to produce fine leather in beautiful colours. Afternoon is free to explore in the endless labyrinth of narrow streets like no other, with hundreds of tiny shops, a dyers souk and craft manufacturers who ply their trade in narrow medieval grottoes. Or just wander around soaking in the ancient feel of the city where some of those who pass by might rarely leave this medina in their lifetime. Fes is also famous for its robust and beautiful pottery, brass and copper trays and tea services as well as the regional cuisine. Stay medina riad.

 

brass lantern

 

Day 5
Transfer to Marrakech. Leaving Fes you'll pass through the Anti Atlas mountains towards the bread-basket of Morocco. Near Beni Mellal see many olive presses at work along side the road. In Marrakech you will be taken to your riad. If you like you can venture out and about for dinner. There are many choices in Marrakech. Evening drums will draw you to the Djemaa El Fna (main city square) where snake charmers, Berber and Gnaoua musicians, and storytellers perform illuminated by lamplight and wreathed in smoke. You can enjoy numerous food stalls serving fresh salads, harrira (lentil and bean soups), fried fish and chips (Moroccan style), kebabs and even boiled snails or sheep's head, considered a delicacy among Moroccans.
Stay Marrakech riad

 

school boys

 

Day 6
Explore the back street maze of Marrakech with a guide visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace, or the Ben Youssef Medersa and Quebba, the Koutoubia mosque, or the Marrakech Museum. Afternoon explore the vast souk (market). The Souk is comprised of many specialist areas e.g. metalwork, where crafters ply their trade; dyers workshops are strung with colourful skeins of wool; carpets, and carpet sellers entice you into their shops with a cup of mint tea; tiny shops selling Berber jewelry, old silver, and African beads; spices, olives, fresh herbs; visit traditional apothecaries where you can learn about all manner of potions to heal or cast spells of love or revenge. Stay Marrakech medina riad. 

 

kasbah hotel

 

Day 7
This is a full experience daytrip - mountains, desert, Berber villages and kasbahs - to the gateway of Sahara, crossing over the Tichka pass of the High Atlas mountains. The desert and mountain hillsides are clustered with Kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). At the height of the pass you will turn off the main road toward Telouet. Visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This kasbah has an amazing story behind it, that is intrinsically linked to the formation of Morocco as a country. This once beautiful kasbah now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. Back in the car, you'll follow the old Salt Road camel caravan route to Sahara until reaching Ait Benhaddou for lunch. Tour Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site. The village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. After touring the site you'll hop in the car and return to Marrakech.
Stay in medina riad. 

 

morocco village

 

Day 8
Transfer to the airport or train station in Marrakech; or to Casablanca airport - flight departure must allow for 3.5 hours drive plus 2 hours preflight checkin.



 

 

 

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PRAISE FOR OUR TOURS

Morocco Explored really looked after us well on our recent first visit to Morocco. Their approach is not to package, but build a trip around your requests - you tell them what you have in mind and they make suggestions for an itinerary to achieve it. We had a couple of days in Marrakech and then a four-day trip in an air-conditioned 4x4 over the Atlas mountains to the desert, and it was just right - safe but challenging.

We stayed in varied yet always comfortable accommodation, and as well as the sites we had planned to go to, we were taken (with our agreement) to other interesting places that the driver's excellent local knowledge enabled him to recommend. Morocco Explored also work hard to make sure that the arrangements are successful - which cannot be assumed in a second-/ third-world country like Morocco.

An indicator of the attention to detail was our visit for lunch to a cafe for what was promised to be - and was indeed - "the best omelette ever" (done in a tagine). When we arrived the cafe had run out of bread, but the Morocco Explored driver drove to the nearest village to buy some.

Trip Advisor Review 2010

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