IMPERIAL MOROCCO TOUR
Imperial Morocco Private Tour
Imperial Cities & High Atlas Tour
Duration: 12 Day Morocco Private Tour
Morocco Travel: In Luxury 4x4
English, Arabic, French Speaking Driver, Guide
Starting & Finishing Point: Airport in Casablanca
Visit the Imperial Cities of Morocco, the Blue washed Rif town of Chefchaouen and the High Atlas. Travel to Morocco's Imperial Cities and the High Atlas,
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IMPERIAL MOROCCO TOUR - TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
Visit the Grand White Mosque in Casablanca
1 Night in the Imperial City of Rabat
4 Nights in Fes - UNESCO World Heritage Site
4 Nights in Marrakech, in the Paris of Morocco
DAY 1: CASABLANCA - RABAT
Casablanca Arrival. Visit the Mosque of Hassan II. Casablanca
is home to the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 meters. It is an enormous architectural masterpiece and the second largest religious building in the world.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Rabat.
DAY 2: RABAT - CHEFCHAOUEN
Visit the Imperial Cities of Rabat and Meknes
, then the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. During your morning tour, you will learn Rabat's history and enjoy its beautiful domes, minarets, wide avenues, and green spaces. Your guide will escort you on a walk around the picturesque Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah. Visit the Royal Palace and the Hassan towerwhich stands on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg. Explore the gardens nearby and visit the Palace of Rabat and visit the Necropolis at Chellah/Kasbah of Chellah.
Next take the road to Chefchaouen.
DAY 3: CHEFCHAOUEN
Chefchaouen Historical Tour. Afternoon at Leisure
is a known as the “Blue” City in northwest Morocco situated in the Rif Mountains, located inland from Tangier
and Tetouan. The city was founded in1471 by Moorish exiles from Spain. Its blue-glazed houses and buildings are a tradition that comes from the town's former Jewish population.
Chefchaouen was known as one of the main concentrations of Moriscos and Jews
who sought refuge in this mountainous city after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times.
"Chef Chaouen" literally means "look at the horns". Chefchaouen is a quaint place to hike, relax and shop. It offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular.
Start your tour with the kasbah museum in the medina. The kasbah of Chefchaouen belongs to the early 18th century, and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail. Inside the Kasbah, you can visit the ethnographic museum containing antique weapons, musical instruments, and photographs of the old town.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Chefchaouen.
DAY 4: CHEFCHAOUEN - FES
Morning at Leisure. Afternoon Drive from Chefchaouen to Fes.
After breakfast begin your journey to Fes heading South through the poetic Rif Mountains. Take the route through La Arobia which is referred to as the Arab villages that are nestled quietly on the exterior of the route to Fes.
Drive through the breathtaking landscapes of the the fertile costal plains. Pass the city of Ouzzane.Continue the road until you arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fes.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fes.
DAY 5: FES HISTORICAL TOUR
Fes Historical Tour: Islamic Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Historic Monuments, Jewish Heritage
(Synagogue and Mellah), Craft Making and Shopping in the Souks.
Begin your day in Fès, the oldest working medina in the world that many refer to as a living museum. Visit The 14th Century Palace Gates of the King. The Royal Palace in Fes is one of the oldest (14th Century) and largest in Morocco.
Next visit the Jewish Mellah, the name of a Jewish quarters located in the old cities of Morocco, usually with a walled boundary.
Continue onward to visit the Ibn Danan Jewish Synagogue. Fes was once home to a flourishing Jewish community during the 17th century and was also the location of two well-known temples: Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Danan Synagogue was built and founded by the Ibn Danan family and the
Cross the local fruit and vegetable market where you will witness the stalls of local traders and people buying their daily goods.
Explore the Dyers souk of silk, wool and cotton.
Visit the following sites in the afternoon:
Mausoleum (Zaouia Sidi Ahmed Tijani)
University of Kairouine
Mausolem (Zaouia Moulay Idriss)
Cross the carpenter area and enter Attarine Street, filled with scents of Fes such as spices and oils. Shop and explore for carpets, scarves, and local handicrafts. Antique and Modern Carpets is one of the places in Fès el Bali where you can see a Berber carpet demonstration.
Visit the The Bou Inania Medersa. The Madrasa Bou Inania is a madrasa founded in AD 1351-56 by Abu Inan Faris, who also founded the Madrasa Bou Inania in Meknes.
DAY 6: MAJESTIC PALACES & ANDALUSIAN GARDENS
Visit Majestic Palaces and Andalusian Gardens
Visit Batha Museum and Andalusian Garden.
Next visit the Dar Batha Museum
and Andalusian Gardens. he Musee Dar el-Batha offers up a great collection of pottery, leatherwork, wood, books, and manuscripts from the nineteenth century centered around a green spacious courtyard.
Visit Palais Mokri. Palais Mokri, also referred to as “El Mokri Palace”, is a landmark in Fes. Built around 1906 by If Tayeb El Mokri, son of the Grand Vizier (Prime Minister) of the king and himself Pasha of Casablanca, this residence covers about 220 meters of Fasis architecture and a gardens.
Visit Jnane S’bil Garden and Les Jardins De Biehn, an Andalusian Garden (if time allows)
DAY 7: EXCURSION TO VOLUBILIS & MEKNES
Excursion to Volubilis and Meknes from Fes.
Take the National road to Volubilis.
Visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis
. The breathtaking archaeological site of Volubilis, also referred to as Oualili, was once occupied by the Romans. Volubilis has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and gained international acclaim when Martin Scorsese made it a feature location for his film, The Last Temptation of Christ
. Discover the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology.
Next take the road to Meknes. On arrival, enjoy a panoramic view of Meknes which includes a splendid look at the old Islamic medina with its numerous tall and soaring minarets. Explore the Old Medina and Bab el-Khemis. Pass through the ancient walls of the medina and the Islamic cemetery from which extends the Jewish quarter and the entrance to the Old Mellah (Jewish neighborhood). Enter through Bab el-Khemis, a large decorated gate from the 17th century often referred to as “Thursday Gate.”
Visit the 17th Century Kasbah. Famous for its military scale, Meknes has a massive extension of walls and monumental gates. Its breadth emanates the historical achievements of one of the greatest Sultans in the history of Morocco, Moulay Ismail.
Continue to the Royal Stables and Agdal Reservoir. The Royal Stables are an amazing site, as this massive stable yard was constructed to comfortably house no less that twelve thousand royal horses.
Pass the Bab el Mansour Gate. Regarded as one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco, the Bab el Mansour is the most important gateway in Meknes.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fes.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH - IFRANE - IMMOZER - AZRO - BENI MELLAL - MARRAKECH
Take the road to Marrakech via Immozer, Ifrane, Azro and Beni Mellal
En route to Marrakech you will be the city of Ifrane which is where the American University is located that was built by the Saudi’s. Enjoy tea or lunch in Ifrane and possibly have a look at the barbary apes that run through this Swiss looking Moroccan town. Continue the road through Azro, Khenifra, passing Beni Mellal, a modern town surrounded by orange and olive groves. The nearby Bin-el-Ouidane Dam keeps the groves and other cultivated crops like Beetroot and sugarcane well watered. Visit the cedar forrests.
Enjoy a lunch en route. Pass Beni Mellal which is located at the foot of the Middle Atlas Moutains, Beni Mellal is on the edge of the great Tadla Plain where cereals are cultivated. The town has an interesting history of also being called Day and Kasba Belkouche and was inhabited by the Berbers and Jews before the arrival of Islam. In the 13th century Beni Mellal stood on the border between the kingdoms of Fes and Marrakech, which were the objects of dispute between the Merinid and Almohad dynasties. In 1680 Moulay Idriss built a kasbah in Beni Mellal.
Continue the road and arrive in Marrakech in the early evening.
Overnight at a Boutique Rid or Hotel in Marrakech
DAY 9: MARRAKECH HISTORICAL TOUR
Marrakech Historical Tour: The Moroccan Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and Koutoubia, Historic Sites, Monuments, the Grand Medina and its Lively Souks
Visit the Majorelle Gardens. The Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, bears its name from its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist who was born in Nancy, France, in 1886. Jacques Majorelle was the son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle. In 1947, the son opened his gardens to the public and, during this time, also painted a magnificent ceiling at La Mamounia, a five-star hotel with exquisite gardens and the place where Alfred Hitchcock wrote The Birds.
See the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens. TheKoutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech.
Experience the Jewish Mellah. Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, the Mellah district was designated as the Jewish quarter in Marrakech.
Shop in the Old Spice Market.
Visit El Bahia Palace. The El Bahia Palace in Marrakech
is a beautiful building and an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th
century and represents trends and standards of the wealthy who lived at that time.
Visit the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the Sultan Ahmed al- Massur (1578-1603). The tombs were only recently discovered (in 1917) and were restored by the Beaux-Arts service.
DAY 10:MARRKECH COOKING CLASS - AFTERNOON AT LEISURE
Marrakech Morning Cooking Class. Afternoon at Leisure or Visit the La Mamounia Gardens or Le Museum of Photographie.
La Maison Arabe Cooking Class
The workshops are conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef.
Afternoon at Leisure – Option to Visit La Mamounia Gardens or Le Museum Photographie.
Use the afternoon for leisure or choose to visit the Mamounia Hotel and Gardens for tea and lunch or evening drinks. La Mamounia is where Alfred Hitchcock wrote the movie The Birds. It is situated on the edge of the walls of the old city of Marrakech and is named for its 200-year-old gardens, which were given as an 18th century wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father.
Evening – Visit Djemaa El Fna Square for an evening of adventure at dusk. Beneath the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in the city center of Marrakech lies Djemaa el Fna, a famous UNESCO-recognized city square. During the daylight, Djemma el Fna is every Moroccan travelers shopping paradise. As the sun sets, the real excitement starts. Enjoy a bowl of steamed snails in a local spice broth or, for the adventurous, sheep’s head. Enjoy the nightlife of Gnaoua trance-healers, Andalous musicians, and exotic snake charmers. Easily, this mysterious place can be compared to a land of Arabian fantasies. With its wild and colorful characters, Djemaa el Fna will bedazzle and astound you.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech
DAY 11: MARRAKECH - EXCURSION TO HIGH ATLAS
After breakfast at your Riad, depart Marrakech
by 4x4 and head south toward
Imlil. Imlil is a small, peaceful village in the high Atlas Mountains of
Morocco. Due to its unique position this quaint town has become the center
of mountain tourism. At 1740 meters above sea level, Imlil sits just below
Djebel Toukbal the highest peak in Northern Africa.
As your driver travels towards Imlil, just 2 hours outside the “red city” of
Marrakech, the road narrows considerably after the turn-off from the market
town of Asni, winding for 18 km up into the village. Your driver will take you on a
small tour of the village which in fertile in spring and summer with waterfalls
surrounded by greenery. Explore the small shops selling Berber silver jewelry
and local Moroccan goods that can be found along the tarmac road just before the
dead end that leads up to Toukbal.
Arrive in the High Atlas at 10:00am. Hike in and around the region. Enjoy lunch and discovery with a Berber Family at Chez Mohammeds in the High Atlas.
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
DAY 12: MARRAKECH - CASABLANCA DEPARTURE
Breakfast at your Hotel. Departure from Casablanca's Mohammed V Airport.