Imperial Cities Of Morocco

Embrace Morocco’s rich history on this journey through some of its major cities including Fes and Marrakech. You’ll visit key sights including the old medinas – a culturally significant part of Morocco both past and present – and take a rail journey from Rabat to Marrakech.

• Marrakech: 3 nights
• Fes: 2 nights
• Rabat: 1 night
• Marrakech: 1 night

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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Escorted Small Group Tour
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ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Marrakech
On arrival in Marrakech, you’ll transfer to your hotel – which has easy access to Marrakech’s key sites yet is conveniently located just outside of the Medina for a tranquil retreat – for your three-night stay. Enjoy a delicious cup of traditional mint tea before dinner at the hotel. Stay: Les Jardins de la Kotoubia/Sofitel Marrakech (or similar). D.

Day 2: Marrakech
Spend today exploring some of the city’s most significant historical sites. Nestled between mountain and desert, it’s unsurprising to find that Marrakech is a city of contrasts. The buzzing atmosphere of the Djemaa el-Fna is far removed from the tranquillity of the many beautiful gardens, and the Medina’s intricate medieval streets contradict the wide, tree-lined boulevards of the New Town. Everywhere, the city’s infectious charm shines through. Begin with the Jardin Majorelle. Designed and created by French artist Jacques Majorelle, these 12-acre gardens were eventually bought by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé who rescued it from being destroyed to make room for a hotel complex, and restored it to its former glory. The gardens showcase beautiful indigenous plant life as well as birds, ponds and splashes of vivid Majorelle blue. The Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech can also be found within its walls. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the enchanting Old Medina and the Kasbah fortress before visiting the Bahia Palace. Intended to be the greatest palace of its time, it captures the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. Afterwards, stroll through the Djemaa el-Fna square before heading to Marrakech’s colourful souks, followed by a welcome dinner in the evening at a local restaurant. Stay: Les Jardins de la Kotoubia/Sofitel Marrakech (or similar). B, D.

Day 3: Marrakech
After breakfast, you will visit the weekly Berber souk, before continuing along the rivers through the foothills of the mountains, where you may be able to visit a Berber home. Native to North Africa, nomadic Berber tribes traditionally live outside Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains. Today, Berbers often own farms amid the rich valleys and towering mountains. Stay: Les Jardins de la Kotoubia/Sofitel Marrakech (or similar). B.

Day 4: Marrakech to Fes
After breakfast, you’ll set off on a full day’s drive through cedar forests towards the city of Fes, where you will stay for two nights. En route, you’ll enjoy a lunch stop in Beni Mellal for a great chance to see a Moroccan city not yet touched by tourism, before continuing on to Fes. You’ll be staying in a beautifully restored riad just outside of the Medina for a quieter and traditional stay. Approx. journey time: 6¾ hours, 354 miles. Stay: Palais Ommeyad (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Fes
Have a full day of sightseeing in Fes, where you will visit the 14th-Century religious schools (mederast) of Bou Inanina and Attarine. Stop for a brief photo opportunity at the gate of Bab Bojloud and the fountain at Palace Neijarine and visit the souks in the charming medina. Stay: Palais Ommeyad (or similar). B.

Day 6: Fes to Rabat
After breakfast, you’ll drive west to Volubilis where you will see the Roman ruins, before heading to nearby Meknes for a tour of this imperial city. You’ll have the chance to visit the Agudal Basin, the Moulay Ismail stables, the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and the medina. In the afternoon, you’ll transfer to your hotel in Rabat for the night where you’ll stay in a beautifully decorated hotel with Moroccan-style communal areas. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours, 118 miles. Stay: Sofitel Palais Jamai/Hotel Le Tour Hassan/L’Amphitrite Palace (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Rabat to Marrakech
Have breakfast in Rabat before a morning of sightseeing which includes a visit to the Oudayas, the Hassan Tower and the Chellah, as well as a journey to the Mohamad V Mausoleum and the government district. Your afternoon’s tour will include one of the highlights of your journey – a voyage direct to Marrakech by train. Although the journey may be lengthy, you’ll get a different perspective of Moroccan culture as well as the chance to meet locals. On arrival in Marrakech, you will transfer to your hotel for the final overnight stay and have dinner with your fellow passengers. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours (by train), 209 miles. Stay: Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa/Les Jardins de la Kotoubia (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: Marrakech
This morning, transfer to the airport for your onward journey after breakfast at the hotel. Alternatively, you could extend your stay in this exciting city. B.


Stay longer

Essaouira 3 nights
Famed for its laid-back atmosphere and long, sandy beach, a few days in Essaouira is a great way to round off your exciting time in Morocco.

Stay longer

Essaouira 3 nights
Famed for its laid-back atmosphere and long, sandy beach, a few days in Essaouira is a great way to round off your exciting time in Morocco.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

An ideal tour for those interested in the extensive history and culture of this enchanting country. Visit the famous royal and imperial cities with the option to extend your time in Morocco on its bohemian beaches.

Good to know

• All departure dates are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport
• Long journeys but frequent rest stops will be made
• There are limited vegetarian options available in Morocco.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen traditional Moroccan riad-style hotels to complement this historic journey. In Marrakech, your hotel is set in a peaceful location outside the medina so you can return to an oasis of calm after spending time in the hectic city.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £795

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Oct 26

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice, please call for prices.

Kuoni highlights

Whether you’re heading to the weekly Berber souk in Marrakech or visiting a local Berber home in the mountains, this tour is filled with cultural experiences for a real taste of Morocco and its rich traditions. You’ll take a first-class train ride from Rabat to Marrakech and also have the option to extend your holiday on a golden Moroccan beach in Essaouira.

Kuoni highlights