Morocco: Imperial Cities

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Morocco: Imperial Cities

Tour Description:

Explore exotic Morocco, dining in an authentic riad, navigating the lively medina of Marrakech and meeting the Berber people in a village beneath the peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

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Dates & Pricing

Thursday 19 Sep 24 — Thursday 26 Sep 24Starting at $5,995 Get a Quote
Friday 18 Oct 24 — Friday 25 Oct 24Starting at $5,995 Get a Quote
Thursday 07 Nov 24 — Thursday 14 Nov 24Starting at $5,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 14 Dec 24 — Saturday 21 Dec 24Starting at $5,995 Get a Quote


Day 1 - Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. Gather tonight for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 - Casablanca
Explore the towering Hassan II Mosque, a wildly intricate building that holds 25,000 worshipers. Soaring above the ocean, its minaret stands as the tallest religious structure in the world. Proceed to a winery outside Meknes for lunch at a restaurant offering views of the region’s sunbathed vineyards and olive groves. Next, head to the city of Meknes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Morocco’s imperial cities, it was built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail. Continue to Fez, arriving at day’s end at your boutique hotel set on a scenic hilltop.

Day 3 - Fez
Step back in time into remarkably untouched Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”), the cultural heart of Morocco. Wander among the 9,000 lanes, alleys and souks that shape its old quarter, where locals conduct their day-to-day business. Later, discover Fez el-Jadid (“New Fez”), home to the mellah, the old Jewish quarter, with its wrought iron-decorated windows and carved wood balconies. Tonight, dine at a traditional Moroccan riad (mansion with interior garden) with a female professor who leads a fascinating discussion on the role of women in modern Morocco.

Day 4 - Rabat
After breakfast, drive to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Morocco’s largest and most impressive Roman ruins, with excellently preserved mosaics. Continue to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, and view the 12th-century Moorish Hassan Tower. Visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of modern Morocco, and visit Oudayas Kasbah; its gate is considered among the most beautiful in the Moorish world.

Day 5 - Marrakech
Drive to Marrakech, arriving in the afternoon. Considered the “Pearl of the South,” Marrakech was once the capital of an empire that stretched from Spain to Senegal and is known as the “Red City” for the distinctive hues of its brick buildings.

Day 6 - Marrakech
Discover Marrakech’s exotic medina, the old walled section of the city. Explore the Dar El Bacha Palace or the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts. Continue to El Badi Palace and view the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, a landmark Islamic religious structure in Marrakech. Stroll through Djemaa el-Fna square, where dancers, mime artists and street musicians perform.

Day 7 - Marrakech
Today, choose to remain in Marrakech or enjoy a full-day excursion to the High Atlas Mountains. Admire majestic views of snow-capped peaks as you hike to a picturesque village and spend time with local Berbers in their homes. Learn about daily life while savoring traditional Berber bread and mint tea. Afterward, have lunch before returning to Marrakech. Tonight, attend a special farewell dinner.

Day 8 - Marrakech
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.