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Panormaic view of Marrakesh and its Old Medina, Morocco
Caption: Panormaic view of Marrakesh and its Old Medina, Morocco
Caption: Lamp seller in a Souk, Marrakesh, Morocco
Caption: Bab Bou Jeloud. Ornate city gate of Fes el Bali, the old city of Fes, Morocco
Caption: Ourika Valley in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
Caption: Hasan II Mosque, Casablanca standing on the Atlantic shoreline
Caption: The Colourful Doorways of Casablanca
Caption: Volubilis, a ruined Roman city near Meknes and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Caption: Colourful tajine cooking pots on sale at a local market in Meknes
Caption: Hasan II Mosque, Casablanca
Caption: Jemaa el-Fnaa Market Square, Marrakesh

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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Magical Morocco's Imperial Cities.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Flight information: Economy flights from London Heathrow Airport [LHR] to Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport [CMN] on Day 1 and returning from Marrakesh Menara Airport [RAK] on Day 7
Pickup location: Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport [CMN]

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Morocco is a uniquely exotic bend of Berber, Arabic and European cultural influences. Experience this for yourself on this North African exploration of Morocco's Imperial cities.

Morocco is a land of contrasts and diversity. Lapped by the water of the Mediterranean to the north and by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the west, it is crisscrossed by the Rif and the Atlas Mountains. As well as the ever-popular Marrakesh, this tour also explores the lesser known cities of Fes, Meknes and Rabat. These are the Imperial Cities - all four have at one time been capital of Morocco and each has played a pivotal role in the country’s history.  

Fes, Morocco’s oldest 'imperial city', is a fascinating place to explore. At the city’s heart lies the world’s largest UNESCO-listed medieval medina. Surrounded by an eight-kilometre long wall, this car-free area features a maze of narrow streets and alleys packed with colourful souks, pungent tanneries, mosques and tireless artisans. We also spend time discovering Fes's quiet and smaller neighbour, Meknes. Highlights here include Bab El-Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in all of Morocco and the traditional entrance to the medina of Meknes.

Rabat, the current capital city of Morocco, is located at the mouth of the River Bou Regreg on the Atlantic coast. Along with the royal palaces and the King’s mausoleum, one of this city’s main attractions is the Hassan Tower. Other must-sees include the Andalusian Gardens, the old medina and the historic citadel known as the Kasbah of the Udayas.

Marrakesh - the Red City, is possibly the most famous of all Morocco's imperial cities and this is where we end our tour. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque dominates the city’s skyline, standing at over 70m high and is visible for miles around. The Medina in particular is a sight to behold and is another designated UNESCO World Heritage site on this tour. A fitting end to a spectacular holiday. 

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Morocco
DAY 2 - Captivating Casablanca & Regal Rabat
DAY 3 - Fantastic Fez
DAY 4 - Magical Meknes & the Roman Ruins of Volubilis
DAY 5 - Mesmerising Marrakesh
DAY 6 - Ourika Valley and the Atlas Mountains
DAY 7 - Goodbye Morocco and home
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Morocco

On arrival at Casablanca Airport, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. 

After your long flight, the rest of the day is at leisure to relax and discover your surroundings before dinner will be together in the hotel this evening.

Included meals: Dinner 
Accommodation: Casablanca  

DAY 2 - Captivating Casablanca & Regal Rabat

After breakfast we experience the romance of Casablanca for ourselves with a city tour in the company of an experienced guide. From the bustling Central Market to city squares and the modern city districts, we will gain a real feel for this city. We will also visit the famous Hassan II Mosque, located on the coast. This is the largest mosque in Morocco and its minaret is the tallest in the world! We will enjoy lunch together in a typical, local seafood restaurant in the nearby elegant coastal area known as La Corniche.

After lunch we continue on to Rabat, Morocco's current capital city and the official residence of King Mohamed VI. On our city tour we will pass the Royal Palace and the glittering Mausoleum of King Mohamed V, whose opulent tomb chamber is resplendently decorated and also contains the tombs of his two sons. Located next to this is the Hassan Tower with beautiful and intricate motifs and designs covering its façade. This would have been the minaret for the Hassan Mosque which was never completed by the ruler, Yacoub al-Mansour, who died and then construction was abandoned.

From here we will continue to Fez, our base for the next 2 nights. Dinner will be together in the hotel this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Fez 

DAY 3 - Fantastic Fez

This morning will be dedicated to exploring and getting to know more about the history and culture of Fez with our experienced guide. We visit the great Medieval Medina, Fes el Bali, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where traditional industries such as tanneries, soap making, textiles, flourmills and oil processing still flourish.

We will visit a couple of the ancient courtyard Madrassas, the al-Attarine Madrasa which stands at the entrance of a spice and perfume market and the Bou Inania Madrasa, the only one in Fez with a minaret. The tour will end back at the hotel where we will have some free time to get some lunch and freshen up before our afternoon walking tour to visit the Zocos (Souks/Markets) and the new medina of Fes-el-Djedid.

This evening we will have a special dinner with entertainment together in the medina.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Fez 

DAY 4 - Magical Meknes & the Roman Ruins of Volubilis

We depart Fez early this morning for the short drive to Meknes, a scenic hilltop city surrounded by the largest and longest walls in Morocco! Here we will visit the famous Bab El-Mansour, the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways with arches, marble columns and original green and white tiles. We will also visit The Royal Stables of Meknes which are a feat of ingenuity as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the past they provided stabling for 12,000 royal horses!

From here we will continue to the Ruins of Volubilis for a short visit and tour. Excavated by the French in 1915, these Roman ruins date back to the 3rd century AD and are some of the most notable in North Africa.

We will continue the drive through the ever changing Moroccan countryside to Marrakesh for the next 3 nights, arriving in the evening. After checking-in to our base in the bustling town, dinner will be together in the hotel this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Marrakesh  

DAY 5 - Mesmerising Marrakesh

On our guided tour of Marrakesh this morning, we will visit the Saadian Tombs, located next to the mosque of the Kasbah, rediscovered and restored in 1917. We will also visit the El Bahia Palace and Gardens, built in the late 19th century and intended to be the greatest palace of its time. 

In the afternoon, we gather together again with our experienced guide, we will visit the Zocos (Souks) and the world famous Jemaa el-Fna Square and Market place in the old town for some last minute souvenir shopping!

Tonight we will enjoy traditional Moroccan hospitality at Chez Ali 'Fantasia', the place of 1001 Arabian nights! Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and a memorable show in Berber tents- belly dancers, acrobats, riders, fireworks and folk music are on the menu!

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Marrakesh  

DAY 6 - Ourika Valley and the Atlas Mountains

Today's final excursion will be to the Ourika Valley, a spectacular valley among the Atlas Mountains. The mountain chain runs along northern Africa, forming a natural border between the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast and the Sahara Desert. 

We will enjoy beautiful landscapes, from walnut, weeping willow and poplar trees, to its mountains and rocks varying in colour from red to green. Despite it being so close to Marrakesh, this beautiful lush green valley is definitely one of the best preserved valleys in Morocco.

The Berbers, the local people of the valley, continue to keep their customs and traditional way of life alive and we will get the opportunity to visit a typical Berber house. The families often open their home to visitors who wish to enjoy their surroundings.

We will have lunch together in the Ourika Valley before heading back to Marrakesh where the rest of the day is at leisure and dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Marrakesh  

DAY 7 - Goodbye Morocco and home

Sadly its time to leave Morocco. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Marrakest Airport for your onward flight home

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: none 

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What's included

  • ATOL Protection
  • Economy flights from London Heathrow Airport [LHR] to Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport [CMN] on Day 1 and returning from Marrakesh Menara Airport [RAK] on Day 7
  • Meet & greet on arrival at Casblanca Airport
  • Transportation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of local experienced guide detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a Big Journey Company Tour Director
  • All activities, visits, guides and excursions as detailed in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Airport transfers outside the tour dates
  • Visas, travel or medical insurance
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any food and beverage not detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Any optional activities offered
  • Gratuities
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements

Important information

  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2:00 - 3:00 pm and check out is before 10:00am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Final payments are due 14 weeks prior to departure.
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