5 days/4 nights:„The imperial cities“
Day 1: Marrakesh – Beni Mellal – Khenifra – Azrou – Ifrane
We leave the riad in Marrakesh and head north. We pass through Beni Mellal and Khenifra and reach Azrou, a mountain settlement situated on a plateau at a height of 1,250 metres, and a famous cultural centre of the M’guild Berber people. We move on to Ifrane, which was founded during the French protectorate period, in 1929. It’s well known for its alpine climate, with frequent snow showers and low temperatures in winter and cool summers. The town was a summer retreat for the French families living in the country, and it was initially laid out in the style of an alpine village, to suit the European tastes of the time. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.
Day 2: Ifrane – Fèz (tour of the city)
After breakfast in the hotel, we set out for Fèz. This is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, and is located in a fertile valley 350 metres above sea level. Its medina contains shops selling textiles, leather goods, ceramics and weapons, as well as the world’s oldest university. The medina of Fèz is a UNESCO world heritage site. With its buildings, marketplaces and mosques, it’s one of the most fascinating centres of the Islamic world. Visitors frequently get the impression that they’ve been plunged into the mediaeval past, amidst stunning landscapes, a cacophony of sounds you’ll find nowhere else, rich fragrances and a wealth of colours. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.
Day 3: Fèz – Moulay Idriss – Volubilis – Meknes (tour of the city)
After breakfast in the hotel, we get back on the road and head towards Moulay Idriss, a picturesque town in which white is the dominant colour. A pilgrimage centre for many centuries, it was founded by a descendant of the prophet Mohammed and is regarded by Muslims as their most holy city after Mecca. The mausoleum of Idriss I is the main attraction. After our tour of the town, we leave for the archaeological site of Volubilis, another UNESCO world heritage site. Volubilis is a Roman town which formed part of the capital of Mauritania, established in this area around the 3rd century BC. After touring the site, we leave for the imperial city of Meknes, located in the plain of Saiss, and also known as the Versailles of Morocco or the city of a hundred minarets. Founded in 1061 as a military stronghold, its name derives from that of the Berber Meknassa tribe, which dominated the eastern part of the country until the 8th century. The city is a remarkable combination of Spanish and Arab architecture. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.
Day 4: Meknes – Rabat (tour of the city)
After breakfast in the hotel, we leave for Rabat, the current capital of Morocco and the biggest city on its Atlantic coastline, in the north west. Founded in the 12th century, it only achieved importance in the 18th century, through the Alawida dynasty. Here, we can see monuments of all types and from all the historic periods throughout the long lifetime of the city, with remains testifying to the past presence of the Phoenician, Roman, Almohad and Berber civilisations. Tour of the city, dinner and overnight accommodation in a hotel.
Day 5: Rabat – Casablanca – Marrakesh
After breakfast in the hotel, we proceed along the Atlantic coast to Casablanca, one of the biggest and most modern cities of Morocco and an important industrial centre. Here, we’ll visit the Great Mosque of Hassan II, which is also open to non-Muslims. Finally, we return to the red town of Marrakesh, the most picturesque of the imperial cities.
All prices are given at the bottom of each tour, day trip or trek.
Prices are always given per person and according to the number in the group: 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.
There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old whilst we do not charge for children under 5.
Included in the price are the air-conditioned 4x4, Toyota Land Cruiser and English and French-speaking driver, all accommodation with breakfast and dinner, guided city tours, free time to explore the sites, for walks, photo and tea/coffee breaks.
The price does not include entrance fees, lunch, drinks or tips.