Imperial Cities

8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Day 1. MARRAKECH

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You will be met on arrival in the Imperial City of Marrakech by our English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. Evening free. D

Day 2. MARRAKECH / ESSAOUIRA / SAFI

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After breakfast we set off this morning for Essaouira, a charming ancient fortified Portuguese city on the Atlantic coast. Lunch in a small fish restaurant in the old town with its fascinating wares on display and continue up the coast to another of these ex-Portuguese Colonial towns, that of Safi for dinner and overnight. A visit to the Potter’s Quarter is a must. BLD

Day 3. SAFI / EL JADIDA / CASABLANCA / RABAT

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Further north now following the Atlantic coast with a visit to El Jadida and its Portuguese cisterns. El Jadida, once known as Mazagan when built by the Portuguese from 1502, has fortifications with bastions and ramparts similar to those of Essaouira and are early examples of Renaissance military design. Lunch is taken in Casablanca, the Commercial capital, where we shall also visit the resplendent Hassan II Mosque, the largest Mosque outside of Saudi Arabia, before continuing our coastal route on to Rabat, the Imperial capital, where we visit the Hassan Tower and the Mohamed V Mausoleum where his late Majesty King Hassan II is also buried alongside his father. Overnight in our Rabat hotel. BLD

Day 4. RABAT / MEKNES / VOLUBILIS / FEZ

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Today sees us finishing the visit of Rabat and then continuing on to the next Imperial City, that of Meknes, the one-time capital of Moulay Ismaël, his royal stables there once housed 12,000 horses!! Founded in the 9th century by the Zenata Berbers, we have time to visit the old ramparts, the Agoudal basin; the stables and one of the most beautiful gates in the Kingdom of Morocco – the Bab el Mansour before breaking for lunch. From here we’re off to Volubilis, with its impressive the Roman ruins and mosaics which are particularly well preserved. Now on to the Imperial City of Fez for our dinner and overnight. BLD

Day 5. FEZ

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A full day to explore this magnificent city, one of the best living examples of a medieval Arab city and the religious capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. We take in the Karaouine mosque and Medersas whilst also experiencing the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the labyrinth of souks and tanneries. The tour includes photo stops at the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the ancient ramparts, the splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine and the beautiful front entrance to the Royal Palace. A light lunch is served in a local restaurant. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay at the end of the afternoon. Doubtless, some shopping will be in mind! BLD

Day 6. FEZ / MIDDLE ATLAS MOUNTAINS / MARRAKECH

Ifrane-place

On today south to Marrakech, through the cedar forests of Ifrane, the almost Alpine- like ski resort in the Middle Atlas Mountains, then on to Beni Mellal in the fruit growing region, finishing late afternoon in Marrakech. Dinner and overnight in our Marrakech hotel. BLD

Day 7. MARRAKECH

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A full day in Marrakech with the historical sites in the morning. Lunch in the hotel and then afternoon in the Souks and the Djmâa El Fna square, perhaps the highlight of the whole day with its myriad of street performers. Dinner is in a Moroccan restaurant with folklore and then back for our overnight in our Marrakech hotel. BLD

Day 8. MARRAKECH / HOME

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Depart for the airport or extension of your stay in Morocco. B

B = Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner