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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Imperial Cities tour
Casablanca Fez Imperial Cities Trip

Imperial Cities

Encounters Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 719 $ 90 / day
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Short Description

This budget trip starting and ending in Marrakech, offers an amazing insight in to Morocco's historic cities, with bustling medinas and fantastic historic sites to see, and a wonderful chance to experience local Moroccan cuisine

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Destinations

Morocco

Cities & Attractions

Casablanca Fez Marrakech Meknès

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Trip Includes

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Local English (may be multilingual) speaking escort/guide during the sightseeing
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to monuments as stated

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Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive into Marrakech. Transfer to hotel
On your arrival in Marrakech airport (RAK) our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in, relax after your flight, and have a first look around. Extra nights before the tour starts are available on request. If you arrive early enough, you can head into Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna Square for a first taste of Moroccan food at one of the main street stalls, while watching the many street performers and salesmen offering their wares.
| OVERNIGHT:
3-star Marrakech hotel
| MEALS:
Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement (required if a same-sex room share is not available), Extra night - pre-tour, Hotel upgrades

Day 2, Marrakech, Majorelle and Menara Gardens, Palmerie area
We start our exploration of Marrakech after breakfast this morning with a visit to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens. These gardens were painstakingly and lovingly created over 40 years by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. The mix of colourfully painted walls, water features and beautiful planting is a pleasure to explore and a surprising oasis in the middle of busy Marrakech. The iconic French designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner purchased the gardens in 1980 and saved them from ruin, also creating a museum in the grounds including their personal collection celebrating Berber culture. This afternoon we head to the Menara Gardens and the Palmeraie area on the outskirts of Marrakech, where over a hundred thousand date palms as well as fruit and olive trees are irrigated by a network of reservoirs and channels outside the city.
| OVERNIGHT:
3-star Marrakech hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3, Marrakech, city tour
Today’s tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. After lunch in the hotel, in the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets provide a real taste of Morocco. Today’s tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.
| OVERNIGHT:
3-star Marrakech hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4, Marrakech to Casablanca
After breakfast we leave Marrakech behind and head to the coastal city of Casablanca. We'll have a day of sightseeing today to visit the central market, the Habous District, the Royal Palace, Mohamed V Square, the Anfa district, and take in some magnificent views of the Hassan II Mosque.
| OVERNIGHT:
3-star Casablanca hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5, Casablanca to Fez via Rabat and Meknes
This morning we'll head to Rabat, Morocco's administrative capital and tour the old town, including the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Oudaya Kasbah, Hassan Tower, and Mohamed V Mausoleum. We leave Rabat and drive to the Berber town of Meknes. Formerly the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, he transformed the town, constructing intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40m the largest ramparts in the country. Next is ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the mediaeval city of Fez.
| OVERNIGHT:
3-star Fez hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6, Fez, city tour
Over 1200 years old, the city of Fez is a labyrinth of souks, mosques and spice filled streets. We delve into the fascinating history of the city with a full tour encompassing the Moulay Idrss mausoleum, Nejjarine fountain and the Bou Anania Medersa. We also spend time confusing our senses in the cacophony of noise surrounding the heady alleyways of Medieval Medina, home to tanneries, carpet shops and local restaurants before heading to Fez Jdid to explore the cities many varied souks.
| OVERNIGHT:
3-star Fez hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7, To Marrakech via Beni Mellal
We reluctantly leave Fez behind this morning and begin our journey back to Marrakech. Along the way we'll make a short stop in beautiful Beni Mellal which dates back to 1688. You'll arrive back into Marrakech this evening and the remainder of the day is free for some last minute exploration or shopping.
| OVERNIGHT:
3-star Marrakech hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8, Marrakech, free time, transfer to airport for departure

You have some free time in Marrakech today until you are transferred to the airport for departure
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| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Extra night - post-tour

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Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

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  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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