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IMPERIAL CITIES TOUR


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Rabat is a charming capital city of wide spaces and fresher air, its proximity to the Atlantic has shaped Rabat’s architecture and mood and the resonances of European cities are more obvious than in other major centres in Morocco. Its relaxed atmosphere is a welcome surprise to visitors, who are left to enjoy Rabat’s considerable historic and architectural monuments.
Rabat has a 17th century medina as well as the fascinating Oudaya Kasbah, whose streets of blue and white-painted houses are bounded by castellated ramparts and entered by a stunningly beautiful decorated twelfth century gate - Bab Oudaya, possibly the most beautiful in the Arab World.

Volubilis was the Roman capital of northwestern Africa and has impressive and well-preserved Roman ruins, including approximately 20 mosaic floors dating back to 25 BC.  Built about 40 CE, probably on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement from the 3rd century, Volubilis takes its name from ancient Latin for the oleander flower, which is common in the area.  Volubilis was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana. The fertile lands of the province produced grain and olive oil, which were exported to Rome, contributing to the province's wealth and prosperity.

The Romans evacuated most of Morocco at the end of the 3rd century, but unlike some other Roman cities Volubilis was not abandoned.  Volubilis survived until the 18th century when it was demolished, and part of the marble was taken for construction in nearby Meknes.  In 1915, archeological excavations at Volubilis was begun by the French, and extensive remains have been uncovered.

Marrakech dates back as far as the year 1070, and several monuments stand out as landmarks in the course of its history.  First of all, you will visit the Koutoubia Mosque, sister tower to Seville's Giralda, the minaret of which has become the symbol of the city.

Majorelle’s Botanical Gradens  is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting place in the heart of the “Ochre City”, now belong to the French fashion designer Yves St Laurent - host a large variety of trees, plants and flowers from different countries of the world and a lovely small museum of Moslem Arts, with its walls in the now famous “Majorelle’s Blue” colour. 

A new museum dedicated to the life and work of French fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent has opened in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Designed by Studio KO, the building sits a short distance away from Jardin Majorelle – the home acquired by Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. With a large permanent exhibition space designed by scenographist Christophe Martin, showcasing the collections of it's namesake, the museum also features temporary exhibition spaces, a research library and archives, an auditorium, bookstore, and a terrace café.

Informed by the archives of Saint Laurent, Studio KO were "struck by curves running alongside straight lines; by the succession of delicate and bold forms." As a result, the façade of the building appears as "an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks," forging patterns that "recall the weft and warp of fabric.

Le Paradis du Safran, located on the route de l'Ourika of Marrakech is an organic saffron farm owned by Swiss women, Christina Ferrari. Here we learn all about saffron and medicinal plants, the gardens are beautiful for long walks to discover the growing plants. This is an ideal place for those who love peace and nature.

DAY 01: Casablanca Airport – Hotel in Casablanca

Arrive Casablanca Airport you arrive in Morocco, after clearing customs and immigration, your English speaking driver will be waiting for you with a welcome sign with your name on at the arrivals area, then transfer to your hotel in Casablanca.
Check-in & overnight at your hotel.
 

DAY 02:  Casablanca – Rabat.

After breakfast, meet your driver then go for city tour of Casablanca, the business capital of Morocco. You will have time to visit the new Hassan II Mosque on the ocean, the next largest Mosque only to Mecca and only Mosque in Morocco available to non-Moslems. You can visit its exterior and depending upon your arrival day an interior tour is available (days and hours vary). This site is a magnificent example of true Moroccan architecture and hand crafted opulence.

Then continue to Rabat for about 45mn on the highway.

Rabat is a charming capital city of wide spaces and fresher air, its proximity to the Atlantic has shaped Rabat’s architecture and mood and the resonances of European cities are more obvious than in other major centres in Morocco. Its relaxed atmosphere is a welcome surprise to visitors, who are left to enjoy Rabat’s considerable historic and architectural monuments.
Rabat has a 17th century medina as well as the fascinating Oudaya Kasbah, whose streets of blue and white-painted houses are bounded by castellated ramparts and entered by a stunningly beautiful decorated twelfth century gate - Bab Oudaya, possibly the most beautiful in the Arab World.

Walk into the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s grandfather.

Also see the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah, which were built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Check-in & overnight at your riad.
 

DAY 03: Rabat - Meknes – Volublis - Fes.

After breakfast, drive to Meknes (about 02 hours drive on the high way), visit to this former Imperial city of Morocco:  the old ramparts; the Agdoul Basin, which was used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; the Moulay Ismail stables, granaries, and House of Water (Dar el Ma), which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed, and water the sultan’s 12,000 horses; Bab el Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, one of the few holy sites in Morocco which may be visited by non-Muslims; and the intrigue of the Meknes landscape.  
 
After visiting Meknes, Continue on to explore the ruins of Volubilis (approximately a 30-minute drive). Volubilis was the Roman capital of northwestern Africa and has impressive and well-preserved Roman ruins, including approximately 20 mosaic floors dating back to 25 BC.  Built about 40 CE, probably on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement from the 3rd century, Volubilis takes its name from ancient Latin for the oleander flower, which is common in the area.  Volubilis was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana. The fertile lands of the province produced grain and olive oil, which were exported to Rome, contributing to the province's wealth and prosperity.

The Romans evacuated most of Morocco at the end of the 3rd century, but unlike some other Roman cities Volubilis was not abandoned.  Volubilis survived until the 18th century when it was demolished, and part of the marble was taken for construction in nearby Meknes.  In 1915, archeological excavations at Volubilis was begun by the French, and extensive remains have been uncovered.

Continue by road to Fes (approximately 30 minutes drive) and check into your riad in Fes. 

Check-in and overnight at riad.
 

DAY 04 : Full day visit Fes.

Breakfast at your riad.

Meet with your driver & English local guide then go for a full-day tour of Fes, the religious capital of Morocco.  Your tour will include the old and new medinas, the 14th century Medersa Attarine (religious school), and the Arts Museum of Batha.  This Hispano-Moorish palace dates from the end of the 19th century houses an admirable collection of traditional art from Fes:  sculpted wood, wrought iron, sculpted plaster, and decorative materials that are works of art in their own right.  Also embroidery, carpets, jewellery, and coins compete with one another for the visitor’s attention.

Afternoon, explore the impressive labyrinth of souks in Fes, declared by UNESCO to be one of the world’s cultural treasures.  The afternoon will also include photo opportunities at the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts, and the beautiful façade of the Royal Palace.

Overnight at your Riad.
 

DAY 05 : Fez - Marrakech via Azrou, Khenifra, Beni Mellal and Marrakech. (495km, 8 hrs) 

Breakfast at Riad / Hotel. You have a morning departure to Marrakech via Azrou across the Middle Atlas Mountains, with visits to Berber villages, scenic views and classic markets. Today will give you a wonderful opportunity to experience the mountains and the lifestyle of the country mountain culture. Your daytime drive concludes as you enter the famous and intriguing “pink city” of Marrakech. 

Check-in and overnight at your riad.
 

DAY 06 : Full day sightseeing tour to Marrakech

After breakfast at riad, meet with your English speaking local guide then leave for a full-day guided tour to Marrakech.

Marrakech dates back as far as the year 1070, and several monuments stand out as landmarks in the course of its history.  First of all, you will visit the Koutoubia Mosque, sister tower to Seville's Giralda, the minaret of which has become the symbol of the city.
Then visit the more recently built Bahia Palace (19th century), which is often inhabited by His Majesty's guests, and its succession of rooms finely decorated in Arabic style, and gardens and "Riad" planted with orange and jasmine trees.

BBQ lunch in a nice local restaurant.

This afternoon, you will visit to the Majorelle's botanical gardens & Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Majorelle’s Botanical Gradens  is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting place in the heart of the “Ochre City”, now belong to the French fashion designer Yves St Laurent - host a large variety of trees, plants and flowers from different countries of the world and a lovely small museum of Moslem Arts, with its walls in the now famous “Majorelle’s Blue” colour. 

Then visit to the brand new Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech

A new museum dedicated to the life and work of French fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent has opened in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Designed by Studio KO, the building sits a short distance away from Jardin Majorelle – the home acquired by Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. With a large permanent exhibition space designed by scenographist Christophe Martin, showcasing the collections of it's namesake, the museum also features temporary exhibition spaces, a research library and archives, an auditorium, bookstore, and a terrace café.

Informed by the archives of Saint Laurent, Studio KO were "struck by curves running alongside straight lines; by the succession of delicate and bold forms." As a result, the façade of the building appears as "an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks," forging patterns that "recall the weft and warp of fabric.

Then visit to the Berber Museum which was officially inaugurated on December 3, 2011 on the ground floor of the villa-studio of Jacques Majorelle. Representing a rich panorama of the various indigenous tribes, the most ancient of North Africa, are more than 600 objects from the Rif Mountains to the Sahara. The wide range of jewellery, weapons, leather goods, basketwork and woven textiles demonstrate the richness and diversity of the still-vibrant Berber culture.
The permanent exhibition was specially designed for the collection and includes commissioned photography, films, audio and music tapes, which transports the visitor into the Moroccan world of the Berbers.

Then a walk through of the colourful souks of Marrakech in the afternoon. Conclude the day with a sunset drink ( not included ) overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square. 

Overnight at your riad.
 

DAY 07 : Full day excursion to Ourika Valley

Breakfast at your riad.

Meet your driver and guide then leave to Ourika.

Just 30kms away from Marrakech starts the green valley of the Ourika River. From its small beginnings in the Berber country, it streams down the slopes of Atlas mountains, between the Tlemcen peak and the Timeskar plateau. The green landscapes of this valley, the lazy meandering torrent of the river combined with the small red adobe Berber villages hanging on the slopes will enchant you.

You can visit the local country market, held every Monday and Friday, butchers and barbers, vegetables, cereals and olive oil sellers, blacksmiths and medicine-men gather under canvass and reeds shelters, along with a number of small restaurants scattered around in the open air. 
Then, as you round the bend in the road, appears the potters village where you can be tempted by colourful plates, salad-bowls, flower vases or lamps in either traditional or modern style; also for sale are collections of precious minerals: quartz, amethyst, and many other rocks that are found in this area.

Berber Lunch at Paradis du Safran ( Bio-aromatic Garden ).

Le Paradis du Safran, located on the route de l'Ourika of Marrakech is an organic saffron farm owned by Swiss women, Christina Ferrari. Here we learn all about saffron and medicinal plants, the gardens are beautiful for long walks to discover the growing plants. This is an ideal place for those who love peace and nature.

Drive back to Marrakech.

In the evening, meet your driver then drive to enjoy your farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Marrakech.

Overnight at riad.
 

DAY 08 : Marrakech Menara Airport.

Breakfast at your riad, then transfer in time to Marrakech airport for your flight back home.
 

Includes:

  • 07 nights accommodation in nice Hotel & riads as indicated above.
  • 01 night BB in Casablanca.
  • 01 night BB in Rabat.
  • 02 nights BB in Fes.
  • 03 nights BB in Marrakech.
  • Day 06: BBQ lunch in a local restaurant in Marrakech.
  • Day 06 : Visit Majorelle Garden, Berber musuem & mmuseum Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech ( closed on Wednesday )
  • Day 07 : full day excursion to Ourika Valley including visit & Berber lunch in Le Paradis du Safran ( closed on Tuesday ).
  • Day 07 : farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Marrakech.
  • Transportation throughout by deluxe A/C vehicle from arrival until departure with an English speaking driver, as follows : 
  • 02 – 05 pax : Mercedes Viano van.
  • 06 pax : 12 seats Mercedes Sprinter mini-coach.
  • Services of a fully licensed English speaking local guides in Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Marrakech ( day 06 & 07 ) .
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited as per program including the great Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
  • Fresh Bottled mineral of water on board while touring.
  • Local taxes and permanent services.

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