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Imperial Morocco

6 Nights /

7 Days

1 Day 1:

Arrive Casablanca you arrive in Morocco and met by your driver in the arrivals area just outside baggage claim/customs. After arrival you have a 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 for an optional 120MAD (days and hours vary). This site is a magnificent example of true Moroccan architecture and hand crafted opulence.

Overnight in your hotel in Casablanca. ( D)

2 Day 2:

Breakfast. Then you have a short drive to Rabat, Morocco's capitol. You have a tour of Rabat visiting the Kasbah of Oudaya, Hassan Tower and Chella built in the 12th century. A stop at the mausoleum of Mohammed V, the present kings father and a pass by the king’s palace and other government buildings. Continue to Meknes, Volubilis and Fes (200km, 3 hrs.) you will travel to Fez via Meknes, where you will have a drive tour of this former Imperial city of Morocco. You will see the old ramparts; the Agdoul Basin, which was used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; the Moulay Ismail royal 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 twelve thousand 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-Moslems; and the intrigue of the Meknes landscape. Continuing on your route you will visit Volubilis, the Roman capitol of Northwestern Africa with its impressive and well-preserved Roman ruins, including approximately 30 mosaic floors dating back to 25BC. You arrive in Fes overnight.

Dinner and overnight in your hotel. (B, D) Guides: Rabat, Meknes/Volubilis

3 Day 3:

Breakfast.  Full day tour of Fes Today you have a guided sightseeing tour of this famous Imperial City, highlighting the old and new medinas. Fez has been the religious capitol of Morocco. You will visit the 14th century religious schools (medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. You will wander the impressive labyrinths of the souks, which have been declared by Unesco to be one of the world’s cultural treasures. You will have a wonderful photo opportunity at the imposing gate of Bab Bajloud, the splendid fountains at Palais Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts and the beautiful front entrance of the royal palace.

Tonight you will enjoy a multi-course Moroccan dinner in the old medina at a beautifully preserved palace (B, Special dinner) Guide: Fes, full day

4 Day 4: Azrou, Khenifra, Beni Mellal and Marrakech.

(495km, 8 hrs) Breakfast. 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. You check in at your hotel where you will enjoy a relaxing dinner. The next three nights in Marrakech (B, D)

5 Day 5: Marrakech.

Breakfast. Today a guided historic visit of Marrakech will include the Menara; a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of a beautiful Moorish construction built in 1866 for the dignitaries to enjoy glorious sunsets with the snow capped Atlas Mountains as a backdrop.  The pool is also a unique and functional irrigation system to the surrounding areas that belongs to an ancient architecture adapted to the desert life. The tour will cover several impressive sights: The Koutoubia Minaret (the twin tower of la Giralda in Sevilla, Spain), the Saadian tombs demonstrating Moorish architecture in its perfection. The tombs, consisting of splendid mausoleums built in the sixteenth century, were walled for some time, not to be discovered until 1917. Other sites also include (time permitting), the museum of Dar Si Said with the best display of Berber arts and crafts to be found; the remains of the Badii Palace, a historical monument chosen to host the Annual National Festival of Popular Art, beginning the second Friday in June. The Bahia Palace, the apogee of Moorish splendor still host’s dignitaries in the heart of the Mellah (Jewish quarter). Lunch in a nice local restaurant, then a walk through of the colorful souks of Marrakech in the afternoon. Conclude the day with a sunset drink overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square.

Overnight at your hotel (B, L) Guide: Marrakech

6 Day 6: Marrakech.

Breakfast. Today you have the opportunity to choose from 2 exciting ways to spend your day: #1: A day excursion to the interesting fishing village of Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast. Here you will have an opportunity to wander its’ unique medina famous for the works of local artists and choices of interesting pottery. #2: Take the morning to relax either by your pool or wandering the interesting streets and shops on your own. Afternoon visit to the botanical gardens designed and named after Mr. Majorelle a well-known painter, remodeled by Yves Saint Laurent. Shopping at guelize, the colonial part of town. This evening you have dinner in a palatial Moroccan restaurant for evening of a multi-course Moroccan dinner. At the conclusions your driver will meet you for return to your hotel and overnight (B, Special dinner)

7 Day 7:

Breakfast. Departure. Morning transfer to Marrakech Airport with the fondest of memories that will last you a lifetime.

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