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City Life History Immersion Tour

10 Days/9 Nights of Imperial Cities

 

Discover the history of Morocco’s ruling families with visits to the cities that served as the seat of power from the first dynasty (Fes) to the current one (Rabat) with a few in between (Meknes and Marrakech). If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life and have a passion for history, this is for you! Optional day excursions from Marrakech and Fes offer a taste of the country life.

Trip at a Glance

Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Transfer to Marrakech
  • Day 2: Marrakech
  • Day 3: Marrakech (Optional Excursion to Ourika Valley/li>
  • Day 4: Marrakech – Fes
  • Day 5: Fes
  • Day 6: Fes (Optional Excursion to Azrou and Ifran
  • Day 7: Fes – Volubilis – Meknes
  • Day 8: Meknes – Chefchaouen
  • Day 9: Chefchaouen – Casablanca
  • Day 10: Transfer to Airport
Includes
  • Ground Transfers to/from Airport (Marrakech or Casablanca)
  • Private Transportation
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Guided tour of Marrakech
  • Guided Tour of Fes
  • Guided Tour of Volubilis
  • Guided Tour of Meknes
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 9 Nights of Accommodations
  • 9 Breakfasts
Excludes
  • Airfare to/from Morocco
  • Meals other than specified
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

 

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Day 1: Arrival (Transfer to Marrakech)

 

Welcome to Morocco!  Your driver will meet you at the airport of your choice (Casablanca or Marrakech) and transfer you to your accommodations in Marrakech.  Today will be a day of leisure to recover from your travels and prepare for the journey ahead.  In the evening, there will be a tour meeting and an opportunity for you to meet your fellow adventurers.

 

Day 2: Marrakech
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

After breakfast today, you will meet your local city guide for a tour of Marrakech.  Your tour will include visits to the old Ben Youssef MadrasaEl Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque.  After you’ve visited these monuments, your guide will escort you to the souks of Marrakech to see how artisans still use traditional methods for their handicrafts today.  After your tour, you will be driven outside of the medina to enjoy the tranquility of Marjorelle Garden which were created by the French painter Jacques Marjorelle over the course of 40 years.  After your stroll among the exotic plants and trees of the lush gardens, you will be taken back inside the medina to visit the famed square of Jemaa El F’na.  This is the busiest square in all of Africa and it only comes alive after dark.  Here, you will truly experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of Marrakech before returning to your Riad for the evening.

 

Day 3: Marrakech OR Day Excursion to Ourika Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Today you will either enjoy a free day in Marrakech on your own, or join a day excursion to Ourika Valley.  Should you choose to go on the day excursion, your driver will arrive at your riad or hotel in Marrakech for a 9 AM departure to Ourika Valley, located 1.5 hours outside of Marrakech.  On the way, you will see authentic 16th and 17th century Berber Villages in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains.  The sweeping vistas will include many agricultural terraces and unique reddish mountain landscapes. You will have lunch at a restaurant that is situated alongside the Ourika River.  After lunch, you will visit Setti Fatma to take in the beauty of the seven waterfalls.  If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can climb to the topmost waterfall and enjoy the view.  When you’re finished, you’ll make the short drive back to your riad in Marrakech for the evening.
Day 4: Marrakech – Fes
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

After breakfast you will be transferred to the imperial city of Fes. This will be kind of a long day of driving, but there will be plenty of stops for tea and photographs along the way. You’ll arrive in Fes in time for dinner and will be free to explore a little on your own after checking into you Riad for the night.

Day 5: Fes
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, following breakfast, you will spend the day with a local city guide exploring the city of Fez. The tour will take you into the medina of Fez through Bab Boujloud (the Blue Gate), where you will discover the ancient streets and neighborhoods, as well as Al-Qarawaiyin University Founded in 864 AD and still in operation today, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest continually operated university in the world. After discovering all that the Medina has to offer, you will be taken to get a high up panoramic view of the old city before returning to your riad for the evening.

Day 6: Fes OR Day Excursion to Ifrane and Azrou
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Today, you will have a free day to explore Fes on your own, OR you can join a day excursion to the Middle Atlas Mountains.  You’re first stop will be the European styled city of Ifrane, known as Morocco’s Little Switzerland.  After exploring this unique town, you will continue on to the cedar forest near Azrou.  This is the largest cedar forest in all of Africa and home to the Atlas monkeys (aka Barbary Apes).  These guys are always ready to entertain.  When you’ve had your fill of the country air, you’ll head back to your riad in Fes for the evening.

 

Day 7: Fes – Volubilis – Meknes
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

After breakfast, you will head to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.  Before the Romans came, Volubilis was an Amazigh city known as Oulili (pronounced wa-lee-lee) which dates back to the 3rd century B.C.  Although severely damaged by an earthquake in the 18th century and subsequently further damaged by Moulay Ismail’s architects (who used pieces to build the gates of the city of Meknes), it is still “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire”, according to the UNESCO World Heritage listing.  The city was reclaimed by the local Amazigh tribes around 235 AD and it was near here in the 8th Century that Idriss I established the first dynasty of the Kingdom of Morocco.  After a guided tour of Volubilis,  you will visit the nearby sacred city of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun which is home to the Idriss I’s tomb.  After visiting here, you will continue on to Meknes, another Imperial city. Your visit will begin by entering the old medina through the beautiful gate of Bab Mansour, which incorporates marble pillars that were moved from the Roman ruins of  Volubilis.  Once inside the medina, you will visit the tomb of  Sultan Moulay Ismail.  It was under his ruler’s reign from 1672 to 1727 that Meknes served its time as the capital of Morocco.  Next you will visit the impressive Agdal reservoir (built under the reign of Moulay Ismail) and Heri es-Souani, a former granary and stable that lay alongside the reservoir.  After exploring these sites, you will have free time in El-Hadim Square before retiring back to your riad for the night.

 

Day 8: Meknes – Chefchaouen
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

After breakfast, you will head to the picturesque village of Chefchaouen, nestled in the Rif Mountains.  You’ll arrive by lunch and have the rest of the afternoon to visit and explore the Blue Pearl of Morocco.

 

Day 9: Chefchaouen – Rabat – Casablanca
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

After breakfast today, you will head down the coast to the current capital of Rabat.  Here you will visit the ruins of the Roman town of Sala Colonia (also known as Chellah) which was settled in 40 AD.  Next you will venture into the walls of the Kasbah of the Udayas to stroll through its narrow blue and white streets and explore the old Medina before continuing down the coast to Casablanca.  You’ll have a chance to visit the Hassan II Mosque before heading to your hotel for the evening.

 

Day 10: Transfer to Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Nothing on the schedule for today.  You’ll relax until it is time to transfer to the airport of your choice (Casablanca or Marrakech).  You’ll arrive in plenty of time for your departure.  Your driver will wish you bon voyage and au revoir until your next trip to Morocco!

Booking Instructions and Other Information:

  1. Pick a scheduled departure date below.  Remember that the “departure date” is the first day in Morocco.  Flights ofter depart from the US the evening before your arrival in Morocco — keep that in mind when booking your flights.
  2. Click the Book Now button and fill out the Reservation Form. If you have a promo code, be sure to enter it!
  3. The Tour Coordinator for this trip will contact you to confirm your spot. Your tour coordinator will give you instructions regarding the payment of your deposit (30% of total trip cost).  Your seat is not guaranteed until your deposit has been received.
  4. After your deposit has been received, you will receive a “Welcome to Morocco” tour package with helpful information to prepare for you trip along with our liability waiver to be signed and returned to us prior to your tour departure.
  5. In order for the departures to be guaranteed, we require a minimum of 4 participants.  If the tour you booked does not have four participants, we will offer you the opportunity to convert your tour to a private one for an additional fee or we will refund your deposit in full.
  6. Should you need to cancel your reservation, you may be entitled to a refund of your deposit based on our cancellation policy outlined in our terms and conditions.  Contact us as soon as possible to receive the maximum refund.

Please review items listed in the Notes column below for booking deadlines and special offers.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices listed below are based on double occupancy.  If  you are a solo traveler, we will match you with a roommate of the same gender, or,  if you prefer, you may pay an additional supplemental fee of $300  for a single room.

Departure Date

Price

Notes

Mar 1, 2017

USD $1375

Booking deadline is February 21, 2017
Mar 15, 2017

USD $1375

Apr 1, 2017

USD $1375

Apr 15, 2017

USD $1375

May 1, 2017

USD $1375

May 15, 2017

USD $1375

Jun 1, 2017

USD $1375

Jun 15, 2017

USD $1375

Jul 1, 2017

USD $1375

Jul 15, 2017

USD $1375

Aug 1, 2017

USD $1375

Aug 15, 2017

USD $1375

Sep 1, 2017

USD $1375

Sep 15, 2017

USD $1375

Oct 1, 2017

USD $1375

Oct 15, 2017

USD $1375

Nov 1, 2017

USD $1375

Nov 15, 2017

USD $1375

Dec 24, 2017

USD $1375

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