This circuit is specifically important for those who would like to delight in visiting imperial cities of Morocco :
Rabat , Meknes , Marrakech and Fez.
This is your ever opportunity to explore not only the history of these cities, but also their diverse culture and customs.
Besides some other aspects of the markets as well as their particular handcrafts.
They are named so owning to their history as capitals of Morocco throughout the different dynasties that governed the kingdom in its earlier days.
DAY 1 : Coming to Casablanca city
At the airport you will find our guide / driver waiting for you to pick you up towards your booked hotel.
Our first station will be The greatest mosque of the country: Hassan 2nd Mosque.
N.B /( The visits are going to last about 5 hours a day.)
This Statue is located in the headland of looking out to the Atlantic ocean.
It is the seventh biggest mosque in the world with a tower of 210 meters.
The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser light directed towards Mecca.
We carry on the visit in the direction of the” Parc de la Ligue Arab”: An enormous yard with multiple kinds of trees and plants such as ficus , arcades , pergolas and so forth.
Afterwards, we Shift to call in the northern part of the city throughout the” Place Mohammed V” as well as the famous “Palace des nations Unis” , a very prominent area of Casablanca town centre.
You will notice the French design touches on the buildings all long the Mohammed V Palace.
Surrounding the space you can do some shopping for an hour.
The main streets of the new town scattered south and north of the Place of des nations Unis where you will explore the previous administrative constructions and modern hotels gathering both of Hispano-Mauresque and Art Deco styles.
Moving towards the old medina through the Avenue des “Fares Royal “, your guide will escort you traversing the narrow streets of the old Medina.
It would be advisable to visit the celebrated Restaurant Rick’s café which restored and designed by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman for filming Casablanca , the most classic film of the 20th century.
You will settle comfortably in the stately home erected against the walls of the ancient Medina.
You will stay the overnight in Casablanca.
DAY 2 : From Rabat to Meknes then Fez
Rabat is The contemporary and historical capital of the kingdom.
The city is pinpointed on the Atlantic Ocean coastline , at Bou Regreg inlet river.
We will explore the olden days of the city including its towers and castles.
Besides the new town as one of the most updated urban projects being constructed in Africa in the last century.
The antiquated part involve Hassan Mosque and the Almohad gates and bulwark, the only outlasting part of the project for a great capital city of Almohad.
The guide will lead you to an outing through the delightful Almohads walls of the Udayays Kasabah.
As a landmark of Almohad martial design, you will discover Bab Oudaïa , a majestic gate of Almohad dynasty.
The coming stop will be the Udayays museum.
And before removing to the medina , slacken in the Moorish fashion yard.
As soon as you have your lunch, keep on walking to Hassan Tower, which forms an important historical and tourist complex in Rabat.
The mosque is situated on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg.
Walk along the well-known “Rue des Consuls” where foreign consuls were once necessitated to live.
Nearby visit the lovely Mausoleum of Mohammed V ornamented with stained glass windows, white marble and a wrought-iron entrance with a stairway heading to an awe-inspiring dome.
Now we shift to Chella , the Necropolis site situated on antique area. From there to the Majestic Royal Palace. The visitors will find out the charming Islamic architecture.
The guests have the right to visit Al Mechoaur , the locality where the king led the religious feast prayers and amazing grassy gardens by its surrounding.
In front of the Royal palace , you find the private mosque of the king.
The building is actually a sample of Islamic construction features.
Its foundation comes back to 1864 and is surrounded by a wall with three gates well-protected access.
On our schedule there is a visit to the new town centre which is characterized by its large avenues, neat grasslands.
In addition to a series of building blocks, the huge construction of the Bank of Morocco and Musée de la Poste and the cathedral Saint-Pierre.
You will spend the night in Rabat.
DAY 3 :
Today our voyage is heading for Meknes our third imperial station and one of the slighter- seen city in comparison to the others.
To start with, let’s have a look at the greatest historical gate – that is of Bab Lmansour.
From here to Hri Souani : One of the prestigious Historic Monuments of Meknes, located about 500 m south of the Royal Palace and the place Mechouar, it dates from the time of Moulay Ismail in the early eighteenth century.
The solidity of the walls guaranteed a constant temperature that made the maintenance of food easy.
Deep wells of several tents of meters provided ,using a system of Norias generated by animals ,water needed were the dominance of Dar EL Ma( water house).
Now we’re going to shift to the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.
For more information non-Muslims were granted permission to visit such area.
This mausoleum was erected in 1703, presenting a lovely cedar painted ceiling mosaics with figment Koranic scriptures.
Afterwards, we will have a short visit to Place EL Hidem (square of Ruins) which adjoins the medina and the Kasabah.
The square is sequenced to updated residential buildings and a covered food souk (market).
Among the most awe-inspiring elements of this imperial city is the grand gate named after the designer El- mansour, a Christain apostate who adapted Islam.
At the end of the day we will Come back to Fez for the overnight.
DAY 4 : Fez to Moulay Idriss and th Roman City Volubilis
Fez to Volubilis and Meknes
After breakfast, we’ll depart to Fez.
Our driver will pick you up from your lodgings through a beautiful greenbelt route to find out the breathtaking archaeological remnants of the Roman city of Volubilis which was founded in the 3rd century BC, after a quick stop in panoramic view in Oulad Shaker reservoir.
The site was ultimately recognized as that of ancient city of Volubilis until the end of the 19th century.
About half of the site was quarried ,bringing to light fine mosaics particularly during French colonization over Morocco.
Furthermore some of high-status buildings were renovated.
Nowadays this touristic resort has become a UNISCO World Heritage.
Our next station will be Moulay Driss where there is the mausoleum of Moulay Drisss the first,( the father of Moulay Driss the Second )the founder of Fez city.
Returning to fez for the night.
DAY 5 : Fez el-Bali and Fez el-JedidA
After having your breakfast you will find your guide waiting for you to commence a fabulous outing day.
The first stop by is going to be the royal Palace besides a plenty of worth-seeing quarters involving the Moulay Abedallah Quarter, the Mellah(Jewish Quarter).
Some steps forward you will visit Fez el –jadid, a historic Kasabah which was operated as a governmental midpoint until 1912.
Now we are moving to see the southern Tower including The Musée des Armes, a stronghold that once protected Fez.
Have an access to Fez el-Bali, best known as a chained set of rooftops decorated with minarets and domes.
The streets of Fez el Bali are too restricted for cars.
Apart form going on foot, The only way of moving around is the use of donkeys and muels.
Upon getting into Rue Talaa Kebira, the main street leading to the old medina, you will see a chin of shops covered by awnings.
Following this , we will visit Karaouiyne mosque.It is One of the most antiquated mosques in the world and had operated as a university in the kingdom.
Later on, we are going to move forward to watch Dar el-Magana , a fourteenth century water clock.
Also and around the area we can not miss the opportunity to see Zaouia el Tijaniya, containing the tomb of Ahmed el Tijani, the founder of the doctrine Tariqqa el-Tijaniya (The Way) throughout Morocco.
Subsequently, We will also stop by the Ech Cherabliyine Mosque (Mosque of the Slipper makers) then have a glance at the souks supplying and selling a great a range of products as : henna, slippers, caftans, silks, spices and jewelries.
Next , we will stop by Fondouk El Najjarine identified as a UNISCO locality.
To witness a wide assortment of pottery, leather-products and wood
we should also visit Dar el-Batha Musée.
Inside the Medina we will also call on a variety of authentic sites:
Medersa Bou Inania: An (Islamic school) founded by Abu Inan Faris the school is remarkably embelished as a whole.
Medersa el Attarin : A (Koranic school) that was named for local spice merchants known as attar.
Zaouia Moulay Idriss II: Azaouia (shrine) dedicated to and the tomb of Moulay Idriss II, who ruled Morocco from 807 to 828 and founded the city of Fès for the second time in 810.
Dar Batha: A Hispano-Moorish palace dating back to the end of the 19th century that lodges
splendid collections of traditional art from Fez City.
Spend the night in Fez.
Day 6: From Fez to Marrakech by visiting Beni Mellal
The starting point of such trip is from Fez across the grassland of Sais, which is one of the most fruitful and widespread plateau in the country.
As we push forward, we will face the first incline of middle Atlas mountains.
The region is celebrated with the persistence of apes without mentioning the huge existence of cedar trees that cover the whole area.
We’ll also visit the Barbary Apes through another beautiful and scenic city named Azrou.
Now in Beni Mellal, a contemporary town encercled by orange and olive copses.
The city is situatedted at the bottom part of the Middle Atlas Mountains.
In the 13th century Beni Mellal set on the extremity between the kingdoms of Fez and Marrakech, which were the objects of dispute between the Merinid and Almohad dynasties.
Not far from the city there is Bin-el-Ouidane embankment which plays an interesting role in watering the groves and other cultivated harvests like Beetroot and sugarcane.
By the surrounding you will explore a variety of natural landscapes as waterfalls, caverns and wooded gorges.
Enjoy a traditional lunch in Beni Mellal.
The ultimate station will be Kasba Tadla, set up as a fortification town by Moulay Ismaïl in the 17th century.
Go on to Marrakech where you will stay the over night.
DAY 7: Marrakech and the Old Medina of Marrakech
The Medina is going to be our first stop. we will discover the beauty of this old zone and its memorial area.
The Koutoubia Mosque, the distinguished building of the12th century.
A local guide is going to escort you throughout the Djemma paths where you will take pleasure from the odorous smell of Marrakechy food and entering the souks where you will find out a large choice of Berber carpets, silver jewelry, artisan workshops, handmade shoes and tanneries.
Towards the Lower Medina you will find out the astonishing mosque Al Mansour, the sixteenth century Saadian Tombs with its stark towers, El Badhi palace, and the Mellah (the Jewish quarter).
We will move north of the Mellah to visit the 19th century Bahia palace, originally built for Si Moussa, a previous slave who became King Moulay Hassan’s chamberlain.
The palace contains a tract and riads ornamented with carved stucco, Arabic architecture.
Now forward to the modern part of Marrakech, Gurliz quarter then onward to the garden of Majorelle, the supernatural yard created by Jack Majorelle- it is geenspace with colourful paths ,plants , catus.
Besides,you will find a skillfully handcrafted selection of merchandise.
On our way back to your hotel, we will pass by the La Mammounia Hotel Garden (where Alfred Hitchcock wrote the famous film The Birds).
DAY 8: Casablanca
This ends your Imperial Cities Tour of Morocco, Now it s time to the transfer to your destination of choice Casablanca or Fez to your home country.