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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Morocco
Travel type Fly
Price range From £799
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 7 nights
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Imperial cities of Morocco

Just ten miles from Europe, Morocco never fails to amaze its visitors with its totally refreshing culture. Rabat, Meknes, Fez and of course Marrakech, its four Imperial Cities, so called because each of them was once capital city of the country.

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £145 per person. This price includes: return flights; seven nights dinner, bed and breakfast; all transport and tours as mentioned, walking tours of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech, tour of Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, tour of Roman Volubilis, entrance to all monuments as mentioned, services of Riviera tour manager. Please note the London Heathrow flights are to / from Casablanca.

  • Return Flights
  • Seven nights four star accommodation with dinner
  • Visit to Casablanca and the Hassan II mosque
  • Tour of Rabat
  • Visit with tour of Meknes and its 17th century Royal palace
  • Tour of the ancient city of Volubilis
  • Tour of the medieval capital of Fez
  • See the majestic Atlas mountains
  • Guided tour of Marrakech and its famous souks
  • Visit the Saadian tombs
  • Visit to the Majorelle gardens restored by Yves Saint Laurent
  • Escorted by experienced tour manager
Not included
Visas & Health Matters

UK passport holders do not require a visa, but other passport holders should check with the relevant embassy. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations at least a month before departure.
Day one

Fly to Marrakech. On arrival a coach will take you to the excellent four star Novotel in Casablanca for one night with dinner.

Day two

This morning we visit the richly decorated Hassan II mosque, one of the largest religious buildings in the world after the mosque in Mecca. You enter through one of the huge bronze or titanium doors decorated with traditional inscriptions and inside, Onyx columns, marble, intricate stucco work, a carved cedar roof, huge expenses of elaborate ceramics combine with metalwork and Venetian glassware. Visit Rabat, its medina and the mausoleum. Built in traditional style, the Royal family are buried here and its contemporary mosaics and spiral designs make a fascinating comparison with the adjacent Hassan mosque, which, if completed would have been the largest building in the world. Sale, Rabat’s twin city is on the opposite river bank, where Crusoe, in the novel by Defoe, was once imprisoned. We then drive to Fez for three nights, with dinner at the four star Barcelo Fes medina, located just 500 metres from the old walled medina.

Day three

The scenery on this morning’s short drive will surprise many. This is not the hot, dry, dusty Moroccan interior bordering the desert against a backdrop of the Atlas mountains, the rolling fertile hills are covered with fragrant wild flowers and vineyards are redolent of Mediterranean Europe. Meknes is renowned for its blend of Spanish and Moorish styles, its huge fortifications include a 16 metre gate, a large medina and 150 mosques. We tour the palace remains, its gardens and huge reservoirs together with the remarkable underground granaries and storehouses. This afternoon we visit Volubilis, the westernmost outpost of the Roman Empire. Wonderfully isolated, set amongst rolling hills and olive groves, it is a haunting sight. Here, our guided tour will help you appreciate Volubilis’s historic importance and its mosaics.

Day four

Fez is one of the world’s finest historic cities, and is like a trip back to medieval times, with traders leading their loaded mules through the maze of 9000 twisting streets. Experience the sights and aromas of the medieval market all around you. Then there is the intricate Moorish decoration of the world’s oldest university, founded in the ninth century. This afternoon you are free to explore as you wish.

Day five

Today we take a journey south to Marrakech passing Gouraud’s Cedar, reputedly the oldest cedar in the country where there’s also a chance to see unusual wildlife including the endangered Barbary Ape. The scenery really is spectacular as the road begins its descent before we arrive in Marrakech, staying three nights with dinner at the four star Hotel Opera Plaza.

Day six

Marrakech is a labyrinth of tiny alleyways, which teem with street life like few other places in the world. With classic French colonial buildings and boulevards surrounded by almost intact medieval walls. This morning we have a sightseeing tour during which we will see the Saadian tombs and the El-Badi palace, famed for its 50 marble columns. We also visit the souks or covered markets, where immensely skilled craftsmen create intricate leatherware, jewellery and furniture. At dusk you should visit the Djemma El Fna - nerve centre of Marrakech, and a showcase for traditional Moroccan life. You will experience the spectacle of musicians, dancers, fortune tellers and snake charmers.

Day seven

This morning we visit more of Marrakech’s attractions. The city boasts a wealth of gardens, with acres of olive groves and lakes providing a haven of peace and tranquillity. One of the smaller is the Jardin Majorelle: a creation of bamboo, bougainvillaea and cacti. Surrounding the city are immense ramparts over 19 miles long, still largely intact with imposing forts at various intervals. This afternoon is at leisure.

Day eight

Today we return to the airport for the flight home.
Casablanca - four-star Novotel

Centrally located close to the port and Medina, with lounge, bar, restaurant, fitness room and free wi-fi in public areas. The air-conditioned rooms have private facilities and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Fez - four-star Zalagh Parc Palace hotel

With large reception rooms and restaurant and is furnished in traditional style, with large well appointed bedrooms and two swimming pools set in peaceful landscaped grounds.

Marrakech - four-star Hotel Opera Plaza

Set in its own private landscaped grounds shaded by palm trees, this luxury hotel is ideally located allowing easy access to the sights in the old city. All the air-conditioned rooms are furnished in a comfortable modern style and well-appointed. It has three restaurants, the main one serving international cuisine. There is a chic and comfortable lounge bar and a cosy café bar, an ideal spot in which to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing. There is also a large and inviting outdoor pool and spa overlooking the gardens
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