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Imperial Cities of Morocco

Explore the Splendor of Morocco's Imperial Cities in Ultimate Luxury

Embark on an unparalleled journey

through the heart of Morocco with our

"Imperial Cities of Morocco: A Luxury Cultural Odyssey" tour.

Designed for those who seek both luxury and experiential travel, this 10-day, 9-night tour package invites you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Morocco's history, culture, and landscapes.

From the current capital's regal elegance in Rabat to the ancient spiritual heart of Fez, the grandeur of Meknes, and the vibrant allure of Marrakesh, each city offers a unique story.

Your journey extends to the serene seaside town of Essaouira, where tradition meets the tranquil beauty of the Atlantic.

Travel in ultimate comfort as part of a luxury small group, enjoying exclusive access to Morocco's most iconic sights and hidden gems.

Discover the architectural marvels of the Koutoubia Minaret, the lush tranquility of the Gardens Majorelle, and the bustling energy of Djemaa el-Fna. Experience traditional Moroccan hospitality, savor local flavors, and uncover the secrets behind the nation's renowned crafts and Argan oil production.


With luxury accommodations, expert guides, and a carefully curated itinerary, this tour is the epitome of a cultural odyssey through Morocco's imperial cities.

DAY 1: Arrival in Morocco, Transfer to Rabat

As you touch down in Casablanca, the gateway to Morocco, a warm welcome awaits you in the arrivals hall from your dedicated tour director. From here, you'll be whisked away to your luxurious hotel in Rabat, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Morocco.

As the first night of your Moroccan odyssey descends, the anticipation for the days ahead grows. Rabat's blend of historical depth and modern vibrancy offers a fitting backdrop to the beginning of your journey through the Imperial cities of Fez, Meknes, and Marrakech. Tonight, rest and rejuvenate in the comfort of your luxury accommodation, ready to embark on a journey through time and tradition in the morning.

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Day 2 - Exploring Rabat and Journey to Fez
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Overnight in Fez

Morning: Discovering Rabat's Rich Heritage

Your second day commences with an exploration of Rabat, Morocco's captivating seaside capital, where the past and present merge seamlessly. Embark on a guided tour to uncover the city's diverse architectural heritage, from the elegant French colonial enclaves to the Moorish-style palaces and mosques that narrate tales of its Almohad dynasty origins.

Royal and Historical Landmarks

Begin your journey at Dar-al-Makhzen, the majestic Royal Palace, which serves as the official residence of the king of Morocco. Marvel at its stunning Islamic ornamentation and the beauty of its formal gardens, a testament to the country's royal heritage. Next, visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, a striking example of Alouite architecture dedicated to the king who led Morocco towards independence. Admire the intricate ornamental carvings and shimmering chandeliers that adorn this sacred site.

Hassan Tower: A Monumental Legacy

Your tour of Rabat wouldn't be complete without witnessing the imposing Hassan Tower, the city's iconic landmark. This unfinished minaret, standing at 140 feet, was intended to be part of a grand mosque during the Almohad Dynasty's peak, symbolizing the dynasty's ambition and architectural prowess.

Afternoon: Onward to Fez

After soaking in the historical wonders of Rabat, depart for Fez, the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. The journey includes a delightful stop for lunch at a local winery, offering a taste of Morocco's burgeoning wine scene amidst scenic vineyards.

Arrival in Fez

Arrive in Fez by the afternoon and check into a charming boutique hotel, carefully selected for its stunning views of the ancient old town and the city's mesmerizing skyline. As you settle in, the anticipation builds for the exploration of Fez, known for its UNESCO-listed medina, vibrant souks, and centuries-old madrasas.

Evening at Leisure

Spend the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoying the amenities of your boutique hotel or taking a brief stroll to get a preliminary feel of Fez's enchanting atmosphere. Tonight, rest well, for tomorrow offers a deep dive into the rich tapestry of culture, history, and artistry that makes Fez a jewel in Morocco's imperial crown.

Get 'lost' in Fez

Day 3 - Immersive Explorations in Fez

Morning: A Labyrinth of History and Culture

Awake in Fez, a city that pulsates with over twelve centuries of history, ready to explore its sprawling medina, recognized as one of the world's largest car-free urban zones. Your day begins with a choice of morning walking tours, each offering a unique perspective into the heart of Fez.

Artisanal Mastery or Culinary Delights

Opt for an insider's look at the city's renowned artisanal craftsmanship, where you'll witness the intricate processes behind handcrafted carvings, rugs, leatherwork, and metalwork. Alternatively, embark on a culinary exploration to sample local cuisine, diving into the flavors that define Moroccan gastronomy, with each dish telling a story of Fez's rich cultural heritage.

Lunch and Learning in the Medina

Savor lunch within the medina's enchanting confines, surrounded by history at every turn. Post-lunch, engage in an exclusive lecture by a local scholar providing insights into life in Morocco from a woman's perspective. This enlightening discussion offers a deeper understanding of the social and cultural dynamics of Moroccan society.

Afternoon: The Tanneries of Fez

The afternoon brings an eye-opening tour of Fez's famous leather tanneries. Behold the striking sight of numerous, deep, multicolored pools of dye, where the preparation of leather has remained unchanged since medieval times. This traditional process supplies the souks and bazaars with high-quality leather, vital to the city's artisanal economy.

Evening Reflections

As the day concludes, reflect on the immersive experiences that have drawn you closer to the soul of Fez. The city's labyrinthine alleys, aromatic bazaars, and the vibrant tapestry of its artisanal and culinary traditions provide a profound connection to Morocco's imperial past and present. Return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest, with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Fez lingering in your memory, enriching your understanding of this timeless city.

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Volubilis & Jewish Mellah

Day 4 - Journey Through History: Fez, Volubilis, and Jewish Mellah

Morning: Roman Splendor at Volubilis

Begin your day with a journey into the past as you travel from Fez to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, nestled amidst the serene rolling hills and fertile landscapes that lie between Fez and Meknes. Once a remote military outpost on the fringes of the Roman Empire, Volubilis stands as one of North Africa's most significant archaeological treasures. Explore the well-preserved remnants of this ancient colonial town, from its majestic triumphal arch to the ruins of mansions, temples, and the forum, adorned with glorious mosaics that hint at the opulence of its past.

Lunch in Moulay Idriss

After wandering through the echoes of history at Volubilis, enjoy a leisurely lunch in the nearby town of Moulay Idriss. Named after the founder of Morocco's first dynasty, this charming town offers a glimpse into the country's deep spiritual heritage and is an ideal setting to reflect on the morning's explorations.

Afternoon: Fez's Jewish Heritage

Return to Fez for an insightful afternoon excursion into the Jewish Mellah, the historic Jewish Quarter. This walled section of the city, where the Jewish community once thrived, provides a poignant look into the multicultural tapestry that has defined Fez for centuries. Visit the Mellah's main cemetery, a sacred site of memory and history, and explore one of the quarter's synagogues, offering a window into the religious and social life of the community.

Evening at Leisure

As the day draws to a close, the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish. Whether you choose to relax at your hotel, venture out to savor more of Fez's culinary delights, or take a leisurely stroll through the medina under the stars, the vibrant culture and rich history of Fez are sure to make your last night in the city memorable.

Meknes & Casablanca

Day 5 - From the Imperial Splendor of Meknes to the Bustling Metropolis of Casablanca

Morning: Exploring Meknes, the City of the Warrior King

Your journey continues as you depart from Fez to the majestic walled city of Meknes, an imperial city steeped in history and grandeur. Meknes, with its blend of lavish Spanish-Moorish architecture, traces its origins back to the 11th century but reached the zenith of its glory in the 17th century under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Known as the "Warrior King," Moulay Ismail was a formidable ruler who expanded his empire, liberating Morocco from Ottoman and European influences.

A Walking Tour of Meknes' Historical Highlights

Embark on a morning walking tour to discover the architectural marvels and historical sites that Meknes has to offer. Visit the impressive Royal Stables, a testament to Moulay Ismail's vision and power, designed to house thousands of his horses. Wander through the city's vibrant medina, a labyrinth of streets and alleys that offer a glimpse into the daily life and culture of Meknes. The tour also includes a visit to a historic madrasa, showcasing the city's scholarly past and its role as a center for Islamic learning and Koranic studies.

Afternoon: Lunch and Leisure in Meknes

After immersing yourself in the rich history of Meknes, enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants, savoring the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. Take some free time to explore the city further at your own pace, perhaps discovering hidden gems within the medina or capturing the beauty of its gates and fortifications.

Heading to Casablanca

In the late afternoon, bid farewell to the imperial majesty of Meknes as you set off for Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic heart. The drive to Casablanca offers a transition from the historical depth of Morocco's imperial cities to the dynamic energy of its modern metropolis.

Overnight in Casablanca

Arrive in Casablanca and check into your hotel, where the comforts and luxury of modern accommodations await. As you settle in for the night, the vibrant pulse of the city beckons, inviting you to explore its contemporary allure and coastal beauty in the days to come.


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Casablanca to Marrakesh

Day 6 - From Casablanca's Coastal Splendor to the Enchantment of Marrakesh

Overnight in Marrakesh

Morning: The Architectural Majesty of Hassan II Mosque

Begin your exploration of Casablanca with a visit to the majestic Hassan II Mosque, a marvel of modern Islamic architecture perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With its towering minaret standing at 689 feet, it is not only the largest mosque in Morocco but also an awe-inspiring symbol of the country's religious devotion and architectural innovation. Completed in 1993, the mosque's vast interior can accommodate 25,000 worshippers, with space for another 80,000 in its surrounding grounds. The mosque's intricate decoration, from the hand-carved stone and wood to the exquisite tile work, reflects the artistry and craftsmanship of Moroccan artisans.

Exploring the Musée Slaoui

Continue your journey through Casablanca with a stop at the Musée Slaoui, a hidden gem that showcases the works of Jacques Majorelle and other artists who found inspiration in Morocco's vibrant culture and landscapes. This museum offers a unique insight into the artistic heritage that has flourished in Morocco, influenced by its rich history and diverse cultures.

Lunch at Rick's Café Step into the world of classic cinema with lunch at Rick's Café, an establishment designed to recreate the iconic setting from the movie Casablanca. Immerse yourself in the nostalgic atmosphere of the 1940s, where the spirit of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's timeless romance lingers. Enjoy a meal in this evocative setting, a perfect bridge between the cinematic legacy and the real-life charm of Casablanca.

Afternoon: Transfer to Marrakesh

After experiencing the coastal allure and cultural highlights of Casablanca, embark on your journey to Marrakesh, the final imperial city on your tour. As you transition from the bustling metropolis of Casablanca to the enchanting red city of Marrakesh, prepare to be captivated by the contrast and diversity that Morocco offers.

Arrival in Marrakesh

Upon arrival in Marrakesh, check into your hotel and take some time to settle in. Marrakesh, known for its vibrant souks, historic palaces, and lush gardens, awaits your exploration. The city's unique blend of traditional charm and contemporary dynamism makes it a fitting culmination to your journey through the imperial cities of Morocco.


Day 7 - Marrakesh: Immersion in a Cultural Oasis

Morning: The Historic Heart of Marrakesh

Your exploration of Marrakesh begins in its historic medina, a sprawling labyrinth that encapsulates the essence of this ancient city. Enclosed within age-old walls, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vibrant testament to Marrakesh's storied past and pulsating present.

Architectural Marvels Unveiled

Journey through the medina to uncover architectural gems that stand as monuments to Marrakesh's illustrious heritage. The Koutoubia Minaret, with its striking silhouette and exquisite detail, serves as both a navigational landmark and a symbol of the city's spiritual identity. Continue to Dar Si Said, nestled within a breathtaking palace, to witness one of the most beautiful examples of traditional Moroccan architecture, now home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts.

The Splendor of Bahia Palace

Step into the world of Moroccan royalty at the Bahia Palace, where the grandeur of the 19th century is meticulously preserved. Wander through rooms adorned with intricate zellij (mosaic tilework) and carved cedarwood, each corner of the palace revealing the lavish lifestyle of its former inhabitants.


Afternoon: The Pulse of Djemaa el-Fna

As the day advances, find yourself amidst the bustling energy of Djemaa el-Fna, the heart of Marrakesh's social and cultural life. This iconic square is a theater of Moroccan culture, where traditional performers, artisans, and vendors create an atmosphere of perpetual festivity. Let the rhythm of drums, the scent of spices, and the kaleidoscope of colors lead you through this unforgettable spectacle.

A Souk to Remember

No visit to Marrakesh would be complete without delving into the labyrinthine souks that radiate from Djemaa el-Fna. Embark on an adventure through these marketplaces, where every alleyway and stall brims with the promise of discovery. From intricately woven carpets to handcrafted lanterns, the souks are a treasure trove for those in search of authentic Moroccan crafts and souvenirs.

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Overnight in Marrakesh


Day 8 - Essaouira: Coastal Charm and Artisanal Traditions
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Overnight in Marrakesh

Morning: Journey to Essaouira

Your Moroccan adventure takes a scenic turn as you embark on a 2-hour drive to Essaouira, a coastal gem that captivates with its blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty. This picturesque journey through diverse landscapes sets the stage for a day of exploration in one of Morocco's most charming seaside towns.

Discovering the Secrets of Argan Oil

En route to Essaouira, seize the opportunity to visit an Argan oil factory, where you'll delve into the fascinating world of Morocco's "liquid gold." Discover the traditional methods of extracting Argan oil, a prized natural resource known for its beauty and health benefits. Witness firsthand the meticulous process that transforms Argan nuts into a precious oil, revered both locally and internationally.

Essaouira: A Haven of Heritage and Harmony

Arriving in Essaouira, you'll be greeted by the town's stunning 18th-century architecture, set within ancient battlements that whisper tales of history. Wander through streets lined with whitewashed houses adorned with vivid blue shutters, a visual symphony that embodies the town's serene spirit.

A Tapestry of Local Life

Explore Essaouira's vibrant heart, where traditional wood workshops, art galleries, and the daily routines of boat-builders and sardine fishermen paint a vivid picture of a community deeply connected to both its heritage and the sea. The presence of feathery Norfolk Island pines along the streets serves as a reminder of Essaouira's commitment to preserving a pollution-free environment.

Afternoon: Leisure and Exploration

Spend your afternoon meandering through the charming avenues of Essaouira, where every corner reveals a story, and the gentle sea breeze invites relaxation. The town's picturesque beach offers a perfect backdrop for contemplation or a leisurely stroll along the water's edge, cementing Essaouira's status as Morocco's most treasured coastal retreat.

Evening: Return to Marrakesh

As the day concludes, your journey back to Marrakesh provides a moment to reflect on the serene beauty and artisanal traditions of Essaouira. This coastal interlude adds a refreshing contrast to the imperial cities explored earlier in your tour, enriching your Moroccan experience with memories of tranquil shores and vibrant community life.

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Day 9 - Marrakesh: A Fusion of Botanical Beauty and Fashion Legacy

Morning: Enchantment at the Gardens Majorelle

Start your day immersed in the tranquility and artistic legacy of the Jardin Majorelle, a vibrant oasis created by French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1930s. This botanical garden, renowned for its striking cobalt blue accents—known as "Majorelle Blue"—houses an extensive collection of plants from across the globe set against a backdrop of Art Deco architecture. Wander through this peaceful sanctuary, where the legacy of Majorelle and the passion of its later owner, fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, blend in a captivating display of color, design, and nature.

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Continue your exploration of Marrakesh's artistic heritage with a visit to the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, located adjacent to the gardens. This stunning museum, dedicated to the life and work of the legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, showcases a vast collection of haute couture creations, sketches, and photographs that capture the essence of his influence on fashion. The museum's architecture, as compelling as its exhibits, provides a modern contrast to the traditional Moroccan designs found throughout the city.

Afternoon: Souk Adventures

Embark on an adventure through Marrakesh's famous souks in the afternoon. These bustling marketplaces, nestled within the winding alleys of the medina, are a treasure trove of Moroccan craftsmanship. From vibrant textiles and intricate pottery to handcrafted jewelry and leather goods, the souks are a shopper's paradise and a sensory delight. As you navigate through the labyrinth of stalls, each turn offers an opportunity to witness the rich traditions of Moroccan artisans and perhaps find a unique souvenir to take home.

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Farewell Morocco

Day 10 - Departure: Farewell to the Land of Contrasts
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Morning Reflections

Awaken on your final day in Marrakesh, amidst the enchanting atmosphere that has been your companion throughout this journey. As you prepare for departure, take a moment to reflect on the myriad experiences that have woven together to create your Moroccan adventure. From the imperial majesty of Rabat, Fez, Meknes, and Marrakesh to the serene beauty of Essaouira and the artistic legacy of Jacques Majorelle and Yves Saint Laurent, each day has offered a new lens through which to view the vibrant tapestry of Morocco.

A Serene Farewell

Depending on your flight schedule, enjoy a few more moments of tranquility in Marrakesh. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the hotel gardens, savor a final Moroccan mint tea, or simply relax and gather your thoughts before the journey home.

Transfer to the Airport

As the time arrives, you will be transferred to the airport, ensuring a smooth and comfortable conclusion to your travels. The journey back is an opportunity to reminisce about the places you've visited, the people you've met, and the stories you've gathered along the way.

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