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Imperial Morocco / 10 Days
Ancient Imperial Capitols, Roman Ruins, Glorious Markets & World Heritage Sites

Imperial Morocco Tour

Imperial Morocco / 10 Days

Tour Morocco's Ancient Imperial Capitols led by local experts. Majestic Mosques, Heritage Sites, Glorious Markets, Moorish Gardens and Romain Ruins. Discover the backstreets of Fes on a Souk Tasting Tour. Stroll through ancient medinas. Experience the famous Djemaa el Fna Square at sunset. Take a Kalech ride on the cobblestoned paths of Marrakech. An Imperial Tour Tailor-made just for you.


  • Arrive in Casablanca and check in to your hotel. Settle in and then begin a half-day tour of Casablanca.
  • Visit the Mosque of Hassan II. Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 meters. It is an enormous architectural masterpiece and the second largest religious building in the world. On Fridays, the Mosque of Hassan II is open to non-Muslims. The Mosque of Hassan II’s promontory offers lovely views overlooking Casa in the residential Anfa quarter.
  • Visit the famous clock tower, Art Deco buildings, and the eleven-story Moretti apartment block on Boulevard Mohmmed V. Visit the famous residential blocks of the Glaoui, the Bessonneau, and the Asayag.
  • Enjoy lunch at one of the international restaurants by Casa’s port, the Corniche, renowned for fresh seafood.
  • Next visit the Habous Market, a traditional Moroccan souk to explore and connect with the locals.
  • End the day with a visit to Casablanca’s cooperatives. Shop local crafts, traditional wood work, leather work, and carpets.
  • Upon request – Visit Jewish Heritage Sites.
  • Spend the night at a 4 or 5 star hotel in Casablanca.
  • Breakfast at your Hotel in Casablanca. Take the road to Rabat.
  • Rabat has a population 2 million, is a main university town and the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco.
  • During your one day tour you will learn Rabat’s history and enjoy its beautiful domes, minarets, wide avenues, and green spaces.
  • Your guide will escort you on a walk around the picturesque Almohad period northern walls of the Oudaia Kasbah. The kasbah was built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century to protect the city. Visit Bab Oudaia, a monumental gate and example of Almohad military architecture. See the Musee de Oudaia, Moulay Ismail’s palace exhibiting collections of Moroccan folk art. and Moorish style Andalusian garden.
  • Option to have tea and pastries at Cafe Maure.
  • In the medina, stroll the labyrinth of souks and artisan shops. Visit Place Souk el-Ghezel, the Wool Market Square on Thurdsays to watch the carpet auction. Take note of the ornamental motifs and moldings arranged on the doors of the residential area. Walk the famous and lively Rue des Consuls where foreign consuls were once obliged to live. Browse shops selling clothes, shoes, food, and other crafts. Visit the old Jewish mellah.
  • Lunch on traditional Moroccan food in a restaurants in the medina, or in seaside Sale.
  • Spend the night at a 4 or 5 star hotel in Rabat.
  • Breakfast at your Hotel in Rabat. Take the road to Meknes. Arrive in Meknes. Lunch in Nouvelle Ville at a charming restaurant that offers Moroccan cuisine and a variety of local wines from the Meknes region.
  • After lunch, begin your visit at the 18th Century Palace built by Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah.
  • Then enter the medina at Bab El-Mansour. First, pass through the triumphal arch and enter Place El-Hedime, the Square of Ruins, which links the medina and the kasbah. The square is lined with modern residential buildings and a covered food souk.
  • Visit the Musée Dar Jamaï. The Jar Jamai museum shows modern Moroccan arts, woodwork, ceramics, carpets, costumes, jewelry, and metalwork. The sophisticated building was once a palace incorporating a mosque, menzah, courtyard, kitchen, and hammam.
  • The breathtaking archaeological site of Volubilis, also referred to as Oualili, was once a thriving town occupied by the Romans. Volubilis has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and gained international acclaim when Martin Scorsese made it a feature location for the film The Last Temptation of Christ. Discover the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. The ruins are spread out across several acres and what remains visible is several fragments of wall, parts of massive columns, the capitol, the basilica, and a triumphal arch. The ruins reveal how the Roman Empire transformed the original Carthaginian settlement into a typical Roman city complete with mansions, a town center, a triumphal arch, and temples devoted to Roman gods.
  • Enjoy tea at the small café that sits just below the Volubilis ruins.
  • Take the road to Fes. Arrrive in the evening.
  • Dinner Recommendations: Your riad, Le Maison Bleue, Le Maison Blanche
  • Spend the night at a 4 or 5 Star charming riad or hotel in Fes.
  • Breakfast at your riad in Fes. Then visit the following sites on a route that takes you throughout the medina.
  • The 14th Century Palace Gates of the King – The Royal Palace in Fes is one of the oldest and largest in Morocco.
  • Jewish Mellah – A mellah is the Jewish quarter located in the old cities of Morocco with a walled boundary. The Fes Mellah is also walled and it has a fortified gateway. These Jewish quarters are located near the royal residencies which enabled its inhabitants to be protected from the wrath of the Muslim populace. The Fes Mellah was once solely inhabited by Jews. This was the first mellah in Morocco and originated in 1438. In contrast with the young Casablanca Mellah, the Fes Mellah is over 650 years old. This picturesque neighborhood adjoins the royal palace where Jews took shelter during the 1912 pogrom.
  • Ibn Danan Jewish Synagogue – Fes was once home to a flourishing Jewish community during the 17th century. The Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Danan Synagogue was built and founded by the Ibn Danan family, as well as the nearby Mansano Synagogue.
  • Jewish Cemetery and Tomb of Solica. The cemetery contains the tombs of more Jewish saints than any other cemetery in Morocco. One of the more important saints is Lalla Solica, who was killed for refusing to convert to Islam. Solica was born in Tangier in 1817. At the age of 16, she was courted by a Muslim man, but refused to marry him. To force her hand, the man went to the caid, the local government official. The man told the caid that Solica could not refuse his offer of marriage because she was no longer Jewish, having converted to Islam of her own free will. When called before the caid, she refused to acknowledge having converted. The Sultan called her to Fes, where she again denied her conversion. As a result, she was condemned to death for apostasy and killed in 1834.
  • Walk through one of the oldest and most beautiful preserved Jewish streets in Morocco from the time of the inquisition.
OPTIONS: Pottery & Zellij Tilemaking – Visit Sidi Harazam Hot Springs – Fasis Cooking Class
  • Rcife – Fes el Bali, also known as Rcife, is the heart of manufacturing for Fassi goods. Cross the local fruit and vegetable market and visit the stalls of local traders while watching locals buy their daily goods.
  • Dyers Souk – The dyers market, located along Rue de Teinturies, is the best place to see the dying vats which have been used for centuries to dye cloth and sheep, goat, cow, and camel leather. You will see many tanned hides colored with natural pigments of all shades and hues.
  • Place el-Seffarine is the most important center for the production Fasis style ceramics, brass-ware, and silverware in Morocco.
  • The Tannery – The Chourara, or the Tanner’s Quarters, is one of the most lively and picturesque souks in Fes. Located near the Wadi Fès and far from residential areas due to the tannery smell. See the wide array of local leather work, a proud tradition of Fes.
  • Lunch at Restaurant Najjarine in Fes.
  • Afternoon visit to the renowned Pottery Cooperative where you can view how the Fasis pottery and zellij tile are made by hand. Tour the cooperative to see how the various artisans work using the ancient Fasis techniques that are unique to this Imperial city and region. View the galleries and shops of the artisans.
  • Spa Options:
  • Take the road to visit Sidi Harazem, a spa and green area just outside of Fes which contains hot water springs that are rich in magnesium. The benefits of these curative waters may be enjoyed at the health spa. There is also an ancient sacred pool surrounded by eucalyptus, palm, and pink laurel trees.
  • The other option is to visit Moulay Yacoub, an old French-style Spa with thermal stations, a cold dipping pool, hot rock saunas, and steam rooms. Compliment your visit with an old world French-Moroccan massage with rose, orange, or jasmine oil.
  • Cooking Workshop Option:
  • Mid-morning to mid-afternoon Moroccan Cooking Class. These workshops are conducted by a dada, a traditional Moroccan cook, or a chef from a Moroccan restaurant, and are held at the hotel. Small groups of maximum 10 participants work alongside a translator, using modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At a typical half-day workshop, one learns to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.
  • Dine on the lunch you have prepared.
  • Dinner Recommendations: Your riad, Le Palais D’Medina, or Le Maison Bleue.
  • Spend the night at 4 or 5 star riad in Fes.
  • Breakfast at your Riad. Options of a free day shopping, or visit to Jnane Sbil Gardens.
  • Visit Jnane Sbil Gardens originally created by the Sultan Moulay Abdallah. Jnane Sbil encompasses 7.5 hectares, is located in the heart of city, and is one of the oldest gardens in Fes. Because of its historical importance, great care was taken to restore the garden to its original design. After four years of detailed restoration and renovation of the heirloom plants, the hydraulic systems, and the famous waterwheel, the project was completed and re-opened in June 2010.
  • Dar El-Batha Museum and Andalusian Gardens offer up a great collection of pottery, leatherwork, wood, books, and manuscripts from the nineteenth century. The Batha Andalusian Garden boasts a three-hundred year old Quercus Rotundifolia, Washington Fifera, Cycas Revolta, and gorgeous Moroccan fountains. The Batha Garden is a serene escape from the bustling medina in Fes. Every June during Fes Festival of Sacred World Music various world music groups perform in the Museum and gardens.
  • Dinner Recommendations: La Maison Bleue, Palais Dar Tazi, or Dar Hatim.
  • Spend the night at a 4 or 5 star riad or hotel in Fes.
  • Breakfast at your Riad. Depart Fès to and drive to Marrakesh.
  • En route stop to see the view of Ifrane University and go for a short walk around the garden. Ifrane is nick named “Little Switzerland” of Morocco for its architecture, cedar forest, and winter ski resort options. Developed by the French during the protectorate era for their administration due to its Alpine climate, this Morrocan town has a remarkable European style, as if it were an Alpine village. Because of its elevation, the town experiences snow during the winter months and a cool climate during the summer. Ifrane is also the place where the lowest temperature was ever recorded in Africa. Animals to be found in the vicinity include the threatened Barbary Macaque. Among the local tree species are the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak, and the introduced London plane.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Arrive in Marrakesh in the early evening. Check into your riad and explore the Djemaa El Fna Square.
  • Dinner Recommendations: La Maison Arabe, Le Tobsil, Dar Moha, La Trattoria, or Cafe de la Poste
  • Spend the night at a 4 or 5 Star riad or hotel in Marrakesh.
  • Breakfast at your Riad.
  • Visit the Majorelle Gardens. The Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, bears its name from its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist who was born in Nancy, France in 1886. Jacques Majorelle was the son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle. In 1947 he opened his gardens to the public and during this time also painted a magnificent ceiling space at La Mamounia, a five-star hotel with gardens. Jacques Majorelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy in 1901 and later, in 1919, he went to Marrakesh to recover from heart problems. He built the garden during those years using a special color of blue extensively in the garden that is now named after him, Majorelle Blue. Jacques Majorelle returned to France in 1962 after a car accident and died later that year of complications from his injuries. As a collector of unique plants from five continents Jacque Majorelle left Yves Saint Laurent one of the more unique collections of flora and fauna of this era, as well as a place of inspiration and contemplation. Even though Morocco is no longer under the French protectorate, this originally French creation is one of the most beloved areas in Morocco.
  • Visit the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens, the largest mosque in Marrakesh. The minaret was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur and was used as the model for the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. The name is derived from the Arabic word al-Koutoubiyyin for librarian, since was once surrounded by book and manuscript selllers. It is considered the ultimate structure of its kind.
  • Visit the Saadian Tombs. The Saadian tombs in Marrakesh date from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. The tombs were only recently discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-Arts service. The mausoleum comprises the tombs of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the the Draa Valley.
  • Visit the El Bahia Palace. The El Bahia Palace in Marrakesh is a beautiful building and an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that represents the trends and standards of the wealthy at that time. The palace is surrounded by an eight hectare garden.
  • Visit the Jewish Mellah. Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, the Mellah district was designated as the Jewish quarter in Marrakesh. At the time of the Spanish religious wars, Jewish refugees were offered this little piece of security by the Sultan.
  • Visit the Old Spice Market, Rahba Kedima. A colorful market filled with a wide array of fresh spices such as cumin, cinnamon, saffron, dried pepper, and more.
  • Visit Maison Tiskiwin. This museum belongs to Dutch Anthropologist Bert Flint, a collector of local Marrakesh art, basketry, jewelry, and textiles.
  • Dinner Recommendations: La Maison Arabe, Le Tobsil, Dar Moha, La Trattoria, or Cafe de la Poste
  • Spend the night at a 4 or 5 Star riad or hotel in Marrakesh.
  • Breakfast at your riad.
  • Mid-morning to mid-afternoon Morocccan Cooking Class. These workshops are conducted by a dada, a traditional Moroccan cook, or a chef from a Moroccan restaurant, and are held at the hotel. Small groups of maximum 10 participants work alongside a translator, using modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At a typical half-day workshop, one learns to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.
  • Dine on the lunch you have prepared.
  • After the workshop, enjoy some free time to wander. Visit the Marrakesh Palmerie Garden & Art Gallery created by Abderrazak Benchabbine. Benchabbine is a Marrakesh legend, a quiet and soft-spoken garden designer, ethnobotanist, perfumer, teacher, photographer, writer, and publisher, he is currently a Botany and Ecology professor at the University of Marrakesh. The cactus garden was planted 10 years ago with 40 kinds of cactus from Morocco, South Africa, the United States, South America, and Mexico. All the locally grown cactus came from his mentor, a German engineer of Agriculture here in Morocco. The Palmerie Museum has one of Morocco’s most stunning contemporary art collections by Moroccan artists all set within the lush gardens.
  • Dinner Recommendations: La Maison Arabe, Le Tobsil, Dar Moha, La Trattoria, or Cafe La Poste
  • Spend the night at a 4 or 5 star riad or hotel in Marrakesh.
  • Breakfast at your riad. Begin your day of free exploration in Marrakesh, or choose a hammam appointment at Bain De Marrakesh and shopping in the old medina morning.
  • Next, head to La Mamounia Hotel & Gardens for Tea & Lunch. Situated on the edge of the old city of Marrakesh, La Mamounia is named for its 200-year-old gardens given as an 18th century wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father. Today the gardens cover nearly 20 acres and display an incredible variety of flowers and trees. The hotel was designed in 1922 by the architects Prost and Marchisio. They combined traditional Moroccan designs with the popular Art Deco look of the 1920’s. Winston Churchill called it, “the most lovely spot in the whole world.” He spent many winters at La Mamounia painting the Atlas Mountains and surrounding countryside.
  • After lunch at La Mamounia spend the day shopping and exploring Marrakesh on your own, or with your guide.
  • Dinner Recommendations: La Maison Arabe, Le Tobsil, Dar Moha, La Trattoria, or Cafe de la Poste
  • Spend the night at a 4 or5 star riad or hotel in Marrakesh.
  • Breakfast at your riad. Take the road to Casablanca for departure from Mohammed V Airport.