Morocco Imperial Cities Tour Details
Welcome to Morocco imperial cities
Morocco is a wonderful tourism destination for travel lovers; however, the number of tourists is increased each year. It’s known with its colorful souks, and their mysterious smells of spices. You can also imagine its most attractive palaces that are widely known all over the world and its breathtaking landscapes, or even its charmed golden sands of the big Sahara. But, in addition to this portrait picture, Morocco is also a glorious country with a rich history as well as a generous people expressing their hospitality to the visitors. Indeed, Morocco must be explored more in depth.
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– Get into Fez el-Bali (old Fez), Morocco’s cultural heart, on a guided stroll through its winding alleyways and colorful souks.
– Visit the ancient Roman paths at Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is well-preserved, date back 2,000-year from now.
– Taste delicious recipes and visit sights of the famous “Red City” of Marrakech.
– Visit a local Berber village at the foot of the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains to know the most generous people also to enjoy an interesting conversation.
DAY 1 CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
When you arrive at Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, the English-Speaking Resident Tour Director, greets you at the airport, you will recognize him, and he holds the plate with your name written on it, he will accompany you to the hotel reserved for you in Casablanca.
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HASSAN II MOSQUE
Hassan II Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it offers important perspectives that are enhanced by the lighting. The lighting is based on the building’s distinctive elements, including the imposing 200-meter-high minaret. It respects the architecture, emphasizes volumes and highlights materials. The lighting lends a special and harmonious character and contributes to the atmosphere during major religious and civil ceremonies.
CATHÉDRALE DU SACRÉ COEUR
On the corner of rue d’Alger and Boulevard Rachdi, on an area of more than 10,000 m² in the center of Casablanca, you will see a majestic, gleaming white building built between 1930 and 1953 by architect Paul Tournon: the Church of the Sacred Heart, a heritage of the colonial era.
The church was once a place of worship and now hosts cultural events and concerts, but it remains a monument of high quality architecture.
PLACE MOHAMMED V
Place Mohammed V is the most famous square also the largest in Casblanca city’s center. It’s a dynamic public place getting full around the afternoon to the night; people love to hangout among daily. If were in Casablanca, you will for sure visit this interesting place.
MUSEUM OF MOROCCAN JUDAISM
The Museum of Moroccan Judaism is one of the preserved Jewish heritage in Morocco. However, it reflect the Morocco’s tolerance with all races and religious that are making it different from any other country. By visiting this heritage sight, you can learn about the Moroccan Jews.
BEACHES AIN DIAB AND LA CORNICHE
Stretching for several kilometers, Ain Diab is a popular area for locals and tourists alike. From Hassan II Mosque to El Hank Lighthouse, Anfaplace and Morocco Mall, this seaside neighborhood offers a wide range of daytime and evening entertainment. Cafes, restaurants, discotheques, swimming pools and private clubs line the wide sandy beach, offering visitors pleasure and entertainment.
PALAIS ROYAL DE CASABLANCA
Palais Royal is an ancient palace of national importance. Although visitors are not allowed inside the building, it is well worthy to stop by for a few shots as it is one of the city’s most iconic buildings.
PLACE DES NATIONS UNIES
Place des Nations-Unies, formerly Place de France, is a square in the center of Casablanca. It was designed in 1915 by the French architect and urban planner Henri Prost and served as a way connects the old medina and the new city center.
If you arrive in Casablanca before 12:00 pm, you will start your tour of Morocco imperial cities on the same day, but if you arrive in
Casablanca after 12:00 pm, you will start visiting the city in the same day and you continue the visit of Casablanca city the next day morning before leaving to Rabat, you will spend this day in the city of Casablanca, Dinner at your hotel and overnight.
DAY 2 CASABLANCA | FEZ VIA RABAT
Rabat may not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a trip to Morocco – resulting in a more laid-back atmosphere compared to other cities. Nevertheless, Rabat is buzzing with life and attracts visitors with several must-sees.
Protected by powerful ramparts, the medina reflects the soul of the old Almohad city. Souika street and its shops present magnificent rugs, the delicate work of copperware artisans, succulent pastries and appetizing brochettes. Rue des Consuls
– which got its name because this is where representatives of foreign nations resided
– is flanked by elegant residences where the craftsmen practice their art under the watchful eyes of passersby. Rabat offers commercial, modern districts as well
– plus a busy marina and a city beach. Salé, vis-à-vis Bouregreg river, is also worth a visit.
Medina of Rabat is a must-see site that offers a beautiful touristic attractions also offers a cultural views of the great Morocco. You will enjoy the medina’s busy and colorful alleys and the heritage Chellah necropolis to the buzzing marina, you will explore Rabat’s full complexity.
You will be in love with the straight layout of the city’s historical heart in sharp contrast to the usual maze of streets. A stroll among Rabat’s medina could panned as this: first visit will be the Bab El Had gate and take Souika (public market) Street, the largest known with its dynamic and being full of people for all the day. You will pass over the Es Sabat souk, the shoe market, covered with reed mats and overflowing with Babouches (leather slippers) as well as silver and gold jewelry. You then come to the partially glassroofed Rue des Consuls where craftsmen make woolen carpets, fabrics and copperware. The medina also offers great things with cheap prices and local food, so do not hesitate to try mint tea, Pastillas or tagine.
KASBAH OF THE UDAYAS OUDAYAS
Kasbah Udaya is a city within a city, a bit distant compared to Rabat, and it is even bigger today than it was yesterday. But if there is only one thing to see in Rabat (what a crazy idea!), you must go to Uday.
While in Rabat, don’t forget Oudaya, and when you pass Rue Bazzo on your way to the inevitable Moorish café where you have a great view of the Salé and Bouregregues, stop for a moment… to enjoy the silence of this place, and then you can continue walking and take those little blue alleys, where beautiful encounters await you.
The magnificent Bab Rouak, or “Gate of the Winds,” is monumental. The richness of its decoration is remarkable, and it also serves as an exhibition hall: under the ornate arches of its four square halls are placed works of art by famous Moroccan artists.
Built on the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Sala Colonia, the necropolis, described in guidebooks as “the most romantic place in Morocco,” did not always have the charm it has today.
Destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 and robbed of its best materials by marauders, it remained in a state of ruin for several hundred years.
The Hassan Tower, once part of the world’s largest mosque, offers a spectacular view of the Bregregreg River. The square in front of the tower is also impressive with its many columns.
At 10:45 a.m. daily, visitors may enter the courtyard of the Royal Guard Barracks to watch the raising of the national flag. You may also participate in the changing of the guard on horseback, which takes place in front of Hassan Tower at 7:00 a.m. daily.
MOHAMMED VI MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI), featuring the work of nearly 200 Moroccan artists, opened in 2014 and is named after the King of Morocco. The museum offers beautiful architecture and a wide variety of exhibitions.
DAY 3 FEZ | THE MEDIEVAL CITY
This day of the Morocco imperial cities tour we step back in time into ancient and remarkably untouched Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”), the cultural heart of Morocco. Wander among the 9,000 lanes, alleys and souks that shape its old quarter, where locals conduct their day-to-day business. Later, discover Fez el-Jadid (“New Fez”), home to the mellah, the old Jewish quarter, with its wrought iron-decorated windows and carved wood balconies. Tonight, dine at a traditional Moroccan riad.
Dating back to the 14th century, the Jewish Quarter (Mellah) of Fez is now home to 160,000 people on 9,500 streets. The various Jewish sights are worth seeing, but because of the maze of streets, Mellah is best explored with an official guide.
JEWISH CEMETERY & HABARIM SYNAGOGUE
In the southwest corner of Mellah, on a slope next to the synagogue of Habarim, a sea of white tombs makes it easy to find the rabbi’s grave, which is considered one of the oldest cemeteries in Morocco, since Rabbi Vidal Hasselfati, who died in 1600, is buried there.
ROYAL PALACE DAR EL-MAKHZEN
Kings Square (Royal Palace) is an elegant building covering at least 80 hectares, with seven 80-foot-tall gates symbolizing the seven days of the week. Although the palace is not open to the public, it is well worth the time to admire its stunning architecture.
Among the three tanneries in the city of Fez, this famous factory produces some of the finest leather in the world, using age-old methods and the finest materials. Visit this oldest part of the Medina to discover this interesting process and buy some souvenirs.
MERENID TOMBS AT BORJ NORD
The fortresses and tombs built in the 16th century, although dilapidated, still retain the magnificent decorations of the time, creating a very atmospheric atmosphere. Dusk is the best time to take in the spectacular view of Fez, but be sure to leave early as the streets are not lit.ht.
The Nejarin Museum is an interesting and well-preserved building with wood artifacts on display that is well worth a visit. It demonstrates the importance of arts and crafts in the history of Morocco and provides a deeper understanding of the country.
The Attarine Medersa, a former madrasa, may not be the largest in the city, but it is impressive in many ways, not just for its size. The colorful tiles and architecture make it a must-see addition to any itinerary.
JNAN SBIL GARDEN
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Fez, this little hideaway is for you. With beautiful French-influenced gardens and a lovely waterfall, it is a relaxing place to spend some time.
Built in 859 under Fatima al-Fihriyah and continually expanded since its construction, the al-Quarouiyyin Mosque, also known as al-Qaraouiyyin, is one of the largest architectural complexes in Fez also a worth must-seeing site that you should visit while you’re in Fes.
You will pass through the blue gate called Bab Bu Jeroud, and we highly recommend that you have a guide to take you around and talk to you about the history of the gate. There are also many restaurants in the area where you can have lunch or refreshments.
EL MOKRI PALACE
The palace was built in 1906 and is still inhabited by members of the El Mokri family. Nowadays, it’s one of the must-see sites in Fes also a great example of worth heritage. The entire palace, which measures 20,000 square meters, is a testament to perfect taste and sophistication. The ancient palace had magnificent carved moldings, painted wooden ceilings, carved cedar wood, beautiful staircases and windows, and Murano glass chandeliers.
The family business has been making ceramics for generations and is known by local residents for its beautiful products. This authentic store offers everything from vases to plates and cups. Please take your time to browse through the mosaics and painted ceramics.
The Al-Qarawiyyin Library, considered the oldest library in the world, founded in Fez over 1000 years ago (9th century), has recently completed restoration work and opened to the public. The library is still in use as the library of the University of Qarawiyyin and is the oldest continuous library in the world.
BOU INANIA MEDERSA
Medersa Bu Inania is a religious and educational building in Talaa Kebira that is a remarkable work of art in itself.
Ask for a guide to help you better understand Medersa and its history, and you will be fascinated by its atmosphere.
DAY 4 FEZ | MEKNES | ROMAN RUINS OF VOLUBILIS
After breakfast, drive to the city of meknes. A unesco world heritage site and one of Morocco’s imperial cities, it was built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan moulay ismail. continue to volubilis, a unesco world heritage site and home to Morocco’s largest and most impressive roman ruins, with excellently preserved mosaics, return to the hotel in fez city.
DAY 5 MARRAKECH | THE “RED CITY”
DAY 6 MARRAKECH
EL BADI PALACE
El Badi Palace was built in the 16th century and is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. It originally had 360 rooms, a large courtyard, and a 90 x 20 meter swimming pool.
The Royal tombs of the Saadian dynasty are architectural amazing; adorned with domed ceilings, intricate carvings, and ornate plasterwork. This is a popular sight in Marrakesh, so prepare to stand in line when going there.
The 12th century Menard Gardens are surrounded by olive groves and set in a beautiful and tranquil setting with the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. It looks like an island.
Stroll through this maze of markets and let the sights, smells, and sounds overwhelm your senses. If you feel the urge to shop, be prepared to bargain.
The 12-kilometer-long Marrakech Wall was built more for its outward beauty than for its defensive function. Today, it is the perfect place to spend a romantic moment with a loved one. The medina and the walls can be toured by a kaliki (horse-drawn carriage), and it is recommended to see them at sunset.
Jemaa el-Fna is a square and market in the bustling heart of the medina. Especially at dusk on hot days, life in Melaka is at its most colorful and vibrant. Stores sell freshly squeezed juices and restaurants appear (as if they didn’t exist) in the evenings.
MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
Located in the heart of the city, this museum presents the history of Morocco through 3,500 photographs taken between 1870 and 1950. From its rooftop, one of the highest in the region, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view while having a light meal.
ALI BEN YOUSSEF MADRASA
Madrasah Ali Ben Yousef is an old Koranic school built in the 14th century. At its peak, it had 900 students and was the largest seminary in North Africa; it was closed in the 1960s and reopened as a public place in 1982. Although it does not look like much from the outside, inside you will be amazed at its beauty.
KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE AND MINARET
Built in 1120, the Koutoubiya Mosque and its minaret stand 70 meters high and are a spiritual landmark in Marrakech. Unfortunately, only Muslims are allowed to enter, but the building itself is impressive from the outside.
The garden, with an area of 9000 m2, is one of the most charming and mystical in Morocco. It was created over a period of forty years and is a maze of intersecting paths, overlapping plains and colorful Art Deco Moorish buildings. The garden is a gigantic and sumptuous collection of exotic plants and trees from around the world, conceived in 1922 by the French artist Jacques Majorelle as a refuge and workshop.
YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM
Opened in 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum of Fine Arts surprises with its unusual architecture. The brick building combines curves and lines, cubes and motifs, and houses exhibition rooms, an auditorium, and a library.
The YSL Museum of Art, located next to the Majorelle Gardens, displays most of the French fashion designer’s work and also holds special exhibitions. Those interested in fashion and design will enjoy spending time at this unique museum.
DAY 7 MARRAKECH | ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Today, choose to remain in Marrakech or enjoy a full-day excursion to the High Atlas Mountains. Admire majestic views of snow-capped peaks as you hike to a picturesque village and spend time with local Berbers in their homes. Learn about daily life while savoring traditional Berber bread and mint tea. Afterward, have lunch before returning to Marrakech. Your farewell dinner tonight is held at a luxurious former palace.