Imperial Cities Tour From Rabat

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    From airport or specified hotel
  • Return Details :
    Rabat airport
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

All the history of Morocco is registered on the walls of the imperial cities. A fascinating and adventurous tour for first time travelers to Morocco. Private Tour, in private car, private local guides and private visits.

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Exclusive to Viator
  • Family friendly
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

Enjoy 7 nights in a 4* star accommodation or charming Riads with dailly breakfast. Visit to Casablanca and the Hassan II mosque. Guided Tour of Rabat. Guided Visit with tour of Meknes and its 17th century Royal palace. Guided Tour of the roman city of Volubilis. Guided Tour of the medieval capital of Fez. See the majestic Atlas mountains. Guided tour of Marrakech and its famous souks and much more on this amazing experience through Morocco and it's Imperial cities!

Itinerary:

Day 1:  Casablanca

Arrival, warm welcome by your guide. Transfer to your4* hotel in Casablanca.

For those looking for a taste of old Hollywood glamour, an a optional trip to Rick’s Café is a must. This beautiful bar and restaurant was inspired by the Rick’s Café from the film Casablanca and the décor does its best to live up to it. Serving American, French and Moroccan food, head along on a Sunday to enjoy the evening jazz session and pop up to the 1st film for a free screening of the legendary film, You do not meet sam the pianist but certainly you will listen to the famous song: As time goes by. (optional)

Day 2 : Casablanca - Rabat – Meknes (B)

After breakfast, this morning we visit the richly decorated Hassan II Mosque, (exterior, inside visit 12€ in spot) one of the largest religious building in the world after the mosque in Mecca, it would comfortably fit Rome’s St Peter’s inside. 

The statistics are staggering: it is over 200 metres long, 100 metres wide, 65 metres wide, has the tallest Minaret in the world at 210 metres and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers, plus an impossible to imagine 80,000 outside. 35,000 master craftsmen laboured night and day to create this exquisite masterpiece. You enter through one of the huge bronze or titanium doors decorated with traditional inscriptions, but the real draw is inside. Onyx columns, marble of every imaginable shade, intricate stucco work, a remarkable carved cedar roof, huge expenses of elaborate ceramics combine with fine metalwork and flamboyant Venetian glassware to create at once a harmonious and yet astonishing Moroccan architectural masterpiece.

After visit  Mohammed V place, United Nations place.

The afternoon we visit Rabat, a Unesco World Heritage,  the first of the Imperial Cities where we see the city’s Medina and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Guarded by two mounted, traditionally robed spear-carrying ‘lancers’, it is built in traditional style, the grandfather and father of the present king are buried here and its contemporary mosaics and spiral designs make a fascinating comparison with the adjacent Hassan Mosque, a wonder of the medieval Moorish world with its great minaret left unfinished when its founder died in 1199. If completed it would have been the largest building in the world at that time. The harbour is full of traditional fishing boats and on the opposite river bank is Sale, Rabat’s twin city where Robinson Crusoe was enslaved before his final escape to Brazil. Route for Meknes, arrival and accommodation in Riad or 4* hotel

Day 3: Meknes - Volubilis – Fès (B)

Breakfast, guided visit  to MEKNEs, a Unesco World Heritage, the 16th century capital whose ruler, Moulay Ismail, modelled himself on France’s ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV. After plundering his entire country he opened his amazing palace decorated with the most intricate colourful stucco work, huge beautifully detailed bronze doors and stunning mosaics via  Volubilis, the westernmost outpost of the Roman Empire. Wonderfully isolated, set amongst gorgeous rolling hills and olive groves, it is a haunting sight, silent and almost ghost-like. Here our guided tour will ensure you appreciate Volubilis’s historic importance and its stunning mosaics:

The Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stretched out over 40 hectares, are the most well preserved ruins in Morocco.  

The Romans began building the city of Volubilis around 40AD in order to keep control of this North African region which was successively occupied by the Greeks, Berbers, Jews and the Carthaginian merchants.  In the second and third centuries, the region began to develop more rapidly when the Romans began cultivating grain.  The victory Arch, facing the main route and built in 217 in honour of the Roman emperor Caracalla, formally had a bronze chariot

MEKNES One of Morocco’s most beautiful historical cities, its twenty two Kms of town wall, monumental gates and the ruins of an immense palatial complex form an impressive and curious backdrop for the meeting point of Morocco’s main roads. The 17th century sultan Moulay Ishmail wanted to create a royal capital here that would rival Versailles. He had an army of bricklayers, black slaves and several hundred captured Christian slaves build 120km of town wall, dream palaces, stables for 12,000 horses, hanging gardens watered by a four-hectare pond and immense storage sheds. After almost a century of construction, he left one of the most beautiful cities in Moorish-Arabic style.
The tour of this "Moroccan Versaille" and sightseeing includes Bab El Mansour, considered as the finest gateway in Morocco. First we will pass through the triumphal arch Standing at sixteen meters high with an eight meter long arch, the intricately patterned triumphal arch is argued to be the most beautiful in Morocco. Enter Place El-Hedime (Square of Ruins) which links the medina and the kasbah. The square is lined with modern residential buildings and a covered food souk (market).. Continue to FEZ where you will check-in to your hotel for and two nights, hotel  or in Riad, (an a aristocratic house).

Day 4 : Fès (B)

After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to discovering Fez, a Unesco World Heritage and the oldest of the imperial cities, home to the world’s first university dating from the 9th century and one of the most complete medieval cities in existence. Surrounded by huge defensive walls, it seems suspended in a time warp, somewhere between the Middle Ages and the modern. But it’s more than that, it is a living city almost devoid of tourists, where whilst wandering amongst its amazing 9,000 tiny streets you experience its noisy hawkers selling everything from colorful vegetables, to delicious middle eastern pastries flavored with cinnamon and honey. Mind your backs for the passing of the only transport-mule or donkey! The haunting sound of the call to prayer resonates over the traditional rooftops whilst skilled artisans noisily beat metal into pans and intricate metal-ware as they have for centuries. . Visit of the medieval Medina. You will also explore the famous souks where craftsmen still labor in the age-old oriental tradition. Lunch on your own. Continue sightseeing in the afternoon. Return to hotel and overnight.(4* hotel or Riad an a aristocratic house (B,B) 

Within the Medina, we will the following historical sites: 

Medersa Bou Inania: An (Islamic school) founded by Abu Inan Faris that is highly decorated from floor to ceiling. The medersa is one of the few religious places in Morocco that is accessible to non-Islamic tourists.

Kairaouine Mosque: Morocco’s second largest mosque was built by Fatima in 857. The Kairaouine Mosque became the home of the West's first university and the world's foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium.

University of Al-Karaouine: Founded in 859, this university is one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world and is considered the oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the world.

Medersa el Attarin: A (Koranic school) that was named for local spice merchants known as attar. Founded by Sultan Abou Saïd in the 14th century as a students' dormitory, it is attached to the Kairaouine Mosque. 

Zaouia Moulay Idriss II: A zaouia (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 from the end of the 19th century that houses admirable collections of traditional art from Fès.
Fes is not easily engaged To reach it, it is necessary to return by the main entrance, at once visible and veiled, of the sacred. Because Fes is a sanctuary. It is so moreover that soufis, these initiated of the Islam, always called her: Zaouïa. The traveler who came by far knew that by arriving near the city, it is to his founder and to his very patron saint that he asked for the hospitality. For him, Fes is the city of Moulay Idriss. Many of fassis still know by heart what the commentators report as being the words, during the inaugural prayer, during the saint: " Ô Dieu, You know that I did not build this city by vanity, by desire of fame or by pride. But I would want that you are liked there, that Your Book is Read to it and Your Law applied as long as will last the world. Ô Dieu, guide towards the good those who live there and helps to carry out him, veil for them the sword of the anarchy and the dissidence … " 
Day 5 : Fès - Marrakech (by highway 5h) (B)

Early wake up and breakfast, departure for Marrakesh arrival for check-in, time at your disposal and overnight. (B,B)

Optional international evening: dinner and show live music (50€/person)

Day 6 : Marrakech (B)

After the breakfast, guided visit of Marrakesh, an Unesco world Heritage, once an oasis on the caravan routes to the south, it became a natural centre of commerce and the capital city during medieval times. Wealth poured in from Moorish Spain and the city you see today was built. Surrounded by almost intact medieval walls little has changed and in the central square Jemaa el Fna is one of the world’s greatest spectacles. that is listed by UNESCO, as a Oral heritage of humanity. Here, especially atmospheric at dusk, street restaurants serve all kinds of delicacies with mouth-watering aromas filling the air, surrounded by what only can be described as a medieval circus. Storytellers recount tales of old, whilst fire-eaters and skilled acrobats entertain onlookers. Scribes write letters and open-air dentists and barbers industriously practice their trades. Have your shoes cleaned, watch snake-charmers and see herbalists dispensing mystical remedies. Musical troupes lithely move to the soulful heavy drumbeat which thuds hypnotically in the balmy warm of the Moroccan evening. This eclectic mix makes Marrakesh one of the most exciting and romantic places you will ever visit..

Visit the Bahia palace:

Is one of the outstanding Moroccan historical monuments that was built in the late nineteenth century. As most of the Arab-Andalusian palaces, it contains beautiful gardens and lovely patios, and has 150 rooms lavishly decorated. The construction of the palace was undertaken by the Moroccan architect El Mekki on behalf of the Grand Vizier Ba Ahmed ben Moussa called Ba  Hmad(former slave) (1841-1900) to house his four wives and 24 concubines.

Under the French protectorate, General Lyautey, settled in the palace.

The Badi palace

It was Raised by Ahmed al-Mansur, a replica of the Alhambra, and  made with the most precious materials from Italy (marble), Sudan (gold dust), India (porphyry) and even China (jade ). The Badi ,struck his contemporaries by his Koubba al zoujjaj his "glass dome" made  from translucent crystal. But all this disappeared,dismantled, by  Sultan Moulay Ismail 1695. This palace was reserved for the reception of ambassadors coming from Spain, England and the Ottoman Empire while considering the Saadian Morocco as a powerful force whose influence reached the borders of Niger and Mali ( large gold-producing region). Under the reign of the Saadian dynasty, Marrakesh found its role as point of contact between the Maghreb, the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan African world, through the caravan routes

Saadiens tombs:
The Saadian tombs in Marrakech are to be originated in the period of the great sultan Ahmad al-Mansur Saadi (1578-1603). These tombs were discovered in 1917, then restored by the Fine Arts Department. These tombs impress visitors with their beautiful decoration. The mausoleum houses the body of a sixty Saadiens, including Al-Mansour, his followers and his family. The building consists of three rooms. The mausoleum is the most prestigious room of twelve columns. This room houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour son. Its dome carved cedar wood, and stucco are finely crafted, the graves are  made from Carrara marble from Italy. This 
mausoleum is a beautiful example of Moorish decorative art. Outside, there are the graves of soldiers and servants, and a garden of the necropolis.

You will have the afternoon free to do whatever you please, whether it be shopping at the fabulous souks 
or simply relaxing by the poolside at your hotel. Lunch on your own
overnight 4* hotel.

Day 7 : Marrakesh or Casablanca (B)

After breakfast You will have the day free to do whatever you please, whether it be shopping at the fabulous souks or simply relaxing by the poolside at your hotel or make optional excursion. overnight in 4* hotel Or Departure to Casablanca, where you will spend the night. overnight at your 4* hotel. 

Day 8 : Transfer (B)

After breakfast, and according to flight hours, free time then transfer to the airport. Mohammed V in Casablanca or Marrakesh aeroport, Assistance for the registration formalities.

Inclusions

7 nights accommodation in 4*/3* hotel and charming Riad

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Local taxes

Dailly Breakfast

Local guides in Rabat, Fez, Meknes, Volubilis and Marrakesh

Entry/Admission - Hassan II Mosque

Entry/Admission - Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin)

Entry/Admission - Mausoleum of Mohammad V

Entry/Admission - Dar Batha Museum

Entry/Admission - Al-Attarine Madrasa

Entry/Admission - Bou Inania Medersa

Entry/Admission - Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II

Exclusions

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Drinks

Lunch

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not wheelchair accessible

Adult pricing applies to all travellers

Minimum drinking age is 18 years

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate