Depart on a seven day journey through all of Morocco’s Imperial cities, which have all held the title of capital at some point in history. Re-live the glory of these cities, with visits in between to Fes, Casablanca, Marrakech and Rabat on this unforgettable journey from Costa del Sol.
The oldest former capital is Fes, which was established in the ninth century under Sultan Idriss II. After the fall of his dynasty, Marrakech became the capital under the Almoravides, but Fes regained status as capital twice since under different rulers. In the 12th century under Almohad control, Rabat was built and became the capital before being replaced by Meknes during the rule of Morocco's notorious sultan Moulay Ismael. Rabat again became capital under the French protectorate, and has since retained the title after Morocco’s independence.
**Tours will be multilingual
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive along the picturesque tourist route of Costa del Sol, arrive Algeciras or Tarifa where a ferry boat will be used for a short and interesting crossing of the strait of Gibraltar towards Africa. Arrival to Morocco, disembark, clear customs and continue on by bus via Larache to Fez, the most monumental one of the Imperial Cities, its University of “Karaouyne” is the largest Islamic sanctuary in Morocco, ancient theological schools, etc. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning city tour of the most ancient and monumental of the Imperial Cities visiting the most interesting points: the 7 gates of the Royal Palace, Jewish Quarters or Mellah, gate of Bab Bou Jelous and walking tour of the “Medina” (Old City), declared World Heritage Site. Afternoon free. Dinner and accommodation at hotel. Optional dinner with show.
After breakfast at the hotel drive towards the ancient city of Meknes, old walled (40 Kms.) imperial city located in the heart of the Mid Atlas. Panoramic tour; admire the great Bab Al Mansour Gate, Morocco’s most beautiful gate and the most well known monument in town. Continue driving southwards through the Mid-Atlas mountains to Marrakeck, Capital of the South, which is located within an extensive oasis between the Atlas Mountains and the pre-desertic area. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. City sightseeing, including the Koutoubia Tower, twin tower of the Giralda in Seville, Saadines Tombs and Bay Palace. In the afternoon walk around the medina, souks and the magic Jma El Fna Square, which is packed with fortune tellers, snake tamers, acrobats, dancers, all making the centre of the city an open air theatre that requires the participance of the audience. Don’t forget your camera. Back to the hotel, free time. Dinner and accommodation at hotel. Optional dinner with show at “Fantasia Chez Ali”.
After breakfast departure northwards via Benguerir and Settat to Casablanca, current industrial and economic capital and the most populated city housing a 10% of the country population. Panoramic tour through the most interesting sections of the city, Anfa boulevard, Nations square, residential areas and visit from the outside of the Hassan II grand mosque. Afternoon departure to Rabat, diplomatic and administrative capital, official residence of the King Mohamed VI. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour visiting the important sights as the Royal Palace from outside, Mohamed V Mausoleum, the unfinished Hassan Tower which are important examples of the Almohade architecture. In the afternoon, via Larache, we will head for Tangier, cosmopolitan city that has always been pretended due to its strategic location, at the main gate of Europe and Africa. Short panoramic tour. Time at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the pier and board the ferry to return across the strait of Gibraltar back to Spain. Drive towards the Costa del Sol and your tour ends.
When is the best time for traveling to Morocco?
Coastal Morocco cities experience a mild Mediterranean climate year-round, which becomes more extreme as you travel towards the interior. Nights can be extremely chilly, so please prepare your packing list accordingly. Inland in the high Atlas Mountains the weather and climate are influenced by altitude, where the higher you ascend the colder it will be, and some areas are snow-covered well into summer. Inland at lower levels the summers are very hot, while in winter and spring winds blowing off the mountains can cause some very chilly days.
What are the passport/visa requirements?
Please ensure that you have several blank pages in your passport and that it retains its validity for at least 6 months after your departure. Please check the visa requirements with your local embassy.
What kind of cuisine is served?
The cuisine of Morocco is varied, and the breakfasts and dinners served at the hotels are buffet-style international cuisine. Your guide may recommend good restaurants for enjoying lunch (not included in the tour cost) in each city that you visit. Some traditional local cuisine that you may enjoy includes Harira (meat based soup made with chickpeas and coriander), Pastilla (a sweet and savory main-course pie filled with vegetables and nuts), Tagine (chicken or lamb cooked with vegetables and dried fruits), Mechoui (roasted lamb), Briouat (tube-shaped pastries filled with meat or rice) and Corne de gazelle (tiny croissant-like pastries stuffed with almonds, nuts and honey).
If I have a specific diet restriction or preference, will you be able to accommodate my request?
All efforts are made to accommodate reasonable diet preferences. We communicate the requests to the hotels where you would be eating and your request should generally be honored and ready. However, it is always better to re-coordinate the requirements with our escort / attendant who will be able to ensure the establishments know about your requirements. We also request you to re-inform the establishment about your requirement at the time you go for meals to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.
Is the water safe to drink?
We recommend that you drink bottled water, which is provided for an additional charge at the hotels and restaurants.
What types of vehicles are utilized?
All vehicles are modern and air-conditioned. Depending on the group size, the vehicle may be a Ford Mini Bus, Mercedes Sprinter or similar.
Are any of the monuments closed on certain days?
During Ramadan, many of the sights close an hour early, but everything else operates as per the usual. Museums are closed on Tuesdays. All other monuments in Morocco are open for visits from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. Many mosques, such as Zaouia Moulay Idriss in Fes, only permit entrance to Muslims. Places open to non-Muslims include the Moulay Ismael Mausoleum in Meknes, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V in Rabat, and the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca (additional fee of 15 Euro).
Will there be internet access at the hotels?
Yes, most of the hotels utilized have internet access available for an additional fee.
Will there be opportunities for shopping?
Yes. The best locations for shopping are the souks (markets) inside the old medinas, the largest of which are in Marrakech and Fes. Look out for beautiful mosaics, carpets and ceramics, particularly in Fes, where the traditional blue and white pottery is made. The practice of bargaining is to politely decline the first price quoted, and offer around half as much; and then move back and forth towards a compromise figure of around two-thirds the original quote. The vendors know that western tourists believe this, which is why they come up with an opening figure much higher than a reasonable price. For any expensive purchases such as carpets, shop around to establish the price range, but do not begin to haggle unless you are serious about buying.
What currency is used? Can I pay by credit card?
The local currency is the Dirham (MAD), and currency exchange facilities are readily available in the larger towns visited, in hotels, airports and banks. Major credit cards are often accepted as well; however traveler’s checks are not widely used.
Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
Yes, overall, the people of Morocco are extremely friendly. As a precaution when traveling in any large city, carry your passport and other important documents with you at all times and do not leave your baggage unattended.
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