Cultural Basecamp

Morocco Imperial Cities Itinerary

Casablanca, Morocco

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Prices From: $2,800 per person

From the arid Sahara Desert to the beach resorts along the western coast, Morocco is a slide show of constantly shifting panoramas, landscapes and cityscapes. Our tours mostly depart from the international gateways of Marrakesh and Casablanca. These culturally significant cities serve as launchpads into the empty beauty of the Sahara Desert and the majestic grace of the High Atlas Mountains.

The imperial cities of Fez and Marrakech, along with the coastal destination of Casablanca are beacons of civilization in the vastness, and are themselves a maze of streets, alleys and souks where one will certainly get lost if that is their goal.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Casablanca Arrival

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your overnight accommodations.

Approximate Travel Time = 1 hour

Overnight: Barcelo Casablanca

Day 2 - Casablanca - Meknes - Volubilis - Fez

Today, you will be taken to Fez, one of Morocco's impressive Imperial Cities. Along the way you can stop in Meknes, one of Morocco's lesser-visited Imperial Cities. Located here is one of Morocco's most impressive gateways, Bab Mansour. Thirty minutes away from Meknes are the Roman Ruins of Volubilis and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss, which sits perched overlooking the ruins. You'll arrive to Fez in the later afternoon.

Approximate Travel Time = 4 hours

Overnight: Riad Salama (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Fez Private Tour

In Fez, you will be able to explore the UNESCO protected Fez Medina with a private guide. Due to well over 9,000 streets and alleyways in the city, which can be confusing, your guide will take you to the most special parts, including the Fondouk Nejjarine, the tanneries and the various craft souks. The tour lasts from 9:30 until 5:30. Lunch is included today on the tour.

Overnight: Riad Salama (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 4 - Fez - Rabat

Leave Fez today at your convenience and head to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. You will be visiting the Oudayas Kasbah, Hassan Tower & Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the Chellah Gardens & Necropolis. You will be spending the night in a lovely riad (traditional Moroccan home) inside the Rabat medina and sampling some excellent Moroccan food for dinner!

Approximate Travel Time = 3 hours

Overnight: Riad Kalaa (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Rabat - Marrakech

This morning, you'll travel to Marrakesh. You'll have the afternoon free to explore some sites in the city on your own. Don't forget, the Jma el Fna square comes alive at dusk and into the night with storytellers, musicians, acrobats, snake charmers and more. This is a must-see!

Approximate Travel Time = 4 hours

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Marrakech Private Tour

In Marrakesh, today will be devoted to a private guided visit of the Marrakech Medina. You can explore the Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, Ali Ben Youssef Koranic School, and walk through the various souks.

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 7 - Marrakech - El Jadida

This morning you can do any last minute shopping or sightseeing before heading to El Jadida for the night. El Jadida, with its long beaches and a more relaxed atmosphere, makes a welcome relief to the hustle-and-bustle of the larger cities inland.

Approximate Travel Time = 2.5 hours

Overnight: Dar Al Manar (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Casablanca Departure

You will be departing Morocco from Casablanca (CMN) today. We hope you have had a wonderful journey!

Accommodation Information

Barcelo Casablanca

The Barceló Casablanca is a hotel located right in the middle of Morocco ’s economic and financial capital. It is an ideal option both for your working meetings and for your pleasure trips. With its extensive culinary selection, its 5 meeting rooms and its professional staff, every last detail will be attended to in order to make any event a real success.

The hotel boasts modern rooms with a fully equipped bathroom with a shower, a hair dryer, a magnifying and anti fog mirror, air conditioning, a free Internet connection, Ethernet and wireless Internet access, satellite TV, a telephone in the bedroom and in the bathroom, a minibar, a safe and 24-hour room service.

Riad Salama

This Riad was built at the beginning of the last century by Mohammed Chergui, aristocrat of that period. Due to its location, in between the two mains street of the Médina, the Riad Salama is really a small enchanting oasis.

It has a beautiful open mosaic courtyard - different from traditional riads, with a small pool and a lovely seated area with lots of natural shade. With two regular rooms, two luxury rooms and two suites it's never going to be crowded and can be a real sun trap in the afternoon. Tasteful stained glass windows provide character, and each of its rooms features a balcony or patio with a view over the garden, traditional Moroccan décor, lots of light, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and amenities.

Riad Kalaa

The Kalaa is a Kasbah from the Almoravide dynasty built by the Emir Ben Tachfine on the banks of the Bouregreg river. It was constructed in 1140 AD for protection against enemy forces. A recent archeological dig near the Oudayas excavated sections of the original Kasbah. Constructed in 1815, in the heart of the medina ramparts, only a few steps from the ocean, the Riad Kalaa has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisanal workmanship traditional to Morocco.

The Riad is unusually large with 11 rooms and suites, all en suite with central heating, Wifi and a safe-deposit box. Some of the rooms have an open fire. The architecture of the Riad is quite unique, with nooks and crannies, terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring an intimate, harmonious and restful ambiance for all guests.

Riad Snan 13

Riad Snan 13 is a relaxing space where charm and essence run into the city's bubbly downtown area. Our riad offers you one Grand Suite and five double bedrooms, all of them with their own unique and special character, decorated with the uttermost care and attention to detail. A patio with a swimming pool. A dining area. Two chill-out areas to help you relax and panoramic terrace with incredible views.

Dar Al Manar

Between ocean and forest, Dar Al Manar is hosts' house which will seduce the amateurs of silence and authenticity. Seduced by the site of the ancient lighthouse Sidi Msbah still in service, Fatima and Pascal chose this frame to build their family house: a sober and sophisticated haven of peace surrounded with an one, a half hectare and standing garden of olive trees, with erythrina, with lantanas, with mimosas and with laurels.

Location

Region: Africa - North, West and Central

Address:
Casablanca
Morocco

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodation as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • All other meals as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature