Discover our 8 days (7 nights) Imperial cities tour, one of the most complete cultural tours that starts and ends at Casablanca. This private Morocco tour will take you to visit Volubilis roman ruins , fes, Marrakech, Rabat and the spectacular Ouzoud waterfalls.
Although this specific tour starts and ends in Casablanca, if you want you can easily choose other cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, Tangier or Ouarzazate to start or finish our Morocco Imperial cities and desert tours.
Send us your preferences and we will prepare a personalized itinerary to make it possible, even if you want to extend it with a night in Sahara desert in a luxury camp.
Day 1: Casablanca
Arrival at Casablanca airport, transfer to your Hotel or riad. Depending on the time of your arrival.
Casablanca is a big city with huge contrasts. This historic and yet cosmopolitan city and port, is the financial, industrial, and commercial hub of Morocco. It is the largest city in our country, with a population of around 7 million. A nice place to start this Morocco imperial cities tour.
We might go straight to visit the Mosque Hassan II (the fifth largest Mosque in the world) that dominates the city skyline. It lies on 2 ha promontory looking out over Atlantic Ocean, most notably it has the tallest minaret on the planet, which stands 210 meters high. Non-Muslims are allowed entry only as part of a guided tour, After the visit you will overnight in a nice hotel at Casablanca.
Day 2: Casablanca-Meknes
After a delicious breakfast, heading towards Meknès, through the city of Rabat (the current capital of Morocco), visit the Hssan Tower, Kasbah Oudaya, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II, you might have a self walk around and have lunch somewhere, or we can get a stop on the way, in one of the Moroccan’s restaurants that serving traditional food, including Moroccan salads, Tagines, couscous and grilled tasty meat so we sure you will really enjoy it.
Once we reach the city of Meknès, the first thing that must be done before all, is to explore the medina starting by a stop in front of the huge gate of Bab Mansour: one of the finest ornamented gates in Morocco, and it is a glorious example of 18th century architecture. We will take some pictures, then we get into the medina, to learn more about this beautiful city, by visiting: Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and the granary (Herri el Souani). Overnight in a typical moroccan Riad .
Known as the “Versailles of Morocco”, the beautiful city of Meknès is home to extravagant palaces, terraced parks, and decorated mosques that overlook the surrounding countryside. It stands in a landscape of outstanding natural and historic beauty that includes the Middle Atlas Mountains and the Roman city of Volubilis, declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 3: Meknes-Volubilis-Fes
After breakfast, meet your driver, and say good bye to Meknès, towards the city of Fes, and get ready for the next scenery, starting by the picturesque of the Roman ruins of Volubilis. A guided visit including.
The ancient city of Volubilis lies a few kilometers North of Meknès on a plateau in the foothills of the Zerhoun Mountains. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Morocco. As a result, Volubilis was declared a UNESCO world heritage site for its historical interest in 1997. From here, we will drive straight to Fès and overnight in a Hotel or Riad there.
Day 4: Fes-guided city tour
9:00 am: Appointment with your guide, at the reception of your hotel that will gives you, a short briefing before beginning the city tour.
Your visit will start by car, with your driver, to explore the outside of the medina: The first, must be the fascinating panoramic view overlooking Fe’s old town (Fès el Bali), then you will see the brilliant cobalt-blue pottery that has been made in Fès since the 11th century.
Craftsmen still make it by hand in workshops, turning pots on a traditional potter’s wheel as has been the practice for centuries.
As you wander around the city, your guide will lead you on a walk and dive into the medina in order to discover its hidden secrets.
At the end of your guided visit, your driver may take you to the new city (Fès jdid), where big Hotels, chic Restaurants, big Supermarkets and Boutiques are sit. End of the day, return to your Hotel.
Day 5: Fes-Ouzoud (waterfalls)
8:00 am,after breakfast, we will drive for around 330 km via Ouzoud(waterfalls), through the city of Ifrane which has one of the coldest climates in Morocco, with regular heavy snowfall making its slopes a magnet for skiers in the winter months, it often called: the Moroccan Switzerland.
Continue driving and crossing the cities of:(Azrou, khenifra, beni Mellal), the landscape is truly unique so you will enjoy the beautiful Middle Atlas Mountains with its green plains, large fields of olive trees.
After crossing the town of Beni Mellal, the road leads us to dominate a great view over the artificial lake of Bin el Ouidane (which means: between rivers) and after that, we will drive straight to the waterfalls, through the city of Azilal, overnight in a hotel or riad.
Day 6: Ouzoud waterfalls – Marrakech
After breakfast, at 10:00 am, you will meet your guide which is going to lead you for a hike around the waterfalls, which includes three levels of rock where water falls from a height of about 110 m in a lake, sending a fine spray that fills the air and creates a rainbow effect almost permanent.
It is a few steps from the village at the foot of the falls along a pleasantly shady olive grove.
The hike to the top of the fall, however, is a litle more difficult, but you will be rewarded with a panoramic view, and possibly even an observation of a rare Barbary macaques living locally. It is possible to have more time here, if you wanted a swim. Surely, there are restaurants where you can enjoy Moroccan cuisine.
Next, meet your driver, then heading straight to Marrakech(150 km), overnight in a hotel or riad.
Day 7: Marrakech, Full guided city tour
9:30 am: Meet your guide, get on the car and begin your visit by seeing the Koutoubia Mosque, visiting the Saadian Tombs and Bahia palace.
after that dive into the medina to discover its numerous secrets, including its huge maze of souks, breathtaking imperial architecture, and absorbing the atmosphere at djemaa el Fna: one of the world’s largest and busiest squares.
Complete your city tour by visiting the Majorelle Gardens (optional visit), then back to your hotel around 3:00 pm.
Day 8: Marrakech to Casablanca airport
Pick up from your hotel, transfer directly to Casablanca airport through the highway, depending on the time of your flight, and end of this Morocco Imperial cities tour.
What to pack?
• Sunglasses, Sun cream and Hat in spring and summer.
• Camera-phone charger.
• Warm cloths in winter months
√ Transportation in a private 4WD vehicle with A/C, Fuel.
√ An English speaking driver.
√ Meknès: 1 night, accommodation in a Riad (hb), and guided city tour.
√ Volubilis: Guided visit.
√ Fès: 2 nights, accommodation in a Hotel or Riad (hb), and guided city tour.
√ Casablanca: 1 night stay in a Hotel (bb).
√ Ouzoud waterfalls: 1 night stay in Riad.
√ Marrakech: 2 nights, accommodation in a hotel or Riad (hb), guided city tour, entrances fees to the monuments including: Saadian Tombs, and Bahia Palace.
Χ Lunches and drinks.
Χ Entrance fees to the Majorelle gardens.
If the itinerary of this imperial cities tour does not suit your interests, or you are looking for something else, do not hesitate to contact us, we can offer customized Morocco Imperial cities and desert tours, to spend one or two nights in a Sahara desert camp with activities as camel trek our 4×4 tour.