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Imperial Cities of Morocco


Tour Length: 8 days / 7 nights

Casablanca | Fes | Marrakech |
8 Days – Morocco

Daily departures by private vehicle and English speaking driver guide.
Land from $2,795 per person

Imperial Cities Tour Itinerary


Upon arrival in Casablanca, proceed through customs and immigration formalities. You will be met and assisted by our Great Safaris representative and transferred in a private vehicle to your hotel.

Optional for early arrivals in Casablanca: discover Morocco’s largest city and economic capital, Casablanca, the best representation of the modern nation.Highlights include the old French quarter of Habous with its beaches lapped by green-blue water. During your tour, you’ll visit the Hassan II Grand Mosque 


After breakfast, depart towards Rabat visiting its most famous site, the 12th century Hassan Tower. Located alongside is the mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V and visit the Oudaya Kasbah overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world, and within its walls you’ll explore a delightful Moroccan garden. Continue overland to Fez for dinner and overnight.


Today you take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit one of the most imperial, timeless and untouched cities in the world – Fes El Bali (Old Fes) – the cultural heart of Morocco. You explore some of the 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks (open air markets) that make-up the labyrinth of the city’s old quarter, originally founded in the 8th century AD.

The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart still remains the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still functioning universities in the world. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Mederasa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th century. The visit also includes the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain an elaborate tile-work mosaics, the nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts. You also visit Fes El Jedid (New Fes), built by the Merinide Dynasty in the 13th century. Here you see the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (Koranic schools), souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fes El Jedid is home to the mellah (Jewish quarter), which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture.


Visit the ancient Roman city of Volubilis and explore its stunning ruins. Impressive stone arches and columns. Explore the whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss in a cradle of mountains, then off to the Imperial city of Meknes, the one-time home of the Moroccan sultanate with its all-winding narrow streets in the medina and grand buildings that warrant it as an imperial city. The king’s tomb sits at the heart of what remains of the original imperial city, flanked by the magnificent Bab el-Mansour. Drive back to Fes.


Drive to the high alpine region of Ifrane, filled with cedar and oak forests, and home to the world’s largest population of Barbary macaques, hundreds of animals and birds and the oldest tree in Morocco’s Middle Atlas, the 130-foot Gouraud’s Cedar. The largest cedar forest in the world is found in this park, and several lakes or Dayats abound in the nearby areas. The Lion of Ifrane sits majestically in the city center and is certainly one of the most photographed sites of the region. Continue to Marrakech for dinner and overnight.


Unearth the secrets of Marrakech, beginning in the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This thousand-year-old city was long a political, economic and cultural center. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Continue to the Bahia Palace, Tiskiwin Museum, Djemaa el-Fna and Marrakech’s main square where you will find vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn.


Your day starts an hour before sunrise for a 40 minute drive into the countryside for a sunrise hot air balloon ride. After depending from a 1 hour aerial adventure, you are treated to a typical Berber breakfast.  Return to your hotel in the late morning.

The afternoon is at leisure.


After breakfast, you will be transferred to Casablanca airport for your return flight home.

Radisson Blu Marrakech Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech Carré Eden is located just minutes from the historic district. 

The rooms feature a soothing, contemporary style pairing neutral tines and natural materials with vibrant splashes of color.  Each accommodation provides thoughtful amenities like free high-speed wireless internet, a large-screen plasma television, and separate bathrooms with rain shower and hair dryer. Other modern conveniences include air conditioning, a safe and in-room espresso machine.

At Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech Carré Eden you will find a fitness center, outdoor pool, lounge, bar and restaurant. Treat your taste buds to authentic Moroccan cuisine and international dishes at Lila Restayrant,. bringing you delectable dishes that engage all your senses. Gather around the communal table for a delicious meal, or sip a drink beside the fireplace or in the trendy lounge.


The hotel offers immediate access to numerous popular and upscale stores at the Carré Eden Shopping Center. Take a 10-minute walk to the chic L’Hivernage quarter, where you can enjoy some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars or try your luck at a casino. Several lovely gardens and the historic sites of the medina and Koutoubia Mosque are also just a stroll away. 

Riad Salam Fes

A guest house located in a quiet corner of the Medina of Fez, this beautifully restored residence features 38 sumptuous suites and 2 bedrooms, all showcasing the work of Fez artisans. Riad Salam is arguably the most romantic Riad in Fez, with its carved cedar wood ceilings, chiseled copper chandeliers, intricate mosaic and plaster floors. Riad Salam Fes has spacious rooms with air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, free Wi-Fi, and terrace. The headboard of the bed is hard-carved cedar wood and the chandelier is chiseled copper. The ensuite facilities also includes a hairdryer and separate dressing room.


In the heart of an imperial city renowned for its gastronomy , Riad Salam Fes’s offers you one of the most refined tables in the city. In the great tradition of Fassi cuisine, Restaurant Riad Salam Fess’s offers a selection of the most authentic dishes. You can also taste a selection of teas and drinks on the terrace.

Riad Salam offers you a panoramic view of the medina of Fez and the Atlas Mountains. For moments of rest and relaxation, Riad Salam offers its clients a private spa experience, with authentic hammam and relaxing massages.

Gray Boutique Hotel

If you’re looking for a charming hotel in Casablanca, look no further than Gray Boutique Hotel. Located within Triangle d’Or, a new upscale neighborhood of Casablanca, this luxury hotel is an undeniable part of this ultra-chic urban sphere. Beyond the elegance of its architecture, the hotel & spa indulges all senses with wood, marble and high-tech comfort facilities. The 42 soundproof all-suite guestrooms offer a flat screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, ipod docks, dvd and cd player and a minibar and guests can go online with free Wi-Fi. The en-suite facilities include hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers.

Le Gray restaurant offers you a varied menu in a discreet and refined atmosphere, offering a wide range of skillfully prepared local and international specialties. Whether you are organizing a business lunch or a romantic dinner le Gray restaurant with its chic and comfortable decor will seduce you.  The Tea House is ideal after a long day’s work or shopping in the select triangle d’or district. Enjoy a relaxing break while listening to soft or lively music. 

The Gray Boutique Hotel Spa promises you a wonderful journey that will awaken all your senses. our luxurious gray spa offers you authentic and high quality rituals from the five continents including facial and body treatments and massage featuring a selection of organic and natural products.  Or, if you find yourself with an abundance of energy to burn, Gray Fitness Club houses a comprehensive range of high-tech equipment.