Nine Days In The Imperial Cities
Trek Length:
9 days
Trek Cost:
from €700
Trek Grading:
easy
When To Go?:
all year round
Hassan Amzil runs Trek in Atlas. Hassan and his team will be in charge of your adventure. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with Hassan via email here.

Overview
Join us for a journey through Casablanca and discover the majestic Hassan II mosque and pay a royal visit to Rabat, Morocco’s current capital. Take a voyage with us here at Trek In Atlas and we can guarantee that you will never have a dull moment…

Note: It is possible to start the tour from Marrakech if needed or to make it an 8 day tour instead of a 9 day tour… please get in touch to customize your Imperial Cities adventure.

Day 1

Casablanca Airport

When you arrive in Casablanca Airport, your local tour guide will meet you and then escort you to your hotel (depending on time of arrival). You can have your dinner and then rest for the night.

If you arrive early in the morning and you wish to begin straight away then start at Day 2, below.

Day 2

Casablanca – Rabat

After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll have a short city tour of Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco; Casablanca is the heart of commerce and industry and you will get to visit Hassan II mosque built alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Later we will depart for Rabat, with a stop for lunch on the way and a sightseeing tour of the administrative capital of Morocco. We will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque begun by The Almohad ruler, Yaacoub al-Mansour. You may also visit The Kasbah des Oudaias, white houses with blue painted parapets located near to the Atlantic coast.

Finally, we will have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Rabat – Meknes – Fes

Today After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Meknes and then on to the nearby city of Fes. Meknes is the third Imperial city of Morocco (with its famous door!) and it is known as “The Versailles of Morocco”. You will have the chance to explore the Bab El Mansour, which has some of the most beautiful gateway architecture imaginable.

We’ll continue our tour by paying a visit to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail before we stop for lunch. After our delicious food, we can visit the Old and New Medinas (markets). You will also have the opportunity to visit the village of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun which is a place of pilgrimage for many Moroccans. Afterward, we will head over to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. And finally, we will drive you to Fes, where you can enjoy your evening with a traditional Moroccan dinner.

You will stay overnight in a riad or a hotel.

Day 4

Fes

After breakfast, we’ll have a sightseeing tour to explore the Royal city of Fès. The morning will be spent visiting the medieval Medina (old city) with its ramparts and narrow streets that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. You will see the 16th Century Merinid Tombs Ruins. You will visit the Bouanania and the Attarine Medersas constructed in the early 14th century by the Merinides, the Karaouine Mosque (the ancient educational centre of Islamic learning), and the Nejjarine Marble Fountain. We will have our lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant.

Continuing our tour, we’ll go to take a look at the decorated gate of Bab Boujeloud, explore the medieval tanneries and enjoy some time at the Royal Palace. We should still have time to visit the souks (local markets) where merchants and craftsmen sell their hand-made jewelry, leather goods, copperware and pottery.

At the end of the day, we’ll take our dinner back at the hotel.

Day 5

Fes – Ifran – Azrou – Beni Mellal – Ouzoud Waterfalls – Marrakech

This morning, we will e departing for Marrakech (“The Pearl Of The South”) through the Middle Atlasvia Ifran, Azrou and Beni Mellal. In Ifran, known as “The Moroccan Switzerland”, we will make a stop to see the famous stone lion before we continue on our way to Azrou. Later on, you will have the chance to view the Old Tree (800 years old and named Cedre Gouraud) and meet the monkeys in the cedar forest. From here we’ll cross Azrou, a Berber town known for its green tiled roofs. Eventually, we will reach Beni Mellal where we can eat our lunch.

After eating, we’ll continue our drive, and we’ll have the chance to visit the impressive Ouzoud Waterfalls. After the Falls, we’ll arrive in Marrakech where you can enjoy your evening meal and spend the night in a riad or hotel.

Day 6

Marrakech

Today will be devoted to sightseeing in Marrakech, Morocco’s imperial city of the South. We will visit the Koutoubia Mosque with its impressive tower and the Majorelle Garden; a botanical garden with its varied plants. There is also the 16th century Saadian Tombs, decorated in colourful mosaic tiles and the 19th century Bahia Palace with its beautiful eastern architecture. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will have time to explore the wonderful souks and the narrow alleys around the Djemâa El-Fna Square. In the evening, there will be snake charmers, singers, acrobats, dancers, narrators, story-tellers and more… After a colourful evening, you will have chance to enjoy your dinner and fall sleep at your hotel or riad.

Day 7

Marrakech – Essaouira

This morning after breakfast, we will leave Marrakech and travel toward Essaouira. On the way, we can visit an Argan factory run by women and learn about the process of making Argan oil. When we get to the coastal tourist town of Essaouira, we can enjoy a fresh seafood lunch in the medina. The afternoon can be spent at your leisure, for exmaple you may want to undertake a personal exploration of the area or you can swim and relax on the beach.

In the evening, you can enjoy a meal and spend the night in a riad or hotel.

Day 8

Essaouira – Safi – Oualidia – El Jadida – Casablanca

Today we will leave Essaouira and journey to Casablanca (“the commercial centre of Morocco”) via the coastal road to get the most out of the Atlantic views. We will pass by Safi and then on to the wonderful Oualida where we can enjoy delicious seafood. After lunch we’ll continue to Casablanca, passing by El Jadida; an old medina that was established in 1513 by the Portuguese.

It will be early evening when we arrive in Casablanca. There will be time to enjoy a meal and to get some rest in your riad or hotel.

Day 9

Casablanca

After breakfast at hotel, its time to transfer to the airport depending on your flight departure time.

Included

Transport from and back to Marrakech, a guide during your trip, accommodation/Hotel, and all of your meals.

NOT Included

Flights, beverages, tickets, tips and personal expenses, walking equipment (available to hire upon request).

Notes

The price will vary according to whether it is high season or low season, the number of participants, the age of participants, special offers, changes to the length of the trek and changes to the length of transportation.

Please contact us for further information on up and coming departures.