MOROCCO - IMPERIAL CITIES
Cultural tour of Morocco

Experience Morocco, a potent mix of Europe and Africa offering sweeping deserts, stunning mountain ranges and a rich history and culture. Our 8-day tour gives us the opportunity to see the famous maze-like medinas of Fez and Marrakesh, explore the country’s best-preserved archaeological site at Volubilis, meet the people of traditional Berber villages, and much more.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Archaeological Site of Volubilis (1997) 4. Medina of Marrakesh (1985)
2. Historic City of Meknes (1996) 5. Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage (2012)
3. Medina of Fez (1981)    

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 12 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Casablanca
(D)
Day 02: Casablanca/Rabat/Fez (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 03: Fez
(B, D)
Day 04: Fez/Volubilis/Meknes/Fez (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Fez/Beni Mallal/Marrakesh (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 06: Marrakesh
(B, D)
Day 07: Marrakesh
(B, D)
Day 08: Marrakesh/Depart Casablanca (Drive)
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Casablanca

Merhaba!  We arrive in Casablanca at the Mohamed V Airport and are warmly welcomed before being transferred to the hotel. Check in time is from 1500 hrs.

Overnight: Kenzi Basma Hotel, Casablanca (1 night) (D)

Day 02: Casablanca/Rabat/Fez (Drive)

After breakfast, start our tour of Casablanca with an exploration of the city. Admire the beautiful Mauresque buildings, which meld French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style. Then, get into the local swing of things by visiting the Quartier Habous. We then move to the beachside suburb of Ain Diab and see Hassan II mosque (supplementary charge for inside visit). Transfer to Rabat*, Morocco’s charming political and administrative capital. Here we embark on a brief sightseeing excursion, exploring the Oudaya Kasbah, Mohammed V Mausoleum and Hassan Tower. We then continue to Fez for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: L’Escale Hotel, Fez (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 03: Fez

Following our morning meal, we dedicate the whole day to a tour of Fez* with a local guide. Fez offers an ancient history that beguiles visitors and has attracted scholars and artisans for a thousand years. It is also considered the capital of gastronomy in Morocco. We will walk through the seemingly blind alleys by foot, exploring squares with exquisite fountains and streets bursting with aromatic food stands. Rooftops unveil a sea of minarets, while stooped doorways reveal the workshops of tireless artisans. We take time to visit Jamaa Al-Karaouine, the world’s first established university, and the Medersa Bouanania. We also explore the largest and oldest medina in Morocco, including tanneries, clay workshops, artisan quarters and souks. (B, D)

Day 04: Fez/Volubilis/Meknes/Fez (Drive)

After breakfast, depart for the whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, one of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites. Next, we venture to the city of Volubilis*, the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. These ruins were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Their most amazing feature is the many beautiful mosaics preserved in situ. The third stop of the day is Meknes*, an imperial city and one-time home of the Moroccan kingdom founded by Mouly Ismail. The king's tomb, the magnificent Bab el-Mansour, Pl el-Hedim, sits at the heart of what remains of the original imperial city.  Return to Fez for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 05: Fez/Beni Mallal/Marrakesh (Drive)

Today, we make our way to Marrakesh. Journey towards the Middle Atlas Mountains through Imouzzer, then Azrou, an authentic Berber village where the locals still live and work like their ancestors. Next, stop in Ifrane to enjoy the flower-lined paths and the French-style architecture of this quaint ski resort. If we’re lucky, we may see Barbary apes leaping from the higher branches of the cedar forest as we drive. We then reach the limestone area of the Middle Atlas, continuing south-west towards Beni Mellal for a lunch break (at own account) before heading west to Marrakesh for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Le Kech Hotel, Marrakesh (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 06: Marrakesh

An exciting day ahead as we enjoy a full-day guided tour of the powder-pink city of Marrakesh. Our focus is on the medina*, Marrakesh's show-stopping mix of crowded souks (markets). The main artery into this mazy muddle is the vast square of Djemaa El Fna, where it's carnival night every night. Stroll between snail vendors, soothsayers, acrobats, conjurers, musicians and slapstick acting troupes to discover the old city's frenetic pulse. On our exploration through the city, we will discover Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said, where we will see incredible tile work and intricate floral painted-wood ceilings. We will also explore the Saadian Tombs, enriched by an opulent bounty of marble, the Ben Youssef Medersa and the Koutoubia minaret. We end our adventure with visits to the old Jewish district of the mellahto, the Lazama Synagogue and the Miaâra Jewish cemetery.  Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Marrakesh. (B, D)

Day 07: Marrakesh

Day free to explore vibrant Marrakesh and its many attractions. (B, D)

Day 08: Marrakesh/Depart Casablanca (Drive)

Morning drive back to Casablanca for our departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2019

Low season: Jan 19; Feb 16; Jun 01 & 15; Jul 06
High season: Mar 02 & 16; Apr 06 & 20; May 04 & 18; Jul 20; Aug 03 & 17; Sep 07 & 21; Oct 19

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Low Season US$ 1270 • CA$ 1651 US$ 345 • CA$ 449
High Season US$ 1460 • CA$ 1898 US$ 345 • CA$ 449
Possible upgrade surcharges to 5-star hotels like Kenzi Tower Hotel in Casablanca, Les Merinides Hotel in Fez and Palm Plaza Hotel in Marrakesh
Low Season US$ 1560 • CA$ 2028 US$ 365 • CA$ 475
High Season US$ 1695 • CA$ 2204 US$ 365 • CA$ 475


Notes

The tour operates with local English speaking tour guides in each city. On group size 5 and above we include a national guide.  Please contact us should you require a more in-depth program of Morocco.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 14 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of a local English speaking driver/guide plus local guides in Fez, Volubilis & Marrakesh
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1800

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1700

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1500

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum tour size of 12 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.