Ancient Empires - 8 Days

Overview

Starting at the airport in Marrakech and ending at the airport in Fez, this easy-paced 8-day, 7-night tour covers the Imperial Cities of Morocco. It’s a perfect mix of guided tour and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights

  • 3 nights in Marrakech
  • 4 nights in Fez
  • Volubilis and Meknes
  • Casablanca and Rabat

Itinerary

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Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll be met at the Marrakech airport and transferred the Riad Azoulay. Nestled deep in the heart of the Medina (old city) and then have the rest of the evening to get acquainted with Marrakech. As the sun sets, Marrakech comes alive at the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Rows upon rows of vendors fill the square with an otherwordly haze of their cook fires, offering every flavor of Morocco set to the sounds of musicians and the shrill drone of the snake charmers’ flutes. As you walk the rows you’ll encounter wave upon wave of aggressively helpful cooks and servers touting their meals.

After dinner, the square is the center for musicians, acrobats, storytellers, and strongmen delighting the crowd for tips. When you can no longer withstand the energy of the Jemaa, head back to your riad for the night.

Day 2 :
Marrakech

Today Marrakech awaits! Enjoy a calm breakfast at the riad before your guide meets you for a private 4 hour guided tour of Marrakech (with admissions included).

The world comes to Marrakech, filling the narrow streets with a symphony of sounds and voices, punctuated with the ever-present scooters weaving their way at breakneck speed through the crowds.

You’ll walk the Medina led by your guide and not miss a site.  From the Saadian Tombs to the Madrasa and everything in between. You’ll see magnificently restored palaces, and massive ruins of long past empires. As you walk, the delicacies of Marrakech are sold from every corner and your guide will make sure you can sample as you please (Taste of Marrakech upgrade available).

After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to explore Marrakech.  Then back to the riad for the evening, a bastion of tranquility after a day exploring Marrakech.

Day 3 :
Marrakech

After breakfast at the Riad, Marrakech is yours to explore and enjoy on your own.

Now that you have a familiarity with Marrakech, it’s easy to find your way through the Medina. Take your time as you stroll and shop, or venture in search of the hidden gems the city has to offer.

Head to the Majorelle Gardens for a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a carriage ride to the Menara Gardens with its olive groves and a massive artificial lake. Dine at a variety of restaurants, or feast on local delicacies at small street vendors.

At the end of the day, head back to your Riad.

After an early breakfast and checking out of the Raid, your driver will take you northwest on a 3-hour drive to Casablanca for a sightseeing drive of the city. The colonial Frech colonial and Art Deco district is just the start before moving on to the magnificent Hassan II Mosque for a tour (closed on Fridays).

After the tour, you’ll go north for 1 hour to Rabat, the bustling, modern capital of Morocco, where you’ll see the ruins of the Hassan Tower and the magnificent Royal Tombs. Guarded by smartly dressed honor guards, the ornate tombs are the resting place of the currently ruling dynasty. Afterward, you’ll travel east to Fez.

They say that Marrakech is the beating heart of Morocco, always alive and moving, but Fez is the soul of Morocco. Above the valley, looking down into the Medina, this old city of 200,000 looks dead and lifeless, only springing to life when you enter like spirits arizing from the ether.  Hundreds of thousands of people pulsing through the narrow streets with not a vehicle in sight.

After a long day of traveling, you’ll check into the Riad el Yacout upon your arrival to Fez. The moment you walk in the door, the luxury embraces you like an old friend.  You’ll have dinner and the rest of the evening on your own.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 07 :
Fez

Before sunrise, the call of over a hundred muezzin in Fez fills the morning stillness as your day starts with breakfast in the courtyard of the Riad El Yacout before being met by your guide.  For the next 5 hours, you’ll be taken on a walking tour of the Fez Medina.

One of the largest labyrinth cities in the world, the Fez Medina is a riddle waiting to be solved. Its narrow streets and alleys twisting and turning through thousands of years of history.

Fez is THE place for shopping for traditional crafts. Around every corner, another market appears. The cacophony of the metalworkers as they hand hammer and carve brass and bronze. The rhythmic ticking of the weavers, the sweet smell of cedar from the woodworkers. And of course, the overpowering aroma of the tannery as they produce the finest Moroccan leather.

Almost as a respite from the overload on the senses, your guide will take you to the historical and cultural sites of Fez. Sites of history, culture, and faith lay waiting for your visit.

After the tour, the rest of the day is yours.  If you’re adventurous, head back into the Medina, or stay at the Riad, swim in the pool, or enjoy an afternoon relaxing.

Day 6 :
Fez

 

Today you’re on your own in Fez. Hire a guide for an additional day, try exploring and experiencing the Medina on your own, or just take a day off and enjoy the amenities of the Riad.

After an early breakfast, you’ll check out of the Raid at 8 AM and join your driver for a 1.5-hour drive west, arriving at the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

Originally founded in the 3rd century BC, Volubilis became a vital outpost of the Roman Empire.  As the centuries passed and the world changed, Volubilis became the ruins you see today. As you walk the streets and enter the shops and homes, you can still almost hear their voices in the wind. Explore on your own, or upgrade to a guided tour.

After Volubilis, it’s a short drive to the Imperial City of Meknes.  Your self-guided tours include the massive Heri es Souani granary and stables said to be one of the labors of Hercules, the Prison de Kara where Barbary pirate would keep their Christian prisoners, and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

After experiencing Meknes, your driver will return you to Fez for the evening.

Enjoy your last breakfast in Morocco and an easy start to the day.  Check out of the Raid and the driver will take you to the Fez airport for your flight out.

Breakfast

Includes

Includes

  • All transfers
  • All accommodations
  • Meals as listed
  • Guided tours and admissions as listed

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Meals not listed
  • Guides not listed

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Ancient Empires
Group Discount Available
From $1,086.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Marrakech (RAK)
  • Fez (FEZ)
  • Private transportation in chauffeured sedan or van (depending on group size)
  • Private tours for groups of 2 to 6 (contact us for larger groups)
  • Jr. Suites in Boutique Riads (double occupancy)
  • 7 breakfast, 1 dinner
  • Private guided tours be led by an English speaking professional guide. Admissions included
  • Indulge in local delicacies as you explore the city with your guide. A city wide roving buffet that can easily replace a sit-down lunch.