Morocco Short Tours

Imperial Cities and Essaouiera Tour

This journey is private and designed to give the traveler a sense of the Imperial cities and Essaouiera, the Mystical City.

6 Nights / 7 Days Tour
For independent travelers: Our Guided Tour enhances your experience without hindering your journey. We’re there when you need us, and give you the opportunity to explore on your own if you desire.

bookitCost based on 4* accommodation:
US$1,450 per person based on double occupancy
US$2,900 for 2Pax
If you wish to upgrade or downgrade the accommodation, please let us know.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

volubilisAfter your arrival to either the Casablanca, Rabat or Fes airport, an escort will greet you to begin your Moroccan journey. Explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis, sprawled amid a wildflower-dotted hillside, where the remains of palaces, baths, soaring arches and magnificent mosaics await exploration. Then, you’ll travel through lush rolling hills studded with the fertile plains of ancient olive groves and vineyards await you in the Ismalian capital of Meknes. Meknes is on Unesco’s world heritage list. After a pleasant lunch at the holy city of Moulay Idriss, explore the port of Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis. Dinner and accommodation at your charming riad in Fes.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 2: Fes

People in FezStart the day with a traditional Moroccan breakfast, and then it’s off to explore the ancient white city of Fes, one of the best examples of a preserved medieval city. Fes, founded in the 9th century, is little unchanged since then. A certified guide will help you explore the serpentine souks, where you’ll find fine artisanal goods, rich carpets, pyramids of olives and rainbow-colored spices, sweet fruit and other delights. Or visit the much photographed, colorful honeycomb vats of the tanneries and climb the Merenid Tombs, which overlook a stunning panorama of Fes.

The visit includes the following:
* Fes’s Ramparts
* Potter’s Cooperative
* Tanneries
* Royal PalaceDSC_2328
* Jewish Quarter
* Jewish Synagogue
* Berber Carpet Demonstration
* Dyers Market
* Wood Museum / Najjarine
* Museum Batha
* Al-Qayrawan mosque
* Medersa Bou Inania
* Weavers Cooperative

Enjoy dinner at one of the many area restaurants. Accommodation at your charming riad in Fes.

Meals Included: Breakfast

RabatDay 3: Rabat

A morning drive to the capital of Morocco. A vibrant city with lush green parks, Rabat is entered through the enormous Almoahad Gate to the Kasbah des Oudaias, situated on a bluff overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Rabat offers a rich historical and cultural heritage. Tour the exquisite 17th century palace now part of the Musée des Oudaia (Museum of Moroccan Arts), the Andalusian Gardens near the famous Tour Hassan, a 12th century minaret intended to be the highest and the largest in the Muslim world. Or view the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and King Hassan’s regal palace. Enjoy dinner at one of the many area restaurants.

Accommodation at your charming riad in Rabat.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Koutoubia GardensDay 4: Marrakesh

Following breakfast, you will take another morning ride to the Pink City of Marrakech.

The name offers up mystery and magic. A pink city rising out of the desert, against a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, a city of contradictions where camels tethered roadside and ancient souks exist with modern rose-petal strewn bistros and nightclub music. Veiled women move languorously along the avenues and young women in miniskirts zoom by on mopeds.

A certified guide is available to help you explore the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, or ancient royal Saadian Tombs. Or, you may wish to enter the historic Jewish mellah where some of the best handcrafted jewelry of Morocco is sold. Another site is the majestic Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in the city.

Marjorelle GardensEnjoy dinner at one of the many area restaurants. Accommodation at your charming riad at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Marrakech

A morning visit to the glorious Majorelle Gardens that are owned by international designer Yves St. Laurent. Stroll along the ancient Menara pool, and then tour the ancient city wall and Palmerie. In the afternoon, take time to explore the hidden treasures of Marrakech, and at the end the day, be seduced by the world-famous Djemaa el-Fna open air market, where you’ll find exotic snake charmers, Berber musicians, spinning acrobats and fortune tellers. The air is filled with curls of smoke rising from delectable kebobs grilled over coals. Enjoy dinner in Djemma el-Fna, or at one of the many area restaurants. Evening accommodations are at your riad at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

EssaouiraDay 6: Essaouira – Marrakech

Essaouira sparkles in white against the brilliant turquiose sea in the former 18th century Portuguese settlement and current fishing village. Cannons sit on ramparts pointed toward the sea to stop marauding pirates of the past. Camels stand at the ready for passengers to ride across the sands. Artisan shops, boutiques and art galleries fill the squares and the aroma of restaurants fills the air. Stop in a café for a French pastry and mint tea. Long a draw for music legends including Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, Essaouira continues to lure artists and musicians alike today. Enjoy dinner at one of the many area cafes or restaurants. Accommodation at your charming riad at the ancient city of Essaouira. A late afternoon drive back to Marrakech. Enjoy dinner at one of the many area restaurants. Accommodation at your charming riad at the ancient city of Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to either the Marrakech or Casablanca airport for your return home.

Note:
- If you wish to modify the itinerary according to specific dates, interests or city of arrival or departure, please advise us.
- Pick up from any airport, port or train station in Morocco is available.
- This tour can be extended or modified to end wherever the guest may wish.

bookitCost based on 4* accommodation:
US$1,450 per person based on double occupancy
US$2,900 for 2Pax

If you wish to upgrade or downgrade the accommodation, please let us know.

2 years and under are free of charge
2 – 6 years old 75% off
7-11 years old 50% off
12 years old & up full cost

What’s included:
* Breakfast daily
* 1 dinner in Fes
* 4* Riad, Kasbah & hotel lodging
* Private car, gas tolls & English speaking driver for the entire trip
* Transfers to and from airport
* Knowledgeable certified guides at the Imperial cities
* Museums fee
* All taxes
* Agency fee

Not included in package price:
* International Airfare
* Lunch & 6 dinners
* Drinks
* Travel Insurance