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Itinerary: Eternal Imperial Cities & High Atlas of Morocco

Eternal Imperial Cities & High Atlas of Morocco

In this private tour, you'll explore Morocco's world-famous Imperial Cities and Ourika (High Atlas mountains) to have a taste of the Berber life style.

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Eternal Imperial Cities & High Atlas of Morocco

"This Tour is based on 4* luxury accommodation"
"Hotels can be changed for lower budgets."

Fez, Rabat, Marrakesh, Meknes - the very names of Morocco's world-famous Imperial Cities evoke dramatic images of spiring minarets, winding passages in the medinas, quiets moments in the riads, extraordinary sights and sounds in the public squares and to have a taste of the Berber life style. To see these cities and Berber villages is to see a millennia of history in a glance. Now, the experience can be yours.

This journey lasts eight days, and can be customized with private car or luxury van and driver according to your travel dates.

"2 people with private car and English speaking guide"
"3 people and more with a private luxury van and English speaking guide"

+++ Two itineraries to choose from +++

I T I N E R A R Y # 1
After your arrival to Casablanca or Marrakech airport, your expert driver would escort you to your hotel or riad in Marrakech.

Day 1 - Marrakech
An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is Morocco's second oldest majestic imperial city and retains the splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of rosy earth, and horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. Donkeys carrying carts trawl past fragrant gardens of roses, honeysuckle and jasmine.

Explore the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah where some of the best jewelry is found in Morocco, and view the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entry into the 9th century walled medina.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury riad at the old city of Marrakech.

Day 2 - Marrakech
You’ll explore the rest of Marrakech... including the Eve Saint Laurent garden, the ancient Menara pool ... followed by a tour around the ancient Medina wall and the palmeraie ride.

The night beats in the heart of the old city's famed square, Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in the bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and
mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama unfolding as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds. Wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you'll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.

You'll cap off your evening at the spectacular dinner event, Fantasia, where we’ll bear witness to a splendid dramatic display of Arabian Nights, belly dancing, folkloric troupes, and stately Arabian steeds charging in dynastic battles as of yore.

Overnight stay at your riad at the old city of in Marrakech.

Day 3 - Ourika Valley
You will explore one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys of the High Atlas Valley of Ourika rises gently up to the preliminary hills of the High Atlas where small typical villages have nested. It is a pure and magnificent place where silence is only " disturbed " by birds singing, water streams and wagtails. Ourika is famous for its pottery, minerals and crystal.

If it is Monday, Thursday or Friday, you will visit the bustling weekly souk of the Valley.

A couple of hours trekking to explore one of the hidden water falls.

A cup of tea within a Berber family to have a taste of the Berber life style.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury Kasbah Omar at Anrar Mountain of Ourika.

Day 4 - 5 hours trekking to explore the hidden water villages of the high atlas
From our Berber village Anrar at Douar Tafza until we reach the Berber hamlet of Oualmes (1150m) to start our 5 hour hike across the river and up along a narrow winding hillside path surrounded by fields of corn towards Anins and the through the col (1670m) where you have lunch at the Berber village of Tizin-Oucheg. From here You you'll continue your Berber adventure to explore the hidden village of Agard then to Anamer villlage followed by a short trek that would bring you back to Tazintoute village at 1148m) where you shall cross the Assif Ourika to get to your vehicle for your return to your Anrar village around 7.00 in the evening.

Dinner and overnight at the luxury Berber Kasbah Omar at Anrar village in Ourika.

Traditional Moroccan bath & massage is available at Kasbah Omar with extra cost and by reservation only....... if you are interested, please let us know! ($100pp)

Day 5 - Rabat - Meknes - Fez
A couple of hours drive for some of Rabat's highlights... the capital of the kingdom of Morocco......... the Kasbah des Oudaias, situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find magnificent views. Inside the gates discover artisan galleries, an ornate 17th century palace now part of the Musée des Oudaia (Museum of Moroccan Arts), and the beautiful Andalusian Gardens near the famous Tour Hassan, a 12th century minaret intended to be the highest and the largest in the Muslim world. And not to be missed in the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and King Hassan’s stately official palace.

After, you travel past centuries-old olive groves and vineyards we near Meknes, the Ismalian capital, famous for its 25-mile-long walls - and, not to mention excellent wine - where ......... Heading to port Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis, journey back thousands of years including some of Meknes highlights.

Dinner and lodging at your luxury riad in Fez.

Day 6 - Fez
Fez is the holiest city in the Islamic world after Mecca and Medina. Founded at the beginning of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II, and barely unchanged, this enchanting city has been a seat of government, philosophy, medicine and most notably religion since then. Fez, the best surviving example of an ancient Arab city, is comprised of the "new" city, established in the 12th century, and the 2,000-year-old medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market, itself a fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys and bustling souks assaulting the senses with spices and exotic delicacies. Fez is the perfect place to hone your bargaining skills in buying souvenirs, brightly colored hand-loomed carpets or fine crafted artisan goods. Visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats erupting in an explosion of brilliant color. Then, climb to the venerated Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fez.

Dinner at the famous La maison Bleu.
Accommodation at your luxury riad or hotel in Fez.


Day 7 - Casablanca
Discover the charm and decadent languor of Casablanca. Like a dreamy mirage, the shimmering city of white appears against the azure of the surrounding sea. Steeped in romantic mystique and intrigue, Casablanca’s whitewashed dramatic Hispano-Moorish homes lay scattered amid Art Deco jewels and an elegant city center. Its ancient Arab quarter and new medina, with undeniably French influence, mark the passage from past to present. Casablanca’s modern attitude and big-city edge makes it today the most cosmopolitan of all Moroccan cities, a vibrant economic hub with the largest port found anywhere in the Maghreb. Some of the highlights we’ll explore include the majestic Hassan II Mosque (the only mosque non-Muslims are permitted to enter in Morocco), the lively squares of Place des Nations Unies and Mohammed V— hosting some of the city’s most impressive architecture —. Dinner and overnight at your luxury hotel in Casablanca.

Day 8 - Casablanca
–Transfer to the airport for your return home with plenty of Arabian nights and days.

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I T I N E R A R Y # 2

Day 1 - Casablanca - Rabat
Upon your arrival to Casablanca airport, your expert English speaking driver will greet you and escort you to start your Moroccan experience journey by visiting the famous Hassan II Mosque (the only Mosque can be visited by non Muslims....followed by a short ride for some of to Rabat's highlights..........the Kasbah des Oudaias, situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find magnificent views. Inside the gates discover artisan galleries, an ornate 17th century palace now part of the Musée des Oudaia (Museum of Moroccan Arts), and the beautiful Andalusian Gardens near the famous Tour Hassan, a 12th century minaret intended to be the highest and the largest in the Muslim world. And not to be missed in the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and King Hassan’s stately official palace.

Dinner and overnight at luxury hotel or riad in Rabat.

Day 2 – Meknes – Volubilis – Fez
You travel past centuries-old olive groves and vineyards we near Meknes, the Ismalian capital, famous for its 25-mile-long walls - and, not to mention excellent wine - where we'll stop for a sumptuous lunch in a grand palace. Heading to port Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis, journey back thousands of years and explore the ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis sprawled over a wildflower-dotted hillside, where a magnificent triumphal arch presides over the awesome remains of palaces and mansions, Roman baths and basilicas, and stunning mosaics.

Dinner and lodging at your luxury hotel or riad in Fez.

Day 3 - Fez
Fez is the holiest city in the Islamic world after Mecca and Medina. Founded at the beginning of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II, and barely unchanged, this enchanting city has been a seat of government, philosophy, medicine and most notably religion since then. Fez, the best surviving example of an ancient Arab city, is comprised of the “new” city, established in the 12th century, and the 2,000-year-old medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market, itself a fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys and bustling souks assaulting the senses with spices and exotic delicacies. Fez is the perfect place to hone your bargaining skills in buying souvenirs, brightly colored hand-loomed carpets or fine crafted artisan goods. Visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats erupting in an explosion of brilliant color. Then, climb to the venerated Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fez.

Dinner at the famous restaurant Medina.
Accommodation at your luxury hotel in Fez.

Day 4 - Fez – Ifrane – Beni Mellal – Ourika Valley
Travel to Ifrane, a pleasant mountain city oddly out of place with its wooden chalets and steep-pitched roofs that stud this skiing village, evoking a Swiss resort. An area long popular with Moroccans on holiday, five tranquil lakes rest near dense holm oak and cedar forests, where raptors, acrobatic booted eagles, and Egyptian vultures fly overhead. We’ll pass through Azrou, a famous Berber village and then stop for lunch in Beni Mellal before we continue traveling through the picturesque countryside to the Ourka valley at the high atlas.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury kasbah Omar at the high atlas mountains.

Day 5 – Ourika / High Atlas Mountains
You will explore one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys of the High Atlas Valley of Ourika rises gently up to the preliminary hills of the High Atlas where small typical villages have nested. It is a pure and magnificent place where silence is only " disturbed " by birds singing, water streams and wagtails. Ourika is famous for its pottery, minerals and crystal.

If it is Monday, Thursday or Friday, you will visit the bustling weekly souk of the Valley.

A couple of hours trekking to exploe some of the hidden villages of the high atlas mountains or a couple of houres trekking to explore one of the hidden water falls of the valley.

A cup of tea within a Berber family to have a taste of the Berber life style.
Dinner and overnight at your luxury Kasbah Omar at the village of Anrar in Ourika.

Day 6 - Marrakech
An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is Morocco’s second oldest Imperial City and retains the majestic splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of rosy earth, and horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. Donkeys carrying carts trawl past fragrant gardens of roses, honeysuckle and jasmine. Explore the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, enter the ancient royal Saadien Tombs and view the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entry into the 9th century walled medina.

Dinner at Stylia Palace from the 15th century.
Overnight at your 4* hotel or riad in Marrakech.

Day 7 - Marrakech
A second day to explore the rest of Marrakech by visiting the Majorelle famous Garden, the ancient Menar pool followed by a tour around the ancient city wall and the palmeraie ride.

The night beats in the heart of the old city’s famed square, Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys unfold as part of the nightly drama as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds. Wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you’ll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.

You’ll cap off your evening at the spectacular dinner event, Fantasia, where we’ll bear witness to a splendid dramatic display of Arabian Nights, belly dancing, folkloric troupes, and stately Arabian steeds charging in dynastic battles as of yore.

Day 8 - Marrakech –
Transfer to the airport for your return home with plenty of tales of Arabian days and nights.

Note:
If you wish to modify or change the entire itinerary according to your interest and desire, please let us know!

Cost:
$1750 per person based on double occupancy
$3500 for 2Pax

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 and dinner daily
* 4* Riad & hotel lodging
* Private Car & 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
* Drinks
* Travel Insurance

Note
Private guided tour -- Not a group tour.
If it is over your budget -- Hotels can be changed for lower budgets.
Upgrade to 5* or 5* deluxe accommodation is available.

We can't make the sun shine, or the rain fall, but we can promise to do everything in our power to ensure an unforgettable and exceptional visit to Morocco. I hope you'll join us.

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