LUXURY IMPERIAL CITIES OF MOROCCO
Luxury Imperial Cities of Morocco Tour
On this tailor-made private ten-day tour you'll visit some of the country's finest historical monuments, mosques, minarets and medinas, as you explore the vibrant cities of Marrakech, Fez and Rabat. Finish your holiday with a three-night stay in the charming port town of Essaouira, home to picuresque, white-washed streets, traditional fishing communities and dramatic windswept beaches looking out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Days 1 - 3Marrakech
Arrive in the 'Red City' of Marrakech.
Days 4 - 5Fez
Accommodation: 5*Breakfast and Lunch in day 4
Transfer to Fez, stopping for a picnic along the way. Fez is the oldest and grandest of Morocco's imperial cities, with a warren of streets burrowing through its medieval medina that all travellers should get lost in at least once in their lives. Of particular note are the city's famous tanneries and there are various vantage points from which you can watch the tanners at work, balancing between vats of vibrant dyes before plunging into the one they need. A full-day private tour on day five with your driver and a guide will ensure you see the best of the city.
Days 6 - 7Rabat
Two interesting stops are made between Fez and the capital Rabat. The first is at the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. The second is at Meknes, whose monumental gates hint at a time when this modest and beguiling city was the capital of the Moroccan sultanate. Once in Rabat, enjoy an afternoon city tour before retiring for the night at your chosen hotel.
Days 7 - 8Rabat - Casablanca - Oualidia - Essaouira
Accommodation: 5*Breakfast and Lunch
Depart early to leave time to visit the staggering Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the largest mosque in Africa, before heading to Oualidia for lunch. This idyllic, crescent-shaped lagoon is fringed by golden sands and sheltered from the Atlantic by a rocky breakwater. Enjoy lunch (included) in perfect peace at La Sultana Oualidia as fishermen, surfers and occasionally pink flamingos go about their business on the beach below. Continue after lunch to Essaouira and check in at your hotel for a three-night stay.
Days 8 - 12Essaouira
Essaouira is one of the most picturesque ports on the coast - a car-free town with a far more mellow souk than those of Fez or Marrakech, surrounded by dramatic ramparts and abutted by a long, windswept beach. Fishermen and boat builders go about their business much as they have done for centuries, and artists and craftsmen have opened galleries and workshops along the narrow, whitewashed streets. After an initial half-day tour, you'll have the rest of your time here to explore at your own pace.
After breakfast you'll transfer to the airport in Marrakech for your flight home, or you could choose to extend your stay to visit the spectacular Atlas Mountains.
Atlas Mountains extension
From Essaouira travel to the Atlas Mountains for a stay in either Richard Branson's superb Kasbah Tamadot (deluxe) or The Capaldi (superior), an intimate country retreat located in the foothills of the Atlas.
4* RIAD TALAA, MARRAKECHThis luxury standard Riad is located in the historic centre of the medina, next to the Kouba. The property has undergone a complete renovation recently elevating it’s standard all around. This magnificent spacious Riad has a traditional feel in a simple, sober, contemporary setting. The property is decorated in subtle, refined colours...
5* RIAD FEZ - RELAIS AND CHATEAU, FEZIt has succeeded in combining refinement with inspiration and invites you to relax and enjoy your stay in a serene atmosphere with decor reminiscent of Arabian Nights. Riad Fes provides guests with the opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy the authenticity of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility. The history and refined civilization of this Imp...
5* VILLA DE LO, ESSAOUIRAThe stylish accommodation is a spacious 18th Century riad which was completely renovated in 2008 and is now a sophisticated boutique hotel offering discreet personal service, sumptuous accommodation and breathtaking views over Essaouira's Medina and sweeping sandy beach. The owners, Celine and Caroline have worked hard to create a unique gues...
Itinerary OverviewDays 1 - 3 Marrakech Days 4 - 5 Fez Days 6 - 7 Rabat Days 7 - 8 Rabat - Casablanca - Oualidia - Essaouira Days 8 - 12 Essaouira Day 12 Departure
- Airport Taxes
- Private driver and private guided touring as specified.
Minimum 2 passengers (or single supplement will apply) assuming flights from the UK. other European or worldwide departure airports available on request.Guide price per person: £2900 / excl. sports