Imperial Cities & The Road of the Kasbahs

Classic Touring

11 Days from $3,099

Sep 2019 - Nov 2019 Departures

Morocco is a country of vivid colours, towering gorges, sweeping sand dunes and bustling, atmospheric cities – and you'll see it all on this fantastic tour.

Overview

What's included

  • 10 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 9 dinners
  • Just You Tour Manager & Local Guides
  • Porterage

Included excursions

Casablanca tour

Visit to Rabat

Guided visit to Meknes - the Moroccan Versailles

See rhe Roman Ruins of Volubilis

Dinner in a traditional Moroccan riad

Sightseeing tour of Fes & the Medina

Sunset 4-wheel drive into the desert

Travel through Todgha Gorge & the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs

Visit to Kasbah Taourit

Taroudant visit

Essaouria visit

Marrakech city tour

Moroccan cookery class 

Moroccan folklore show

 

Itinerary

Make your own way to Marrakech, one of Morocco's most dazzling cities. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers when we head to a local restaurant for dinner. Here you'll get your first taste of Moroccan culture as you're entertained by a troupe of belly dancers, who may invite you to join in!

After breakfast today, we'll head for the fascinating city of Casablanca. Our sightseeing tour by coach will take in the medina – that's the old walled town, with its crooked lanes and shady squares – and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, which is the country's largest. We'll also see the vast United Nations Square and the art deco-inspired Mohammed V Square, the imposing Royal Palace, the bustling central market and the Habous quarter, with its quaint French colonial buildings.
Later, we'll check into our hotel, where we'll gather for dinner this evening.

Rabat is our first destination today, known as the 'imperial garden city' of Morocco. Enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes the tranquil beauty of the Oudayas gardens, as well as the 12th century Hassan Tower – the minaret of an incomplete mosque – and the mausoleum of Mohammed V. This is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, where the plain white exterior walls conceal an elaborate and ornate interior.
We'll then carry on to Meknes, the 'Moroccan Versailles', which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail, a contemporary of Louis XIV. Here you'll find the splendid 18th century Bab Mansour, the towering ornamental gate to the city. They're an impressive precursor to the sights beyond, which include the royal palaces and mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail himself, whose grand plans for Meknes to be a great royal city make it such a memorable place to visit today.
The nearby Roman ruins of Volubilis await this afternoon, where ancient bathhouses, mosaic flooring and towering marble pillars surround us. Built by King Juba II around 25 BC as a royal capital, these impressive ruins encapsulate Morocco's rich and varied history, and stand testament not only to the Romans but to the influences of Greek, Egyptian and Berber cultures, too. We'll also pay a short visit to the sacred Islamic town of Moulay Idriss, known as the holiest place in the country.
To end the day, we travel to Fes, where we'll have dinner in a traditional Moroccan residence – a riad – for an authentic experience.

Embark on a walking tour of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this morning, where treasures beckon around every corner. Admire the ancient buildings, dating back to the 9th century in the company of an expert Local Guide, and explore the winding lanes, alleys, tanneries and artisan shops that make up one of the world's largest medinas.
A highlight is the view of the famous Fes tannery from the balcony of a leather shop, where you can observe the men hard at work treating and dyeing the different hides. Maybe take some time to shop for leather goods with your travelling companions before we return to the hotel.

We're going to hit the road early this morning, as the spectacular scenery of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara await us. After breakfast, we'll head to tranquil Immouzer du Kandar, with a beautiful waterfall at the edge of the town, and then we'll make our way towards the delightful ski resort of Ifrane – a rare sight in Africa – as we head into the cooler mountain climate.
Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicraft co-operative, is a wonderful place to find traditional wood-carvings and carpet weavings, before we have some free time for lunch at a kasbah in Midelt, a pretty mountain town famed for its apple crops.
We'll then continue to Erfoud via the Ziz canyons – a spectacular route, offering wonderful scenery of the Atlas Mountains, with vast palm groves wedged between the ancient cliffs of the gorges. From the oasis town of Erfoud, where you'll get your first taste of the desert landscape, we'll travel onwards to Merzouga, where we'll spend the night in a comfortable kasbah-style desert hotel on the edge of the magnificent rose-gold Saharan dunes.
Tonight, a spectacular desert sunset beckons, as we travel by 4x4s into the dunes to watch the sun go down over this amazing landscape.

This morning we'll travel to the heart of the Atlas Mountains and pass through the rugged and imposing Dadès Gorges, carved out by the Dadès River. The ancient rock, in vivid shades of red and purple, lends a dramatic, otherworldly backdrop to this striking landscape, with an earthy red soil that rubs off on the hands and leaves the scent of the earth. The constantly changing colours here are a photographer's dream.
Travel through the Todgha Gorge, with its deep cliff-sided canyons – it's a breathtaking sight, with the walls of the canyon towering up to 400 metres high. And then follow in the footsteps of the sultans as you travel the famous Route of a Thousand Kasbahs, where the series of imposing ancient ruined fortresses almost resemble sandcastles in the distance. 
We'll then drive to the former Foreign Legion outpost of Ouarzazate, often known as 'Ouallywood' because of its starring role as the exotic backdrop in so many well-known movies. Here, you can visit Taourirt Kasbah, an ancient citadel with almost 300 rooms.

Our day begins as we visit the Ait Benhadou Kasbah, the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco. Used as a backdrop in films such as 'Lawrence of Arabia' and classified by UNESCO as one of the cultural treasures of the world, the buildings making up the kasbah are studded with crenulated towers and decorated with ornate geometrical motifs – it's a sight not to be missed.
We'll then journey towards Taroudant, a traditional Berber town, loomed over by the High and Anti Atlas Mountains and encircled by ochre-coloured ramparts. Within these well-preserved walls you'll also find atmosheric squares and colourful souks. As we stay here tonight, be sure to head out and explore. 

This morning we'll make our way to Agadir, home of the largest souk in Africa, then onwards to Essaouira. Formerly known as Mogador, this small town on the Atlantic coast is home to a long, sandy beach, wide boulevards and an atmospheric medina, all enclosed by 18th century honey-hued ramparts.
There are plenty of restaurants here serving fresh seafood, so why not head out to explore with your fellow travellers this evening and choose one for dinner.

​Today we head back to Marrakech, where on arrival, we'll head off on a tour of its main sights. We'll visit the beautiful Bahia Palace, which showcases 19th century Islamic and Moroccan architectural styles and boasts 160 lavishly decorated rooms. Next we head to the Majorelle Gardens, a green oasis where we can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.
No visit to Marrakech is complete without experiencing the famous Djemaa el Fna Square, there will be a chance to wander the labyrinth of colourful souks to see snake charmers and fortune-tellers entertaining the thronging crowds at your own pace. Amongst the hundreds of stalls here you can barter for anything from traditional carpets and hand-crafted pottery to glistening jewellery and equally colourful spices.

​We'll learn the intricacies of traditional cooking this morning at a hands-on cookery class with a master Moroccan chef. With its unusual combination of cultures – Berber, French, Jewish, Andalucian – Morocco is known for some incredible flavours that visitors talk about – and miss – long after they return home. In the heart of bustling Marrakech, our chef will discuss key ingredients and techniques. From rolling traditional semolina to measuring out spices for a mind-blowing tagine, we'll learn the culinary tricks of the trade, while preparing lunch. Then we'll all sit down to marvel at – and then eat - the fruits of our labour!
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, before we gather together for one final, and rather special, night of entertainment. We will dine under the stars in Berber tents as we feast on traditional Moroccan cuisine and watch an evening of folklore – you might event see the sultan on a flying carpet!

​Today you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to Marrakech airport or choose to make your own arrangements.

Accommodation

Situated in a fantastic location in Marrakesh, in the area known as Gueliz, the hotel was built in 2014. Facilities include a lounge, restaurant, terrace, and outdoor swimming pool designed in a traditional Moroccan courtyard style with seating area. Guest rooms benefit from air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi, hair dryer and safe.
The 4 star Hotel Mogador Marina is designed in a modern style with Moroccan Art on display, facilities include a restaurant and café, and there is complimentary Wi-Fi. Guest rooms are en-suite with air-conditioning and TV.
The 4 star Hotel L’Escale is located in the heart of the city, and features an international restaurant with panoramic views over the city. Guest rooms benefit from en-suite bathroom, Mini bar, safe and there is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The 3 star Hotel Karam Palace is built in a traditional Moroccan style, and is located in the middle of Ouarzazate. There is a restaurant and swimming pool with pool side bar, Wi-Fi is available in the public areas. Guest rooms have air-conditioning and are sound proofed, they have en-suite, hairdryer and TV.
The 3 star Palais Salam is traditionally styled, with local landmarks within walking distance. There is a outdoor swimming pool with poolside bar, deli bar, lounge and 3 restaurants. Guest rooms benefit from air-conditioning, minibar, en-suite and TV.
This hotel faces the seafront with its own private beach area, and has facilities including a outdoor swimming pool and garden. There is also an in house restaurant serving international cuisine, complimentary wi-fi, and a lounge. Guest rooms have en-suite, flat screen TV and air-conditioning.
Situated in a fantastic location in Marrakesh, in the area known as Gueliz, the hotel was built in 2014. Facilities include a lounge, restaurant, terrace, and outdoor swimming pool designed in a traditional Moroccan courtyard style with seating area. Guest rooms benefit from air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi, hair dryer and safe.

Hotel Blue Sea Printemps

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