Imperial Cities of Morocco in 7 Days

Imperial Cities of Morocco Voyage: 7-Day Itinerary

Dive into the opulent tapestry of Morocco’s imperial cities with our expertly curated 7-day tour.

This journey unveils the nation’s historic soul, intertwining tales of sultans, ancient ruins, and vibrant streets. From the bustling medinas of Marrakech to the architectural wonders of Fes, from the grandeur of Casablanca’s coastal charm to the serene beauty of Rabat, each day promises a new chapter of stories, flavors, and visuals.

Allow us to be your guide as you step back in time, experiencing Morocco’s regal splendor in a journey that will linger in your memories for a lifetime.

Highlights of Our 7-Day Morocco Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech 

Bahia Palace, Morocco

Welcome to Marrakech, the enchanting Red City of Morocco. Your inaugural day promises to be an intoxicating blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty. 

Medina Mystique

The Medina of Marrakech, an ancient walled city, pulses with life, energy, and the echoes of centuries gone by. As you enter its gates, a tapestry of colors, sounds, and scents envelops you. 

The narrow, winding alleyways lead you on an unpredictable journey. Vibrant souks beckon with their array of textiles, spices, jewelry, and handcrafted goods.

Bahia Palace Beauty

In the heart of Marrakech lies the Bahia Palace, a testament to Morocco’s rich architectural legacy and the grandeur of its past rulers. The name ‘Bahia’ translates to ‘brilliance,’ and as you are guided through its luxurious chambers, it’s easy to see why. Intricate stucco work, colorful zellij tiles, and expansive marble courtyards greet visitors at every turn. 

Whispered tales of sultans, concubines, and royal intrigue seem to resonate from its walls. But it’s not just about the interiors; the palace’s gardens, with their fragrant orange trees, bubbling fountains, and birdsong, provide a tranquil retreat from the bustle of the city. 

Sunset Vistas at El Badi Palace

As day gives way to dusk in Marrakech, there’s no place more serene than the terraces of El Badi Palace. 

Though now in ruins, this 16th-century palace still stands tall as a symbol of Saadian opulence. Its name means ‘The Incomparable,’ as you ascend to its higher points, you’re met with a panorama that justifies the title. 

The setting sun casts a golden glow on the cityscape, with the distant Atlas Mountains providing a majestic backdrop. The Koutoubia Mosque’s minaret pierces the sky, and the sounds of the Medina below become a gentle murmur.

Day 2: Marrakech Highlights

Saadian Tombs, Morocco, Marrakesh

Immerse yourself in another day of Marrakech’s splendor as you journey through its cultural heartbeats and historical treasures. From the towering presence of Koutoubia, standing as a beacon of Islamic artistry, to the solemn beauty of the Saadian Tombs, each location narrates a tale of Marrakech’s illustrious past. 

Koutoubia’s Grace

Towering above Marrakech’s skyline, the Koutoubia Mosque is an epitome of Almohad art and a testament to Islamic architectural prowess. 

As the city’s tallest minaret, it stands at an impressive 77 meters, intricately adorned with curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, and decorative arches. It’s more than just a religious structure; it’s a beacon of Marrakech’s rich past. The mosque’s name, Koutoubia, is derived from the Arabic term for bookseller, alluding to the marketplace of manuscripts once nearby. 

As you walk its grounds, the surrounding gardens offer a peaceful contrast to the city’s hustle, with roses, palm trees, and orange groves providing shade and respite.

Legacy at Saadian Tombs

Hidden from the world for centuries and rediscovered in 1917, the Saadian Tombs transport visitors back to when Saadian sultans ruled Marrakech. Tucked behind high walls, these tombs date back to the late 16th century and serve as the final resting place for about sixty members of the Saadian Dynasty. 

Crafted with pure luxury in mind, Italian Carrara marble and pure gold were employed to decorate the intricate tombs. As you traverse its corridors, the whisper of history is audible, from the Chamber of Twelve Pillars, where Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur is entombed, to the surrounding gardens where graves of soldiers and servants are located. 

The tombs are a silent yet powerful testament to the Saadians’ grandeur and their indelible mark on Moroccan history.

Artisans at Work in Jemaa El-Fna

The beating heart of Marrakech, Jemaa el-Fna Square is more than just a marketplace; it’s a theatre of life, a spectacle of traditions, and a display of Moroccan culture in all its vibrant colors. 

As the day progresses, the square transforms – snake charmers, henna artists, and storytellers make way for the artisans as evening approaches. These craftsmen are the keepers of age-old traditions, diligently working on their craft amidst the square’s cacophony. 

Each stall narrates a tale of tradition, skill, and Moroccan artistry, from detailed leatherwork and pottery to intricate jewelry and textile weaving. Engaging with them, you don’t just purchase a souvenir; you collect stories, experiences, and a piece of Marrakech’s soul.

Day 3: Casablanca En Route

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

On the third day, our journey weaves northward to the cosmopolitan heart of Morocco, Casablanca. 

A scenic drive of approximately 2.5 hours with our private driver will land you in a city where modernity seamlessly melds with heritage. Casablanca, famed for its cinematic associations, blends French colonial legacies and Moroccan traditions, from the imposing majesty of the Hassan II Mosque to the coastal allure of the Corniche and the sovereign elegance of the Royal Palace.

The Majestic Hassan II Mosque

Rising majestically from the Casablanca shoreline, the Hassan II Mosque stands as a testament to Morocco’s deep-rooted Islamic heritage and architectural prowess. 

As one of the world’s largest mosques, it has the capacity to hold over 25,000 worshippers. Craftsmen from all over the kingdom used traditional techniques to intricately carve the wood, marble, and stone that adorn the mosque, resulting in a masterpiece of Moroccan architectural design. 

Its towering minaret, at 210 meters, punctuates the city’s skyline. The mosque’s unique feature is its glass floor, offering the faithful a view of the Atlantic waves below. As you walk through this sacred space, feel the devotion, artistry, and history that permeates every tile and archway.

Casablanca’s Corniche

Stretching alongside the azure waters of the Atlantic, Casablanca’s Corniche offers both relaxation and invigoration. This beachfront boulevard, fringed by palm trees, is a hive of activity. 

Visitors can take in the panoramic ocean views or settle down in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants that line the promenade. The Corniche becomes especially lively in the evenings, with locals coming to enjoy the cool sea breeze, indulge in sumptuous Moroccan and international cuisines, or simply bask in the golden hues of the sunset.

Royal Palace Grandeur

Behind grand gates and imposing walls lies the Royal Palace of Casablanca, symbolizing the kingdom’s regal history and current monarchy. While the palace itself remains exclusive to royal use and is not open to the public, visitors are allowed to admire the external architecture and the vast esplanade that foregrounds it. 

Each detail, from the massive brass doors to the intricate mosaic designs, echoes the opulence and grandeur associated with Morocco’s royal lineage. The guards in traditional attire, the grand archways, and the harmonious blend of modern and traditional architectural styles make the palace a must-visit, if only to glimpse the life and residence of Morocco’s reigning monarch.

Day 4: Fes Chronicles

Bab Boujeloud in Fes el Bali Medina Morocco

Embark on a captivating journey to Fes, the spiritual heart of Morocco. Located just over a 3-hour drive with our private guide from Casablanca, Fes unfolds as a city of profound history and unparalleled heritage. 

Ancient Medina Marvels

Dive into the very essence of Fes as you traverse its ancient Medina, a treasure trove of history and culture, and proudly UNESCO-listed. With narrow alleys winding unpredictably, every corner of this bustling space tells a story. 

Guided by the distant call to prayer, you’ll pass by artisans diligently crafting their wares, colorful stalls brimming with spices and fabrics, and locals engaged in animated conversations. The age-old techniques of metalwork, leather tanning, and pottery come alive here, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Bou Inania’s Brilliance

Next, we shift our focus to one of Fes’s most exquisite landmarks, the Bou Inania Madrasa. A stunning example of Marinid architecture, this religious school is renowned not only for its spiritual significance but also for its breathtaking design. 

Intricate cedar woodwork, delicate stucco, and vibrant zellige tiles come together in a dazzling display of Moroccan artistry. As you explore, notice the harmony between form and function, with every archway, courtyard, and prayer hall meticulously designed to facilitate both study and reflection.

Dar Batha Insights

To truly appreciate the rich tapestry of Fes’s history and culture, a visit to the Dar Batha Museum is indispensable. 

Once a palace, this museum now stands as a guardian of Fassi heritage, housing an impressive collection of traditional Moroccan arts. Wander through rooms showcasing ornate ceramics, hand-carved wood, and ancient manuscripts, each piece providing insight into the region’s bygone eras. Particularly noteworthy is the museum’s display of Fassi embroidery, known for its intricate designs and vibrant hues. 

Every artifact within these walls has a story to tell, offering visitors a chance to connect with the soul of Fes and the artistic spirit that has thrived here for centuries.

Day 5: Meknes and Beyond

Roman ruins of Volubilis, Morocco

Embarking on a journey from the bustling lanes of Fes, our private transfer whisks you away to the imperial wonders of Meknes in just an hour. 

The city, once the heart of Moroccan sultanates, echoes tales of grandeur and opulence. From there, we transition from the Islamic dynasty to ancient Roman footsteps at the ruins of Volubilis. Our day culminates atop the sacred slopes of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, an emblem of Moroccan spirituality.

Meknes Majesty

Meknes, one of Morocco’s former capitals, beckons travelers with its majestic aura. As you weave through its streets, each corner unfurls tales of sultanates, battles, and grand architectures. 

Begin your exploration at the expansive El Hedim Square, the city’s lively heart, which seamlessly blends the ancient with the modern. A stone’s throw away stands the awe-inspiring Bab Mansour gate, intricately adorned and testament to the lavish ambitions of Sultan Moulay Ismail. 

Delve further to discover granaries, stables, and reservoirs, illustrating the city’s erstwhile importance. This tour not only acquaints you with Meknes’ architectural marvels but also immerses you in its storied past, bringing to life epochs gone by.

Volubilis Ruins

Journey back in time as you tread the grounds of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once a bustling Roman city, it now stands as a testament to the empire’s vast reach. 

Stroll through the Decumanus Maximus with your private guide, the city’s main street, flanked by remnants of houses with vivid mosaics, hinting at a once-opulent lifestyle. The Basilica and the Capitoline Temple stand as silent witnesses to religious practices of the past. But it’s not all about stones and ruins; as you wander, let the whispers of ancient traders, senators, and common folk fill your ears.

Moulay Idriss Zerhoun

The town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun isn’t just known for its picturesque views but also as the resting place of Moulay Idriss I, who brought Islam to Morocco. 

The Mausoleum of Idriss I, though non-Muslims can’t enter, is still a sight to behold from outside, with its green-tiled roofs and white-washed walls. Overlooking the town is Mount Zerhoun, offering panoramic views of the region. Whether you’re seeking spiritual insight or simply a deeper understanding of Moroccan history, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun captivates with its serene ambiance and rich past.

Day 6: Rabat Reveries

Hassan Tower, Rabat, Morocco

Journey to the capital city of Rabat, where history, culture, and modernity coalesce. After a comfortable private transfer of approximately 2 hours from Fez, step into a city that pulsates with tales of dynasties and their enduring legacies. 

Hassan Tower’s Legacy

Originally conceived to be the world’s largest minaret, the Hassan Towers construction was halted in 1199, rendering it incomplete. But even unfinished, the tower stands at an impressive 44 meters, a testament to the Almohad dynasty’s architectural prowess. 

Its red sandstone exterior is adorned with intricate carvings, each pattern narrating a tale from an era gone by. As you circle its base, you’ll realize that its beauty isn’t merely in its completion but in the stories and history it embodies.

Mausoleum Wonders

Adjacent to the Hassan Tower lies another of Rabat’s architectural masterpieces: the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. 

This monument holds the tombs of King Mohammed V and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The exterior, with its green-tiled roof and white walls, reflects an exquisite blend of traditional Alawite and modern architectural designs. 

Inside, intricate zellige tilework and carved cedar ceilings envelope the tomb, creating a serene atmosphere. While here, immerse yourself in the reverence of this sacred place, sensing the deep respect Moroccans hold for their former rulers and the nation’s history.

Oudayas Kasbah Escape

Perched overlooking the confluence of the Bou Regreg river and the Atlantic Ocean, the Oudayas Kasbah stands as a reminder of Rabat’s tumultuous past. 

Enter through the grand Almohad gateway, and you’re instantly transported to another time. The Kasbah’s narrow lanes are a visual feast—blue and white painted walls reflect the hues of the sea and sky, earning it the nickname “the blue pearl of Rabat.” 

Walking in step with your guide, you’ll discover charming residences, vibrant gardens, and quaint cafes. Stop for a moment, sip traditional Moroccan tea, and feast your eyes on panoramic ocean views. The Kasbah isn’t just a fortress; it’s a portal to Morocco’s rich tapestry of culture and history.

Day 7: Marrakech Revisited

Majorelle Gardens, Morocco

As we embark on the final leg of our journey, a smooth private transfer whisks you away from Rabat and delivers you to Marrakech in approximately 3.5 hours. 

Gardens of Serenity: Majorelle Garden

Stepping into the Majorelle Garden is akin to wandering into a dream where nature and artistry blend effortlessly. 

Designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, this two-and-a-half-acre botanical garden is a meditative sanctuary away from the bustling streets of Marrakech. Famed for its cobalt blue accents — a shade now known as “Majorelle Blue” — the garden boasts a vivid collection of exotic plants, fountains, and meandering pathways. 

As you stroll, let the sounds of birds chirping and water gently trickling refresh your senses, offering you a peaceful respite to contemplate the beauty of Morocco.

Dar Si Said Museum

Nestled within a 19th-century palace, the Dar Si Said Museum is a treasure trove of Moroccan art and history. Every room, every display, tells a story of the nation’s rich past and vibrant culture. As you navigate through the museum, you’ll encounter intricately designed Berber jewelry, ancient weapons, traditional Moroccan carpets, and a plethora of other artifacts. 

The craftsmanship of the woodwork and zellige (tilework) adorning the museum itself is a testament to Morocco’s longstanding tradition of artisanship. Let yourself be transported through time, gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Moroccan way of life.

Farewell at Ksar Char-Bagh: A Journey’s End

As the sun begins its descent, casting a golden hue upon Marrakech, you’ll find yourself at Ksar Char-Bagh, a palace that embodies harmony and elegance. Drawing inspiration from the 14th-century Moorish palaces, Ksar Char-Bagh is a masterpiece of architecture, with its lush gardens, serene courtyards, and the gentle murmurs of flowing water. 

As you sip on a cup of traditional Moroccan tea, let the palace’s tranquility wrap around you, bidding you a gentle farewell from a land that has offered wonders at every turn.

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