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Imperial Cities of Morocco

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  • Explore Marrakesh and discover the medieval medina 
  • See the atmospheric souks and the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa square
  • Visit the enchanting Jardin Majorelle, once the home of Yves St Laurent 
  • Experience the colonial charm of Casablanca 
  • Visit the vast and impressive Hassan II Mosque
  • Visit the elegant Moroccan capital city of Rabat
  • Take a guided walking tour through the ancient medina 
  • Take a tour of Fez and visit the extraordinary medina
  • See the intricately decorated Al-Attarine Madrasa and the iconic tanneries
  • Soak up thousands of years of history at the Roman site of Volubilis 
  • Discover the extraordinary architectural treasures of Meknes

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7 nights in 3-star superior to 4-star accommodation
Daily breakfast & 7 dinners (of which 2 are taken at local restaurants)
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The very name Morocco conjures up an enduring fascination – geographically close to Europe but culturally, a world apart. Despite the many years of French and Spanish colonial rule, a sense of the past is always present. In Morocco, you are quite literally walking on history. As a backdrop, the country’s vast geography is also remarkable: from the Mediterranean coastline, through mountain ranges to the empty wilderness of the Sahara Desert. Roman ruins, Berber kasbahs, superb Islamic architecture and the foothills of the Atlas Mountains are all bathed in a unique shimmering light. You can choose to lose yourself in the narrow winding streets of the old medinas or join the locals amidst the clatter of a busy souk. 

Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh and Rabat – these are the imperial cities of Morocco and all are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Dating back almost a thousand years, Marrakesh is where Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge. Perched on the edge of the Sahara Desert and framed by the Atlas Mountains, this ancient trading hub quite simply bursts with intoxicating energy. Marrakesh is also the heartland of the Berbers, who have lived and farmed on this land since Neolithic times. 

Once the haven of Barbary pirates, the current capital, Rabat, shows quite a different side today. The era of French colonisation is reflected in the long palm-lined avenues and elegant early 19th-century architecture. Perched high above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the ancient Kasbah des Oudaïas is the jewel in Rabat’s crown. 

Fez is the most ancient of the imperial cities and the true spiritual heart of Morocco. Islamic refugees from neighbouring Spain and Tunisia were some of the first settlers to make their home here when the city was founded in the 9th century. Today you can enjoy the ebb and flow of daily life amidst the intense sights, sounds and scents of the exotic medina or relax by a splashing fountain in a cool, blue-tiled courtyard. 

Moulay Ismail, Morocco’s most notorious sultan, made Meknes his capital in the 17th century. A glimpse of the scale and enormity of his lifestyle is evident in the remains of the grandiose architecture. Famed for his excesses, the sultan ordered the construction of the vast, cathedral-like Heri es-Souani just to house his beloved Arabian steeds. 

The imperial cities are not just defined by their history, but also by the rich and contrasting colours of their architecture. Ochre and pink for Marrakesh, the dazzling blue of Rabat, and distinctive but differing shades of yellow for Fez and Meknes. 

Morocco is truly a paradise for shoppers. Handwoven rugs, finely carved woodwork, delicate glassware, brightly coloured tagine pots and babouches – the traditional leather slippers of Morocco – these are just a small selection of artisan handicrafts that may tempt you. Visit a Moroccan food market and you’ll take all your senses on an exciting journey. The stalls are filled to bursting with seasonal fruit and vegetables, mountains of green and black olives, preserved lemons, dates and figs, and bundles of fresh mint. Here you will find all the ingredients for a tagine, a fragrant stew of meat or fish, cooked in a pot with a conical lid and traditionally served with couscous and steamed vegetables. At the spice markets, friendly vendors offer their wares, and herbs and spices adorn the stalls in colourful pyramids. You can shop for ras el-hanout, a unique blend of many spices, or seek out the finest saffron. Perfect with a cup of mint tea, Moroccan pastries are ideal for those with a sweet tooth. Orange blossom, rose water, almonds and dates are often used in many of the recipes, and the choice of sweet treats is plentiful and quite irresistible. The crescent-shaped cornes de gazelle, a pastry stuffed with almonds and cinnamon, is a national favourite.

For fascinating history, diverse and exciting cities, superb architecture, an extraordinary landscape and a rich culinary heritage, look no further than this splendid tour of Morocco.

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Arrive at the airport for your flight to Marrakesh. On arrival, we will transfer to the four-star superior Hotel Opera Plaza for an overnight stay. 

Hotel Opera Plaza in Marrakesh

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4* Superior Hotel Opera Plaza - Marrakesh


The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca


This morning we’ll visit the Jardin Majorelle: an inspiring and amazing display of bamboo, bougainvillea and cacti, formerly owned by Yves Saint-Laurent. Exotic plants line the lanes, burbling streams cascade into pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers, and the Moorish buildings glow with an intense blue. A visit is also included to the Berber Museum, which is located within the gardens and showcases the extraordinary history and culture of the Berber people. 


This afternoon, we leave Marrakesh and the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and travel north across the rich agricultural plains. We arrive in Casablanca and our hotel, the Campanile Casablanca Center, where we stay for one night. 

The coastal city of Casablanca was founded by the Berbers in the 7th century. Arab tribes also settled here and the Portuguese, Spanish and French followed, all leaving their distinctive mark on the culture and architecture. Moorish white houses, which give their name to the city, are scattered along the coastline, contrasting with the elegant 1930s architecture of the French epoch. The French were heavily influenced by Art Deco and the unique style often seen in Casablanca is known as Mauresque – French for the local interpretation of Moorish design. Some fine examples of this style and other Art Deco buildings can be seen along Boulevard Mohammed V. Casablanca was immortalised in the famous 1942 movie, starring Humphrey Bogart, but was actually wholly shot in Hollywood.

Rising high above Casablanca and dominating the skyline is the vast Hassan II Mosque; its minaret soars up to an incredible 690 feet. Your local guide will introduce you to this extraordinary building, one of the largest mosques in the world. Uniquely located, this splendid structure extends out over the Atlantic Ocean. 12 million people gave their own time and money to the construction of the mosque. Whether large or small – the smallest amount being just 5 dirham – all who donated received a certificate. During our visit we will see the very best of Moroccan artisan skills, from intricate wood and stone carving to magnificent gilded ceilings and intricately decorated tiles. There is even a retracting roof allowing worshippers to pray in the sunlight or under the stars. 

This evening we soak up the romantic atmosphere of 1940s Casablanca during our dinner at Rick’s Café, a tribute to Rick Blaine’s restaurant and bar in the classic film, Casablanca. Set in a renovated riad against the city’s old medina, Rick’s Café is filled with decorative details that will have you feeling as though you’ve stepped right into the film: arabesque arches, elegant balustrades, a sculpted bar, brass lighting and an authentic 1930s piano. The resident pianist entertains with a repertoire of well-loved classics, including the highly memorable As Time Goes By.







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La Maison Arabe cooking class

Enjoy a Moroccan gastronomic experience - from £36 per person

Attend La Maison Arabe’s worldrenowned cooking workshop, where a professional chef will teach you how to create a delicious and authentic Moroccan dish. Then you’ll feast on your culinary creations with your fellow cooks.

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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

 Arrival airport First hotel location  Transfer time  Final hotel location  Departure airport  Transfer time
Marrakesh Menara Airport Marrakesh 20 mins Marrakesh Marrakesh Menara Airport 20 mins


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The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a room and includes:

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and seven dinners, two of which are taken at local restaurants
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

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