Morocco's Imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech and Meknes are rich in history, ancient monuments and the heritage of its glorious past dynasties. Set out on an eight-day tour and acquaint yourself with all their charms and mysteries. The beauty of the Moroccan imperial cities with the diversity of fantastic Moroccan landscapes, this tour offers a complete cultural experience along with the pristine charm of Moroccan nature.
This one-week tour discovering Morocco’s historic Imperial cities, but it will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime! You will get the opportunity to explore the main Royal cities of Morocco, immersing yourself in Morocco’s imperial cities and combining culture and history. You’ll have the chance also to experience Moroccan cuisine each day of your Morocco vacation.
Welcome to Morocco! Arrive to Fes airport where you will meet your driver and escorted to your hotel. The driver will provide a brief overview of your tour. Spend the overnight with dinner at the Riad or hotel.
Meals: Dinner included.
After breakfast, you will meet your private tour guide to enjoy a guided city tour to explore the first imperial city of Morocco, Fes; this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 9th century, and is home to the world's oldest university. The first stop of the morning is a visit to the entrance of the largest royal palace in Morocco. Afterwards, we will drive for a wonderful panoramic views of the whole medina from the southern tower of Fes, visit a pottery co-operative where tiles and Moroccan mosaic are made. We will visit the tanneries, to watch the locals working with the skins of animals such as goat, camel and cow. We will explore a Medrassa (Koranic school), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque University. Enjoy a Moroccan lunch at a traditional restaurant in the Medina. Afterwards, continue to explore the medina and its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns and musical instruments. The rest of the day is at leisure with overnight at the Riad or hotel.
Meals: Breakfast included.
Today we will take you for a day trip to the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa. Listen to your certified local guide explain about life in the Roman Empire as you peer into old bathhouses, marveling at the still-present mosaic floors and gazing up at the towering marble pillars. Afterwards, drive towards the imperial city of Meknes. We will see the impressive 18th century Bab Mansour, the ornamental gate to the imperial city of Meknes built by Sultan Moulay Ismail. We continue our tour to the small but impressive Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Then we will pass by the entrance of the Meknes Royal Palace and end up at Moulay Ismail’s massive Heri es Souani. This was his personal stable & granary for his 12,000 horses. We leave the Versailles of Morocco Meknes back to the medieval city of Fez for the overnight with breakfast.
Meals: Breakfast included.
After breakfast we depart from Fes through the Ifrane where you will have a stop for a drink and to take some pictures mainly with lion statue and walking in Prince Street. Our next stop will be in Azrou, a name that means “rock”, and we will see the volcanic outcrop in the outskirts of the village. Let us understand why Azrou is famous for its fine woodwork and precious red carpets. You will continue the journey towards Beni Mellal where you will have lunch. Then, we drive to the red city Marrakech. Check in and overnight with dinner at the hotel or Riad.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast included.
After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech city. You will start with a fresh morning visit to Jack Majorelle gardens, a peaceful spot in the Ville Nouvelle, contains botanic and exotic plants brought from all over the world, with dominating indigo blue to paint. You are going to visit the 19th Century Bahia Palace, built by the Grand Visir of Marrakech with its incredible mosaics and stucco and hear some interesting stories about his 4 wives and the 24 concubines!!. Admire the extraordinary architecture of Saadian Tombs, a royal necropolis of the 17th century. Spend some great time in the famous souks of Marrakech with different smells, colors, items before reaching the square of Jemaa lefna, a bustling place where snake charmers, monkeys, food stalls and musicians, the most animated square in Marrakech. Spend the overnight at the hotel with breakfast.
Meals: Breakfast included.
Marrakesh is a perfect entertaining destination offering attractions and leisure facilities for every taste and fancy. The city features magnificent gardens and modern entertaining complexes as well as scale shopping centers. Near the heart of the city there are popular scenic and well equipped golf centers enhancing facilities to fully enjoy the game and embrace the beauty of surrounding nature. Marrakesh also offers a rather rich night life and night entertainments choice for its guests. There are also center features the first class service and the visitors of the Hammam and Spa centers have a chance to enjoy a genuine Turkish bath. You can also discover the secrets of Moroccan cuisine by joining one of our popular cooking classes. Spend the overnight with breakfast at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast included.
Today you choose to have the morning at leisure in Marrakech or start an early drive towards the economic capital Casablanca. Upon arrival to the largest city Casablanca, you will check in at the hotel. The rest of time is at leisure to relax or have a smooth walk by the corniche. Spend the overnight with breakfast at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast included.
Depending on when your flight is scheduled, transfer to Casablanca international airport for your return flight with plenty of tales of Arabian and Berber days and nights.
* These are sample of Imperial cities itineraries, customizable for each customer, prices are on request and depend on dates, accommodations level and activities.
Explore hundreds of years of history as you tour the important imperial cities of Fes, Marrakesh and Meknes.
Have a unique sensory experience in Fes, watching the dyeing skills of tanners on display as they use age old techniques to soak and dye skins.
Feel the unique pulse of Africa in the mythical Djemaa el Fna square of Marrakesh where snake charmers, acrobats and story tellers breathe in the sweet aromas of spices wafting through the air.
Walk through cosmopolitan Casablanca, marveling at the stunning art deco buildings before heading to see the glory of the King Hassan II Mosque.
Tripadvisor previous guests reviews
We were booked and had paid a deposit for a trip late March of 2020, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Said, the owner of MD, went to extraordinary lengths to refund the deposits for our travel group of six from the U.S. Apparently the Moroccan banking system is not "user friendly" when it comes to wire transfers for reasons unclear to me. Nevertheless, Said managed to refund all our money using a very creative approach. We would DEFINITELY travel with MD in the future given this level of honesty and effort; but we do hope that MD will accept credit cards rather than wires in the future. Thank You Said & Morocco Discovery!
Three of use booked a 19-day with Moroccan Discovery Holidays for March, 2020 and paid a 50% deposit. When Morocco closed its borders due to Covid. Initially we put our trip on hold and asked Said to hold our deposit. Said agreed to this. When it appeared holiday travel would likely go on for many months we asked for a refund. Said again agreed but the Moroccan banks, being what they are, refused to release all of our deposit. With some pressure on the bank from us and Said's help we did receive 100% of our deposit.
We planned our April-May 2020 trip to Morocco in the late fall of 2019 and worked with Said at Morocco Discovery. We were taking our adult children and their partners and Said was patient and added everything we wanted and more. One month prior to travel we were surprised by the pandemic, with flights cancelled, borders closed and no idea when we could travel again. Said remained as diligent, helpful and honest throughout the arduous process of refunding our downpayment. We were thrilled with Said, and his company's commitment to customer service and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone travelling to Morocco. As soon as it is safe again it is our intent to rebook with them!
From their already outstanding reviews when I started working with Sayd, this was an amazing experience. I got prompt friendly responses to every question I had and as this was our first trip to Africa I had a lot of questions. The price was incredibly reasonable - I don’t know how they can put the trip together on this budget. We stayed at amazing Riads in every city with excellent food every evening and great breakfasts - our driver was AMAZING- he was always ready wherever we were 1 minute before we needed him. The prearranged guides were the best. If you are going to Morocco - you want to go with Morocco Discovery and you definitely want a driver.
I have to admit, when I first started looking at using a local Moroccan tour company for our trip I was very nervous. After having toured Morocco for 11 days with Morocco Discovery Holidays, I would HIGHLY recommend them without any hesitation. Said worked with me for over a year to come up with a customized trip that included everything we (2 couples) wanted to see and more. Every change I made to the itinerary was completed within hours of my request.. and I made many. Said is very prompt at responding to e-mails and questions. Having a private driver was definitely the ideal way to see Morocco. Our driver, Mohamed was amazing. From the minute he met us at the airport (with sweets to welcome us) until he dropped us off at the port for our journey to Spain, Mohamed could not do enough for us. Mohamed is funny, engaging, very knowledgeable and was totally flexible and I felt very safe at all times, even on the curvy, narrow road. If I wanted him to turn around so I could take a picture, he would…and Did!! LOL Our Riads were beautiful and the meals that were included were some of the best meals we had in Morocco. I cannot say enough about the 5* service and attention we received from Morocco Discovery Holidays and Mohamed during our trip.
Mr Said provided us with a very pleasant and safe driver (Mustafa) as well as a new van, so we had a very enjoyable round trip Casablanca-Rabat-Fes- Marrakech-Casablanca. Local guides accompanied us in Fes and Marrakech, and we could have had other tours but we opted to spend more time walking around the towns. The Riads selected for us were very satisfactory and service all round was great. No hesitation at all in recommending Morocco Discovery.
Said arranged an excellent holiday for us. We began with one of the standard trips as our starting point and adapted it to better suit our needs with an added night here and there and starting in Marrakesh rather than Casablanca. Everything went very smoothly from start to finish.The choice of the Riads in which we stayed was great, as were the guides that were arranged for us. Abdoul proved to be a first rate driver - safe, dependable, friendly and very professional. We felt very comfortable being driven by him and we enjoyed his company.