Voyages Jules Verne

Royal Cities of Morocco

Visiting the monuments and medinas of Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat

Morocco has, at various stages, held dominion over territories extending from Senegal to France. It played a crucial role in the evolution of Europe’s Renaissance and, via its Andalusian satellite, Cordoba, infusions of Arabian learning were passed into European culture. Its dynasties moved their capital according to personal inclination or movement of trade routes, encompassing in turn Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat. The remarkably sited city of Fez is wedged in a valley, its houses climbing up the slope on either side. Its medina

is little changed since medieval times and surrounded by original gates and fortifications.

The ancient walled city of Marrakech is a uniquely rewarding city of gardens, souks and palaces. Meknes is the capital of Moulay Ismail, a 17th-century Sultan who aimed to create a capital on a grand scale to match his contemporary, Louis XIV, the Sun King, whose daughter he asked to marry. Rabat, the country’s current capital, was founded in the 12th century and is known for its fine gateways, battlements, trees and flowers whilst Casablanca, that slightly mysterious city on the Atlantic coast, is best known as a great port. Whilst many will connect Morocco with the hot sand of the desert, in fact it contains some of the most spectacular scenery in North Africa, ranging from the Atlantic coastline to the coniferous forests of the Middle Atlas, making travel between the royal cities an additional pleasure.

Royal Cities of Morocco

Visiting the monuments and medinas of Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat

Day 1 Fly to Marrakech via Casablanca. Stay three nights at an Angsana Riad.

Day 2 Full-day tour of Marrakech includes the Koutoubia Minaret, Majorelle Gardens, Bahia Palace and Dar Si Said Palace Museum. (B, D)

Day 3 VJV Special Event - Lunch at La Mamounia. Afterwards explore the fascinating and colourful souks of the old medina, visiting the Medersa Ben Youssef, a 14th-century religious teaching establishment and Palais Badia. (B, L)

Day 4 Travel through the Middle Atlas (4 hrs) and stop for lunch. Continue to Fez (5 hrs) for two nights at the Moroccan 5-star Hotel Palais Ommeyad. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Drive around the ramparts of Fez. Visit the 14th-century Bou Inania Medersa and museum with its illuminated manuscripts and ceramics. After lunch in the medina, explore the cobbled lanes, Attarine Medersa and Neijarin fountain. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit the Roman city of Volubilis and hill town of Moulay Idriss. In Meknes, tour its ramparts, imperial granaries and stables. Drive to the Moroccan 5-star Hotel Amphitrite on the coast near Rabat (3 hrs), for two nights. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit Casablanca and the Hassan II Mosque, the world's largest mosque. Return to Rabat, and visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the late King. Other attractions include the Tour Hassan, royal palace, Chellah and Roman ruins. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Return flight to London from Casablanca. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Royal Cities of Morocco

Visiting the monuments and medinas of Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat

Palais Ommeyad - Fez

Palais Ommeyad - Fez

A Moroccan 5-star Riad-style hotel dating back to the 18th century. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 30 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV, mini-bar, safe and hairdryer.

Amphitrite Hotel - Rabat

Amphitrite Hotel - Rabat

A Moroccan 5-star hotel on the Atlantic coast near Rabat. Restaurants, bar, pool, beach, fitness centre, WiFi (free) and 178 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV, mini-bar and safe.

Angsana Riad - Marrakech

Angsana Riad - Marrakech

A selection of small, intimate traditional riads, conveniently located within Marrakech medina. Sitting rooms, patio and a small Angsana spa with hammam. Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Royal Cities of Morocco

Visiting the monuments and medinas of Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat


Sundaysper person in a twin roomRoyal Air Maroc from Gatwick
March 27 £1245
April 10 £1195

May 08 £1195
July 17 £1145
September 11 £1145
September 25 £1195
October 09 £1195
October 23 £1245
November 06 £1195
November 20 £1095
December 04 £1025

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