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Royal Cities of Morocco

Visiting Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat, now with the Atlas mountains and desert

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 Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat, now with the Atlas mountains and desert

Day 1 Fly to Marrakech. 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 Atlas mountains to the former French Foreign Legion outpost of Ouarzazate (4 hrs), visiting the kasbahs of Tifoultoute, Taourirt and Ait Ben Haddou. Overnight at the Moroccan 4-star Xaluca in Boumalen Dades. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Continue along the spectacular 'Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs' and view the Todra Gorges. Continue to Erfoud (3 hrs). Overnight at the Moroccan 4-star Hotel Xaluca. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Early morning optional excursion to the Merzouga Dunes on the fringes of the Sahara. Traverse the Atlas Mountains to Fez (6 hrs) for two nights at the Moroccan 5-star Hotel Palais Ommeyad. (B, L, D)

Day 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 Transfer to Marrakech (4 hrs) for return flight to London. (B)

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

Notes

On occasion alternative hotels of a similar standard may be substitued. We use the official Moroccan star ratings for the hotels but these normally equate to one category lower by British standards.

Royal Cities of Morocco

Visiting Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat, now with the Atlas mountains and desert

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 historic riads, within Marrakech medina. Sitting rooms, patio, roof terrace, a small Angsana spa with hammam and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Xaluca Hotel - Boumalen Dades

Xaluca Hotel - Boumalen Dades

A Moroccan 4-star hotel with views of the Dades Valley. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 110 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV and mini-bar.

Xaluca Hotel - Erfoud

Xaluca Hotel - Erfoud

A Moroccan 4-star located at the entrance of the Sahara desert. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 134 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV and mini-bar.

Royal Cities of Morocco

Visiting Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat, now with the Atlas mountains and desert

2016

Sundaysper person in a twin/double roomBritish Airways from Gatwick
DatePrice
September 11 £1245
November 06 £1195

2017

Sundaysper person in a twin/double roomBritish Airways from Gatwick
DatePrice
February 12 £1295
March 12 £1345
April 02 £1395

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Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, transfers, 9 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 7 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

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