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Imperial Cities


FROM £$ 3179

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Explore Hassan II Mosque's intricate design in Casablanca.
  • Wander Fez El Bali's medieval lanes and vibrant souks.
  • Marvel at Volubilis' Roman ruins.
  • Experience Ifrane's alpine beauty.
  • Discover Marrakech's iconic landmarks.
  • Indulge in a relaxing hammam and massage.
  • Enjoy a cooking class at a modern Berber-style villa.
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Tour Overview

Discover the imperial splendor of Morocco with our carefully crafted 8-day Imperial Cities itinerary. From the bustling streets of Casablanca to the ancient medinas of Fez and Marrakech, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Moroccan culture and history. Explore iconic landmarks such as the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the historic sites of Rabat and Meknes, and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Indulge in traditional Moroccan cuisine, unwind in a hammam, or join a cooking class amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Ifrane. With seamless travel arrangements and included services, let this itinerary be your passport to an unforgettable journey through Morocco’s imperial cities. 

Round trip airport transfers
7 nights at hotels as listed below
Half board (breakfast and dinner, including dinner at a local restaurant in Marrakech)
A/C transportation with English-speaking driver (fresh water available in the car)
English-speaking national guide is included for 5 pax and more
Half day guided city tour of Fez and Marrakech
Guided tour of Volubilis (~1:15 hour)
Monuments and historical sites entrance fees as per the itinerary
Airports and hotels porterage
All taxes
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Package Price: From £$ 3179

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


Casablanca Airport

Arrive at Casablanca airport and transfer to the city for a driving sightseeing tour that includes the old French quarter of Habous and a visit to the Hassan II Mosque.

Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean with a 210m-tall minaret serving as the city's major landmark, it showcases the very best of Moroccan artisanship: hand-carved stone and wood, intricate marble flooring and inlay, gilded cedar ceilings, and exquisite zellige (geometric mosaic tiled-work). The inside visit is at your own expense. Continue to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight. less


Casablanca – Rabat

Depart overland along the main highway linking these two major cities toward Rabat.

Embark on a city tour highlighting Rabat's cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past. Rabat's most famous site is the 12th-century Hassan Tower (an admirable example of stunning Moroccan style) and the incomplete Minaret of the great mosque, also built at the same period.

Located alongside is the Mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the grandfather of the current king. You’ll also enjoy a visit to the Kasbah of the Udayas, built on a cliff overlooking the city and the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate represents one of the most beautiful illustrations of Moorish architecture. Within its walls, you'll discover a wonderful Moroccan garden with melodious fountains and sweet-smelling orange trees.

Continue then overland to Fez (approximately a 3-hour drive) for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Travel time: 4 hours, 15 minutes less


Fez City Tour

Today you take a step back in time into the Middle Ages with a visit to one of the most imperial, timeless, and untouched cities in the world, the cultural heart of Morocco, Fez El Bali (Old Fez).

Enjoy exploring some of the 9,000 narrow lanes and alleys in the souks (open-air markets) that make up the labyrinth of the city's old quarter, originally founded in the 8th century. The Imperial capital was a renowned medieval learning center, and at its heart still remains the Karaouine, one of the oldest still-functioning universities in the world.

Nearby is the Attarine Medersa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture built in the 14th century. Then you’ll visit the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain, a mosaic of elaborate tilework, and the fondouq (Caravanserai) that has been converted into a Museum of Carpentry. In the 13th Century, the Merinides Dynasty built Fez El Jdid (New Fez) with its Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (Koranic schools), souks, and the city walls. Most notably, Fez El Jedid is home to the Mellah (Jewish quarter), which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture. The wrought-iron decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay. less


Fez – Volubilis – Meknes – Fez

Journey

Journey overland to explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa.

With its triumphal arches, basilica, forum, and capitol, the Volubilis skyline brims with iconic examples of Roman architecture. Among its greatest treasures, however, are the amazing mosaic floors of former family dwellings, which include depictions of Orpheus charming animals with his lyre, nine dolphins signifying good luck, and a portrait of Amphitrite in a seahorse-drawn chariot.

Continue to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well, and one of the imperial cities of Morocco. Meknes is replete with fantastic historical sites, from minarets to museums, to enormous mosaic doors and royal golf courses. Among the most popular attractions are the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Nejjardine Mosque and Grand Mosque (outside visit) as well as the Bab Mansour, Bab Lakmis, and Bab Berdaine gates. Return to Fez for an evening at leisure.

A private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay. less


Fez – Ifrane – Marrakech

Today we experience the natural and wilder landscapes beyond Fez with a drive to the high alpine region of Ifrane National Park - encompassing Azrou and several Berber villages - filled with cedar and oak forests, and home to the world’s largest population of Barbary macaques, hundreds of animals and birds and the oldest tree in Morocco’s Middle Atlas, the 130-foot Gouraud’s Cedar.

The largest cedar forest in the world is found in this park, and several lakes or dayats abound in the nearby areas. The Lion of Ifrane sits majestically in the city center and is certainly one of the most photographed sites of the region. Ifrane feels more like Switzerland relocated in North Africa, with its clean air, scrubbed streets, and leafy outlook. The French built this city in 1930, deliberately trying to recreate an alpine-style resort. It is a popular day trip for picnickers during Summer, and the site attracts skiers in Winter. Continue to Marrakech via highway with a stop for lunch in Rabat (on your own).

Check-in at your hotel for your overnight stay.

Travel time: 6 hours, 50 minutes less


Marrakech City Tour

‘Red City’, ‘Imperial City’, the capital of the mid-Southwestern region, Marrakech is Morocco’s most popular tourist destination. Founded in the 11th century, Marrakech has been a political and cultural powerhouse, serving as the capital for three of Morocco’s greatest dynasties.

Marrakech has even been used interchangeably to refer to both the country and the city. Marrakech has lots to brag about. But it’s not all about historical palaces and mosques though, there are plenty of those, rest assured! Look out of any window in Marrakech and you will find a postcard view: clay-red houses squared away far and wide, with palm trees sprouting everywhere in between, gardens bursting out of courtyards, and the High Atlas Mountains as a soothing purple backdrop. It’s no wonder French fashion designer Yves-Saint-Laurent found so much inspiration there. In recent years, Marrakech has created an international airport, a world-class soccer stadium, an international marathon, and an Annual Film Festival, adding modern flare to its natural and historical offerings. In short, in Morocco, Marrakech is a must-see. Let’s marvel first at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. The Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century.

Your next stop is Dar el Bacha Museum of Confluences. This palace was built by Pasha Thami el Glaoui in 1910. Walk in its lovely gardens, admire the zellige mosaic tilework of this opulent palace, and enjoy exhibitions focused on Moroccan culture. Later you visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers, magicians, and street musicians performing at every turn.

You may also take the opportunity to explore the city's fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following your visit, return to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for dinner in a local restaurant.

A private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay. less



Day at leisure or pick from one of our optional excursions in Marrakech. Sign up for a full-day retreat at a modern Berber-style villa with a cooking class, a traditional hammam and massage, or a cooking class with a 3-star NYTimes chef.

Retreat at a modern Berber-style villa and Cooking Class.

This retreat experience will start with a pickup from your hotel at 10 AM by our English-speaking driver aboard a deluxe car for a 20-min. drive to the Valley of Ourika. Upon arrival at the entrance to the trail, you will switch to a camel/donkey/mule - depending on availability - for transfer to the Bennouna’s farm. A welcome drink is served by the Farm host, followed by a tour of the property surrounded by a spectacular décor with the Atlas Mountains in the background. Enjoy a 20-min. meditation on the roof of the farmhouse (yoga class optional upon request at your own expense). A light lunch will be served. The swimming pool is available for use (if season permits), and fresh drinks are at your disposal (extra charge for alcoholic drinks and wine), or enjoy a breathtaking walk in the surroundings. We will start to prepare for the cooking class at 4 PM. First, we’ll pick up vegetables from the garden if the season permits, then bring them to the kitchen to begin an immersive experience with the New York Times 3-stars Executive Chef. You will dine on the food you cooked. After dinner, witness the sunset on the terrace of the villa. Moroccan tea or coffee will be served.

A private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Traditional Hammam and Massage

A hammam is a traditional Moroccan Spa. Historically, the hammam was a public bathhouse for the locals to clean off the dirt and grime invariably accumulated after traveling through the desert. Today, the hammam still serves this purpose for the locals and is brought to a higher level for the tourists. In the hammam, you’ll be submerged by a complete relaxation experience within an authentic oriental décor where you’ll be listening to your own body in an atmosphere filled with water, oils, essences, and perfumes. Enjoy a 30-min. scrub done by expert hands with black soap or soothing spices eliminating toxins from your body. After Hammam, sway to the massage room where you will experience a 30-min. traditional Moroccan massage to eliminate tensions and gain energy and vitality. Tea is served in the relaxing room before you leave.

Cooking Class and Dinner

At 4 PM, you’ll be picked up at the hotel for a unique gastronomic experience at The Bennouna Farm, in the Ourika Valley. The cooking class takes place on the terrace of a modern Berber-style villa, in a spectacular setting with the Atlas Mountains in the background. The 3-stars New York Times Chef Azzeddine Bennouna and his wife Marie will greet you on their property where you will discover the secrets of Moroccan cuisine. The food you prepared will be served for dinner with a glass of wine. This activity includes a tour of the property with picking fresh produce from the garden if the season permits; a traditional welcome tea session; a bread-making demonstration done by a native Berber woman; and the preparation of a Moroccan dish. While the food is cooking, you are welcome to jump in the pool - if the season permits! After dinner, back to your hotel for overnight. less


Marrakech Airport 

Private transfer from your Hotel to the Airport, for your international flight home.

Private transfer from your Hotel to the Airport, for your international flight home.

Casablanca, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

Volubilis Archeological Site, Meknes, Morocco

Meknes, Morocco

Ifrane, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Places You'll See

  • casablanca-morocco


    Sitting on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco. It serves as a major port and business hub for the entire continent of Africa. Because of its strategic location, many companies have their headquarters here. Along with being the country’s main hub for business, Casablanca also is known for its busy “medinas”, attracting many different types of shoppers. The city’s renowned King Hassan II Mosque is a must-see!

  • rabat-morocco


    Morocco’s capital city, Rabat, offers plenty of history and a relaxed atmosphere for a major city. Rabat is one of Morocco’s four Imperial Cities. Explore the Rabat’s Old Medina, admiring the historic buildings and traditional souks. Visit Chellah, an ancient site once inhabited by the Romans and now home to many birds. See the Hassan Tower and the Royal Mausoleum. Enjoy a walk along the corniche and take in the beautiful views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Fez

    Steeped in history and tradition, Fez is a mesmerizing city that invites travelers to step back in time and immerse themselves in Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the labyrinthine streets of the medina, where ancient mosques, madrasas, and palaces await around every corner. Lose yourself in the bustling souks, where artisans ply their trade and the air is filled with the aroma of spices and leather. Admire the intricate tilework and stucco decorations of the city’s historic monuments, which bear witness to Fez’s illustrious past as a center of Islamic civilization. Whether you’re savoring the flavors of traditional Moroccan cuisine or delving into the city’s vibrant arts scene, Fez offers a captivating journey through the soul of Morocco.

  • Volubilis

    Once a thriving Roman outpost, Volubilis is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into Morocco’s ancient past. Wander among the ruins of temples, basilicas, and triumphal arches, which stand as testaments to the city’s former glory. Admire the intricate mosaics that decorate the floors of wealthy Roman villas, depicting scenes from everyday life and classical mythology. Take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the top of the Capitol, where the remains of the ancient city spread out before you in all their splendor. Whether you’re a history buff or simply a lover of breathtaking vistas, Volubilis promises a journey back in time to the golden age of the Roman Empire.

  • Meknes

    Once an imperial capital of Morocco, Meknes is a city steeped in grandeur and history, offering travelers a glimpse into Morocco’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. Explore the monumental gates and massive ramparts that surround the old city, which bear witness to Meknes’s former status as a center of power and prestige. Wander through the winding streets of the medina, where traditional craftsmen ply their trade and ancient souks brim with treasures. Marvel at the opulent palaces and mosques that adorn the cityscape, reflecting the splendor of Morocco’s bygone dynasties. With its majestic monuments and vibrant cultural scene, Meknes invites visitors to embark on a journey through the ages, where the past seamlessly blends with the present.

  • Ifrane

    Nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains, Ifrane is a picturesque town renowned for its alpine beauty and European-inspired architecture. Stroll through the town’s manicured gardens and leafy avenues, where chalet-style buildings and red-tiled roofs evoke a sense of Old World charm. Explore the surrounding forests and meadows, where hiking trails lead to hidden lakes, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic viewpoints. In winter, hit the slopes at nearby ski resorts, where you can enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports amidst stunning mountain scenery. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure or simply a peaceful retreat in nature, Ifrane offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

  • Marrakech

    Marrakech sits north of the foothills of the majestic Atlas Mountains and is one of Morocco’s four imperial cities. Marrakech has been referred to as “the red city” because many of the old buildings were built with red sandstone. The city has long been known as a popular trading destination and is now visited by tourists for its authentic markets and vendors. Marrakech still has a very traditional old town but modern neighborhoods have also emerged alongside these historic areas. Marrakech is one of the largest economic centers in the country and a very popular tourist destination.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Fes : Hôtel L’Escale

4 Star Properties

Casablanca : Idou Anfra

Marrakech : Bab Hotel

5 Star Properties

Casablanca : Gray Boutique Hotel

Fez : Palais Medina

Marrakech : Grand Mogador Menara


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