Days
8
Style
Comfort
From
765AUD

Morocco Imperial Cities

Morocco’s culture is significantly tied to its history and religious past, and this tour allows you to explore some of the country’s most beautiful cities, palaces and mosques with educated local guides to inform you of the significance of your destination. Great for those looking for a relaxing tour of the country whilst still experiencing the rich and vibrant Moroccan culture, this tour will take you across the country with plenty of free time to explore or wind-down in the sun.

Start
Casablanca
Finish
Marrakech
Ages
Min 16
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Group size
Min 2, Max 12


Highlights

  • • Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca
    • Be impressed by the grandeur of Rabat and Oudaya Kasbah
    • Meknes - a great Imperial city
    • Fes – the oldest medieval city in the world, medina dye pits and tanneries
    • Experience the colour and chaos of Djemaa el-Fna

Itinerary

Welcome to the magical Morocco!

Airport arrival transfer is already included in your booking. However, this transfer is only valid if you arrive on the 1st day or you have already made accommodation reservations through Balthazar tours. Please ensure that you provide us with your flight details while booking, or a minimum of 15-days prior to the journey. (Please Note: We may not be able to confirm your request if it is made within 15 days of the travel date). Once you’ve provided us your flight details, we will book a transfer representative for you to receive you at the airport and drop you to the hotel.

Get ready to begin the most amazing adventure of your life with a small Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

You can look out for a note in the lobby of the hotel or ask the hotel staff about the location of this meeting. If you are unable to find a flight that can help you reach the hotel before 6pm, you can arrive a day early to ensure that you don’t miss the meeting. We’ll be glad to book additional accommodation for you a day before (Subject to Availability). But if you’ll be late and won’t be able to attend the meeting, please do inform the hotel reception.
After breakfast on your 2nd day you can take a guided tour of Hassan II Mosque, which is approximately 45 mins away from the hotel. This amazing monument was built after years of hard work by around 30,000 craftsman, and was completed in 1993.The beauty of this monument has made it one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions. It was the late king’s legacy to Casablanca and his most ambitious project. Around $800 million was spent in its construction, and only the mosques of Mecca and Medina are bigger than this mosque, whereas its 200m-high minaret is tallest in the world.

Even though the great walls of Rabat accommodate a modern city, there are many quarters in it which remind you of its rich past. Located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River on the Atlantic Ocean, the city has a calm, peaceful atmosphere with none of the hustle and bustle of other larger tourist attractions of Morocco.

From Roman settlements, unfinished 12th century Hassan Tower, pirates, to a more recent reception of the position of the country’s modern political capital, Rabat has an elongated and vibrant history.
With a bundle of historical sites in its arms, Meknes has convoluted streets and a wonderful Old Town. Once a royal city of Morocco, Meknes was also the capital of one of the most colorful Moroccan era. It was Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) who wanted to create his very own version of Versailles here, with huge walls, gates, and more than 50 palaces with a labor power of more than 25,000 slaves.

Volubilis, close to the town of Moulay Idriss, is a site where you can witness the well-preserved ruins of the Romans. Volubilis used to function as the Roman empires one of the remotest bases, and remained prosperous until the 8th century. Moreover, most of its main structures were well-preserved until an earthquake in the 18thcentury damaged them. After this earthquake, most of the marble from these structures were taken to Meknes for construction.

A local guide will help us travel to this vibrant era as we navigate our way in this ancient city situated on the hills.

Visiting Fes is nothing short of travelling to the past. The mighty city walls, maze-like Medina’s and a well-preserved Old City has made Fes one of the favorite tourist destination in Morocco.
Today we spiral out and about on a private minicoach, towards Marrakech. As one enters Marrakech one is treated to a very exotic ambience of the Riad lodging. Tonight, we decide to make a beeline for a haven that is Jemaa el Fna. The considerable central of one of the biggest open spaces on the planet and an interesting place in Marrakech Consistently it wakes up with many snake-charmers, artists, tale tellers and those juggling with fire. It has several little open air eateries.

After breakfast we assemble with a Marrakech escort and head off on old medina through an early voyage. Our visit is at the excellent Bahia Palace, an amazing manor fabricated in way back to 1866. It was a haven of ex-slaves who had ascended to positions prominence in the management of Moulay Hassan. Our investigation leads as to the peaceful internal patios, filled with the fragrance of orange bloom, and the numerous abolition spots and salons that incorporate a homely and rich abode. We proceed to the museum in Marrakech, formerly built as a castle, which incorporates a fine gathering of Moroccan craftsmanship and model and where later we patrol the boulevards of the streets. This is before heading back to the Djemaa el Fna. The remnants of the day is marked by further prodding the streets and leisure shopping in the bazaars.
A morning free to browse and shop or just relax. In the afternoon you begin a leisurely return to casablanca via the interesting villages of Bn Guerir and Settat. Settat is a land of picturesque green lains, scattered with forested hills ideal for a pleasant drive.
The week long trek comes to a close at a breakfast. Checking out is mandatory at close to noon where one is allowed to leave leisurely at one on desired time. In the eventuality that one has orchestrated a private air terminal exchange, one is given ample information pertaining to time.

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking.

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Riad (3 nights)

Included activities

• Guided tour of Hassan II mosque
• Marrakech medina guided walk
• Meknes guided tour
• Volubilis guided tour
• Fes guided tour

Dates
15 Apr 2017 22 Apr 2017

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

AUD $765

Total price per person twin share


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About Us

Each of us involved with Balthazar Tours started off in a humble way, working for a major international tourism group that operated in our home country of Morocco for many years. We were tour guides, drivers and planners. We were deeply in love with our country and we loved sharing it with people from across the world. However, we were concerned about lack of