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Cox and Kings Moroccan Explorer: Imperial Cities to Desert

Cox and Kings Moroccan Explorer: Imperial Cities to Desert

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Explore the imperial cities of Fez, Rabat, Meknes and Marrakech, all former or current capitals of Morocco and known for their architecture and vibrant souks. Along the way, travel through diverse landscapes, from the Atlantic coast through fertile plains to the Sahara desert.

  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible – extensions available
  • Small group size – average 10 people (max 18)
  • International flights & internal flights in Morocco
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 10 breakfasts & 8 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

– Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the town of Meknes
– Stay in traditional riads in Chefchaouen & Marrakech
– Drink mint tea and watch the sunset over the dunes
– Sample local food in Fez

Day 1: Fly to Marrakech

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Marrakech. Transfer to Le Meridien for an overnight stay
(No meals)

Day 2:  Marrakech • Rabat

After a leisurely breakfast, travel to Rabat. In the afternoon, take a tour of the city including the Royal Palace and the Hassan Tower. Later on, enjoy a mint tea in the Andalucian gardens at Oudaya Kabash. Stay overnight at Rida Dar El Kebira or Dar El Kabira Salam (or similar)
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 3: Chefchaouen

Travel by road to the blue-walled town of Chefchaouen, perched beneath the rugged Rif mountains. Take a walking tour to discover the kasbah with its charming garden then continue to the cobbled main square, Plaza Uta el Hammam. The 15th-century Grand Mosque has a distinctive octagonal minaret. Stay overnight at Dar Echcahouen Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Volubilis • Meknes • Fez

Morning tour of Chefchaouen’s medina. Continue to Fez, stopping en route at the Roman ruins of Volubilis, which mark the westward extent of the Roman Empire, and the Unesco world heritage site of Meknes, now one of the quieter imperial cities but once the heart of the Moroccan sultanate. Spend 2 nights at the Palais Ommeyad & Spa (or similar).
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 5: Fez

Full-day tour of Fez, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities. Visit the Bou Inania madrasa, the Nejjarine fountain, the souk, tanneries and medina. Visit a communal bakery and join a tasting tour through the Medina.
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 6: Erfoud

Travel to Erfoud on the edge of the Sahara desert through the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountain ranges. Stop en route at Ifrane village, known as ‘little Switzerland’ due to its alpine-style architecture, for a walking tour. Stay 2 nights at Palais du Desert & Spa (or similar).
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 7: Erg Chebbi

Morning at leisure. This afternoon journey into the desert in 4×4 vehicles. Stop for a refreshing mint drink with Nomads in the Sahara and see the sunset over the dunes before returning to your hotel this evening.
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 8: Ouarzazate

Travel west to Ouarzazate with a photo stop at Todra gorge, an impressive orange-coloured canyon. Take a panoramic tour of Ouarzazate and stay overnight at Ksar Ighnda (or similar).
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 9: Ait Benhaddou • Marrakech

Depart for the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, a superb example of traditional Moroccan earthen architecture. Scenes from the films Gladiator, Prince of Persia and The Jewel of the Nile were all shot here. Back in Marrakech, visit Jardin Marjorelle before checking in to Le Meridien (or similar) for 2 nights.
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 10: Marrakech

Full-day city tour of Marrakech. Highlights include the lavish Moroccan architecture of Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia mosque and the bustling souks. Finish in Djemaa el Fna market square, a swirling carnival of musicians, fire eaters, storytellers and snake charmers. Farewell meal at a local restaurant.
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 11: Fly to London via Casablanca

Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Casablanca.

Dar El Kebira, Rabat

Dar El Kebira is located in the heart of the Medina of Rabat, close to the Kasbah of Oudayas. The Moorish building has been completely restored and furnished providing tranquillity and well-being in a Moroccan style. The riads restaurant is decorated with Moroccan divans, a colossal fireplace with ancient Moroccan pottery and serves traditional Moroccan cuisine such as couscous, tagines, pastilla and harira.

Ksar Ighnda, Ouarzazate

Located on the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate is the Ksar Ighnda, located in spectacular surroundings and only a 2-minute drive from the Unesco world heritage site of Ksar Aït Benhaddou. The riad provides an authentic yet modern setting with sculpted ceilings, traditional furnishing and works of art decorating the interiors. Enjoy treatments in the spa using Moroccan Argan oil, or take a stroll in to the village to watch local artisans at work.

Palais du Desert & Spa, Erfoud

Located in the oasis of Erfoud in southern Morocco, the Palais du Desert & Spa is a luxurious property located in the suburbs of the town, close to the palm grove and Zerktouni mosque. The hotel was built in 2014 and is renowned for its Moroccan architecture. The two restaurants serve a variety of local and international dishes while the lounge bar is an ideal location for after-dinner drinks.

Palais Ommeyad Suites & Spa, Fez

The Palais Ommeyad Suites & Spa is located in the Old Medina in Fez, a 20-minute walk from Karaouiyne Mosque. The property has traditional Moroccan decor and features spacious guestrooms. The restaurant serves Moroccan cuisine characterised by a variety of dishes, mainly from Arabic, Berber or Jewish traditions. Features: 30 rooms, restaurant, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, spa, terrace, garden.

Atlas Mountains – 3 days, 2 nights

Extend your stay and explore the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Stay at an off-the-beaten-path mountain retreat and hike past mountain streams to Berber villages.

Day 10 – To the Atlas Mountains
Travel to Atlas Mountains for a 2-night stay at Kasbah Toubkal.

Day 11 – Atlas Mountains
Take an easy guided trek to explore the surrounding valleys and visit Berber villages

Day 12 – Fly to London
Transfer to Marrakech airport and fly to London

Casablanca – 3 days, 2 nights

Visit Morocco’s largest city, cosmopolitan seafront Casablanca. Explore the impressive centre with its large boulevards and tall, well-kept white buildings, and contrast with the alleyways and markets of the characterful medieval old city.

Day 10 – To Casablanca
Transfer by road to Casablanca and stay at the Barcelo Casablanca for 2 nights.

Day 11 – Casablanca
Take a half-day tour of the city, including viewing the Hassan II mosque and a walk in the Old Quarter.

Day 12 – To London
Transfer to Marrakech airport and fly to London

Essaouira – 3 days, 2 nights

Take a relaxing extension to Essaouira, a delightful fishing town with fine sandy beaches and excellent fresh seafood.

Day 10 – To Essaouira
Transfer by road to Essaouira for a 2-night stay at Palais Heure Bleure.

Day 11 – Essaouira
Explore the walled city on a tour.

Day 12 – Fly to London
Transfer to Marrakech airport and fly to London.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

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