If you agree that nothing quite compares with exploring the Imperial Cities of Morocco by train along with having the luxury and convenience of a personal driver and tour guide, then this tour is for you.
On this tour, you will have a tour guide to accompany you on the trains and in the cities throughout your vacation in Morocco.
You will be travelling by train from city to city and at each train stop, there will be a new driver to meet you and be at your service.
Day 1 : Casablanca Airport to Rabat
On your arrival at the airport, you will be met by your driver and tour guide. The driver will transfer you and your guide to the railway station to board the first class train to Rabat.
Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the first Imperial City to visit and Morocco’s capital.
Your driver in Rabat will pick you and your guide up at the train station and head to your hotel.
Depending on your arrival time, you will head out for a tour of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Tower of Hassan plus the Old Town.
Then head back to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2 : Rabat to Fez
After breakfast, you will have a sightseeing tour of Rabat.
You will visit the historical Chellah, a medieval necropolis, and a modern attraction which opened in October 2014, the Museum Mohammed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art.
You will be taken to the sights from the previous day, if you missed them.
After lunch, your driver and tour guide will take you to the train station in Rabat to board the train for Fez, the second Imperial City on the tour.
Fez is known as the spiritual and cultural capital of the country as well as a center for handicraft arts.
Upon arrival, your driver in Fez and tour guide will take you to your hotel or riad for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3 : Guided tour of Fez
After breakfast, begin your Fez sightseeing tour from Fès –Jdid. Visit the historical sites such as the Royal Palace, one of the oldest and largest in Morocco, the Mellah or Jewish Quarter which dates back to 1438 plus its venerable cemetery, and the landmark Marinid Tombs built during the Marinid Dynasty, known as the Golden Age.
Later, you will enter the winding, old walled city of Fez el Bali which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.
The Old City, surrounded by an stone wall with 14 arched entrances, is active and bustling with business as well providing home to many Fassis.
It is car free and bicycle free and transportation is provided only by donkeys and mules.
Follow the narrow and oftentimes, steep alleyways and visit the magnificent Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and the Madrasa Al-Attarine.
Stop for lunch and then go back in time with a trip to the medieval University of Karaouiyne and the ancient leather tanneries to view the age-old process and the different colored vats used for dyeing.
At the end of the day, return to your hotel or riad to have dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 4 : Day Trip from Fez To Volubilis - Moulay Idriss - Meknes
After breakfast, drive to Volubilis, which is considered to be one of the best preserved excavations in Northern Africa dating from the Roman Empire, and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This archeological site provides you an opportunity to explore a whole city of Roman ruins and ancient mosaic floors.
Then drive to the charming whitewashed city of Moulay Idriss, considered the holiest city in Morocco.
It was here that Moulay Idriss 1 arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam and starting a new dynasty.
Then head to Meknes, the third Imperial City on this tour as well as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a blend of cultural heritage and picturesque scenery.
There visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the Bab Mansour Gate, the Bab Berdieyinne Mosque and more.
At the end of the day, relax with a Turkish bath (Hamman) and massage.
Head back to Fez to have dinner and get ready for the next adventure.
Day 5 : Fez to Marrakesh
After breakfast, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or riad and take you to the train station to board a train to Marrakesh.
Marrakesh is the fourth Imperial City on this tour.
It has been a center for trade and culture for centuries and today, remains famous worldwide for its market places, also known as Souks.
Upon arrival, your driver in Marrakesh and tour guide will take you to your hotel or riad for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 6 : Guided tour of Marrakesh
After having breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. Marrakech, known as the jewel of Morocco or the ‘Red City’ due to the ochre hue of many of its buildings, is situated at the base of the Atlas Mountains.
The city is divided into the Old and the New. Start your sightseeing tour in the Ville Nouveau and drive through the palm groves of La Palmeraie and on to the Majorelle Garden with its cobalt blue accents and exquisite landscaping.
Explore the Bahia Palace which was built in the 19th century for the Sultan’s 4 wives and 24 concubines.
Then on to Saadian Tombs, a beautiful royal burial ground.
Head towards the Old Town and visit the Koutobia Mosque.
Enter the Old Walled City and walk toward Djeema el Fna Square, now a World Heritage site.
Stop for lunch at one of the cafes and watch the activity.
In the late afternoon, the Square livens up with dancers and musicians and at dusk, it is packed with food stalls, filling the air with spicy aromas.
Walk towards the area of the Souks which has been home to spice traders, metal craftsmen and woodworkers for centuries.
The shops of each group of artisans are clustered together in one area.
The Mellah, or Jewish Quarter, is located here and is of historical importance.
Return to your hotel or riad and in the evening and select the restaurant of your choice for dinner.
Day 7 : Day Trip from Marrakesh to Ourika Valley
After breakfast your driver and tour guide will pick you up and drive for approximately 35 miles (60 kilometers) to Ourika Valley.
Along the way, enjoy the breathtaking views of the small rocky hills, green mountains and grazing sheep.
You will also have an opportunity to visit the small Berber villages, nestled into the mountains.
Have lunch by the river in the heart of Ourika Valley before heading to see the waterfalls of Setti Fatma.
Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay
Day 8 : Marrakesh to Casablanca
After having breakfast you will board the train for Casablanca.
Upon your arrival, you will be met by your driver at the train station who will transfer you to your hotel.
In the afternoon, after a rest in your hotel, take a drive along the beachfront, also known as the Corniche. Visit the City Center and see the Old Medina.
Then enjoy a ‘Farewell to Morocco’ dinner at Rick’s Cafe, a Casablanca landmark.
After dinner, return to your hotel for a final overnight stay.
Day 9 : Transfer to Casablanca Airport
After breakfast, your driver and tour guide will transfer you to the airport.