If you agree that nothing quite compares with exploring the Imperial Cities of Morocco and Tangier by train along with having the luxury and convenience of a personal driver and tour guide, then this tour is for you.
Experience Morocco’s first class train system and see the ultra modern train stations in the cities that you visit.
On this Morocco Train 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 traveling 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 : Arrival in Tangier
When you arrive in Tangier either by plane or by ferry, you will be met by your driver and your tour guide and then head off to your hotel.
In the afternoon, after a rest in your hotel and time permitting, your driver and tour guide will give you a tour of Tangier and drive you through the narrow, winding streets of the Medina and along the charming courtyards and gardens of City Center.
Then head to visit the Foundation Lorin and Gran Teatro Cervantes.
Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2 : Tangier to Fez
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy some shopping or a drive around the City in case you missed the sights from the previous day.
Then your tour guide and driver will take you to board your first class train to Fez, an Imperial City.
Fez is known as the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco 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.
At the end of the trip, 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 to 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, and if you missed it at the beginning of the tour, City Center and its world renowned architecture.
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(Transfer to the airport included nest day).