Descover Imperial Cities
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Descover Imperial Cities in Morocco
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Marrakesh is considered a symbol of Morocco and the power of the Almoravid and Almohad dynasties. It was founded in 1071 and became the capital for the two following centuries.
Marrakesh was the capital city capital for:
the Saadi dynasty, as princes of Tagmadert from 1511 to 1554 and as sultans of Morocco from 1554 to 1659;
Fes is the oldest imperial cities of Morocco and for at one time it was considered a religious and cultural hub of the Arab world. The old medina is like a maze - everything and anything can be found – but make sure not to get lost! Be sure to visit the tanneries to see the exquisitely made leather products. Be sure to visit the Royal Palace (the king stays in the palace when in Fes!) with its high walls and doors with brass knockers. To truly appreciate the complexity of Fes be sure to see it from atop a fortress (Borj Nord or Merenid Tombs) to get a panoramic view.
Meknes is located 60 km from Fes and is the least visited and therefore underated imperial city. As it lays beneath the Middle Atlas the land is rich and grows cerals, olives and various fruits – making it an economic backbone. It is smaller and quieter making wandering around the medina a laid-back and enjoyable experience. Volubilis is home to ancient Roman ruins and it explains why the architecture of the city has a distinct Roman feel. The tomb of king Moulay Ismail (from 1672 to 1727 who made Meknes capital over Fes in his time) is south of the medina.
The imperial city of Rabat is also wrongly ignored by tourists. Historically, Chellah is a must see to admire the ruins of a Roman town – with a backdrop of fruit trees and wild flowers. There is something wonderful for lovers of art – the Museum Mohammed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, the first one of its kind in Morocco. UNESCO world heritage site Kasbah of the Udayas is situated on a hill overlooking the city ensuring wonderful views of the ocean and river, and within the Kasbah are the magnificent Andalusian Gardens. The incredibly ornate Mausoleum of Mohammed V contains the tombs of the king and his two sons and nearby is Hassan Tower – the minaret of an incomplete mosque.
Our days plan:
Star from Casablanca, we will visit Mezquita Hassan, crossing through Casablanca city. Then, we continue to take the road to Rabat, one of the Imperial cities and Morocco´s capital. After visiting the city, Hassan´s Tower, Kasbah Oudaya, ouadias museum and the andalusian garden, we spend the night at the hotel.
After breakfast we will leave Rabat, (Morocco´s capital) and take the road to the Imperial Meknes and visit medina, where the Molay Ismail Mausoleum is. We also visit Bab Mansour´s gate, bou inania madrassa, and seen the ROYAL PALACE MEKNES Doors (Gold dors). Next we continue with Volubilis,the ancient Roman city. Arrival in Fez (imperial city) and night in the hotel Or riad.
After breakfast we sett off to the ancient imperial city of Fez . With a local guide to lead us medina we will discover: BAB BOUJLOUD, ZAOUIA MOULAY IDRISS II, TANNERS’ QUARTER, THE ROYAL PALACE OF FEZ (DAR EL MAKHZEN)
After breakfast in Imperizl Fez, we leave towards Azrou, known for its cedar forest where you can take amazing memories photo. We continue our way to Errachidia City, the Gateway to the Sahara desert. We arrive in Erfoud, also very well-known for its oasis and gorgeous palm trees. Then, we head to Egr Chebi´s(merzouga) dunes. You continue the journey discovering the camels and ejoying tha beautiful sunset over the dunes. Finally, we spend the night in nomad tents, delighting ourselves with its silence and its wonderful, full of stars, sky. Dinner and accommodation in the campsite.
- Wake early to experience the magic of a desert sunrise
- Breakfast in the middle of the desert
- Camels will take us for the return trip back to Merzouga where our driver will be waiting for you.
- We stop visiting Kasabah Taourirte in Ouarzazate.
- Then keep continuing our trip to Marrakech.