Morocco is a land of contrasts and diversity. Lapped by the water of the Mediterranean to the north and by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the west, it is crisscrossed by the Rif and the Atlas Mountains. As well as the ever-popular Marrakesh, this tour also explores the lesser known cities of Fes, Meknes and Rabat. These are the Imperial Cities - all four have at one time been capital of Morocco and each has played a pivotal role in the country’s history.
Fes, Morocco’s oldest 'imperial city', is a fascinating place to explore. At the city’s heart lies the world’s largest UNESCO-listed medieval medina. Surrounded by an eight-kilometre long wall, this car-free area features a maze of narrow streets and alleys packed with colourful souks, pungent tanneries, mosques and tireless artisans. We also spend time discovering Fes's quiet and smaller neighbour, Meknes. Highlights here include Bab El-Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in all of Morocco and the traditional entrance to the medina of Meknes.
Rabat, the current capital city of Morocco, is located at the mouth of the River Bou Regreg on the Atlantic coast. Along with the royal palaces and the King’s mausoleum, one of this city’s main attractions is the Hassan Tower. Other must-sees include the Andalusian Gardens, the old medina and the historic citadel known as the Kasbah of the Udayas.
Marrakesh - the Red City, is possibly the most famous of all Morocco's imperial cities and this is where we end our tour. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque dominates the city’s skyline, standing at over 70m high and is visible for miles around. The Medina in particular is a sight to behold and is another designated UNESCO World Heritage site on this tour. A fitting end to a spectacular holiday.