Imperial Cities Explorer

8 days from $3,448 per person*
  • Private guided city and culture tours of Casablanca and Marrakech.
  • Discover the traditional artisan’s quarter in Fes with private guide.
  • Choose to hot air balloon, ATV, or horseback ride in Marrakech.
  • Explore the labyrinth of the Saadian Tombs with private guide.
  • Spend nights in premium hotels.
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Travelers have long been seduced by Morocco’s unique architecture, vivid colors and dizzying labyrinthine medinas. With private guide and driver, you’ll discover the spellbinding treasures of Meknes, Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech.

Captivate your senses with this elegant voyage through Morocco’s sun-drenched bazaars, aromatic spice markets, ornate palaces and magical mosques. Explore the highlights of Casablanca and make your way to the Imperial City of Meknes, known as the “Moroccan Versailles.” Take in grand mountain vistas, desert oases and clay-colored villages in the stunning Atlas Mountains. Stroll through the old walled medina of Fez and savor the scent of turmeric and cinnamon clinging to the arid breeze. As the sun fades beyond the horizon, witness Marrakech’s main square come alive with hypnotic performers, snake charmers, fortune tellers, belly dancers and bustling food stalls. In the evenings, relax in a selection of charming riads tucked away on quiet cobbled streets.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Casablanca to Rabat
    Casablanca to Rabat
    • Meet & Greet and Assist - Assistant
    • Welcome to Morocco
    • Transfer - Casablanca - Rabat [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Rabat to Fes
    Rabat to Fes
    • Transfer - Rabat - Fes [with Meknes and Volubilis Tour, 6 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Fes
    Fes
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - Exploring Fes (6-8 hrs) - Entrance
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Fes
    Fes
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Exploring the Traditional Artisan's District (3-4 hrs) - Entance
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Fes to Marrakech
    Fes to Marrakech
    • Transfer - Fes - Marrakech [7.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - The Marvels of Marrakech (6-8 hrs) - Entrance
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Private Tour - Private Guide - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day The Museums and Gardens of Marrakech (3-4 hrs) - Entrance
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Transfer - Marrakech - Casablanca [2.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Casablanca - Rabat

Upon arrival into Casablanca, you will be met on the tarmac by a local representative and escorted through Customs and Immigration, avoiding any queues along the way.

Our local representative will provide you with your travel documents and go over the itinerary in great detail. 

You will be privately transferred between Casablanca and Rabat by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Riad Kalaa

The Riad Kalaa is a renovated Kasbah which originally dates back to the Almoravide dynasty. This ancient structure was built in 1815, in the heart of the ramparts of the medina only a few steps away from the ocean. This Kasbah converted into a hotel  and has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisan workmanship traditional to Morocco. The Riad Kalaa features 11 rooms and suites designed to with tradition and convenience in mind with each room equipped with the modern amenities such as climate control, wireless internet access and more.  The talented culinary team at the Riad Kalaa provides guests with a plethora of dishes to enjoy including an extensive menu of Moroccan specialities.  The Riad Kalaa also features tree-lined terraces on the upper floors with a solarium and emerald swimming pool.  A traditional hammam and spa are made available as well and offer relaxing massage treatments and old fashion shaves. The architecture of the Riad Kalaa is quite unique, and features an elegant assortment of terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring intimacy and harmonious ambiance for all the guests

Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Medina of Rabat
Medina of Rabat
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Kalaa Entrance
Riad Kalaa Entrance

Day 2: Rabat - Fes

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Rabat and Fes. During the transfer, explore the Imperial City of Meknes along with the Roman city of Volubilis. In antiquity, Volubilis was an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman Empire. It was built on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement from the third century BC. Volubilis was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana. The fertile lands of the province produced many commodities such as grain and olive oil, which were exported to Rome, contributing to the province's wealth and prosperity. Discover the Imperial city of Meknes known as the “Moroccan Versailles.”  Meknes was founded in the 17th century by King Moulay Ismail. It is famous for its 25-mile-long walls. Upon arrival into Fes, a hotel drop-off is provided.

Accommodation: Riad Salam

Riad Salam Fes is conveniently located next to Batha square as well as other historical sites of Fez city (within walking distance from the historic sites of the Medina and the famous Bab Boujloud medina gate.) This remarkable riad in Fes' medina was built at the beginning of 20th century and was recently restored by craftsmen who managed to recapture the glory of its jaw-dropping interiors. The property itself is wonderfully atmospheric, with some of the finest zellij, plasterwork, carved wood and brass work that you can see outside of the tourist attractions – just the place to unwind in style. The small size of the property means that service is highly personalised, and the staff will do everything they can to ensure that your stay is perfect. They will also be more than happy to offer advice on places to visit, so that you can get the most out of your time here.

Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Roman city of Volubilis
The Roman city of Volubilis

Day 3: Fes

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby this morning, then set out to explore Fes, the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco. Also known as Fes el Bali, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 9th century and is also home to the world's oldest university, founded in 859 CE. The city of Fes reached its true economic and cultural height through the 13th and14th centuries under the Merinids, at which time it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fes has retained its status as the country's artisan centre. Workshops hosting master craftsmen in the medina are as busy today as they were hundreds of years ago, and strongly contribute to the city’s industrial economy. Trades such as blacksmithing, leather working, ceramics, silk weaving, and sculpting are still practiced, and you’ll sure to witness this firsthand throughout the day. The tannery of Fes, colorful and pungent, is a must-see; here, workers labor in small pools filled with specific dyes to treat their wares. The original ramparts still protect this ancient city, and its estimated 9,000 passageways and bustling streets are a joy to explore. With a private driver and expert guide at your side, discover the essential highlights of Fes over the course of this full-day tour.

Accommodation: Riad Salam
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bab Boujelud Gate to the Medina
Bab Boujelud Gate to the Medina
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fes Mosque
Fes Mosque

Day 4: Fes

This afternoon set out to tour the labyrinthine souks of Fes with your private guide. Among the many shops and stalls are artisan workshops and studios where traditional skills, passed down by Moorish émigrés from Andalusia for generations, are still practiced by master craftsmen. Metal and leather workers, ceramic, silk, tapestry, and sculpting masters all congregate in the area, just as in centuries past. Highlights of the tour include visiting a vast open-air tannery and the spice souk known as El Attarine, undoubtedly the most vibrant in Fes, as well as the henna and wood-working souks located in the Nejjarine neighborhood where the heavy scent of cedar lingers in the air. Here, the main plaza is lined with trees that provide a welcome respite from the warm sun and is also where you can the city’s best fabric dyers. Wool and cotton are treated in colorful dyes here, and small streams of excess pigments float down the streets as finished garments are completed and rinsed. After a few hours navigating the Artisan's Quarter, you will be returned to your hotel.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Riad Salam
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tannery in Fes
Tannery in Fes

Day 5: Fes - Marrakech

Travel in a privately driven vehicle from Fes to Marrakech, making a lunch stop en-route. Explore the rugged terrain of the Middle Atlas Mountain range, boasting towering cliff faces, and incredible passes. Drive by the scenic Berber villages of Immouzer de Kandar and the university town of Ifrane for a glimpse into rural living in Morocco. Explore the Kasbah of Ras El Ain and mingle among the merchants to find the perfect gift. The approximate travel time is seven hours and 30 minutes.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Riad Kniza

Dating from the 18th century, Riad Kniza is a small, luxury "Hotel de Charme" in the heart of the old Médina of Marrakech, completely restored using traditional materials and artisans to recreate an authentic Moroccan experience as in days gone by. Riad Kniza, with its tastefully decorated rooms and suites, is an excellent point of departure from which to explore the city. It is conveniently located within only few minutes' walk from the famous Jema l'Fna square, the wonderful souks and the most important monuments and cultural treasures of this imperial city, and a short distance from the Gueliz, the modern quarter of Marrakech. This elegant hideaway invites guests in with richly furnished suites surrounded by gorgeous cityscapes and views of the Atlas Mountains. Here at this gem of Moorish art and architecture, you will enjoy a most memorable hospitality experience.

Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Moroccan Village in the Atlas Mountains
Moroccan Village in the Atlas Mountains
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Kniza
Riad Kniza

Day 6: Marrakech

The sweeping and dynamic history of Marrakech – an imperial capital in centuries past – is best appreciated with the help of a private guide. Today, begin your tour of the Ochre City with a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque. Constructed in the 12th century, it’s known for its a beautiful minaret which can be seen from nearly every approach to the city due to a long-standing ordinance that forbids any other building in the old city to rise above the height of a palm tree. After viewing Koutoubia Mosque, visit nearby El-Bahia Palace. Translated to English, the El Bahia Palace means “Palace of Brilliance,” and this incredible, ornate and meticulously crafted property is endowed with some of the finest ceramics in the country. This 19th century palace was built over a seven-year period for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa. Featuring a trapezoidal garden, tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures in the form of antique objects d'art and the palace's convergence of Andalusian and Moorish architecture, it is a must-see site. Your next stop is one of most coveted archeological sites in Morocco: the Saadian Tombs. Opened to the public in 1917, they are accessed through a narrow passage which leads to an enclosed garden and into two mausoleums that host more than one hundred mosaic-decorated tombs. The Musee De Marrakech, your next stop, is an important example of Moorish architecture, and the main courtyard and chambers are host to impressive feats of design; elaborate archways, gorgeous stained glass, and a collection of ceramics that are sure to dazzle. Finally, wander through the mesmerizing souks of Marrakesh. With 18 souks selling a dizzying array of handicrafts, textiles, spices, foods, electronics, antiques and everything in between, the souks of Marrakech are the perfect place to find a keepsake to bring home, or to simply get in touch with day-to-day life in the Red City.

Accommodation: Riad Kniza
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Koutoubia Mosque
Koutoubia Mosque

Day 7: Marrakech

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the Gardens of Majorelle, a property acquired in 1922 by painter Jacques Majorelle. After spending nearly 40 years creating his “Ochre City”, the ownership of the garden changed to the families of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 1980. An oasis in the city, the expansive gardens feature an impressive collection of cacti, exotic plants and unique tree species carefully placed to emphasize their beauty. Pools, streams and fountains add to the charm, as does the birdsong of the many winged creatures that call this place home. Carry on to the Gardens of Menara; an area which has in its center an immense pool dating from the 12th century. At the edge of the water, among the various plants and olive trees, is a small Saadien house which over the last century has been rebuilt and resorted back to its original beauty. Enjoy the remainder of the excursion exploring the nearby monuments that surround the gardens. After exploring the gardens and Yves Saint Laurent Museum, you’ll make the 20-minute drive to the nearby Palmery Museum. Featuring exotic plants and flowers, impressive sculptures and works of art, it is a joy to explore. Once you have had ample time to tour the Palmery Museum, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Riad Kniza
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gardens of Menara
Gardens of Menara

Day 8: Marrakech

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Marrakech and Casablanca.  The approximate travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Riad Kalaa: Rabat

The Riad Kalaa is a renovated Kasbah which originally dates back to the Almoravide dynasty. This ancient structure was built in 1815, in the heart of the ramparts of the medina only a few steps away from the ocean. This Kasbah converted into a hotel  and has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisan workmanship traditional to Morocco. The Riad Kalaa features 11 rooms and suites designed to with tradition and convenience in mind with each room equipped with the modern amenities such as climate control, wireless internet access and more.  The talented culinary team at the Riad Kalaa provides guests with a plethora of dishes to enjoy including an extensive menu of Moroccan specialities.  The Riad Kalaa also features tree-lined terraces on the upper floors with a solarium and emerald swimming pool.  A traditional hammam and spa are made available as well and offer relaxing massage treatments and old fashion shaves. The architecture of the Riad Kalaa is quite unique, and features an elegant assortment of terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring intimacy and harmonious ambiance for all the guests

Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Kalaa Entrance
Riad Kalaa Entrance
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Kalaa Exterior
Riad Kalaa Exterior

Riad Salam : Fes

Riad Salam Fes is conveniently located next to Batha square as well as other historical sites of Fez city (within walking distance from the historic sites of the Medina and the famous Bab Boujloud medina gate.) This remarkable riad in Fes' medina was built at the beginning of 20th century and was recently restored by craftsmen who managed to recapture the glory of its jaw-dropping interiors. The property itself is wonderfully atmospheric, with some of the finest zellij, plasterwork, carved wood and brass work that you can see outside of the tourist attractions – just the place to unwind in style. The small size of the property means that service is highly personalised, and the staff will do everything they can to ensure that your stay is perfect. They will also be more than happy to offer advice on places to visit, so that you can get the most out of your time here.

Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Salam Lobby
Riad Salam Lobby
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Salam
Riad Salam

Riad Kniza : Marrakech

Dating from the 18th century, Riad Kniza is a small, luxury "Hotel de Charme" in the heart of the old Médina of Marrakech, completely restored using traditional materials and artisans to recreate an authentic Moroccan experience as in days gone by. Riad Kniza, with its tastefully decorated rooms and suites, is an excellent point of departure from which to explore the city. It is conveniently located within only few minutes' walk from the famous Jema l'Fna square, the wonderful souks and the most important monuments and cultural treasures of this imperial city, and a short distance from the Gueliz, the modern quarter of Marrakech. This elegant hideaway invites guests in with richly furnished suites surrounded by gorgeous cityscapes and views of the Atlas Mountains. Here at this gem of Moorish art and architecture, you will enjoy a most memorable hospitality experience.

Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riad Kniza
Riad Kniza
Imperial Cities Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Guestroom
Guestroom

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Catherine L — May 05, 2019 — Africa

    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

  • Tanya R — February 20, 2019 — Africa

    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

  • Nina P — February 15, 2019 — Africa

    We had a truly amazing trip. Gesa was responsive, accommodating and thoughtful in our planning process. We can’t say enough amazing things about Zuzu and Amin. Zuzu gave us a history of the country that was more authentic than anything we could read in a book. We felt completely safe and secure with Amin at the wheel. They were a great team.

  • Sharon M. — December 16, 2018 — Africa

    This was the trip of a lifetime. I would not have gotten as much out of the trip if it were not for Evan, Kensington’s accommodations, and the guides! I had an amazing time on Safari, at Victoria Falls, and in Cape Town. I can’t remember all of the names of my guides but they were all knowledgeable and passionate not only about their respective countries, but passionate about their field. I felt safe and received the best education from all of them which is one of the main goals of my trips. Thank you Kensington!

  • Norah G. — September 05, 2018 — Africa

    I thought the tour was so well planned, the accommodations were amazing, and the guides were so knowledgeable. I just want to go back!

  • Melvina Z. — December 26, 2019 — Africa

    Zo, my guide in Madagascar was not only friendly and prompt, but also incredibly accommodating to do everything I wanted during my stay! It was another amazing trip to this beautiful island

  • Abdel J. — January 18, 2019 — Africa

    Both of my guides were absolutely friendly and knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun. May-Asi was my Tanzania guide and George Aburuki was my Kenya guide. This two fellas were the best!

  • Jeanne E. — January 12, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Youssef was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about Morocco. Everything went smoothly and he executed the plan with expertise. My husband and I were very pleased with the itinerary, the accommodations that had to be made to it, and the surprises that Youssef made happen. He added a personal touch that was above and beyond. Our driver Mohamed is the consummate professional - way beyond expectations.

  • Annemarie R. — September 09, 2018 — Africa

    Amanda was amazing. From Day 1 I felt I was speaking with someone who was well experienced and informed about planning an African Safari experience. She kept my budget in mind without comprising on the experience. Everything exceeded my expectations. She made it a lifetime memory and for the reason we shall return to Africa once again with the support of Kensington Tours. In today's complex world of travel, so much can go wrong but everything went seamlessly. Well done!

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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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