Morocco Private Journey 3 - 2000 Years of History

Imperial Cities & Atlas Mountains [Casablanca to Marrakech via Fez]

About Morocco Private Journey 3 - 2000 Years of History

Summary

A Classic holiday itinerary in central Morocco. Arrive into Casablanca and set off to explore and Rediscover the wealth of history across Morocco - the ancient Maghreb. This tour includes the Imperial Cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fez as well as the ancient sites of Volubilis and Lixus, time to relax in the Atlas Mountains at the spectacular Ouzoud waterfalls and finally, Marrakech.

Activity code: MORJ03

Duration: 11 Days

START - Casablanca / FINISH - Marrakech

This particular itinerary is our recommended holiday exploring the Imperial Cities - starting in Casablanca we include travelling to Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech with opportunities to enjoy the Rif and Atlas Mountains and all the sights along the way such as ancient Volubilis and the incredible Cascades at Ouzoud. With our many years of experience putting together practical and interesting itineraries for our clients we would like to recommend this journey for you to make the most of your time in this fascinating country. Hotels are personal suggestions but there is usually a choice of styles and budget at each location.

What makes this holiday special ?

We have great pleasure in offering you the opportunity to experience Morocco accompanied by one of our excellent team of English-speaking drivers as a private chauffeur and ad hoc guide.

Travelling with one of our friendly English-speaking drivers allows you to experience much more of the country and its people. Your driver will gladly discuss both your daily schedule and general matters about Morocco and the places you pass; he can arrange local guides or co-ordinate any itinerary of pre-booked sightseeing that we arrange with you beforehand. In addition to your driver's experience and knowledge during your holiday we have also driven extensively around Morocco and will be happy to share our experiences with you if you are at all unsure about your chosen route or any aspect of travelling with one of our drivers.

NB: This itinerary includes the services of one of our English-Speaking drivers. They will drive any type of vehicle within their daily rate which also includes your driver's food and lodging.

We are, of course, also able to tailor-make a holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - UK departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, duration, activities, etc.

Highlights of the 2000 years of History Private Journey

  • MARRAKECH - Nestled on a large plain at the foot of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, it is the perfect city to begin your visit to Morocco. Surrounded by its original fortified city wall Marrakech entices you into its midst to explore the historic and labyrinthine Medina. Today, Marrakech has become a thriving metropolis with chic night spots, top restaurants and a very modern atmosphere in places. All of which emphasises the immense historical context of the Medina and its focal point, the Djemma el Fna.
  • FEZ: Historically, the first of the Imperial Cities and made up of three centres, Fez deserves a couple of days of any visitor's time in Morocco. Described as "The most perfectly preserved and working Mediaeval city in the world".
  • MEKNES: Meknes was made the capital of Morocco in the 17th century by Sultan Moulay Ismail, known as the Louis XIV of Morocco. In this respect Meknes can be compared to Versaille for its grandiose and extravagent monuments laid down for history to judge.
  • RABAT: Rabat is the current capital of modern Morocco and has well designed boulevards which are a perfect setting for the culture and grandeur a state capital should offer. Sights include the Royal Palace, the unfinished mosque with its striking Hassan Tower, the necropolis at Chellah and the grand Mauosoleum of the Kings.
  • VOLUBILIS: The largest Roman archeological site in Morocco - The Triumphal Arch, capitol building, house of Bacchus – everything testifies to the city's ancient splendour. The site contains the villa where you are able to view the mosaic of the Labours of Hercules, the Baths of Gallienus and the House of Orpheus with its Dolphin mosaic and Orpheus Myth.
  • OUZOUD:Half way between Fez and Marrakech are the impressive natural waterfalls of Ouzoud, an exceptional site. A 100m drop cuts through the middle of a luxuriant chasm which then takes the river for 2km to the deep gorges of El Abid wadi.
  • RIADS: Many treasures, especially the now-famous riads are hidden away in Marrakech and other cities in Morocco, such as Fez and Essaouira. Riads are houses, built around a central courtyard patio, whose outside walls are entirely closed. They are often converted into guesthouses or restaurants and are a symbol of the Moroccan art of fine living. We recommend riads in our programme where the local staff are integral to the experience and all food and drink and many other materials involved with your stay and the building itself are all sourced from the local area.

Why book with Rediscover Morocco ?

With our excellent prices for car rental, Morocco has opened up to some quite unique holiday experiences. Roads around the country are improving and are actually pretty good in most places, even in the mountains and desert areas they are now mostly asphalted. We have all driven extensively around Morocco and will be happy to share our experiences with you if you are at all unsure about your chosen routes.

Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country (in the table below we have included suggestions for upgrades to "boutique" riads and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we also offer a private airport transfer service.

Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing; we will send you our own guidebook with your confirmation and are able, through our local agency, to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Marrakech - such as cooking, quad bikes, caleche rides, day hikes, etc.

NB. extend this holiday easily by adding nights in any or all of the three locations.

What's included in your Private Journey holiday?

  • Private round trip airport transfers.
  • 10 nts on BB at a choice of small hotels [NB. hotels at Volubilis, Chaouen and Ouzoud are on HB basis]
  • 7 days fully-inclusive one-way car hire (Group D with a/c)
  • Services of an English-speaking Chauffeur for 7 days (includes his food and hotels)
  • Private guided half day city tours in Fez & Marrakech
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this fly drive:

[Classic Hotel, Classic Riad, Boutique Hotel/Riad, Deluxe Hotel]

    • Marrakech: - Hotel Tichka, Riad Hikaya, Riad Kniza, Les Jardins de la Koutoubia
    • Casablanca: - Hotel Moroccan House, Kenzi Tower Hotel, Hyatt Regency
    • Fez: - Hotel Barcelo Medina, Riad Mabrouka, Riad Myra, Hotel Palais Jamai

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

Contact us now to book this self drive holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival Casablanca

    Arrival into Casablanca; private transfer to your hotel.

    • stay 1nt at Hyatt Regency or Kenzi Tower Hotel.

  • Day 2 - Casablanca - Rabat - Volubilis

    Meet up with your English-speaking driver at your hotel and make a brief visit to the incredible Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca; visit capital of Morocco, Rabat, and then inland to the ancient site of Volubilis (Roman city).

    • stay at La Colomb Blanche in Moulay Idriss - 1nt HB.

  • Day 3 & 4 - Volubilis - [Rif Mountains] Chefchaouen - Fez

    Visit the wonderful site of Volubilis first thing before the crowds and then drive to the north into the Rif Mountains; optional detour to visit the site of Lixus prior to arriving in Chefchaouen.

    • stay in Chaouen for 1nt, e.g. Casa Hassan or Riad Lina.

    Day 4 - visit of Chaouen and return to the south and arrive into Fez for a few days.

    • stay 3nts, e.g. Riad Myra, Riad Mabrouka, Barcelo Medina Hotel.

  • Day 5 & 6 - Fez

    Full day sightseeing in Fez (souks, palaces, medersas and forts); don't miss the many opportunities to look down over the medina in Fez. *We include a private half day guided city tour of Fez.

    On Day 6 there is a possibility to visit Meknes or drive east and off the tourist trail during the extra day in Fez.

  • Day 7 & 8 - Fez - Meknes - Mid Atlas - Cascades d'Ouzoud - Marrakech

    Short drive to visit Meknes (if not done on previous day) prior to heading south en route to Marrakech through Mid Atlas Mountains - don't miss the Barbary Apes in the Cedar Forest near Azrou.

    • stay 1 nt at the Riad Cascades d'Ouzoud

    On Day 8 visit / walk to the waterfalls, onward drive down to Marrakech.

    • stay 3nts at your choice of accommodation; e.g. Riad el Zohar, Riad Les Trois Mages, Riad Hikaya or Ksar Anika.

  • Day 9 & 10 - Marrakech

    Full day sightseeing in Marrakech (souks, historic monuments, gardens, palaces, Djemma el Fna and much more...). * We include a private half day guided city tour of Marrakech.

    NB. If you keep the services of your driver for a few extra days then you could visit the High Atlas or the coast at Essaouira for a day trip. Alternatively, these places can be visited on an excursion arranged through one of our local representatives.

  • Day 11 - Marrakech departure

    Private transfer to Marrakech (or Casablanca) airport for flight home.

  • Prices & Departure Dates

    Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.

    Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Please note that discounts will apply if there are 4 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.

    NB: Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Reviews

"My family and I have just returned from our trip to Morocco and I just wanted to write to you to thank you once again for all your help, patience and hard graft in organising what turned out to be a wonderful trip. Everyone was greatly impressed with all destinations and accommodation and the organisation throughout. We will definitely be using your services for future trips as well as recommending you to friends and family. "

D Covezzi, May, 2017

"Our personal driver was always helpful and welcoming.  Overall we had a very well organised and informative trip that we enjoyed. The architecture of the Riads and Kasbahs was amazing. Thanks for organising it so well."

P Lending, April, 2017

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