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Fez

The most authentic of Morocco’s Imperial Cities which has remained unchanged for thousands of years, is the Morocco's spiritual and religious centre. The historic medina is a maze of alleys and souks. 

Meknes

1 hour from Fez, the 17th century capital has many historical structures, is an important market centre and is a relatively hassle-free city yet is overlooked by many visitors.

Rabat

The modern capital city of Morocco is a relaxed and elegant city with a cosmopolitan air. It has some of Morocco's oldest monuments including the atmospheric Chellah.

11 The Imperial Cities of the North

Exploring Fascinating History and Culture

This itinerary holiday explores the current and former capitals of northern Morocco, now fascinating historical cities -the 12th century city of Rabat (the current capital) renowned for its fine gateways and battlements; Fez, whose medina is the largest living Islamic medieval city in the world; and Meknes the 17th century capital of Moulay Ismail.

All three cities are now World Heritage sites and boast lively medinas, splendid palaces, madrasas and fondouks and are connected by a good rail network for calm transfers.

 

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Overview

Our recommendations

Season: All year round (warmer weather clothing recommended for evenings in mid-winter months).

Length: 7 nights.

Flights: Fez (1 hour transfer) or Casablanca (1.5 hours transfer to Rabat).

Pricing: See Details tab - £365 pp based on 2 persons sharing (B&B), excl. flights & SELF BUY rail tickets. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Transport options: First class train between Fez, Meknes and Rabat recommended; taxi or car (self-drive or with driver). All travel times are approximate.

Extension options: South to the Sahara desert, Marrakech; North to Chefchaouen and Tangier.

Activity options: Cookery, trekking from Fez, visits to Middle Atlas Mountains, Roman ruins of Volubilis and the spa and natural springs of Moulay Yacoub.

Weather: Please have a look at our 'Weather' page with further details and an average temperature guideline in various locations throughout the year.

Details

Imperial Cities of Morocco's North Holiday Suggestion

The Imperial cities of the north offer a cultural insight into Morocco's fascinating history. We recommend 7 nights for this trip, for example:

Prices from £365 per person (7 nights) excluding flights*

Day Nights' Stay Typical itinerary for illustration
1 2 Transfer Fez airport to accommodation in Meknes (approx 1 hour). Afternoon and evening visit to explore the souk.
2   Visit The Rouah - Moulay Ismail's stables, Moulay Ismail' Mausoleum and the medina or take optional half-day trip to Moulay Idriss and the Roman ruins at Volubilis.
3 2 Train Meknes to Rabat SELF-BUY (approx 2.5 hours). Afternoon exploring the souk area and the Kasbah des Oudayas.
4   Visit the ruins of the Chellah inhabited by storks, the Hassan Tower and the ornate mausoleum of Mohammed V.
5 3 Train Rabat to Fez SELF-BUY (approx 3 hours). Afternoon and evening visit to explore the souk.
6   Tour of the Fez Medina (up to 4 hours) through the densly packed alleyways taking in madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains.
7   Free time or optional day trip to the un-spoilt berber town of Sefrou, the cave dwellers in Bahlil and the 'alpine villas' of Ifrane, or the spa and natural springs of Moulay Yacoub.
8   Transfer Fez to Fez Airport (approx 1 hour).

Pricing: * Based on 2 persons sharing (B&B), excl. flights, staying at Riad Safir (Meknes), Riad Kalaa (Rabat) and Riad Ghita (Fez) - budget accomodation; Naturally Morocco can offer a wide range of alternatives if required. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Location

The Northern Imperial Cities

From Rabat on the coast inland to Meknes and Fez, the northern Imperial cities are connected via a good and reliable rail network that makes travel in this possible holiday very relaxing.

Meknes

The former 17th century capital and current World Heritage site is an important market centre.

Often by passed by visitors it is a relatively hassle-free city offering visitors many attractions including many historical structures: huge tombs, granaries and stables, gardens, lakes, mosques and much more.

Rabat

The modern capital city of Morocco, Rabat is a relaxed and elegant city with a cosmopolitan air.

It has some of Morocco's oldest monuments, including the Kasbah des Oudayas, the ruins of the Chellah inhabited by storks, the incomplete Tour Hassan and the ornate mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Fez

Fez, once the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years, is now a World Heritage site, the country’s spiritual and religious centre and one of Morocco's unique gems - a city which appears stuck in time.

The historic medina is a maze of alleys and souks with notable medersas, fondouks, palaces, mosques and fountains.  A guide is recommended for at least part of your time.

Duration
7-10 Nights