- Imperial Cities of Morocco
Uncover Morocco's colourful cultural offerings as you explore ancient medinas, spice-filled souks and dramatic Moorish architecture. Indulge your senses on this 8-day tour which incorporates the historic sights of Casablanca, breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains and the palaces, tombs and souks of Fez and Marrakech.
Depart London on your scheduled flight to Marrakech. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, arriving in time for your first dinner in Morroco's atmospheric capital city.
Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, journey north to Morocco's largest city, Casablanca, and uncover this modern metropolis stretching along the Atlantic coastline. On arrival, wander around the League of Arab States Park, a verdant area dotted with palm trees, before continuing to the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church with its exquisite stained-glass windows. Passing the busy shopping area of the Habous Quarter, you will arrive at the esplanade of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque which boasts the world's tallest minaret. Check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, travel to Rabat for a half-day city tour of Morocco's colourful capital city. Visit the Hassan Tower, a 12th century minaret built from distinctive red sandstone and one of the few parts remaining from the original Hassan Mosque, then explore the nearby mausoleum of Mohammed V with its stunning mahogany domes and intricate gold leaf decorations. Travel onward to the ancient Roman town of Volubilis, the country's best-preserved archaeological site. Wander past crumbling pillars and intricately laid mosaics then delve deeper into Morocco's historical fabric on a visit to Meknes. There, explore the settlement of the ruthless tyrant Sultan Moulay Ismail who founded this imperial city for his harem of 500 wives and 12,000 horses. View the Sultan's resting place, which boasts some of Morocco's best craftsmanship, mosaics and stucco then journey to Fez, arriving in time for dinner.
Breakfast & Dinner
Brimming with history, numerous civilisations have settled or passed through Fez, leaving a legacy of palaces, mosques and museums filled with precious treasures. Begin your full-day city tour at the ancient medina of Fez, home to the architecturally rich Andalucian Quarter. Traverse some of the 9,000 streets of this maze-like district, passing some of the city's oldest and most esteemed mosques and religious schools, including the 1,200-year-old Al Kairouyine university and grandiose El Qaraoyin Mosque. The city is alive with traditional crafts and a visit to a local tannery provides a fascinating insight into the sights and smells of a craft that has remained unchanged for centuries.
Breakfast & Dinner
Bidding farewell to Fez this morning, journey past the small town of Azrou, enjoying fantastic views of the area's shimmering lakes and dense cedar forests on a spectacularly scenic drive. Arrive in Beni Mellal, tucked away in the Middle Atlas Mountains, in time for dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast & Dinner
Depart for Marrakech this morning, stopping first at the breath-taking Ouzoud Falls, set within the friendly Berber village of Tanaghmeilt. Take in this 3-tiered waterfall and the surrounding valleys, caves and gorges, keeping an eye for resident apes who drink from these waters. Check into your hotel in the ochre-coloured city of Marrakech and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at leisure. Later this evening, visit the world-famous Djemaa El Fnaa Square and witness the vast esplanade transform from a day market to an immense show of dancers, musicians, soothsayers, snake charmers and dancing monkeys.
Breakfast & Dinner
Today's tour takes you to the El Bahia Palace and tombs of the Saadian princes, then on to Dar El Basha Quarter to see its traditional Moroccan restaurants. Peruse the basketwork, dried fruit, spices and fabrics of Kessabine and Smarine souks (markets) and explore the ancient, former slave market of Rahba Kedima Square, where locals arrive in droves to buy potions for magic spells and ingredients ranging from bark to chameleons. While dinner is provided at the hotel, an optional evening of belly dancing and folklore is also available (at a fee).
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your extension.
David Trevethick19 Apr 20
We were well lookedafter from start to finish. It was just unfortunate that Covid-19 intervened. The Mercury rep met us at the airport on arrival and stayed with us when we left. Hamsa our guide was excellent, and looked after us above and beyond, especially when we had to stay in our room at the end. Driver was excellent.
G Thomas01 Apr 20
The guide was excellent caring for us very well in difficult circumstances. When places closed he found alternatives for us which still made a super holiday. Ihsan was a godsend ensuring we were able to get on our BA flight home when flights were being cancelled.
Jane Day22 Mar 20
Our guide for the tour was marvellous, very reassuring re flights, a good sense of humour and very knowledgeable,
Jennifer Shailes19 Mar 20
Hamza, who was our guide, deserves a medal for his outstanding efforts. A natural communicator with a sense of humour too, he was personable and caring from the start. He was a brilliant guide explaining all the history, politics, architecture, folklore,etc, as it became relevant and showing us his beautiful country with amazing knowledge. When we asked questions he was incredibly informative and even found out more answers from other sources about the wildlife for some of our group. We will always be grateful for having Hamza as our guide. An absolute gem! Thank you.
Melinda Zaharia23 Jan 20
Very good service. Everything was very nice, the guide Hamza very helpful and good knowledge about the sights, the driver very professional,we enjoy every day and everything was very well organised
Anuraja Wijesekera23 Nov 18
the hotels were good including the food
A visa is not required for your trip to Morocco. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.
We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your initial flight is to Marrakesh Menara Airport with British Airways, departing from London Gatwick South Terminal. Your return flight is from Marrakesh Menara Airport with British Airways. Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size one personal item (such as a handbag or laptop case) not exceeding 43cm x 22cm x 25cm. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham which is a closed currency and will need to be exchange in resort. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned in your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. We would recommend approximately 150DHS (£11.00) per person which is split between the drive and guide. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience. It is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency, please do not give coins as these are difficult to exchange.