See Hassan II Mosque, one of the world’s largest, which boasts the tallest minaret on Earth.
- Explore the souks
Enjoy haggling for exotic goods.
Fes is one of the most complete medieval cities of the Arab world.
Absorb the atmosphere of the city’s main square.
The intricate interior of Meknes’ historic madrasa.
See the Roman ruins of Volubilis.
- Half board
Explore Morocco’s historic former capitals
Travel from Morocco’s oldest capital city to its newest as you tour the imperial capitals – all of them listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Step into shaded souks and inhale the scent of sandalwood and spices; imagine life in the boom time of Sultan Ismail in Meknes; and marvel at the intricate architecture of the madrases, mausoleums and mosques.
7 nights in hotels
14 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)
- Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50's, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at your hotels
Excursions and visits
- Guided tour of Marrakesh
- City tour of Rabat
- Guided tour of Meknes
- Visit the the Roman ruins of Volubilis
- Tour of old and new Fez
- Sightseeing tour of Casablanca
Day 1 UK-Marrakech
Fly to Marrakech and travel into the heart of the city for a three-night stay at Atlas Ansi Marrakech (4Q) – rooms overlook the pool, gardens or Atlas Mountains in the distance. D
Day 2 Marrakech
Today’s full day tour leads you through the maze-like souks and shows you Koutoubia Minaret, the Kasbah, palace of Bahia and the 16th-century Saladin Tombs. The tour ends at Djemaa el Fna, a magical, timeless square which comes alive at sunset with dancers, musicians, snake charmers and storytellers. B, D
Day 3 Marrakech
You have the whole day to relax at the hotel or explore Marrakech at your leisure. Alternatively you might like to join an optional excursion… B, D
Head into the Ourika Valley, travelling through agricultural plains and the Atlas foothills to reach the hillside village of Agounsane where you'll receive a warm welcome. Stop for a traditionally-made mint tea in a Berber home and see how potters create rustic tajines to sell in the souks of Marrakesh.
This delightful tour by horse-drawn carriage travels alongside the old city's ramparts, taking you to the Majorelle botanical gardens. Created in the 1920s by the French painter, Jacques Majorelle, these gardens were owned since 1980 by the late fashion designer Yves St Laurent and his co-founder Pierre Bergé. You return by horse-drawn carriage.
Visit a local cooking school, where you can try your hand at creating authentic and mouthwatering Moroccan cuisine, such as tasty tagines and salads!
Day 4 Marrakech-Rabat
Journey west to Morocco’s newest capital, the centre for political administration since independence in 1956. The pace here is relaxed, the kasbahs much quieter than Marrakech, and its size surprisingly compact. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Kasbah des Oudayas, a walled city within a city, to see the 17th century royal palace and its Andalusian-style garden, the medieval Hassan Tower and the mausoleum to Mohammed V. The tour concludes at the medieval ruins of Chellah. Tonight, you stay at the Chellah Rabat (4Q) located in the heart of the city. B, D
Day 5 Rabat-Fes
Travel east to Meknes, whose fortifications hint at how important the city once was. As the capital from 1672 to 1727 under Sultan Moulay Ismail, Meknes saw much investment, and amid the numerous monuments, gardens, gates and mosques constructed during his reign, the standout site has to be the architectural marvel of Bab Mansour, a grand gate and the last important construction project ordered by Ismail. Contrast these 17th century edifices with the nearby Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing inland to Morocco’s original capital, Fes, where you stay two nights at Barcelo Fes (4Q). B, D
Day 6 Fes
Considered Morocco's spiritual and religious centre, Fes is also one of Morocco’s most authentic, least changed cities and one of the most complete medieval cities of the Arab world. Join a tour through Fes el Bali, the historic medina, visit the 14th century madrasa – a theological school – to admire the intricate architecture, and see the karaouine mosque which was once the oldest university in the world. In the afternoon you’ll continue to the former royal palace which is now a museum of traditional arts, and you’ll visit Fez El Jedid and the Jewish quarter. B, D
Day 7 Fes-Marrakech
Return to Marrakech, but not before visiting Casablanca first. This modern, industrious metropolis on the Atlantic coast is the country’s largest city and one of the largest in Africa. Pass the Hassan II Mosque, which boasts the tallest minaret on Earth, drive through the art deco style New Town and journey along the waterfront to see the city’s sprawling skyline. You arrive back in Marrakesh for a final night at the Atlas Asni hotel. B, D
Day 8 Marrakesh-UK
Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B