Destinations Destinations
Marrakesh, Rabat, Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Volubilis
Activity Activity
Culture & History, Family, Trekking, Cities, Culinary
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

This route will take you on a journey through Morocco’s culturally rich past, exploring its complex history and ruling dynasties. Begin in the coastal city of Casablanca, before taking the one hour drive to the capital city of Rabat. This is the first of the four historic capital cities of Morocco and is home to Kasbah of the Udayas, the Berber-era royal fort that is surrounded by French-designed gardens. Visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis en route to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meknes, with its imposing city walls and well-preserved architecture. Next on your route is the medieval city of Fes, where you can wind your way through narrow streets lined with ancient architecture. Your long drive to Marrakesh will be broken up with views of the Atlas Mountains, after which you can explore this famously cultural city.

Suggested Itinerary

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Mosques and architecture in Casablanca

Morocco’s largest city sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its rich history. Look out for the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and completed in 1993. It’s the largest mosque in Africa and the third-largest in the world, with a 210m tall minaret that punctures the city skyline.

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Exploring Morocco’s largest city is best done on foot, and a great way to do this is by checking out its growing street art scene, which adds a touch of colour to the city’s old white buildings, with the help of a tour guide.

Rabat — Morocco's capital

Although it’s the capital city of Morocco, Rabat is lesser-touristed than other cities. Visit Kasbah of the Udayas, the Berber-era royal fort beside the Atlantic Ocean, for its French-designed gardens, hinting at the city’s Islamic and French-colonial heritage.

Explore modern art in Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum

Explore modern art in Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum

Experience modern and contemporary Moroccan culture at the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat. Only opened in 2014, the stunning modern museum building itself took ten years to build, and inside it houses the works of Moroccan and international artists from the twentieth century onwards.

Ancient Fes

Founded in the 9th century, Fes is the best-preserved medieval city in the Muslim world and is a colourful and bustling place to explore. Walk through the ornate Bab Bou Jeloud city gate to the former school complex of Bou Inania Medersa before searching for bargains in the souks.

Imperial Meknes and ruins of Volubilis

Once believed to have been the ancient capital of Mauretania, partially-excavated Volubilis is an archaeologist’s dream. It’s a beautiful place to walk around and ponder what it must have been like here in the 3rd century BC, when the settlement was developed.

Bake Moroccan biscuits in the hillside town of Moulay Idriss

Bake Moroccan biscuits in the hillside town of Moulay Idriss

Escape the crowds with a visit to the charmingly picturesque hillside town of Moulay Idriss. The town is of national importance thanks to its religious history but still fairly quiet. It is welcoming to visitors and local guesthouses offer the opportunity to bake traditional Moroccan biscuits in community ovens.

Explore Marrakesh's souqs and riads

Brightly coloured textiles, richly patterned pottery and arabesque jewellery are among the beautiful things you can find in the vibrant Marrakesh souks. The Saadian tombs, decorated with colourful mosaics, date back to the 16th century and are worth visiting for a taste of Marrakesh’s historic architecture.

Get botanical in Marrakesh’s Majorelle Gardens

Get botanical in Marrakesh’s Majorelle Gardens

Seek some shade at the peaceful Majorelle Gardens in Gueliz, a neighbourhood in the heart of Marrakesh developed during the French protectorate era. The colourful and varied botanical garden also features a striking blue Cubist villa and is home to the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakesh and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

Sample street food in the Jemaa el Fna

Sample street food in the Jemaa el Fna

As the sun sets, Jemaa el Fna comes to life with entertainers, street performers and food stallholders selling everything from sheep’s brain, snails and mixed grill. The ambience turns up as evening rolls on. Wander on your own or join a guided street food tour.

Get lost in Marrakesh’s soulful souks

Get lost in Marrakesh’s soulful souks

In a city of countless winding alleyways and palaces centuries old, grab a local guide for a walking tour. You may discover the souks where items are still handmade, palaces with tales to tell, and gardens for a peaceful rest.

Design your own Moroccan slippers in Marrakesh

Design your own Moroccan slippers in Marrakesh

The souks are filled with colourful babouche slippers in a rainbow of colours, styles and sizes, but during a hands-on workshop organised by Atelier d’Ailleurs, guests can make a pair to suit their style. Accompanied by a master craftsman throughout the three-hour workshop, guests select the leather, cut, hammer, sew and select the colourful accessories to accompany the pair of slippers they take home at the end.

Return to Casablanca

Morocco’s largest city sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its rich history. Look out for the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and completed in 1993. It’s the largest mosque in Africa and the third-largest in the world, with a 210m tall minaret that punctures the city skyline.

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Exploring Morocco’s largest city is best done on foot, and a great way to do this is by checking out its growing street art scene, which adds a touch of colour to the city’s old white buildings, with the help of a tour guide.

Where to stay

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Classic

Three star equivalent hotels offering traditional Moroccan hospitality, comfortable rooms and convenient locations...

Expect to pay $290 per night
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Superior

Four-star equivalent hotels often in restored historical buildings with large, comfortable rooms, quality dining, and extra facilities such as pools, spa and terrace bar...

Expect to pay $340 per night
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Deluxe

Exclusive, five star equivalent hotels boutiques with carefully restored architecture, finely-appointed rooms & suites, world-class dining, and personal service...

Expect to pay $440 per night
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