Travel to Morocco and experience the wonders of the Imperial city of Marrakesh on a private basis from Casablanca. This express tour is the perfect opportunity to make the most in 5 days. See the important sites of Marrakesh and Casablanca with our renowned guides.

The Imperial City of Marrakesh, the Fabulous, the Glorious, is unofficial capital of the south and justly known as one of the most legendary cities in the world. It has a different atmosphere from the other cities, more African, more Berber, more Moroccan, with a kaleidoscopic beauty and wildness that not only draws people from the surrounding plains and the desert but thousands from all over, backpackers, poets, celebrities and everyday tourists all of whom have succumbed to its spell. Most find what they seek, the hint of adventure, excitement, peace, certainly the sheer joy of different races, age groups, languages, rich and poor, mixing with ease in a magic environment. It works the miracle of being a city thronged by people, yet remaining a sun- blessed oasis of vibrant colour, birdsong, leafy surroundings and fragrant aromas.
From the Saharan tents of desert warriors sprung the garden city founded in 1062. Today it is centered in an oasis, 13,000 hectares of palms, the enchanting Palmeraie, that tradition claims is the legacy of the date-eating soldiers who first garrisoned there.
The superb Medina, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is girdled by seven miles of rose pink ramparts more than 1,000 years old, punctuated by 200 towers and ten gates through which Moorish troops once galloped to conquer Spain. The imperial city of the Almoravid and Almohad sultans, in their time, acknowledged leaders of Western Islam, has a backdrop that seems designed by a celestial artist, the snow-capped mountains of the Atlas, soaring to 13,000 ft. If Fez seems to guard the inner nature of Morocco, Marrakesh presents its extrovert face.
Marrakesh understandably draws the major portion of tourists but it is also a place of commerce and entertainment for Berbers from the mountains, Blue men from the desert and the dark-skinned Senegalese from beyond. Even the name Morocco is derived from Marrakesh.
At the centre of the Medina is a stunning maze of covered souks, some of the best in Morocco, selling everything from cheaper wares to the finest silks, textiles, spices, herbs and perfumes and the exquisite works of master craftsmen of jewellery, silver and gold, leather, wood and metals.
Nothing, however, can cap the impression made by the huge Djemma el Fna, ‘Assembly of the Dead’ a square so-called because the heads of conspirators were once displayed there. Reputedly the largest in Africa, it has drawn visitors for centuries.
Almost an amphitheatre, visited for centuries, you can have a balcony seat in one of the rooftop cafes or join the Joyful melee below for what just has to be the greatest show on earth. In action 24 hours a day, busiest time is night as row after row of food stalls set up, cooking mouth-watering foods. Fires burn, kerosene lanterns glow, drums throb, pipes sound as snake charmers make cobras sway, world-famed Berber acrobats hurl through the air and crowds watch dancers and gather in circles round fire-eaters and traditional storytellers, magic potion doctors and magicians. Berber acrobats are probably the best in the world and can be found in the circuses of many lands. The intricate pyramid formations they swiftly form are thought to have their origins in the warrior past when they were human bridges to storm enemy walls.
In corners, young backpackers add to the rich atmosphere, strumming guitars with the music of their own lands.
Nearby, commanding all this with elegance is the famed Koutoubia Mosque whose beautifully-proportioned minaret, 70 metres high, has been the main landmark of Marrakesh for 800 years. Built by the Almohads in the late 12th century, it features the oldest and best preserved of their three most famous minarets –the others are the Tour Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda in Seville.
A graceful and comfortable way to view Marrakesh are the calleches, the elegant horse-drawn carriages that add an unexpected touch of old Vienna to this amazing city.
The best-known of the palaces in Marrakesh is the Palais el-Badi, built by al-Mansour between 1578 and 1602. Nicknamed “The Incomparable”, it included marble from Italy and India.
Still imposing, it is, however, largely a ruin, being stripped of Materials by Moulay Ismail in 1696 to build his new capital in Meknes. El Badi is the grand setting for the annual Folklore Festival usually held in June.
Superb craftsmanship and evidence of opulence is still evident in the Saadian tombs where sixty-six Saadians including al-Mansour are interred with another 100 buried outside the two main structures.

For more tours to Morocco see our tours below:

Discovery of Morocco – 7 Nights / 8 Days
Andalucia & Morocco – 11 Nights / 12 Days – depart Madrid 
Morocco Imperial Cities – 6 Nights / 7 Days – depart Costa del Sol 
Morocco Prestige Tour (Private tour) – 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Day 1

Casablanca:
* Welcome to the Mohammed V airport by our representative staff
* Here you will take delivery of your vouchers and your trip documents.
* Brief review of the tour during your transfer to the hotel.
* Check in at your hotel.
* Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
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Day 2

Casablanca – Marrakesh (250 km)
* Morning visit of Casablanca; the economical Capital of Morocco.
* Visit of the central market; the Habous district; the Royal Palace; the Mohamed V square; the residential area of Anfa and the outside of the mosque Hassan II.
* After lunch departure to Marrakesh arriving in the late afternoon.
* Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight in Marrakesh.
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Day 3

Marrakesh:
* The entire day will be devoted to the visit of Marrakesh; the second oldest Imperial city; known as the pearl of the South.
* The city was founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th century. The historical sightseeing includes the Menara garden; the Saadian tombs; the Bahia palace and the Koutoubia Minaret.
* In the afternoon; visit of the souks and handicraft quarters displaying a variety of items and the famous place Djemaa El Fna with its non-stop entertainment.
* Dinner and overnight at your hotel
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Day 4

Marrakesh – Casablanca (250 km):
* Morning excursion to the Ourika Valley; a picturesque Valley dotted with Berber villages at the foot of the Atlas mountains.
* After lunch departure to Casablanca.
* Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
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Day 5

Casablanca:
* Transfer to the airport of Casablanca and assistance with departure formalities.
* Services end at the airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Morocco experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Half Board (2 meals included) basis
* 2 nights in Casablanca
* 2 nights in Marrakecs.
* Local guides
* Minibus with driver throughout
* Visit of all major monuments

* Entrance fees are NOT included and payable directly
* Rate is a guideline ONLY and is subject to change depending on date of travel & available accommodation
* Rate excludes entrance fees
* Based on Min. 2 passengers

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Rates are subject to reconfirmation and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations and supplier changes

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Valid 01 April to 15 October 2017

Morocco view of the Menara Gardens with the snow covered mountains in the background
Morocco view of gardens in casablanca
Morocco view of a Berber Village Ourika Valley Marrakech
Morocco view of the Menara Gardens with the snow covered mountains in the background
Morocco view of the Moahmmed V Square
Morocco view of Minaret in Casabalanca

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