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TRAVEL: Imperial Cities of Morocco

Posted 27 Aug '19


Be a part of the Alliance Française adventure in North Africa and discover the imperial cities, history, architecture and cuisine of Morocco. On this adventure, we will visit Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Meknes and Marrakech, as well as take in the natural beauty of the Atlas Mountains, Cedre Gouraud Forest and Ouzoud Falls. 

The Imperial City adventure lasts for ten days, from January 15 to 24, with an optional four-day Sahara Supplement, an unforgettable excursion to the legendary desert, its oasis and kasbahs, from January 24 to 29. 

This unique experience is perfect for people with a spirit of exploration and adventure, looking to discover North Africa. The tour is organized by Jane Shortridge and Christina Selander Bouzouina, Executive Director, Alliance Française. 

Where We’ll Go and What We’ll See

Rendez-vous in Casablanca on Wednesday, January 15. Our multilingual guide will meet us at the airport and accompany us to our hotel. After a welcome dinner and night in Casa, we will depart aboard a private van for an afternoon in Rabat, the capital, and then on to Fes, the cultural capital. 

Day trips will includes visits to the Roman ruins in Volubilis, a Berber city considered to be the ancient capital of Mauritania and Meknes, a former capital with stunning Spanish-Moorish architecture and visit a nearby vineyard. En route to Marrakech, we’ll stop in the Atlas Mountains at the Cèdre Gouraud Forest and breathtaking Ouzoud Falls

In Marrakech, we’ll visit The Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, discover souks, admire the Jardin Majorelle in all its beauty and enjoy a cooking class.

What’s Included?

Hotel - nine nights for the Imperial Cities Adventure. All rooms are double occupancy, with singles available for an additional cost (see below); all rooms are non-smoking and have private baths.

Food - all breakfasts provided in hotels; three lunches and eight dinners are included in tour price.Transportation - all inter-city transportation from Casablanca to Marrakech, by air-conditioned coach and transportation for tour activities. Please note if return flight departs from Casablanca rather than Marrakech, transportation to the airport in Casa is available for $120 per person.

 Multilingual tour guide from Casablanca to Marrakech.

Guided tours indicated as ‘included’ on the Trip Plan, tips for walking tours, guesthouses on the road and in Marrakech.

What’s Not Included?

The price of the tour does not include:

Transportation between Casablanca and participant’s point of origin or return.

transportation from Marrakech to participant’s final destination.

Medical or trip insurance.

Other Meals: Any meals other than those organized by the tour described on day-by-day itinerary published on

Other: Any services not specifically identified under What’s Included? above.


January 15 to 24, 2020

$3,400/person (single room supplement - $900)


Extend your Imperial Cities Adventure and discover the desert! Includes an additional four nights of lodging with private bath (hotels and a desert camp); transportation (both coach and camel); guides; breakfast, lunch & dinner all days; airport transfer.

January 24 to 29

$1,200/person additional

Eligibility and Reservations 

The price for the tour is $3,400 per person. All rooms are double occupancy, with singles available for an additional fee of $900. The 4-Day Sahara Supplement is an additional cost of $1,200.

All participants must be at least 21 years of age and able to walk some distance. Reservations will be taken by the Alliance Française on a first-come, first-served basis. Total participation is limited to 16 people. Please call or e-mail AFMSP for a registration form, or download one here.

To sign up, please complete a registration form and submit with a $1,000 deposit to Alliance Française before October 1, 2019. The payment schedule for remaining balance is as follows: $2,000 ($2,900 with Single Supplement deposit) is due no later than Friday, November 1, 2019; the remainder must be paid no later than Friday, December 6, 2019.

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