This itinerary, taking you to the imperial cities, is a Moroccan travel classic

The palaces and medinas of Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes and Fes are waiting! Wander through museums or souks…depending on your mood! Without of course forgetting about the richness and variety of the Moroccan cuisine you’ll be tasking along the way, whether in a hole in the wall eatery, a cafe terrace or with panache in a fancy restaurant. It is strongly recommended that you employ the services of a guide in Fes and Marrakech so you can truly get under the skin of the beauty of the sites of cultural interest of these cities. We can hire a guide for you for an extra charge.

Trip available year round.
All of our self drive tours can be adapted to your schedule, whims and budget! Contact us.

The stages of your journey :

Day 1 : Casablanca
Day 2 : Casablanca - Meknes. 210 km, about 3h
Day 3 : Meknes – Volubilis - Fes. 150 km, about 2h30
Day 4 : Fes
Day 5 : Fes - Azrou - Ouzoud. 370 km, about 5h
Day 6 : Ouzoud - Marrakech. 150 km, about 2h
Day 7 : Marrakech
Day 8 : Marrakech - Casablanca

Your accomodation

Nights will be spent in riads in the city medinas
In Marrakech, Fes and even Casablanca there is a wide selection of riads. We have selected some for you with which we’ve built a sturdy partnership over the years, based on the criteria of convenient location, traditional food and drink, reasonable prices, reduced capacity and of course irreproachable service and professionalism. Still, make your needs and expectations known to us so we can arrange to have you stay in establishment that are ideal for you.
In Ouzoud you’ll spend a night in a little family inn at the foot of the mountain. Local food and warm welcomes guaranteed.

Price for this tour of the imperial cities

Price per person based on a two person trip:
With the rental of a category B vehicle: 505 euros
With a driver: 730 euros
Final price is set according to the number of people the season and the category of car


- 7 day rental of an air-conditioned car category A/B/C/D/G depending on your choice. (VAT, unlimited distance, insurance, pick up and drop off in Casablanca)
- 1 night in a hotel in Casablanca
- 1 night in a riad in Meknes
- 2 nights in a riad in Fes
- 1 night in an inn in Ouzoud
- 2 nights in a riad in Marrakech
- Breakfasts
- Transfers between the Casablanca airport and hotel

Not included :
- Flights
- Lunches and dinners
- Tips, personal expenses, and extras
- Visits and activities
- Fuel
- Guides in Fes and Marrakech

Your itinerary

Day 1 : Casablanca

Welcome and hotel transfer at the Casablanca International Airport. Morocco’s economic capital awaits with its United Nations esplanade surrounded by the palace of justice, the prefecture and the residential neighbourhood of Anfa. Take the time to visit the impressive Hassan II mosque (entry possible everyday except national holidays and Fridays). You should also take a detour to avenue Mohamed V to admire its colonial art deco facades.
Overnight in a hotel in Casablanca.
You can also arrive in Marrakech with an extra charge for the Marrakech – Casablanca transfer of 2h on the highway.

Day 2 : Casablanca - Meknes. 210km about 3h

Early in the morning, your rental car will be dropped off and you’ll head to Meknes. You can stop in Rabat, the administrative capital to visit the medina and the beautiful ancient Jewish quarter. We also recommend visiting the Hassan tower, the Mohamed V mausoleum, built in honour of the king that died in 1961, and the Mechouar mosque.
Keep driving towards Meknes and its famous gates of Bab el Mansour and Bab el Khamis, its granaries, the stables of Moulay Ismaïl, and the Sahrij Swani basin, a cousin of that of the Menara in Marrakech.
Overnight in a riad in Meknes.

Day 3 : Meknes - Volubilis - Fes. 150km about 2h30

End your visit of Meknes in the morning so you’ll have time to discover the nearby ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis. Arrive at Fes in the afternoon. Settle into your riad and get your first taste of the medina, far and away the Arab world’s most beautiful.
Overnight in a riad.

Day 4 : Fes

You’ll spend the day getting deeper under Fes’ skin, the oldest of the imperial cities, and the seat of culture and religion of the Western Muslim world for hundreds of years. Don’t miss the Bou Inania medersa, the Nejarine square with its magnificent mosaic fountain, and its multitude of souks.Visit the Batha art museum, the royal palace and then the Merenid tombs from which you’ll have a breathtaking view over the city and its ramparts.
Overnight in a riad.

Day 5 : Fes - Azrou - Ouzoud. 370km about 5h

Set off for the Ouzoud waterfalls by passing through Ifrane, a ski station located in the middle of a vast meadow. Continue on to Azrou, a summer spot known for its artisanal cooperative. After crossing the mid-Atlas, you’ll reach Ouzoud in the afternoon, early enough to go for a walk to the Atlas’ most famous waterfalls. You may even be lucky enough to spot some Barbary Macaques in the surrounding cedar forests!
Overnight in an inn.

Day 6 : Ouzoud - Marrakech. 150km about 2h

You’ll have time to go for a last morning walk before getting back on the road to reach Marrakech. Jemaa el Fna square, the city’s pulsating heart is waiting for you, unless you’d rather relax in the tranquillity of your riad. Dinner at your riad.

Day 7 : Marrakech

An entire day dedicated to discovering Marrakech, one of the ancient imperial cities. You’ll admire the majestic silhouette of the Koutoubia, the Saadian tombds, the Bahia palace, seat of the grand Vizir Ba Ahmed from the end of the 19th century and the Dar Si-Said museum, the Vizir’s brother’s old house, now a fine arts museum. Don’t miss the dyeworking souk or the leatherworking one, which you’ll get to by going through the spice souk!
Overnight in Marrakech

Day 8 : Marrakech - Casablanca

Head back to the Casablanca airport. The drive takes 2 hours on the national road. You can also return from Marrakech.

Friendly tips

- It is strongly recommended that you employ the services of a guide in Fes and Marrakech so you can truly get under the skin of the sites of cultural and touristic interest. We can hire a guide for you in these cities for an extra charge.
- After you have booked your trip, we will send you a bunch of insider tips: where to eat, what not to miss…
- If you’re unsure about driving in Morocco, don’t hesitate to hire a driver. This peace of mind and the helpful advice of a local driver will make your trip more expensive, however.