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Imperial Cities - Encounters Travel
Imperial Cities - Encounters Travel
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9 reviews
Starts
Marrakesh
+4 Destinations
Northern Morocco
Ends
Marrakesh
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Highlights

  • Stroll around bustling medinas in Marrakech
  • Indulge yourself in local Moroccan cuisine
  • Get the perfect shot of the Koutoubia Mosque
  • Enjoy Casablanca and all it has to offer
Age range
12 to 75 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
45
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Marrakesh! With the in-depth cultural tour Imperial Cities, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Marrakesh, Morocco and 4 other destinations in Morocco. Imperial Cities includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • JH
    Written on March 24, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    Except for Ibis Hotel, the other hotels were old and dirty. The food is the same everyday - no variation. In Oudaya hotel the pancakes were so hard and only sweet bread were available for breakfast. We were combined with a group of French tourists and often the guide focused only on French. This French group from TUI had another package which included lunch and the guide took us to their restaurant and made us pay when we had free lunch in our hotel. In Fez, the tour focused more on “selling” pottery, carpets, etc. We waited long to be picked up from the airport. The hotel in Fez was very noisy (they had disco and casino).
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Dear Josephine, Thank you for taking the time to get back to us with your feedback. I’m sorry that you weren’t happy with the accommodations provided on this tour. This is one of our Shoestring tours which uses simple 3-star level accommodation throughout, however this isn’t an excuse for any lack of cleanliness you might have experienced. We’ll certainly be looking into this and will take action to remedy this where necessary. If you did mention these issues to your guide whilst on tour, I hope that he was able to help you in resolving any issues with your hotel rooms as this is one of their roles and they are there to help. On our Imperial Cities tour we do offer the option of upgrading to 4-star accommodation on a request basis and we recently introduced the option to upgrade to full board also (to include all meals as some members of your group had booked). On the set tour we only include 1 lunch (on day 2 in Marrakech) and I am sorry if you felt in pressured to join the full board passengers for lunch with them. In some places where we're driving and stop for lunch, it's not possible to eat anywhere else, but in others there should be some flexibility, as long as you're aware of the time you need to be ready to leave. As the Imperial Cities tour is one of our Shoestring tours we do operate the tour with a multi-lingual tour leader assisting some travellers with different first languages. Sightseeing tours are always provided for you in English though. In general we have found that this has worked well and allows us to guarantee more departure dates and offer the tour at a more favourable rate, which is what people booking shoestring level trips are often looking for. We explain this within our tour notes where we state the following: "In Morocco we provide fully trained, local English-speaking guides for all of the sightseeing tours. Our local reps in all the towns and cities en-route are also at your service, and will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour. Please note that whilst all tours will be conducted in English we may also use multi-lingual guides to accommodate guests from other countries." Whilst sightseeing in Fez we do include a couple of shop type stops, however you are under no obligation to purchase at any of these. Overall shopping is always something that it is difficult to get right for everyone, as some people want to do lots of shopping, some none at all, and some people prefer a well established shop while others like to haggle in the markets. In Fez in particular it is more difficult to avoid visiting some shops as the Tanneries for example are best experienced from the balconies of the leather shops which tend to surround them. To access these viewing areas we do have to allow the shops to do their ‘sales pitch’, however we do believe that this is necessary as wouldn’t get the same experience of the tanneries otherwise.
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  • KT
    Written on March 11, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Wonderful trip! We were picked up from the airport with a sign, taken to our hotel, then greeted at the hotel by our guide for the week. Here he explained to us what was to happen throughout the week and anything we needed to know about where we were staying that night. Felt very taken care of the whole time. Very easy, taken to each place in the car, driver was always prompt. The hotels were nice, just what you would need for only a couple nights stay. Food was fine, nothing too special (breakfasts and dinners; we didn't do the all inclusive food package). At the hotels it was a collection of western/less Moroccan food, but usually lunches we went to a traditional Moroccan restaurant to experience the local cuisine. We appreciated this. Overall, saw many sites and cities in a 7 day tour. Would definitely recommend!!
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  • MH
    Written on December 24, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Overall an excellent tour that I am happy to have booked. The guide was friendly and had a thorough knowledge of the country as well as each site and explained everything well. Transport between sites was excellent with everything scheduled and organised well. Accommodation was okay although the food served in each hotel went beyond my expectations.
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  • JL
    Written on December 6, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    My time on the Imperial Cities tour in Morocco was great, due in particular to our guide Amin. He was professional, yet easygoing, engaging our multilingual group with his enthusiasm for his country, easily switching from history to sport and modern-day events. Our driver Abdullah was also exceptional in the sometimes chaotic traffic, and was always happy to teach some Arabic along the way.
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  • AZ
    Written on August 2, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was good, the guide was really friendly and knowledgable. Some days are a little too jam packed with sightseeing though which leaves little free time to explore the Medinas or enjoy the beach for a little longer
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  • IS
    Written on July 10, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I have enjoyed my trip in Morocco I learnt all the history about Morocco and Berber. The transportation was excellent and the accommodation was good. I liked staying in different hotels.
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  • RI
    Written on February 24, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent tour of amazing historical cities and sights. Loved Morocco and will likely return to visit the Sahara - didn't have time this year but hope to in the future. Highly recommend this tour!
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  • EC
    Written on February 22, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    The country of Morocco was fabulous. The sights, food and people were beyond my expectations. Unfortunately, the trip started off poorly due to a run down hotel that was not clean. The bedding had been slept in and what I assume to be bodily fluids stains were on the bedding and sheets. We were fortunate to have the hotel assign us to a different room where is was at least clener than the intial room, but it had a heater that was broken. After a cold night night, the following evening we were then assigned to yet a different room that had a working heater and was clean. But, needless to say, it simply started our trip on the wrong foot. Although the tour was well rounded, our guide Ahmed H. was lackluster and almost seemed to not enjoy his job. I attributed this to his needing to interpret and present in 3 languages for the mixed group. A local guide Rachid Raiss in Fes, however, also had to present in 3 languages and was a superb guide. Overall, I see much roo for improvement that would have provided for a top notch tour. I provide this review with the hope that you can see the remarks as constructive for improving it for future groups. I consider myself well traveled, having been to all 7 continents and over 50 countries. I have stayed in hostels to 5 star hotels and have been on countless tours. So, when I comment that a hotel is unacceptable or a guide has not provided a good experience, I do so based on my experiences and only do so to help make positive adjustments for future travelers. Thank you for allowing me to provide this review.
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Dear Elaine, Thanks for taking the time to get back to us with this feedback, we very much value your comments and will definitely be taking these on board when looking to make improvements to this tour. First of all, I’m really pleased to hear that you enjoyed Morocco and that the sights, food and people there exceeded your expectations. I’m very sorry that you had issues with the Al Kabir Hotel on arrival and that it resulted in you having to change your room a few times. I agree that the room allocated on arrival was completely unacceptable and having been in touch with you whilst in Morocco I was pleased that our local office was eventually able to upgrade you to a higher standard of room and provide you with a complimentary bottle of wine and fruits to apologise for the issues you encountered. Of course, the way in which your tour started was not what we aim for. We have already been in touch with the management of the Al Kabir Hotel to ensure that this never happens again. On this tour we do always use a multilingual guides and mention this in the tour notes. When we have different nationalities travelling on the tour we’ll use a guide who can speak multiple languages rather than sending multiple individual guides as this allows us to continue to market this as a budget tour with reasonable prices. We’ve been running our Shoestring tours in Morocco this way for the past couple of years without any issues, however we certainly have taken your comments on board and should we receive any further negative feedback regarding this, we’ll definitely be looking at making changes to the way in which we allocate guides on this tour. Overall I’m sorry that there were elements of the tour which didn’t meet your expectations and I do hope that these things didn’t spoil your enjoyment of the time you spent in Morocco. Thank you once again for taking the time to get back to us with your feedback, this is invaluable and please be rest assured that we will be acting on the comments made.
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  • SS
    Written on November 14, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    Accomodation could be more central. Thought that the entire tour group should be in one accomodation rather than split up in different hotels. Would be great to have more free time on the tour to wander around on your own.
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Arrive into Marrakech
  2. Day 2: Marrakech, city tour
  3. Day 3: Marrakech to Casablanca
  4. Day 4: Casablanca to Fez via Rabat and Meknes
  5. Day 5: Fez, city tour
  6. Day 6: To Marrakech via Beni Mellal
  7. Day 7: Marrakech, free time, transfer to airport for departure

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • May 1, 2017

      Can I get a transfer to the airport at any time as well, even early in the morning?

      Yes, so long as you are leaving Morocco on the last day of the tour, we can transfer you to the airport at anytime. The same applies to the start of the tour and so long as you are arriving on day 1, we can provide an airport transfer on this day too.

    • May 1, 2017

      Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

    • January 1, 2017

      What time should we arrive on Day1?

      Day 1 is just an arrival day so you can actually arrive anytime on this day.

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    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 months before travel.
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    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $630 for Imperial Cities, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 862 km.
    • Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • 215 km
    • Casablanca (Morocco)
    • 88 km
    • Rabat (Morocco)
    • 118 km
    • Meknes (Morocco)
    • 53 km
    • Fes (Morocco)
    • 387 km
    • Marrakesh (Morocco)

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