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Imperial Cities - Encounters Travel
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Keely "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..."
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13 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
Travel style
Discovery
Start and end in Marrakesh! With the discovery tour Imperial Cities, you have a 8 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.

13 Reviews

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  • ED
    Written on July 23, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Some days were a bit long Especially the final return day in the bus in extremely poor roads when pretty exhausted. As a single traveller I would have enjoyed more English speaking travel companions. Adnan was an excellent tour guide however his casual chat and jokes and fun were in Italian or French so I felt on the “outer” quite a bit .
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  • A
    Written on June 11, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    you get what you paid for
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  • D
    Written on June 5, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    The tour was a great overview of Morrocco. Would pick a non-mixed language tour tour next time, as we were the only 2 people on the tour that did not speak French, and felt a little excluded in conversation and discussion.
    Encounters Travel commented on this review
    Dear Don, Thank you for taking the time to get back to us with your tour feedback. I'm pleased to hear that you felt this was a great overview of Morocco. Thank you for the great star ratings, I'm pleased to see that you were happy with the accommodations and guiding provided. However, I'm sorry to learn that you weren't entirely happy with the multi-lingual concept used on this tour. We do explain this within our trip notes and in general we do find that it works pretty well and allows us to continue offering budget tours in Morocco. I think on your departure it was unfortunate and unlucky that you were the only 2 English speakers. This is certainly not normally the case as while there are often some French or Italian speakers in the group, the majority of these speak English too and its very rare that we only have one couple like yourselves speaking English on a particular date. So, I am sorry for any impact you had on your enjoyment of the trip. Thank you again for taking the time to get back to us with your feedback and for choosing to travel with us in Morocco.
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  • A
    Written on May 26, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    DO NOT pick this tour if a solo traveller who speaks only English. I was with 2 lovely French couples who spoke not much English and I no French and 5 of 6 nights I was in a separate hotel. I emailed Tour Radar 3 days ago to complain and have yet to receive an acknowledgement if my enail. Go with INTREPID instead.
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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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  1. Day 1: Arrive into Marrakech. Transfer to hotel
  2. Day 2: Marrakech. Free day (or Majorelle Gardens tour)
  3. Day 3: Marrakech, city tour
  4. Day 4: Marrakech to Casablanca
  5. Day 5: Casablanca to Fez via Rabat and Meknes
  6. Day 6: Fez, city tour
  7. Day 7: To Marrakech via Beni Mellal
  8. Day 8: Marrakech, free time, transfer to airport for departure

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    • 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.

    • Where and when does the tour start?

      The tour starts in Marrakech. Upon your arrival, you will be met by a tour operator representative and transferred to your accommodation. Day 1 is an arrivals day so you're free to spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring!

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      This tour includes a 24-hour transfer service on the first day and the last day of the tour, so you don't have to worry about a thing from the moment you touch down. If you have booked pre/post tour accommodation through us then we can book your transfers, however, they won't be included in the tour cost.

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Morocco. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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    Start and end in Marrakesh.
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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 $652 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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