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From Fez: Day Tour to the Blue Town of Chefchaouen

1. From Fez: Day Tour to the Blue Town of Chefchaouen

Discover the blue washed town of Chefchaouen on this day trip from Fez. Have time to explore sights like Kasbah Museum and Grand Mosque. Travel in comfortable airconditioned van and have the option of choosing from a group or private tour.  The tour will start with a hotel pickup in Fez. After boarding your private vehicle, make your way to Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier. Upon arrival, marvel at the incredible blue walls that make this town famous. Enjoy about 4 hours to explore the picturesque small city streets of the medina. If you opt for the private tour, you have the luxury of deciding how you'd like to spend your time as there are many activities to choose from. You can discover the local shops and cafes and see the main square known as Plaza Uta el-Hammam. To experience some culture you may wish to head to the Kasbah Museum, the Grand Mosque, or the Ethnographic Museum which contains musical instruments, antique weapons, and photographs of the old town. You can also stop off at the Ras Elma river that runs through the old city.  For lunch, you can buy a delicious meal in the square, perched on the roof terrace which offers panoramic views over Chefchaouen (at your own expense). In the late afternoon, you will head back to Fez.

Fez Medina Guided Tour

2. Fez Medina Guided Tour

After a pick-up at your hotel or riad in Fez, head out on a guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled-in cities. Explore the narrow streets lined with shops selling fresh fruits, spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and numerous other art and craft items from Morocco. Visit the Quaraouiyine Mosque, founded in 859 by Fatima el Fihri and the Andalusian Mosque dating back to 860 (note that non-Muslims are not permitted to enter). Take in other sites including the Nejjarine Fountain, the Bouaanania Medersa, dating from the 13th century and the Batha Palace, which is now a museum of arts and traditions.

From Marrakech: Imperial Cities of Morocco 3-Day Tour

3. From Marrakech: Imperial Cities of Morocco 3-Day Tour

Join a 3-day tour from Marrakesh that covers the highlights of Morocco's historic imperial cities of Fez, Rabat, Chefchaouen, and Casablanca. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle, benefit from the undivided attention of your local guide, and spend 2 nights in a comfortable hotel. Day 1: Marrakech – Béni Mellal – Azrou - Ifran – Fez Depart Marrakech and cross the Atlas Mountains, in a green environment populated by baboon monkeys. Surrounded by colorful fields and hills, the road leads to the dam of Beni Mellal. Stop to make beautiful photos in the cedar forest, then drive to one of the world’s cleanest and most fascinating cities, Ifrane, known in Morocco as “Little Switzerland.” Enjoy a quick city tour around Fez before heading to your half-board hotel for the night. Day 2: Fez – Chefchaouen Following breakfast at your hotel, get ready to continue your visit by the labyrinthine streets of Fez and explore the oldest medina of Morocco built in the 7th century with its Souks, palaces, mosques, Koranic schools, and Mellah. Travel through the mountains of Rif to the beautiful Berber city of Chefchaouen. Accompanied by your guide, spend your time exploring the whitewashed streets of Chaouen, animated by the beautifully dressed locals. Spend the night in a local riad. Day 3: Chefchaouen – Rabat – Casablanca - Marrakech Head to Rabat to explore the capital of Morocco and the residence of the king. Visit the Hassan Tower with its mausoleum of King Mohammed V. Then it’s on to Casablanca for a visit to the majestic Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the world.

From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

4. From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

Discover one of Morocco’s four imperial cities and the remains of the former capital of the kingdom of Mauretania on a full-day tour from Fes. Following a pickup from your hotel in Fes, enjoy an easy transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2000-year-old complex. Continue to Moulay Idriss to discover one of Morocco's holiest cities. Take a tour of the narrow streets of the compact town where Moulay Idriss I introduced the religion of Islam in 789 AD. Then, transfer to the city of Meknes, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement. Go into the Medina and see some of the monumental city gates and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Tour the city walls, and stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Art to see a wide variety of handicrafts. Before the afternoon transfer back to Fes.

From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss and Meknes Day Trip

5. From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss and Meknes Day Trip

Pick up at 10.00 am from your stay in Fez, In a comfortable – air-conditioned vehicle. On route stop to capture photos for a lifetime. In addition, enjoy cool air at Ain Lah, Royal family firm, Zagotta, attractive Dam ACHAHAD, and Rif mountain. Upon, arrival at the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2,000-year-old complex and learn more about the historical, and cultural Roman city that looks at the ruins of the Arch of Caracalla, Basilica, and Capitoline Temple. Enjoy free time to discover a place on your way. After that, Continue to Moulay Idriss The holiest Islamic town, monument and mosque opened just for Muslims. But, it gives to visitors an excellent impression, just by taking a look at the hallway of the town. It’s a panoramic view. After that, watch the elongated square above us, the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia, and stroll between the labyrinth of clean alleyways. (Break for lunch ) Following lunch, start the Meknes city tour Go into the Medina. So as to, discover monumental city gates dating back to the XVII century. Such as Royal Palace, Berdaïne Bab, Bab Khemis, a famous gateway in north Africa Bab Mansour, and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Moreover, stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Generally, our tour will not be complete without a Visit to Place el Hadim, El Heri es-Souan huge granaries & stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers, and the Museum of Moroccan Art. At the end, of Meknes Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip back to Fez (drop off your stay in Fez).

Fes: One-Way Transfer to Chefchaouen "The Blue City"

6. Fes: One-Way Transfer to Chefchaouen "The Blue City"

Choose from a private or shared transfer service, and get picked up from your hotel or riad in Fes. Start driving towards Chefchaouen, the famous blue town in Morocco. Stop at a few places on the way to takes pictures including at the Dam. Also, break for a rest or to have a drink at a motel in the countryside. When you arrive in Chefchaouen, stop to take pictures for the view of the Medina. Then, get dropped off at the closest point to your accommodation that the car can reach. The driver will call your hotel to arrange for somebody to meet you. Alternatively, select the option which goes via Volubilis, a partly excavated Berber city, and make a stop to visit the Roman ruins on the way before heading to Chefchaouen.

From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga with Lodging

7. From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga with Lodging

Day 1:Fes / Ifrane /Medilt/Merzouga Depart from fez We pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort in a totally un Moroccan style built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village; we continue passing throughthe cedars forest in Azrou you will see the monkeys , drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then we continue towards merzouga in the road we will stop in a panoramic views to see the a huge oasis of palm tree we reach Merzouga,Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel . Accommodation : Kasbah Mohayut or Similar Day 2 :Merzouga / Erg Chebbi In the Morining visit approximately half day in the desert to see the different faces of deser, villages, stop to listen to some Saharan Music in El Khamlia, the oasis ,you will have a small visit to Rissani the first capital of dynasty alouite ,including some historical Kasbahs ,and the The famous Market ,you will have the opportunity to test the local food of the area the Pizza Berber , we continue to Merzouga ,. the guide and camel will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi,you will enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel, after 1 hou reach to the Camp in the Foot of the Dunes , After a wonderful Dinner, watch the Stars,and overnight in the Tent . Accommodation : Standard Desert Camp (Tent with Private Ensuite Bathroom ) Day 3 :Merzouga / Gorges Todra / Ouarzazate Get up early, to watch the sunrise which just behind the Algerian border, which is about 50 km from Merzouga. After Breakfast & shower, You’ll depart for Ouarzazate, traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky. We stop for lunch and walk in todragorges , We’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments Dinner & Overnight . Accommodation : Hotel La Perle Du Sud or Similar Day 4 :Ouarzazate / Ait ben haddou / Marrakech After breakfast we visit Ouarzazate ,including the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous of all Africa. From here we head to visit the famous Kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia,wecoutinue passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 m above sea level passing through small villages & Panoramic Views .we will drop you off in your Hotel in Marrakech for the End of the Tour .

From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

8. From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

Discover one of Morocco’s four imperial cities and the remains of the former capital of the kingdom of Mauretania on a full-day tour from Fez. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Fez, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2,000-year-old complex. Continue to Moulay Idriss to discover one of Morocco's holiest cities. Take a tour of the narrow streets of the compact town where Moulay Idriss I introduced the religion of Islam in 789 AD. Then, transfer to the city of Meknes, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement. Go into the Medina and see some of the monumental city gates and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Tour the city walls, and stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Art to see a wide variety of handicrafts, before the afternoon transfer back to Fez.

Fez: Half-Day City Private Walking Tour with a Guide

9. Fez: Half-Day City Private Walking Tour with a Guide

Explore the charming city of Fez on a private tour. See the famous Bab Boujloud, the Jewish Quarter, Janan Sabil garden, and many more highlights of the city with a guide. After pickup, start the tour at Bab Boujloud, the ornate blue gate leading into Fes medina. You will discover the Royal palace gate, Jewish Quarter, and the Janan Sabil garden. Admire the attractive Fez Remparts and panoramic view at old musée Borj Nord and Borj sud. You will finish the outside Medina tour with a visit to the school of pottery and mosaic.  Next, continue to the largest Tannerie Chouara where workers produce high-quality leather. You will also visit Islamic schools like Madrasa Bouanania, Madrasa El-Attarine, Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the iconic Nejjarine Fountain. During the tour, your guide will tell you the history, stories, and facts of the city. Finally, at the end of the tour, you will head back to your accommodation. 

Fes: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. Fes: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Start your guided tour of Fes at the historic gates of Bab Bou Jeloud. Enter the medina of Fes el-Bali and discover the Islamic schools of the Madrasa Bou Inania and Al-Attarine Madrasa. Go to the University of al-Qarawiyyin and visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. Look at its collection of traditional tools, furniture, carpets and musical instruments in a beautifully restored caravanserai.  Following lunch in the medina, learn how leather is processed just as it was centuries ago at one of the tanneries. Get a look at the Royal Palace, and then drive to the Bab Ftouh cemetery for a panoramic view over the medina.

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based on 274 reviews

It was a great experience of a private road trip. Our car driver/ tour guide took really good care of us. He kept telling various facts about life in Morocco, stopped whenever required for a break and whenever there was a perfect Photo stop. And, yes clicked pictures for you too. The two riads that were booked as a part of this tour were very good as well. He also addressed special requests of food requirements (like vegetarian for us). Most importantly, he was always on time. The tour was a complete value for money and would highly recommend.

Our guide Kamal took us through a journey across the complex streets of the Medina, straight to the heart of its best. It was a unique experience where we could feel the beauty and understand the history behind all that amazing place. Worthy and we felt safe all the time. The best decision to make it as a tour so no fear of getting lost or approached intrusively by anyone inside there. Highly recommended and thanks to Kamal for the great experience!!

The tour and our guide Kamal were outstanding. Kamal is one of the most genuine and kindest guide I've ever come across. He knows the Fez medina and it's people inside out! Our day in Fez was the highlight of our amazing vacation in Marocco and Kamal played a really big part in that

Volubilis is a must see and Meknes is quite amazing. Enjoyed the lunch we had in Meknes.

Interesting walk and great induction to the local culture, habits and history.