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Fez Medina Guided Tour

1. 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

2. 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.

Fes: Private Cultural Day Tour

3. Fes: Private Cultural Day Tour

You will begin your guided Fes tour as you are picked up from your accommodation. From here you will begin driving towards the captivating sites and old monuments of this ancient city. Your professional guide will begin by taking you to the ancient core of Fes, the old Medina. Here you can wander through the old narrow streets which are lined with small traditional shops selling the most mesmerizing handicrafts and Moroccan handmade items. You will walk through the alluring charm of the Medina, being able to admire its colorful streets and rich tapestry of life. You will soon find yourself at the largest and oldest tannery in Africa, the impressive “Chouara Tannery”, where real leather is being naturally shaped and colored. You will then continue your tour to the ancient schools of Fes. Founded in 859 A.D. by Fatima Al-Fihri, the school is an incredible example of spectacular Arab architecture. You will then visit some old Quranic Schools such as “Medersa Bouanania" and “Medersa Al-Attarine”, which was created by Sultan Uthman II Abu Said. Following this, you will visit the magnificent “Zaouia Moulay Idriss II", the spectacular and sacred shrine of the founder of the Fes Medina. Next, you will move to the Nejjarine Museum of wooden arts and crafts, where you can enjoy seeing decorated tiles, musical instruments, and intricately carved cedar eaves overhead. After a break for lunch, you will leave the ancient part of the old city to begin discovering some other magical wonders. You will visit the marvelous Royal Palace, which contains the tremendous Seven Gates and was perfectly made with the most captivating copper. Moving on, you will travel to the old Jewish Quarter “Mellah” and the Jnane Sabil Gardens. Here you can get some fresh air and admire the beautiful centered Moroccan fountains. Your guided tour will later end after you visit the northern and southern protective towers of Fes, allowing you to achieve the most fascinating panoramic views over the entire Medina.

From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

4. 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 Sightseeing Tour

5. Fez: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

You will begin your tour at Bab Boujloud, the ornate blue gate leading into the Medina. From here you will head to the magnificent Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, which includes a beautiful esplanade where the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music concerts takes place each year. You will then visit foundouk Najjarine, which houses the "Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts". You will be surprised here by the collection of the traditional tools used by craftsmen, as well as the Berber carpets and musical instruments. Next up will be the Qaraouiyine Mosque, which is both a university and a mosque situated in the heart of the Medina. UNESCO has named it the oldest continuously functioning educational institution in the world. You will then tour the souks of Fez, along the river and inside the walls of the town. Whilst here, you will be free to enter into one of the foundouks (workshop of craftsmen) to explore on your own. You will then see the city’s tannery, a fascinating place that is the largest tannery in Africa. Finally, at the end of the tour, you will head back to your accommodation.

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

6. 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

7. 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.

From Casablanca: Imperial Cities of Morocco 6-Day Tour

8. From Casablanca: Imperial Cities of Morocco 6-Day Tour

Embark on a 6-day trip around Morocco and discover everything that the country has to offer. Depart from Casablanca and enjoy the unique opportunity to explore ancient cities, historic monuments, and natural landscapes. Enjoy accommodation in 4-star hotels and breakfasts included. Day 1: Casablanca Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will visit the city at 14h, including a visit to the Hassan II mosque, one of the world’s biggest mosques, as well as the districts of Sqala and Habous.  Day 2: Rabat - Volubilis The next morning you will journey to the capital of Morocco, Rabat. Visit the Royal Palace, the Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. After lunch, drive towards the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Dating back to AD 40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. You'll finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez. Day 3: Fez After breakfast, you will begin a guided tour of the Fes, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricate Berber carpets, and many other local crafts. For lunch, you may choose to eat in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch, you will continue the tour to visit the King’s Palace and then the famous tanneries. Day 4: Ouzoud Waterfalls After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech via Ouzoud Waterfalls. The beautiful drive will take you up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech. Overnight stay in Marrakech. Day 5: Marrakech Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. You will then visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace. Then, experience traditional Arabic craftsmanship in the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders, these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. After lunch, you head to the Majorelle Gardens & Menara Garden. Day 6: Marrakech to Casablanca Transfer Your last day of travel will be in Marrakech. Free time will be given in the morning if you want to do some final shopping in Marrakech before being driven back to Casablanca in the afternoon.

From Marrakech: Imperial Cities 6-Day Trip with B&B Lodging

9. From Marrakech: Imperial Cities 6-Day Trip with B&B Lodging

Embark on a 6-day journey to the majestic Imperial Cities of Marrakech. gasp at imposing monuments, medieval ruins, and mesmerizing waterfalls as you explore Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, and more. Enjoy tours of every location you visit and overnight accommodation with daily breakfast. Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech Arrive in Marrakech, a vibrant and colorful city in Morocco known for its bustling souks, historic palaces, and traditional gardens. Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel to prepare for the rest of the trip. Day 2: Marrakesh Join a full-day tour of Marrakech, including the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, and Bahia Palace. Visit the souks, traditional Moroccan markets where you can find everything from spices and textiles to pottery and jewelry. After a short lunch break (lunch not included), continue to the Jardin Majorelle and Menara Gardens. See a large pond, olive groves, and sweeping views of the Atlas Mountains. Day 3: Casablanca Experience the beauty of Morocco on a tour that takes you from the vibrant city of Marrakech to the coastal metropolis of Casablanca. Upon arrival in Casablanca, embark on a guided tour of the city and some of its most important landmarks. Visit the iconic Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world and a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture. Continue to the Habous Quarter, a charming neighborhood known for its traditional architecture and lively souks. Day 4: Rabat and Volubilis On day four, the tour from Casablanca to Fez via Rabat and Volubilis is a unique opportunity to explore two of Morocco's most historic sites. Upon arrival to Rabat, discover the Royal Palace, the Hassan Tower, and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. These landmarks offer a glimpse into the city's rich cultural heritage and its role as a political and cultural center of Morocco. After exploring Rabat, visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Volubilis is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa and offers an inspiring glimpse into the region's history. End your tour exploring the remains of an ancient city, including the Capitoline Temple, the Basilica, and the houses of wealthy citizens. Stay overnight in Fez. Day 5: Fez Start your Fez city tour, a comprehensive exploration of one of Morocco's most historic and cultural cities. The tour will take you through the ancient Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to discover the narrow streets and explore the area's monuments and landmarks. Visit the Bou Inania Madrasa, the Dar Batha Museum, and the Bou Jeloud Gardens, then go see traditional crafts being made at the local souks, such as pottery and leather goods. This tour is perfect for history and culture enthusiasts, as it offers a glimpse into the rich heritage of Fez. Stay another night in Fez. Day 6: Departure On your last day in Fez, enjoy a seamless airport transfer according to your flight departure.

Casablanca Private Full-Day Trip to Fez

10. Casablanca Private Full-Day Trip to Fez

After your pick-up in Casablanca at your hotel or at the harbor, you'll start the drive of about 3 hours to the holy city of Fez, where you will meet your guide.  Start the visit at Bab Boujloud, one of the gates which lead into the medina. Visit some of the beautiful ancient buildings such as the Madrasa Bou Inania and El-Attarine, Koran schools for religious studies, and the University and Mosque of Al-Karaouine. Visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and discover traditional tools, carpets, furniture and musical instruments in a beautifully restored caravanserai.  After a lunch break in one of the hundreds of restaurants in the medina, continue to the famous tanneries, where the leather is still processed as it was hundreds of years ago. Observe the workers from a lookout, and learn about the different workings, and even bargain for a new bag or belt afterward.  Outside the medina lies the Royal Palace with its large plaza lined with palm trees. Last, but not least, drive up the hill to the cemetery Bab Fettouh, and enjoy the panoramic view over the white sea of houses of the medina. After your visit, your driver will meet you for the drive back to Casablanca.

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4.6 / 5

based on 669 reviews

picked up at the meeting point agreed by van Mercedes vito, the driver accompanied us with a relaxing guide to different places: volubilis, entrance 7 DH and possibility of guide on the spot, muolay idriss, free visit, meknes, typical lunch on the terrace 14 DH and visit to the city with a very nice and competent guide proposed at the moment (20 DH tot for two couples). return in the evening to the same place in the morning. wonderful experience, recommended for everything we have seen and "heard". excellent organization and maximum score to the driver. Well done.

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!!

A guide is necessary to tour the Medina in Fez, which is a wonder but a maze in which the unwary or brash tourist will get hopelessly lost. It is the heart of that city and a living representation of a centuries old way of life. My tour was somewhat limited because of my ageing knees, which made going up and stairways with no banister difficult, but our excellent and personable guide paced it so I was able to appreciate an amazing three hours.

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

The guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we asked. He took us for lunch to a local place and it was very good. I highly recommend this tour and guide.