Mosque and University Karaouiyne

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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.

    We had a lovely experience. Our guide Ahmed is a cheerful and helpful man full of energy, proud of Fez. He is probably the best tour guide in Fez. We had a lot of fun and learned many things. This tour is perfect for getting an overall view of Fez, with a focus on the medina ofcourse. On your own, it is impossible to see the whole medina and its surroundings, let alone find your way in the medina. Therefore, I can really recommend this tour! To the team: thanks again from Abdul, Basma, and Jamila (Gregory, Lieselotte, and Laurence).

  • Fes: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

    2. 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.

    The Nabil guide was great. He fought her a lot about the city, Islam and culture. Helped us negotiate in many times. Took us in all places we wanted.

  • Casablanca Private Full-Day Trip to Fez

    3. 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.  Outsi...

  • Fez: Medina Guided Tour

    4. Fez: Medina Guided Tour

    Meet your guide in front of your riad or hotel and then journey to Bab Boujloud, one of the ornate gates which welcome travelers into the Medina. Visit ancient buildings such as Meders of Bou Inania, El Attarine, (two prominent Koran schools), and the University and Mosque of Karaouine. Admire the harmonious geometrical details which adorn these magnificent buildings. Learn about traditional artisan work at the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. See where artisans employ techniques passed down from generation to generation in order to make tools, carpets, furniture, and musical instruments. After a lunch break at one of the hundreds of phenomenal restaurants in the Medina, make your way to one of the city’s famous tanneries. Observe the workers from a lookout and see how leather has been processed for centuries. Talk with a tanner and get in-depth insight into the different ste...

    The guide took us to places announced in the tour description, but was also very open to what kind of experiences we were looking for. A really good way of learning about Fez, Morocco and Moroccan lifestyle.

  • Fes Cultural Day Tour

    5. Fes Cultural Day Tour

    Visit the blue gate known as Bab Boujloud. Take amazing pictures of the Jewish Quarter of the city, built in 1438. Gaze upon the Ibn Danan synagogue, one of the oldest buildings of its kind in North Africa. Hear of the history of the synagogue in Fes-Mellah.  Explore the King's palace, paying close attention to the beauty of the marble and copper gates. Discover the culenary delights for yourself, as the tour gives you free time for your own lunch. Wander the streets of Fes, browsing at various shops lined with fresh fruit and vegetables, spices and handcrafted items. Admire Islamic mosques, one founded in 859, and another founded in 1351-56. Learn the history the religion has in this region and the many aspects of the devout lives. 

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What people are saying about Mosque and University Karaouiyne

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 356 reviews

What a wonderful, unforgettable experience. Ahmed our guide is such a lovely person, on top of being a very knowledgeable and helpful guide. He takes his work seriously and while he is with you, you have nothing to worry about. You are in good hands and he goes above and beyond to make sure your experience is a success. Shokran Ahmed!

Amazing full day tour of Fes. I really enjoyed learning in depth about the history of the city, visit several different artisans, go to a scenic viewpoint that I wouldn't have found on my own, and get a thorough visit of the maze that can be the old Medina. Thanks to our guide and driver, it was an unreal day!

Awesome experience, our guide was so knowledgeable and kind. Navigating the Medina with him as two female travelers made us feel safe. Definitely book.

Very beautiful city! Highly reccomd this tour, our Guide was very knowleageble of the Medina and our tour was private just me and my partner

Kamal was very good and a great guide. He know a lot and showed us the important parts of the city and the history.