In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel or Riad and start the tour of the medina ramparts (2 hours). First, you will visit Fes El Jadid (14th century section), the Jewish quarter (Mellah), the synagogue or cemetery and the famous gates of the royal palace. Then, we continue to the Borj Nord for a panoramic view and end your outside tour in the pottery section, where you will visit the artisans making mosaics and tiles. Later, with your guide you will explore the old medina called Fes El Bali (9th century section). You will visit one of the famous Medersas (Quranic school) of the 14th century, the quaraouiyine university (the oldest university in the world), the seffarine (bronze) section , the Najjarine (Carpenters) Souk, the Nejjarine Fountain and Fondouk / museum, and the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss II, the founder of Fez. Then, you will visit the tanneries ( the leather place) and enjoy lunch in a Moroccan restaurant. If you wish, You can continue the tour for more exploration of the medina.Day 2: Meknes - Volubilis - Moulay Idriss.
Departure from Fez
We’ll pick you up from your hotel or riad in the morning and drive to Volubilis, the Roman ruins which is an hour and half drive away from Fez.
Volubilis is one of the most well preserved Roman ruins in the North Africa, floor mosaics are famous here. It is said that Moulay Ismail, king of Morocco in the 17th century, brought the stones from here to build the Meknes city and many of the Roman buildings were destroyed. Still, you can see the pillars of temples and beautiful mosaic on the floor. This place is also the UNESCO World Heritage site. Only 4 km drive from Volubilis , Moulay Idriss city is on the top of two hill and takes the shape of a camel. Moulay Idriss is the Morocco’s first Islamic city, still surrounded by a sacred atmosphere.
The Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss is not open to non Muslims, but it still gives you a great impression just by looking at this hallway.
We continue the tour to Meknes,where you will have your lunch in a local restaurant. The city was once a capital of the kingdom of Morocco under the rule of powerful sultan and leader Moulay Ismail. At the very entrance of the medina there is the famous gate Bab lakhmis and straight to the hri souani and the stables and granaries of the sultan Moulay Ismail. After you can visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Most of the mosques and mausoleums are not open to non Muslims in Morocco, and this is one of the exceptions. The courtyard is so quiet, you’ll instantly understand that you entered a very sacred place.
Enjoy the beauty of the Islamic architecture. In front of the main square El Hdim, where you can see monkey and snake charmers stands the giant monumental gate Bab Mansour. The ruler Moulay Ismail built this fascinating gate which is amazingly decorated with the zellij and mosaics , one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can have a nice walk in the souks if you wish.
We will pick you up from your place and drive north . You will enjoy a nice view of Rif Mountainsand explore an extremely different culture and lifestyle from Fez. Chechaouen is nestled at the feet of the Rif Mountains from which the name Chaouen “horns “ in berber language has been adopted because of the shape at the top of the mountains; it was founded in 1471 as a small fortress by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa who is a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. Chefchaouen fell under Spanish occupation and was emancipated in 1956. It's known as "blue city" for its traditional buildings. Enjoy a walk to explore the white and blue washed walls of the medina and the markets that offer some unique native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular. The countryside around Chefchaouen has a reputation for being a prolific source of marijuana and the region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco.
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