5 days northern and imperial cities tour from tangier to explore different parts of Morocco, Tangier and its amazing caves, Chefchaouen the pearl of the north and the blue picturesque streets, to Meknes and its beautiful gates and great walls then to Fes the oldest imperial city and the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco with its labyrinth markets. This tour takes you also to a region still relatively unknown to the Moroccan kingdom where the Andalusian influence still rhythm the life of the small villages of the Eastern Rif.
We’ll kick-off with a drive through the Rif Mountains and past the city of Tetouan. To enjoy fully enjoy the breathtaking view of the landscape, we’ll stop to rest at the feet of the Rif mountains, in Chefchaouan. Chefchaouen’s medina has a strong influence of Spanish architecture, as it was once part of the “Spanish Morocco” it’s square is showered in funky artisanal shops beaming with colors. It’s also home to many rooftop restaurants and cafes, also available in your in the Riads, where you can enjoy the rest of the evening with a nice breeze and wonderful view.
After a tasty breakfast, our journey continues towards Volubilis, crossing over Ouazan and other Rif villages. In Volubilis, we’ll explore the Roman ruins and learn about Moroccan history. Continuing to Meknes, we’ll stop for lunch and explore the historical walls of the medina along with Bab el Mansour and a visit to the Moulay Ismail shrine. Later in the afternoon, we’ll head to Fes where we will spend the night.
We’ll start the day exploring the oldest city in Morocco, snaking through its alleys and narrow streets. We’ll begin site-seeing at the Royal Palace gate, followed by the Jewish headquarter where the first Mellah ever was built in Morocco, during the 16th century. We’ll ensure that you visit all sites with cultural and historical interest including the famous Al Qaraouine University, the oldest in the region. We’ll also visit the Tanneries, the Attarine museum, and the Moulay Idriss mausoleum. After lunch, you will visit many different cooperatives and then experience a wonderful panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes.
Fes consists of three distinct parts; Fes el Bali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) being the oldest of the three with more than 9000 narrow streets and alleys fortified by a large wall, Fes-Jdid “new Fez” (home of the Jewish quarter) and the “Ville Nouvelle”, the newest sector of Fez created during the French occupation. Later in the day, we’ll drive to Rabat and then Casablanca.
Today we continue from Casablanca to Assilah and then Tangier, where we’ll end our tour.