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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

The tour will start with you being picked up at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Fez. After boarding your private vehicle, you will make your way towards Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier. Upon arrival, you can marvel at the incredible blue walls that make this town famous. You will have about 4-hours to explore the picturesque small city streets of the medina. As this is a private tour, you have the luxury to decide how you would like to spend your time and 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 choose to enjoy a delicious meal in the square, perched on the roof terrace which offers panoramic views over Chefchaouen. In the late afternoon, you will head back down to Fez, arriving at around 8.00 PM.

From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

2. 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 Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

3. From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

Experience life in the Sahara Desert on a small group tour to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Ride a camel across the sands and watch the sunset along the way. Drive across the winding roads of the Middle Atlas Mountains and much more. Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Merzouga Depart Fes and pass through the winter ski resort of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. Continue through the cedar forest of Azrou and look for the resident monkeys before your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Wind your way through beautiful forests, mountain springs, jagged rocks and Berber villages before your descent to the Sahara Desert. Stop for lunch half-way in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Then, continue towards Merzouga taking in the panoramic views of a huge oasis of palm trees at Ziz along the way. Upon arrival in Rissani, travel by 4WD vehicle into the desert, reaching Merzouga in the afternoon. Here, your guide will be waiting with the camels that will take you across the dunes to Erg Chebbi. Watch the sunset from the back of your camel on the 2-hour trek to a Berber camp. Upon arrival at the desert shelter, your camels will be tethered as you are served a welcome mint tea. Enjoy dinner and relax as you look at the stars in the sky.  Day 2: Merzouga - Tafilalte - Fes Wake early and walk across the dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Ride your camel back across the desert sands to take a shower and enjoy breakfast before the drive back to Rissani by 4WD vehicle. Return to Fes, and benefit from comfort stops on the approximate 7-hour journey. 

Fez Medina Guided Tour

4. 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.

3 Days 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech from Fes

5. 3 Days 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech from Fes

Drive through a cedar forest and see the resident monkeys, before descending to the Sahara Desert. Arrive at the traditional kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on a camel ride across the dunes. At the Berber camp, enjoy mint tea and dinner, gaze at the stars and spend the night in a tent. On the second day visit Merzouga, Tinghir and Ouarzazate. Head out on the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs along the ancient caravan route. This area has been a popular location for Hollywood films, such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Jewel of the Nile. Stop for lunch and a walk in Todgha Gorges and then travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Gorges or in Ouarzazate. On the third day, visit the town of Ouarzazate, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios – the largest and most famous movie studios in Africa.

Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

6. Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities, on a 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Tinghir (1st night at Bougafer hotel) Your tour will start with an early pickup. Meet your driver at your hotel or riad in the morning and start your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades. After a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop, reach the gorges of Dades. Make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night. Day 2: Tinghir — Merzouga After breakfast, the day's journey along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, a beautiful oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here you will have some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, the walk will lead you to Merzouga, where your camel caravan will be waiting. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset. Before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the dunes, where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. After the campfire, you can relax in your standard or luxury tent, depending on what one you choose. The standard tents are basic accommodation, a private tent is not guaranteed, depending on occupancy, and showers are not available in the lodge on the following day. There will be a shared room where you can freshen up before breakfast and your long drive back to Marrakech. Toilets are available outside your tent. Breakfast is served at the camp operator lodge. If you choose the luxury tent, it is located in a more isolated and scenic area. is more comfortable with proper bedding, and guaranteed private tent, there are western flushable toilets. There are hot showers. Dinner and breakfast are rich. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  Your desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the sunrise if you wish. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow-capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour. Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end in the early evening and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

Fes Saiss Private Arrival & Departure Airport Transfer

7. Fes Saiss Private Arrival & Departure Airport Transfer

Enjoy a private airport transfer service between Fes Saiss Airport, hotel and riads in the city center for clients who value comfort, safety, speed and efficiency. Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, allow this service to take you where you need to be. Arrival Transfer: Your driver will be waiting for you in front of the Airport with a card that has your name on it. If your flight does not land on time, the driver will wait for you until your arrival. Then you will be transferred to your hotel. Departure Transfer: The driver will come to pick you up in your hotel, just to make sure that you’ll be in the airport 3 hours before time of departure. Please contact us 24 hours before departure in order to set up your pick-up time.

Fez: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

8. 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. Next, you will visit the Mellah (or Jewish Quarter), as well as the old Ibn Danan Synagogue. Following a break, it will be time to visit the Marinids Tombs. From here you will enjoy a panoramic view over all of the white houses of the Medina.

Fes: Middle Atlas Mountains Walking and Trekking Tour

9. Fes: Middle Atlas Mountains Walking and Trekking Tour

Your tour will begin as you cross the small town of Immouzer Kandar, which is popular in the summer for its more temperate climate than that of Fes. Afterwards, you will make a detour to the amazing Lake Daiet Aoua, where you can admire the surrounding hills which are reflected in its waters, as well as the riders who use it as a playground. You will then arrive in Ifrane, where you are bound to be surprised by the unusual appearance of the city. With its sloping roofs, chimneys with huge stork nests, abundant flower beds, and chestnut trees, the city looks like a small corner of Europe. The road then continues to the ski resorts and Jebel Michlifen Habre, before veering down to Azrou. You will make a stop at the foot of Cedar Goureau, where you may be able to see some of the monkeys that live in this forest. Finally, after admiring the green roofs, the rock (Azrou in Berber), and the work of the local craftsmen, it will be time to head back to Fes.

Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

10. Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

Day 1: Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and Dades You will meet your guide in Marrakech after breakfast and set off towards the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass along a road that climbs the plains to 2,260 meters above sea level. You will pass by small villages and scenic waterfalls, and will also notice the continuously changing landscape and colors of these beautiful mountains. You will then stop in a pass for a cup of refreshing mint tea and to admire the scenery before taking the road to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, arriving just in time for lunch. You will then visit the famous Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for films such as the Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, the Legionary, the Sheltering Sky, and many others. You will later head through the town of Ouarzazate to check out Atlas Studios, the largest and most famous film studio in all of Africa. Next, you will journey through the picturesque Valley of Roses to reach the Dades Gorges in time for sunset. Once there you can admire the splendid colors of the rock walls illuminated by the last rays of golden sunlight. Your final stop for the day will be to a romantic, traditional hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 2: Dades, Erfoud, Merzouga, and Erg-Chebbi Following breakfast, you will take a scenic walk through the Todra Gorges before hopping into your car to drive along the famous Road of the 1000 Kasbahs. You will travel through Tineghier Village and the Jewish Kasbah before arriving in Rissani, the first capital of the Alaouite Dynasty, for lunch. You will next go on a walking tour through Rissani and check out its large traditional market, and will then head to Merzouga, arriving before sunset. At this stage you will leave the car behind and ride a camel into the Erg Chebbi Dunes for an unforgettable night under the million stars of the desert. Finally, you will have dinner at the campsite and stay in a traditional Berber tent. Day 3: Merzouga, Rissani, Ziz Oasis, Medilt, and Fes You will wake up in time to watch the sun rise over the 300-meter-tall dunes and travel into the dawn towards the border with Algeria. Next, you will return by camel to a hotel for breakfast and a shower. You will then depart for Fes, traveling through the Ziz valley and stopping for lunch in village with plentiful apple orchards. You will later enjoy the journey through mountain cedar forests before arriving to Fes in the afternoon, stopping to take pictures at a panoramic viewpoint.

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What people are saying about Fes

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 274 reviews

Just WOW! Incredible day trip from Fes! Our guide Soukaina was super nice, accommodative, and very informational! She laughed, smiled, and joked around with us all day! Though it takes a while to get there, this city is worth every minute, and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Fes! We could not have had a better tour, even during Ramadan, they are incredibly helpful in finding us some food during the long voyage! Would highly recommend this day trip from Fes, you will not regret it!

We were extremely lucky to have Redouane as our guide. The tour itself was nice and I recommend it as Fes Medina is quite chaotic and you can easily get lost. Also, walking with a guide helps avoiding people asking for money or to buy stuff as well saving a lot of time. Finally, ask for Redouane, he is extremely nice, kind and knowledgable guide. He knows a lot about the history of Fes and Morocco in general and also is extremely eager to answer to all of your questions. Highly recommend!

Great ride, thanks to Mostafa our warm hearted friendly driver and the other tourists. Very pretty ride through the mountain towns. I only took as a one way trip to spend a week in chefchaouen relaxing.

Absolutely amazing trip to the desert! The guides were so helpful, personable and full of interesting information. The van rides are long and totally worth it!

Very nice guide. He made us make a couple of stops along the way to buy local produce and see different views.