A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE
4 Days Tour - FEZ - CHEFCHOUEN - MEKNES - IFRANE - FEZ
This trip is in Northern Morocco and starting point is Fez. Pickup is from Fez or Casablanca airport.
Day 1 – A full day exploring the wonders of fez Medina.
You will walk through the myriad of cobbled laneways in the oldest medina in the world.
Cars are not allowed in the Medina, the goods and products are transported by donkeys, so you will need to make room for them to pass.
Visit the oldest University in the world, Al Karouine, the Nejarine Fountains and the Jewish Quarter and take a selfies outside the Kings Palace, the Tanneries and Zaouia Moulay Idris mausoleum.
There are many cafes and restaurants for you to choose from for lunch and coffee or mint tea. Your guide will show you restaurants were you will be given a dozen tasting plates of Moroccan cuisine to try along with a delicious tagine.
The traders in the Medina are family businesses operating for maybe hundreds of years and families live within the Medina close to their businesses.
There are many artisan and homewares shops as well as local fashion, perfumeries, hand made shoes, jewellery and fresh food souks in the Medina. Much like an Alladin’s cave.
Overnight fez, breakfast included.
Day 2 – Today you will travel approximately 3 ½ hours throught the mountains to Chefchouen, the Blue City. Chefchouen is a spectacular town on the side of a mountain and all the buildings are a different shade of blue.
· Founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami, Chefchaouen served as a Moorish fortress for exiles from Spain. Over the centuries, the city grew and welcomed Jews and Christian converts alike.
· Chefchaouen's powder-blue buildings mirror the cloudless Moroccan sky - but religious rather than stylistic reasons are behind the design choice. Jewish teachings suggest that by dyeing thread with tekhelel (an ancient natural dye) and weaving it into prayer shawls, people would be reminded of God’s power. The memory of this tradition lives on in the regularly repainted blue buildings.
· In Chefchaouen we will visit the Medina, Plaza Outa el Hammamm and maybe have an excellent fish lunch.
· There will be numerous photo opportunities along the way and from the panoramic views across Chefchaouen and surrounding countryside.
Overnight Chefchouen, breakfast included.
Day 3 – Today we travel to Meknes, approximately 3 ½ hours.
· Meknes was once the Ismaili capital of Morocco and has a very cultural background.
· In Meknes you will visit Bab Mansour and the old Medina, the Sahrij Souani Basin and Moulay Ismail Museum.
· After lunch your journey continues to Volubilis, the Roman ruins where you can see beautiful mosaics, still intact , Roman roads and a city layout.
Overnight Meknes, breakfast included.
Day 4. Today we travel back to Fez.
· We will stop and visit the Barbary Apes in the Cedar Forest, travel on to Azrou and have coffee and explore the souk then to Ifrane the Swiss village in Morocco.
· The architecture in Ifrane is unlike anywhere else in Morocco and is suited to the heavy snowfalls experienced there every winter.
· You can take a long walk beside the lake and river that connects Ifrane and Azrou. The scenery is very green and pretty.
· The famous Lion Statue in Ifrane is very popular for photos.
· And there will be great photo opportunite’s all the way.
· Arrive in Fez late afternoon.
End of tour.
Switzerland in Morocco...a snippet
The modern town of Ifrane was established by the French administration in 1929 on land expropriated from the inhabitants of the Zâwiya. The town was to be a "hill station," a cool place for colonial families to spend the hot summer months, and it was initially planned according to the "garden city" model of urban design then in vogue. The plan called for chalet-type summer homes in the Alpine style, laid out among gardens and curving tree-lined streets. A royal palace was also built for Sultan Muhammad b. Yûsuf. The town's first public buildings consisted of a post office and a church. Moreover, a penitentiary was built which served as a POW camp during World War II.