Fes & Chaouen “the Blue City” (3 nights)

CAS 404-101
Highlights
  • Fes, Morocco’s oldest imperial city and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Tetouan and Chaouen, Morocco’s “Blue City”
  • Explore the Roman City of Volubilis
  • Shopping in a medieval Medina

 

 

Program Overview
Country: Morocco
Depart: 04/11/2017 1030
Return: 04/14/2017 1630
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 10 / Max 38
Program Fee
$586 (early booking: $552)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MGT 360 Social and Sustainable Venturing (Section 2)
  • IE 470 Women and Development
  • ANTH 120 Human Origins and Variation

In addition to visiting Fes, Morocco’s oldest imperial city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, you will also get to visit Tetouan and Chaouen, known as Morocco’s blue city.

Itinerary

Day 1

Casablanca – Tetouan – Chaouen

  • Lunch Time
  • Panoramic tour of Tetouan
  • Drive from Tetouan to Chaouen
  • Arrival to your Hotel, Dinner and overnight

Depart as early as possible after ship clearance. Upon arrival in Tetouan, enjoy your lunch break in a local restaurant before a short orientation tour. Tetouan lies at the foot of the Rif Mountains and is just a few kilometers from the sea. Its verdant green setting brings together Arab and Andalousian cultures evident in the seven magnificently sculpted gateways, the ceramics decorating the buildings, or the wrought iron balconies on the white houses. Overnight in Chaouen.

Day 2

Chaouen – Ouazzane – Fes

  • Visit of Chaouen
  • Lunch Time
  • Free time
  • Continuation to Fes
  • Arrival to your Hotel

Start the next day with a visit to the Old Kasbah in Chaouen and explore this blue-washed town by foot along with your guide who will share stories of Chaouen’s history.

You will stop at the cobbled main square, Plaza Uta el-Hammam, and have some free time to explore on your own. The Mosque and its nearby buildings were built by Jewish refugees, who alongside Muslims, escaped the Spanish persecution to Chaouen. Continue towards Fes, stopping for lunch in Ouazzane.

Day 3

Explore Fes

  • Sightseeing and lunch at a Moroccan Restaurant
  • Continuation of the visit
  • Drive Back to your hotel, dinner & overnight

On the third day, step back in time as you fully explore Fes, entering the medieval city through the monumental door Bab Bou Jeloud. You will find yourself absorbed in a world of the past where artisans work with original methods and tools, women cook the bread in the public oven, and donkeys are the only means of transport. Enjoy a lunch break of typical Moroccan dishes at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your visit of the Medina including: the souk Attarine (spices), the souk Nejarine (carpenters), Place Seffarine (blacksmiths), and the dyers’ souk where skeins of silk are hung to dry in the sun.

Day 4

Volubilis – Meknes – Casablanca

  • Breakfast
  • Drive one hour to Volubilis and visit the city
  • Travel to Meknes and visit the city
  • Lunch
  • Return to Casablanca

The next morning, depart from Fes to the roman city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the largest and most well preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. With its triumphal arches, basilicas and its incredibly well preserved mosaics, Volubilis is a prime example of Roman architecture. Continue to Meknes, for lunch with a stop at the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, considered one of the finest of the great gates of Morocco. Arrive back in Casablanca in the late afternoon.

Meals Included

  • Lunch x 4
  • Dinner x 3

Special Note

* All ages are allowed, less than 12 years old should be with their belongings/ parents and they will be sharing the room with them depending on available spacious rooms.
* Sites and order of visits are subject to change due to weather or other operational influences.
*Guests are encouraged to wear flat, comfortable shoes, and to bring along hats and sun glasses for sightseeing.