If you had to visit only one city of Morocco, your choice should be Fès. Its architectural wealth, fascinating medina, and magnificent monuments make Fes the cultural capital of the country. You will enter the medieval city through the monumental door Bab Bou Jeloud, decorated with mosaic, enamelled and resplendent to the sun. You will find yourself absorbed in a world where traditional methods have been preserved: the artisans work with skill using original tools, the women cook the bread in the public oven, the weavers work on looms, and donkeys are the only means of transport permitted inside the medina. A lunch of typical Moroccan dishes will be served at a local Moroccan restaurant.
After lunch, walk through a labyrinth of alleys where every turn contains a different guild of old-world artisans (spices, blacksmiths, silks). Explore with your guide the most fascinating souk of Fès, the tannery. Known for the strong, sharp odor of the hides, witness the extraordinary methods of this tradition first-hand. You will also pass by a place revered by Muslims, the Mosque Kairouyine. This mosque is part of a famous university and is defined as the most ancient in the world. The building is closed to non-Muslims, but from its doors you can catch a glimpse of its beauty. You will leave the medieval city passing the fortitude Saadita of Borj Nord, here you have a photo opportunity to capture the whole and mysterious Medina. If time permits, you will also have a chance to cross the Jewish district of Mellah before returning late to Casablanca.
“A+ day. One of the best” – Andrea, Spring 2016 Faculty/Staff Voyager
“I was pleasurable to taste the Moroccan food, such as couscous, olives, carrot salad, oranges, strawberries, mint green tea, [and] the almond dessert. I loved the walking too. Good exercise.” – Dong, Spring 2016 Faculty Voyager
All times are approximate and subject to change. Please be flexible.
0730-1100 Trip From Casablanca to Fes
1100-1315 Starting the visit of Fes
1330-1430 Lunch Time
1500-1800 Continuation of visit to the Medina of Fes
1900-2300 Trip back to Casablanca (stop for dinner on the way)
2330 At the pier
The program includes a large, late lunch. There will be a brief dinner stop (at your own expense) on the return back to the ship.
Note, hassan II mosque is not included