Fes Spiritual Capital Overnight (1 night)

CAS 203-201
Highlights
  • Meknes City & Volubilis
  • Fes City & Bab Boujloud
  • Walking tour of Medina
  • Medersa Bouanania
  • Delicious, local meals
Program Overview
Country: Morocco
Depart: 04/12/2017 0900
Return: 04/13/2017 2300
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 10 / Max 40
Program Fee
$410 (early booking: $386)

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. On the way to Fes, you will also have the opportunity to visit Meknes and Volubulis.  Meknes is located in the middle of fertile and prosperous plains along the Bokefrane River. It was the capital of Morocco during the reign of Moulay Ismail, a Sultan of the Louis XIV period.  He wanted to create Meknes as a city of great monuments. Admire the ramparts and bastions connected by splendid gates, like the ‘Bab Monsour’ and the ‘Victorious Gate.’

After lunch, drive through the countryside around Meknes, a lush and peaceful area with gently rolling hills and olive trees, to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. After seeing the Roman history of Volubilis (where visitors are permitted to explore freely), continue on to Fes.  The gentle architecture of flat roofs punctuated by soaring minarets and gentle succession of terraces will leave you breathless. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Fes.

On the second day, you will continue to explore the medieval city of Fès. Visit Medersa Bonania, whose courtyard is decorated in marble and onyx, as well as the monumental door Bab Bou Jeloud. Walk through a labyrinth of alleys where every turn contains a different guild of artisans: the souk Attarine, entirely devoted to spices; the souk Nejarine, devoted to the carpenters; Place Seffarine, populated with blacksmith shops; and the dyers’ souk where skeins of silk are hung to dry in the sun. You will also explore the most fascinating souk of Fès, the tannery.  Known for the strong and 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 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. If time permits, you will also have a chance to cross the Jewish district of Mellah before returning to Casablanca.

Itinerary

Day 1

*All times are approximate, please be flexible.

0900-1230 Trip From Casablanca to Meknes
1230-1415 Arrival to Meknes, Lunch Time
1430-1530 Orientation tour of the city
1530-1600 Drive to Volubilis
1610-1700 Inside visit of the Volubilis
1710-1900 Trip to Fes
1915 Arrival to your hotel, Check in ,Dinner and night

Day 2

0700-0800 Breakfast & Check-out
0830-1230 Start the sightseeing of Fes
1230-1400 Lunch time at a Moroccan Restaurant
1400-1700 Drive Back to Casablanca with a stop on the way for restroom break only.
2030 at the pier

Meals Included

  • Lunch x 2, dinner x 1