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Fez

The most authentic of Morocco’s Imperial Cities which has remained unchanged for thousands of years.

Chefchaouen

A charming town deep in the Rif mountains is clean, safe, relaxed and highly photogenic withcobbled streets, flower-filled squares and breathtaking mountain backdrop.

Tangier

A vibrant city with tremendous history and an eclectic mix of historic legacies from past European and Arab rule.

Tetouan

A city offers a splendid medina, fine Spanish architecture with features redolent of the Alhambra and orchards.

Meknes

The former 17th century capital and current World Heritage site is an important market centre.

12 Tour of the North

Explore Morocco's Unique Gems

This itinerary takes in a number of Morocco's unique gems - the Imperial City of Fez with its historic medina, maze of alleys and souks; and Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest towns in Morocco hidden in the Rif Mountains. It also visits Tetouan (a World Heritage Site) with its vast souk and the cultural melting pot of Tangier where Europe meets Africa.

Morocco's north is relatively dificult to get to so fewer people try, but for those willing to take the time the rewards are all the greater.

 

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Overview

Our recommendations

Season: all year round.

Length: 9 nights.

Flights: Fez (under 1 hour transfer) or Casablanca (5 hours transfer to Fez).

Pricing: See Details tab - from £630 pp based on 2 persons sharing (B&B), excl. flights. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Transport options: Car (self-drive or with driver). All travel times are approximate.

Extension options: Rabat.

Weather: Please have a look at our 'Weather' page with further details and an average temperature guideline in various locations throughout the year.

Details

Morocco's North Holiday Suggestion

With few direct flights to this region from the UK and significant distances over moutainous areas, this region takes a while to explore so we recommend 9 nights, for example:.

Prices from £630 per person (9 nights) excluding flights*

Day Nights' Stay Typical itinerary for illustration
1 3 Transfer from Fez airport. Afternoon and evening visit to explore the souk.
2   Guided tour of the Fez Medina (up to 4 hrs) through the densly packed alleyways taking in madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains.
3   Day at leisure or take optional day trip to the Middle Atlas including the traditional at Sefrou, the cave dwellers of Bahlil and the pseudo-Swiss town of Ifrane.
4 2 Transfer to Chefchaouen (3hrs, start of 6 day chauffeur driven tour).
5   Chefchaouen is one of the cleanest and  prettiest small towns in Morocco. Its blue rinsed houses, winding streets and markets enjoy a stunning setting in the foothills of the Rif mountains. A place to relax with much to explore.
6 1 Transfer to Tetouan (1hr). Visit the souk which is considered to be an exceptionally well preserved and complete example of this type of historic town, or the Moroccan Arts Museum and the Artisans School whch teachs traditional arts and crafts. Alternatively take the afternoon to visit the nearby beach town of Martil.
7 2 Transfer to Tangier (1hr).
8   Visit a 17th century Sultan's palace currently a museum of antiquities including Roman remains, through the souks taking the Matisse Route and visiting the Mendoubia (Legation) gardens.
9 1 Transfer to Meknes (4.5 - 5hrs). Afternoon and evening visit to explore the souk.
10   Depending on flight times, visit The Rouah - Moulay Ismail's stables, Moulay Ismail' Mausoleum then taxi transfer to Fez Airport (1 hour).

Pricing: *Based on 2 persons sharing (B&B), excl. flights, staying at Lune et Soleil (Fez) Dar Mounir, (Chefchaouen) , El Reducto (Tetouan), Dar Jameel (Tangier), Riad Safir (Meknes) - budget accomodation; Naturally Morocco can offer a range of alternatives if required. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Location

Fez

Fez, once the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years, it is now a World Heritage site, the country’s spiritual and religious centre and one of Morocco's unique gems - a city which has remained unchanged for thousands of years.

The historic medina is a maze of alleys and souks with notable medersas, fondouks, palaces, Mosques and fountains.  A guide is recommended for at least part of your time.

Chefchaouen

This mountain town exudes enormous charm: it is clean, safe, relaxed and highly photogenic - the charming cobbled streets, the flower-filled squares, its breathtaking mountain backdrop, with peaks in the area rising to over 2,000 metres, soaring above the town at 660 metres, combine to produce a wonderful spectacle.

Part of its charm stems from its relative isolation, deep in the Rif mountains. It can be approached from the Mediterranean coast to the north at Tangier (2 hours), the Atlantic coast to the west or from Fez or Meknes to the south (3 hours). 

Tetouan

The city of Tetouan (1 hour north of Chefchaouen, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea) offers a mix of sights unique in Morocco: splendid medina (a World Heritage Site), fine Spanish architecture with features redolent of the Alhambra and orchards.

Tangier

The main entry point for ferries arriving from Spain, Tangier is a vibrant city with tremendous history: one of the oldest cities in North Africa, it has seen a number of European powers come and go. Tangier is an interesting city destination thanks to an eclectic mix of historic legacies and major improvements in infrastructure since the turn of the century.

Duration
7-14 Nights