Casablanca & Fes Experience
5 days Tour Casablanca to Fes ….
Day 1 – Casablanca
Welcome to Morocco!
This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings and your tour guide will provide information at the hotel about your upcoming itinerary and show you where you can go for dinner.
Day 2 – Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes
In Casablanca you will see the impressive Mosque of Hassan II, opened in 1993, and second only in size to the great mosque at Mecca. It can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims.
Later you will drive to Rabat, the elegant capital of Morocco and your first Imperial city. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating to the Almohad and Merenid dynasties and others that are far older.
The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now know as the Chellah, where you’ll visit the remains of the citadel. You will also see the vast minaret of the Hassan Mosque and explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias. In the late afternoon you will continue to Meknes.
Day 3 – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes
This morning in Meknes you will discover the charming streets of the old medina – a perfect prelude to Fes. From the northern gate, Bab Berdaine, you’ll walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail who, in the 17th century, turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city.
You’ll visit the lovely Bou Inania Medresse (religious school) and there’s time to explore the old souk. Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and as you approach it, you will see it prominently sited along the edge of a high plateau. Today it is the most impressive Roman site in Morocco and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. You’ll explore the many public buildings and at the House of Orpheus you’ll see several fine mosaic floors intact, before continuing on to Fes.
Day 4 – Fes
Spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco, Fes is vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent assault on the senses. It is made up of three distinct ‘cities’, or quarters, and you will be based in the elegant ‘Nouveau Ville’, or New City, which has a distinctly French/European character.
Today you’ll head into the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali, arguably the world’s most fascinating and confounding old city. Medieval Fes was one of the world’s great centres of education and culture: both Islamic and Jewish. Its religious institutions and its libraries are legendary. Its mosques are of great renown. And it was to Fes that many of the Muslims (and Jews) expelled from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella came in 1492.
As you walk through the streets and alleyways, passing historic khans, medresses and dye-pits, it is not hard to imagine being back in the Middle Ages. Spend the day exploring the old city, visiting the Belghazi Museum, Medresse el Attarine, the tanneries and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn.
You will return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 5 – Fes
Your trip ends today, after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12.00 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time.