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Day Trip to Middle Atlas from Fes
From Fez to 9.30 to the Berber village of Imouzzer. On the road is Lake Dait Aoua .it’s the most famous lake in Morocco. It is surrounded by a clean damp peerage and forests of oak trees and cedar. A belt of poplars and willows few feet around the lake on its immediate borders. ½ hour stop to admire the surrounding hills.
Continue towards Ifrane (1650 m), a charming alpine vilage which is also known as « Little Switzerland ». At the entrance of Ifrane is the AlAkhawaine university. Then go to the alleys lined with flowers and French-style architecture of this picturesque town, built by the French on the chains of the Atlas Mountains.
Discover Azrou, a Berber village built at an altitude of 1250 m with houses of the Berber tribes, the first inhabitants of Morocco. Watch the Berber men with their flocks, grinding flour, practicing their trades, especially upholstery and carpentry. Stroll through the famous lurking cooperative.
Azrou is bordered by steep wooded hills and a volcanic outcrop which it also takes its name. Look at the houses with typical green doors and windows as well as its glazed green tiles. Stop for lunch. Nearby is the Cedars forest preserved in Morocco. Enjoy the cool and quiet of this beautiful region closer and see monkeys leaping and swinging through the trees.Back to Fez in the evening.
Day Trip to Chfchaouen from Fes
Pick up from your hotel in Fes at 7:00 am and departure to Chefchaouen , a true jewel of Morocco, lying in the Rif area. It is known for its shady alleys, whitewashed houses with blue turquoise doors, wrought iron windows and tile covered roofs. Sat on the terrace of a cafe, you can enjoy the attractive view of the grand Tarik-Ben-Ziad mosque whose octagonal minaret is inspired by that of the Torre de Oro in Seville. This Andalousian architecture can be found in the kasbah and its gardens, at the center of the medina. Its walls and its 11 crenellated towers, of which one used to be a dungeon, house an interesting ethnographic museum. The famous djellaba, this long and ample garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. The welcome and great hospitality provided by its inhabitants can be experienced during a visit to a traditional oil mill (there are more than 1500 of them) or a craftsman’s workshop. Over and above its weaving, Chefchaouen is renowned for its basket-making and its pottery. Also you will be escorted to the hustle and bustle of the souk, which is still as lively as ever and a true source of Moroccan culture the way it is lived daily. Finally you will be transferred back to your hotel in Fez in the evening. This tour will take approximately 12 hours.
Day Trip to Rabat from Fes
Pick up from your hotel in Fes at 7:00 am and departure To Rabat, a city vibrant with festivals and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. You will visit the Chellah garden and Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which contains the tombs of the former Moroccan king and his two sons. The building is a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture with its white silhouette and green tiled roof. You will also visit the Oudayas Kasbah, a fortress, which contains the Oudayas Palace that today houses the national museum, and the peaceful Andalusian gardens that surround it. Furthermore, you will not miss the Hassan Tower, a minaret of an incomplete mosque. The tower and the mosque were intended to be the biggest in the world. It is now a famous emblem of Rabat and under UNESCO World Heritage. After taking in all these sights and getting a feeling for this astonishing city, your driver will escort you back to your hotel in Fez.
Day Trip to Meknes & Volubilis form Fes
Pick up from your hotel in Fes at 8:00 am and departure To Volubilis the Volubilis of really ancient olive presses, mansions, incredible mosaics, monumental arches and Corinthian columns where you’ll have a real sense of Roman lifestyle and of that of a subsequent medieval Berber town. The site contains the Mansion containing the mosaic of the Labours of Hercules, the Baths of Gallienus and Baths of Forum with their fragmentary mosaics; the House of Orpheus and its Dolphin mosaic and Orpheus Myth; the Cortege of Venus many of whose mosaics we may only see from the outside yet will get to se the medallions of Bacchus, Diana and the Abduction of Hylas; the Gordian Palace with its bath house and pooled courtyards; the House of the Wild Beast, the House of Nymphs, the House of the Seasons, the House of Flavius Germanus, the Knight’s House with an incomplete mosaic of Dionysus Discovering Ariadne Asleep, the Triumphal Arch , the Capitol and the House of Ephebus with its pictorial mosaics, especially that of Bacchus Being drawn in a Chariot by Panthers.
We leave Volubilis behind to drive alongside the dark, outlaying ridges of the Zerhoun Hills to stop for a visit of the town of Moulay Idriss , the holiest Islamic town in the kingdom of Morocco, where thousands of Moroccan faithful come on pilgrimage (moussem) every August to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. Arriving at the elongated square we see above us the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia with its two conical quarters on either side and stroll amidst the labyrinth of alleyways before leaving for the Imperial City rebuilt by Moulay Ismail.
On, now, to the Imperial City of Meknes (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here we shall visit the easily most beautiful Bab, or gateway, in all of the Maghreb – the Bab Mansour. From here to the El Heri es-Souani – the granary of huge vaulted structures and stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers next to a pool fed by underground channels that brought fresh water all the way from the distant Middle Atlas Mountains; the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and the Place el-Hedim to see the famous State-owned stallion stables of Haras where these Arabo-Berber horses are bred. Time for lunch (optional, not included) before leaving Meknes in the afternoon your driver will escort you back to your hotel in Fez.