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The Splendors of Northern Morocco: Beach Towns and Medinas

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  • Starting point: Tangier
  • Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Distance : 1000 KM

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Embark on an immersive 11-day journey through Morocco, beginning in the multicultural city of Tangier. Discover the rich cultural and historical landmarks of Tangier with a knowledgeable guide, then take a day to wander its charming streets and relax on its pristine beaches. Explore the beach towns of Larache and Asilah, each offering their own unique allure. 

Continue your adventure in Tetouan, where you can delve deeper into the local culture. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing blue-hued streets of Chefchaouen and participate in a delightful cooking class in Fez. Uncover the ancient medina of Fez, visit historical sites of significance, and pamper yourself with a rejuvenating hammam-massage experience. 

Journey to Moulay Idriss and Volubilis, immersing yourself in their fascinating history. Finally, conclude your unforgettable Moroccan sojourn with an airport drop-off, carrying cherished memories of this enchanting experience.

Activities

  • Photography
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cooking
  • Hamam

Accommodation

  • 3 Star accommodation
    included
  • 4 Star accommodation available at additional price of $900 per person
  • 5 Star accommodation available at additional price of $2500 per person

Price Includes

  • Hotels
  • Half board – 2 meals each day
  • Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • Professional English-speaking driver
  • Professional guides in the major cities
  • Entrance fees to historical sites
  • Excursion fees (Camel Trek)

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

What to Expect

This eleven-day journey promises to immerse you in the essence of Morocco and provide an unforgettable travel experience. The northern region is renowned for its unique charm and tranquil ambiance, offering a different experience from any other in the country.

 

Rest assured, our team comprises experienced, friendly, and multilingual drivers and guides who will accompany you throughout the tour. Additionally, we prioritize your comfort and safety by providing the most comfortable vehicles available.

  • 11-day immersive journey through Morocco
  • Start in vibrant Tangier, exploring cultural and historical landmarks
  • Relax on Tangier's pristine beaches and wander its historic streets
  • Visit charming towns of Larache and Asilah
  • Continue adventure in Tetouan, delving deeper into local culture
  • Explore the famous blue-hued streets of Chefchaouen
  • Participate in a tasty cooking class in Fes
  • Walking tour of the ancient medina of Fes and visits historical sites
  • A rejuvenating hammam-massage experience
  • Journey to Moulay Idriss and Volubilis, engage with fascinating history
  • Conclude with an airport drop-off

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tangier and Guided Tour

Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up from your arrival location and take you to your accommodation to rest before starting your trip with a guided tour of the city.

Tangier, located in northern Morocco, offers a unique blend of North African, Spanish, Portuguese, and French influences. It has a fascinating history, an aura of exotic mystery, and pristine beaches. As Tangier is separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, you’ll often witness ferries and cruise ships coming from Europe and Africa into this vibrant city.

During your half-day tour, your driver will guide you to significant landmarks such as the Tangier American Legation Museum, a cultural center showcasing art and historical artifacts. You’ll also visit the tomb of Ibn Battuta, a renowned 14th-century traveler, and The Kasbah Museum, a former Sultan’s palace that now houses a remarkable collection of Moroccan art.

After the tour, you’ll return to your hotel or riad for a pleasant dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Free Day in Tangier

You have the entire day to explore Tangier’s streets and stunning beaches at your own pace.

We recommend savoring a refreshing mint tea at the Coffee shop “Hafa” while enjoying the breathtaking ocean view. You can also visit the famous Caves of Hercules, known for their natural beauty and archaeological significance. These caves bear a striking resemblance to the continent of Africa.

In the evening, lose yourself in the bustling streets of the old medina, which comes alive with activity. Dinner will be served at your hotel or riad.

Day 3: Tangier - Larache & Asilah Excursion

After a relaxing breakfast, your driver will take you on a fascinating excursion to the Larache area and Assilah.

The first stop is Larache, a harbor town with a unique charm due to its blend of Moorish and Andalusian architectural styles. You’ll appreciate its picturesque streets and historical ambiance.

Next, you’ll visit Assilah, a stunning whitewashed resort town with a Greek island vibe. Assilah has become a favorite stop for travelers exploring the North Atlantic coast and is famous for hosting an annual music and arts festival. This cultural extravaganza attracts artists from around the world, infusing the town with vibrant colors, enthusiasm, and energy.

After the tour, you’ll return to Tangier for the night, where dinner will be served.

Day 4: Tangier - Tetouan

After breakfast, you’ll travel to Tetouan, another charming coastal town where you’ll spend the night and enjoy a delightful dinner at your riad or hotel.

Tetouan, nestled amidst orchards filled with orange, almond, pomegranate, and cypress trees, boasts a prime location at the foot of the Rif Mountains. The town’s well-preserved medina is atmospheric and adds to its allure. The ancient medina, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, presents a glimpse into centuries-old traditions.

During your tour, you’ll visit notable attractions such as the Spanish Cathedral, the grand mosque, the Kasbah, the old royal palace, the bustling medina, and the Berber souk (market). Your guide will also take you to explore the old Jewish Mellah.

After the tour, you’ll enjoy dinner at your riad or hotel in Tetouan and have free time to relax  before the next day’s journey.

Day 5: Tetouan – Chefchaouen Guided Tour

After breakfast, we’ll depart for our next destination, Chefchaouen. First, we’ll drop you off at your hotel or riad for check-in and to freshen up. Afterward, your private guide will pick you up for a historical tour of this enchanting blue town, providing insights into its origins and the best places to explore in your free time during your two-day stay.

Nestled in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is renowned for its unique blue-washed buildings, giving it an artsy and otherworldly atmosphere. As you wander through its streets, you’ll discover why it’s considered one of the prettiest towns in Morocco. The town also offers excellent shopping opportunities for handicrafts exclusive to this region.

Your guided tour will include a visit to the old medina, where Moroccan and Andalusian influences intertwine with red-tiled roofs, vibrant blue buildings, and narrow  lanes leading to the lively Plaza Uta Hammam and its restored Kasbah. You’ll also explore a ruined mosque built by the Spanish, featuring an impressive tower with well-preserved stairs.

After the tour, you’ll return to your riad or hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner featuring signature regional dishes such as goat cheese salad, lamb tagine with prunes, or chicken pastilla.

Day 6: Chefchaouen Free Day (Optional Excursion to Akchour Waterfalls)

Today is a free day to leisurely explore the charming blue town of Chefchaouen. Lose yourself in its charming streets and soak up the unique ambiance of Morocco’s most Instagramed city.

If you’re interested, you can opt for an excursion to the Akchour Waterfalls, located a 40-minute drive from Chefchaouen. Please inform us in advance if you’d like to arrange this excursion.

In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner at your riad or hotel, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 7: Chefchaouen – Fes (Cooking Class)

After breakfast, we’ll depart from Chefchaouen and make our way to Fes, the first imperial city of Morocco. The journey itself offers spectacular views of the Rif Mountains.

Upon reaching your hotel or riad in Fes, you’ll have some free time to settle in before a tasty cooking class in the afternoon. A professional chef will lead the class, starting with a short tour to select fresh vegetables and fruits from the local market. Back at your accommodation, the chef will guide you through the steps to create a delicious meal, which you’ll later enjoy for dinner.

This interactive cooking class promises to be both fun and educational, providing an opportunity to learn about Moroccan cuisine firsthand.

Day 8: Fes Private Guided Visit

After breakfast in your hotel or riad, your private guide will take you on a tour of the historic Fes medina. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the world’s largest and oldest continuously inhabited medieval city, surpassing even Marrakech.

Your tour begins with a visit to the royal palace, the oldest and largest in Morocco. From there, you’ll explore the Jewish quarter, known as the Mellah, which is historically significant as the first Jewish quarter in Morocco, dating back to the 14th century.

Continuing through the medina, you’ll encounter the vibrant outdoor market filled with fruits and vegetables, where locals gather their ingredients for cooking. You’ll then visit the tanneries, famous for their leather production, and the Quaraouine University, recognized by UNESCO and Guinness World Records as the oldest existing degree-awarding educational institution.

Other tour highlights include the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and the Nejjarine Square. You’ll also stroll through the aromatic streets of the Attarine district, witnessing the making of traditional carpets and scarves in a local manufacturing workshop. Finally, you’ll visit the Madrasa Bou Inania, a splendid example of Merinid architecture.

After the tour, you’ll return to your hotel or riad in Fes for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 9: Fes Extensive Visit & Hammam-Massage

Following breakfast, our exploration of Fes continues with a visit to the Batha Museum, housed in a stunning 19th-century summer palace converted into a museum in 1916. Here, you’ll admire a vast collection of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts, historical artifacts, and artistic masterpieces, including intricate wood carvings, zellij tilework, sculpted plaster, colorful Berber carpets, and antique instruments. The museum also showcases exquisite Fassi embroidery, reflecting the city’s unique cultural heritage.

Next, we’ll take a refreshing break at the Jnan Sbil Garden before returning to your riad or hotel.

You’ll experience the rejuvenating Moroccan hammam at a renowned spa in the evening. Indulge in a full-body massage, allowing yourself to relax and unwind before your next adventure. Dinner will be served at your riad or hotel in Fes.

Day 10: Fes – Moulay Idriss – Volubilis – Meknes

After breakfast at your riad or hotel, we’ll depart for Meknes, another imperial city of Morocco where you’ll spend the night and enjoy dinner. Along the way, we’ll make two significant stops.

Our first stop is Moulay Idriss, a town with impressive defensive walls, a grand gate, Koranic schools, fountains, and a domed mausoleum. While non-Muslims cannot enter the Tomb of Moulay Idriss, you can appreciate the breathtaking views of the town and the mausoleum from the terrace near the Mosque of Sidi Abdallah el Hajjam.

Continuing our journey, we’ll arrive at the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, these archaeological remains showcase the splendor of the Roman Empire, complete with amazingly complete mosaics and colorful murals.

Finally, we’ll reach Meknes, the second imperial city of Morocco, renowned for the architectural achievements of Sultan Moulay Ismail. During our visit, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s tall minarets, expansive walls, monumental gates, and historical sites. We’ll pass through Bab el Khemis and the old medina, visit the Islamic cemetery, and venture into the Jewish Quarter (Mellah). Before leaving Meknes, we’ll stop at the magnificent Bab Mansour, one of the city’s most important and beautiful gateways.

Day 11: Drop-off at Your Departure Airport

Depending on your departure time and location, your driver will pick you up from your hotel or riad and transfer you to the airport. We hope you had a wonderful time and enjoyed your journey with us

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