Guided historical visit of Fez with transport, entry fees and lunch all included.
Activity code: ITCLFES08p
Duration: 1 Day
Depart from your hotel (or riad) at 9am for a packed tour which includes the Mellah, the Medina and souks, the famous tanneries, the exquisite mosques and medersas, the famous Fes pottery kilns, a tour around the ramparts with its many babs (gates) and a visit to the renowned Museum of Moroccan Art.
Starting with a drive via the Mechouer to the impressive Dar el Makhzen to stop for some 15 minutes at the Royal Palace with its magnificent seven bronze gates before continuing to the Borj Sud for a panoramic view of the Medina. Off now down to start the walking tour of the labyrinth of the ancient Fes Medina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); including the colourful es-Sebbaghine with its Street of the Dyers; the brass and copperware workers at es-Seffarine; on through the winding alleyways to the impressive el-Quarawiyyin Mosque and University, a stroll into the past to the wonderful mosque and adjacent aromatic Souq of el-Atterine of spices and vegetables; the beautiful el-Atterine Medersa; the Kissaria and Draz Quarters and the renowned tanneries on the bank of the Oued Fes.
On now to the delightful el-Nejjarine Square with its plaza, fountain, caravanserai and woodwork craftsmen. Nearby there is a stop for a very welcome light lunch (drinks not included) at the delightful Restaurant Palais Mnebhi. Afterwards to the Dar Batha and a visit of the Museum of Moroccan Art before rejoining your vehicle at the Bab Boujloud. That’s the walking done for the day, for now you will drive to the 16th century Potters' Quarter (Fakhkharin), not far from the present-day Bab Ftouh in an area called Guerouaoua, to watch the artists working at their kilns and, perhaps, to buy some of their unique clayware. Back into the vehicle for a tour around the magnificent ramparts with their beautiful babs and up to the sixteenth century Saadien watchtower at the North Borj for yet another, but so different, panoramic view of this city of 1001 Nights. So much history, so much variety, so many memories to be captured before returning finally to your hotel at the end of an exceptional day.
This excursion is available as part of any tailor made holiday with Rediscover the World.