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Fez Medina & Traditional Moroccan Lunch – Private Tour

Available in English Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    5 hours 30 minutes

  • Start time

    Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
    Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

  • Meeting Point
    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Fez if centrally located

Key Highlights

  • Unlock some of the secrets of mysterious Fez
  • See some of the world&;primes finest Islamic architecture
  • Take a journey back in time in Morocco′s most romantic city

Overview

Be transported back hundreds of years on this enthralling tour of Fez, Morocco's spiritual and cultural core.

Wander through the Medina's medieval labyrinth of winding alleys and golden-brown houses. There is much to intoxicate the senses – perfume and spices, the colors, the call to prayer and the sounds of sawing and chiseling from the city's legendary craftsmen.

You will see mosques and medresas (colleges), such as Al Karaouine, the world's oldest university, exquisitely decorated with carved wood, ornamental plaster and glorious mosiacs.

Further sensory assault comes at the tanneries – where colorful herbal dyes and smelly organic substances form part of a fascinating leather-preserving process unchanged for centuries – and at the restaurant where you will enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch.

Go at your own pace – this is a private tour – and let your guide give you privileged glimpses into the heart of this enchanting city.

Itinerary

  • For your delightful Medina of Fez Private Sightseeing Tour you will be picked up at 0900h (09:00am) from your hotel. You will set out in a mini-bus with your bilingual guide (English and French-speaking). The excursion takes around 5 ½ hours and you will cover a distance of approximately 20 km (12 miles). This is a private tour, which means you have the flexibility to go at your own pace and spend more time at the places you really want to see. Fez is the most complete medieval city in the Arab world. Founded in the 8th century and home to one of the world's oldest universities, it was the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years. It is still a leading cultural and religious center. Some highlights of your tour will include: • Andalusian Mosque: Built in 859 CE by a woman named Meriam, this mosque is famous for its exquisite wood carving. It lies on the east side of the Fez river, in a part of the city founded by Muslim refugees fleeing persecution in Andalusia. Only Muslims can enter the mosque. • Leather Tanneries: Fez is famous for its leather. Little has changed at the tanneries since medieval times, which makes them fascinating to visit. The ideal time is early in the day because the dyes are at their most vivid and you can get the best photos. Most of the dyes are made from plants such as cedar wood (brown), Henna (orange), poppies (red), mint (white) and indigo (blue). The tannery smell is frankly terrible but sniffing a sprig of mint will help you cope! • Medersa Attarine: Completed in 1325 and regarded by many as the most beautiful medersa (Islamic religious school) in Fez. The courtyard in particular is richly decorated with superlative tile work, intricate stucco (plasterwork) and carved and painted wood. • Karaouine Mosque: The largest mosque in Africa and the base for the world's oldest university. It was founded in 859 by a woman whose family migrated to Fez from Tunisia. The buildings are beautifully decorated with carved cedar wood, stucco and mosaics. Many different subjects were taught here in medieval times, and the university played a leading role in interaction between Muslim and Christian scholars. • Zaouia Moulay Idriss II Shrine: This important pilgrimage site contains the tomb of, and is dedicated to, Moulay Idriss II, who ruled Morocco from 807 to 828 and is believed to be a descendent of Prophet Mahomed. Non-Muslims cannot enter but you can admire the carved and painted wooden porches, the fine mosaics and ornamental plasterwork from the outside. • Place Nejjarine (Carpenters' Square): This pretty square contains the Nejjarine Fountain, beautifully decorated with mosaics. In the alleys that lead off the square is the Nejjarine Souk, where carpenters still chisel and carve cedar wood. You will stop for lunch at a restaurant (either Dar Salma or El Fassia) in the Medina. Drinks with the meal are payable direct. The lunch menu will probably include the following: Mixed Moroccan salad Moroccan salad or Harira Variety of Meat Skewers Couscous with 7 vegetables and meat Fruits of the season Tea and Moroccan pastry The tour ends around 1430h (02:30pm) and you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-bus
  • Bilingual guide (English and French-speaking)
  • Traditional Moroccan lunch
  • Entrance fees to monuments and attractions

Exclusions

  • Drinks

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

Customer Reviews

  • 4
    This Fez Medina tour is a must
    05/30/2014 Mr M Brazier, United Kingdom
  • 4
    We'd have been lost without this tour
    12/09/2010 Stephen Dean, United Kingdom

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