Join us for a 15-hour day trip from Casablanca to the ancient and intriguing city of Fez! This iconic Moroccan city is known throughout the world as Morocco’s historical spiritual and cultural center. Accompanied by a licensed guide, you’ll depart from Casablanca in private transportation and head northeast. As we approach our destination, you’ll be treated to stunning panoramic views of Fez from the roads leading into the city. Once in town, your guide will lead you on a walking tour through Fez’s fantastic old medina with its labryinth of narrow streets. Visit hidden riads, monuments, museums, gated city entrances, medersas, souks, the shrine of Moulay Idriss, and Al-Qarawiyyin (Al-Karaouine), the oldest university in the world. We’ll also visit a ceramics factory, where you can see artisans at work as they create mosaics and shape or paint pottery.
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, cruise ship dock, or other location specified by you.
This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility issues. Fez’s old medina is accessible only by foot. Many of the streets are narrow with uneven pavement or cobblestones.
Approximately 3 hours 10 minutes via A2
In 1963, the northern borj was converted into a museum of arms. Its collection, which includes 5000 pieces with more than 775 on display, retraces the history of arms in Morocco from prehistory to the advent of automatic firearms. Some pieces came from different parts of the world (35 countries), while numerous other weapons illustrate the skills of arm-making in Fez and Morocco. Among them are pieces made in Dar al Makina, a company founded in 1886 by the Alaouite Sultan Hassan I, with the aim of modernizing the Moroccan army.
Al-Qarawiyyin (Al-Karaouine), located in Fez, is It’s regarded as the world’s oldest, continuously-operating university, predating both Oxford and Cambridge. Today Al-Qarawiyyin is a World Heritage site, a center of Islamic learning, and part of Morocco’s state university system. Dozens of Kairouan families settled in Fez during the second quarter of the 9th century, and it was a woman from one of these families, Fatima al-Fihri, who established the Karaouine university and mosque around 859.
Originally this museum was a fendeq (hostel) used by caravan merchants who traveled between the oldest cities in Morocco and Africa via the Sahara road. Merchants could store wares, board their camels or mules, sell their goods, and take lodgings on the floors above. This national monument was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1916. It’s built in traditional riad-style, with a central courtyard and rooms which overlook the courtyard from above. Today the museum houses displays of traditional artifacts such as craftsmen’s tools, chunky prayer beads and Berber locks, chests and musical instruments. The rooftop cafe offers great views of the medina.