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From Fez: Day Tour to the Blue Town of Chefchaouen

1. From Fez: Day Tour to the Blue Town of Chefchaouen

The tour will start with you being picked up at 8.00 AM from your accommodation in Fez. After boarding your private vehicle, you will make your way towards Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier. Upon arrival, you can marvel at the incredible blue walls that make this town famous. You will have about 4-hours to explore the picturesque small city streets of the medina. As this is a private tour, you have the luxury to decide how you would like to spend your time and there are many activities to choose from. You can discover the local shops and cafes and see the main square known as Plaza Uta el-Hammam. To experience some culture you may wish to head to the Kasbah Museum, the Grand Mosque or the Ethnographic Museum which contains musical instruments, antique weapons, and photographs of the old town. You can also stop off at the Ras Elma river that runs through the old city.  For lunch, you can choose to enjoy a delicious meal in the square, perched on the roof terrace which offers panoramic views over Chefchaouen. In the late afternoon, you will head back down to Fez, arriving at around 8.00 PM.

From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

2. From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to spend the day in the lively city of Tangier and get a feel for life in Morocco. Upon arrival in Africa, meet a local guide and take a minibus tour through the city and continue to see rural sights such as the Caves of Hercules and the amazing Cape Spartel promontory. Return to the vibrant city center to explore the bustling alleys of the medina and discover the most important corners of the historical city center. Enjoy lunch and go for a camel ride if you wish to experience the city from a different perspective. Return to Spain on the ferry and be back in time for dinner.

Imperial Cities: 3-Day Trip from Marrakech to Chefchaouen

3. Imperial Cities: 3-Day Trip from Marrakech to Chefchaouen

Day 1: Marrakech – Béni Mellal – Azrou - Ifran – Fez Depart Marrakech and cross the Atlas Mountains, in a green environment populated by baboon monkeys. Surrounded by colorful fields and hills, the road leads to the dam of Beni Mellal. Stop to make beautiful photos in the cedar forest, then drive to one of the world’s cleanest and most fascinating cities, Ifrane, known in Morocco as “Little Switzerland.” Explore a quick city tour around Fez. Day 2: Fez – Chefchaouen Following breakfast at your hotel, get ready to continue your visit by the labyrinthine streets of Fez and explore the oldest medina of Morocco built from the 7th century with its Souks, palaces, mosques, Koranic schools and Mellah. Travel through the mountains of Rif to the beautiful Berber city of Chefchaouen. Accompanied by your guide, spend your time exploring the whitewashed streets of Chaouen, animated by the beautifully dressed locals. Day 3: Chefchaouen – Rabat – Casablanca - Marrakech Head to Rabat to explore the capital of Morocco and the residence of the king. Visit the Hassan Tower with its mausoleum of King Mohammed V. Then it’s on to Casablanca for a visit to the majestic Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in the world.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

4. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

Visit Chefchaouen, a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the 18th-century kasbah, a central mosque and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. The market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist souvenirs — it’s often very busy, but worth a visit for the bargains. On your walking tour with your driver, explore the kasbah which was built by Moulay Ismail and is now practically a ruin next to the Great Mosque. Visit the charming main square and the souks that sell an array of goods. If you head to the Jewish quarter behind the jewelry souk, you will feel the difference between it and the main Arabic feel of the town. Afterwards, discover the waterfalls of Akchour, a natural beauty, and the small breathtaking waterfalls. A local tour guide is provided at Akchour.

From Tangier: Chefchaouen Full-Day Trip

5. From Tangier: Chefchaouen Full-Day Trip

On this 7-hour excursion from Tangier you’ll head high up into the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, a town with a stunning walled medina, and originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen and features a kasbah built in the 18th century, a central mosque, and cafés with authentic Moroccan menus. The busy market offers a mix of traditional Moroccan wares and souvenirs, with some excellent bargains. The town itself is easy to explore. The kasbah, built by Moulay Ismail, is now practically a ruin and located next to it is the great mosque. Although the old medina is small, you’ll find souks offering an array of goods. If you head to the Jewish quarter behind the jewelry souk, you’ll get a feel for the difference in style between it and the main Arab town.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen

6. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen

Starting from Tangier at 9:00 AM, this tour will take you high up into the Rif Mountains to discover Chefchaouen, the beautiful blue door and white walled Medina, which was originally a Berber post. Enjoy a guided tour of the city when you arrive. See the main square, the heart of Chefchaouen, with its 18th-century kasbah, central mosque, and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. Stroll the market to discover a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourists souvenirs. Visit the Jewish Quarter behind the jewelry souk to discover a unique part of the city. Drive back to Tangier and arrive by 5:00 PM.

Tangier Half-Day Guided City Tour

7. Tangier Half-Day Guided City Tour

Take a half-day tour to discover the history and culture of Tangiers. After pickup from your hotel, start your tour of the city and its surroundings. Visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules caves to enjoy an exceptional view of the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Kasbah district next to the port, and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina.   Stop to admire the magnificent minaret, overlooking the sea. Enjoy the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Tangier: Full-Day Trip to Chefchaouen

8. Tangier: Full-Day Trip to Chefchaouen

After being collected from your Tangier accommodation, you will travel towards Chefchaouen. The city of Chefchaouen is one of the most attractive places of the north of Morocco, standing between the Rif mountains as a small piece of Andalucía. In the past, Chefchaouen was a walled city, which is why the Medina is divided into seven neighborhoods. One of them is Er Rif Al Andalus, where the Majzén Square can be viewed. Er Rif Al Andalus is also an access point to Uta el-Hammam, the most important square of the city. Here, in the Kasbah, the Andalusian Gardens and the Ethnic Museum can be found. Traveling further and bordering the Mosque, you will encounter the Mellah (the Jewish neighborhood) and Es Sueca, where many textile and craft shops are. Coming back to Uta el Hammam Square, you will encounter Es Sok, where the Moorish were settled in the 15th century. This area is home to two beautiful monuments, Huata Square, with its amazing fountain, and the Suk Mosque. Traveling through Uta el-Hammam Square once more, you will discover Kenitra Square Appears, which due to its remarkable breadth creates a stark contrast alongside the narrow streets. Other worthwhile place in the area are En Onsar, containing Zaituna Square and its centenary olive tree. Once outside the Medina and through Bab Onsar Gate, the Ras el Ma Fountain offers an incredible visual sight with its cascades, its naturally formed pools, and its mills and the washerwomen. From this point, you will enter the Medina in the El Rif Sebbadin neighborhood, where Sebbadin Square and a 15th-century mosque are located. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transported back to your Tangier accommodation.

From Fez: Chefchaouen Day Trip

9. From Fez: Chefchaouen Day Trip

Enjoy a comfortable drive to the beautiful city of Chefchaouen after pick-up from the airport or your accommodations in Fez. Chefchaouen is famous for it's blue-painted buildings. On arrival you'll have time to explore the beautiful Medina including Place Outa el Hammam. Admire picturesque streets and do some shopping for local crafts and souvenirs. This region of Morocco is particularly known for it's handmade wool blankets and clothing. You'll also want to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (at your own cost). Then, before you head back to Fez, visit the Ras El Ma River to take in the beautiful scenery and views of the surrounding Rif Mountains.

From Casablanca: Private Day Trip to Chefchaouen with Medina

10. From Casablanca: Private Day Trip to Chefchaouen with Medina

Connect with your driver/guide, who will pick you up from your accommodation in Casablanca to drive to Chefchaouen, the pearl of the north and the blue city. Enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of the Rif mountains. Begin with visiting and instagraming the Medina and the Outa Hammam Square. Then, head to the Great Mosque and the Alcazaba or kasbah. Afterwards, sightsee the Laundries Of Chefchaouen. Now, enjoy a delicious lunch in any of your driver's recommended restaurants. Finally, drive back to Casablanca by the afternoon, arrival to your accommodation in casablanca at about 9.00PM Tour ends.

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based on 53 reviews

Just WOW! Incredible day trip from Fes! Our guide Soukaina was super nice, accommodative, and very informational! She laughed, smiled, and joked around with us all day! Though it takes a while to get there, this city is worth every minute, and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Fes! We could not have had a better tour, even during Ramadan, they are incredibly helpful in finding us some food during the long voyage! Would highly recommend this day trip from Fes, you will not regret it!

Couldn’t recommend this trip more! The driver and guide were both fantastic, giving interesting/easy to understand facts throughout the day. Every detail was accounted for, from drinking tea while enjoying a beautiful city view to the wifi in the car(!).

Great ride, thanks to Mostafa our warm hearted friendly driver and the other tourists. Very pretty ride through the mountain towns. I only took as a one way trip to spend a week in chefchaouen relaxing.

Super expérience. Hamza our guide was super kind and friendly. We highly appreciate the tour

Wonderful and incredible tour and the extraordinary guide, highly recommended.