Day 1 : Fez to Chefchaouen visiting Meknes and Volubilis
After a morning pick up at your hotel in Fez, we will hit the road heading west.
You decide which route we take: the highway, or take the scenic route with opportunities for taking pictures of the Oulad Shaker reservoir and the surrounding rolling countryside dotted with wheat fields, olive groves, fruit trees, and vineyards.
Our first stop will be the ruined Roman city of Volubilis. French archeologists began excavating Volubilis in the early 20th century, though half of the immense sight still remains beneath centuries of topsoil.
Marvel at the famous sights, like the basilica, the triumphal arc, and the many palaces with their exquisite mosaics.
The tour of Volubilis can be done either with or without a local guide.
Next we will make a quick stop in the adjacent small town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun. Perched atop a hill overlooking Volubilis, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun houses the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss I (745-791), the first Arab king of Morocco.
During our stop in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun we will go to a panoramic view point, visit the town center, and get lunch, a snack, or a beverage.
Our last stop will be the mighty walled Imperial City of Meknes. Smaller in comparison to the other Moroccan Imperial Cities, Meknes held the status of capital of Morocco for only 55 years during the reign of the infamous king Moulay Ismail (1634-1727).
Still, Meknes’s old city offers a trove of sights for a curious visitor: Moulay Idriss’s massive stables, capacious granary, and cavernous underground prison.
We will also visit Moulay Idriss’s mausoleum (one of the only mosques in Morocco open to tourists), the monumental Mansour Gate, the covered food market, and the El Hidem Square.
Following our visit of Meknes, we will set out North towards the mountains to reach Chefchaouen before the sun sets. We will spend the night in beautiful Chefchaouen.
Day 2 : tour in Chefchaouen.
You will have the entirety of your tour’s second day to explore the beautiful, blue town of Chefchaouen.
Nestled in a green mountain valley at 600m above sea level, Chefchaouen was originally built up as a hidden outpost to push back the increasing incursions of European powers into Morocco starting in the 15th and 16th centuries.
After the Reconquista and fall of Islamic rule in Spain, Muslim Andalusian refugees flocked to Chefchaouen to begin new lives on the African continent.
Until the middle of the 20th century, when Spanish rule of northern Morocco began, Chefchaouen had held a reputation for being impossible for non-Muslims to enter.
Today, that’s all different: tourists just can’t get enough of Chefchaouen’s innumerable charms.
Much calmer and cozier than Fez, Chefchaouen’s most striking feature is, without a doubt, its old city’s picturesque sky blue painted walls and streets built on a mountainside.
Among the major sights in Chefchaouen are the Kasabah (fortress), the Ras El Maa river valley, and the hillside Spanish Mosque (a 30 minute hike from town).
Chefchaouen can be explored with or without a guide.
Day 3 : Daytrip from Chefchaouen to Akchour
Gear up for your 2nd day in the mountains! Today we will take a daytrip from Chefchaouen to visit Akchour National Park in the mountains north of Chefchaouen.
After leaving the car in the parking lot, we will enter Akchour National Park on foot, following a roaring mountain stream. Make sure to bring good shoes!
Our hike through Akchour will take us deep into a mountain valley and require us to crisscross over the stream at least ten times.
Deep in the valley, many surprises await. First, we will discover some mini–waterfalls and beautiful picnicking spots near the river.
Also, the deeper we get into the valley, the higher our chances are of spotting wild troops of Barbary apes.
For those more intrepid hikers, the trail continues another hour or so deeper into the valley towards its main attraction, a towering waterfall!
Returning back near the entrance of the park, we will then take another path into a different mountain valley where we will discover God’s Bridge, a natural stone bridge carved out of the mountain by God… or just erosion!
For those of you uninterested in exploring the area by foot, we can also rent 4x4s and drive down some beautiful mountain roads to reach the small villages of Azilane and Talassemtane nestled deep in the pristine mountains.
There will be many opportunities to grab a snack by the trail or roadside. At the end of the day, we will return to your hotel in Chefchaouen.
Day 4 : Chefchaouen to Tanger via the Mediterranean coast
Leaving Chefchaouen in the morning, we will have the whole day to do as you like in the north of Morocco. There are many exciting options!
One option is swinging through Tetouan to visit its UNESCO protected old medina, with sites like the Kasbah and the American Legation.
After our tour of Tetouan, we will head towards the towns of Martil, M’diq, or Marina Samir, to enjoy the sweeping Mediterranean coastline just a 15 minute drive from Tetouan.
You can spend the rest of the day enjoying the sunny beach as you like, relaxing, swimming, riding horses, windsurfing, etc.
At the end of this enjoyable day, we can either spend the night in a hotel by the beach, or hit the road and reach Tangier by the evening and sleep there.
Day 5 : tour in Tangier
After greeting you at your hotel in the morning, we will begin our exciting day of exploring Tangier and its surroundings.
First, we will drive out of town to make a stop at the scenic Cape Spartel, where, on a clear day, you may even catch a glimpse of British Gibraltar and the European continent in the distance.
Cape Spartel is one of the northernmost points in Africa—truly where the edges of two worlds meet! In ancient times, it was thought the lost continent of Atlantis sank into the Atlantic Ocean, not far from Cape Spartel.
Going down from Cape Spartel, we will visit the majestic Caves of Hercules, carved over centuries out of the rock by both nature and man.
In ancient times, it was thought that Hercules slept in this cave before completing his 11 labor, which explains why the caves still carry his name.
In the afternoon, we will return to Tangier, where you will have the rest of the day to explore its historic old medina.
Famous sites in the old medina include the Kasbah fortress and the American Legation, one of the first international American diplomatic posts, which today houses a cultural center and museum.
Day 6 : Tangier to your departure point (Fez/Rabat/Casablanca)
On the last day of our exciting tour through the north of Morocco, we will drop you off anywhere you’d like in the north of Morocco (Fez/Rabat/Casablanca).