One of the most prominent and highly recommended tours by both locals and foreign adventure enthusiasts.
Starting and finishing point: Your Riad or Hotel.
Meknes : The name Meknes is derived from the Berber word Meknassa that refers to the name of the founding tribe of the city. Designated as UNESCO world heritage in 1996 and it is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco.
Between 1672 and 1727, during the reign of Moulay Ismail, Meknes becomes the capital of Morocco. Few years later, and during the French presence in Morocco, between 1912 and 1956, the city was nicknamed “Versailles du Maroc” and “petite Paris“, therefore reflecting the eternal beauty of its architecture.
Volubilis:Built a few years before our era, Volubilis was conquered in the 1st century by the Romans who made it a true ancient city.
Today, the grandeur and the setting of this site as well as the beauty of the mosaics make these Roman ruins among the most beautiful in the world. Located to the west of the massif of Zerhoun on the edge of Oued Khoumane, Volubilis is inscribed on the World Heritage of Unesco.
Moulay Idriss Zerhoun : Located 3 km from Volubilis and 30 km from Meknes is a high place of holiness and spirituality. Rich in a history shared among several peoples, civilizations and religions, the city was borrowed the name of its founding founder Idriss Premier, whose son was the founder of the first Muslim dynasty Idrisside of Morocco.
Chefchaouen : Chefchaouen is a small charming town of about 40,000 inhabitants located in the north-east of Morocco in the heart of the Rif Mountains, near the Mediterranean Sea. Chefchaouen is a delight for tourists, not only for its affordable rates, but especially for its picturesque old town (Medina) lined with whitewashed houses covered with a very distinctive blue color. Chefchaouen was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930s, recalling the blue of heaven and paradise.
The beauty of the mountain landscape of Chefchaouen is reinforced by the contrast of the bright colors of the Medina (the old town). It is the beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the city that makes Chefchaouen a very attractive place for visitors.
The main square of the medina is lined with cafes and filled to the brim with a crowd that mixes local and tourist alike.
Tangier : Tangier is a border town north Morocco and the kingdom’s main gateway to Europe, approximately 14 km through the strait of Gibraltar. The population of Tangier amounted to 669,685 inhabitants in the 2004 census, to be the fifth city of Morocco. The city has a rich history and unique geography, this exceptional location has for a long time made of Tangier a place of covetousness and excited the lust of successive cultures and civilization, starting by the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians who had been making of it a trading base, the city was later occupied by Roman Empire, before coming under different Arab factions, and then was conquered by Portuguese, years later tangier became an international zone and lasted this way until after Moroccan independence in 1956, following this numerous colonization the city was nicknamed as “The city of foreigners”, and it still so far but this time for being a source of inspiration for generations of artists and intellectuals from all over the world.
Since 1999 Tangier has been undergoing mega development and modernization, the port Tangier Med is a good example, it has turned the city into a global commercial hub, and enhanced tourism across the region.
After picking you up from the closest point to you Guest house or Hotel, we will hit the road heading to the west, whether via the highway or the scenic route so you can enjoy the landscapes and the beauty of hills and green all over your travel.
First, will make a stop in the ruined city of Vollubilis with forum, capitol, basilica, triumphal arch, residential quarters and oil mills. The mosaics preserved make of this Roman city a true wonderful open-air museum. Then continuing to the City of Moulay Idriss, where we will visit the tomb of the first Sultan of the country and take a walk through the pleasant alleys of the Khiber district, the upper town where to capture magnificent views of the agglomeration, the surrounding valley, the Zerhoun massif and the cylindrical minaret of the mausoleum.
Our next station is going to be the city of Meknes including the main historical monuments that are surrounded by high defensive walls and pierced by nine monumental gates. These gigantic ramparts reach up to 15 m high and make this city one of the most beautiful fortified cities of the Maghreb.
Enter the historic center by the door Bab Mansour, the most imposing of Morocco and even North Africa! The heart of the city is houses more than twenty-five mosques, palaces, hammams, vast granaries, vestiges of fondouks (hotels for merchants) and private dwellings dating back to the Almoravid, Merinid and Alawite periods.
Once we finish our visit in Meknes we will directly head North to the blue pearl of Chefchaouen where will spend the night and so ending the adventure of the first day in our tour.
After having breakfast, will resume our adventure by discovering the city of Chefchaouen.Almost all the points of interest of Chefchaouen are located in the medina.
The medina is quite small and the alleys are unique, colorful and pleasant to walk around. Unlike the other overload Medinas such those in Marrakech or Fez, in the Medina of Chefchaouen you can walk calmly, and enjoy its pace with no disturbance of mopeds or donkeys loaded with skins! You will therefore be able to discover freely most of the streets of the medina of Chefchaouen.
The key point to start with is the place Uta el-Hammam, the Medina heartbeat; on this square discover the 15th century Grand Mosque and the famous kasbah museum surrounded by beautiful gardens and houses a variety of antique weapons and musical instruments…that date back to the early 18th century.
To the northern east, on the edge of the medina, you find the Ras el Ma where you can see women washing their clothes, in the old fashioned way. Very calm, and with nice little coffees, at the edge of the water!
Finally, every corner of the medina offers a magical view of the alleys of the city or the mountains surrounding the medina. Visit Chefchaouen is also to take time and soak up the way of life of the inhabitants of Chefchaouen, very different from the hectic rhythm of Morocco’s big cities!
Early morning we will head up to another norther city that is Tangier, first we will visit the famous Kasbah museum, that dates back to 15th century, take a walk through the sultan’s palace and discover the lovely courtyard and garden found there before sweeping the Medina’ streets and alleys, each lane, each passage and each door is a discovery and a great pleasure for the senses.
The square of the small Socco is the Medina’s hub of activities where plenty of cafés and restaurants to be found and is perfect for lunch or a cup of tea. Right after that we will head to visit many other important sights including the St Andrew’s Church, Ibn-Khaldoun Gallery, terasse des Paresseux and more…
On the last day of our mesmerizing tour over the north, we will drop you off anywhere you like in your departure point (Fez/Rabat/Casablanca).