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Best To Have:  10 days

Best Time: All year arround

Great For:  Couples, families, groups


Northen Morocco Discovery is a unique experience to explore the hidden gems of this part of Morocco: a combination of natural beauty and cultural diversity.

Places Visited: Tangier, Larache, Asiliah, Chefchaouen, Fes, Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

Duration: A 10-Day Morocco Private Tour



Day 1 : Tangier Arrival, Guided Tour of Tangier

Pick up at Tangier airport or port.

Tangier the “North Bride” as the locals name it is the gateway to Africa. It is a major city in northwestern Morocco located on the Maghreb coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel.

Many civilizations and cultures have wedged the history of Tangier dating before the 5th century BC. Between the period of being a strategic Berber town and then a Phoenician trading center to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a link for many cultures. In 1923, it was considered as having international status by foreign colonial powers, and became a destination for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers and businessmen.

Start your day with a panoramic visit of this charming city. After that drive to see the Grand Socco, a popular nighttime square close to the Mosque of Sidi Bou Abib and the link between Ville Nouvelle and the medina.

Next visit the Caves of Hercules a place of stunning natural beauty and great archeological significance and then Cap Spartel, a majestic part of Tangier where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Cape Spartel is a peninsula of about 300 m above sea level at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, 12 km West of Tangier. Below the cape are the Caves of Hercules.

Next, visit the old medina, the top attraction of Tangier a labyrinth of alleyways both commercial and residential. It's confined by the walls of a 15th-century Portuguese fortress; lined with cafes and bazaars, Spanish church, jewelers’ shops, and an arts center displaying works depicting Tangier’s social history.

continuing north, you will find the Kasbah ornamented with mosaics and woodcarving.

Discover Marshan discrit , an attractive residential area west of the Kasbah.

Drive through The park of Rmilat . While walking around you can smell the eucalyptus, black pine and mimosa float.

This park is named after a wealthy American diplomat, John H. Perdicaris, owner of the land, who moved there. He redeveloped the park with all sorts of exotic plants and built a house with an architecture influenced by the cosmopolitan aspect of the city at the time. The whole park fits perfectly with the harmony of the landscape.

Next, visit the Anglican church of St. Andrew built for Tangier’s growing British population. After, make a stop to appreciate fine works of art at the Musée d’ Art Contemporain showcasing contemporary Moroccan paintings.

Have a traditional delicious lunch at a charming restaurant Populaire Le Saveur De Poisson, a rustic and well-appointed restaurant in the Tangier Medina.

Next, visit the Anglican church of St. Andrew built for Tangier’s growing British population. After, make a stop to appreciate fine works of art at the Musée d’ Art Contemporain showcasing contemporary Moroccan paintings.

In the afternoon free time to experience Tangier’s cafe scene at the Cafe de Paris, a popular meeting place for Tangier residents, expats, and a former favorite of Paul Bowles , and enjoy the panoramic view over the strait of Gibraltar from Sour Magaazin

Overnight at a luxurious Riad or Hotel in Tangier

Day 2 : Tanger - Asiliah - larache- Tangier 

Rise and have your breakfast in your Riad, then start your expedition to the nearby cities of Tangier.

Visit Asilah, a fortified town on the northwest tip of the Atlantic coast of Morocco, about 31 km (19 mi) south of Tangier. Its ramparts and gate works remain fully intact. The town's history dates to 1500 B.C.

Asilah was partly constructed by the Idrisid dynasty, and Cordoban caliph Al-Hakam II rebuilt the town in 966. It was conquered by the Portuguese in 1471 and built its fortifications. Sebastian of Portugal used Asilah as a base for his troops during the crusade that resulted in his death and the Portuguese succession crisis of 1580. Morocco regained control of Asilah shortly after that. But unfortunately lost it to the Spanish. From 1912 to 1956, it was part of Spanish Morocco.

A major plan to restore the town was undertaken in 1978 by its mayor, Mohamed Benaissa. Benaissa and painter Mohamed Melehi were involved in organizing an art festival, the International Cultural Moussem of Asilah, that starting in 1978 began generating tourism income. Now Asilah is a popular seaside resort,

Continue to Larache, is an important harbour town in the region of northern Morocco. The town was probably founded by the Banu Arous tribe, who gave it the name Araich Beni Arous. It was founded in the 7th century when a group of Muslim soldiers from Arabia extended their camp at Lixus onto the south bank of the Loukkos River.

In 1471, the Portuguese settlers from Asilah and Tangier drove the inhabitants out of Larache, and again it remained uninhabited until the Saadi Sultan Mohammed ash-Sheikh decided to repopulate it and build a stronghold on the plateau above the river. He constructed a fortress at the entrance to the port as a means of controlling access to the river.

Visit Lixus the site of an ancient city located in Morocco just north of the modern seaport of Larache on the bank of the Loukkos River. The location was one of the main cities of the Roman province Mauretania Tingitana. Among the ruins there are baths, temples, mosaic floors, and the intricate remains of the Capitol Hill to explore.

Have lunch near the sea at a charming local rrstautant, that serves up grilled fish, and seafood

Return to Tangier in the late afternoon.

Dinner by the sea .Overnight at a charming Riad or Hotel in Tangier.

Day 3 : Tangier - Tetouan Guided Historical visit

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive up the splendid coast of Northern Morocco to Tetouan.

Tetouan the white dove of the north is a small city in northern Morocco with a unique heritage of Andalusian and Arab cultures making this whitewashed and green tiled city is one of the gems of Morocco

Start your visit to the Big Mosque, the Spanish Cathedral, Babu Saidi, the Kasbah, the Medina, and Hassan II Square. Then tour the old Royal Palace, a 17th century building, at Place Hassan II. Hassan II Square reflects the Hispano-Moresque architecture of Tetouan. The palace is closed to public entry but its main ornate gate Bab Er-Rouah is glorious. Place Hassan II, where the old and new town meet, is the lively heart of Tetouan.

Next, explore Tetouan old medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The old medina was once a pirate hub and the capital of Spain during colonial times. Tetouan was a shelter for Jews, Moors, and Moriscos who escaped the Spanish inquisition and many people in the city still speak Spanish.

Tetouan has wide and straight streets where many of the houses belong to noble families, descendants of those expelled from Al-Andalus by the Spanish Reconquista. These houses contains marble fountains, wide hall decorated with Zelij , orange trres, exquisitely carved and painted ceilings in Hispano-Moresque designs, similar to those in the Alhambra in Granada.

Lunch in Tetouan in local Moroccan restaurant

Tetouan was once home to a Jewish community, who emigrated from Spain after the Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. Visit the Jewish mellah, the Berber market, and the Andalusian sector.

Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Tetouan.

Day 4 : Tetouan - Chefchaouen Guided Historical visit

Have breakfast at your boutique Riad and start the road to Chefchaouen. Arrive in the morning . Check into your riad and have lunch, or venture out for lunch at one of the local cafes that offer an intimate view of the blue pearl city of Chefchaouen

Discover the town’s old medina on foot along with your guide who will share stories of Chefchaouen’s history.

Start your tour with the Kasbah Museum in the medina. The Kasbah of Chefchaouen belongs to the early 15th century and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ali Ben Rachid in 1471 for defence riasons againt the Portugues expansion in the North. The kasbah was the governor house where he lived with his family and cabinet. It is surrounded by gardens of Andalusian style. Inside it, you can visit the museum showing of the main handcrafts of the town : wood carving, plaster, Zelij .

Step onto the tower roof and take pictures of a panoramic view of the town over the big square, the great mosque and the Jewish Mellah. Next, visit Plaza Uta El-Hammam where the striking 15th century Grand Mosque sits. Visit the Mellah where the Jewish refugees who escaped the Spanish persecution settled .

Try fresh goat cheese salad, a local Rif specialty, Goat meay tajine with seasonal vegetable. Browse the small shops famous for selling woven rugs, blankets, woolen goods and the best berber carpets

End your day with a guided hike in the green hillsides. In the evening, relax in a hammam, a Moroccan spa experience. Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Chefchaouen.

Day 5 : Chefchaouen - Excursion to the National Park of Talassemtane

Breakfast at your Riad and drive to the national reserve of Talassemtane park where to see a unique fona and flora ; to see the barbare maquaces, the gloden eagle and a unique fir forest trees existing only in this part of Africa,

Hike to Mountain Lakrra , the highest summit of the region 2159m or visit the Akshour Waterfalls and God’s Bridge just 40 minutes from Chefchaouen. The hike to God’s Bridge is a 2h walks to see this magnificent natural arc belong which is the Oued Kliaa. Or hike along the Oued Kliaa river to reach the spectacular waterfalls. Lunch is at a local restaurant or a picnic

Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Tangier

Day 6 : Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Mouly Driss - Fes

After breakfast start your expedition through the Rif Mountains to the UENSCO World Heritage site, Fes

The Rif Mountains has been inhabited by Berbers for thousands of years. In the 11th century BC, the Phoenicians began to establish trading posts with the approval of the local Berbers on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. The original language of the Riffians is called Tariffit , though many also speak Moroccan Arabic, Spanish, or French.

Head south to Volubilis, ruins of a Roman city in Morocco. The importance of the city is reflected in the Capitoline temple, the Basilica, said to be one of the most beautiful in Africa in its day, and its 1,300 square meter Forum, with sumptuous mosaics still to be seen in some of the most luxurious homes.

Continue to Moulay Idriss, the oldest town in Morocco, founded by Moulay Idriss I in 789, having fled Mecca because of religious and tribal conflicts. The Idrisid dynasty was founded in this town. The town has the only round minaret in Morocco.

Take your lunch in a local restaurant in Mouly Driss and end your today in on of Morocco’s four imperial cities, Fez. Diner and overnight in luxious riad in Fes Medina

Day 7 : Fes Guided Historical Tour,

Breakfast at your riad and tour the oldest medinas of the world declared by UNISCO as world heritage. In the tour you will explore the Merenid Tombs of Fes, the Musée des Armes located in an old fortress built by Moulay Hassan I.

You will enter the Fes el-Bali through Bab Boujeloud, the Blue Gate which is one of the main entrances to the medina. You will go through Talaa Kebira, the main street in the medina, where you wiil be amazed by the lines of shops of colorful Moroccan handicrafts. You will visit the University of al-Karaouine, the university in the world that was founded by a lady Fatima Al Fihriya. Then, visit Dar el-Magana, a 14th century water clock and Zaouia el Tijaniya, the shrine and tomb of Ahmed el Tijani.

On your visit you will also see the Slipper-Makers area as well as the souks selling henna, slippers, caftans, silks, jewelry, spices and natural perfumes used for sacred occasions

You will also visit the Najjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Craft located in a beautifully restored fundouk, an old style of hotel for traders.

will be the medina in one of the fine Moroccan palace-style restaurants that serves delicious Fessi food. After lunch, visit the Musée Dar el-Batha to see the remarkable collections of pottery, woodwork, leather-work, and manuscripts from the nineteenth century.

Next, pass through Bab el Ftouh, to explore the Andalusian quarter, a residential part of the medina . Wander through the Fès el Jedid, a kasbah which functioned as Morocco’s administrative center until 1912. Discover the royal palace and many interesting neighborhoods such as the Jewish Mellah, and the Ville Nouvelle. Explore the Medrasa Bou Inania, an Islamic school founded by Abu Inan Faris that is gorgeously ornamented .

Visit University of al-Karaouine. Founded in 859, by a lady whose name Fatima Al Fihriya. This university is one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world, and is considered the oldest university in the world.

Visit the Weavers Cooperative located in a residential neighborhood. The workshop specializes in weaving the finest jellaba fabric made of silk and wool threads imported from Italy. The shop also makes a quality jellaba fabric from a locally spun, textured wool thread called hubba. Hubba is sometimes referred to as couscous because its nubby texture resembles Morocco’s national semolina dish of the same name. Visit the Tanneries , one of the most dynamic and charming souks in Fes where to find the best leader.

Visit the Dyers street, a dyers market, to see the dying traditions which have been used for centuries to dye cloth and sheep, goat, cow, and camel leather. After finishing the visit of the old medina, a drive to see the rampart of Fes, dinner at a charming restaurant. Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fes.

medina meeting place.

Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fes.

Day 8 : Fes - Meknes - Fes

Breakfast at your Riad and drive to Meknes which is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco. Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became capital of Morocco under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727), son of the founder of the Alaouite dynasty. Sultan Moulay Ismaïl turned Meknes into an remarkable city in Spanish-Moorish style .

Visit the magnificent gateway of Bab el-Mansour the main gate between Meknes' Medina and Imperial City districts. Bab el-Mansour is an enormous and highly picturesque edifice with intricate architectural style of zellige tiling and carving work. It is one of North Africa's best examples of persisting gateways.

Visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail that is home to the tomb of Sultan Moulay Ismail, who made Meknes his imperial capital in the 17th century. The interiors are truly incredible . It shows the glorious exuberance of Moroccan religious ornament. The actual mosque is not open to non-Muslims, but you can enter the outer parts of the complex and enter the tomb hall itself, with its magnificent decorated interior.

Continue to Meknes Medina (Old Town) an exciting, busy place full of local products . For avid shoppers Souk Nejarine offers plenty of textile shops. Souk Sebbat is also home to many traditional Moroccan craft shops as well as clothing and Morocco's famous slippers.

The 12th-century Grand Mosque, with its distinctive green-tiled roof, sits right in the medina's center. The medina is still enclosed by its glorious walls built during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail.

Visit also The Imperial City area that has plenty of interesting old ruins to explore, most dating from the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail. The Koubat Al Khayatine is the city's old ambassador building and today, part of the building is open to the public, with a small photography exhibit on Meknes.

Visit the museum The Dar Jamai built in 1882 as the residence of the famous Jamai family and was converted into the Museum of Moroccan Art in 1920. The museum holds the rich traditional decoration of painted wood and sculpted plaster that were popular interior design of the 19th-century Moroccan higher-classes. The museum is dedicated to arts and crafts of the region.

Continue your visit to Medersa that was founded in the 14th century. It is located within the loops of Meknes' souk streets. The Madrasa is still gorgeously preserved with much of its rich zellige tile decoration. The rooftop of the Madrassa has excellent views across the whole Meknes Medina district and the Ville Nouvelle (new town).

Stop for lunch in the Nouvelle Ville of Meknes at a charming restaurant that offers Moroccan cuisine and a variety of local wines from the Meknes region

Drive back to Fes, dinner at a charming restaurant, overnight in a boutique riad in Fes.

Day 9 : Fes - Ifrane National Park - Fes

Rise and have your breakfast at the riad and drive to Ifrane National park. It is a located in the Middle Atlas mountain range. Its territory extends over the Western part of the Middle Atlas Mountains and areas within the provinces of Ifrane and Boulmane.

It was established in 2004, and covers an area of 125.000 ha. Much of the park is forested with Atlas cedar. Ifrane National Park is one of the few remaining habitats for the Barbary macaque, Macaca Sylvanus.

Visit the park’s rivers and springs, such as Dayet Aoua, Dayet Hachlaf and Aguelmane Afennour.

Visit Dayet Aoua North of Ifrane surrounded by woodlands i rich in bird life. The lake attracts significant numbers of ducks and waders, including crested coot. Also keep an eye out for raptors, including booted eagles, black and red kites and harriers . Take a horse ride along the lake and enjoy the serenity of the lake.

Visit Azro and have your lunch at a charming restaurant town's

Drive back to Fes, dinner and accommodation in a boutique riad.

Day 10 : Fes Departure to Tangier 

Take the road through the villages and return to Tangier for a late morning or afternoon departure drop-off at the ferry or airport.

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