Discover the 800 years old spiritual capital of Morocco, the winding alleys of its medieval Medina and world reknown mastership of its craftsmen.
Meet our English speaking guide in Casablanca port and departure for one day excursion to Fès by chauffeured A/C mini van (about 3h00 drive each way).
Dean of the Imperial Cities, Fez was founded in 789 AD by Idriss I, a descendant of the prophet. His son, Sultan Idriss II, decided in 809 to establish there the seat of the dynasty. From 818, the sultan lives in his city, home to 800 families of Muslims banished from Andalusia.
Seven years later, this new population is strengthened by the arrival of another 2000 families fleeing persecutions from Kairouan (Tunisia) settling on the other side of the river. Rich heritages of these multiple influences, Fez quickly became the religious and cultural centre of Morocco.
Therefore, despite the dynastic wars and periods where it was not the official capital of the country, the imperial city has never ceased to enlarge and embellish. Today, Fez is arguably the most authentic city in North Africa. The intellectual influence of its Koranic university, its famous mosque Karaouyine, Arab-Andalusian art treasures, medieval medina of Fez el-Bali and its highly talented craftsmen make of the city the guardian of the traditions of Islam.
This day trip from Casablanca to Fez will include the visit of the medieval Medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Karaouyine mosque (from outside only) and visit of the Souks of Fes. Lunch at a local restaurant in the Medina. Time allowing, on the return panoramic tour of Meknes. Leave to Casablanca to Port in Time for the sailing of the ship. Call schedule allowing minimum 12 hours.