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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

Discover the blue washed town of Chefchaouen on this day trip from Fez. Have time to explore sights like Kasbah Museum and Grand Mosque. Travel in comfortable airconditioned van and have the option of choosing from a group or private tour.  The tour will start with a hotel pickup in Fez. After boarding your private vehicle, make your way to Chefchaouen, located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier. Upon arrival, marvel at the incredible blue walls that make this town famous. Enjoy about 4 hours to explore the picturesque small city streets of the medina. If you opt for the private tour, you have the luxury of deciding how you'd like to spend your time as 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 buy a delicious meal in the square, perched on the roof terrace which offers panoramic views over Chefchaouen (at your own expense). In the late afternoon, you will head back to Fez.

From Fez: Chefchaouen Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

2. From Fez: Chefchaouen Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

Uncover the beauty of Chefchaouen on this day trip from Fez. Let your driver take you to the Plaza Uta el-Hammam where you can see the Kasbah and Great Mosque. Hear about Moroccan culture and history and have your questions answered by your driver.  Be picked up in the morning form the comfort of your hotel in Fez. Relax in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle on the scenic drive Chefchaouen. Admire forests, picturesque peaks, and valleys.  Arrive and discover local handicrafts like woven cloth, wool and leather that you can not find in any other Morocco cities. Head to the Plaza Uta el-Hammam where Great Mosque and the 18th century kasbah are located.  Soak up the Plaza's vibe which is lined with restaurants and coffee shops. Purchase a ticket to see the kasbah which is a heavily restored walled fortress that has a lovely garden. Go to the Grande Mosque which was built in the 15th century by the son of the town's founder Ali ben Rachid. Return to your accommodation in Fez at the end of your day trip. 

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

4. 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.

Fes: One-Way Transfer to Chefchaouen "The Blue City"

5. Fes: One-Way Transfer to Chefchaouen "The Blue City"

Choose from a private or shared transfer service, and get picked up from your hotel or riad in Fes. Start driving towards Chefchaouen, the famous blue town in Morocco. Stop at a few places on the way to takes pictures including at the Dam. Also, break for a rest or to have a drink at a motel in the countryside. When you arrive in Chefchaouen, stop to take pictures for the view of the Medina. Then, get dropped off at the closest point to your accommodation that the car can reach. The driver will call your hotel to arrange for somebody to meet you. Alternatively, select the option which goes via Volubilis, a partly excavated Berber city, and make a stop to visit the Roman ruins on the way before heading to Chefchaouen.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

6. 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. Afterward, discover the waterfalls of Akchour, a natural beauty, and the small breathtaking waterfalls. A local tour guide is provided at Akchour.

Tangier & Chefchaouen: 2-Day Tour From Casablanca By Train

7. Tangier & Chefchaouen: 2-Day Tour From Casablanca By Train

Take this 2 day tour to discover the rich history and culture of Tangiers and Chefchaouen via a high- speed train from Casablanca. Not only is the area visually stunning, but it has always been a major hub for artists and writers. 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. 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. The next day, 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.

The Beauty of Tetouan and Chefchaouen

8. The Beauty of Tetouan and Chefchaouen

Begin this private tour by visiting the lovely city of Tetouan in the northern part of Morocco. The city's name means 'the eyes' or 'the water springs'. It is one of the most important ports in Morocco and offers numerous attractions for tourists and travelers from all over the world. You will have a little walking tour in Tetouan, as well as visit the Boulevard Mohammed V in Tetuan and the Royal Palace. Afterwards, enter the medina and explore its narrow maze-like streets. Then, return to Tangier and continue your private tour. Visit the famous Gran Socco Square, where Mohammed V gave a historically significant speech about the independence of African countries.

From Tangier: Chefchaouen Full-Day Trip

9. 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 Fes: 2-Day Return Transfers to Chefchaouen

10. From Fes: 2-Day Return Transfers to Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen, or Chaouen for short, is located in the Rif Mountains near Tangier and is known as the Blue Pearl because of its blue-washed buildings. With these 2-day return transfers from Fez, head to Chefchaouen on the first day, stay overnight, then return to Fez in the afternoon on the second day. Begin your tour with pickup at your accommodation in Fes at 8 AM. Then, enjoy the sights on the 4-hour drive to Chefchaouen, and make 3 stops along the way. First, stop at the Sidi Chahed Dam and experience its beauty. Second, take a break at a cafe for a bite to eat and to use the restrooms. Finally, admire the best views of the medina of Chefchaouen from a panoramic viewpoint atop a hill. Upon arrival in Chefchaouen, your driver will drop you off near your accommodation. Please note that accommodation is at your own expense. You will then be able to explore the city's highlights, either on an optional included group guided tour or at your own leisure. After staying overnight, enjoy most of the day in the city before meeting your driver again at 4 PM at the doors of Hotel Parador. From there, transfer back to your accommodation in Fez, or the nearest point the vehicle can access.

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based on 33 reviews

Con partenza da Tangeri siamo arrivati a Chefchouen in circa 2.5 ore; autista gentilissimo che ci ha fatto fare una sosta lungo il cammino per la colazione, disponibile al dialogo e con Wifi a bordo. Giunti sul posto abbiamo conosciuto la guida che si è dimostrata molto preparata in quanto cittadino dello stesso luogo, quindi, chi meglio di lui? Durante tutto il tour ci ha deliziato con tante curiosità in merito alla città partendo però dalla sua storia. Dopo averci concesso anch’esso una piccola pausa rigenerante tra shopping e dolcetti tipici (offerti da lui), era cosi arrivata l’ora del pranzo che abbiamo trascorso in un locale etnico e raffinato. Dopo il pasto abbiamo avuto un altro pò di tempo per comprare gli ultimi souvenir e abbiamo intrapreso alle 17 la via per il ritorno. L'autista è stato gentilissimo nel lasciarci, una volta giunti a Tangeri, nel punto chiesto da noi. Consiglio vivamente questo Tour.

Giornata meravigliosa. il viaggio per quanto lungo é stato piacevole per i paesaggi meravigliosi ma soprattutto per la compagnia della nostra guida Hassan. Hassan é stato meraviglioso con noi. una volta arrivati a ChefChaouen, ci ha accompagnati nei posti più belli della città, ci ha offerto frutta e spremuta, ci ha fatto foto nei posti più belli. ci ha fatto ammirare dei panorami stupendi. abbiamo avuto modo anche di conoscerci meglio ed é stato bellissimo confrontare le nostre diverse culture. infine, tornati a Fez ci ha anche accompagnato a vedere una vista panoramica della Medina e il palazzo reale perché non eravamo ancora riusciti a vederli. esperienza a 5 stelle, ma Hassan ne merita 10 !

I think this was a good deal, hotel pickup, wifi in van. one stop to chefchaouen and then a tour around, many opportunities to stop for pictures and lunch before heading back

Great trip. Mohammad who drove us there and Omar, tour guide were awesome. We had great experience. I highly recommend.

Amazing experience, well worth the price, amazing guides. Very respectful and knowledgeable