Mosque and University Karaouiyne

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Fez Medina Guided Tour

1. Fez Medina Guided Tour

After a pick-up at your hotel or riad in Fez, head out on a guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled-in cities. Explore the narrow streets lined with shops selling fresh fruits, spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and numerous other art and craft items from Morocco. Visit the Quaraouiyine Mosque, founded in 859 by Fatima el Fihri and the Andalusian Mosque dating back to 860 (note that non-Muslims are not permitted to enter). Take in other sites including the Nejjarine Fountain, the Bouaanania Medersa, dating from the 13th century and the Batha Palace, which is now a museum of arts and traditions.

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Casablanca Private Full-Day Trip to Fez

2. Casablanca Private Full-Day Trip to Fez

After your pick-up in Casablanca at your hotel or at the harbor, you'll start the drive of about 3 hours to the holy city of Fez, where you will meet your guide.  Start the visit at Bab Boujloud, one of the gates which lead into the medina. Visit some of the beautiful ancient buildings such as the Madrasa Bou Inania and El-Attarine, Koran schools for religious studies, and the University and Mosque of Al-Karaouine. Visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts and discover traditional tools, carpets, furniture and musical instruments in a beautifully restored caravanserai.  After a lunch break in one of the hundreds of restaurants in the medina, continue to the famous tanneries, where the leather is still processed as it was hundreds of years ago. Observe the workers from a lookout, and learn about the different workings, and even bargain for a new bag or belt afterward.  Outside the medina lies the Royal Palace with its large plaza lined with palm trees. Last, but not least, drive up the hill to the cemetery Bab Fettouh, and enjoy the panoramic view over the white sea of houses of the medina. After your visit, your driver will meet you for the drive back to Casablanca.

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Fes Cultural Day Tour

3. Fes Cultural Day Tour

Visit the blue gate known as Bab Boujloud. Take amazing pictures of the Jewish Quarter of the city, built in 1438. Gaze upon the Ibn Danan synagogue, one of the oldest buildings of its kind in North Africa. Hear of the history of the synagogue in Fes-Mellah.  Explore the King's palace, paying close attention to the beauty of the marble and copper gates. Discover the culenary delights for yourself, as the tour gives you free time for your own lunch. Wander the streets of Fes, browsing at various shops lined with fresh fruit and vegetables, spices and handcrafted items. Admire Islamic mosques, one founded in 859, and another founded in 1351-56. Learn the history the religion has in this region and the many aspects of the devout lives. 

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Fes: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Fes: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Start your guided tour of Fes at the historic gates of Bab Bou Jeloud. Enter the medina of Fes el-Bali and discover the Islamic schools of the Madrasa Bou Inania and Al-Attarine Madrasa. Go to the University of al-Qarawiyyin and visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. Look at its collection of traditional tools, furniture, carpets and musical instruments in a beautifully restored caravanserai.  Following lunch in the medina, learn how leather is processed just as it was centuries ago at one of the tanneries. Get a look at the Royal Palace, and then drive to the Bab Ftouh cemetery for a panoramic view over the medina.

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Fez: Medina Guided Tour

5. Fez: Medina Guided Tour

Meet your guide in front of your riad or hotel and then journey to Bab Boujloud, one of the ornate gates which welcome travelers into the Medina. Visit ancient buildings such as Meders of Bou Inania, El Attarine, (two prominent Koran schools), and the University and Mosque of Karaouine. Admire the harmonious geometrical details which adorn these magnificent buildings. Learn about traditional artisan work at the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. See where artisans employ techniques passed down from generation to generation in order to make tools, carpets, furniture, and musical instruments. After a lunch break at one of the hundreds of phenomenal restaurants in the Medina, make your way to one of the city’s famous tanneries. Observe the workers from a lookout and see how leather has been processed for centuries. Talk with a tanner and get in-depth insight into the different steps of the tanning process. You may even end up haggling for a bag or a new belt. Venture outside the Medina where the Royal Palace lies, and walk through its large plaza lined with palm trees. End your tour with a trip to the Bab Fettouh cemetery, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the hills, and the expansive sky.

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What people are saying about Mosque and University Karaouiyne

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 377 reviews

What a fantastic introduction to Fes; including the new and old parts of the city which culminates in a walkthrough the medina with all its rich history amongst the complex streets and trade. Our guide Said has a depth of knowledge unrivalled as he explained the changes during the centuries of Fes and also Morocco. An excellent tour which is highly recommended and will make sure you get the best of the medina without getting lost.

We enjoyed it very much. I really liked that Kamal took into consideration our requests for skipping some stops (because we've been to too many similar coops on guided tours in other cities), brought us to a local spot for lunch because we just wanted a sandwich. Really informative tour. It really isn't tiring!

we had a best Tour in Fez with our Tour guide Kamal. he is very friendly, knowledgeable and speaks very good English. perfect day definitely! only recommendations from us. Thanks Kamil for such a nice Day!

The visit was perfect, the guide Ahmed was very good with a lot of explanations. Only downside when he takes us to merchants planned in advance (they must be the most expensive in the medina). Thank you

It was very informative and our guide was very relaxed and always responded to us. We can highly recommend him.