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Fes is well worth a visit on its own (3 or 4 days is usually enough), but if you have a bit longer then we would suggest combining it with Rabat or, if two cities is too much ,then with the village of Bhalil just outside Fes.  An important consideration is flights and at the moment you can get direct flights to both Fes and Rabat (with Ryanair from Stansted) so this plan works well.

Your Itinerary

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Itinerary - Summary

Short trip combining the cultural cities of Morocco. Start with a few nights in Fes from where you will take a day trip to visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the city of Meknes.  From Fes you will take a train to finish off your stay in the historic city of Rabat.

 

Fes

Day 1 - Arrive in Fes

Our driver will meet you at the aiport and take you into the Medina (about 20 mins) and then you will be escorted to your riad.  There are lots of lovely riads in Fes and a great option in the mid price bracket is Riad Laaroussa.  Fes riads are generally much taller than Marrakech ones and Laaroussa is no exception – you feel like you are in a building made for giants.  In addition the roof terrace has a great dining room which is the perfect spot for breakfast with wonderful views

Day 2 - Explore Fes

Because the Medina of Fes is on a hill you have a great sense of where you are.  It also means a good way to explore is to start at the top and work downwards.  There are plenty of historical sites and it is worth a visit to the tanneries, of which you get a great view from the surrounding balconies.

Day 3 - Volubilis

After a day in the Medina a great day trip is to get out to the Roman Ruins at Volubilis and combine that with a stop at Meknes- the fourth of Morocco’s imperial cities.  Volubilis is not as spectacular as the Roman sites on the Mediterranean rim but it is still a relaxed way of envisaging an important part of Moroccan history.

Day 4 - Train to Rabat

There is a good train service linking Fes and Rabat and it is only 2 or 3 hours travelling through the agricultural heartland of Morocco. Once in Rabat you can stay in the Medina or out on the edge of the city.  We like El Maarti in the Medina for its relaxed service and stylish design and from here you can walk to many of the popular sites

Day 5 - Explore Rabat

Rabat is a city of 2 halves. The historic side with the Kasbah Oudaias at the mouth of the river and the part- finished Tour Hassan and then you have the modern side, the Royal Surf Club on the beach front, and the wide avenues of the new town.  We think it is worth seeing both parts of the city

Day 6 - Home

Your riad will provide a driver to take you to Rabat airport for the journey home and you will have seen two different sides of Morocco and trodden a path that isn’t yet a mainstream tourist route

- DETAILS

This 6 day/5 night trip is from £555 per person based on 2 people sharing a room.

You can get flights from as little as £100 per person return and do ask us for advice.  Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

All prices correct at the time of writing.  Give us a call or email us at morocco@fleewinter.com to discuss your requirements and get a confirmed price.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.

 

What's included?

INCLUDED:
  • Prices start from £555 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Airport and train station transfers
  • First class train tickets
  • Day trip to Volubulis and Meknes (but not entrance fees)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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