If you wish to explore further afield and take an overnight trip from Fes then prices start from 245 euros per person (based on 2 people, these prices will generally reduce as more guests are added), this price includes transport by private, air conditioned 4x4/SUV, English speaking driver, and your accommodation. Here are some of our suggestions however …….as these are bespoke they can be tailored to your requirements.
OVERNIGHT TRIPS FROM FES
Up across the lush Rif mountains to the beautiful town of Chefchaouen for lunch and a walk around the medina, then along the coast – with views across the Straits of Gibraltar to Spain and the Rock of Gibraltar – before overnighting in Tangier. The town is currently regaining much of it’s old glamour, with some excellent restaurants and a busy nightlife. A typical evening would involve aperitifs on the terrace of the legendary El Minzah hotel before dinner overlooking the point where the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet. We recommend La Tangerina in the very pretty Kasbah www.latangerina.com
After exploring the Kasbah and medina, and look at the incredible variety of the catch in the fish market, you might want to visit the American Legation. This was effectively the first US overseas embassy, as a result of Morocco being the first nation to recognize the Independence of the USA. It’s a wonderfully elegant old building, arranged as a very informal museum. Lunch overlooking the Atlantic is perfectly possible, before returning to Fes by a more southerly route, through remote country villages and rolling hills.
Chefchaouen & Tangier from 270 Euro per person
The Sahara -
Chefchaouen can be seen as a day trip from Fes, but why not take the opportunity to stay overnight in this incredibly charming mountain town? Given more time you have the ability to explore the surrounding National Park on foot, drive through the spectacular gorge that links Chefchaouen to the nearby Mediteranean, dine at the legendary Casa Hassan, and stay at Dar Terrae www.darterrae.com
The next day you have the option of returning to Fes by a different route, perhaps across the ridge of the Rif mountains – with views of the Mediternean on a clear day – and through the little village of Ketama, famous for it’s scenery, and as the centre of the local ‘kif’ industry.
Chefchaouen, the Rif and Ketama from 245 Euro per person
This is a road trip… you really need three days to explore the Sahara, if short of time it can be done in two days from Fes, and if this is your only chance to visit the world’s largest desert, why not take it?
Heading southwards, we follow the increasingly magnificent Ziz Gorge as it transforms into Morocco’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon, before dissipating in the sandy wastes of the Sahara near Erg Chebbi. You’ll stay the night in a family-
The next morning you’ll be woken early and invited out into the dunes by camel, to watch the play of light on the sand as the sun rises over the distant Algerian border. The dunes of Erg Chebbi are some of the highest in the world, reaching 300 metres (or 1,000 feet) in places, and are famous for their ability to change colour, varying from almost vanilla to a deep purple.
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