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Meknes city was founded in the 9th century by the Meknassa tribe who had fled Kairouan in Tunisia. The Almohades destroyed the city to build a larger and more imposing city, between 1199 and 1213.
After the Almohads the Merinids built some Madrassas like Bou Anania in 1331 as well as also some mosques and Kasbah.
The Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail began the construction of a great palaces, gardens, monumental gates and over 40 kilometers of walls 15 meters height.
He used at least 25,000 European slaves for the construction, kidnapped from European villages by Moroccan pirates. In 1696 the Sultan ordered the demolition of the El Badia Palace in Marrakesh to reuse materials in Meknes. The sultan chose Meknes as capital of his empire in 1672.
Places to visite in Meknes
Bab Mansour Gate
Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
Bou Anania Madrasa
Bab al Khmis
Museums Dar Jamaï
Your Accommodation / Airport, Train-Bus Station or wherever you want
30 Minutes Before Departure
After your arrival to SAISS airport in FEZ where you will be welcomed by a member of our team, and then you will be transferred to your accommodation. The driver will provide a brief review of your tour. Dinner & night at the hotel.
After having rest and take breakfast, an official local guide will be there in the hotel waiting for you to start an explorative journey of the Medina where you will visit the many hidden treasures that only the inhabitants of the place know about. Fes served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay Idriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains and the Tanneries. After lunch you will also view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through the famous Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, where you will have the option to visit one of the few living synagogues in Morocco. Your tour of Fes includes a short visit to the famous ceramic factory, and then you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes.
Starting our day after breakfast, from Fes to the blue Pearl Chefchaouen. Drive through the breathtaking landscapes of the fertile coastal plains. Continue the road until you arrive in the region of the Rif Mountains which is the heart and location of the quiet blue and white washed city of Chefchaouen. Spend the day wandering the blue washed narrow alleys of the friendly medina. Visit the walled fortress of the Kasbah contains beautiful gardens, near which is the small museum and art gallery which houses the rich culture of the Rif Mountains. From the rooftop of the Kasbah view a spectacular panorama of the blue and white washed houses, tiled roofs and tiny balconies. After exploring the medina, walk in the nearby hillsides with the wonderful and magnificent waterfalls. The town offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular. Dinner and night in a guest House.
Departure from Chefchaouen through the green lush of the Rif Mountains towards Tangier, an ancient Phoenician town, located at the point where the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet. The surrounding mountains provide a magnificent backdrop to this intriguing city, the gateway to Africa from Europe, which has always been an international melting pot. Take a tour of Tangier and explore the bustling medina, and city surrounds, and enjoy the stunning vista where the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans meet. After lunch, Continue to a headland about 12km from Tangier, ideal for admiring the Atlantic Ocean. On the way, stop to visit the Hercules Cave. According to legend, this mythical Greek half-god rested here after digging the Strait of Gibraltar. Close by is there restored Roman town of Cotta with ruins of a temple and hot-baths. The tour will include also a stop by Cape Sapartel where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. Dinner at the hotel.
Departure from Tangier to Rabat via Asilah after having you rest and take breakfast, our next destination not far away from Tangier, only 40 km, According to some researchers, the history of Asilah goes back more than 3,600 years. The name of this city, previously called “Zilis”, is mentioned by many authors and ancient historians. similar to Greece, with its whitewashed houses and blue walls and doors. Asilah is an art city with many beautiful murals covering the interior city walls. Lunch to be enjoyed in this beautiful town before we depart towards Rabat with nice stops. Arrive at your hotel in Rabat to check-in for the night with breakfast.
After breakfast our trip start to one of the previous capital cities of Morocco, the city of Meknes, The Ismailien Capital has so much to offer because it could be a very important city in Morocco. Upon our entry within the midday we are going visit Bab Mansour the greatest entryways in North Africa and after that The Qara Jail with its adjacent The Ministers Hall, then we proceed our visit to the Moulay Ismail the originator of the city’s Tomb, and the Swani Baisin. After check in to your settlement you may have a free time within the evening to walk around the celebrated Lahdim Square. overnight with dinner at hotel.
After having rest and breakfast, we are going depart to Fez, along the way we’ll visit the sacred town of Moulay Idriss Zarhoun, and the ancient roman ruins, the foremost farther portion of the roman domain, and after that proceed our way passing through exceptionally green scene and olive trees as the area is exceptionally well-known for olive and olive oil, a picture to the all encompassing see of Sidi Chahed water supply may be a must. overnight and dinner at hotel
After having a great time and enjoying with different road and places in Morocco with us, Your driver will takes you from you accommodation to SAISS Airport depend your flight time, hoping to see you soon