10 Top Guided Tours to Take in Fez

Colourful dyes at Fezs tanneries
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From visiting the oldest university in the world, to sharing lunch with a Moroccan family, here are the 10 best guided tours in Fez!

1. Full Private Walking Tour of Fez

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This tour starts at your hotel, where you will be picked up before heading to the Medina of Fez. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to find interesting artifacts to take back with you, such as authentic Berber rugs, paintings, leather chairs and more. Next, you will visit the first university in the world, the University Al-Qaraouiyine founded in 859, now a mosque. Finally, you’ll visit other important attractions, such as the Dar Batha former royal palace, the famous Chouara Tannery and the souks!

2. Fez Guided Tour

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During this tour you will visit the Medersa Bou Inania, an ancient school where young boys were taught about the Islamic faith. Next, it’s time to discover the Nejjarine fountain, and the Chouara Tanneries, where you can watch how leather was made centuries ago and how Moroccans maintain this tradition. After the tanneries, you’ll stop at Bab Boujloud, the medina’s most famous gate, to take a couple of photographs. Finally, you will visit the Mellah district, which is the ancient Jewish quarter, that is a significant part of Fez’s heritage. The price of this tour is $40.

3. Fez Private Day Tour

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3. Fez Private Day Tour
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This is a great alternative if you want a shorter tour, as you will start at Bab Boujloud and then continue to the most important Islamic buildings. After the tour, you’ll have lunch at one of the many Moroccan restaurants in the medina and continue onto the Chouara Tannery. Outside the medina, you’ll visit the Royal Palace and, although you cannot go inside, you can admire the golden gates and pose for a photo with the guards. The tour will end at Bab Fettouh cemetery, from where you can admire a lovely view of Fez.

5. Private Fez Sightseeing Tour

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This tour starts with your driver picking you up from your hotel and taking you to the first attraction, Dar el-Makhzen, where you can take amazing photographs. You’ll then continue to Borj Sud, a popular gate in Fez built in the 16th century. After that, wade through the vibrant Souk El-Attarine, where you can buy the most delicious spices to cook your favourite meal, and continue to Zaouia Moulay Idriss II, a shrine dedicated to the 9th-century sultan. After that you’ll discover the New Fez, located outside the medina, and all its main attractions, including the beautiful Jnan Sbil Garden.

6. Fez to Volubilis Tour

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During this excursion, you’ll discover thousands of years of Moroccan heritage, monuments, Moorish architecture and the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You’ll drive through the Rif Mountains to arrive to the first and main spot, Volubilis, where you’ll learn about the historical and cultural Roman city. Next, you’ll visit the islamic town of Moulay Idriss – which is only open to Muslims but travelers can get a good look from outside. Finally, you’ll visit the city of Meknes and all its attractions.

7. Fez Old City Private Tour & Lunch with Local Family

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This is the perfect tour if you’re looking for the most authentic Moroccan experience. The tour starts in the medina, where you’ll go through Bab Boujloud, towards the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and into the Al-Qaraouiyine Mosque. After the medina tour, you’ll stop at a traditional Moroccan house to have an authentic meal with the host family. On the menu, a Moroccan salad, taktouka, tagine with meat and vegetables, couscous, chicken with olives and, for desert, a fruit plate. After your delicious lunch, you’ll head outside the medina to discover other main attractions, such as the Mellah quarter, the Arms Museum and more.

8. Full-Day Fez Handicraft Tour

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On this tour, you’ll spend the day discovering Berber art, as well as spending time with crafters and artists. Starting in the medina, you’ll visit different shops along the narrow alleyways and explore woven Berber carpets and other Moroccan items made by local craftspeople. After the medina, you’ll move on to Seffarine Place, where you’ll see plenty of chiseled trays, teapots, jars and other objects. Then, you’ll visit both the Batha Museum and the Najjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. Finally, you’ll discover the famous Chouara Tannery.

9. Fez Guided Tour No Shopping

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9. Fez Guided Tour No Shopping
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This tour is an exclusive no-shopping tour experience – meaning, the tour guide will not take you to a store in the medina and pressure you to buy items. It starts at the Royal Palace, where you can admire the beautifully handmade golden gates. After that, you’ll go to Souk Sebbaghine with its colourful streets, Souk El-Attarine, the tanneries and many more unmissable spots. Then, it’s time for lunch at a restaurant of your choice, and the tour continues through Al Fakhkharin, a 16th-century potters’ square, and other attractions in the medina.

10. Walking Tour of the Medina in Fez

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This six-hour walking tour of the medina is great if you want to step back in time to six centuries ago, to cobbled streets filled with ancient mosques, towering, green-glazed minarets and crumbling caravanserais. You’ll have lunch at Restaurant Nejjarine, a magnificent Arab palace, then continue to the Souk El-Attarine and Bou Inania Medersas. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the bustling souks located in the narrow streets of the medina.

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