Blue Morocco Hiking Tour

Highlights

Explore the ancient Medinas of Fez and Chefchaouen, lose yourself in the labyrinth of their narrow streets as you follow the alluring scent of Mediterranean spices and fruit. Be astonished by the amazing scenery of the Rif and discover captivating views of gorges and waterfalls in forested mountains. Taste and learn how to prepare the national delicacies and culinary arts, such as the flavorful Couscous and Tagines. Just discover the Blue Morocco!

 

Location: Morocco – Main places to visit: Fez, Chefchaouen, Volubilis

Duration: 9 days – 8 nights

Begins in: Fez on Saturday at 5pm, Day 1

Ends in: Fez on Sunday morning after breakfast, Day 9

Departures 2020: Jun 6th – Oct 10th

Maximum group size: 14

Minimum group size: 4

Price 2020: starting from 2,900€

ITINERARY

DAY 1  (Saturday)

Arrival Day Fez – Welcome to Morocco!

Arrive independently in Fez, Morocco’s second largest city. Meet your guide and other participants at the hotel at 5 p.m. for a briefing of the itinerary, and then begin your tour with a guided walk through the ancient Medina. In the evening you will have a chance to become acquainted with your fellow travelers and experience a great welcome dinner in a lovely local restaurant to taste the authentic flavors of Morocco.

Overnight in Fez

Hotel and welcome dinner included

DAY 2  (Sunday)

Visit of the ancient Medina – Dreams from the Arabian Nights

Today we will visit the ancient Medina, the largest and oldest in the world: founded in the 9th century, the Medina was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Enjoy a half-day private guided tour to discover this fascinating city, home of the world’s oldest university: explore the narrow streets and get lost in its mesmerizing labyrinth of twisting alleyways, where you will be captivated by the incredible variety of handicraft, Berber carpets and spice mounds of the souks, reminiscent of the “One Thousand and one Nights” folk tale! Have a relaxing bath in a traditional Spa/Hammam (optional), followed by a delicious dinner in a beautiful local restaurant.

Overnight in Fez

Hotel, breakfast and dinner included

DAY 3  (Monday)

Transfer to Chefchaouen – Explore the Blue Pearl

Morning private transfer to Chefchaouen, the “blue city”. Discover the stunning old medina of this blue-washed mountain village and wander through its intricate labyrinth of cramped alleys and narrow passageways. Be fascinated by all the shades of blue of Chaouen, as locals call it, one of the most beautiful villages in Morocco, also known as the “blue pearl”. Dinner in a lovely local restaurant.

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4  (Tuesday)

Trek day 1: from Chefchaouen to Afeska

Today’s hike starts from the hotel: after reaching the Spanish Mosque and the Mechralla village, from where we will admire a stunning view of the blue town, we will continue to Tissouka and Tizi Mandu villages, where we will savor a delicious picnic lunch. We will continue our walk through a natural forest of endemic species, such as black pines and cedars. After a picnic lunch we return to Chefchaouen where you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included

DAY 5  (Wednesday)

Trek day 2: from Chefchaouen to Akchour – Visiting the God’s Bridge

Today we will go deeper into the Rif’s mountains and cross a dense pine forest that will reveal the Djbel Lakrâa peak and the Djebel Tissouka peak. After a lovely picnic lunch at Oued Farda deep canyons, we will continue downhill to reach the spectacular gorges of Anou and the so-called God’s Bridge, a natural rock bridge formed above numerous little sapphire-colored ponds. The trail frequently crosses through rivers: be prepared to get your boots wet as you wade through some water. After feeling the exciting vibes in this amazing place, we will continue to Ouslaf village, then towards the small Akchour dam. Lunch will be a delicious picnic, after which we will return to Chefchaouen.

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included

DAY 6  (Thursday)

Trek day 3: Talassemtane Natural Park

This walk will take us across the forests and the mountains of the area. This will be followed by an afternoon cooking class where you will learn to prepare some traditional Moroccan dishes that you will be tasting at dinner.

Overnight in rural cottage

Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included

DAY 7  (Friday)

Trek day 4: Talassemtane Natural Park

After breakfast in the guest house, this long walk will take us into the mountains through the verdant forests. In the afternoon we will have another cooking class: you will learn how to prepare a tasty dish of the local gastronomy that you will savor at dinner time.

Overnight in rural cottage

Hotel, breakfast and dinner included

DAY 8  (Saturday)

Volubilis, and back to Fez – Strolling along Roman ruins

Today we transfer back to Fez: on the way we will stop at the ancient city of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in all Africa, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will explore these amazing 2000-year-old archeological vestiges showing the incredible urban development at the fringes of the Roman Empire and will contemplate some admirable fine mosaics, astonishing buildings and colorful strips: the greatness of the Roman Empire is still tangible here. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Mulay Idris and then we will reach Fez in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at a fantastic local restaurant.

Overnight in Fez

Hotel, breakfast and dinner included

DAY 9  (Sunday)

Departure day – Goodbye Morocco!

The tour officially ends after breakfast at your hotel. A private transfer by taxi to the Fez airport is included.

Please note: the above itinerary may change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control

INFORMATION

Activity rating: Moderate. The trail terrain has many sections that are uneven and stony. There will be frequent descents and climbs. Daily activity will be about 6 hours. The maximum distance is about 20 km/12.4 miles.

 

Booking: please contact us at hello@theyummywalker.com to receive a booking contract.

 

Insurance: we strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance which has to be adequate for your requirements. The insurance policy should ensure appropriate coverage to meet your needs, and the needs of your family and dependents, in case of personal injury, medical and repatriation costs, together with cover for any loss of property, personal liability, delay, cancellation, curtailment, missed departure and legal expenses.

 

Tourist Visa: as U.S. citizen a tourist Visa is not required for stays under 90 days. Fort further information please visit the

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

GETTING THERE

Fez has an international airport located about 16km (10 miles) south of the Medina and can easily be reached by bus or taxi from the city center.

 

By Air:  thanks to its geographical position, there are direct flights into Fez airport from many European cities, like Barcelona (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal), London (U.K.), Madrid (Spain), Paris (France) and Rome (Italy), as well as many domestic cities. For further information on transfers, please check the airport’s website at LINK IN ENGLISH. http://www.aeroportfes.com/

 

By Train: the Fez train station is directly connected to the main domestic cities, like Casablanca, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda and Rabat. You can also reach Tangier, in the north, but a train change is requested. For further information please check the ONCF website: https://www.oncf.ma/en

 

The tour officially ends after breakfast at your hotel. A private transfer by taxi to the Fez airport is included.

INCLUDED

Accommodation (8 nights): boutique hotels, 3/4 stars (charming hotels ideally located. Bedrooms are for double occupancy. Single use supplement is applicable). During treks the lodging will be in local “gîtes” (guest houses).

Meals: all breakfasts are included (8), all dinners are included (8) and 3 picnic lunches are included, as stated in the itinerary.

All activities and visits mentioned in the itinerary: 2 cooking classes, private guided visit of Fez Medina.

Guides: private local bilingual guides (as and when required) and English speaking mountain guide during the trek.

Tour leader: at least one bilingual tour leader for groups up to 8 participants and two bilingual tour leaders starting 9 participants (around-the-clock support for the duration of your trip).

Internal transport: transfer from/to the Fez airport and all internal transports are included

Gratuities

All local taxes

NOT INCLUDED

 

Flights

Personal purchases

Drinks

Travel insurance

REVIEWS

Alan S. and Kim W., UK

If you enjoy stepping back into history by wandering through mazes of medina streets, trekking in the fresh alpine trails of the Rif mountain range, tasting incredible spice combinations made in traditional tagines, listening to the musicality of a mix of the Moroccan Arabic, Spanish and Berber languages, and seeing gorgeous tiles, paint colours, and graceful symmetrical architecture everywhere you look, then this Blue Morocco Hiking Tour is for you. Our tour was in October, so we were prepared for all weather eventualities, and encountered all the seasons, sometimes in one day. Both Luca and Marco were attentive, patient, and informative, and both seemed as charmed by the places we visited as we were. Food was plentiful and delicious, even catering to my gluten free requirements. This tour is definitely off the beaten path, and full of colourful wonders. Highly recommended.