This Moroccan jewel is the kind of place one discovers during their travel plans almost by accident but once discovered, it is hard to leave and harder to forget.I first heard about Chefchaouen in the bustling city of Tetuan a local taxi driver had convinced me that it was right. Situated high in the Rif Mountains, this charming city was founded in 1471,initially built as a small fortress ( which exists to this day) to ward off the Portuguese invaders who were intent on dominating northern Morocco.in 1920,the Spanish armies seized Chefchaouen and held it until 1956 when Morocco finally gained independence. The influence of the times gone by is still reflected in chefchaouen. The architecture today,for instance,is a heady mix of Moorish design flavored with the more ornate Spanish influence. Legend has is that Chefchaouen derived its name from the surrounding Rif range that resembles two chaouen or goat’s horns.The city lies between the “horns’ hence the name.
Day 1 – FES / MEKNES / VOLUBILIS / CHEFCHAOUEN
After breakfast you will depart for the Imperial City of Meknes, also known as "the Moroccan Versailles". Meknes, with its monumental gates and city walls, was founded at the end of the 17th century by the Sultan Moulay Ismail. The highlights will include Bab el Mansour (perhaps the finest gateway in Africa), "Dar Jamai" Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, old granaries and stables. Lunch will be at Palais M'nebhi in Meknes. After lunch, you will depart for the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Sightseeing of the Ruins of Volubilis. Departure and drive to Chefchaouen for your overnight at the Riad.
Day 2- CHEFCHAOUEN
After breakfast you will prepare yourself for the tour of the Medina of Chefchaouen. This tour will feature the old part of the hill town and a visit to the famous Kasbah. After lunch at a local restaurant you will continue your visit to the waterfalls at Rass EL Mae where you will witness locals going about their daily takss. Late afternoon and evening will be free to spend at your leisure. Return back to Fes.