Popular tours and itineraries including Fes & Meknes

Fes & Meknes - Historical Holidays

Nothing quite prepares you for Fes. The world’s only intact medieval city, Fes is a teeming warren of narrow lanes, blind alleys and fondouks where you’re too busy trying to keep up with what’s happening around you to reach for your camera and where getting lost is all part of the adventure. Nearby Meknes is another old imperial city, with grandiose architecture dating from the time of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl

...continued from Fes & Meknes page.


Descending into the medina of old Fes for the first time, it can be hard to believe that the sights are real. Was that boy carrying a hawk on his shoulder? Are those testicles in that butcher’s shop? Are those half-naked men really stamping up and down in a trough of blue dye in the boiling sun? When is the director going to shout ‘cut’?

In this hallucinatory world of donkeys, hooded figures and hole-in-the-wall shopkeepers, your senses go on high alert. One minute you get a whiff of cloves, or the scent of fresh mint; the next you’re overwhelmed by the stench of pigeon excrement from the tanneries. Here there are no motorbikes, no cars, none of the sounds of the modern world (unless you count the ever-present mobile ringtone). It is a vast, 24-hour a day, 7-day a week cavalcade from which you will emerge drained and exhilarated.

A short distance away, in the heart of Morocco’s wine-producing region, is the sleepy city of Meknes. Meknes was the capital of Morocco under the infamous 18th century sultan, Moulay Ismaïl. Slaves laboured night and day for 50 years to build an imperial showpiece to rival Versailles. Those that died on the job, it is rumoured, were entombed in the city walls.

As well as being an agreeable place to spend a day or two, Meknes makes a handy base for an excursion to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.  Although much of the stone from Volubilis was carted off for the construction of Meknes, the arches, buildings and mosaics give you a good idea of what life was like in the Roman province of Mauretania Tingetiana.

Our price promise: We will not only match offer prices on hotels you may have see quoted elsewhere, but additionally offer FREE room upgrades at most of our hotels, and the best ground transport for transfers, tours and multi centre trips.
Dar Finn riad in Fes Fez Morocco very charming and centrally located

Dar Finn

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 334 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

Wonderfully charming small riad in Fes.

Dar Roumana Fes Morocco

Dar Roumana

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 375 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

Stunning riad with lovely rooms in Fes.

Palais Amani

Palais Amani

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 497 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

Luxurious riad in the heart of the Fes medina.

riad fes relais & chateaux morocco luxury hotel

Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 503 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

Sophisticated and luxurious in a serene atmosphere.  This Relais & Châteaux riad is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez.

riad maison bleue fes morocco

Riad Maison Bleue

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 425 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

Much charm, intimacy and refinement are on offer at this beautiful family run 18-room riad in the old city of Fes.

Hotel Sahrai, Fes, Morocco Holidays

Hotel Sahrai

Riads & hotels in Fes
4 nights from £ 590 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

A 5-star 50-room hotel opened in 2014 with spectacular views of Fes medina

Maison Bleue riad hotel in Fes Morocco

La Maison Bleue

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 425 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

Wonderfully luxurious riad living in the heart of Fes.

riad_anata_4_07.jpg

Riad Anata

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 352 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

A five-bedroomed riad restored by an interior designer, also available for booking as an entire property; Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner.

Riad Felloussia, Meknes, Morocco

Riad Felloussia

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 331 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

A five-room riad in Meknes medina restored using traditional building methods

Riad Lahboul, Meknes, Fes, Morocco Holidays

Riad Lahboul

Riads & hotels in Fes
3 nights from £ 356 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast with flights from London and transfers.

Six-roomed traditional Moroccan guest-house in the imperial city of Meknes

The Lawrence of Morocco map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.

Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.

When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.

Exploring Fes Medina

Testimonials

cin.jpg

Philip and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.

Dear Max

Thank you for your email.  Philip and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. 
The riads we stayed in were excellent and we must mention Riad Cinnamon in particular as they were most helpful to us and were so obliging in every way. 

Unfortunately nothing really went wrong on the holiday so no negative feedback to give ...

Kay Lemon

I was coming to understand that Fes reveals its considerable charm only slowly.

Freelance travel writer, Stephen Bayley, travelled to Fes with Lawrence of Morocco in April 2013, writing for the Independent.

Recent News

We know Morocco intimately

Max Lawrence - MD Lawrence of Morocco

When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.

The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.

Max Lawrence, Owner

First travelled to Morocco in 1986. Lived and worked in Marrakech for 12 years.