Ifrane, Morocco
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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains on a full-day trip from Fez that explores small towns and a rolling landscape of cedar forests and peaks. Soak up the European feel of Ifrane, sometimes called the ‘Switzerland of Morocco,’ then descend to the Berber market town of Azrou to find the monkeys that thrive in nearby groves of cedar trees. With pickup and drop-off at Fez hotels, this full-day Middle Atlas trip goes off the beaten path to find Morocco’s quieter, rural side.
  • Visit the Middle Atlas Mountains with an expert guide
  • See a ski town in Morocco’s high peaks
  • Follow trails through cedar forests
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Fez

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, Jan 2018

This tour was actually a pleasant surprise and easily became one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide, Aziz, was the best guide we had in Fez and he took the time to explain a lot about Morocco, Fez, and the surrounding towns and histories. I agree with one of the other reviewers that there's a typo in the description of this tour- it's not maggots but magots- ADORABLE little monkeys in the forest that will gently eat peanuts from your hand. It's definitely a slower pace than some of the other Fez tours but our guide was also happy to help us with buying some carpets and other souvenirs that are much much cheaper than Fez or Chefchaoen or Marrakesh and also was happy to oblige us in taking us to a non-touristy lunch destination something that we did not get the option of for some other tours in Morocco.

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, Nov 2017

I do recommend this trip for the people who get a little bit tiried from noisy and crowdy medina streets and would like to find more favour with places such as Ifrane, to breath a fresh air and return back to nature. During the trip wvariety of landscapes: forests of oaks, cedars, cultivated fie

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, Oct 2017

We started the day by being picked up from Bab Bouljoud Blue Gate as our riad wasn't very easily accessible. Our driver Karlim was funny and talkative from the start, asking all about us and telling us about Fes where he has lived for 35yrs!.
We drove up through the Middle Atlas, which did have some good view points, but mostly looked quite similar.
We came to the lake which was unfortunately dried up as there hadn't been much rain recently, but I imagine it would be a breathtaking sight had it had water. Perhaps best to check the rainfall prior to the tour, as it was supposedly wet a couple of weeks before.
We then went to the Cedar Forest which was my favourite part. It was very odd to see such a forest when we had been so used to the arid landscape around the medina of Fes, and was great to explore. After a bit of walking we came down again and spent some time feeding the monkeys here nuts that a man was selling very cheap. The monkeys were very people-friendly and quite gentle when taking food, although we had to be careful they didn't pinch the whole bag!
We then went to Ifrane, a picturesque town that does look very European and complete contrast to the old city of Fes. However there wasn't much to do here and was very similar to parts of Europe, when we wanted to experience a different culture to our home continent.
Lastly we stopped in Azrou, a town quite high up with a very good viewpoint but not a whole lot else to see. We had a mint tea here before driving back to Fes.
The sights to see on the tour were not incredible, and really the cedar forest and lake probably! make this tour. The towns were both quite built up and not much to do. I think to improve this tour probably not go to Azrou, and go to a small mountain village, a Middle Atlas apple orchard or olive farm and learn more about how people live in the mountains and what the produce is that comes from them.
Karlim The Joker! was very entertaining and funny throughout however, making us laugh, teaching us French and Arabic and telling us about different areas of the country and Fes! He made the tour worth doing and much more enjoyable!

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, May 2017

The tour company was excellent, timely, and responsive to my questions. Our driver/guide was very professional and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, the sites on the tour itself were rather boring. Also, I would note that there is a really poor translation in the description. It says you'll see maggots, which I was definitely not interested in. It turns out that this was a reference to a type of monkey called the magot, which is actually very cute.


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