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Things not to miss in Fes and Chefchouen

My husband and I have finally figured out our trip to Morocco and are hoping for some tips from this amazing community.

We will be flying into Fes from Valencia and are wondering where we should stay for two nights in Fes. Does anyone have a riad that they love? We were also hoping someone might have used a guide to explore the wonders of this incredible city...any thoughts? Can we find one through our hotel?

We love culture, historical ruins and the market experience. With that in mind, the sites that are on our radar are; Fez el-Bali, Fez el- Djedid, Ville Nouvelle, Bab Boujeloud, Bou Inania medersa, Attarine madrassa, Mausoleum of Zaouia Idriss ll, Karaouine Mosque, Nejjarine fondouk, the royal palace and any artisan workshops. Anyone have and input on any of these? Any suggestions on meals?

How much does one need a guide here and what should we expect to pay?

Mid day, on the third day we planned to take the bus to Chefchouen, where we will spend the night, has anyone done this? Again, never having been, is there a place we should stay that might be able to connect us with a guide for the following day? Any idea if it's possible to leave luggage (2-3 pieces) at the hotel/riad for the day? What shouldn't we miss?

We'd prefer a private guide who, after the tour, would also drive us back to the ferry at the port of Tangier.

Thanks so much for your expertise.

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There's an AMAZING tannery in Fes, worth a visit. You'll never look at leather the same way afterwards.

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We used a company called Experience It Tours for 14 days in Morocco in November 2019. This was a private tour by car for just my husband and myself. They may be able to provide a driver and city guides for your shorter stay. They did a super job for us in customizing the itinerary to our interests. We did much of what you are proposing in Fes. We were able to fit in a cooking class at Cafe Clock which was definitely a highlight of our time there. We met our driver at the ferry terminal in Tangier and from there went to Chefchouen where we spent two nights. Beautiful city and perfect with the guide arranged by Experience It Tours.
Riad Myra in Fes was absolutely wonderful. We had the suite named Le Matrimoniel on the ground floor and it was charming...we felt like we were staying in a palace. It is common to eat dinner at your Riad rather than restaurants and the meals at Riad Myra were delicious. I had tears in my eyes when we left as in our short time we really bonded with the owners and staff. Lovely people who exemplify Berber hospitality.
We stayed at Dar Meziana in Chefchouen, right in the heart of the blue city. Beautiful, comfortable room with a private bath and breakfast included.
Curious about the length of your vacation in Morocco. Can you possibly add in enough time to stay at one of the desert camps near Merzouga? We are so eager to Marhaba Camp again sometime.

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Thank you both so much. I'm wondering if you feel a guide is necessary in Rabat. We are there for two days.