When we were clear about where in Morocco we wanted to venture to first, Plan-It Fez gave the ancient city of Fez much more weight than the more popular popular destinations of the country. There is a long list of itineraries that can be enjoyed within close proximity of Fez and the ancient city of Fez-Medina itself, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Morocco. Plan-it Fez has given us the privilege to learn the true Moroccan culture that is acclaimed as one of the most multi-ethnic societies in the world.
The two company founders, Michele Reeves and Gail Leonard combine for over 15 years of industry experience and more than 10 years of residency in Fez. They are both passionate individuals who want visitors to live the experience and get a true insight into the surroundings. These two working Mums have created experiences that will satisfy your sense of taste, smell, feel and sounds of Morocco rather than just skip along to picturesque sites.
We did the traditional baking class in a Moroccan family's home and a 'Beyond Fez tour' to explore Roman ruins and ancient empires in the imperial cities of Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss. Both activities exceeded our expectations and we can not wait to return to indulge in more workshops and day trips.
For the baking class we were hosted by Siham Lahmine and photographer Jamal Chaaoune. They escorted us from our pick up point which was Café Clock and walked us about 5 minutes into a nearby family's home. After a lovely welcome we went for a walk around the medina to buy produce from the local market needed for the pastries: honey, organic flour, dried nuts and olive oil. During the class everything was clearly instructed, with the hosts making sure that we participated in every part of the process of baking. The best way we learned about the local culture was through this baking class, with it being a down to earth and lovely way of integrating into a very important aspect of Moroccan culture.
The 'Beyond Fez tour' was stunningly exotic and unbelievably breathtaking. The chauffeur spoke fantastic english and happily took us to the 'off the beaten tracks' of country sights and rural settings to allow us to stop off for photo sessions. The trip would not have been possible without a driver as the roads can be a little bit tricky if you are not accustomed to driving in this side of the world. Visiting Walila farm was relaxing, picturesque and an experience we'll never forget and lets not forget the fact that you can see the ruins at Volubilis in the distance from the farm. We highly recommend doing this tour to learn more about the different past times of the region and get an insight into true Moroccan life.
The arrangements made, including guides and drivers are reliable, helpful, professional and enthusiastic. Plan-It Fez certainly possess the communication and organisational skills required to satisfy a magnitude of preferences. Dietary requirements are outlined from the beginning and they have great relationships with most hotels, riads and dars in the area making everything very familiar and smooth.
Visiting Morocco can be daunting for some, but it need not be. We definitely aren't saying that it is necessary to do a tour whilst in Fez, but you will most certainly gain a whole different insight by visiting some of the sites at leisure and taking part in cultural activities whether this is making a drum kit with a local, dancing, cooking with a family or any other unique experience. The tour operators define boutique travel at its best as they encourage you to travel slow, engage with the locals and savour your surroundings. It's a huge thumbs up from us. Special thanks to Siham Lahmine and Jamal Chaaoune for looking after us!
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