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Fez, Morocco’s religious capital, offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will tantalize all your senses, especially as you walk through Fes el-Bali (Old Fez) where sheep and goat balls hang from rope, and the stench from the local tanneries tickle your nostrils. You will wander through alley-ways and herds of children and old men with beardy faces pointy hoods. At every corner will be a new tomb or historical site. As an elder, this is not an experience you have to miss out on!
The four best organized tours that cater to the elderly (50+), all with stops in Fez, are listed below. If you don’t want an organized tour, check out the elder-friendly solo activities.
Elderhostel in Africa provides a three day stop in Fez as part of their 17 night Morocco tour. Accommodation is at Sofilel Hotel Palais Jamai Fez, and the tour includes a walk through the Old Medina of Fez as well as a discussion with local Moroccan students. Entire price is around $4,000 USD not including flight.
Eldertreks offers the “Melting Pot of Cultures” tour, also with a stopover in Fez. You can design your own trek, from archeological to wildlife to rafting, as well as the trek’s level of difficulty. This trek starts in Casabalanca and winds through Fez with a day trip at the Imperial City of Meknes and Roman ruins of Volubilis. The trek ends with a leisurely hike in the Atlas Mountains. This is the perfect up-close experience of Berber life and folklore.
Adventure Center, based out of California, offers tours specifically for the elderly. Like the others, they also visit Fez. Read about one woman’s experience here. This site also offers tips for senior travelers, such as what to pack and how to deal with the crowds.
Sahara Soul Travel, based out of New York, also offers special groups and discounts for elders when the need arises. You will have to contact them for more information.
Some events that are often popular with elderly tourists include the Fez International Festival of Sacred Music (annually in June), and visits to the Royal Palace/Mellah (Jewish Quarter) in Fez el-Jdid (New Fez). You can take a relaxed trek up to the Merenid tombs. You won’t mind resting at the top with its stunning views into the city. The Moujlord Gardens, Attarine Medersa (14th century), and the Karaouine Mosque (9th century) are also much attended by older travelers.