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Medina of Fes: Guide or No Guide?

Alexandria, Virginia
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Medina of Fes: Guide or No Guide?

I would like to hear from other travellers who had a pleasant experience wandering through the Fes Medina without a guide and without getting scammed.

While I would love to wander and get "lost" in the Fes Medina for a few hours on my own, I'm afraid that experience is going to be ruined by persons offering guiding services who won't take "no" for an answer and who will keep following. Just thinking about this stresses me out. It seems the only way to avoid this is to hire an official guide through my riad, as "protection" against these persistent would-be guides. Am I correct in this assumption?

Stockholm, Sweden
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11. Re: Medina of Fes: Guide or No Guide?

As you see in the post from Greg, it is not necessary to have a guide. If you have a map and guidebook, you manage you without problem. And without to visit the shops.

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marrakech
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14. Re: Medina of Fes: Guide or No Guide?

Thanks so much for your contribution to the forum. One post promoting the guide and no other posts about Morocco at all. I'm sure people are glad to hear your recommendation.

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Tisovec, Slovakia
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16. Re: Medina of Fes: Guide or No Guide?

I would suggest two days at least for the Fez medina, if you want to do it without a guide. I find the newest edition of LP on Morocco very inaccurate when it comes to Fes, but I will myself look at the webpages that that you guys were listing - thanks for that.

How do you know the guide is a licenced one when he is offered at the hotel? I would say they probably work with the false ones as well. I have heard that with a guide you visit shops more than monuments, thats why I have never hired one, and since I keep coming back, it is getting better and better with my understanding of the confusing medina of Fes, but too days may be enough to get lost and get found again :-).

St. Paul, Minnesota
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17. Re: Medina of Fes: Guide or No Guide?

We were in Fes for four days and explored the medina without a guide. If we had it to do over again, we would have hired a guide for half a day in the beginning. We had a mini-tour of food through our Cafe Clock cooking class chef, and were amazed by all we learned. Also, someone at our riad told us about all the things he saw with his guide that we'd been unaware that tourists could enter. Either way, have fun and watch out for donkeys!

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