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From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

1. From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

Discover one of Morocco’s four imperial cities and the remains of the former capital of the kingdom of Mauretania on a full-day tour from Fes. Following a pickup from your hotel in Fes, enjoy an easy transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2000 year old complex. Continue to Moulay Idriss to discover one of Morocco's holiest cities. Take a tour of the narrow streets of the compact town where Moulay Idriss I introduced the religion of Islam in 789 AD. Then, transfer to the city of Meknes, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement. Go into the Medina and see some of the monumental city gates and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Tour the city walls, and stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Art to see a wide variety of handicrafts. Before the afternoon transfer back to Fes.

From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss and Meknes Day Trip

2. From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss and Meknes Day Trip

Pick up at 10.00 am from your stay in Fez, In a comfortable – air-conditioned vehicle. On route stop to capture photos for a lifetime. In addition, enjoy cool air at Ain Lah, Royal family firm, Zagotta, attractive Dam ACHAHAD, and Rif mountain. Upon, arrival at the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2,000-year-old complex and learn more about the historical, and cultural Roman city that looks at the ruins of the Arch of Caracalla, Basilica, and Capitoline Temple. Enjoy free time to discover a place on your way. After that, Continue to Moulay Idriss The holiest Islamic town, monument and mosque opened just for Muslims. But, it gives to visitors an excellent impression, just by taking a look at the hallway of the town. It’s a panoramic view. After that, watch the elongated square above us, the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia, and stroll between the labyrinth of clean alleyways. (Break for lunch ) Following lunch, start the Meknes city tour Go into the Medina. So as to, discover monumental city gates dating back to the XVII century. Such as Royal Palace, Berdaïne Bab, Bab Khemis, a famous gateway in north Africa Bab Mansour, and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Moreover, stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Generally, our tour will not be complete without a Visit to Place el Hadim, El Heri es-Souan huge granaries & stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers, and the Museum of Moroccan Art. At the end, of Meknes Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip back to Fez (drop off your stay in Fez).

From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

3. From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

Discover one of Morocco’s four imperial cities and the remains of the former capital of the kingdom of Mauretania on a full-day tour from Fez. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Fez, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2,000-year-old complex. Continue to Moulay Idriss to discover one of Morocco's holiest cities. Take a tour of the narrow streets of the compact town where Moulay Idriss I introduced the religion of Islam in 789 AD. Then, transfer to the city of Meknes, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement. Go into the Medina and see some of the monumental city gates and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Tour the city walls, and stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Art to see a wide variety of handicrafts, before the afternoon transfer back to Fez.

From Rabat: Volubilis and Meknes Full-day Tour

4. From Rabat: Volubilis and Meknes Full-day Tour

After pickup from your hotel at 9:00, you will drive for 1.5 hours to reach the ancient city of Volubilis Sitting in the middle of a fertile plain, the ruined Roman city of Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Its most amazing features are the many beautiful mosaics preserved in situ, and it was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997. Enjoy a visit to this incredible ancient Roman city with its houses, baths, oilery, government buildings, and the scenic views it offers over the valley. Next, drive 40 minutes to  Meknes, where you will have a break for lunch. After lunch, explore the markets and narrow streets of the centuries-old Medina where you will visit Dar Jamaï Museum, built in 1882 by the powerful Jamaï family, two of whom were viziers to Sultan Moulay Al Hassan I, the palace building has been a museum since 1920. Its collection includes traditional ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and cedarwood craft. The Andalusian garden and courtyard are shady, peaceful spots dotted with orange trees. . You will also see the royal stables, the Bab Al Mansour Gate, and the main square. You will then be driven back to Rabat, where you will be dropped off around 6:30 PM.

Meknes: Medina Walking Tour

5. Meknes: Medina Walking Tour

Discover the UNESCO listed medina of Meknes on this 4-hour tour. Your guide will meet you at your hotel or riad (house). Your tour begins with a tour of the walls including several monumental gates dating from the 17th century. You'll continue on to explore the city stables (rua) and granaries (heri). Next, see the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail with its detailed mosaics and peaceful courtyards, and the famous Bab Mansour gate on the vast square of Hedim. On the other side of the square, the Museum of Moroccan Art "Dar Jamai" offers a wide variety of handicrafts for you to enjoy. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel or riad.

Fez: Private Transfer Tour to Rabat

6. Fez: Private Transfer Tour to Rabat

This private transfer from Fez to Rabat is an ideal way to travel in fantastic conditions in a comfortable, luxurious, air-conditioned vehicle. Throughout your experience you will be driven by an experienced, licensed, and professionally trained driver from Morocco. Your guide will be on hand to show you the paths, roads, and alleys of this most-beautiful country, Morocco. Your trip will last about 2 to 3 hours and will take you through some of Morocco's most famous imperial cities. You'll explore sites such as the Roman Volubilis, which is a famous attraction for tourists from around the world. Later, discover Meknes, the capital Ismaili, where some of most interesting sights exist. Upon your arrival in Rabat, the political and diplomatic capital of Morocco, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation.

From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss & Meknes Full-Day Trip

7. From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss & Meknes Full-Day Trip

Get picked up from your hotel or riad at 10 AM in a comfortable, air-conditioned car. Drive through Ain Lah, Zagotta, the attractive Dam Achahad, and Rif mountains. Make several stops to enjoy the landscape, fresh air, and capture incredible photos. Arrive at Volubilis, the famous well-preserved Roman city. Learn about the history and culture of the Romans by exploring the ruins of the Arch of Caracalla, Basilica, and the Capitoline Temple. Spend some free time to stroll around on your own and capture more amazing photos. Hop back into the car, and drive towards your next stop, the holy Islamic town in Moulay-Idriss. Find out how this settlement was built by Moulay Idriss I. Admire the panoramic views, elongated squares, and the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia as you stroll through a labyrinth of clean alleyways. Next, continue on to Meknes where you will stop for lunch in a local restaurant. After you've eaten, start your tour of Meknes. See the ancient city walls and monumental gates which date back to the 17th-century. Admire the Royal Palace, Berdaïne Bab, and Bab Khemis. Then head over to the Africa Bab Mansour and El Heri es-Souan, huge granaries and stables built by Moulay Ismail's soldiers. Make a stop in the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, which for a long time was the only mosque which non-Muslims were allowed to visit in Morocco. Visit the Place-El-Hedim monument before making your return trip back to Fez where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Fez: Volubilis and Meknes Day Trip

8. From Fez: Volubilis and Meknes Day Trip

Start your guided tour with pickup from your accommodations in Fez. Discover the archeological ruins of Volubilis and the Meknes Medina with its famous historical gates. Stop at Volubilis first and discover the incredible ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage site, as your guide tells you the history of this beautiful place. Next, proceed to the city of Meknes, one of the four Moroccan imperial cities, also know as the Ismaili city of Morocco. Inside the medina alleys, discover the famous Bab Khmiss and El Mansour gates. The gates are amazing examples of Islamic architecture. Finish your tour with drop-off back at your accommodations.

Fes: Day Trip to Meknes Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

9. Fes: Day Trip to Meknes Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

Your tour will begin as you are picked up at 10.00AM from your accommodation in Fes. From there you will start driving through the magnificent changing landscapes of the Moroccan countryside. Your first stop will be to the mesmerizing Chahed River, a beautiful landscape with captivating views. From there you will advance towards Volubilis, the ancient Roman Ruins which date back to the 3rd century B.C. Once there you will be able to glimpse the old Roman Empire, and admire the captivating architecture and majestic designs while taking some pictures of Arch of Caracalla. Your second stop will be to Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, a sacred little village in which you can enjoy some free time to go into the deep history of the beautiful town, the home of Idriss I. He was the first Moroccan ruler, and was the one who brought Islam to Morocco. Here you will be able to walk through the ancient windy streets whilst admiring the beautiful architecture. Afterwards, you will explore "Meknes", whose historical 17th-century heritage provides the perfect location to enjoy a tour through the old city to discover the huge walls of the old Medina and see the most breathtaking handicrafts and traditional small shops. Next, you will discover the fascinating gate of Bab El Mansour, a magnificent gateway which is well preserved with lavish "zellige" (Moroccan mosaic tile work). In addition, you will visit Moulay Ismail’s shrine to receive an insight into his interesting life and everlasting achievements. You will also visit fascinating historical sites, such as the Mausoleum and the Rouah, as well as the royal stables (which hold over 12,000 horses). You will later explore Place el-Hedim, which is a central pedestrian square in the Medina. Following an unforgettable tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Fes.

Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

10. Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

Explore the Imperial Cities souks, and monuments. See the impressive Hassan II Mosque, Old city of Rabat, Roman ruins at Volubolis, the beautiful Ouzoud Waterfalls and more on a 7 day tour. Head off to the Djemaa el-Fna, the centre square of the medina. Take a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace and the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Stroll through Majorelle Gardens and the peaceful site of the Menara Garden. Head to the coastal city of Casablanca. Walk around the Habous district with its small squares and maze-like narrow streets. Explore the colourful Habous Quarter, the Mehkma (Tribunal), the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral and the famous Hassan II Mosque. Journey to the capital Rabat and visit the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah and the Hassan Tower Mosque. Drive to the Berber town of Meknes, before taking a short drive to the mediaeval city of Fez. Begin your guided tour of the Fes medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. Visit foundouk Najjarine which houses the ‘Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. See the Qaraouiyine mosque, which is both a university and a mosque situated in the heart of the Medina. Depart with a drive back to Marrakech via the Ouzoud Waterfalls, leading up to the Middle Atlas Mountains, where you can walk down along the cascades. Enjoy free strolling and shopping time in the old medina on your final day before departure at the airport.

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What people are saying about Meknes

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 201 reviews

For anyone coming to Morocco and wanting to book a tour. I recommend it to visit the cities described here!!! We are very satisfied with the tour itself especially the guide Younes who knew a lot and the driver Moncef who could guide us well in the atlas mountains with his driving skills, what a nice duo with whom you could laugh and they took us to the best and right places. The booking agency easy tranfers I am a little less satisfied with. We had arranged everything through the app get your guide and they wanted extra information to see that we came from Europe. We ourselves are Moroccan and found this very strange. All in all they apologized and upgraded our hotel to a four star. The guide and driver were on time and very relaxed.

Happy to choose this trip. The guide was the Best person with met. So professional and always giving us some tips and extra places to visit. I am so grateful. Amazing day.

Booked a day in advance and picked up on time after WhatsApp contact. Good transport and the trip was as sold.

We are delighted to have taken a guide to visit these exceptional sites.

Mustapha is very attentive and also very good guide I highly recommend