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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).

Meknes: Medina Walking Tour

3. 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.

From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

4. 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

5. 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.

Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

6. Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

Embark on a 7-day journey to the majestic Imperial Cities of Marrakech. Join a guided trip with accommodation and breakfast included and gasp at imposing monuments, medieval ruins, and mesmerizing waterfalls. Enjoy insightful tours of every location you visit. Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech. transfer to hotel Upon arrival, the staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech. You will check in to your hotel. Day 2: Marrakech city tour Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Saadian tombs and the Bahia palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship in the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. After lunch, head to Majorelle gardens, where the morning light illuminates the vibrant colors of the architecture, set vividly against the lush green vegetation. Continue to Menara garden for a stroll through the peaceful site. Day 3: Marrakech to Casablanca After breakfast, leave Marrakech behind and head to the coastal city of Casablanca. We'll have a day of sightseeing. Walk around the Habous district, where the small squares and narrow arcade streets provide a fine example of contemporary city planning mixed with the maze-like streets of the traditional medina. Visit the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral and the famous Hassan II Mosque to experience two religious epicenters of the city. Day 4: Casablanca to Fez via Rabat & Volubilis Enjoy a tour of the old city including visits to the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. After lunch, drive to the ancient roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez. Day 5: Fez city tour After breakfast, begin your guided tour of the Fes medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Visit Foundouk Najjarine, which houses the ‘museum of wooden arts and crafts. Visit the Qaraouiyine Mosque, which is both a university and a mosque situated in the heart of the medina. Day 6: Fes to Marrakech via Ouzoud Waterfalls After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech via Ouzoud waterfalls. The beautiful drive will take you up into the middle atlas mountains and along the base of the high atlas mountains. Enjoy a walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech. Overnight in Marrakech. Day 7: Departure from Marrakech Your last day of travel will be in Marrakech and you will be transferred to the airport for departure.

From Casablanca: Imperial Cities of Morocco 6-Day Tour

7. From Casablanca: Imperial Cities of Morocco 6-Day Tour

Embark on a 6-day trip around Morocco and discover everything that the country has to offer. Depart from Casablanca and enjoy the unique opportunity to explore ancient cities, historic monuments, and natural landscapes. Enjoy accommodation in 4-star hotels and breakfasts included. Day 1: Casablanca Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will visit the city at 14h, including a visit to the Hassan II mosque, one of the world’s biggest mosques, as well as the districts of Sqala and Habous.  Day 2: Rabat - Volubilis The next morning you will journey to the capital of Morocco, Rabat. Visit the Royal Palace, the Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. After lunch, drive towards the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Dating back to AD 40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. You'll finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez. Day 3: Fez After breakfast, you will begin a guided tour of the Fes, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricate Berber carpets, and many other local crafts. For lunch, you may choose to eat in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch, you will continue the tour to visit the King’s Palace and then the famous tanneries. Day 4: Ouzoud Waterfalls After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech via Ouzoud Waterfalls. The beautiful drive will take you up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech. Overnight stay in Marrakech. Day 5: Marrakech Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. You will then visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace. Then, experience traditional Arabic craftsmanship in the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders, these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. After lunch, you head to the Majorelle Gardens & Menara Garden. Day 6: Marrakech to Casablanca Transfer Your last day of travel will be in Marrakech. Free time will be given in the morning if you want to do some final shopping in Marrakech before being driven back to Casablanca in the afternoon.

Fez: Guided Fez, Meknes, and Volibulis Tour

8. Fez: Guided Fez, Meknes, and Volibulis Tour

Enjoy a day trip to Volubilis and Meknes, taking you on a historic trip through Morocco's rich and varied past. Explore the ancient imperial city of Meknes, which is regarded as the "Versailles of Morocco". You will see historic attractions such as impressive walls, monumental gates, and the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail throughout your walking tour. At the height of its glory, Meknes was no less than 50 palaces, 20 gates, and a city wall measuring 45 kilometers in length. Afterwards, you'll visit Volubilis, with its impressive and well-preserved Roman ruins and spectacular mosaics. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of North Africa's most important Roman sites. Travel through the holy city of Moulay Idriss, perched dramatically against the slopes of Mount Zerhon, and enjoy Morocco's dramatic landscape. Finally, you'll discover Morocco's history and culture during a sightseeing tour of Meknes, before being returned back to your starting point in Fez at the conclusion of your experience.

Private Transfer from fez to Rabat or from Rabat to Fes

9. Private Transfer from fez to Rabat or from Rabat to Fes

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 driver 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 pass by 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

10. 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.

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based on 274 reviews

picked up at the meeting point agreed by van Mercedes vito, the driver accompanied us with a relaxing guide to different places: volubilis, entrance 7 DH and possibility of guide on the spot, muolay idriss, free visit, meknes, typical lunch on the terrace 14 DH and visit to the city with a very nice and competent guide proposed at the moment (20 DH tot for two couples). return in the evening to the same place in the morning. wonderful experience, recommended for everything we have seen and "heard". excellent organization and maximum score to the driver. Well done.

Our tour was excellent from start to finish. Our driver, Mustafa, was very welcoming and spoke excellent English. He answered any questions we had. Our guide at the Roman ruins was also name Mustafa, and was also very good. He explained the history and was very knowledgeable. In Meknes our guide was Rashid. He was wonderful. He knew everything about everything. He took his time and answered our questions. We would want all the same people for any future trips.

We really liked this tour as it was not too far from Fez. It was really interesting but definitely choose the option to include the guide. You will get a guide for Volubilis and another one for Meknes. If you don't, you will have to pay for a guide over there, so it might be mkre complicated. We wouldn't have learned about a lot of things if we didn't have a guide. Definitely recommend it!

Volubilis is a must see and Meknes is quite amazing. Enjoyed the lunch we had in Meknes.

excellent, most of all the guide in meknes. a real historical and cultural visit