Meknes
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Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

The trip was great, the view of the surrounding valleys was exhilirating -- mountains dotted with wide expanse of olive trees and brown valleys ready for planting just. The tour in Voulubilis was great. Redouane, the local guide was very knowledgeable about the place and was patient in answering questions. He was even smiling himself when taking pictures. In Meknes, the tour in the Medina seems like stepping into the ancient times, with the guide, Rashid taking me to this other world with his knowledgeable explanations. He also has excellent English speaking and amazing photography skills. I went alone on the trip with the driver Mustapha, who was also very nice. He stopped when the view is nice for pictures and if we need to use the toilet. For travellers with limited stay, try to avoid going on a Friday, if you want to see life in the Medina as most of the shops are closed. But on the other hand, it was good for avoiding crowds. Over-all, it was an amazing day trip!

I took a walking tour of Meknes with the guide Rachid Ismaili. Rachid takes amazing pictures, the first shot was always perfect and the way I wanted it. The guide knew a lot about the city and explained a lot of details about the Jewish quarter, how the Royal Granary was working, the history with the Portuguese captive of the Kara Prison who built it, the different periods of the medinas (Berber medina, Anadalus medina, guided me to secret streets with hidden gems (amazing doors, etc) and explained me the different Souks. Bab Mansour was not illuminated by the sun in the morning (when our tour took place) and Rachid was willing to meet with me later in the late afternoon again so that I could get a perfect picture of Bab Mansour with great lighting, I really appreciated this.

The excursion was incredibly well organized by our driver Mustapha, who picked us up without problems. In addition Mustapha animated us well, it was interesting, we really had a nice meeting. The rest of the day was very good, and our other gides very friendly. To know not to be surprised: the entry for Volubilis is 70 dh / pers., The entry to visit the attic + stable is also 70 dh / pers. (but it is optional), we are taken to a restaurant (classic price) and tips for the guides must be provided. It's a day worth it, I recommend, especially since everyone is kind and very caring.

This tour is simply amazing ! It is hard so see such a diversity in only one day anywhere else in the world. The driver was very knowledgeable and fun and the car was very nice and had aircon which was much appreciated in August! We were very happy to see areas that are not the most highlighted among tourists like the medina of Meknes that nobody recommended to us while it's a real jewel! I highly recommend this tour !

Fantastic way to see this amazing country and get a deeper look into all of its land and people. So much better than a surface tour with just dates and old buildings.