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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: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

2. 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.

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: Volubilis and Meknes Day Trip

4. 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.

From Rabat: Volubilis and Meknes Full-day Tour

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

After pickup from your hotel, you will drive for 1.5 hours to reach the ancient city of Volubilis. Enjoy a 2-hour visit of 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. You will 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.

2 Day Tour From Fes: Volubilis, Meknes & Chefchaouen

6. 2 Day Tour From Fes: Volubilis, Meknes & Chefchaouen

Day1: Fes, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, Meknes, Chefchaouen Starting with a pickup from your hotel, drive to Meknes to discover the monuments with your driver. Take a tour to see the ancient walls with monumental gates dating back to the 17th century. Learn about Bab Mansour, Bab Khemis, El Heri es-Souan, huge granaries and stables built by Moulay Ismail's and Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, Place-El-Hedim great monumental.   Have a break for lunch, then stop at Moulay Idris's, a city built by Moulay Idriss the first. Enjoy the panoramic view that surrounds this great place. Your last stop is Volubilis, where you can visit well preserved Roman ruins in North Africa, while learning about the historical and cultural Roman city with a local guide. Enjoy some free time to discover the place and capture photos. Then you will have a transfer to Chefchaouen for your night stay. Day 2: Chefchaouen Day Tour then Fes  Spend half a day exploring Chefchaouen as you please. You'll have free time to stroll the blue narrow alleys alone since the city is easy to navigate. Take this time time shop around for souvenirs. Then after lunch, you will be driven back to Fes and dropped off at your hotel or 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 Casablanca: Imperial Cities of Morocco 6-Day Tour

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

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, 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 - Meknes - 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, you'll be driven to the Berber town of Meknes. Explore the intricate gateways, beautiful gardens and at 40-meter high city wall. Next is 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 the Ouzoud Waterfalls. The beautiful drive will take you up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way, you'll make a short stop in Ifrane to enjoy a walk 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 to 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 break, 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.

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.

Fez: Guided Fez, Meknes, and Volibulis Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Meknes

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!

My parents were very happy with the visit! The driver was on top of the best and the various guides were very friendly! Thank you for the visit in French and if I can just give you some advice; adapt the walking pace for older people;) Another huge thank you for this day: D !!

Very excellent trip with competent and attentive guides listening to all our concerns. I warmly recommend guide Kalidh and driver Adnan

Very nice guide. He made us make a couple of stops along the way to buy local produce and see different views.

Volubilis was beautiful. Lovely day trip. Passionate guide in Meknes