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Marvelous Fes Day Trip to Meknes, Moulay Idriss, Volubilis

The Best Day Trip from Fes to Meknes, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss

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Starting time

Around 08:00 am

Tour’s Duration

One Day

Ending Location


Overview of the Fes Day Trip to Visit Meknes, Volubilis, and Moulay Idriss

Meknes, Morocco’s first Islamic city and second imperial city, will be your destination after your professional driver picks you up in an air-conditioned vehicle. Since it served as the kingdom’s capital and was ruled by a strongman. The most significant Meknes landmarks, including Calais Dar El Makhzen, Bab Mansour, Bab El Berdaine, Bab El Khémis, the Sidi Sad mosque, Jardin Lahboul, and Golf Royal, will be revealed to you with the assistance of your knowledgeable driver.

To learn more about the culture of the community, try some of the food. The best-preserved Berber-Roman ruins in North Africa are at Volubilis, so get back in the car and head there. The collapse of the Temple of Capitoline, the Arch of Caracalla, and the Basilica provide insight into the old Berber-Roman city that once stood here. After discovering Volubilis, your final stop of the day will be Moulay Idriss, who once challenged the Muslim Empire’s supreme leader in the eighth century but fled to Morocco after losing. Even though non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, just by looking at this hallway, you get a great impression of it! Your tour ends at your Fes hotel.

Information you must know about the 3 amazing attractions: Meknes, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss

What to do and visit in Meknes

Meknes, located in the center of Morocco, is a historic city known for its rich cultural heritage and architectural wonders. It was once the capital of Morocco during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail in the 17th century. Here are some of the top attractions to visit in Meknes:

  1. Bab Mansour: This grand city gate is a magnificent entrance to the old medina of Meknes. Built-in the 18th century, Bab Mansour is known for its impressive architecture, intricate tilework, and ornate decorations. It is considered one of the finest examples of Moorish-Andalusian architecture in Morocco.
  2. Place El-Hedim: Located adjacent to Bab Mansour, Place El-Hedim is the main square of Meknes. This bustling square is lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, offering a lively atmosphere. It’s a great place to relax, enjoy a cup of mint tea, and observe the local life.
  3. Heri es-Souani: This massive granary and royal stables complex was constructed during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail. It is an impressive architectural marvel, featuring huge vaulted halls and underground cisterns that stored grains and food supplies. Exploring the ruins gives a glimpse into the grandeur and scale of Sultan Moulay Ismail’s empire.
  4. Moulay Ismail Mausoleum: Pay a visit to the final resting place of Sultan Moulay Ismail, located near Bab Mansour. The mausoleum is an important pilgrimage site and a beautiful example of Moroccan architecture. Its green-tiled roof and intricate zellij (mosaic) work make it a visually striking monument.
  5. Dar Jamai Museum: Housed in a restored 19th-century palace, the Dar Jamai Museum is a treasure trove of Moroccan art and artifacts. It showcases a collection of traditional costumes, ceramics, jewelry, carpets, and woodwork, providing insights into Moroccan craftsmanship and cultural heritage.
  6. Volubilis: While not within Meknes city limits, a visit to the nearby ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis is highly recommended. Just a short drive away, Volubilis boasts impressive Roman architecture, including well-preserved mosaics, temples, and villas. Exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site offers a fascinating glimpse into Morocco’s Roman past.
  7. Royal Stables of Moulay Ismail: These stables are a testament to the grandeur of Sultan Moulay Ismail’s reign. The massive complex housed thousands of horses, along with their caretakers. Although the stables are now in ruins, you can still appreciate their vastness and imagine the splendor they once held.
  8. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun: Located near Meknes, the town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is an important pilgrimage site and the burial place of Moulay Idriss I. Visiting this holy town allows you to explore its narrow streets, witness its spiritual atmosphere, and learn more about the religious significance of Moulay Idriss.

Meknes offers a captivating blend of historical sites, vibrant markets, and architectural gems. Its rich history and cultural heritage make it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking to explore Morocco’s imperial past and experience the authentic Moroccan way of life.

Volubilis: Explore the Exiting Roman Heritage of Morocco

Volubilis is an ancient Roman city located near Meknes, a historic city in Morocco. This archaeological site is a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of the region. Once a bustling Roman settlement, Volubilis now stands as a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular destination for history enthusiasts and tourists alike.

Dating back to the 3rd century BCE, Volubilis was originally a Carthaginian trading post before becoming a Roman city in the 1st century CE. It thrived as an important administrative and economic center, known for its prosperous olive industry and strategic location on the trade routes that connected Morocco to the rest of the Roman Empire.

One of the striking features of Volubilis is its remarkably well-preserved ruins. Walking through the site, visitors can explore the remains of grand Roman buildings, including palaces, houses, public baths, and a basilica. The intricate mosaic floors, depicting mythological scenes, daily life, and intricate patterns, are some of the most impressive and well-preserved in North Africa. These mosaics provide a glimpse into the artistic and cultural sophistication of the city during its heyday.

The Triumphal Arch, standing proudly at the entrance of Volubilis, is one of the most iconic structures in the archaeological site. It was erected to commemorate Emperor Caracalla’s victories and serves as a reminder of the Roman influence and grandeur that once dominated the city.

The Decumanus Maximus, the main street of Volubilis, runs through the heart of the site, lined with ruins of houses and shops. The street offers a sense of the city’s layout and the daily life of its inhabitants. Exploring the residential quarters, visitors can see the remains of ancient villas, complete with courtyards, intricate mosaics, and remnants of thermal heating systems.

From the elevated parts of Volubilis, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, including the fertile plains and the distant Atlas Mountains. These scenic vistas add to the allure of the site, making it a truly captivating destination.

While exploring Volubilis, it’s advisable to take a guided tour or hire a local guide who can provide valuable insights into the history and significance of the ruins. They can bring the site to life by sharing stories and anecdotes about the people who once lived in this ancient city.

Volubilis stands as a remarkable testament to the Roman presence in North Africa and offers a captivating glimpse into Morocco’s ancient past. Its well-preserved ruins, stunning mosaics, and panoramic views make it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Moulay Idriss Zarhoun: Experience Relaxing in a Holy Town

Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is a small town located in the region of Meknes, Morocco, just a short distance from the ancient city of Volubilis. Named after the revered Moroccan saint, Moulay Idriss I, the town holds great religious and historical significance. Here are some of the notable attractions and sights to see in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun:

  1. Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss I: The mausoleum is the most important site in the town and is considered a sacred place for Muslims. It houses the tomb of Moulay Idriss I, who is credited with bringing Islam to Morocco. Non-Muslims are not allowed inside the mausoleum but can admire its beautiful exterior and experience the spiritual atmosphere surrounding it.
  2. Rooftop Views: Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is nestled on a hillside, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Take a walk through the town’s narrow streets and make your way to one of the rooftop terraces. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking vistas of the town’s white houses, the green hills, and the nearby valleys.
  3. Exploring the Medina: The medina of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is small but charming. Wander through the narrow alleys and discover the local way of life. The medina is filled with traditional shops, cafes, and small squares where you can soak in the authentic Moroccan ambiance.
  4. Bab Boujloud: This gate is the entrance to the medina and serves as a landmark in the town. Its impressive architecture and colorful tiles make it a popular spot for taking photos and enjoying the local atmosphere.
  5. Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II: Located just outside the medina, the Zaouia is a religious complex dedicated to Moulay Idriss II, the son of Moulay Idriss I. It consists of a mosque, a madrasa (Islamic school), and a mausoleum. The complex offers a peaceful and serene environment for contemplation and prayer.
  6. Local Cuisine: Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is known for its traditional Moroccan cuisine, and it’s a great place to sample local dishes. Be sure to try out some of the authentic Moroccan tagines, couscous, and pastries available in the town’s restaurants and cafes.
  7. Day Trip to Volubilis: Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is conveniently located near the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Consider taking a day trip to explore the well-preserved ruins of Volubilis, with its impressive mosaics and architectural remnants. The site offers a fascinating glimpse into Morocco’s Roman past and complements the historical significance of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun.

Moulay Idriss Zerhoun offers a unique blend of religious and historical attractions, providing visitors with an opportunity to delve into the spiritual and cultural heritage of Morocco. Whether you’re exploring the medina, visiting the mausoleum, or enjoying the stunning views, the town offers a serene and authentic Moroccan experience.

Tour Include :

  • English-speaking driver
  • Private 4×4 with AC

Not included :

  • Flight ticket
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • What is not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance to the monument

All the above-mentioned are not included in the price.

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