Meknes, Volubilis, Excursion



Fes guide proposes a very interesting day tour, “Meknes, Volubilis, Excursion” from Fes.  You will enjoy a calm day far from the crowd of the noisy city. Also, you will discover the history of the previous ancient capital city of Morocco.


We will pick you up from your accommodation at 8:30. The first station is the reservoir of water, famous for its green spaces. We will have a break there and enjoying the Moroccan Tea.
The Following station would be the Archeological site of Volubilis, where we will have a 1h30min to explore the charming surrounding in a guided tour into history.
Next, we will visit Moulay Idriss, an urban commune of the prefecture of Meknes, named after the person who brought Islam to Morocco. Has a great religious value. We will have a break of 30 min there for a lunch, and to explore the surrounding views.
Afterward, we will continue to discover the panoramic views of Meknes city. Through this excursion, we will explore the most remarkable monuments of Meknes City.


First, Bab Lakhmis is a great gate decorated with diverse carvings of colorful gypsum.  The second monument would be the Jewish quarter “Malleh”.
later, we will stop by Sehrij Swani, was a water reservoir, built by Moulay Idriss for watering his gardens. But now it is a decorative green space where tourists and locals enjoy the refreshing atmosphere.
The next masterpiece would be the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail where is the final resting place of the sultan who made Meknes the capital city during the 17th century, you will be amazed by the architecture.
Then, we will visit Prison “Kara”, was built by Moulay Idriss. Our journey will be ended by visiting Bab El Mansour, is considered as the biggest door in the world, and was built by the last ruler of Meknes Moulay Ismail.
Our day tour has come to its end, we will go back to Fes through the highway, which will take only 45 min.
If you are planning to make an ancient historical cultural tour, book “Volubilis, Meknes excursion” and be a part of a mind-blowing journey.

Tour Includes:

  • Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • Professional English/French Speaking Driver
  • Entrance Fees to historical sites

Pick up

Our English/French speaking driver will pick you up at your accommodation, train station or airport in a comfortable vehicle.

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1) Departure from Fez

We will pick you up at your hotel or riad at the morning, Drive to Meknes wich is one hour away by
car. Getting through peaceful fields in the Middle Atlas .

2) Visit Bab Mansour

Sight at the center of the old city, at the entrance of the old medina.
The ruler Moulay Ismail built this fascinating gate.
The zerij mozaics are amaizing, One of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

3) Visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

Most of the mosques and mausoleums are not open to non Muslims in Morocco, and this is one of
the exceptions.
The courtyard is so quiet, you’ll instantly understand that you entered a very sacred place.
The Coffin room is prohibited to enter but the entrance room is definitely the highlight of this
Enjoy the beauty of the Islamic architecture!

4) Drive to Moulay Idriss, walk in the city

Moulay Idriss was once a rival for the ruler of the Muslim Empire in the 8th century and fled to
Morocco after being defeated.
He established his dynasty here and that’s the beginning of the Islam in Morocco.
The Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss is not open to non Muslims, but it still gives you a great impression
just by looking at that hallway .

5) Visit Volubilis

The Roman ruin Volubilis is 10 to 15 minutes drive away from Moulay Idriss.
It is said that Moulay Ismail brought the stones from here to build the Meknes city and many of the
Roman buildings were destroyed.
Still, you can see the pillars of temples and beautiful Mosaic on the floor.
This place is also the UNESCO World Heritage site.

6) Get Back to hotel