Meknes & Volubilis One Day Tour

If you have time in Fez, why not visiting Meknes and Volubilis for a day? Meknes was once a capital of the kingdom of Morocco, a powerful leader Moulay Ismail ruled the city. Volubilis is one of the most well preserved Roman ruins in the North Africa, floor mosaics are famous here. And Moulay Idriss is the Morocco’s first Islamic city, still surrounded by a sacred atmosphere.

1) Departure from Fez

We’ll pick you up at your hotel or riad in the morning,
Drive to Meknes, one hour away by car. Getting through peaceful fields in the Middle Atlases.

2) Visit Bab Mansour

Right 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.

Bab Mansour in Meknes

The facade of of Bab Mansour

Bab Mansour in Meknes

“Mansour” is the name of the architect, who converted from Christianity to Islam,

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.

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail in Meknes

Entering the courtyard of the Mausoleum

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail in Morocco

Zerij mosaics on the wall is magnificent.

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

It’s said the body is inside the coffin.

The coffin room is prohibited to enter but the entrance room is definitely the highlight of this mausoleum. 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.

Moulay Idriss

The entrance. Non muslims can’t go further.

The Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss is not open to non Muslims, but it still gives you a great impression just by looking at this hallway!

5) Lunch at a local restaurant

6) 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.

Volubilis in Morocco

Temple of Jupiter. The highest god in the ancient Roman myth.

Volubilis in Morocco

Basilica walls are one of the highlights of the visit.

Volubilis in Morocco

Mosaics on the floors are something you should not miss.

7) Back to hotel

Transfer back to your hotel or riad in Fez.

For price and bookings:

Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

by Morocco Desert Palm Tours

English: Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif

English: Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moulay Idriss (Morocco

Moulay Idriss (Morocco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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  2. Thanks! We hope more people will visit Meknes!

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