Day trip to Volubilis and Meknes from Fes

Day trip to Volubilis and Meknes from Fes

Departure from your accommodation to site of Volubilis, the charming whitewashed hill town of Moulay Idriss and the imperial city of Meknes. Original Morocco Tours at your service.

Once occupied by the Romans, Volubilis has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and gained international acclaim when Martin Scorsese made it a feature location for his film, The Last Temptation of Christ. Begin your visit by discovering the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. The ruins are spread out across several acres and what remains visible is several fragments of wall, parts of massive columns, the capitol, the basilica and a triumphal arch.

You can view how the Roman Empire transformed the original Carthaginian settlement into a typical Roman city complete with mansions, a town center, a triumphal arc and temples devoted to the Roman gods.

As you walk along the fertile lands of the province your guide will explain how natural commodities such as grain and olive oil were exported to Rome. Volubilis once functioned as a final stop of the Roman imperial roads that went across France, Spain, down Morocco’s northern city of Tangier and eventually into Volubilis.

 

After lunch at one of  Moulay Idriss famous local restaurants, we will take you briefly through the town. You can stand on one of the twin hills of Moulay Idriss.

Then we will take the road to Meknes. First we will pass through the triumphal arch. Standing at sixteen meters high with an eight meter long arch, the intricately patterned triumphal arch is argued to be the most beautiful in Morocco. Pass under the arches framed by protruding towers and enter Place El-Hedime (Square of Ruins) which links the medina and the kasbah. The square is lined with modern residential buildings and a covered food souk (market).

Visit the palaces and mosques located within the heart of Ksar Dar el-Kebira, the heart of the Imperial city. Dar el-Keibra is also visited for the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Featuring a suite of three rooms, twelve columns and a sanctuary hosting the tyrannical sultan, the tombs are reminiscent of the Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh.

Next, drive to see Koubba el-Khayatine and Habs Qara, an imperial pavilion that once received diplomats who came to negotiate the ransom of Christian prisoners. Behind the pavilion is Habs Qara, a former Christian prison, then back to your Hotel/Riad in Fez.

Services included

  • Pick up and drop off  in your accommodation.
  • 1 day exclusive services of a Landcruiser 4wd or Mini-bus.
  • 1 day service of an English local guide.

Services NOT included

  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance/Activity Fees 

Before we start, let’s have a tea…

... to start our route together

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