From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip
- Pickup available
- Skip the line
- Duration: 1 day
per group up to 4
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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!
I took a walking tour of Meknes with the guide Rachid Ismaili. Rachid takes amazing pictures, the first shot was always perfect and the way I wanted it. The guide knew a lot about the city and explained a lot of details about the Jewish quarter, how the Royal Granary was working, the history with the Portuguese captive of the Kara Prison who built it, the different periods of the medinas (Berber medina, Anadalus medina, guided me to secret streets with hidden gems (amazing doors, etc) and explained me the different Souks. Bab Mansour was not illuminated by the sun in the morning (when our tour took place) and Rachid was willing to meet with me later in the late afternoon again so that I could get a perfect picture of Bab Mansour with great lighting, I really appreciated this.
The driver Mustafa was very careful. Very friendly, excellent person. The guide in Volubilis is very qualified and even tried to speak in Portuguese, since, coincidentally, we joined two more Brazilians on the tour. WE DO NOT LIKE being taken to a carpet store in Meknes without prior consultation. We had no interest in buying and it was a very embarrassing situation, with the seller presenting many products and offering / insisting that we buy. We spent a lot of time inside the store, unable to get out of the situation. It really was very unpleasant. Other than that, the tour was excellent, the visit to Volubilis surprising. An amazing place and I really recommend it.
The excursion was incredibly well organized by our driver Mustapha, who picked us up without problems. In addition Mustapha animated us well, it was interesting, we really had a nice meeting. The rest of the day was very good, and our other gides very friendly. To know not to be surprised: the entry for Volubilis is 70 dh / pers., The entry to visit the attic + stable is also 70 dh / pers. (but it is optional), we are taken to a restaurant (classic price) and tips for the guides must be provided. It's a day worth it, I recommend, especially since everyone is kind and very caring.
The day trip was great. Everything was on time, the minibus was comfortable and had excellent WiFi. We had the chance to stop a couple of times to see the view and take pictures. The tour of Volubilis was very informative and interesting, the guide was friendly and knew his stuff. The tour of Meknes was also great, our guide was very knowledgeable and honest about what was worth paying to visit and what was not. The overall experience was impeccable.