Volubilis

Volubilis: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

1. From Fes: Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip

Discover one of Morocco’s four imperial cities and the remains of the former capital of the kingdom of Mauretania on a full-day tour from Fes. Following a pickup from your hotel in Fes, enjoy an easy transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2000-year-old complex. Continue to Moulay Idriss to discover one of Morocco's holiest cities. Take a tour of the narrow streets of the compact town where Moulay Idriss I introduced the religion of Islam in 789 AD. Then, transfer to the city of Meknes, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement. Go into the Medina and see some of the monumental city gates and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Tour the city walls, and stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Art to see a wide variety of handicrafts. Before the afternoon transfer back to Fes.

From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

2. From Fez: Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip

Discover one of Morocco’s four imperial cities and the remains of the former capital of the kingdom of Mauretania on a full-day tour from Fez. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Fez, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2,000-year-old complex. Continue to Moulay Idriss to discover one of Morocco's holiest cities. Take a tour of the narrow streets of the compact town where Moulay Idriss I introduced the religion of Islam in 789 AD. Then, transfer to the city of Meknes, founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement. Go into the Medina and see some of the monumental city gates and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Tour the city walls, and stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Art to see a wide variety of handicrafts, before the afternoon transfer back to Fez.

From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss and Meknes Day Trip

3. From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss and Meknes Day Trip

Pick up at 10.00 am from your stay in Fez, In a comfortable – air-conditioned vehicle. On route stop to capture photos for a lifetime. In addition, enjoy cool air at Ain Lah, Royal family firm, Zagotta, attractive Dam ACHAHAD, and Rif mountain. Upon, arrival at the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Explore the remains of the 2,000-year-old complex and learn more about the historical, and cultural Roman city that looks at the ruins of the Arch of Caracalla, Basilica, and Capitoline Temple. Enjoy free time to discover a place on your way. After that, Continue to Moulay Idriss The holiest Islamic town, monument and mosque opened just for Muslims. But, it gives to visitors an excellent impression, just by taking a look at the hallway of the town. It’s a panoramic view. After that, watch the elongated square above us, the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia, and stroll between the labyrinth of clean alleyways. (Break for lunch ) Following lunch, start the Meknes city tour Go into the Medina. So as to, discover monumental city gates dating back to the XVII century. Such as Royal Palace, Berdaïne Bab, Bab Khemis, a famous gateway in north Africa Bab Mansour, and ornamental decorations of the Spanish-Moorish architecture. Moreover, stop at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, founder of the Alaouite dynasty and sultan when Meknes was the capital city. Generally, our tour will not be complete without a Visit to Place el Hadim, El Heri es-Souan huge granaries & stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers, and the Museum of Moroccan Art. At the end, of Meknes Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Day Trip back to Fez (drop off your stay in Fez).

From Rabat: Volubilis and Meknes Full-day Tour

4. From Rabat: Volubilis and Meknes Full-day Tour

After pickup from your hotel at 9:00, you will drive for 1.5 hours to reach the ancient city of Volubilis Sitting in the middle of a fertile plain, the ruined Roman city of Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Its most amazing features are the many beautiful mosaics preserved in situ, and it was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997. Enjoy a visit to this incredible ancient Roman city with its houses, baths, oilery, government buildings, and the scenic views it offers over the valley. Next, drive 40 minutes to  Meknes, where you will have a break for lunch. After lunch, explore the markets and narrow streets of the centuries-old Medina where you will visit Dar Jamaï Museum, built in 1882 by the powerful Jamaï family, two of whom were viziers to Sultan Moulay Al Hassan I, the palace building has been a museum since 1920. Its collection includes traditional ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and cedarwood craft. The Andalusian garden and courtyard are shady, peaceful spots dotted with orange trees. . You will also see the royal stables, the Bab Al Mansour Gate, and the main square. You will then be driven back to Rabat, where you will be dropped off around 6:30 PM.

From Casablanca: Imperial Cities of Morocco 6-Day Tour

5. From Casablanca: Imperial Cities of Morocco 6-Day Tour

Embark on a 6-day trip around Morocco and discover everything that the country has to offer. Depart from Casablanca and enjoy the unique opportunity to explore ancient cities, historic monuments, and natural landscapes. Enjoy accommodation in 4-star hotels and breakfasts included. Day 1: Casablanca Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will visit the city at 14h, including a visit to the Hassan II mosque, one of the world’s biggest mosques, as well as the districts of Sqala and Habous.  Day 2: Rabat - Volubilis The next morning you will journey to the capital of Morocco, Rabat. Visit the Royal Palace, the Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. After lunch, drive towards the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Dating back to AD 40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins in North Africa. You'll finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez. Day 3: Fez After breakfast, you will begin a guided tour of the Fes, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricate Berber carpets, and many other local crafts. For lunch, you may choose to eat in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina. After lunch, you will continue the tour to visit the King’s Palace and then the famous tanneries. Day 4: Ouzoud Waterfalls After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech via Ouzoud Waterfalls. The beautiful drive will take you up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech. Overnight stay in Marrakech. Day 5: Marrakech Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. You will then visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace. Then, experience traditional Arabic craftsmanship in the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders, these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. After lunch, you head to the Majorelle Gardens & Menara Garden. Day 6: Marrakech to Casablanca Transfer Your last day of travel will be in Marrakech. Free time will be given in the morning if you want to do some final shopping in Marrakech before being driven back to Casablanca in the afternoon.

From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss & Meknes Full-Day Trip

6. From Fez: Volubilis Moulay Idriss & Meknes Full-Day Trip

Get picked up from your hotel or riad at 10 AM in a comfortable, air-conditioned car. Drive through Ain Lah, Zagotta, the attractive Dam Achahad, and Rif mountains. Make several stops to enjoy the landscape, fresh air, and capture incredible photos. Arrive at Volubilis, the famous well-preserved Roman city. Learn about the history and culture of the Romans by exploring the ruins of the Arch of Caracalla, Basilica, and the Capitoline Temple. Spend some free time to stroll around on your own and capture more amazing photos. Hop back into the car, and drive towards your next stop, the holy Islamic town in Moulay-Idriss. Find out how this settlement was built by Moulay Idriss I. Admire the panoramic views, elongated squares, and the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia as you stroll through a labyrinth of clean alleyways. Next, continue on to Meknes where you will stop for lunch in a local restaurant. After you've eaten, start your tour of Meknes. See the ancient city walls and monumental gates which date back to the 17th-century. Admire the Royal Palace, Berdaïne Bab, and Bab Khemis. Then head over to the Africa Bab Mansour and El Heri es-Souan, huge granaries and stables built by Moulay Ismail's soldiers. Make a stop in the Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, which for a long time was the only mosque which non-Muslims were allowed to visit in Morocco. Visit the Place-El-Hedim monument before making your return trip back to Fez where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Private Transfer from fez to Rabat or from Rabat to Fes

7. Private Transfer from fez to Rabat or from Rabat to Fes

This private transfer from Fez to Rabat is an ideal way to travel in fantastic conditions in a comfortable, luxurious, air-conditioned vehicle. Throughout your experience you will be driven by an experienced, licensed, and professionally trained driver from Morocco. Your driver will be on hand to show you the paths, roads, and alleys of this most-beautiful country, Morocco. Your trip will last about 2 to 3 hours and will take you through some of Morocco's most famous imperial cities. You'll pass by sites such as the Roman Volubilis, which is a famous attraction for tourists from around the world. Later, discover Meknes, the capital Ismaili, where some of most interesting sights exist. Upon your arrival in Rabat, the political and diplomatic capital of Morocco, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation.

Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

8. Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

Embark on a 7-day journey to the majestic Imperial Cities of Marrakech. Join a guided trip with accommodation and breakfast included and gasp at imposing monuments, medieval ruins, and mesmerizing waterfalls. Enjoy insightful tours of every location you visit. Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech. transfer to hotel Upon arrival, the staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech. You will check in to your hotel. Day 2: Marrakech city tour Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Saadian tombs and the Bahia palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship in the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. After lunch, head to Majorelle gardens, where the morning light illuminates the vibrant colors of the architecture, set vividly against the lush green vegetation. Continue to Menara garden for a stroll through the peaceful site. Day 3: Marrakech to Casablanca After breakfast, leave Marrakech behind and head to the coastal city of Casablanca. We'll have a day of sightseeing. Walk around the Habous district, where the small squares and narrow arcade streets provide a fine example of contemporary city planning mixed with the maze-like streets of the traditional medina. Visit the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral and the famous Hassan II Mosque to experience two religious epicenters of the city. Day 4: Casablanca to Fez via Rabat & Volubilis Enjoy a tour of the old city including visits to the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. After lunch, drive to the ancient roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez. Day 5: Fez city tour After breakfast, begin your guided tour of the Fes medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Visit Foundouk Najjarine, which houses the ‘museum of wooden arts and crafts. Visit the Qaraouiyine Mosque, which is both a university and a mosque situated in the heart of the medina. Day 6: Fes to Marrakech via Ouzoud Waterfalls After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech via Ouzoud waterfalls. The beautiful drive will take you up into the middle atlas mountains and along the base of the high atlas mountains. Enjoy a walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech. Overnight in Marrakech. Day 7: Departure from Marrakech Your last day of travel will be in Marrakech and you will be transferred to the airport for departure.

Fes: Day Trip to Meknes Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

9. Fes: Day Trip to Meknes Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

Your tour will begin as you are picked up at 10.00AM from your accommodation in Fes. From there you will start driving through the magnificent changing landscapes of the Moroccan countryside. Your first stop will be to the mesmerizing Chahed River, a beautiful landscape with captivating views. From there you will advance towards Volubilis, the ancient Roman Ruins which date back to the 3rd century B.C. Once there you will be able to glimpse the old Roman Empire, and admire the captivating architecture and majestic designs while taking some pictures of Arch of Caracalla. Your second stop will be to Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, a sacred little village in which you can enjoy some free time to go into the deep history of the beautiful town, the home of Idriss I. He was the first Moroccan ruler, and was the one who brought Islam to Morocco. Here you will be able to walk through the ancient windy streets whilst admiring the beautiful architecture. Afterwards, you will explore "Meknes", whose historical 17th-century heritage provides the perfect location to enjoy a tour through the old city to discover the huge walls of the old Medina and see the most breathtaking handicrafts and traditional small shops. Next, you will discover the fascinating gate of Bab El Mansour, a magnificent gateway which is well preserved with lavish "zellige" (Moroccan mosaic tile work). In addition, you will visit Moulay Ismail’s shrine to receive an insight into his interesting life and everlasting achievements. You will also visit fascinating historical sites, such as the Mausoleum and the Rouah, as well as the royal stables (which hold over 12,000 horses). You will later explore Place el-Hedim, which is a central pedestrian square in the Medina. Following an unforgettable tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Fes.

From Fez: Volubilis and Meknes Day Trip

10. From Fez: Volubilis and Meknes Day Trip

Start your guided tour with pickup from your accommodations in Fez. Discover the archeological ruins of Volubilis and the Meknes Medina with its famous historical gates. Stop at Volubilis first and discover the incredible ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage site, as your guide tells you the history of this beautiful place. Next, proceed to the city of Meknes, one of the four Moroccan imperial cities, also know as the Ismaili city of Morocco. Inside the medina alleys, discover the famous Bab Khmiss and El Mansour gates. The gates are amazing examples of Islamic architecture. Finish your tour with drop-off back at your accommodations.

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What people are saying about Volubilis

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4.4 / 5

based on 232 reviews

Volubilis is absolutely stunning!! Words can't describe the amazing mosaics that are still intact and the magnificent ruins. We soend an hour but we'd have prefer to stay longer. The second stop was the village of Moulay Zerhoun which we found not interesting, except for the view from the mountain. The last stop is Meknes. Do not miss the mausoleum! The architecture is fascinating. Most of the attractions are under renovation till 2023. We felt lucky to have Athmane as our guide for the day. He is knowledgeable, listens well and he answered all our questions. Thank you very much!

Our tour was excellent from start to finish. Our driver, Mustafa, was very welcoming and spoke excellent English. He answered any questions we had. Our guide at the Roman ruins was also name Mustafa, and was also very good. He explained the history and was very knowledgeable. In Meknes our guide was Rashid. He was wonderful. He knew everything about everything. He took his time and answered our questions. We would want all the same people for any future trips.

We really liked this tour as it was not too far from Fez. It was really interesting but definitely choose the option to include the guide. You will get a guide for Volubilis and another one for Meknes. If you don't, you will have to pay for a guide over there, so it might be mkre complicated. We wouldn't have learned about a lot of things if we didn't have a guide. Definitely recommend it!

It has been an amazing day! Since tour started until the end, it was such an amazing experience. The driver Tabi guided us making the day better. I was wondered because he explained using either French, English or Spanish. He took care of us and gave an extra mile. Both cities were amazing as well.

Volubilis was fascinating and the guide essential to make the most of the visit. Meknes was a little bit of repetition after the day guided tour of Fez. Rashid, our guide was knowledgeable and helpful.