Excursion to Volubilis and Meknes from Fes
Start your day with a pickup from your Fez accommodations at 9:00am. Then, head out to explore the ancient imperial city of Meknes, known as the “Versailles of Morocco”. See historical sites such as the impressive ramparts, monumental gates, and the Mausoleum Moulay Ismail. At its peak of glory, Meknes had over 50 palaces, 20 doors, and a city wall that measured around 45km.
Next, visit Volubilis, an areas consisting of impressive and well-preserved Roman ruins, not to mention spectacular mosaics. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most important Roman sites in North Africa.
Travel through the holy city of Moulay Idriss: It was here that Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam; and starting a new dynasty, In addition to founding the town named after him, he also initiated construction of Fez; continued later by his son, Moulay Idriss II.
The town is compact, and its narrow streets will feel familiar to anyone who has spent time in the medinas of other Moroccan cities. Just off the main square is the Mausoleum of Idriss I, a sacred destination that is open only to Muslims. It is said in Morocco that six pilgrimages to Moulay Idriss during the annual festival honoring the saint is equivalent to one Haj to Mecca. Also of note is the round minaret at another mosque in town, the only one in Morocco. The ruins of the Phoenician and Roman city of Volubilis are located 5 km away. Moulay Idriss I took many materials from here in order to build his town.
, perched dramatically against the slope of Mount Zerhon, and immerse yourself in the dramatic landscape of Morocco. Break for lunch whenever you prefer and at the end of your tour; head back to your Riad or Hotel in Fez. Finally end of our Excursion to Volubilis and Meknes from Fes.
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