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Ave Moulay Ismail, Meknes, Morocco

The basics

Just an hour’s drive from Fez, Meknes is often overshadowed by its older, larger sibling. Yet Moulay Ismail’s grand projects still shine, from mosques and palaces to a vast granary and royal stables with space for 12,000 horses. Hotels in Meknes span the gamut from opulent riad courtyard homes to simple guesthouses, but many travelers prefer to base out of Fez.

Most day trips from Fez include the UNESCO-listed ruins of Roman Volubilis, 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Meknes, often with Moulay Idriss, a sacred Islamic city less than 10 minutes by car from Volubilis.

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Small-Group Full-Day Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoun Tour from Fez
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoun Tour from Fez
$35.00 per adult
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Amazing experience
Our guide was awesome! He was great with my kids, and kept them engaged and interested. He knew everything about Morocco and Fes and was a true expert. This was our favorite tour, and would definitely recommend to others!! 10/10 experience!!
Debra_d, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Fez

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The tour is great...
Francisco_G, Mar 2022
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoun Tour from Fez
The tour is great (driver, car, etc) but the main points of interest in Meknes are currently under maintenance, so it doesn't worth the trip to there.
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Great experience
Ayman_S, May 2022
Day trip Meknes, Volubilis, and Moulay Idriss
We had a great experience. Driver was very nice, gave us some information along the way and was very patient and flexible in terms of time spent at each location and where we wanted to go. His driving was calm and safe as well. Would recommend.
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Amazing ruins!
Gisela_O, Apr 2022
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoun Tour from Fez
The first stop was Volubilis - here you have to pay 70 DH for the entrance fee, and you get a free tour guide for the ruins! Particularly for our case, the guide we found wasn't waiting for us - I stayed behind to take pictures and he just left, so be prepared to not take too many pictures or skipping parts of the tour! Alternatively, while in the oratorium I met a security agent - Fouad Bach - who was super super nice and even helped me with a whole photo shoot, since I was travelling solo and needed someone to take a picture! Of course I only asked for one quick picture and he took 20 minutes out of his day, so so nice! After Volubilis (you get an hour and a half there) we went to Moulay Idriss. We didn't stop there for much, just to get a picture from above the town, and then we went to Meknès. In Meknès we had an amazing tour guide that walked us around the Medina and took us to eat at a place called Aisha (super good food!) The issue with Meknès is that it is under restoration right now - our tour guide said they expect them to finish by December 2022, so a lot of things are covered up (like the main gate). Other than that, Meknès was really nice, and the driver and guide were really attentive!
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Roman ruins fun
Michael_F, Nov 2021
day trip to Meknes & Volubilis&holly moulay driss
We loved Volubilis especially. The Roman ruins were incredible. Sami made the trip easy and comfortable and took care of all our needs.
star-5
Excellent tour and experience
KiTorres, Nov 2019
Fez to Meknes,Moulay Idriss & Volubilis Day Trip
The guide and rider was very friendly and explained us me the history of the city. It was an excellent experience and I really recommend.
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Amazing hospitality
789ElLie3456, Sep 2019
Funky-Small-Group From Fes to Volubilis (MEKNES AND MOLAY DRISS ZARHOUN)
The tour does not include any guide. But the driver Mustapha is great. The organiser, Ahmed, is amazing. They check on your well-being often and prioritise customers needs.
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One word: “perfect”
Yuichi_I, Feb 2020
Fez to Meknes,Moulay Idriss & Volubilis Day Trip
We travelled with two other tourists from Europe. Departure:9:00 (On the way, we stopped by the lake to take photos) Volubilis:10:30-12:00 Moulay Idris:12:30-14:30 (Lunch at a local restaurant, 60-80 Dhs pp) Meknes: 15:00-17:45(90min. Free time) Return:19:00 *Our driver, Abdullah, was so helpful that we were able to spend extra time. (Comments in Japanese) ドライバーの方の性格や、一緒に参加するお客さんによって各地点の滞在時間は変わると思います。私たちを案内してくれたドライバーさんはとても親切にしてくれました。 [チップについて] ツアーの人数次第ですが、私たちは二人で20ドルお渡ししました。ちなみに現地でツアーに申し込むとひとり35ユーロのようです(入場料、ランチ、チップ除く)
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Nice day exploring Volubilis with free time in the Meknes medina
Wendy_A, Mar 2022
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Zerhoun Tour from Fez
This tour was a great way to avoid the hassle of trying to find transportation to Volubilis and Meknes. It’s more of a private car than a guided tour (you buy your Volubilis entry ticket for 70dh at the site, and you can hire a guide there if desired. I had 1.5 hours there to look around, which was just enough — it’s a big place!). Moulay Idriss is a brief panoramic stop, and then there is a 35 minute drive to Meknes. I had about 2 hours to spend in the Meknes medina. It’s a small local medina (not the hustle and bustle of Fes) so I spent an hour having a nice leisurely lunch. The hotel pickup/drop off is good, the pace of the day was perfect (9-5), and overall I would recommend it!
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Things to know before you go

  • Moulay Ismail built his imperial city on a grand scale, so walking tours are not an option. Look for a tour that includes transport.
  • Meknes is stroller-friendly. Some kids will enjoy the underground dungeons, vast stables, and the chance to ride in a caléche horse carriage.
  • Driving tours in adapted vehicles can provide a good sense of the key Meknes sights. While the city is reasonably flat, there are few accessible hotel rooms or accessible bathrooms and sights are generally not adapted. Look for tours tailored for travelers who use wheelchairs.
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How to get there

Meknes sits about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Fez in northern Morocco. Regular trains link the two cities in just over half an hour. The station is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of historic Meknes: Catch a bus to El Hedim Square (Lahdim Square) by the Bab Mansour Gate.

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When to get there

Meknes is the least busy of all the imperial cities and has a relatively mellow climate by Moroccan standards. If possible, time your visit to catch sunset in El Hedim Square: the Bab Mansour Gate glows in a wealth of colors.

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Morocco’s Imperial Cities

The term “imperial cities” means Morocco’s former royal capitals: Fez, Meknes, Rabat, and Marrakech. All four are UNESCO-listed and all have their own individual charm. Fez’s appeal lies in the narrow, winding streets of its medieval medina (walled city); Marrakech highlights include tombs, palaces, and gardens; while Rabat, today’s capital, blends old and new to magical effect.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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