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The Basics

In the 3rd-century BC, Volubilis was a Carthaginian administrative center of the kingdom of Mauretania, whose prominence depended on the grain and olive oil exported to Rome. These days, the remains of defensive stone walls still surround the settlement and its smattering of buildings, temples, olive mills, and the highlight—the exquisite floor mosaics in Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, built to commemorate the death of the Roman Emperor.

Travelers may explore the ruins of Volubilis as part of a full-day or multi-day, private or group, tour that incorporates the most noteworthy and popular attractions of nearby Meknes and Fez and posts farther afield.

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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
$38.00 per adult
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The tour is great...
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.
Francisco_G, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Fez

star-5
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.
star-4
Good Driver, no guide provided
rstrittmatter, Apr 2022
Volubilis and Meknes day trip from Fez
Driss was our driver an was great. He was friendly and a good driver. However, he is not a guide. We hired for an english speaker but communication was limited. Would use again, but feel the advertisement should be a bit clearer. We really enjoyed Volibulus but had to cut Meknes short as my wife fell ill.
star-5
Absolutely recommended- great company and amazing wonders
EunJi_L, May 2022
private Day trip from Fez to Volubilis and Meknes (without shopping)
We spent the day with our driver Mo, who drove us to Volubilis & Meknes, and made sure we were having a good time from start to finish. He was wonderful and made the experience worth every penny spent. Mo met with us at our Riad and drove us first to Volubilis through the beautiful route along the olive farms with the view of the Rif mountain range. Even though he is not an official guide, he shared with us his knowledge and his own experiences of the Fes-Volubilis-Meknes area in a informative yet the most humble way, referring us to official local guides and resources for more elaborate information. We appreciated that he was not only available to us as a driver, but as an amazing company during our journey. Volubilis was a complete wonder, and although Meknes was mostly under reconstruction, Mo did everything to make sure we did not miss anything that’s worthwhile amongst the places that are still open in Meknes. As advertised, shopping is not a part of this trip! Though, one of the cool things to see in Meknes is the crafting of iron objects with silver etching/engraving, and the process is demonstrated in a shop. While it did involve a somewhat unexpected stop at the shop, witnessing the process was worthwhile, and we were not pressured to purchase anything. As someone who is not comfortable with social pressure, I liked that this tour was oriented around experiencing culture. At the end of our trip, the manager spoke with us to make sure that everything went well during the trip, and we were able to feel that customer care is important for the agency. Again I want to give a shout-out to Mo for the trip and I hope he enjoyed our company too.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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)
star-5
Excellent experience
Aiste_D, Jan 2020
Private Day Tour to Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss from Fez
An excellent tour! Our driver, Aziz, was very professional, punctual, friendly and gave us useful information along the way. We were mainly interested in visiting Volubilis, so we preferred to spend more time there and less in the other sites; that's why it was great to have the flexibility of a private tour. Volubilis is quite big, so if you're a fan of ancient Roman history, you should definitely go for a private tour. It was very useful to have a local guide in Volubilis (included in the price), as there is not much information, but after the guide finished his tour, we stayed for some extra time to wander around by ourselves. After visiting Volubilis, we passed by Moulay Idriss, without stopping in the town itself (doesn't seem like there's much to see there) but only to take panoramic pictures of it, and then we had a few hours for a lunch and leisurely stroll in Meknes; most of the market stalls in the Medina were closed, as it was Friday, but we visited a beautiful madrasa and saw the impressive city gate. All in all, it was a great tour, with interesting sites (Volubilis definitely being the highlight), and a friendly and knowledgeable driver; highly recommended!
star-4
Very Nice Tour
Trek60508506494, Jun 2019
Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip from Fez
The tour had a lot of driving, but the fields were very pretty with agriculture growing. The drive was broken up by rest stops and pretty views. We had Mustafa as our guide at Volubilis and he was a bit annoyed at us taking pictures and was upset when people did not listen to exactly what he was say. Overall though very informative. Then we went to Meknes and the restaurant had very good food, but was not included in the tour and a bit expensive. Amin was our guide and we went around the city. Not too too much to see, but there were some nice historical areas.
star-4
Volubilis deserves its own tour
Kevin E, Nov 2019
Volubilis Meknes Day Trip
Volubiis is amazing! We spent 2 hours there, but could have stayed there twice as long. Lots of signs to explain things, so guide probably not necessary. Rest of trip a little hitand-miss. Passed an ancient Muslim villagem but non Muslims aren't allowed o enter, so we missed a couple of hings we'd hoped o see. When we got back to Fes, we contacted the man who runs the how in Fes and he showed up personally to meet with us and try to set hings right. He ended up providing a ride to and from the centre of LaVille Nouvlle for us and on the wy back mad acouple detours to show us something we hadn't seen before. This guy bent over backwards to keep his clients happy.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families with small children (there is a children’s playground).
  • Admission is about $1; bring Moroccan Dirhams to pay.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and beware uneven steps; this is not a wheelchair-friendly site.
  • Remember sun protection and water for hydration, especially in the summer.
  • The ruins are visible from the nearby holy town, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun.
  • Climb the 13 steps at the Capitoline Temple to a raised platform surrounded by massive Corinthian columns.
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How to Get There

Volubilis is about a 30-minute drive north of Meknes, near the religious city of Moulay Idriss. Most travelers go to the ruins as part of a tour, though they are easy to reach by driving or a combination of a train and a taxi Meknes or Fez. Both the trains and taxis are easy to arrange and quite inexpensive. The train from Fez to Meknes takes less than one hour and leaves hourly.

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When to Get There

Volubilis is in the Middle Atlas Region, which is lovely year-round, but especially in the spring when the weather is perfect and wildflowers cover the hills a kaleidoscope of colors. Summers are very hot, and while winters are termerate, it can get quite rainy. Come to Fez in April for the Sufi Music & Cultural Festival or in May for the Festival of World Sacred Music. From Casablanca, driving and taking the train both take about 3 hours.

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Visit Moulay Idriss Zerhoun

Across two pretty hills in a gorgeous valley is Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, considered to be the holiest city in Morocco. It was here that Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the Islam religion and the dynasty that would lead to the founding of Morocco. Climb to the top of the mosque tower for a view of the pretty town and score the valley to Volubilis.

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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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