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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 and Volubilis Tour from Fez
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
$40.00 per adult
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Very nice trip. I was picket up on...
Very nice trip. I was picket up on time in my Riad. The van was comfortable and the driver was very good, respecting the speed limits and not using his cellphone while driving, which is rare in Morocco. He did good stops in nice places to let us take pictures. The duration is enough to enjoy the best of Meknes and Volubilis. Recommend this trip !
Alexandre O, May 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Fez

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barbara e, Dec 2018
Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip from Fez
From the driver to our guidesWe had a great day and learned a lotHighly recommendedOur guide in Volubilis was very informative and knowledgable as was our guide in meknesWe loved it
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Loved the Roman ruins in Volubilis
Scenic46649815834, Jan 2019
One-Day Tour from Fez to Meknes and Volubilis
We had a great time on our tour of Meknes and Volubilis. Visiting the Roman ruins in Volubilis was one of the highlights of our 10-day trip to Morocco. Our guide Faoud was extremely helpful and flexible - his professionalism helped to make the most of this experience.
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Leeandkeeley, May 2019
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
Small group to Meknès and Volubillis. Meknès is ok Volubillis is great. Long day but good fun. Driver Abdullah was great. Very chilled couldn’t do enough for you.
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My guide could tell I was feeling...
cally h, Sep 2017
Full-Day Volubilis and Meknes Private Tour from Fez
My guide could tell I was feeling down that day so he bought me a chocolate bar to cheer me up. Then when we arrived back to Fez he even took the time to show me a few things I missed whilst there, so I wouldn't go home with a bad impression of the city. I am highly impressed. Great company to take a tour with. Definitely recommend!
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The trip overall was very...
John B, May 2017
Full-Day Volubilis and Meknes Private Tour from Fez
The trip overall was very interesting. Our driver, Isham, was very informative and respectful and happy to make as many stops as we required. He had a good knowledge of all the places we visited and passed this on in very good English. He did not take us to any stalls or shops and dropped us off at a square in Meknes for us to buy our lunch and look around for an hour.
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My guide/driver,Idris,was punctual...
Bariah Zaki, Oct 2017
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
My guide/driver,Idris,was punctual and welcoming. He's very knowledgable and because it was a very small group tour it was more private. There's no rush for anything even the drive around was smooth with the bumpy roads. I definitely recommend this tour fr a more private and understanding tour!
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We had a lovely day walking among...
Ashgiri, Mar 2018
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
We had a lovely day walking among the ruins of Volubilis. Wild flowers were in bloom and it was beautiful! It wouldve been nice to have a guide explain things. Our driver didnt have much to say and didnt take us to all the sites. He left us for a few hours in Meknès to walk around on our own. It was a pity that most of the sites were under construction, so we felt we had too much free time on our own!
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Excellent experience
aistelikestotravel, 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!
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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.
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Full day of sightseeing
wmhendrix, May 2019
Day Tour Casablanca to Fez with Volubilis Sightseeing
Overall, this trip was excellent. The driver was prompt and courteous. They did provide sights that you can't normally see and the tour guide at Fez was especially great--he grew up in the old town and could show us some nice back areas. We visited during Ramadan but they still had water and knew of restaurants for lunch (which was excellent). A few small items--you need to pay for the entrance to Volubilis (70MAD each) and they recommended a personal guide for an additional 200 MAD for the group. No one ever has change and this included the ticket booth here. Bring lots of small change! We also ran out of time and didn't get to see some of the optional sights but this was more our fault for sure. All in all, a great tour.
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We took this tour on 12/25/17 and it...
Tracey R, Dec 2017
Private Tour from Fez: Meknès and Roman Ruins of Volubilis
We took this tour on 12/25/17 and it was wonderful! Our driver, Hakim, arrived promptly yet was very patient about waiting for us to finish breakfast, which our riad served at the scheduled time of the tour. Our drive to Volubilis was very enjoyable with stops for scenic photos, wide-ranging conversation, and a breadth of musical choices. When we asked if it would be possible to stop for coffee, Hakim took us to a cafe with incredibly good coffee. Given our late start, and the fact that we had asked the tour operator to add a stop in Moulay Idriss, I am sure we threw off the schedule quite a bit, but neither Hakim nor the guide who met us later in Meknes Nourredine, if I am remembering correctly ever gave any hint that all was not well. Volubilis was interesting and we enjoyed exploring it on our own I am glad we were here in winter because it must be blazing hot in summer. After lunch in Moulay Idriss we met our guide in Meknes. His knowledge of Moroccan history was very deep, and he was able not only to tell us about the sites we visited, but also answer questions about the current and prior dynasties. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone spending time in Fez. It is well worth the cost to book the private tour, and if you are lucky you will have Hakim as your driver.
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Very nice trip. I was picket up on...
Alexandre O, May 2017
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
Very nice trip. I was picket up on time in my Riad. The van was comfortable and the driver was very good, respecting the speed limits and not using his cellphone while driving, which is rare in Morocco. He did good stops in nice places to let us take pictures. The duration is enough to enjoy the best of Meknes and Volubilis. Recommend this trip !

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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Wildcard

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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