Welcome to Moulay Idriss


Moulay Idriss’ holy status kept it closed to non-Muslims until 1912, and it wasn't until 2005 that non-Muslims were allowed to stay overnight in the town. Its previous inaccessibility has helped protect the town's peaceful way of life, and those who do stay are invariably charmed. Appealing local guesthouses cater to visitors, and while it's no longer a safe haven from Morocco's dreaded tourist touts, it's still a relaxed place with a centre free of carpet shops.


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$114.17 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Volubilis and Meknes Private Tour from Fez

After a morning pick up at your hotel in Fez, you will hit the road heading west. You decide which route is taken: the highway, or the scenic route with opportunities for taking pictures of the Oulad Shaker reservoir and the surrounding rolling countryside dotted with wheat fields, olive groves, fruit trees, and vineyards.Your first stop will be the ruined Roman city of Volubilis. French archaeologists began excavating Volubilis in the early 20th century, though half of the immense sight still remains beneath centuries of topsoil. Marvel at the famous sights, like the basilica, the triumphal arc, and the many palaces with their exquisite mosaics. The tour of Volubilis can be done either with or without a local guide. Next you will make a quick stop in the adjacent small town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun. Perched atop a hill overlooking Volubilis, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun houses the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss I (745-791), the first Arab king of Morocco. During your stop in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun you will go to a panoramic view point, visit the town center, and get lunch, a snack, or a beverage.Youur last stop will be the mighty walled Imperial City of Meknes. Smaller in comparison to the other Moroccan Imperial Cities, Meknes held the status of capital of Morocco for only 55 years during the reign of the infamous king Moulay Ismail (1634-1727). Still, Meknes’s old city offers a trove of sights for a curious visitor: Moulay Idriss’s massive stables, capacious granary, and cavernous underground prison. You will also visit Moulay Idriss’s mausoleum (one of the only mosques in Morocco open to tourists), the monumental Mansour Gate, the covered food market, and the El Hidem Square. Once finished with this busy day of sightseeing, you will take the highway back to Fez. You will drop you off at your hotel in the late afternoon/evening.

$102.76 Private & Custom Tours

Fez to Meknes and Volubilis Day Trip with Place el-Hedim

Following a morning pickup from your hotel or riad in Fez, meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned vehicle for the 1-hour drive to Meknes, one of Morocco’s four imperial cities. On route, drive across the fertile Saiss plains and admire the vineyards and olive groves for which the region is famous. During your 3-hour visit to Meknes, visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail — the resting place of one of Morocco’s most powerful leaders. Listen as your guide shines a light on the 18th-century sultan’s life and admire the grand stables, once home to his 12,000 horses. Continue on to the bustling Place el-Hedim and follow your private guide through the busy souks. Enjoy lunch at your leisure at one of the local cafes or restaurants (own expense) in the Old Town.After lunch, drive out to the hillside town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, widely considered to be the most significant religious site in Morocco. It was here, in the late 8th century, that Moulay Idriss I introduced the religion of Islam to Morocco. See the shrine where Moulay Idriss I is interred and gain insight into his life and achievements from your guide. Head onward from here to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Volubilis — an ancient Roman settlement — and admire the alleyways, gates, monuments and mosaic floors. Dating from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the Roman ruins here are considered the best-preserved in Morocco. Take in panoramic views over the mighty Rif Mountains from your vantage point high on the hillside, then hop back into your vehicle for the return journey to your accommodation in Fez, where your tour will come to an end.

$1301.57 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Amazing Imperial Cities from Casablanca

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport and transfer to Rabat.Begin our tour with a panoramic view of Casablanca located on the Atlantic coast and explore the Grand Hassan II Mosque. Make a turn to see the most emblematic point of the city: The Boulevard de la Corniche, and stop for a lunch. Finally, we head towards Rabat and we spend there a night in a beautiful riad or hotel.Day 2: Rabat City Guide Tour and transfer to FezSightseeing the capital and the 7th largest city by population of Morocco and visiting such attractions as: the Royal Palace (Dar al-Makhzen) which is the primary and official residence of the king of Morocco, Mohammed V Mausoleum, Hassan Tower, ruins of Chellah Necropolis and Kasbah of Oudayas. Head to Fez and spend a night in a beautiful riad or hotel.Day 3: Fez City Guide Tour – “Mecca of the West” & “Athens of Africa” Visit to Fez, the spiritual, intellectual and cultural capital of Morocco and one of the most ancient imperial cities of Morocco. In the city that has been called the “Mecca of the West” or “Athens of Africa” we’ll see the Royal Palace and Mellah in Fez el Jedid, Souks, Traditional Potteries and Chouara Tanneries of Fez. Also we will see the The University of Al-Qarawiyyin or Al-Karaouine, The Karaouine Mosque and the Bou Inania Madrasa and Minaret.Day 4: Fez Day Trip to Meknes and Volubilis We take a day trip from Fez to Meknes and Volubilis. We reach the Imperial City of Meknes to enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Bab Mansour- the monumental gateway and main entrance into this 17th century city. Then, we visit the holy town of Moulay Idriss I, the city’s founder of the first indigenous Islamic kingdom of Morocco. The next step will be to discover the ancient walled medina of Meknes and the ruins of the Volubilis that are situated 27 km from Meknes, where we will visit the marvelous archaeological sites of the Roman empire. At the end of the day, we will head back to Fez to spend the night in a typical riad of Morocco or hotel.Day 5: Fez to Marrakech (about 6 hours drive)After early breakfast, bid farewell to Fez and transfer to the “Red City” of Marrakech. Then, accomodation and relax in a riad or hotel in Marrakech. Day 6: Marrakech City Guide TourThe tour starts in Marrakech with a visit to the highly animated Jemma el Fnaa Square. On our guided walking tour you will see the most important monuments of Marrakech, such as Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens Ben Youssef Madrasa ,Saadien Tombs, the old Jewish Quarter and many more. There will be free time for shopping in the Medina’s lively and exciting Souks to purchase popular local souvenirs.Day 7: Free Day in Marrakech – Culinary Class or Day Trip to High Atlas of Ourika Velley.Day 8: Depart Marrakech Menara or Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (about 3 hours drive) 

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

One Day Trip to Volubilis - Moulay Idriss - Meknes

On this excursion we will take you to the Imperial City of Meknes, also known as"the Moroccan Versailles". Meknes, with its monumental gates and city walls, was founded at the end of the 17th century by the Sultan Moulay Ismail. The highlights will include Bab el Mansour (perhaps the finest gateway in Africa), "Dar Jamai" Museum, the old Medina, Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, old granaries and stables. Before continuing to the holy town of Moulay Idriss for a walk in this small and beautiful place. Lunch there in a local restaurant then departure to visit the Roman ruins at Volubilis before making our way back to Fes through the Beni Ammar village which is known for its donkey festival in July.

$45.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

Fes guided tour inside and outside the wall

Discover the unique treasures of Fez and the rich cultural heritage of this beautiful city. Explore the city and visit its main attractions including the old medina, an incredible labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys.Start your one-day visit to Bab Boujloud, the decorated blue door leading to the medina, then admire the magnificent mausoleum of Moulay Idriss.Then visit the medieval university Al Quaraouiyine, both university and mosque located in the heart of the medina. UNESCO has named the university as the oldest in the world still in operation.Follow other schools including the Bou 'Inania Madrasah built by Sultan Abu' Inan Faris and the Attarine Madrasah founded by Sultan Abu Said Uthman II.Visit the Nejjarine Museum of Arts and Crafts and admire traditional tools used by craftsmen and Berber carpets and musical instruments.Explore the tannery of the city, a fascinating and the largest of its kind in Africa.

$20.55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day trip to Volubilis and Meknes from Fez

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Meknes Medina, Meknes, Meknes-Tafilalet RegionOur Fes to Volubilis Excursion Starts pick up you at your hotel or riad in Fez, the time that would be suited for you. for a 1 hour's drive west to the Imperial city of Meknes. Driving across the plain you will see vast acreages of vineyards which produce good quality wine, much of which is exported to France. You will have up to three hours in Meknes to explore the town including the expansive souks, the fascinating historical sites and to take lunch. Moulay Ismail made Meknes the capital city of Morocco during his reign around 1700; his mausoleum and the Rouah, his stables for over 12,000 horses, together with Place el-Hedim, the central pedestrian square in the Medina, are well worth a visit. The souks of Meknes are refreshingly spacious compared to Fez, which makes the city a relaxing place to explore.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Volubilis, Meknes-Tafilalet RegionMeknes to Moulay Idriss After lunch our journey takes you 30km north to the hillside settlement of Moulay Idriss. The town is one of the country's most important spiritual sites and a place of pilgrimage as it is the site of the tomb of Moulay Idriss, a prominent Moroccan saint in the late 8th century and a great grandson of the prophet Mohammed. The town is often bypassed by non-Muslim tourists, whose closest encounter is often a photograph taken from nearby Volubilis. There is limited access to the green-tiled shrine but the myriad of narrow streets leading to vantage points for views over the valley towards Volubilis are well worth a short stop. Moulay Idriss to Volubilis and Fez Leaving Moulay Idriss for the short 4km drive to the World Heritage Site of Volubilis, there are a number of vantage points to take photographs of the town. Volubilis is the site of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, particularly noted for its superb mosaic floors; it has fabulous views of the Rif Mountain foothills, particularly at sunset. A guided tour of the Volubilis site with an official guide (20 dh paid locally) is well worth it if you are interested in some detail of the site's history. At around 4.30pm you depart Volubilis returning to Fez at around 6.30pm.Duration: 3 hours

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