Welcome to Meknès

Sultan Moulay Ismail, the architect of Meknès’ glory days, might be a little disgruntled at the city’s current modesty, but visitors will find much to be enchanted by. Remnants of no less than three sets of fortifications, ingeniously incorporated into the city's road networks, make it clear how important this city once was. The king's tomb sits at the heart of what remains of the original imperial city, flanked by an almighty royal granary, the magnificent Bab El Mansour – the likes of which even Fez can't compete with – and Place El Hedim, a local mini-me of Marrakesh's popular square Djemaa El Fna.

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Fez-Meknes-Marrakech-Casablanca-Tangier: Morocco 7-Day Tour

Your seven-day excursion from the Costa del Sol to Morocco’s top six cities highlights the country’s rich history and heady culture. From palaces, mosques and medinas to beaches, gardens and mountains, you’ll see and experience the best of Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier. You have your choice of standard (three-star) or superior (four-star) accommodation; breakfast is included, as are a few other meals.Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.

$750 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 5 Day Trip Imperial Cities of Morocco from Casablanca

Day 1 Casablanca, Fez city After your hotel or airport pick-up, depending on your travel plans, the tour starts with a visit to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and the economic capital.Casablanca is a modern city but one that holds within its walls an authentic medina you also will be able to visit the old castle at EL Hobouss. Here in this beautiful city you will visit the most popular points of interest like the grand Mosque of Hassan II, the Anfa neighborhood, the Park of Nations and the Boulevard de la Corniche.Afterward, your tour will continue to Rabat the capital of Morocco. Here you will visit more points of interest such as the Real Palace, Kasbah Oudaya, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Tower of Hassan. At the end of the day, you will spend the night in Fez city in hotel or traditional houss. Day 2&3 Fez, Meknes, After an early breakfast at the hotel, the journey will be going to Meknes but your visit in Meknes includes the popular Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site followed by lunch. After lunch,you will be back for a tour in Fez after   you will check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner .In Fez your day begins with breakfast at the hotel followed by an entire day dedicated to the lovely city of Fez. Fez is divided into three zones: the old (Fez el-Bali), the new (Fez el Idid), and the French district (Ville Nouvelle). Visitors to Fez are astounded by medieval walls and plazas filled with endless winding streets there is so much to do in Fez including visiting EL Mellah, the Jewish neighborhood, the Plaza de los Tenidores, the old medina, the new medina, the Spanish Mosque. Once the tour is over, you will be guided to your hotel where you will enjoy a meal and spend the night. Day 4 Ifrane, Midelt, Ziz Valley, Erfoud, Merzouga After breakfast at the hotel, your tour continues to the Merzouga Desert while making stops along the way. At this point in the tour, you will be exploring the Mid Atlas Mountains including a stop in Ifrane, an enchanting town that is so unique from many of the towns in Morocco beginning with its distinct architecture. Don’t be surprised if you think you have stepped into the middle of a European city! A light jacket is suggested here since Ifrane is chillier than most towns in Morocco. Your tour continues to Midelt a town located between the Mid Atlas and High Atlas Mountains, where is going to be the lunch. Make sure you have your camera handy because our tour through the Ziz Valley is every photographer’s dream.Finally in the early afternoon,arrive in Merzouga where you will leave your luggage in a secure location and prepare a small bag for your trek into the desert. Day 5 Merzouga to Alnif,Tazarine,Ouarzazate,Marrakech  Your journey will start with an early wake up to watch the sunrise on one of the highest sand dunes that surrounding your camp, have your breakfast, then get on the camel to ride back and the tour will finish in Marrakech city

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Private Day Trip to Meknès and the roman ruins of Volubilis from Casablanca

You will be picked up by your driver in your Hotel or Riad in Casablanca or at Casablanca port and start your drive to Meknès. Mèknes, once capital of Morocco is a historic city full of life. The souks are spacious and ideal to explore. See the beautiful gate of Bab el-Mansour at the Place el Hedim, maybe the most beautiful of all the gates of the imperial cities. We will visit the mausoleum of Mulay Ismail and his corn attics and stables named Heri es-Souani which once accomodated up to 12'000 horses.  After your lunch break in a typical restaurant in Meknes, we will drive about 40 min to Volubilis. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest of its kind in North Africa and very well preserved. It lies in a stratetic position about 33 km north of Meknes and is famous for its mosaics. The best time for a visit is in springtime, when the wild flowers are in full bloom amongst the old stones. The roman city is over 2'000 years old and was destroyed at least at a big earthquake 1755. You can explore this fascinating site by your own or with a local guide. There is also a new museum on site. After this day full of highlights, you will be dropped of in your Hotel or Riad in Casablanca or at Casablanca port in the evening.

$358.55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Tour Casablanca to Fez with Volubilis Sightseeing

Day Tour from Casablanca to Fez with Volubilis Sightseeing Starting the Journey from Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, your private driver will greet you at your Hotel or Airbnb or from the port . Welcome to Morocco! Together, you will drive to Volubilis, Depending on your Departure time; you may enjoy a tour of the Hassan II Mosque. It is one of the largest Mosques in the world and its handcrafted beauty is breath takingyou will set out for Meknès one of Morocco’s Imperial cities. Than your driver will take you to visit the King’s Stables and the Granary. Lunch will be taken in the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire, and then you will head off to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco!After; you will begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the worlds largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the Kings Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience, you will complete the tour and return to Casablanca. 

$975 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Marrakech To DesertDay 1: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Skoura - DadesThe route starts in the direction of Ksar Ait Benhaddou, through the High Atlas mountains and the Tizi n Tichka Pass, at 2260m altitude. Ait Benhaddou was considered world heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Built-in 757 as a simple family house, it was later transformed into an important fortified town built compressed Earth Brick on the old caravan route that crossed the Sahara to and from Marrakech. The beauty of the Ksar Ait Benhaddou made her the scene of films like "Gladiator" or "Lawrence of Arabia", among many others. Ouarzazate is located in a region full of attractive places for visitors, near the Atlas Mountains. Around here you can visit oasis, kasbahs, the Ksar World Heritage UNESCO Ait Benhaddou and small typical villages. In the city, do not miss the fascinating Kasbah of Taourirt, the central market, the Ouarzazate lake and the entire river area, the Sunday souk, the Moahidine Square, the Cinema Museum.  Day 5: Ouarzazate - Oasis Fint - MarrakechOn the way to Marrakesh, very close to Ouarzazate, is the Fint Oasis, in a rocky valley where a river passes. The many palm trees make this natural place one of the most beautiful in the region. Its inhabitants descend from the blacks who came to Morocco in the caravans of commercial trucks between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.This route ends in Marrakech.Pass By: Roses ValleyDay 2: Dades - Gorges of Todra - Dunes of Erg Chebbi The journey through desert roads to lose sight of is made to the Gorges of Todra, the most famous gorges in Morocco. The road passes next to a river, just inside the boulders that have a maximum height of 300m and are separated by 20 to 50m away. More impressive is impossible. During the afternoon, you reach the desert. The Erg Chebbi Dunes are the hosts. Also called Dunes of Merzouga, they are like a sea of sand with an area of 22 kilometers long, from north to south, and 5 kilometers wide.Pass By: Sahara DesertsDay 3: Dunes of Erg Chebbi- Oasis Hassilabied - Village of Merzouga - Dunes of Erg Chebbi The track roads around the Dunes of Erg Chebbi and almost to Merzouga are ideal for discovering the desert, its oases, and plantations. In the village of Khemliya live black men who transmit their contágiante energy with music and Gnawa dances.Pass By: Ouarzazate Desert TripsDay 4: Dunes of Erg Chebbi - Rissani - Alnif - Agdz - Ouarzazate Day to make the resort to Ouarzazate. Crossing the village of Alnif, in a rocky valley with red lands. Crossing sage also by Agdz, at the foot of the Jebel Kissane mountain, an important place in the old route of the caravans that connected Marrakech to Timbuktu.Pass By: Marrakech Morocco TripsDay 5: Ouarzazate - Oasis Fint - MarrakechOn the way to Marrakesh, very close to Ouarzazate, is the Fint Oasis, in a rocky valley where a river passes. The many palm trees make this natural place one of the most beautiful in the region. Its inhabitants descend from the blacks who came to Morocco in the caravans of commercial trucks between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.This route ends in Marrakech.

$180.43 Private & Custom Tours

4 days Tour of Fez, Chefchaouen, Tangier and Rabat

Fez to Rabat 4 days tour of Morocco’s top spots from Costa del Sol will introduce you to the country’s beauty and charm. Your destinations are Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Tangier, so prepare for an unforgettable and eye-opening experience.Morocco is so close to the coast of Spain, there’s no reason for not taking side trip to explore it. Fes to Rabat 4 days  excursion from Costa del Sol to four of Morocco’s top cities will leave you enchanted. You’ll start in Fez, the spiritual and cultural center of Morocco. The most ancient of the imperial cities, it is a city of enormous variety and contrast. The splendor and beauty of its monuments and architecture are unrivaled.Meknes is one of Morocco's most striking imperial cities. The Sultan Moulay Ismail made Meknes his capital. Palaces, mosques, gardens, lakes, granaries and stables were built over a period of 50 years, and yet Moulay Ismail’s dream city, surrounded by a massive rampart wall, was never finished.Surrounded by beautiful beaches, the city of Rabat has a very special ambiance, with its memorable blend of Islamic and European influences. The fourth of the imperial cities, Rabat was only declared the modern capital of  Morocco in 1913.Before returning to Spain, you’ll make a stop in Tangier, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea.