DAY TRIP FROM FES TO MAKNES, MOULY IDRIS ZERHOUN & VOLUBILIS

DAY TRIP FROM FES TO MAKNES, MOULY IDRIS ZERHOUN & VOLUBILIS

Day trip from Fes to Meknes, Mouly Idriss Zarhoun and Volubilis

 This is a wonderful day trip from Fez to Volubilis and Meknes that includes a visit to the ruined Roman city of Volubilis, which is Morocco‘s best preserved archaeological site. The many gorgeous mosaics that have been maintained in situ are its most stunning features. In 1997, the city of Volubilis was designated as a UNESCO World Heritag.

DAY TRIP FROM FES TO MAKNES, MOULY IDRIS ZERHOUN & VOLUBILIS
DAY TRIP FROM FES TO MAKNES, MOULY IDRIS ZERHOUN & VOLUBILIS

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Mouly Idriss Zarhoun and Volubilis

 The day trip from Fez to Volubilis and Meknes is one of the most popular day trips from Fez, it is worth traveling out of Fez and visiting three interesting places: the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the incredible little town of Mulay Idris Zerhoun which holds holds much spiritual significance for Moroccans and Meknes, a peaceful town and one of Morocco’s imperial cities.

The first stop is Volubilis, an archaeological site from Roman times. This site is of Carthaginian and is one of the best­preserved archaeological sites not only in Morocco but in the whole of North Africa. Volubilis is the old city of Meknes’s symbol, as well as one of the city’s most notable historical and tourism attractions.

This ancient city dates back to Roman times and beyond, some archaeological excavations that have been carried out since the beginning of the 20th century have shown that the origins of Volubilis go back to at least the 3rd century XX. Its urban exploits still testify to the glory of a decades-­long civilization in the region.

In addition, this city or archaeological area is distinguished by the beauty of its nature and its splendor, as it attracts the visitor’s attention by the picturesque landscape amidst the urbanistic influence of the city, from ancient columns written in some Roman. letters, houses and temples, arches and fantastic mosaic panels surrounded by a great wall. Some of the best­ preserved mosaics include Diana’s Bath, the Bath of the Nymphs, and Hercules’ Trials.

Volubilis is rich in many public buildings, including the famous Temple of the Capitol, the Arch of Liberty, the court and the public square, as well as many monuments of mills, olive presses, baths and the remains of the walls.

 Moulay Idriss Zerhoun:

The second stop is Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, considered the first Islamic city in North Africa. Moulay Idris, the company’s founder, is its name. It lies 550 meters above sea level, below Mount Zerhoun, and spreads over two hills. It is surrounded by green plains with an abundance of olive trees. The town was forbidden for up to a year. 1917, to non-Muslims. Today, it retains its status as a holy city. Fortunately, today the mausoleum of Mulay Idris is the only place forbidden to non­-Muslims.

The city clings to a hill, which is a maze of stairs. Some places, called “Terraces”, offer a wonderful view of the city, the mausoleum, the alleys and the small houses that surround it. You can lose yourself in the streets of this charming city, look for the only circular minaret in Morocco or enjoy beautiful views from one of the panoramic terraces.

Annually, this town hosts the Season of Moulay Idris the Great. This modest holy city’s largest religious celebration.

Thousands of pilgrims, Sufi sects and various gatherings in search of blessings make the pilgrimage every year in late August to visit Moulay Idris, bringing with them many gifts accompanied by folk groups such as Aissaoua, Hamadisha and the people of Tuat.

Meknes:

The last stop on the day trip from Fes to Meknes Volubilis is Meknes, the least famous of the country’s four imperial cities. Since the 10th century, Meknes has been in the spotlight. Its medina doesn’t have the number of important buildings that the medina in Fes or Marrakech has, but it’s very pretty and peaceful. It also has a madrasa, colorful souks where you can see artisans working with weaving or iron with traditional techniques.

Although the Medina is beautiful, the most impressive sights to see in Meknes are outside its medieval quarter. The city of Meknes is distinguished by its vast expanse and the multiplicity of its historic buildings and ramparts. Mawla Ismail surrounded it with walls stretching for 40km from that glorious era, interspersed with a cluster of massive urban gates and towers. Within the ramparts, there are several spectacular gates, Bab Mansour being the most impressive gate in all of Morocco.

On the other side of this gate is Lahdem Square which looks a little like the famous Jamaa el Fna Square in Marrakech. The square is bounded by the wall on one side and by the market with restaurants on the other. This is also a large square with many atmospheres, animals: snakes with their charmers, an ostrich and a Barbary monkey and a lot of noise.

Finally, another interesting place that you will love during your visit to Meknes is the Royal Stables. It is the only place of interest that is somewhat removed from the centre. Thousands of horses were kept in the stables and also stored grain here. The outside of the stables is very beautiful, a place where you can take many beautiful pictures.

The city of Meknes, with its important historical monuments, deserved to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.

Your day trip from Fez to Volubilis and Meknes ends with a transfer back to your accommodation in Fez.

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    A Fes to Chefchaouen day trip is one of the most exciting day trips you can take setting out from Fes.

    On this full­day trip, you will be discovering the magnificent landscapes of the north of Morocco and the beautiful serenity of the Rif Mountains.

    On this day trip to Chefchaouen from Fes, you will find enormous pleasure in walking on the quiet bluewashed streets. These Chefchaoeun streets offer innumerable opportunities for taking photos of this unique little town. Explore the picturesque medina of the blue city, get to know the lifestyle of the local inhabitants. And when you are done, just relax in one of the many little cafes overlooking the majestic Rif Mountains.

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    Chefchhaouen , Fes,North of Morocco,Rif Mountains

    This Chefchaouen day trip from Fes departs at 08.00, when you will be picked up from your riad in a 4×4 air­conditioned vehicle. Along the road, enjoy a scenic drive through the fascinating landscapes of the north of Morocco and over the incredible chain of the Rif Mountains.

    Upon your arrival in Chefchaouen, visit the Grand Mosque and photograph its unusual octagonal minaret. Shortly afterwards, we stop by the Kasbah Museum which stands among the Andalusian Gardens, a green oasis complementing the charming and blue city. In this ethnographic museum, you can explore a fascinating collection of artifacts that tells the story of the Chefchaouen region.

    After lunch in one of the many restaurants with beautiful views of this breath­taking town, our Chefchaouen day trip continues wandering the lovely streets, and up and down exquisitely colourful alleys. Wonder at the authenticity of the medina, the vibrant souks with unique local handicrafts, especially woven goods. And when you are tired from the myriad of staircases in the town, relax in one of the many little cafés.

    We drive back over the Rif Mountains and arrive in Fes by the end of the afternoon so marking the end of your day trip from Fes to Chefchaouen.

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      Sign up for our cultural Telouet & Ait Benhaddou day trip from Marrakech & embark on a purely cultural day out with a private & English speaking driver/guide. Cross the Atlas Mountains, visit the dramatic castle of Telouet in the heart of the mountains, and have a guided walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Ait Benhaddou Village.

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      Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Telouet - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

      After having breakfast in your hotel/Riad in Marrakech, your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation at 08:00 am for a rewarding Telouet & Ait Benhaddou day trip from Marrakech. Drive through the spectacular High-Atlas Mountains over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260 m), which is the highest pass in the north of Africa.

      Later, you will follow a secondary road that leads to the Telouet castle, which is located in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. This impressive castle, even if it is crumbling but it has been subject to restorations, was built by the wealthy Glawi family that controled the former caravan route that linked Marrakech with the Sahara Desert & the Atlas Mountains.

      Continue on the track to the dramatic Ait Benhaddou Village, which consists of many Kasbahs (fortresses) that are striking examples of the southern architecture. It was an important commercial center in the former caravan route but it has been used as a backdrop for shooting Hollywood Films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiaor, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia…etc. Have a guided walking tour of the Kasbah while learning about its architecture and rich history.

      After lunch, we will drive back to Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains, which we will reach in the evening.

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        Escape the bustling Medina of Marrakech by booking our best-selling Ourika Valley day trip from Marrakech. Enjoy the breathtaking views reflected in the varied landscapes, visit the Berber house, include a soft hike up to the waterfall and have lunch under the wallnut tree shade by the stream.

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        Marrakech - Tnine Ourika - Setti Fatma - Marrakech

        After having breakfast in your hotel/Riad in Marrakech, your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation at 09:00 am for a rewarding Ourika Valley day trip  from Marrakech,  an escape from the hectic Marrakech and a refuge to soak up the nature, and learn about the unique Berber culture.

        After half an hour of driving through the fertile plain of Marrakech, we will join the spectacular High-Atlas Mountains through its lush Ourika Valley. The villag of Tnine Ourika is known for the traditional weekly market that keeps attracting Berbers from the mountains to purchase what they would need for the whole week like sugar, tea, vegetable oil, clothes, electronics…etc, and, in return, they would put for sale goats, milk, organic vegetables, nuts and fruits.

        En route, we will include many short breaks for taking pictures as the views are mesmerizing. Once we get to the Setti Fatma Village, which marks the end of the tarmac road, you may want to include a soft hike up to the waterfalls through the shadows of the walnut trees. It’s possible to spot the resident Barbary Macaques before returning to the restaurant where you will be served a delicious meal for lunch by the stream under the wallnut trees’ shadow.

        In the late afternon, we will drive back to Marrakech and we will drop you off either in your Riad/hotel, in the Jemaa el-Fna Square or wherever you wish in Marrakech.

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          Escape the bustling Marrakech by signing up for our best-selling Ouzoud Waterfalls day trip from Marrakech. If you are more keen into soaking nature and embracing the local culture of Moroccans, then the day trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls is the right option you can opt for.

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          OUZOUD WATERFALLS DAY TRIP FROM MARRAKECH

          After having breakfast in your hotel/Riad in Marrakech, your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation at 08:00 am for an interesting day trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech.

          The drive from Marrakech to the dramatic Ouzoud Falls takes around 3 hours each way and you will have 4 hours to spend enjoying the breathtaking views the falls offer to visitors. Initially, you will drive through the fertile plain with its olive orchards before arriving in the falls where you may want to include a soft hike by the olive trees.

          The Ouzoud Falls are surrounded by the Atlas Mountains with its snow-capped peaks in the winter. While on a hike, you many want to look for the resident monkeys, then upgrade the experience with a boat ride approaching the Falls from underneath. Enjoy a nice meal for lunch while enjoying the panoramic view of the Ouzoud Falls.

          In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Marrakech.

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            The private Essaouira day trip from Marrakech is an escape from the bustling Medina of Marrakech and an opportunity to enjoy the unique ambience, which this mysterious city offers to visitors. You will spend your time exploring its landmarks including the fortified Medina, the harbour, the fish market, the sandy beach and much more.

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            ESSAOUIRA DAY TRIP FROM MARRAKECH

            After having breakfast in your hotel/Riad in Marrakech, your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation at 08:00 am for a rewarding Essaouira day trip from Marrakech. This day trip to Essaouira offers a great chance to escape the hassle and bustle of the Marrakech Medina while spending the day out unveiling the mystery of this unique coastal city.

            You will drive through the town of Chichaoua before surprisingly getting into the Argan fields. The Argan tree is indigenous to Morocco and has gained a worldwide reputation because of its benefits to the skin and health in general. You may want to include a visit to a local women cooperative where you can learn about the process of turning Argan seeds into oil and other products including cosmetics, soaps, lotions and much more.

            Once you arrive in Essaouira, you will spend the time meandering around the fortified Medina of Essaouira exploring its highlights including the traditional harbour, the bastions, the fish market, the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) and much more. After lunch, you may want to stretch your legs by the sandy beach of Essaouira that has been attraction to surfers and kite-surfers.

            In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Marrakech, which we will reach at around 6pm.

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              ONE DAY TRIP TO IMLIL VALLEY

              A day tour from Marrakech to Imlil Valley start in the morning and back in evening to Marrakech.

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              DAY TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO IMLIL VALLEY

              Depart from Marrakech in the early morning towards the High Atlas Mountains through Tahnaout, Valley Ghighaya, Moulay Brahim gorges and Asni; we will be welcomed by a local guide with a glass of mint tea and  show us the region;  you  have the choice to ride mules or to walk through Berber villages between fields of fruit trees walnut, cherries, apples and vegetables. After climbing to armed village 1900 m passing by a waterfall, you will stop to have lunch and see the view of the highest peak in North Africa Toubkal 4167 m; after that we  go back down through the western way overlooking the valley of Ait Mizan with its ancient irrigated terraced fields, passing by Achayn and Imlil villages before arriving to the center to end our one-day trek to Imlil and head back to Marrakech.

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