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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
Traveler Favorite
This trip was very...
This trip was very good-----worthwhile to take the day off and visit these three places. The driver---Mr Hashim was extremely good. He is well conversant in english and went out of the way to explain to us the moroccan way of life.It was a pleasure to interact with him
Sandhya R, Sep 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Fez

star-5
Loved the Roman ruins in Volubilis
David_G, 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.
star-5
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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
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-4
Group
Lee_C, 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.
star-5
Good day trip
Daniel_B, Apr 2019
Volubilis Meknes Day Trip
Our driver was Amin. He was kind and professional, he took us everywhere and gave us some information of the places we were visiting. He let us stay in every place as long as we wanted. On the way back to Fez he even took us to see the Royal Palace because he knew we hadn't seen yet. I have to say that it is an expensive service (it'd be much cheaper if you rented a car), but on the other hand is quite convenient and you don't waste any time.
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-5
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.
star-5
Nice tour with some really good views
TrailBlazer613825, Sep 2018
Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
The driver picked us up in time at our Riad and the ride to the different sights was quite comfortable. If you asked him questions, he answered as good as he knew. Keep in mind that this is not a guided tour in general. The drivers are not guides. They take you to the different places and if you have a nice driver - as we had - he will try to give you some information. At Volubilis we automatically got a guided tour, which makes sense as they can tell you a lot about the mosaics and ruins. Sadly enough a lot of people don't tip them afterwards, which is actually a normal thing to do here in Morocco. Anyways, we went on to Idriss, a small and holy town, where you don't meet so many tourists and continued to Meknes. The driver Always gave us possibilities to stop and take some pictures around. As some girls from our tour had to catch a train and didn't have a clue about the time the tour actually should end, we headed back to Fes a little bit earlier and didn't have so much time in Meknes to spend on our own, which was ok though because we saw quite a lot from the car and by stopping next to sights. As we arrived back in Fes earlier (around 4:15 pm), our driver took is to a good spot outside the Medina for some pictures. All together we had a great time, saw a lot and liked our driver too. Btw. if you are in Fes off season and are a little bit flexible with the date for your tour, book it shortly before by the people in your Riad/Hostel/Hotel...because then it might cheaper than booking it much earlier on the page itself. But this is not a guarantee I give. So, as I said before, keep in mind that your driver is not a guide for the tour. Make some research about the places you go to and enjoy the landscape on your drive and the sights. Then you will definitely enjoy your day a lot!
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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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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