Day Trip from Casablanca to Meknes and Volubilis

Our exclusive day trip from Casablanca offers you an unmatched experience by taking you to the imperial city of Meknes and the impressive Roman Ruins of Volubilis. Sit back and relax as we ensure your utmost comfort throughout the entire journey.

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Day trip from Casablanca to Meknes and Volubilis Highlights:

Casablanca - Meknes - Volubilis

Our knowledgeable driver will personally collect you from your hotel or riad in Casablanca or at Casablanca port, and kick-start an exhilarating drive to Meknes. Meknes is a charming city located in northern Morocco, known for its rich history and well-preserved historic sites.

Here are the key places you will explore during your day trip to Meknes:

Visit Bab Mansour

Bab Mansour is one of the must-visit attractions in Meknes. This grand and imposing gate stands as the main entrance to the city’s medina. Built in the 18th century during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail.

It showcases exquisite Almohad architectural design curved with Arabic calligraphy with intricate tile work, decorative motifs, and magnificent archways. Admire the craftsmanship and take some memorable photos in front of this impressive entrance.

Visit Bâb El Khémis

Just a short distance from Bab Mansour lies another impressive gate called Bâb El Khémis. This gate, also known as the Thursday Gate, once played an essential role in the city’s commercial activities. Its strategic location makes it an excellent spot to learn about Meknes’s historic trading traditions. Take a stroll around the gate and soak in the lively atmosphere of the surrounding area.

Visit Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

Another highlight of the trip is a visit to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. This 17th-century impressive burial site houses the remains of Sultan Moulay Ismail, one of Morocco’s most celebrated rulers.

The interior is decorated exquisitely and features beautiful plasterwork, enameled woodwork, green tilework, as well as Zellij mosaics. Although non-muslims may not enter the tomb itself, it is visible from the entrance hall.

Pay respects to the great ruler and admire the architectural beauty that reflects the rich history and religious significance of the region. Admission is free though donations are welcome.

Visit Sahrij Souani

Leaving the mausoleum behind, we head to Sahrij Souani, an enormous water reservoir built during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail to provide water for the royal stables and gardens.

Marvel at the ingenuity of the engineering involved in its construction as you explore the vast underground chambers and cisterns, and its size and architectural features that are truly remarkable. Other highlights include the famed Royal Stables and an exquisite bronze sculpture depicting a man gracefully clutching a water pitcher ( which has since been stolen).

Visit Lahdim Square

Our next stop is Lahdim Square, a bustling hub in Meknes, characterized by its vibrant atmosphere, charming cafes, and bustling market stalls. Immerse yourself in the lively ambiance as you browse through local crafts, textiles, and spices. Grab a cup of mint tea at one of the traditional cafes and watch the world go by.

Visit Volubilis

After lunch break, we will drive about 40 min to Volubilis. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa.

Visiting Volubilis gives you a chance to step back in time and explore the remains of this once-thriving Roman city. The roman city is over 2000 years old and was destroyed at least at a big earthquake 1755.

The site covers a significant area, and you can wander through the remains of the city streets, houses, temples, and public buildings. You can also see impressive mosaics that remain intact, depicting scenes from everyday life and mythology.

You can explore this fascinating site on your own or hire a local guide who can provide you with detailed information about the history, architecture, and significance of the site. They can also point out interesting features that you might miss on your own.

Following the tour, our skilled driver will ensure a comfortable return to your accommodation in Casablanca, be it a hotel or a riad.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Volubilis is an incredibly significant historical site and offers a unique glimpse into Morocco’s Roman past. The well-preserved ruins, including intricate mosaics and grand structures, make it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in ancient civilizations.

To get to Volubilis, you can either join a guided tour from Casablanca or hire a car and drive there. The journey takes approximately two hours, and the route offers beautiful scenery along the way

Meknes – The name of Meknes is derived from the Berbet tribe historically known as Miknasa. Meknes means the head of the tribe.

Meknes is situated in northern Morocco, approximately 130 kilometers east of Casablanca and 60 kilometers west of Fez. It is surrounded by rolling hills and fertile plains and offers a beautiful setting for exploring Morocco’s historic and cultural heritage.

In Meknes, you can explore historical sites such as Bab Mansour, Bâb El Khémis, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and Sahrij Souani. Don’t miss a visit to Lahdim Square and the bustling souks to experience the local culture and cuisine.

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