Fes excursions to Volubilis Meknes and Moulay Idriss
Our Fes excursions to 2,000 years in the past start at 9 o’clock. From your hotel, we drive across the Sais Plain to the wonderful Roman ruins at Volubilis. Volubilis is really ancient olive press, mansions, incredible mosaics, monumental arches and Corinthian columns. So you’ll have a real sense of Roman lifestyle and of that of a subsequent medieval Berber town. The site contains the Mansion containing the mosaic of the Labours of Hercules, the Baths of Gallienus and Baths of Forum with their fragmentary mosaics. The House of Orpheus and its Dolphin mosaic and Orpheus Myth; the Cortege of Venus many of whose mosaicS. Although we may only see from the outside yet will get to see the medallions of Bacchus, Diana and the Abduction of Hylas; the Gordian Palace with its bathhouse and pooled courtyards.
Moreover the House of the Wild Beast, the House of Nymphs, the House of the Seasons, the House of Flavius Germanus, the Knight’s House with an incomplete mosaic of Dionysus Discovering Ariadne Asleep, the Triumphal Arch , the Capitol and the House of Ephebus with its pictorial mosaics, especially that of Bacchus Being drawn in a Chariot by Panthers.
Moulay Idriss Holly City
We leave Volubilis behind to drive alongside the dark, outlying ridges of the Zerhoun Hills. Stop for a visit to the town of Moulay Idriss. In fact the holiest Islamic town in the kingdom of Morocco, where thousands of Moroccan faithful come on pilgrimage (mousse) every August to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. Then arriving at the elongated square we see above us the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia with its two conical quarters on either side and stroll amidst the labyrinth of alleyways before leaving for the Imperial City rebuilt by Moulay Ismail.
Continue Fes excursions, to the Imperial City of Meknes (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here we shall visit the easily most beautiful Bab, or gateway, in all of the Maghreb – the Bab Mansour. From here to the El Heri es-Souani – the granary of huge vaulted structures and stables built by Moulay Ismail’s soldiers next to a pool fed by underground channels that brought fresh water all the way from the distant Middle Atlas Mountains. The Moulay Ismail Mausoleum and the Place el-Hedim to see the famous State-owned stallion stables of Haras where these Arabs-Berber horses are bred. Time for lunch (optional, not included) before leaving Meknes around 4:40. In the afternoon, arriving back in our hotel in Fes at around a quarter to six. Finally the drama, scope, and beauty of our visit forever indelibly imprinted in our memory.
- Experienced English-speaking private Licensed guide throughout the tour
- Private round-trip transportation,
Tour Not Includes:
- Sites Fees,