Our day’s excursion to 2,000 years in the past starts at 9 o’clock from your hotel when we drive across the Saiss Plain to the wonderful Roman ruins at Volubilis, the Volubilis of really ancient olive presses, mansions, incredible mosaics, monumental arches and Corinthian columns where 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 Labors 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 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 bath house and pooled courtyards; 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.
We leave Volubilis behind to drive alongside the dark, outlaying ridges of the Zerhoun Hills to stop for a visit of the town of Moulay Idriss, the holiest Islamic town in the kingdom of Morocco, where thousands of Moroccan faithful comes on pilgrimage (moussem) every August to pray at the tomb of this descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.
Arriving at the elongated square we see above us the green-tiled pyramids of the Zaouia with its two conical quarters on both side and stroll amidst the labyrinth of alleyways before leaving for the Imperial City rebuilt by Moulay Ismail.
And now 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 Arabo-Berber horses are bred.
Time for lunch ( Not Included ) before leaving Meknes around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, arriving back in our hotel at around 5 o’clock , the drama, scope and beauty of our visit forever indelibly imprinted in our memory.
I am absolutely amazed with the treatment received by Africa Aventura during our stay in Morocco. Yunes has been not only a tour guide, but also a storyteller (he is an open book, you can talk with him of whatever you want to know), a waiter, a photographer, a mediator, a 24 hours personal assistant and a long etc. From the first day till the last one, he has accompanied us at every moment: In hotels: he has kept abreast of every detail, from reception, when he helped us to bring the luggage to the bedroom, to show us how to switch the air conditioned on, or even to give us towels at the swimming pool when we realized we had forgotten them. At meals: Yunes seated with us (we invited him to do so) like one more, but he was not relaxed like us because he was checking out that absolutely everything was perfect. If you needed something and the waiter was not close to asking for it, he stopped eating to bring you that thing. I remember when there were crepes to have for dessert and they were so delicious that I wanted to repeat. Then he gave me his. By the way, were couldn’t believe it when he took us to his own house where her mother cooked for us during the whole morning (the best cous-cous I have ever tried for sure). During transfers: Yunes came with us in our cars (we didn’t rent any) and he guided the route while explaining what the landscape offered. Also how people dressed, the differences between one looks and others, etc., etc. During activities: He organized everything too. He stayed even until the party in haimas reached his end just to make sure everything was okay (actually he was really tired because he wakes up at 4:30am to pray and then he never stops, but even that, he is always the last one lying down). At the time of purchases: Yunes took us to very good places, not only for the quality, but also taking in to account to whom the money was destined. To give an example, we saw many scarves shops, but he recommended us to buy them to a woman and her daughters, who started a kind of project to help the women involved. In definitely, Yunes has been the most incredible trip partner (I cannot say guide, it would not be fair) I have ever known. And now, I am sure I can say that a new friend has come into my life. Thank you Yunes, this trip without you wouldn’t be absolutely the same… Don’t ever change! You’re incredible!
He estado en Marruecos en 4 ocasiones, y quería enseñar este maravilloso país a mis padres. La gente de AfricaAventuras preparó el viaje perfecto. La ruta muy bien elegida, los hoteles fantásticos, el desierto inolvidable... y siempre tratados como de la familia por Youness, Yussef y Luis. Moltes gràcies per tot. Fins aviat!
Hola...la verdad es que no es facil escribir algun testimonio por que todo es tan fascinante que es necesario vivirlo. Solo puedo agredecer a todos los amigos que conocimos alli por su trato tan hospitalario y amigable y bueno, por supuesto decirles que volveremos...A Jonas, a Hasan, a Kawta, en fin a todo el mundo por hacer de nuestro viaje una autentica aventura que jamas olvidaremos.
Yunes and Moha were extremely nice and flexible, planning a three day trip for us just as we wanted. They are very friendly and helpful, making as always feel welcome and comfortable. All places we visited were beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves! We recommend Africa Aventura and would be happy to travel with them again.