One Day Tour Moulay Idriss
Duration: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Morocco Travel: In Luxury 4x4
English, French Speaking Driver, Guide
Starting & Finishing Point: Your Hotel In Fès
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Breakfast at Your Riad or Hotel in Fes. Then depart to the picturesque town of Moulay (Saint) Idriss. Just one hour away from Fès and scenically nestled in a fold of the Rif Mountains, has become a famed destination. Moulay IdrissMorocco is considered the holiest town in Morocco and of all lands after Mecca. Visit this charming whitewashed town.
Moulay Idriss was forbidden to non-Muslims until 1916, however today, it welcomes visitors from all over the world. Most travelers who visit Moulay Idriss come to see the green tiled tomb of Moulay Idriss I. Moulay Idriss was the great-grandson of the prophet Mohamed as well as the first Arab Muslim Dynasty in Morocco. , who fled to Morocco in 787. He founded Fès
One of the five pillars of Islam is the hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca; it is an obligation for every Muslim man to make the pilgrimage at least once in his life. For those Moroccans who cannot afford to travel to Mecca, it is considered of equal merit to make a pilgrimage to Moulay Idriss five times in one’s life. Every August, thousands go on a pilgrimage to Moulay Idriss and pitch tents throughout as a more affordable alternative than going to the Mecca.
As at tourist, you can explore the holy town of Moulay Idriss filled with defensive walls, a monumental gate, koranic schools, fountains and a new dome for the mausoleum. While the Tomb of Moulay Idriss is closed to non-Muslims, from the terrace near the Mosque of Sidi Abdallah el Hajjam, you can see breathtaking views of the town and the mausoleum.
Dine on one of Moulay Idriss’ terraces and have lunch while overlooking the rocky Middle Atlas Mountains. Complement your meal with a glass of rose or red wine produced within the region. After lunch walk through its lively souk and labyrinth streets filled with small cafes selling chicken brochettes, sweets, fruits, vegetables and other trinkets.
Afterwards, we will pass through the markets and explore Moulay Idriss by going on one of its walking trails. We will pass by vineyards hidden behind rows of giant cypress trees and enjoy the smell of ripening olives and dates. Before returning to Fès, we will stand on one of the twin hills of Moulay Idriss from where you can see the ancient Roman city of Volubilis/ Walili, situated among a line of cypresses.