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Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the enchanting and spectacular treasures of this medieval desert enclave on a guided walking tour. Stroll through the old Marrakech medina with an expert local guide as you discover an array of hidden gems along the way. Benefit from skip-the-line access to both the Bahia & Badii Palaces, then pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs. Begin your walking tour by passing the ruins of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour's 16th-century Grand Badi Palace. Catch a glimpse of the former affluence of this majestic city. Learn about how, at the height of its glory, the palace was considered the 8th wonder of the world. Then, continue your tour to the Bahia Palace - the jewel in the crown of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Enter the monument with skip-the-line admission. As you explore inside, find out how it was constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and took the most skilled workers and artisans 6 years to complete. Finally, pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs which were sealed up for centuries until they were rediscovered in 1917. Hear about how the tombs date back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. See the 2 main mausoleums within the enclosure, consisting of 66 tombs with 100 more which lie outside in the gardens.

Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

2. Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

Enjoy a private, half-day excursion through bustling Marrakech begins after meeting your guide in front of the Café de France, an iconic landmark on Marrakech’s main square.  Discover the majesty and vibrancy of Marrakech’s medina, beginning with a jaunt across the Jemaa el-Fnaa square to the Koutobia Mosque. Gaze at the mosque’s massive minaret, the largest in Marrakech, as your expert guide informs you of the stunning building’s history. Onwards, you’ll head towards the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917. Marvel at the ornate carvings in a Hispano-Moorish style that frame the crypts of the 16-century royal family.  Afterwards, head to the equally ornate Bahia Palace, a 19th-century royal dwelling intended to be the most splendid palace of its time. Gaze at the elaborately-painted ceilings, manicured gardens replete with fruit trees, and elaborate stucco patterns adorning almost every surface of the building. To cap the tour off, you’ll wander through the buzzing souks, with their wide array of local artisans and craftspeople, your guide showing you insider tips about the best stalls.  The tour ends back at the Jemaa el-Fnaa square, where hundreds of locals meet every day to enjoy the storytellers, musicians, snake charmers, acrobats, jugglers, and performers of each and every sort.

Marrakech: Bahia Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Marrakech: Bahia Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the most distinctive sites of Marrakech on a 1.5hour private guided tour with a professional guide. Start the tour with a stroll through the Medina (Old Town). Then, visit the El Bahia Palace where you will enter with skip-the-line tickets. Immerse yourself in Morocco's imperial history as you explore this grandiose royal residence built for the Grand Vizier Sultan Moulay El Hassan I. The palace features fountains, pleasure gardens, extraordinary living quarters, and several shady courtyards which are closed to the public. However, visitors can enter the apartments of the Vizier's favorite concubine and the council chamber. Admire the illuminated cedarwood ceiling and tiled walls, then marvel at the expansive marbled central courtyard with its many fountains and zelliges.

Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

4. Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Marrakech, exploring the medieval streets, souks and medina of Morocco’s “Red City” through its palaces and monuments. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, explore one of Morocco’s oldest imperial cities at sites such as the Koutoubia, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques of the western Muslim world. Marvel at its 221-foot minaret and masterful architecture that evokes the Giralda of Seville. Continues to a peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansu. Admire the colorful tiles, Arabic script, and intricate carvings, hidden to the world after they were sealed up until 1917. Next, spend an hour at the 19th-century Bahia Palace, built in 7 years by 1,000 craftsmen from Fez. Intended to be the greatest example of Moroccan and Islamic architecture in the world, a haphazard arrangement of secret apartments open onto inner courtyards, set in the center of a 2-acre garden.  Then go to Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech's main square and the market place. Through the medina, there are different souks to explore. From the silk-spinners and the spice sellers to carpets to crystals. Each little street has its own identity and its own unique selling point.

Marrakech: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

5. Marrakech: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation and heads to the enchanting and picturesque Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden formerly owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Stroll through the luscious trees and exotic plants of this magical oasis, admiring the view of water lilies and lotus flowers that float in the ponds. Continue the tour to the Berber Museum where you can get a greater understanding of Moroccan identity. The museum showcases the impressive creativity of the Berbers, and provides an overview of their vibrant culture, featuring artifacts, ethnic costumes, and fabulous jewelry. Head into the New City next, which was built by French settlers in the early 1900s. Today it is a busy hub of international brands and trendy cafés, as well as "the Champs Elysées of Marrakech". Later, visit the exquisite Bahia Palace to admire the fine Moorish architecture and gorgeous ceramic tiles. From here, stroll through the Jewish Quarter where you can get a better understanding of the important role of the Jewish culture and community in developing the unique identity of Marrakech. Stop by Morocco’s largest synagogue, Slat Al Azama, which was founded in 1492 by Jews who were expelled from Spain. Arrive at the stunning Moulay El Yazid Mosque then see the Bab Agnaou, one of the 19 gates of Marrakech and the main entrance to the Royal Kasbah. Finally, wander through the fascinating labyrinths of the city's most vibrant and colorful open-air marketplace. Wander through bazaars full of charm and character, stalls packed with mysterious potions, colorful piles of spices, exquisite rugs, and much more. The combination of sounds, sights, and smells are enough to leave even the most hardened of travelers feeling completely mesmerized.

Marrakech: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

6. Marrakech: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Marrakech at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Bahia Palace, Bab Agnaou, Mellah Square and Souk and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

7. Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

Spend a full day visiting the most iconic attractions in Marrakech. Following a pickup from your accommodation, explore one of Morocco's largest and most beautiful mosques — Koutoubia.  Continue the tour to the Bahia Palace and admire its beautiful gardens filled with fruit trees and sweet-smelling flowers. Then, head over to the peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the cedar wood domes and marble columns of the Saadian Tombs. Next, get ready to see Morocco's most famous souks and experience the daily hustle and bustle of the city before visiting Djeemaa El Fna, Marrakech's bustling market place filled with merchants from the Souk region. After soaking up the colorful atmosphere of the market, there'll be free time for you to have lunch at Dar Essalam Restaurant which provide an authentic Moroccon food. After your lunch break, visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. Enjoy this haven of peace in the city of Marrakech and explore the magnificent tropical garden with its fountains, pools, bamboo forests, cacti, and much more. Then make your way to the Menara Gardens, the famous summer residence of Sultan Abderrahmane, and gaze in awe at the beautiful orchards and olive groves. End your journey by visiting the secret garden which is an outstanding example of Islamic art and architecture. It's part of the great tradition of stately Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces.

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

8. Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

Discover the old city of Marrakech with its labyrinthine streets, famous markets and the Majorelle Garden on this tour. Visit the famous Palais de Bahia, a beautifully decorated palace full of enchanting inner rooms and elaborate mosaic walls. Walk through the Jewish Quarter, with distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, and discover the incredible Saadian tombs and the Medersa Ben Youssef, an old school of Quranic study with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture. Admire the wood carvings and visit the tiny students' rooms, then see the Koutoubia Mosque, an icon of Marrakech and a point of orientation for tourists. Head to the world-famous Jemaah el Fna square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-garbed water sellers and henna women. Enjoy a refreshing midday pause on one of the terraces with a panoramic view and take in the sights of the colorful crowds below. Then continue on to the incredible Majorelle Garden and make your way through this oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling new city at your leisure. Visit the Berber Museum housed in the bright blue villa and learn about the history and traditions of Berber people and see some of their beautiful traditional clothing. 

Marrakech: Historical Discovery Tour

9. Marrakech: Historical Discovery Tour

Spend the morning discovering the lively and labyrinthine city of Marrakech and learn about its most fascinating sights and historical events. Start your half day tour either in the morning or afternoon to discover the charming red city Marrakech. A professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation with a new, comfortable and air-conditioned car. Explore the most beautiful and historical places in Marrakech with a local and professional guide who will be pleased to let you know more about Marrakech, its famous monuments and marvellous gardens, as well as its history and traditions. Visit a local market and enjoy the colorful part of this magical city. Before you return to your hotel, visit a local herbalist for a presentation of spices and plants used in traditional Moroccan medicine.

Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

10. Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful old city of Marrakech on this walking tour and wander the labyrinth of famous little streets and alleys. Visit the Palais de Bahia, a decorated palace with enchanted inner rooms and mosaic walls and walk through the Jewish quarter with its interesting architecture. Discover the incredible Saadian Tombs, dating back to the reign of Sultan Ahmed el Mansour and visit the Ben Youssef Madrasa, an old Koran school with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture. Admire the wood carving and visit the little bedrooms for students.  Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the icon of Marrakech and something of an orientation point for tourists, then head to the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-clothed water sellers and henna women.

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What people are saying about Bahia Palace

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,433 reviews

Our guide Mohammed was excellent. Very informative and welcoming. We felt very relaxed with him. He told us lots about the history of Morocco and had banter too. I would 100% recommend this trip it’s really worth the money. He stopped us from getting run over several times - the roads are different to the UK. The trip was roughly 3 hours but without any breaks but didn’t feel like it. There is a lot to see. You do have to pay for the entrance fees for 2 of the places but we knew that and it’s 70 dirhams each. I would recommend you bring water and comfy shoes. So glad we did this.

Una mezza giornata fantastica con Una guida molto brava e preparata: Abdelmounalm. Molto cortese e attento, ha risposto a tutte le curiosità e domande. Quando tornerò, vorrei averlo ancora come guida. Grazie Abdelanche per la gentilezza. P.S. ho utilizzato GYG anche in altre occasioni e altri paesi: sempre trovata bene! consiglio vivamente! alla prossima

We very much enjoyed our time with Mohammed seeing and learning more about Marrakesh. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the city and was very helpful in answering our questions and keeping us engaged throughout the tour.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was happy to answer any questions we had and stop for photos!

excellent tour really interesting made all the better by our guide.