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Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

1. 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 Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

2. 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

3. 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: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

4. 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 Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

5. 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: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

6. Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

Explore the Imperial Cities souks, and monuments. See the impressive Hassan II Mosque, Old city of Rabat, Roman ruins at Volubolis, the beautiful Ouzoud Waterfalls and more on a 7 day tour. Head off to the Djemaa el-Fna, the centre square of the medina. Take a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace and the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Stroll through Majorelle Gardens and the peaceful site of the Menara Garden. Head to the coastal city of Casablanca. Walk around the Habous district with its small squares and maze-like narrow streets. Explore the colourful Habous Quarter, the Mehkma (Tribunal), the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral and the famous Hassan II Mosque. Journey to the capital Rabat and visit the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah and the Hassan Tower Mosque. Drive to the Berber town of Meknes, before taking a short drive to the mediaeval city of Fez. Begin your guided tour of the Fes medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. Visit foundouk Najjarine which houses the ‘Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts. See the Qaraouiyine mosque, which is both a university and a mosque situated in the heart of the Medina. Depart with a drive back to Marrakech via the Ouzoud Waterfalls, leading up to the Middle Atlas Mountains, where you can walk down along the cascades. Enjoy free strolling and shopping time in the old medina on your final day before departure at the airport.

Marrakech 3-Hour Walking Tour

7. Marrakech 3-Hour Walking Tour

Meet your guide and driver at your hotel/riad for the short drive to La Koutobia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Built in the 12th century, its 69-meter-tall minaret is the landmark of Marrakech. Outside the Mosque, you’ll learn about Islam and its 5 pillars as well as the worshipping habits of Moroccans. Your 3-hour guided tour continues to Bahia Palace, a 19th century monument that is an indication of the wealth of Moroccan royalty of that time. The 160-room palace took 15 years to build, and it provides an opportunity to admire and learn about Moroccan architecture. A short walk from the palace, through the old Jewish quarter, you’ll come to the Saadian dynasty tombs, dating back to the 17th century. The site, discovered in 1917, and with its ornately decorated rooms and ceilings, has become a major attraction for visitors to Marrakech. Continue from here to the oldest part of the medina, where your guide will take you on a walking adventure through the maze-like streets, past spice shops, artisan workshops and art galleries. Your guided tour comes to an end in Jemaa el Fna Square, the most famous square in all of Africa. Storytellers, snake charmers, musicians, orange juice sellers and henna tattoo artists all compete for your attention.

Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

8. Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

Learn about the history and culture of Morocco on this guided tour of Marrakech. On this 2-part tour (both parts lasting 3 hours), you will explore the medina and the souks, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a stylish riad inbetween. To start off the tour you will explore the southern medina with its stunning historical buildings. Visit the magnificent Bahia Palace and the tombs of the former Saadi dynasty. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter, past the Mellah, and across the market of Mellah. If there is enough time, you can also see the ruins of El Badi Palace with the historical pulpit of Koutoubia Mosque. Enjoy lunch at the stylish Riyad El Cadi. Discover the classic architecture of Moroccan homes: a house surrounding a courtyard with a beautiful garden, which is sheltered from the busy streets. Depending on the season, you can eat on the sunny roof terrace or in the cool shade of the citrus trees. Enjoy a salad and a main course, prepared in advance according to your tastes. After lunch you will continue on to the artisan neighborhood of the city. See metal welding, leather workers, woodworkers, and henna women at work. Visit vegetable markets, communal ovens, and a traditional Berber pharmacy where you can find natural remedies for many ailments and medical conditions. At the end of the tour you can admire the beautiful architecture of the Ben Youssef Madrasa.

Private Tour: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Marrakech

9. Private Tour: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Marrakech

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Marrakesh, exploring the medieval streets and enchanting gardens and palaces of Marrakesh. Marrakesh is possibly the most important of Morocco's four former imperial cities (cities that were built by Moroccan Berber empires), and it was founded in 1062. See The Bahia Palace, set in extensive gardens, was built in the late 19th century by the Grand Vizier of Marrakesh. The only sections open to the public are the apartments of the Sultan’s favorite concubine, the Council Chamber, where you can admire the tiled walls and illuminated cedar wood ceiling, and the Central Courtyard, paved with marble, intricate zellij tiles, and ornate fountains. See The Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of the best-known squares in Africa and the center of city activity and trade. It has been described as a "world-famous square", a metaphorical urban icon, a bridge between the past and the present. Next, go to the Saâdian Tombs, dating back to the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansu, and admire the pure architectural lines and delicate decorations of cedar wood and stucco in the marble mausoleums of about 60 members of the Saadi Dynasty. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Marrakech: 3-Hour Palace and Monuments Tour

10. Marrakech: 3-Hour Palace and Monuments Tour

Meet your guide in front of the famous restaurant, Cafe de France, in the main square. Your tour begins with a visit to Bahia Palace, the crown jewel of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Learn about the palace's construction and the skilled artisans who continuously worked to complete the edifice. From the palace, take a stroll to the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 11th-century, and gaze at the mosque's imposing minaret. Hear about how the iconic landmark was the inspiration for religious buildings found all over the world. Afterward, head out to the Saadian Tombs, located just outside Marrakech. Discover what important family and notable officials rest here and hear about the restoration of the tombs.   Before concluding your tour, take a walk through the vibrant souks. Take in the aroma of the spice section, and be impressed by the intricate designs of the jewelry, leather, lanterns and other products of the souk. Finnish by Jemaa el-Fna Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to witness acrobats, storytellers, musicians, and snake charmers.

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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.