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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: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

2. 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

3. 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

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: Historical Discovery Tour

5. 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: 3-Hour Palace and Monuments Tour

6. 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.

Marrakech 3-Hour Tour with an Expert Guide

7. Marrakech 3-Hour Tour with an Expert Guide

Admire stunning palaces and centuries-old monuments on a 3-hour guided tour of Marrakech. Your itinerary will include what you would like to see and recommendations from your guide. Discover the fragrant gardens of the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Mosque and its 70-meter-high minaret and the recently discovered Saadian tombs. On a visit to the Bahia Palace you’ll be able to enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens, filled with fruit trees and fragrant flowers. Built in the 19th century, the palace was designed to be the largest of its time. Continue to the Saadian tombs, and admire the cedar wood domes and marble columns. Your last stop on this guided tour will be the Tiskiwin Museum, housed in a riad, and featuring collections of Moroccan art, jewelry, baskets and carpets.

Marrakech: Explore the City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Marrakech: Explore the City Highlights Walking Tour

Experience the sights in Marrakech with a knowledgeable local guide. See popular places in the city and find some hidden gems on this walking tour. Be welcomed by your guide and head to the largest mosque in Marrakesh, the Koutoubia Mosque which is surrounded by gardens. Visit the royal necropolis at the Saadian Tombs. Admire the crumbling ruins of the Badii palace. See stunning mosaic and tile work at Bahia Palace. Stop to purchase lunch at a rooftop restaurant. Shop for souvenirs at the stalls of the Souk markets and the medina. Explore the souks and lather works. Then, finish your tour at Jama Al Fana square and marketplace where you can continue shopping or grab an ice cream.

Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

9. 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.

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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.