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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: Bahia Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

2. 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: 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: Private Full-Day City Tour

4. 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: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

5. 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.

Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

6. Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Experience the souks and sights of Marrakech on a full-day sightseeing tour with lunch, and learn the “Red City’s” impressive history along the way. You will visit the Koutoubia, one of the most beautiful mosques in the western Muslim world. Marvel at its 225-foot-tall minaret before going to the 14th-century Ben Youssef Medersa, the largest Koranic university in the Maghreb. Continue to the Dar Si Saïd Museum in an Alaouite-style palace of the 19th century. See traditional crafts from southern Morocco, including carpets, costumes and weapons. Next, visit the lovely gardens of El Bahia Palace. Except for the apartments of the sultan's favorite concubine, the council chamber, and the wonderful marble courtyard, the palace is closed to the public. Admire the decorative Saâdian Tombs, built for Sultan Ahmed el Mansour. Continue to Menara Gardens in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and wander among the olive trees surrounding the central lake. Get panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks in the background. Enter the intricate maze of streets that house Marrakech’s souks. Discover different quarters established by craftsmen according to a structured system, including basketwork, dried fruit, spices, Berber carpets, and more. Of particular note is Rue du Souk Smarine, which leads to Place Rahba Kedima, site of the former slave market. Sample traditional Moroccan cuisine in a beautiful setting for lunch, before going to Djemaa El Fna, the vast central square that is the traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region, High Atlas mountains and south Morocco. Alive with fruit and spice traders in the morning, in the afternoon it’s the turn of Gnaoua dancers (descended from Guinean slaves), who come to play music, tell stories, charm snakes and more.

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What people are saying about Bahia Palace

Excellent. A complete tour of Marrakech with its unmissable highlights. Hakim was a wonderful guide recounting the ancient and modern history of this beautiful bustling city. He was attentive, available and discreet. We were all charmed. The private car made available to us was comfortable and spacious. We recommend ! Thanks again

A must do if you are visiting Marrakech for the first time. Excellent quality / price ratio considering the transfer from the hotel and the experience of the guide, very nice and prepared. Visit the Medina in complete safety and discover secret points of the city.

We are satisfied. We learned a lot for Morocco, for Marrakech, for the religion. We visited nice places and had great experience. The guide was nice and patient :) Thanks a lot, Hamid! :)

The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. He satisfied all our requests and stayed with us even after hours

Excellent guide. Knowledgable, professional and caring. Ismail was fantastic.