1. Morocco
  2. Marrakesh-Safi
  3. Marrakech
  4. Jemaa el Fnaa

Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina and Museums Tour

Product ID: 25356
Discover the medina of Marrakech, and explore the souks. Learn about the unique industries of the Old City. Visit the city gates, palaces, tombs, and Kotoubia Mosque. Finish at Djemma el-Fna, with its snake charmers, musicians and markets stalls.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the labyrinth-like Marrakech medina, with a local to guide you
  • Savor the scent and taste of freshly-baked bread at a local bakery
  • Visit Djemaa El-Fna, an iconic Marrakech treasure
  • Listen to stories of sultans and slaves in a decadent palace
  • Discover photographs of Marrakech from over 100 years ago
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Explore the medina and its labyrinth of narrow streets and famous souqs on this day tour in Marrakech. Visit Maison Tiskiwin to see a fascinating private collection of crafts and decorative arts from southern Morocco and the Sahara. Then visit the Palais De Bahia, a haven of shady courtyards and blue mosaic walls built for Bou Ahmed. The palace also includes beautiful quarters for his 4 wives and 24 concubines.

Visit the Photography Museum and discover Marrakech from the past. The pictures on display change regularly drawing on over 4,500 photos taken from 1870 to 1950.

Finally on this day tour in Marrakech head back to Djemma el Fna Square where the tour finishes. Your local guide can provide instructions on how to get back to your hotel or you can continue your shopping in the local souks.
Includes
  • Entrance fees to Palais De Bahia and the Photography Museum
  • English-speaking guide
  • Sample of freshly-baked bread
What’s Not Included
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
  • Food and drink

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in the front of Café France in the Djemaa el-Fnaa of Marrakech (Place Jemaa el Fna, Rue des Banques). As you walk into Djemma El Fnaa through the main entrance, there is a 3-story café on the right side of the square. All through Djemma El Fnaa there are fake guides who will try and convince you to do a tour with them, so please make sure that you find the official guide who will be holding an Urban Adventure sign or badge and waiting for you in front of the café.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Maximum group size is 12 people
• Morocco can be considered a liberal Muslim country as many Moroccan women do not wear headscarves. However, Morocco is very conservative by the standards you may be accustomed to at home, and you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders, cleavage, and knees should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts (men and women), low-cut tops, and showing midriff is not recommended as it will restrict your entry into buildings of a religious nature as well as family homes, and is considered disrespectful to the local culture. Long, light-colored, lightweight sleeved shirts, trousers and skirts are respectful. Cover your body to keep you cool in the heat and protect you from the harsh sun
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Great tour!

The tour was great! The guide was great! I ended up being the only one signed up so it became a private tour. My guide shared great information about Moroccan history and culture. I particularly enjoyed walking through the markets. I surely would have gotten lost if I attempted that on my own! He also brought me to a place that locals go to for Moroccan donuts. That was great to experience something I wouldn’t have known to check out on my own.

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December 26, 2018

Insightful, interesting and worth it!

Our tour guide, Sarah, was everything we could've asked for. She was attentive, animated and considerate. We felt comfortable enough to ask a number of questions and for her to take group pictures of us at the different attractions. Her historical knowledge was impressive as she not only shared hard facts, but also local stories that went along with them. We throughly enjoyed walking around old Marrakech with a guide who knew where she was going. She tailored the route to accommodate for water stops and a few rests. A wonderfully insightful tour led by an amazingly warm and knowledgeable tour guide. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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September 20, 2018

Good way to cover the main sites in the city

It's a good way to go through most of the sites within the city. I did this on the first day of my trip and the 4 hours tour enabled me to know my way around the old city too. The tour guide was very friendly and there wasn't too much souvenir shops visits, which is much appreciated.

April 2, 2013

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Product ID: 25356