Guided tour

Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

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Discover the culture of Marrakech across various historic quarters of the city. Visit colorful souks with their tinsmiths, dyers, herbalists stalls, and workshops.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover tucked-away corners of Marrakech on a private history and culture tour
  • Explore the city's most historic quarters with a personal guide to show the way
  • Learn the fascinating history behind the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, and Jemaa el-Fna square
Full description
Your 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. Over the course of the day, you’ll 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, beautifully-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.
Includes
  • Local, professional guide
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees (the majority of monument entry fees are $7.00)
  • Pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of Café de France, in the Jemaa el-Fnaa main square.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 134 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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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.

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May 23, 2022

I would absolutely recommend this tour with Mohammed! He was very adaptable and you could tell he wanted to make sure we saw a real cultural side of the city - he told us the Ben Youssef madrasah had very recently reopened after a long restoration period and suggested we include this new spot as part of our tour. He has great knowledge of the history of Marrakesh and also lots of handy tips on what to do / avoid whenever our group had questions.

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April 30, 2022

What an amazing experience and our tour guide, Jadil….I think that was his name, sorry…was so incredible. He gave so much of himself to guide us around the city of Medina. He was kind, informative, looked after our safety, laughed, and laughed again. A true gentleman and professional. We got great history lessons, great cultural lessons and therefore we learned so much from him. Never to be forgotten!!!!

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April 17, 2022

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