Ben Youssef Madrasa

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Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

1. 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. 

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

2. 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.

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Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

3. 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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Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

4. Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful old city of Marrakech 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.

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Marrakech: Old City Walking Tour

5. Marrakech: Old City Walking Tour

Make the most of one of Morocco's most historic city districts with a guided walking tour. See ancient architecture, galleries and the souks (markets), and stop for some mint tea on the way. Learn about Medina, Marrakesh's old walled city in the company of a professional, art historian guide. Enjoy walking through a UNESCO world heritage site, and experience its stories and history firsthand. Discover the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in the city. Visit galleries and meet the vendors in the souks, the city's traditional markets. You'll also have time to pause for some traditional mint tea while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this unique city district.

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Marrakech: Guided Photography Tour

6. Marrakech: Guided Photography Tour

Be candid with Marrakech and photograph the old districts, neighborhoods, artisans and squares. Take amazing photo's at the Koutoubia Mosque. Capture up-close acrobats and storytellers of Jemaa el-Fna sqaure. Stroll through the Moussine District, and revel in the colorful Souk experience. Broaden your horizons of the local culture and let your guide take you through the secret ins and outs of the city. Find the 11th century Koutoubia Mosque and get the best photo's within the garden. Watch in awe at the world heritage site of Jemaa el-Fna square and immerse yourself in the people and culture. Walk down the 16th century street, named the coolest neighborhood in Marrakech, the Moussine District. Discover a local communal bakery that bakes over 3000 loafs per day. Venture through the hidden streets, find old doors, riads, and get the best lighting for the perfect shot. Delve into the Souk experience, and visit the beautiful rooftops and stores. Explore a stretch of local caravans where traders once worked. Learn how products are made and shoot great pictures in front of intricate and ethnic carpets. Finish the day on a stunning rooftop. Pause for photos, sit back, and relax with traditional Moroccan tea and the vibrant sounds of the musicians in Medina.

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Marrakech: Live Like a Local Private Tour with Tea and Snack

7. Marrakech: Live Like a Local Private Tour with Tea and Snack

Get a more authentic introduction to the city of Marrakech on a private tour with a local guide. Encounter school children singing songs as they walk home with their friends, see groups of local women chatting on the way back from the markets and more.  Get an insight into the local communities, meet an artist and marvel at the stunning architecture of the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa Islamic college, the most important Quranic school and 1st university in the city. Admire its intricate mosaics and quiet courtyards. Hear great stories and get local insights as your guide shares personal anecdotes and answers any questions you may have.

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Marrakech: Medina Quarter Private Walking Tour

8. Marrakech: Medina Quarter Private Walking Tour

Experience Marrakech’s Medina Quarter as you stroll through the area with your guide. See Marrakech landmarks including Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and Le Jardin Secret (the Secret Garden). Visit the Bahia Palace and learn about the history of the monument. See the Palace’s intricately designed walls, filled with Arabic inscriptions and geometric designs. Explore the Saadian Tombs. Discovered in 1917, the Saadian Tombs contain two large mausoleums and 100 tombs in the garden dating back to the reign of Ahmad al-Mansur. Admire the Koutoubia Mosque, the Djemaa el-Fna square, and Le Jardin Secret located in Medina. See traditional shops, cafes, and the hustle and bustle of Medina.

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Marrakech: Explore the City Highlights Walking Tour

9. 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. Go an old Islamic madrasa which is now a historic site at Ben Youssef Madrasa. Finish your tour at Jama Al Fana square and marketplace where you can continue shopping or grab an ice cream.

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What people are saying about Ben Youssef Madrasa

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 471 reviews

Unsere Tour mit unserem Guide Soufiane, der perfekt Deutsch sprach, war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Er holte uns pünktlich vor unserem Riad ab und zeigte uns alle Sehenswürdigkeiten. Wir waren zu Fuss unterwegs - am Nachmittag im Minivan mit Fahrer. Seine grossen Kentnisse über Kultur, Geschichte und Politik liessen die Zeit unheimlich schnell vergehen. Danke Soufiane für einen tollen Tag. Die Tour ist eine volle Empfehlung

We had a great day today with Ismael as our guide. He was so knowledgeable and willing to please us in any way. He knew great spots for pictures and took some lovely photos of the whole family together. We are really happy with our experience and highly recommend.

Very likeable and knowledgeable guide. Made us welcome to his home town. Went at our pace - completed everything we were meant to see.

Great guide - great tour through the old town of Marrakech - learned a lot, also about the life of Moroccans - highly recommended!

Excellent tour if you have a short time in Marrakesh. Hamid our guide was incredibly informative and very pleasant company.