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Marrakech: Ben Youssef, Secret Garden, & Souks Walking Tour

Marrakech: Ben Youssef, Secret Garden, & Souks Walking Tour

Take a walking tour through Marrakech, exploring the cultural wonders of Ben Youssef Medersa, the Secret Garden, and the bustling souks. Experience a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, weaving together the rich tapestry of Marrakech's past and present. Begin your journey at the iconic Ben Youssef Madrasa, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. As you step into this historical gem, feel the air become thick with tales of scholars who once roamed its halls. Marvel at the intricate geometric patterns and elaborately carved stucco. Discover the tranquil courtyards that echo with centuries of intellectual pursuit. Let your guide transport you to a bygone era, providing insights into the madrasa’s significance and its role in shaping Morocco's cultural heritage. Continue to the Secret Garden, a hidden oasis nestled within the heart of the city. Stroll through lush greenery, admire vibrant blooms, and listen to the soothing sounds of fountains. Relax in a sanctuary that provides a peaceful retreat, offering a moment of tranquility amidst the urban hustle. End the walk in the souks, where the heart of Marrakech beats most vividly. Follow your guide through a maze of streets, where each corner reveals a new sensory delight. Enjoy the aroma of spices, the colors of textiles, and the banter of traders. Meet artisans and test your bargaining skills.

Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Marrakech, exploring the medieval streets, souks and medina of Morocco’s “Red City” through its palaces and monuments. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, explore one of Morocco’s oldest imperial cities at sites such as the Koutoubia, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques of the western Muslim world. Marvel at its 221-foot minaret and masterful architecture that evokes the Giralda of Seville. Continues to a peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansu. Admire the colorful tiles, Arabic script, and intricate carvings, hidden to the world after they were sealed up until 1917. Next, spend an hour at the 19th-century Bahia Palace, built in 7 years by 1,000 craftsmen from Fez. Intended to be the greatest example of Moroccan and Islamic architecture in the world, a haphazard arrangement of secret apartments open onto inner courtyards, set in the center of a 2-acre garden.  Then go to Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech's main square and the market place. Through the medina, there are different souks to explore. From the silk-spinners and the spice sellers to carpets to crystals. Each little street has its own identity and its own unique selling point.

Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and Medina Tour

Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and Medina Tour

Discover some of the highlights of Marrakech on a shared group or private guided tour. Visit notable landmarks such as El Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, and Djemaa El Fna Square. After meeting your local guide, choose to visit the following attractions in the order you prefer. Explore El Bahia Palace, known as “the palace of the beautiful”, which is designed in an Alaoui style. Stroll through some of the 160 rooms in the palace with decorations of stucco panels, zellij decorations, tiled floors, carved cedar ceilings, shiny marble finishes, and painted ceilings. Visit Koutoubia Mosque, the city's largest mosque, which derives its name from its historical association with bookshops and booksellers. Admire the traditional Almohad architectural style, its tower is adorned with four copper globes. Stroll through the Saadian Tombs, dating from the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, which house the remains of about sixty members of the Sa’adi Dynasty. Walk through the bustling souks and Djemaa El Fna square at the heart of Marrakesh. Discover an array of traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, medicinal remedies, and local entertainment. You can also find Moroccan items like babouches, leather goods, garments, pottery, tajine dishes, and silver jewelry.

Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Mederssa Ben Youssef & Medina Tour

Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Mederssa Ben Youssef & Medina Tour

Begin your walking tour by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, the city's largest mosque, which derives its name from its historical association with bookshops and booksellers. Admire the traditional Almohad architectural style and a tower adorned with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, and its 160 rooms around little courtyards, which were, according to rumor, occupied by concubines. See the surrounding eight-hectare garden decorated by stucco panels, zellij, tiled floors, carved cedar ceilings, shiny marble finishes, and painted ceilings. Continue to the Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic School dating back to Sultan Abou el Hassan's rule, was later rebuilt in the 1560s by the Saadians. Marvel at the architectural masterpiece, showcasing typical Moroccan styles such as zellij tiling, stucco plasterwork, and carved cedar wood. End your sightseeing adventure in Marrakesh's lively souks – the city's beating heart, providing traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, medicinal remedies, and local entertainment. Discover items such as babouches, leather goods, clothing, pottery, tagine dishes, and silver jewelry.

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

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.  With a distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, walk through the Jewish Quarter. 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: Palace, Museum, Madrasa & Medina Highlights Tour

Marrakech: Palace, Museum, Madrasa & Medina Highlights Tour

Begin your walking tour of Marrakech at the Koutoubia Mosque, the city's largest, known for its historical ties to bookshops. Admire its Almohad architectural style, featuring a tower adorned with four copper globes. Next, explore El Bahia Palace, constructed between 1894 and 1900 with 160 rooms around courtyards. Walk through the surrounding eight-hectare garden, admiring intricate decorations like stucco panels, zellij, tiled floors, cedar ceilings, marble finishes, and painted ceilings. Move on to the Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic school dating back to Sultan Abou el Hassan's rule that once housed around 800 students memorizing the Quran. Rebuilt in the 1560s, it's a Moroccan architectural masterpiece with zellij tiling, stucco plasterwork, and carved cedar wood. Afterwards, you continue to the Dar El Bacha Museum, a symbol of the city’s history and culture, and a historic palace that now houses a collection of Moroccan art, showcasing intricate woodwork, vibrant textiles, and ornate ceramics. Explore its opulent rooms for a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Moroccan elite. Complete your sightseeing tour in Marrakesh's lively souks, with traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, remedies, and local entertainment on offer. Test your bargaining skills as you browse through babouches, leather goods, clothing, pottery, tagine dishes, and silver jewelry.

Marrakech: Ben Youssef Madrasa, Secret Garden, & Medina Tour

Marrakech: Ben Youssef Madrasa, Secret Garden, & Medina Tour

Set out on this guided tour to explore Marrakech's cultural treasures, including the Medersa Ben Youssef, the Secret Garden, and bustling markets. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history and vibrant present through this immersive experience. Begin with a visit to the Ben Youssef Medersa, a medieval Islamic school and a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Undeniably one of the most beautifully decorated buildings in Marrakesh, marvel at the zellij tiling, stucco plasterwork, and carved cedar wood. Continue to the Secret Garden, a hidden oasis of palaces in the heart of the Medina. Walk through the surrounding gardens, admire the colorful flowers, and enjoy the calming sounds of fountains. Then, explore the lively souks—the vibrant heart of Marrakech. Discover a variety of traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, medicinal remedies, and local entertainment. Browse iconic items, such as babouches, leather goods, garments, pottery, tajine dishes, and silver jewelry, and test your bargaining skills.

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens Highlights Tour

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens 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 marketplace 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 and join in for the second part of the tour. After your lunch break, visit the Secret Gardens, which dates back to the Saadian Dynasty over 400 years ago and was rebuilt in the 19th-century. 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. Relax on the drive back to your hotel or riad at the end of your tour.

Marrakech: Uncover Hidden Gems on a Half-Day Walking Tour

Marrakech: Uncover Hidden Gems on a Half-Day Walking Tour

Embark on a captivating half-day journey through Marrakesh, a city where history, culture, and vibrant life seamlessly blend. Enjoy a guided tour that is carefully crafted to offer a condensed yet enriching experience of this enchanting Moroccan city. Commence your exploration at the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque, an architectural masterpiece that stands as an iconic symbol of Marrakesh. Marvel at the mosque's towering minaret and meander through its tranquil gardens. Discover the intricate architecture and stunning gardens of the 19th-century palace, the Bahia Palace. Continue on your journey to Jemaa el-Fna Square, the bustling heart of Marrakesh. As the day unfolds, the square comes to life with street performers, traders, and market vendors. Immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere, perhaps sample delectable street food, and observe the vibrant tapestry of local life. Navigate through the captivating Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the labyrinthine streets and alleyways are a treasure trove of Moroccan culture and craftsmanship. Immerse yourself in the sensory delights of the souks, where you can haggle for spices, textiles, jewellery, and more. Conclude your tour of discovery as you find respite at the Mouassine Fountain amid the maze-like streets of the Medina. Take a moment to relax, reflect, and appreciate the craftsmanship of this historic site - it offers a serene interlude within the bustling Medina. As your tour wraps up, explore the quintessential highlights of Marrakesh, from its architectural marvels and lively marketplaces to its cultural heritage and tranquil oases.

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour w/ Majorelle Garden

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour w/ Majorelle Garden

Discover the heart and soul of Marrakech on a private full-day city tour. Visit the city's vibrant souks, historic sites, and the iconic Majorelle Garden. Get picked up from your accommodation as the sun rises over the city. Begin your day with a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque, an architectural marvel and a symbol of Marrakech's deep-rooted history. Marvel at its intricate design and learn about its significance in Moroccan culture. Next, explore the Bahia Palace, a stunning 19th-century palace adorned with intricate mosaics and beautiful gardens. Step back in time as you wander through the opulent rooms and courtyards, gaining insight into the lives of Moroccan royalty. Continue your adventure in the bustling labyrinth of the Marrakech Medina. You'll stroll through the winding alleys, discovering hidden treasures in the souks (markets). You'll have the opportunity to shop for unique souvenirs and immerse yourself in the local market culture. As your appetite grows, you'll be taken a charming local restaurant, where you'll savor a traditional Moroccan lunch. Feast on couscous, tagines, and a medley of flavors that showcase the culinary richness of the region. After lunch, get whisked away to the world-renowned Majorelle Garden. This serene oasis is a breathtaking blend of cobalt blue buildings, exotic plants, and tranquil pools. Explore the garden at your own pace, taking in its artistry and serenity. Finally, visit some artisan workshops where you can witness traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. From pottery to carpet weaving, you'll have the opportunity to interact with skilled artisans and perhaps even try your hand at creating a unique piece to take home. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of the tour.

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Abdul was incredible, so knowledgeable & friendly. The pace of the tour was perfect, we were given plenty of time to explore, take photos and you could tell Abdul really wanted us to have the best experience possible, he took time and care to ensure this! Abdul knew people throughout the Souks which helped us to feel relaxed and there was no pressure to buy. He took us to different sections of the souks and showed us demonstrations of sellers making different items. Would highly recommend!!!

Abdel was absolutely fantastic! Such a kind heart who was extremely educated on the history but also watched out for my friend and I, helped us with safety tips, helped us to negotiate and make sure we were comfortable at all times. He was the highlight of our tour day in Marrakesh- ask for him! Great value- saw a lot of things.

My tour guide was with Muhammad (Germany) he was very patient, honest and very friendly he did an amazing job and couldn’t pick someone better

Really enjoyed the tour, communication about where to meet for the tour was clear and our guide Brahim was excellent.

Excellent guide; very knowledgable and enthusiastic!