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Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

1. 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: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

2. Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

Enjoy a 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.  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, 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.

Marrakech: Medina Nightlife Walking Tour with Tastings

3. Marrakech: Medina Nightlife Walking Tour with Tastings

Join a certified tour guide and experience the overwhelming magic of Medina nightlife on this walking tour. Explore Jemaa el-Fnaa square and marketplace and learn local traditions and customs while taking in the surrounding sounds and smells. Taste Moroccan tea and other specialty products. After sunset, step into a lively and colorful souk (market), filled with musicians, dancers, and acrobats. Experience an exciting nighttime atmosphere, surrounded by the clamor of customers bartering for discounts and the smells of exquisite fragrances. Shop for souvenirs and marvel at the collection of colorful fabrics, handmade crafts, and one-of-a-kind trinkets that line the boutiques. As you stroll, listen as your guide gives intriguing information and anecdotes about medina's history, culture, and traditions. Conclude your tour by heading to a rooftop pub for some much-needed drinks. Sip on traditional Moroccan tea and taste olives and dry fruits (both included). Sit back and relax with the cheerful sounds of musicians in the background. 

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: EcoScooter City Tour

5. Marrakech: EcoScooter City Tour

Enjoy a 1 or 2-hour EcoScooter tour with a local group leader. Either follow a predefined private tour program to discover the most important places in Marrakech or define your own private itinerary and visit the sights you're most interested in.  Start the tour from Sofitel Hotel Esplanade and head to the famous Koutoubia mosque where you will start a short visit to Jamaa El Fna Square, The Souks and the Medina (From Bab Ftouh to Bab Laksour). Then, continue to Gueliz, the contemporary quarter of Marrakech, which is home to craft shops, chic stores, and exclusive boutiques. Make a shortstop in the Menara Gardens, built during the period of the Saadian Dynasty in the 16th-century. Surround yourself by beautiful orchards and olive groves. Finally, end the tour back at Sofitel Hotel Esplanade.

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

6. Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City 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 market place 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 at Dar Essalam Restaurant which provide an authentic Moroccon food. After your lunch break, visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. Enjoy this haven of peace in the city of Marrakech and explore the magnificent tropical garden with its fountains, pools, bamboo forests, cacti, and much more. 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. End your journey by visiting the secret garden which is an outstanding example of Islamic art and architecture. It's part of the great tradition of stately Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces.

Marrakech: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

7. 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: Medina and Souks Private Walking Tour

8. Marrakech: Medina and Souks Private Walking Tour

Meet your private guide in front of Café de France, in the main square. Follow your guide to the stores that best suit your interests. Explore the hidden gems of the souks and the winding streets of the medina district. Wander through local souks selling vegetables, fruits, and baked goods. Shop for ethnic Berber jewelry, ceramics, caftans, leather bags, teapots, and lanterns. Visit an artisanal complex with a wide range of specialty goods for sale including carpets and rugs from different Berber tribes. See the artisans working, and interact with them to learn more about their crafting techniques. Visit a herbalist and learn about different spices used for cooking and alternative medicine. Finally, enjoy a rooftop terrace view and have a cup of local tea with your guide.

Marrakech Magic 3-Hour Private Night-Time Tour

9. Marrakech Magic 3-Hour Private Night-Time Tour

Enjoy the magic of Marrakech at night on a private 3-hour tour. The city springs to life when the sun goes down and the air is filled with the tempting aroma of food cooked on open fires. Visit the spectacular Jemaa el-Fna Square. See traditional dancers and musicians and hear stories about Marrakech from your guide. Sample tasty snacks and feast on tanjia, a Marrakech specialty. Enjoy some quieter moments too. Visit an illuminated 12th-century mosque and walk along narrow cobblestone streets that only locals know about. Round off the tour with a drink at a rooftop bar, enjoying the sounds of music from the Jemma el-Fna Square below.

Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Koutoubia Mosque

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,357 reviews

What a wonderful experience! I had never been on a moped or e-scooter before but it was super easy to drive and Oualid was a very thoughtful and attentive guide. He took us on the main road for 20 minutes at the start of the 2 hour tour to get used to the scooters and then took us through the winding streets of the Berber market and the souks. Oualid was just great, so lovely - he took us to his family Riad which was an incredible experience. He also took us to his friends’ spice shop in the Berber market but there was no pressure to buy anything (although I bought some beautiful sandalwood) solid perfume. A fantastic way to see Marrakech whilst staying cool and enjoying being with a guide who grew up in the Old Medina. I would do this tour all over again! Thank you Oualid!

We had a brilliant experience with Abdul as our guide - he was extremely knowledgeable and we learnt so much more than just about the historical sites we visited. Worth noting that you have to pay 70 dirhams per person to enter the palace and the tombs but both are well worth it. We had English and French speaking people in our group so Abdul had to repeat himself in 2 different languages, meaning that the tour took longer but we didn't mind. He took us to a super cheap place to buy bottled water too, which was appreciated! Would highly recommend this tour as it's a fantastic way to learn about the context and significance of the places you visit.

Our guide was excellent!!! Really interested in giving us information and explaining his culture and history, as well as taking us to the most emblematic places in the Medina. It was the best decision of our trip, because the first day we were able to get a general impression of the place and the rest of the trip go in a more relaxed way to enjoy the place and its people.

We really enjoyed this tour, we got to see nicer parts of the city we would never have found ourselves and we felt really safe. Our guide was very knowledgeable on history of this beautiful city. Would recommend!

Really recommended private tour with a local guide, who really knows unique places and brings you into the deep Marrakesh, showing you real hidden gems of this beautiful old town and its markets