Accompanied by a licensed guide, you’ll navigate Marrakech's labyrinthine medina and its colorful souks. Explore the red city's major historical sites and palaces and dive deep into the back streets to learn more about the local lifestyle.
What to Expect
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel/riad for the short drive to La Koutobia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Built in the 12th century, its 69-meter-tall minaret is the landmark of Marrakech. Outside the Mosque, you’ll learn about Islam and its 5 pillars as well as the worshipping habits of Moroccans.
Your 3-hour guided tour continues to Bahia Palace, a 19th century monument that is an indication of the wealth of Moroccan royalty of that time. The 160-room palace took 15 years to build, and it provides an opportunity to admire and learn about Moroccan architecture.
A short walk from the palace, through the old Jewish quarter, you’ll come to the Saadian dynasty tombs, dating back to the 17th century. The site, discovered in 1917, and with its ornately decorated rooms and ceilings, has become a major attraction for visitors to Marrakech.
Continue from here to the oldest part of the medina, where your guide will take you on a walking adventure through the maze-like streets, past spice shops, artisan workshops and art galleries, to Ben Youssef Medersa, a 14th-century theological college. The medersa once housed 900 students from all over Morocco, and the 132 dormitories upstairs indicate how important this institution once was.
Your guided tour comes to an end in Jemaa el Fna Square, the most famous square in all of Africa. Storytellers, snake charmers, musicians, orange juice sellers and henna tattoo artists all compete for your attention.
- Licensed tour guide
- Air-conditioned modern vehicle
- Entrance fees to historical sites
Know Before You Go
• Wear comfortable shoes
• Bring a hat and sunscreen
• Have some 10 or 20 dirham notes handy if you're going to take photos of the entertainers in the square