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Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

1. 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.

Agadir/Taghazout: Marrakech Trip with Licensed Tour Guide

2. Agadir/Taghazout: Marrakech Trip with Licensed Tour Guide

Depart Agadir or Taghazout early in the morning taking the highway Agadir to Marrakech. After a 3-hour drive with some rest stops on the way while crossing the High Atlas mountains, you'll arrive in Marrakech. Once you arrive in Marrakech, you will meet your local tour guide and begin a walking tour of the Medina (the old city of Marrakech). Start by stopping outside the historical walls of the Koutoubia Mosque and strolling thorugh the square of Jamaa El Fana.  Have the option to purchase a ticket to the Bahia Palace. If you wish to visit the Bahia palace and Badii palace please skip or leave the group and tell your guide to set a meeting point with him for lunch (not included in the price). At the end of your local tour, you will have free time to walk through the streets of the souks (local market), haggle with the shop vendors, and find a good place to enjoy some local street food. After lunch, you’ll meet up with your driver, and begin the drive back to your hotel in Agadir with an expected arrival time of roughly between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

3. 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: 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.  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. 

From Taghazout or Agadir: Marrakech Guided Day Trip

5. From Taghazout or Agadir: Marrakech Guided Day Trip

Discover the city of Marrakech in a full day trip from Taghazout and get to visit the main city attractions and monuments. Explore the gardens of the Koutoubia Mosque and walk through the famous square of Jemaa El Fna and try your bargaining skills in the local souk market and get to see the walled medina of Marrakech... The trip to Marrakech starts quite early in the morning, followed by a 3.5 hours drive on highway, with a minimum of one stop to use restrooms or to stretch your legs or to grab a cup of coffee. Once you arrive to Marrakech, you will start your walking tour with our guide to explore the attractions of the city or you can skip the guided tour and pursue your own sightseeing itinerary. After the city tour of Marrakech, you will have free time to discover the city on your own and find a good place to taste the local food in the rooftop restaurants looking down the square of Jemaa el fna. After the free time, you will meet up with your guide and driver at the agreed meeting point, and begin the journey back to your hotel or hostel in Taghazout. Marrakech day trip from Agadir is definitely a must trip to add to your list while visiting Taghazout.

Marrakech: Bicycle Tour with a Local Guide

6. Marrakech: Bicycle Tour with a Local Guide

In the Medina of Marrakech it is not always easy to find your way. This is why it is best to have a biking guide to show you the best places of the area, making you feel like the area is yours. Just biking through Marrakech itself will make you feel like a sultan as you discover the inside of this ancient and imperial city. Biking along the medieval red-clay city walls in particular is sure to make your Marrakech visit an extraordinary experience. Throughout your tour you will pass by various monuments and interesting buildings which might be worthwhile to explore in depth once you have finished your first exploration of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, you will return to your point of origin.

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens Highlights Tour

7. 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.

From Casablanca: Day Trip to Marrakech with Camel Ride

8. From Casablanca: Day Trip to Marrakech with Camel Ride

Immerse yourself in the culture of Marrakech on this day trip from Casablanca. After getting picked up from your hotel, begin the 2.5-hour journey to Marrakech, making the most of the free wifi and air conditioning during the journey. Choose from a private or small group tour. Upon arrival in Marrakech, enjoy a camel ride through the charming Palm Grove. Next, visit sights such as Koutoubia Minaret Market and Mosque, and the majestic Bahia Palace. Stroll through the narrow streets of the medieval Medina and see craftsmen at work, making leather, argan oil and much more. Later, soak up the atmosphere of Jemaa El-Fnaa Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before beginning the journey back to Casablanca.

Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and Medina Tour

9. 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: Medina Nightlife Walking Tour with Tastings

10. 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. 

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4.3 / 5

based on 2,284 reviews

Youseff was a very professional, friendly and courteous driver A++. Abdel was very knowledgeable courteous and knew his way around. Felt safe and the locals we dealt with were excellent and not pushy. I highly recommend these gentlemen for your trips!!!! A+++. Cheers A happy customer and will be sure to recommend this service

Very nice. We had a private tour. The guide had lots of info about history and tipt us on the surroundings. Also he made the tour a bit more interesting to show us the University in stead of the secret garden. The latter one can see without a guide.

Our guide Mo was very knowledgable and passionate about the diverse and colorful culture of Morocco. We have learned a lot from him. He is an excellent. I recommend it to anyone who’ll be visiting soon. Thank you!

First of all we changed our itinerary. We ended going to the secret garden and a Ben Yosserf museum. Our guide Chafik was outstanding and took us everywhere. Highly recommend this tour.

Very knowledgeable guide, has a rich understanding of history and culture of Morocco.