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Marrakech: "New York Times Journeys" Morning Walking Tour

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A guided tour through some of the lesser seen sights of Marrakech. You will stumble upon a secret garden, shop at a cutting edge souk, enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family and uncover the region’s history and Islamic architecture.
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Duration 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • Visit the newly opened Le Jardin Secret to reveal the architectural nuances of a typical Moroccan riad
  • Discover the astonishing architecture that had been hidden for years behind the walls of the Douiria Museum
  • Savor a refreshing mint tea in a funky boutique cafe
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Following your introduction to Moroccan life at Le Jardin Secret, you will stop at the Al Nour Association to find out more about the inspirational project they run that provides local women, all of whom live with a disability, with the skills they need to take care of themselves and their families. You will then join them in a hands-on embroidery session where you will see some of their intricate work up close.

Afterwards, another architectural stunner awaits at the recently restored Douiria Museum in the Mouassine Quarter. A remarkable example of Saadian design from the late 16th to early 17th centuries, the building features a house and a douiria (reception area), making it more of a home than an actual museum. Your next stop is close to this world-famous market of spices, known locally as Place des Épices, but the focus at Souk Chérifia is on modern motifs. Here you will find traditional pottery, baskets and souvenirs, and you will also have the opportunity to visit small concept stores that proudly display current Moroccan designs. Nearby, Rahba Lakdima Square is crammed with apothecaries that sell exotic and mysterious supplies to locals, as well as traditional spice mixtures and cosmetics. The Tiskiwin Museum, also known as Maison Tiskiwin and the Bert Flint Museum are some of the finest museums in the country displaying artifacts from Morocco, the Sahara and other nearby areas of interest. Your next stop will be Riad Yima, an achingly hip cafe, boutique and gallery founded by the renowned photographer Hassan Hajjaj.

Feeling suitably refreshed, your shopping spree will continue at Chabi Chic, where the pottery, jewellery and clothing all have a hippie vibe. The store opened several years ago with the creation of a line of dishes that featured long-established Moroccan patterns and stripes, handmade by Moroccan craftsmen. There will be time to make purchases in all the stores that you visit, should you wish to do so. After a busy morning of sightseeing and shopping, you will satisfy your appetite with a traditional lunch. This won’t be just any lunch mind you; rather than being taken to a restaurant, you will experience true Moroccan hospitality and home cooking in a "riad" in the center of town, where you will enjoy a freshly prepared feast with a local family. As you eat, you will get to know the family and learn more about their lives in Marrakesh.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Mint tea
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks

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Meeting point

Dar El Bacha Musée Des Confluences, Route Sidi Abdelaziz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions, lease notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests
• Please wear casual and comfortable clothing
• This is a child-friendly tour, children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge, please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6
• Your tout will be in a small group consisting of a maximum of 12 people

From £55.93 per person

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Product ID: 186894