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Marrakech in a Nutshell: Souks, Monuments, Palaces & more!

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Highlights

  • Our Destination in a Nutshell products show you the very best of a city in just one day!
  • Visit Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace
  • After lunch be transported to another world when you visit the Marrakech Medina; stroll the labyrinth of streets and visit some of the bustling souks
  • Meet the street entertainers and sample authentic cuisine in the world-famous Djemaa el Fna
  • The tour is conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle and you will be accompanied by an expert guide
  • Enjoy a typical Moroccon tagine for lunch

Overview

Discover the multiple facets of the legendary city of Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, on this discovery tour in Morocco. Marrakech is a heady mix of Arabic, Spanish and European influences. Its souks in the Medina are among the most famous in Morocco where one can buy almost anything.

Walk around the world-famous Djemaa el-Fna, overflowing with food stalls and entertainers, and savor the typical Moroccan atmosphere.

Towering at 70 metres high, the Koutoubia Minaret fuses classic Moroccan and Andalusian architectural styles. Explore the beautiful gardens, the mosque, tiled courts, and reception halls of the Bahia Palace.

See where Moroccan royalty was laid to rest at the 16th century Saadian Tombs, built in the Hispano-Moorish style by Saadian ruler, Ahmed the Golden.

Round off this memorable tour with an authentic Moroccan lunch in the heart of the bustling Medina.

Itinerary

0830h (8:30am): You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Marrakech for this Marrakech in a Nutshell tour.

Set out in an air-conditioned bus with your guide for this sightseeing tour which also includes lunch. Both the historical sightseeing tour and the visit to the souks and Medersa last for approximately three hours each.

The breakdown of your itinerary is as follows:
0900h (9:00am): There will be a 5-minute photo stop at the foot of the Koutoubia Minaret . The Koutoubia is the largest mosque in Marrakech with a stunning 70 metre high minaret.

Following this, visit the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until they were rediscovered in 1917. The tombs date back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. There are two main mausoleums within the enclosure, consisting of 66 tombs while 100 more are laid outside in the gardens. Notice the wonderful Hispano-Moorish architecture that surrounds the burial ground of the royal family.

0930h (9:30am): Explore the Private Museum of Marrakech, belonging to the Omar Benjelloun Foundation, in the medina. Housed in a classical Andalusian building, with fountains in the central courtyard, museum’s collections includes historical books, coins, Moroccan, Jewish and Berber pottery.

1000h (10:00am): Visit the 19th century Bahia Palace, surrounded by beautifully-manicured gardens filled with sweet-smelling flowers and fruit trees. The aristocratic palace has beautifully painted residential rooms and a lush Moorish style garden in the courtyard.

1115h (11:15am): Stop at Dar Nejjarine, where you can pick up some exquisitely-made carpets and other Moroccan handicrafts.

1200h (12:00noon): The tour will stop for lunch at Dar Nejjarine. Dine on a variety of tagines, kefta (chopped meat), chicken couscous, Tfaya with beans and fruits of the season. After lunch, enjoy some time for leisure here.

1500h (3:00pm): Visit the Medersa Ben Youssef. This Islamic school dates back to the 16th century and used to be the most important such institution in the whole Maghreb.

1530h (3:30pm): Meet a traditional herbalist and see a presentation of the various spices that are used in the Moroccan healing system.

1600h (4:00pm): Walk in the Medina and discover the colorful and exotic Moroccan handicrafts. Explore the market, which is divided into smaller souks according to goods sold. This grand labyrinth features hand-crafted Moroccan good such as babouche slippers, woodworks, brass works, ironworks, bronze works, jewellery, kaftans, carpets, spices, and pottery. You will also be able to visit the best galleries for leather, antiques and hand crafted gold jewellery.

1730h (5:30pm): Enjoy strolling in the world-famous Djemaa El Fna square, Marrakech’s most popular tourist attraction. This bustling square is listed by UNESCO as a "Masterpiece of World Heritage". Snake charmers, acrobats, dancers, storytellers make it a lively hub of activity. The smell of exotic spices fills the air as stalls whip up lip-smacking Moroccan street delicacies.

1800h (6:00pm): Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or the closest drop-off point in Marrakech.

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Reviews

after a short ride to first history site the rest of the day is on foot and there is a lot of walking, but well worth it. From the royal tombs its a close up view of the history... mrs l k miles

It was really a nice day through Marrakech City and his wonderfull monument, souks, palace & park. I really recommand to organize your excursion through this operator.... Cloos Nathalie

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

French and English Speaking Guide:
Monday, Thursday & Sunday

Duration

Approx. 9.5 hours

Start time

Start time: 0830h (8:30am)
Duration: Approx. 9.5 hours

Meeting point

Pick-up is from centrally located hotels in Marrakech.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
If your hotel is not a pick-up location, please call the agency in order to reconfirm the tour departure details (about the pick up place and timings).

Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point

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Inclusions

  • Pick-up from centrally located hotels
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
  • English and French speaking guide
  • Lunch in the Medina
  • Entrance fee

Exclusions

  • Beverages

Do/Dont's

There are plenty of photo opportunities on this tour, so don’t forget your camera. Dress in comfortable clothes. Carry sunblock and a hat

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Please note

It is advisable to re-confirm the tour departure details 48 hours prior to the start of the tour as this tour has a minimum passenger requirement of 6 people, if this is not met the tour would either be rescheduled for another date or cancelled with a full refund

For hotels outside the town & riads: time & place to be confirmed at the time of the reconfirmation

Identity papers are obligatory (passport or identity card).

The program can be modified in case of unpredictable events.

The restaurant at Dar Nejjarine does not serve alcoholic drinks.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

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