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Marrakech Palaces and Monuments Tour

US$ 19.95 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • A great introduction to Marrakech’s most famous landmarks
  • Visit Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace
  • The tour is conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle and you will be accompanied by an expert guide

Overview

Plunge into the history, art and culture of delightful Marrakech on this captivating, colorful tour.

Photograph the magnificent Koutoubia mosque with its great square tower and shining copper globes.

Hear the strange tale of the serene Saadian Tombs with their mosaics, brilliantly colored tiles and delicate carvings. And relive the atmosphere of a glorious age in the exquisite rooms and lush pleasure gardens of the Bahia Palace.

See an enchanting display of arts and crafts in a gem of a town house and enjoy the sensational array of rugs at the Dar Nejjarine store.

Itinerary

For your delightful half-day tour you will be picked up at 0830 hours (08:30am) from your centrally located hotel in Marrakech.

You will set out in an air-conditioned vehicle with your guide to explore some of the most fascinating parts of Marrakech. The tour takes 3½ hours and covers around 50km (30 miles).

Formerly an imperial city and important hub for camel caravans, Marrakech nestles near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Because of the rich ochre color of its buildings, it is often known as the 'Red City'.

You will have a 5-minute photo-stop at the great Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Marrakech and a fine example of Hispano-Moorish architecture. The square tower (minaret) is 69 m (221 ft) in height and topped with four gleaming copper globes.

Your tour continues to the peaceful enclosure in the kasbah housing the Saadian Tombs. These fine 16th century tombs, beautifully decorated with colorful tiles, Arabic script and intricate carvings, were sealed up for hundreds of years and only rediscovered in 1917.

Next stop is the Moroccan Art Museum, a private museum in a charming Spanish-Moroccan house. You have around 30 minutes to view the excellent collection of basket work, jewellery and textiles.

You continue to the delightful Bahia Palace, built at the end of the 19th century. Spend an hour here admiring the stunning stuccos, paintings, Islamic mosaics and coloured carved cedar wood roofs, and enjoying the Moorish-style pleasure gardens, planted with orange trees, cypress trees and jasmines.

You then have a 30 minutes shopping stop at Dar Nejjarine Carpets, where you will be given traditional mint tea or a soft drink and shown a dazzling array of carpets. Be prepared to bargain hard if you want to buy, or just enjoy the rich variety of colours and textures.

Your tour ends around 1200h (12 noon). The vehicle will drop you off back at your hotel or, if your accommodation is not a pick-up location, at the nearest possible point to your hotel.

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Reviews

The bus turned up a few minutes early at our hotel, so no hanging around. We did the tour on the small bus - there were just 8 of us so very personal treatment. The guide was... Carole R Warmington

I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. I came away with a much deeper understanding of Marrakech and the Muslim faith. We saw most of the important... Cathy L Whittaker

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

English and French speaking guide:
Monday, Thursday & Sunday

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

Start time

Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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

You will be dropped off at your hotel or at a place in Marrakech as close as possible to your hotel

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English and French speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to monuments and attractions

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks

Do/Dont's

There are plenty of photo opportunities on this tour, so don’t forget your camera. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a hat. To respect local culture, it's a good idea for men and women to cover legs and arms as much as possible. This advice is especially useful for women as it helps stop unwanted attention. Carry sunblock and some bottled water

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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 activity operator reserves the right to modify the program in the case of unforeseen events.

Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the mosques.

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

See the Cancellation policy for this product

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  • "Terrific Value for Money" The bus turned up a few minutes early at our hotel, so no hanging around. We did the tour on the small bus - there were just 8 of us so very personal treatment. The guide was...
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