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.
English and French speaking guide:
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
3 hours 30 minutes
Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
You will be dropped off at your hotel or at a place in Marrakech as close as possible to your hotel
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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