marrakech-day-tour

1 day Marrakech Tour

On this privately guided Marrakech medina tour take in the vivid Red City, its monuments & carousing life of trade & fun! Accompanied by an experienced & knowledgeable Marrakech tour guide this comprehensive full day tour will give you the best possible experience of the Old Medina! You’ll enjoy the architectural wonders of Marrakech, from Koutoubia Mosque to the Ben Youssef Medersa.You’ll also visit the Old Jewish Quarter,the Mellah, & take a walk through the famous souks of Marrakech.

 

Tour Highlights

 

Djemaa el Fna Square.

The true highlight of Marrakech is the medieval square of Djemaa el Fna - Africa’s most famous meeting place. Here at the heart of the old city acrobats & jugglers, snake charmers, beggars, boxers, musicians, fresh juice & food sellers all compete for your attention – & a few dirham’s in the process. Your guide will help you navigate through the labyrinth-like streets & alleys to Djemma el Fna Square.

 

The Koutoubia Mosque & Gardens

The largest mosque in Marrakech. The minaret was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur  (1184-1199) & was used as the model for the Giarlda of Seville & for the Hassan Tower of Rabat. The name is derived from the Arabic al-Koutoubiyyin for librarian, since it used to be surrounded by sellers of manuscripts. It is considered the ultimate structure of its kind. The tower is 69 m (221 ft) in height & has a lateral length of 12.8 m (41 ft). Six rooms (one above the other) constitute the interior; leading around them is a ramp by way of which the muezzin could ride up to the balcony. It is built in a traditional Almohad style & the tower is adorned with four copper globes.

 

El Bahia Palace

The El Bahia Palace in Marrakech is a beautiful building & an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that represents trends & standards of the wealthy who lived at that time. It was built for Ahmed Ibn Moussa (Ba Ahmed) between 1894 & 1900 in Alawi style. Craftsmen were brought from Fes to work on this monumental task which took approximately fifteen years to complete. The name ‘Bahia’ means “palace of the beautiful”. There are 160 different rooms in the palace which are sprawled out in an open, rambling fashion. Decorations take the form of subtle stucco panels, zellij decorations, tiled floors, smooth arches, carved-cedar ceilings, shiny marble (tadelakt) finishes & zouak painted ceilings. The palace is surrounded by an eight-hectare garden.

 

The Saadian Tombs

The Saadian tombs in Marrakech date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were only recently discovered (in 1917) & were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech. The mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River.

 

The Jewish Mellah

Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, the Mellah district was designated as the Jewish quarter in Marrakech. At the time of the Spanish religious wars, Jewish refugees were escaping the country, & were offered this little piece of security by the Sultan.The Old Spice MarketThe Rahba Kedima is a colourful market filled with a wide array of spices including Cumin, Cinnamon, Saffron, Dried Pepper & many more.

 

Schedule

The timings below are approximate & provided as a general guide:9:00  Your tour guide will meet & brief you at your hotel / riad accommodation. Depart on walking tour – visit Koutoubia & Djemaa el Fna a&d the souks13:00  Light lunch14:00  Guided visits to your choice of monuments – afternoon tailored to your interests18:00  Arrive back at your accommodation

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Lunches
  • All applicable taxes

 

DOES NOT INCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Personal needs expenditures