Short Guided Walking Tour of Marrakech Medina
On this privately guided Marrakech medina tour explore Marrakech on foot, a city renowned for its architecture and colourful open-air markets. Stroll along the bustling alleyways and see the mosques, traditional bakeries, old lodging houses and fountains carved of wood. Explore the historical attractions of 14th century Ben Youssef Medersa, and the 12th century Kubba El Baroudyine, known for their contribution to history and architecture. Visit Djemaa el-Fna, a huge square in the medina (old town) with open-air food stalls, storytellers, snake-charmers, musicians and shops selling garments, artwork, jewellery and footwear.
|Duration||1 day (4 hours)||Tour Starts||Your Hotel/Riad|
|Group Size||From 1 to 20||Tour Ends||Your Hotel/Riad|
|Trip Type||Day Trip Explorer||Prices From||£30 pp|
|Operating Season||All Year Round||Private Departures||Daily|
Your tour begins with a walk through one of the most interesting quarters of Marrakech. Stroll along labyrinthine alleyways, catching glimpses of mosques, hammams, traditional public bakeries, fondouks (old lodging houses used by the caravans) and fountains carved in wood and decorated with inscriptions. Visit the principle attractions, beginning with the 14th century Ben Youssef Madrasa which used to be a Koranic school and is noted for its extraordinary latticework interior decor. Continue to the nearby 12th century Kubba El Baroudyine, noted for its beautiful dome, which is the last surviving example of Almoravid art in Marrakech.
Menebhi Palace & Souks
Your tour proceeds to visit the nearby 19th century Menebhi palace, owned by a Moroccan vizier and built in the pure Moroccan urban style of architecture of the period. Today it houses the Musée de Marrakech, a private museum with rotating displays of Moroccan art. Continue on foot through the colourful souks which are classified according to goods sold and where you can see craftsmen practicing their traditional art.
Djemma el Fna Square
Finally you will emerge onto the lively Djemma el Fna Square. Mingle with the popular entertainers, musicians, acrobats, snake charmers, story tellers and water sellers on our way up to one of the terraces overlooking the antics of the square, the ideal place for a respite and where you can enjoy a cool drink. At the end of the tour you will be returned to your accommodation or you have the option to continue your sightseeing at leisure.
The timings below are approximate and provided as a general guide:
0930 Your tour guide will meet and brief you at your central hotel / riad accommodation
0935 Start walking tour – visit Koutoubia, Djemaa el Fna, Ben Youssef Medersa and souks
1300 Arrive back at your accommodation
Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information
|Private Tour Prices||£30 pp (based on 4+ travellers); £35 pp (based on 2-3 travellers).|
|Included||Pick-up/drop-off at your Marrakech Medina-located accommodation; expert local English/French-speaking fully qualified and licensed tour guide; entrance fees to Ben Youssef Medersa; tea/coffee break en route.|
|Excluded||Entrance fees not specified, tips and items of a personal nature.|
|Balance of Payment||56 days before start date|
|Price Validity||01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016|
|Departures||This half day trip departs daily throughout the year and is subject to availability.|
|International Flights||If you would like a quotation for international or domestic flights to connect with this trip please get in touch. Typical fares from London to Marrakech booked approx. 3-6 months before travel range from £100-200 return on easyJet from Gatwick. Book early for cheapest seats!|
|Financial Protection||Marrakech Tours is a trading name of Specialist Africa Ltd. As Specialist Africa is a fully bonded member of the Travel Trust Association (TTA) all prices include TTA supplier failure insurance cover and safe seat plan insurance to ensure your monies are 100% secure when booking through us.|
|Travel Insurance||Travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for all clients. Specialist Africa’s travel insurance partner is Campbell Irvine, experts in providing insurance specifically tailored to travel in Africa. See our insurance page for rates and further details.|