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Marrakech Medina, Palaces & Tombs - Small Group Tour

Discover the medina and experience Marrakech life as it has been for hundreds of years. In the souqs learn about the different industries that make the Old City so unique. Visit the city gates, palaces, tombs, museums and Kotoubia Mosque before finishing at Djemma el-Fna, filled with snake charmers, musicians and market stalls.

There is no other place in this Moroccan city that screams authentic Marrakech than the bustling medina. Diving into this chaotic city centre is a must-do for any visitor, but trying to navigate this labyrinth alone is like trying to find your way out of a rabbit hole. Luckily, on this Marrakech medina tour with a local, you don’t have to be a master navigator to get the full experience!

Your first stop is the Palais de Bahia. This palace and its gardens are one of the most beautiful areas in Marrakech, and signify the epitome of decadence in the city’s history. This haven of shady courtyards and mosaics was once home to the high and mighty of Marrakech, a place where rich men and their various wives and concubines would leisurely glide around, relaxing in their luxurious surroundings. Here you can stroll through the many, many rooms, whilst your guide tells you all the local stories about slaves and sultans.

After the palace, we’ll take a walk inside the Medina and stop at one of the local bakeries. Here, we’ll get to see how locals in the Medina prepare their bread then bring it here to be baked. We’ll even get a taste! Not far from here, we’ll make another food stop at a local neighbourhood hammam to see how the traditional Moroccan dish tanjia is prepared.

Your final stop on this Marrakech tour will show you a vision of the city in pictures, with a visit to the Photography Museum. Here you can browse the rotating selection of 4,500 photos, and get as close as you possibly can to glancing into the world of Marrakech 100 years ago. With portraits of the locals, vintage village scenes, and even photos of the Berber tribes of the Atlas Mountains, a visit to the Photography Museum is one of the essential things to do in Marrakech to really understand its history and culture.

Your tour will finish up back in Djemaa El-Fna, where your local guide will either be able to give you directions back to your accommodation, or you can continue your own Marrakech adventure in the souks and medina.

Experience Includes

  • Guided tour of the labyrinth-like Marrakech medina.
  • Visit Djemaa El-Fna, an iconic treasure.
  • Savour the scent and taste of freshly baked bread at a local bakery and see how tanjia is prepared at a traditional hammam.
  • Entrance fees to Palais De Bahia and the Photography Museum.
  • Local English-speaking guide.
  • Small group - maximum of 12 people for a more personalised experience.

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Tips and Gratuities for your guide

Departs

The Marrakech Medina, Palaces & Tombs Tour runs daily except between 24 June to 28 June and 31 August to 8 September.

Departure location

Please meet your guide outside Café France in Djemaa El-Fna.

Start times

9.00am.

Duration

Around 4 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour.
  • Morocco is considered by many to be a liberal Muslim country. Many Moroccan women do not wear headscarves, for example, but you may find that Morocco is very conservative compared to what you’re used to at home, so you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline your shoulders, chest, and knees should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts (men or women), low-cut tops, and showing midriff is not recommended as it will restrict your entry into buildings of a religious nature and family homes. Covering these parts of your body will be considered as respectful amongst the locals. Lightweight sleeved shirts, trousers and skirts are respectful, cover your body, and keep you cool in the heat.