Ben Youssef Madrasa

Ben Youssef Madrasa: Our most recommended tours and activities

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

1. Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

Discover the old city of Marrakech with its labyrinthine streets, famous markets, and the Majorelle Garden on this tour. Visit the famous Palais de Bahia, a beautifully decorated palace full of enchanting inner rooms and elaborate mosaic walls.  With a distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, walk through the Jewish Quarter. Discover the incredible Saadian tombs and the Medersa Ben Youssef, an old school of Quranic study with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture. Admire the wood carvings and visit the tiny students' rooms, then see the Koutoubia Mosque, an icon of Marrakech and a point of orientation for tourists. Head to the world-famous Jemaah el Fna square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-garbed water sellers and henna women. Enjoy a refreshing midday pause on one of the terraces with a panoramic view and take in the sights of the colorful crowds below. Then continue on to the incredible Majorelle Garden and make your way through this oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling new city at your leisure. Visit the Berber Museum housed in the bright blue villa and learn about the history and traditions of Berber people and see some of their beautiful traditional clothing. 

Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

2. Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful old city of Marrakech on this walking tour and wander the labyrinth of famous little streets and alleys. Visit the Palais de Bahia, a decorated palace with enchanted inner rooms and mosaic walls and walk through the Jewish quarter with its interesting architecture. Discover the incredible Saadian Tombs, dating back to the reign of Sultan Ahmed el Mansour and visit the Ben Youssef Madrasa, an old Koran school with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture. Admire the wood carving and visit the little bedrooms for students.  Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the icon of Marrakech and something of an orientation point for tourists, then head to the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-clothed water sellers and henna women.

Marrakech: Live Like a Local Private Tour with Tea and Snack

3. Marrakech: Live Like a Local Private Tour with Tea and Snack

Get a more authentic introduction to the city of Marrakech on a private tour with a local guide. Encounter school children singing songs as they walk home with their friends, see groups of local women chatting on the way back from the markets and more.  Get an insight into the local communities, meet an artist and marvel at the stunning architecture of the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa Islamic college, the most important Quranic school and 1st university in the city. Admire its intricate mosaics and quiet courtyards. Hear great stories and get local insights as your guide shares personal anecdotes and answers any questions you may have.

Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

4. Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Experience the souks and sights of Marrakech on a full-day sightseeing tour with lunch, and learn the “Red City’s” impressive history along the way. You will visit the Koutoubia, one of the most beautiful mosques in the western Muslim world. Marvel at its 225-foot-tall minaret before going to the 14th-century Ben Youssef Medersa, the largest Koranic university in the Maghreb. Continue to the Dar Si Saïd Museum in an Alaouite-style palace of the 19th century. See traditional crafts from southern Morocco, including carpets, costumes and weapons. Next, visit the lovely gardens of El Bahia Palace. Except for the apartments of the sultan's favorite concubine, the council chamber, and the wonderful marble courtyard, the palace is closed to the public. Admire the decorative Saâdian Tombs, built for Sultan Ahmed el Mansour. Continue to Menara Gardens in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and wander among the olive trees surrounding the central lake. Get panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks in the background. Enter the intricate maze of streets that house Marrakech’s souks. Discover different quarters established by craftsmen according to a structured system, including basketwork, dried fruit, spices, Berber carpets, and more. Of particular note is Rue du Souk Smarine, which leads to Place Rahba Kedima, site of the former slave market. Sample traditional Moroccan cuisine in a beautiful setting for lunch, before going to Djemaa El Fna, the vast central square that is the traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region, High Atlas mountains and south Morocco. Alive with fruit and spice traders in the morning, in the afternoon it’s the turn of Gnaoua dancers (descended from Guinean slaves), who come to play music, tell stories, charm snakes and more.

Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

5. Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

Learn about the history and culture of Morocco on this guided tour of Marrakech. On this 2-part tour (both parts lasting 3 hours), you will explore the medina and the souks, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a stylish riad inbetween. To start off the tour you will explore the southern medina with its stunning historical buildings. Visit the magnificent Bahia Palace and the tombs of the former Saadi dynasty. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter, past the Mellah, and across the market of Mellah. If there is enough time, you can also see the ruins of El Badi Palace with the historical pulpit of Koutoubia Mosque. Enjoy lunch at the stylish Riyad El Cadi. Discover the classic architecture of Moroccan homes: a house surrounding a courtyard with a beautiful garden, which is sheltered from the busy streets. Depending on the season, you can eat on the sunny roof terrace or in the cool shade of the citrus trees. Enjoy a salad and a main course, prepared in advance according to your tastes. After lunch you will continue on to the artisan neighborhood of the city. See metal welding, leather workers, woodworkers, and henna women at work. Visit vegetable markets, communal ovens, and a traditional Berber pharmacy where you can find natural remedies for many ailments and medical conditions. At the end of the tour you can admire the beautiful architecture of the Ben Youssef Madrasa.

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What people are saying about Ben Youssef Madrasa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 538 reviews

A full day city tour through the medina of Marrakech was amazing. Hamid was our private guide for the day. As a female traveler I felt really safe whole strolling through the small streets. He has a lot of knowledge on the historical elements of the medina and its residents. In this full day tour we have learned a lot about the Berber culture, skipped lines when visiting the landmarks of the medina and had full on information on the city. He is really generous in his information and has a lot of patience. I really recommend Hamid.

We had viewed itinerary online and it covered all major landmarks we wanted to see. Majeed was a fantastic guide. With hindsight, we should have asked him to spend a little less time in the souks. However, he imparted great knowledge of history and local culture. I would highly recommend private tour as we often saw groups of 16 following a single guide and there was no way they would have the great experience we did.

I had an amazing experience with Hamid and Hasan. There was a mixup with my booking and Hasan reacted very quickly and offered me an additional free tour for the day as an apology. I can wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone visiting Morocco.

I had the most amazing day seeing Marrakech with Hamid. Hamid was a brilliant guide, he was accommodating, informative and a great photographer! Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Marrakech.

It was amazing! Hassan and our tour guide Abdul were very friendly the whole time. Abdul knows a very good Spanish. We could see all Marrakesh in a day. We really had a great time. 100% recommended.