Koutoubia Mosque

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Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

1. Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

Enjoy a private, half-day excursion through bustling Marrakech begins after meeting your guide in front of the Café de France, an iconic landmark on Marrakech’s main square.  Discover the majesty and vibrancy of Marrakech’s medina, beginning with a jaunt across the Jemaa el-Fnaa square to the Koutobia Mosque. Gaze at the mosque’s massive minaret, the largest in Marrakech, as your expert guide informs you of the stunning building’s history. Onwards, you’ll head towards the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917. Marvel at the ornate carvings in a Hispano-Moorish style that frame the crypts of the 16-century royal family.  Afterwards, head to the equally ornate Bahia Palace, a 19th-century royal dwelling intended to be the most splendid palace of its time. Gaze at the elaborately-painted ceilings, manicured gardens replete with fruit trees, and elaborate stucco patterns adorning almost every surface of the building. To cap the tour off, you’ll wander through the buzzing souks, with their wide array of local artisans and craftspeople, your guide showing you insider tips about the best stalls.  The tour ends back at the Jemaa el-Fnaa square, where hundreds of locals meet every day to enjoy the storytellers, musicians, snake charmers, acrobats, jugglers, and performers of each and every sort.

Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

2. Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Marrakech, exploring the medieval streets, souks and medina of Morocco’s “Red City” through its palaces and monuments. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, explore one of Morocco’s oldest imperial cities at sites such as the Koutoubia, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques of the western Muslim world. Marvel at its 221-foot minaret and masterful architecture that evokes the Giralda of Seville. Continues to a peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansu. Admire the colorful tiles, Arabic script, and intricate carvings, hidden to the world after they were sealed up until 1917. Next, spend an hour at the 19th-century Bahia Palace, built in 7 years by 1,000 craftsmen from Fez. Intended to be the greatest example of Moroccan and Islamic architecture in the world, a haphazard arrangement of secret apartments open onto inner courtyards, set in the center of a 2-acre garden.  Then go to Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech's main square and the market place. Through the medina, there are different souks to explore. From the silk-spinners and the spice sellers to carpets to crystals. Each little street has its own identity and its own unique selling point.

Marrakech: Medina Nightlife Walking Tour with Tastings

3. Marrakech: Medina Nightlife Walking Tour with Tastings

Join a certified tour guide and experience the overwhelming magic of Medina nightlife on this walking tour. Explore Jemaa el-Fnaa square and marketplace and learn local traditions and customs while taking in the surrounding sounds and smells. Taste Moroccan tea and other specialty products. After sunset, step into a lively and colorful souk (market), filled with musicians, dancers, and acrobats. Experience an exciting nighttime atmosphere, surrounded by the clamor of customers bartering for discounts and the smells of exquisite fragrances. Shop for souvenirs and marvel at the collection of colorful fabrics, handmade crafts, and one-of-a-kind trinkets that line the boutiques. As you stroll, listen as your guide gives intriguing information and anecdotes about medina's history, culture, and traditions. Conclude your tour by heading to a rooftop pub for some much-needed drinks. Sip on traditional Moroccan tea and taste olives and dry fruits (both included). Sit back and relax with the cheerful sounds of musicians in the background. 

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

4. 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: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

5. Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City Highlights Tour

Spend a full day visiting the most iconic attractions in Marrakech. Following a pickup from your accommodation, explore one of Morocco's largest and most beautiful mosques — Koutoubia.   Continue the tour to the Bahia Palace and admire its beautiful gardens filled with fruit trees and sweet-smelling flowers. Then, head over to the peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the cedar wood domes and marble columns of the Saadian Tombs. Next, get ready to see Morocco's most famous souks and experience the daily hustle and bustle of the city before visiting Djeemaa El Fna, Marrakech's bustling marketplace filled with merchants from the Souk region. After soaking up the colorful atmosphere of the market, there'll be free time for you to have lunch and join in for the second part of the tour. After your lunch break, visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. Enjoy this haven of peace in the city of Marrakech and explore the magnificent tropical garden with its fountains, pools, bamboo forests, cacti, and much more. Then make your way to the Menara Gardens, the famous summer residence of Sultan Abderrahmane, and gaze in awe at the beautiful orchards and olive groves. End your journey by visiting the secret garden which is an outstanding example of Islamic art and architecture. It's part of the great tradition of stately Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces.

Marrakech: 3-Hour Biking Tour

6. Marrakech: 3-Hour Biking Tour

In the Medina of Marrakech it is not always easy to find your way. This is why it is best to have a biking guide to show you the best places of the area, making you feel like the area is yours. Just biking through Marrakech itself will make you feel like a sultan as you discover the inside of this ancient and imperial city. Biking along the medieval red-clay city walls in particular is sure to make your Marrakech visit an extraordinary experience. Throughout your tour you will pass by various monuments and interesting buildings which might be worthwhile to explore in depth once you have finished your first exploration of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, you will return to your point of origin.

Marrakech: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

7. Marrakech: Private 4-Hour City Highlights Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation and heads to the enchanting and picturesque Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden formerly owned by Yves Saint Laurent.  Stroll through the luscious trees and exotic plants of this magical oasis, admiring the view of water lilies and lotus flowers that float in the ponds. Continue the tour to the New City next, which was built by French settlers in the early 1900s. Today it is a busy hub of international brands and trendy cafés, as well as "the Champs Elysées of Marrakech". Later, visit the exquisite Bahia Palace to admire the fine Moorish architecture and gorgeous ceramic tiles. From here, stroll through the Jewish Quarter where you can get a better understanding of the important role of the Jewish culture and community in developing the unique identity of Marrakech. Arrive at the stunning Moulay El Yazid Mosque then see the Bab Agnaou, one of the 19 gates of Marrakech and the main entrance to the Royal Kasbah. Finally, wander through the fascinating labyrinths of the city's most vibrant and colorful open-air marketplace.  Wander through bazaars full of charm and character, stalls packed with mysterious potions, colorful piles of spices, exquisite rugs, and much more. The combination of sounds, sights, and smells is enough to leave even the most hardened of travelers feeling completely mesmerized.

Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

8. 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 3-Hour Tour with an Expert Guide

9. Marrakech 3-Hour Tour with an Expert Guide

Admire stunning palaces and centuries-old monuments on a 3-hour guided tour of Marrakech. Your itinerary will include what you would like to see and recommendations from your guide. Discover the fragrant gardens of the Bahia Palace, the Koutoubia Mosque and its 70-meter-high minaret and the recently discovered Saadian tombs. On a visit to the Bahia Palace you’ll be able to enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens, filled with fruit trees and fragrant flowers. Built in the 19th century, the palace was designed to be the largest of its time. Continue to the Saadian tombs, and admire the cedar wood domes and marble columns. Your last stop on this guided tour will be the Tiskiwin Museum, housed in a riad, and featuring collections of Moroccan art, jewelry, baskets and carpets.

Marrakech: Private 2-Hour Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

10. Marrakech: Private 2-Hour Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Settle into a horse-drawn carriage and trot through the city. Pass by the 12th-century ramparts that protect the Marrakech Medina, see the city gates, called "babs" in Arabic and hear the stories about them. Continue on to the Hivernage region and admire the luxury hotels in the area. If the evening is clear, admire the sun setting over the Koutoubia Mosque and its rose gardens. Pass by the decorative Agnaou Door, the royal entrance to the southern part of the Medina, and make your way to bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa to observe the people of Marrakech going about their evening routines. Experience this beautiful and iconic city from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage.

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What people are saying about Koutoubia Mosque

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,728 reviews

The tour was extremely well organized and informative. Abdel was extremely welcoming and very knowledgeable, making us feel at home in his home. He was very open to sharing his culture and experiences and throughout the whole time made strong connections with all people in the group. I'd definitely recommend taking this tour, especially with Abdel. We're very grateful for the way Marrakesch was introduced to us by such a warm and caring person. 10/10!

This was the real thing! Walking through the Souks. Tasting different food, but also getting a lot of historical and cultural information. Our guide was so relaxed and informed. A great balance for a excellent excursion

This tour was worth it! The tour guide, Abdel, was very informative and patient (5 stars for him) My friend & I really enjoyed the walking tour around the medina. Must wear comfy shoes as los of walking to do!

The experience was excellent, I learned a lot from our guide, specially about Muslim culture. Recommended 100% but please wear comfy shoes by all means.

Really lovely, the person showing us around was very knowledgeable and super polite .