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Ben Youssef Madrasa

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Free ticket: 1 Hour Spiritual tour to Ben Youssef Medrassa

1. Free ticket: 1 Hour Spiritual tour to Ben Youssef Medrassa

With your local guide you will visit and explore the Ben Youssef Madrassa You will experience the beauty of Islamic architecture from outside and your guide will help you to explore the Religious and social dimension of the architecture and the spiritual feeling if the place

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

2. 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

3. 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: Street food Tour in the old medina of Marrakech

4. Marrakech: Street food Tour in the old medina of Marrakech

Explore Morocco cuisine on a guided foodie walking tour of Marrakech, and sample the city’s most distinctive treats. Immerse yourself in the sights, scents and savory flavors of Jamâa el Fna square; taste meats infused with saffron and preserved lemons, sip traditional mint tea and nibble charcoal-baked tagine with argan oil. Take in the market’s extraordinary range of offal Foods & drinks Foods & drinks included in the tour: - Krmoss hmer - Briwat - Maakouda - Harira + chebbakkia + tmer - Assir ajib - Assir skinjbir - Ketban kefta tel ghenmi - Kefta el hout b maticha - Kefta el hout b smen - Loubia - Rozz bel kerfa - Aedess - Saharian Moroccan coffee with special spices - Rayb - Authentic Moroccan Mint Tea - Halwa maghribia Places visited in the tour: - The Souk - Traditional craftmanship - Ben Youssef - Jamaa Lefna - El Mouqef - La Quenaria - DB Dabachi - Home of a Marrakesh family

Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

5. 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.

Skip the line : Bahia Palace Entry ticket guided tour

6. Skip the line : Bahia Palace Entry ticket guided tour

-Meeting point at the Palace. -Meet your guide. -Skip the line. -Enter the first hall of the palace with light historical explanation. -Visit the first Riad with architecture and function explanation. Time for Photography - Visit the second Riad and rooms with Cultural religious explanation, plus photography time. -Visit the third and largest Riad with it’s garden and deep understanding. Photography time. - Visit the school and the mosque of the palace. - Visit the sacred pavilion with understanding. Photography time. End the tour

Marrakech: 2 hours Religious understanding private tour

7. Marrakech: 2 hours Religious understanding private tour

Meeting point at the square of Kououbia mosque. We learn the history of the site, the Believe of Islam faith and understand religious and social dimension of the architecture. We continue through alleyway to learn the culture if neighborhood and the believes that can be seen in house doors. We exteriorly visit one tomb among 7 saints of Marrakesh to understand the religion between yesterday and today in term of education and learning. We continue the tour along the Souks to arrive the Medrassa Ben youssef. Here we learn spiritual dimension of calligraphy that can be seen in wood, limestones and Mosaics architecture. We are open to any kind of question you might have and end the tour…. We will be pleased to give you more time and open to discussion.

Marrakech Guided Walking Tours By Marrakech Behind The Walls

8. Marrakech Guided Walking Tours By Marrakech Behind The Walls

Important ! The only scam-proof walking tour in Marrakech Reach out anytime if you have questions or special requests Entrance ticket to The Madrassa Ben Youssef is not included (5 Euros per guest) We don't go into every crowded tourist attraction. Our itinerary includes community-based hidden gems For organizational purposes, early bookings are highly appreciated We provide free assistance (even during emergency situations) Marrakech Behind The Walls is a genuine opportunity to learn about the history of the city, the culture of its inhabitants and the significance of the places you visit. Learn how this imperial city became Morocco’s famous destination. From ancient dynasties, old Medina and Souks to modern art galleries, street food stalls and authentic spiritual corners of Marrakech where local flavor intermingles with centuries of history. With almost 1,000 years of history, you never run out of things to see in what is considered to be the City of Joy. Marrakech is full of attractions, sights and museums, beautiful views and curiosities, not to mention all the anecdotes! When people ask us what do we like about Marrakech? we ask them back, which Marrakech? There is a different Marrakech for art lovers, for expats, for foodies, for walkers, for you. Let us help you discover which is the right Marrakech for you. Your Marrakech adventure is just a click away.

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

9. 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.

Desert tour from Casablanca : 5 Days to Desert and Marrakech

10. Desert tour from Casablanca : 5 Days to Desert and Marrakech

Day 1 : CASABLANCA – RABAT – FES : Today we start our private Morocco tour and drive to Fes passing by Rabat and Meknes. We will visit most important places in Casablanca and Rabat, which is capital. We head to Fes where we’ll stay overnight in a traditional Moroccan riad. Day 2 : FES – AZROU – MIDELT – ZIZ VALLEY – ERFOUD – RISSANI – MERZOUGA : we will pick you up at your Riad or your hotel around 8:00 a.m. We leave for Midelt through the Mountains and the cedar forests of the middle Atlas. We pass by Ifrane, a charming ski resort and Azrou, an important handicraft centre specialised in the work of cedar wood. We arrive in Midelt for lunch. At the afternoon we will drive to Erfoud and into the desert. You will have a camel trek into the beautiful Erg Chebbi Dunes, where you will spend the evening in a bivouac (camp). There you will enjoy a Berber dinner, and sleep in traditional Nomad camel hair tent. Day 3 : MERZOUGA – TODRA GORGES – DADES GORGES : Today our private Morocco tour continues and we ride camels back to Merzouga. After breakfast and shower we drive to Rissani, then Tinghir and Todra gorges. It is the highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch here we’ll pass the Dades valley and the amazing rock formations known as monkey toes. We spend overnight in traditional riad with dinner and breakfast. Day 4 : DADES GORGES – OUARZAZATE -AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH : After breakfast we’ll drive towards Kalaat Mgouna,the rose city, where we may purchase the rosewater, local famous product made by roses. Our private Morocco tour continues to Ait Ben Haddou, to visit local Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Then we continue passing Tizi n’ Tichka mountain pass to reach Marrakech. Day 5 : Marrakech Sightseeing - Marrakech Airport : After your breakfast we head directly to Marrakech where you will go to your accomodation to relax and the guide will take clients to visit sightseeings. Route : Koubba Ba’adiyn — Koutoubia Mosque– Tombeaux Saadiens(Saadiyin Tomb)– Badi Palace — Palais de la Bahia — Médersa Ben-Youssef After breakfast in riad, we start our journey sightseeing the city of Marrakech “the red city of Morocco”, it was founded in the XII century by Almoravidian dynasty. We will insist on to see the most important cites oh cultural and historical heritage. After visit , we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight. Your tour ends at the airport.

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based on 623 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.

Hamid was very well versed abt the historical places that we visited. He is courteous and answered all the questions we have abt Marrakech well. The restaurant that he recommended us for lunch was excellent.

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.