Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Mederssa Ben Youssef & Medina Tour

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Explore historic landmarks including Bahia Palace, the stunning Mederssa Ben Youssef, Jemaa el-Fna Square, the vibrant medina, and the colorful market on a half-day tour of Marrakech with a guide.

Highlights

  • Experience the architectural wonders and rich history of the Koutoubia Mosque
  • Uncover the architectural wonders of the Medersa Ben Youssef, an Islamic college
  • Learn the captivating history of the 19th-century Bahia Palace in Marrakesh
  • Visit palace rooms with floor-to-ceiling stunning stuccos, painting, and mosaics
  • Explore Jemaa el-Fnaa with vibrant markets full of souvenirs and silver jewelry

Description

Begin your walking tour by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, the city's largest mosque, which derives its name from its historical association with bookshops and booksellers. Admire the traditional Almohad architectural style and a tower adorned with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, and its 160 rooms around little courtyards, which were, according to rumor, occupied by concubines. See the surrounding eight-hectare garden decorated by stucco panels, zellij, tiled floors, carved cedar ceilings, shiny marble finishes, and painted ceilings. Continue to the Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic School dating back to Sultan Abou el Hassan's rule, was later rebuilt in the 1560s by the Saadians. Marvel at the architectural masterpiece, showcasing typical Moroccan styles such as zellij tiling, stucco plasterwork, and carved cedar wood. End your sightseeing adventure in Marrakesh's lively souks – the city's beating heart, providing traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, medicinal remedies, and local entertainment. Discover items such as babouches, leather goods, clothing, pottery, tagine dishes, and silver jewelry.

Includes

Licenced local tour guide Free time to explore sites of interest Hotel pickup and drop-off (if private option selected)

Important Information

  • You will have the option to choose between English or French-speaking guides instead. A limited number of Spanish and Italian-speaking guides are available in Marrakech, and though the activity provider makes efforts to accommodate these preferences, it is not guaranteed
  • Your tour guide who will accompany you throughout the tour will go inside each monument with you to give you a guided tour with free time to explore on your own and to take photos

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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