Marrakech Souks Reviews
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For those who are unsure to wander the souks and medina alone, this is the perfect tour for you to familiarise yourself with the place!
We covered so much, had lunch at an AMAZING restaurant where an Alfred Hitcock movie was filmed and covered so much of Marrakech's top 10 places of interest.
A very full and quite tiring day with an excellent guide. He knew his way through the souks, where it would be very easy to get lost, so that we saw a lot of things you would miss if you were on your own. He gave a very good explanation of the tombs and the palace. Excellent Moroccan lunch.
Lots of walking and sometimes hard to keep whole group together esp through narrow souks. Too much to see in 1 day. Guide was rubbish! Loved the sound of his own voice and kept every1 listening to him talk about irrelevant things whilst at the sites instead of allowing time to explore/take pictures.
The tour was brilliant. Excellent value for money. The day was from 8.30am to 6pm and it had a 3 course lunch included. Cannot beat the value. The tour guide was very knowledgable and informative and made the tour very enjoyable and educational. A must as you will get lost in the souks by yourself!
Good for a first trip into Marrakech City, gives you the confidence to venture out on your own the next time. Guide was very good especially as it was the Sunday after Eid, a lot of the souk shops were closed, so no hassle
A good way to start the contact with Medina and its souks and people. It is calm enough and guides are really helpful and we feel that take care about us and we never get lost thanks to their attention. Next day it is really easy to walk trough Medina and Marrakesh.
First of all, regarding pick-up from "selected hotels", I had assumed that because my riad was in the medina, that it would be included in the pick up, but apparently if you book online you will only be picked up from "central" hotels in the new city area, not from the Medina. Tourists who book directly through their riad/hotel in the Medina will be picked up, but they pay a higher rate. This caused us a problem as we had to travel to the Viator office in the "new city" at our own expense and our taxi driver, who was late picking us up, dropped us off in the wrong place. We finally made it to the coach and visited various historic sights. Many of the people with us in the morning had booked the "historic tour". They left us at lunch time and we went on to lunch at a restaurant, Dar Es Salaam. Service was slow and food was bland, but the surroundings were attractive. The afternoon tour consisted of the souks and the tanneries, factories, etc. You were not given the opportunity to buy anything at the market stalls, but were taken to a particular gift shop (like a fair trade shop?) where you could purchase, although there was no huge pressure to buy. All in all, it was a long day and the next day I had blisters on my feet! With hindsight, I would have booked separate half-day tours through my riad and ensured transport to the tour coach was included. Otherwise, the content of the tour was interesting.
After a blip in our original planned schedule, this tour was great. I did not think there was too much walking. Had our 9 year old with us and she never got bored. she enjoyed the stop at the government sponsored craft shop--the women let her work the loom. Lunch was very good and filling. I wouldn't buy from the gov't shop. There are really nice markets away from the main touristed souk (closer to the Koranic school) that have really nice and better priced carpets, tea pots.
This tour should only last through lunch - the guide and the historical sights were fine, but the afternoon visit to the supposedly ”no pressure” carpet showroom - my husband and I experienced major hard sell and a mother/daughter were almost traumatized since they were led off to another room and really pushed to buy something. When the group was ready to leave, we asked about the 2 and were told that they would catch up with us because they were staying to purchase a rug. We expressed concern and the guide went back in and brought them out - they were thankful that we stayed for them and were upset with the experience at all. Then it was off to the healing herbs pharmacy which was much less hard sell and some people did buy a few items. Then it was a long walk through the souk where there was no time to even take a second glance at things. I did like seeing the craftsmen working on things - that was the best part.
We were first time visitors to Marrakech so decided on a Discovery Tour. Have used Viator in the past in other countries and were always satisfied. This is a really good way to see some of the major points of interest in Marrakech. There were only 8 people in our group (4 x English and 4 x Germans) which made it much better. The tour guide was excellent. Enjoyed a good lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant. As with any guided tour, you can see the sights yourself but a guide gives full information which makes it much more interesting. The Tour ends up in the souk - and you do really get to go deep into the souk. No time for shopping (fortunately!) but you do get to see a lot. Thoroughly recommended.
Overall I think the tour was ok but I would have liked a lot more information. Our guide, for example took us to a royal burial ground and told us to look around for 20 minutes and then gave a 2 minute overview at the end when it would have been a lot better if he walked round with us explaining things as we walked around. The walk through the souks was just that, without any explanations of anything. I would have liked more historical references throughout the day. Lunch was too long, and we had to ask to leave the restauarant as we had been sitting around for quite a while after everyone had finished leaving. Also despite me having mentioned I was vegetarian when booking no provision had been made. I then had to tell a waiter I was vegetarian when it became apparent we were not going to be asked what we would like to eat and was then bought a dish of vegetables straight out of the chicken tagine that the other guests were given. If you armed with a guide book Marrakech is very easy to look around yourself and you will probably get more comprehensive information from a book. It is quite a compact city and its easy to get around by walking and taxis. Overall i would not book this tour again.
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The content of the tour was very good. I think that after lunch could be dispersed with, the lunch would be a good finish to the tour. We did visit every aspect of the souk but once you've seen it it is not necessary to see every section in such detail.
Excellent tour of the city - one complaint- guide lost 8 of us while we were in the souk. We backtracked to the last place we had seen him, and they guided us back to the last meeting place. There are a lot of scooters, cars and bikes in the souk and it is very easy to get separated from group. Lunch was very good.
A good trip with a lot of stops. Great lunch, be prepared for the heat. I was there in late April and it was already hot walking around the souks and the square.
Our tour guide did nothing more than walk with us through the souks. He was more interested in chain-smoking. I guess the tour prevented us from being bombarded by the vendors and getting lost in the maze.