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  • Location:Marrakech, Morocco
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Marrakech Botanical Tour

Spend an afternoon exploring the botanical treasures of Marrakech. Visit the famous Majorelle Garden, where you’ll see its colorful history and French influence reflected in exotic plants and architecture. Then surround yourself with the orchards and olive groves of Menara Garden before ending your tour with a horse and carriage ride through the city.


  • Afternoon tour of two botanical gardens in Marrakech
  • Visit Majorelle Garden and Menara Gardens
  • See orchids, olive groves and other flora
  • Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the city
  • Learn about designer Yves Saint Laurent's connection to Majorelle Garden

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What You Can Expect

Marrakech Botanical Tour

Enjoy a horse and carraige ride as part of your botanical tour in Marrakech

Your Marrakech garden tour begins with an afternoon pickup from your central hotel or riad. Enjoy a scenic calash drive along the city’s fortress with the Atlas mountains as a background, en route to two of Marrakech’s spectacular oases. The Majorelle and Menara Gardens are a haven of peace in a city of chaos.

Your first stop is the world-famous Majorelle Garden, a 2.5-acre paradise of exotic plants and fountains set in the heart of Marrakech. Designed by expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle, the gardens were inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and reflect Majorelle’s love of flora and fauna. Marjorelle’s studio is now a vibrant museum, which has become known for its deep blue color aptly called “Majorelle Blue.” After being somewhat neglected following the painter's death, the gardens have since been restored to its former glory by Yves Saint-Laurent, whose ashes were scattered in the rose garden.

Continue your tour with a visit of the Menara Garden, at the entrance to the Atlas Mountains. Built in the 12th century by sultan Abderrahmane, the area was his summer residence. Explore the stately pavilion, orchards and olive groves as you stroll the historic grounds.

After the gardens, continue on a horse drawn carriage ride around the city. Pass by the ruins in Hivernage and Mamounia as well as the Agdal Gardens, which are part of the royal domain, before returning to your hotel or riad.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

nice tour with horse carriage between the gardens

Roisin R
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Relaxing - lovely gardens - horse and cart ride was lovely.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

An excellent tour which included coach tours to the Marjorelle and Menara Gardens with a horse and carriage ride back to the centre of Marrakesh.
The Majorelle Garden is superb, well designed, full of interesting plants and extremely well maintained. By comparison the Menara Garden is not so interesting. Just a small pavilion plus a large reservoir surrounded by olive groves much litter around and some mud brickwork in need of repair. However the splendid horse and carriage ride back soon made up for this disappointment.
One word of advice the Viator website states, Your Marrakech garden tour begins with an afternoon pickup from your central hotel or riad. Ours nearly did not. Our riad was in the Medina and therefore central but the first advice from the local tour operator was to report to a meeting point some 3.3 km from the riad. It took an email to Viator and a second call from the UK to the tour operator in Marrakesh to secure a local pick-up in a minibus. On the day this arrangement worked well, but both Viators and the local operators communication skills need improvement.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Jardin morjorelle is quite small but exotic in plantation and indigo blues, a beautiful and romantic stroll in the garden. The tour consist of large group, coach size which was ok, then to Menara oasis with vast olive tree crops and space, good for get away from city life of Marrakech but not far from city centre. Then ending the excursion with horse carriage ride shared between other tourist if less than 3-2 people as carriage carry max 4 people per carriage. Pleasant ride outside city wall and admiring the busy day to day city life of the locals.most enjoyable.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

An interesting afternoon in beautiful gardens and completed by taking a carriage round the outer walls of the city. Very informative guide, who liked us to ask questions.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Enjoyed the Majorelle gardens and horse and carriage ride. Not much to see at the Menara gardens. Excellent pick up from hotel. Had difficulty confirming trip by phone, no answer the first few times.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

I am so pleased my mother and I did this trip. The Marjorelle Gardens were fantastic, and the pick up and drop-off seamless and prompt. Menara Gardens I personally felt were less interesting, but other than that, it was really well worth it!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

Majorelle Gardens was a fantastic surprise. Such cool lush surroundings, so unexpected. Enjoyed the ride on the caliche. A bit too long walking through the olive grove though.

Pauline D
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended May 2013

The tour of the Yves St Laurent Gardens is an amazing oasis of calm in the busy city of Marrakech.
Highly recommended.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2012

I enjoyed this tour, especially the horse and carriage ride and thought it was good value for money.

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