Enjoy an oasis of exotic plant life and beautiful gardens in the desert city of Marrakech during this excursion to the city’s Majorelle and Menara Gardens. Explore the intriguing history of Majorelle Garden, learning about its French-influenced architecture and connection to iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent. Then head to olive groves and orchards of Menara Garden before finishing the day with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Marrakech. This Marrakech garden excursion also includes all entrance fees and round-trip transport from select hotels.
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
Experience some lush greenery during your visit to the arid desert city of Marrakech, exploring two of the city’s most beautiful urban gardens to learn about their history and unique influence on the city’s culture and architecture. It’s a great chance to experience a little slice of peace and quiet amid the wonderful chaos of this vibrant Moroccan city.
Begin your trip with pickup from your central Marrakech hotel or riad. Skirt the high walls surrounding the city’s medieval center as you drive by calash (passenger carriage) to your first stop at the Majorelle Garden, enjoying views of the Atlas Mountains in the distance as you go.
Arrive at Majorelle Garden, the 2.5-acre (1 hectare) oasis of fountains and dense-green foliage of exotic plants, situated in central Marrakech. This intricate botanical paradise was created by Jacques Majorelle a French expatriate artist who drew upon his interest in art nouveau and his love of plants and animals for his design of the site. Stop by Majorelle’s studio, which now hosts an on-site museum characterized by its deep blue color scheme frequently called “Majorelle Blue.” Though the gardens fell into a period of disrepair following Majorelle’s death, designer Yves Saint Laurent helped restore the facilities to their current state. The designer’s ashes are actually scattered in the site’s rose garden.
Proceed next to the Menara Garden, located near the entrance to the Atlas Mountains. This beautiful site was once the 12th-century summer home for Sultan Abderrahmane. Spend some time exploring the beautiful grounds of the site, including its elegant pavilion, olive groves, and orchard.
Finish your day with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Marrakech. Ride past such famous sites as Agdal Gardens and the ruins of Hivernage and Mamounia before receiving a drop-off back at your hotel or riad.
The Majorelle gardens are stunning by itself worth the trip. The Menara 'garden' is a large olive grove without much to see, although we had fun watching the families picnic and make music. The horse 'tour' was completely a miss, simply a carriage ride out to the suburbs and back with no real view.
The tour fulfilled my expectations the tour guide was highly knowledgeable and pleasant. Through no fault of his own, the public garden was in disastrous shape perhaps disgusting, while the Majorelle garden was sublime. I would use the tour guide again. He and his driver were courteous, professional and sensitive to their customers' needs.
Not like it very much and not value for money. Only thing I enjoyed about this tour was the city tour on horse carriage. The gardens was not very interesting specially the second one. It's just a public garden where you don't have to pay to get in. Not recommended.
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.
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.
I found this tour a little dissapointing we were told thst we would be visiting three gardens but actually visited one botanical garden and a olive grove, i am afraid i can not see the point of visiting the olive grove