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Explore Marrakech’s vibrant souks and get your bearings in its old medinas on this 3.5-hour tour, led by a knowledgeable guide.  Delve into the maze-like lanes of stalls and workshops; peruse the myriad of wares and bag bargains with haggling tips from your guide. Watch the whirl of vendors, musicians, acrobats and street artists in Djemaa El Fna square; stop to admire the Medersa ben Youssef, one of old Marrakech’s most exquisite buildings; and finish at a herbalist shop to discover some favorite local herbal remedies, oils and concoctions.

Highlights

  • Tour of souks and the Medina in Marrakech
  • Browse for local goods in the souks (markets)
  • Watch snake charmers and other entertainment in Djemaa El Fna Square
  • Visit an herbalist to learn about plants used in Moroccan medicine
  • See Medersa ben Youssef, a former Islamic college
  • Round-trip hotel transportation included

What You Can Expect

Souks and Medinas of Marrakech Tour

Souks and Medinas of Marrakech Tour

After pickup from your central Marrakech hotel, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the start point of your tour in old Marrakech. Along the way, hear about the souks crammed into Marrakech’s medina, and listen as your guide gives you a taster of the wares sold at their stalls and workshops.
On arrival, dive into the souks on foot with your knowledgeable guide leading the way. Meander through the bustling lanes, passing stands peddling fresh foods, spices, hand-painted ceramics, leather, rugs and other goodies. 
Peruse the wares, and with tips from your guide, polish your haggling skills to secure the best bargains. Your guide will show you the way around the best souks, point out interesting stalls and give you pointers about the products for sale.
Next, spill out into Djemaa El-Fna, Marrakech’s central square. Wander around the stalls and drink in the vibrant street theater played out before you by the acrobats, snake charmers, musicians and other artistes.
Break from your retail roving with a visit to Medersa ben Youssef, a nearby medieval Islamic college whose roots go back to the 14th century. 
Admire the richly decorated buildings and courtyard as you hear about the college's history, and then finish at a nearby traditional herbalist shop.
View the shelves of rainbow-colored oils and concoctions; watch a presentation on the plants used in the remedies; and perhaps sample and buy some of the wares as mementos.
Your 3.5-hour tour then ends with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great excursion and excellent tour guide. A truly unique experience and worth doing.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Jane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We we're meet on time and taken to meet rest of party low number of around 15 ish the tour was explained to us and were we were going to and what we were going to see, as we were going into city guide showed us the sites and palace very pleasent. Very good tour of souks you get a very good feel of the place and we were not hazeled at all enjoyed vey much

Andrea S

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

We were very impressed with the tour. We were picked up promptly from our hotel and taken to the tour bus to meet up with the guide. He was very knowledgable and the tour of the souks was a real help giving us confidence to go back several times during our stay in Marrakech. We were taken to a small cafe for a complimentary drink and enjoy the panoramic view from their rooftop terrace of the square. However, we felt it very unnecessary to take us by bus for the last hour of our tour to a very high class leather shop selling very expensive leather jackets. Having been made to sit through a cat walk and then offered drinks and being made to feel very uncomfortable. This was not just ourselves but by every person also on our tour. We felt that the last hour could have been spent differently, besides which going to a high class leather shop was never mentioned in your description of the tour and is not something that us Brits take kindly to.
Please rethink what you do for the final hour of the tour or just make the tour 2.30 till 5pm.

Brian B

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Good tour...I should have done it on my first day there, not last

judithkaplan

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

A most enjoyable few hours spent around the souks and medina rather like a magical mystery tour

Vinay Shanker S United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

It gives you a bearing of the vast area of the souks and medina. There is a lot of walking involved and you just walk through the small bye lanes. If you are adventourous enough to venture into the bye lanes yourself then you can skip the tour. However if you prefer walking in a group and not bother about people chasing you to buy stuff it is worth doing the trip.
The trip gave us an idea where to go and find things. We spent the next 2 days within the souks walking and shopping on our own.

Robert Albert B Gibraltar

4 star rating: Recommended May 2010

Disappointing start as when phoning to confirm collection time we were informed that maybe we would be unable to go since there were not enough people.However the time was agreed eventually and the visit proved to be a worthwhile one.Guide's English was a little difficult to understand.

Milensu S

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2015

A good way to get an overview of the souks. Better to do this as the first thing when you arrive. I would recommend it.

mary c

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

Showed our way rounds souks,took us to all the different parts,it can be abit of a maze otherwise.

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