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Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef)
Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef)

Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef)

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Some say the entrance to Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef) is purposefully humble and bland. Little more than a wooden door facing out towards the buzzing medina, the entrance is nothing more than perhaps a storefront, office, or home. The inscription, however, written above the door, beckons travelers in further: “You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded.” Indeed, once you duck through the narrow entrance and the medina noise fades behind you, what emerges before you is the soaring courtyard of a 16th-century madrasa.

Constructed back in 1570 as an Islamic place of learning, Ben Youssef Madrasa would swell to include over 900 dedicated students. At its peak, it was North Africa’s largest Islamic school and had 132 dorms—some of which are so tiny and small you must crouch down low to enter. Though the madrasa formally stopped educating students back in 1960, extensive refurbishment has turned it into an informative site for visitors. Learn how the patterns, archways, and styles are of Andalucian design, similar to those of Granada’s Alhambra or the Alcanzar in Sevilla. Stroll around the reflection pond that shimmers within the courtyard, and soak in the silence and calming surrounds away from the bustling medina. For over 500 years this building has served as a temple to education—and while students no longer memorize the Quran or study Islamic law, visitors continue to learn today through windows into the past.

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Daily 9am-6pm; closed some holidays
Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakech City Tour Hop On - Hop Off

Marrakech City Tour Hop On - Hop Off

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Explore Marrakech at your own pace with this hop-on hop-off tour. Navigate the city with ease in a comfortable electric bus, hopping off at stops that pique your interest. Choose the Historic Route to see the Bahia Palace and Jemma el Fna Square, or opt for the Oasis Route to visit the Majorelle Gardens and hop out for a camel ride at the Marrakech Palm Grove.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.29
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Marrakech Shopping Tour - Private Tours (Half day)

Marrakech Shopping Tour - Private Tours (Half day)

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Discover Marrakech extraordinary artists and artisans on a private, 3-hour medina shopping tour in Marrakech. Navigate winding alleys where potters, painters and leather workers shape the city’s most distinctive handicrafts; shop for carpets, clothing and beautifully-worked jewelry. Plan the perfect route with your personal guide, learn the art of haggling in Arabic and get exclusive discounts at some of the city’s most intriguing shops, then toast your success over a glass of Moroccan mint tea.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.00
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City tour in Marrakech, Book your guide with us.

City tour in Marrakech, Book your guide with us.

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Marrakech was and still considered as the top city for foreign visitors and even for Moroccan people, there is no foreign traveller who visits Morocco without visiting Marrakech. It has so many touristic places to see that you will discover with Mission Travel Morocco.
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  • 5 hours
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Marrakech Hidden Sights And Souks - Half Day Tour

Marrakech Hidden Sights And Souks - Half Day Tour

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Discover the Hidden Sights And Souks : including historical quarters and their food markets, bakeries, hammams, fountains, artisan workshops, historical sites, gardens and museums, with a savvy licensed tour-guide. Enjoy 3-hours of an interesting walk in interlinked alleys of the Medina and learn the true history of every district and its ancient roots. Visit the colourful Souks with their tinsmiths, dyers, herbalists stalls and workshops; ending at Djemaa El Fna square, where hundreds of locals meet every day to enjoy the storytellers, musicians, snake charmers, acrobats, jugglers and performers of each and every sort.​
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  • 3 hours
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$16.00
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$16.00
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Marrakech colorful souks

Marrakech colorful souks

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Discover Marrakech colorful souks (open-air markets), through our customized tour, you will experience the daily commercial life of the Medina as you will be lead through the labyrinthine Souks to get a special in-depth feel of various sections of it. The Souks of Marrakech are certainly the most colorful and the liveliest in Africa.
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  • 3 hours
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3 Day Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

3 Day Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

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Immerse yourself in the most surprising part of the Moroccan desert, and contemplate the contrasts offered by its different Landscapes as you cross Motorways, Dirt Tracks, Valleys, Ports, Mountain Gorges and Historic towns.
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  • 3 days
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Marrakech Medina Walking Tour: Half-Day Guided Tour

Marrakech Medina Walking Tour: Half-Day Guided Tour

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Marrakech Guided Tours Discover The Hidden Gems of the Medina : This half-day guided walking tour takes you on an exploratory tour of the Marrakech medina. The stroll will take you to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, the medieval Islamic college of Ben Youssef Medersa, and many other landmarks. Have a feel of the local bread, discover the city's bustling center with the Djemaa El Fna square and its beautiful bazaars, and then buy a meal at a rooftop restaurant while soaking in the sights and sounds of the city below. Whether a private or shared tour, you can upgrade this package if you want hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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Marrakech Delicious Food Tasting Experience

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Marrakech Delicious Food Tasting Experience

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During this Two Hour and Half authentic Food Tasting Experience, you are going to savor delecious tastings of the best delacacies in Town and eat as a local. Join your guide in the famous square, in front of Cafe de France either for Lunch at 2pm, sunset at 6pm or after dark at 8pm for a Dinner experience in the heart of the Medina. Enjoy the best Lunch ever at 2pm and find out the whole on the wall Hidden sections enjoying Mounthwatering Tagine, Pasteries, Couscous under the Sun. Do not also Miss the Sunset Magic Hours at 6pm, enjoying the best tastings and amazing rooftop view. Otherwise, Join your certified guide at 8pm, after dark for a great adventure enjoying Dinner in the Heart of the main Square. Finally, explore with a small or private group personalized experience, the charm of Marrakech Food Tour. Let's us beat the iron when it's hot & recharge the batteries together; throughout a genuine quality Service offered by Local certified guides team.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Marrakech Cooking Class

Marrakech Cooking Class

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To recreate the rich flavors of Moroccan food, you need a vast array of herbs and spices. Master the basics of the distinctive cuisine—and gain access to produce and equipment that you wouldn’t normally find at home—during a cooking class in Marrakech. Ideal for food lovers and first-time visitors, this class also includes a guided visit to a traditional market.
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  • 4 hours
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$61.91
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Marrakech - Exceptional shopping in the medina - Half Day.

Marrakech - Exceptional shopping in the medina - Half Day.

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The souks of the medina of Marrakech are real labyrinths of stalls and craft workshops, organized by districts and by professions and gather more than 2600 Moroccan craftsmen for about twenty corporations. The main souk extends to the center of the medina, from the north of the famous Jemaa el-Fna square to the Ben Youssef Medersa. The central aisles that cross the souks are reserved for sales stalls originally supplied by artisans who work in the adjacent lanes. Local traders and craftsmen manufacture and sell their traditional Moroccan handicraft production: jewelery, vases, teapots, lanterns, cauldrons, trays ..., carpets, leather, body care, clothes, fabrics, fabrics, pottery, perfumes, food, Moroccan pastry , spices ... At the beginning of the three-hour tour, you will be asked about the items that interest you most and your guide will create a personalized itinerary that best suits the group.
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  • 3 hours
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$18.57
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Tour Guide in Marrakech to Explore the Medina with Local Guide

Tour Guide in Marrakech to Explore the Medina with Local Guide

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Discover the city of Marrakech in this enlightening full day tour. Immerse yourself into the history, art and culture of this magnificent walled pink city. Photograph the magnificent Koutoubia mosque with its great square tower and shining copper globes. Stroll along the bustling alleyways and see the mosques, traditional bakeries, old lodging houses and fountains carved of wood. Visit the Medrassa ben Yousef as one of the largest theological college in north Africa. Walk through the alleys of the Medina and visit the most interesting handicrafts quarters , see an enchanting display of arts and crafts in the colorful souks before you relive the atmosphere of a glorious age in the exquisite rooms. By the way Marrakech is an ideal starting points of many marrakech excursions and sahara desert tours.
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  • 4 hours
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$82.96
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Private Guided City Tour: Discover the Authentic Marrakech

Private Guided City Tour: Discover the Authentic Marrakech

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Uncover the enchanting mystery of Marrakesh's souks and sights on a private 5-hour tour of Morocco’s vibrant capital city. With a knowledgeable guide, visit magnificent Moorish landmarks like the Medersa ben Youssef, and marvel at the opulent decor of the Bahia Palace. Pleasure your palate with a delicious Moroccan lunch and absorb the effervescent atmosphere of the UNESCO-listed Jemaa el Fna Square, replete with snake charmers and enticing food stalls.
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  • 8 hours
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$105.25
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Marrakech walking tour with official city guide

Marrakech walking tour with official city guide

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Our guides are professionals and experienced. That makes you see the medina of Marrakech with local eyes and to learn about the Moroccan culture, history and heritage.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.44
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Guided Walking Tour of Marrakech

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Guided Walking Tour of Marrakech

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Avoid getting lost in the crowd; explore the medina of Marrakech with a personal guide who provides a firsthand look at artisans and their wares. This half-day private walking tour sets out in the morning from the centrally located Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Sightseeing includes Ben Youssef Madrasa and mosque plus the Photography Museum, but you may customize the itinerary to your interests.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.60
$32.00
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Private Souks Experience in Marrakech: Artisans & Their Crafts

Private Souks Experience in Marrakech: Artisans & Their Crafts

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The maze-like markets of Marrakech are among the city’s most fascinating places, but it’s easy to get lost in the hard-to-navigate souk. Join a private guide for a half-day tour of the markets that’s designed to explore the hidden byways that many visitors miss: brush up your bargaining skills, meet local artisans, and shop for unique souvenirs with help from a local.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$44.58
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$44.58
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Highlights of Medina

Highlights of Medina

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A privately guided half day tour to introduce you to some of the popular attractions of Marrakech's famous souks and Medina. You'll discover the Djemaa el Fna, the Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Madrasa as well as a maze of alleys and souks that typify old Marrakech. Tour Highlights: The Djemaa el Fna Koutoubia Mosque Ben Youssef Madrasa Almoravid Koubba Museum of Marrakech Tour the souks This is an ideal orientation tour to discover the sights and sounds of old Marrakech
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.99
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$36.99
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7-Night Marrakech Escape with Hammam and Dinner Shows

7-Night Marrakech Escape with Hammam and Dinner Shows

Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Marrakech with a seven-night getaway that includes accommodations, transfers, and breakfast, along with a flexible mix of activities and independent time. See the sights in Marrakech on a private city tour, explore the Atlas Mountains on a day-long guided excursion, enjoy two captivating dinner shows, and experience an authentic Moroccan hammam and massage. With a private driver to meet you at the airport and see you off, this is a hassle-free way discover Marrakech.
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  • 8 days
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$433.37
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$433.37

Best of Morocco (10 days)

Best of Morocco (10 days)

This 10 days Morocco journey is a combination of Moroccan history, culture, and landscape. If you do not have enough time to do the Morocco Grand Tour, then Best of Morocco is your first alternative.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,641.51
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$2,641.51
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Marrakech City Tour Hop On - Hop Off + ATV Around the Palm Grove

Marrakech City Tour Hop On - Hop Off + ATV Around the Palm Grove

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See the sights of Marrakech without the expense of a guide and ride a quad bike around La Palmeraie (Palm Grove) on this great-value combo package. Get an all-day pass on the 100% electric hop-on hop-off bus, with over 30 stops across two routes and informative commentary in eight languages. Ride the bus to La Palmeraie, then roar through the palms on a quad bike.
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  • 1 hour to 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.43
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$59.43
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Historical and Cultural Tour - Half Day.

Historical and Cultural Tour - Half Day.

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Discover Marrakech through the eyes of a passionate resident. Make the people you meet as important as the places you visit. Let your guide show you the best secrets of the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.96
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$30.96
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Marrakech Souks & Monuments : Private guided tour

Marrakech Souks & Monuments : Private guided tour

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Marrakech boasts ancient monuments, traditional markets, and centuries of colorful culture—but exploring solo means you may miss its hidden secrets. On this private tour, explore Marrakech’s medina and monuments, and learn the history of top attractions like the 12th-century Almoravid Koubba and Ben Youssef Mosque. Mingle with the locals among the narrow streets and tanneries, and gain insight into the city’s traditional arts and crafts.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.81
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$45.81
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3 Days Shared Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

3 Days Shared Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech

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3 Days Desert Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga The best-selling, 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will allow to you see Morocco’s amazing sahara desert up close. Not only will you be treated to famous Berber sites and enjoy majestic scenery along the way, you will also get to see one of Morocco’s most famous sites – the dunes of Erg Chebbi and spend the night at a Sahara desert camp that is far from everywhere, and allows you to truly escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Get a chance to enjoy a drive across Tizi Ntichka and High Atlas Mountains. You will also visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou’s village which is UNESCO preserved. To explore the majestic gorges, you can enjoy a walk in Todgha oasis along the stream.
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  • 3 days
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$105.25
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$105.25

Halfday Marrakech city tour

Halfday Marrakech city tour

During this Marrakech guided city tour, you'll discover the city with a local art historian who will introduce you to the locals lifestyle, the history of Marrakech and all necessary information about Marrakech city. Expect from us a very flexible and customized tour, that will be very informative and knowledgeable.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.23
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$46.23
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5 days in Marrakech city guide & private day-trips

5 days in Marrakech city guide & private day-trips

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Explore Marrakesh's most-visited nearby sights on our half and full-day trips. Expert guides. Fast and secure booking. Immediate confirmation. Secure payment. English tours.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$792.45
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Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef) hours of operation: Daily 9am-6pm; closed some holidays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 47 Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef) tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef) costs USD 16.00. Guided Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef) tours start around USD 16.00 per person. See all 47 Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef) tickets and tours on Viator.