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Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace

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Marrakech, Morocco
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Discover the maze-like souks, foods, and must-sees of Marrakech’s medina neighborhood on this walking tour. With a local guide, roam the atmospheric souks around Djemaa El-Fna and visit the Bahia Palace, where the gilded pavilions and harem hosted sultans and their concubines. Sample fresh-baked bread at a communal bakery, see ‘tanjia’ ovens where locals bring clay-pot stews to be cooked, and head for the Marrakech Museum of Photography to view its stunning photographs of old and modern Morocco.
  • Half-day walking tour of Marrakech’s medina and major attractions
  • Experience the chaotic energy of Marrakech’s medina with your local guide
  • Witness the spectacle of Djemaa El-Fna with its multitude of vendors
  • Enjoy guided tours of Bahia Palace and the Photography Museum of Marrakech
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures more individualized attention from your guide
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Local English-speaking guide
Sample of freshly baked bread
Entrance fees to Palais De Bahia
Entrance fees to Photography Museum
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional food and drinks

Departure Point

Hôtel Restaurant Café de France, jamaa el-fnna، Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This tour takes you to some of Marrakech's most fascinating cultural attractions and gives you the chance to experience the vibrant atmosphere of the medina without getting lost!

Meet your friendly guide in Djemaa El-Fna, the buzzing square in the center of old Marrakech, and set off on your small-group walking tour.

Soak up the sights of the vibrant square, and then head into the warren of neighboring souks. With your guide to navigate the alleyways of the medina, you’re free to drink in the atmosphere and peruse the enticing wares that range from carpets and hand-painted plates to spices, gold, and textiles.


Make your way to one of Marrakech’s historical highlights—the Bahia Palace (Palais de Bahia)—a lavish sultan’s palace built in the 1800s. Explore the opulent pavilions and courtyards to admire the mosaics, halls, and fountains as your guide recounts tales of the sultans who lived here with their wives and concubines.


Head back into the medina and follow the aroma of freshly baked bread to a traditional bakery. Learn how the locals bring their prepared dough here for baking, and sample some of the fluffy warm bread. Then, check out a tanjia oven, where clay pots filled with meat and spices are cooked for locals.

Lastly, visit the Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Arts to see its photographic exhibitions. Gain insight into old Marrakech from the photos charting life in the city in the last century, and inspect the stirring portraits of locals and Moroccan villagers, as well as contemporary works from around the world.

Return to Djemaa El-Fna where your tour finishes. Get directions back to your hotel from your guide or continue exploring the medina independently.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Destination of all magic, Jamaâ El Fna square tells through its storytellers, dancers, water sellers and snake charmers, the history of Morocco yesterday and today while subjugating its visitors by its charm that starts in the morning and still only reaches its peak in the evening
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bahia Palace - Historical Visits
Bahia Palace is considered one of the grand palaces of the Moroccan city of Marrakech, or what is called the Red City. Created by Minister Ahmed bin Musa, in the 19th century, to commemorate the name of his wife, “Bahia”, and today it is an artistic masterpiece dating from the splendor of Moroccan architecture of Andalusian character which overflows with its civilizational manifestations, in particular What you tell about the secrets of ancient history.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Saadien's Tombs
Located next to the mosque of the Kasbah, the Saadian tombs are one of the only vestiges remaining from the Saadian dynasty which reigned on the golden age of Marrakech between 1524 to 1659. At the beginning of the 18th century, Sultan Moulay Ismaïl indeed decided to remove all traces of the magnificence of this dynasty by asking for the destruction of all the remaining vestiges. However, he did not dare to commit the sacrilege to destroy their graves and ordered that the entrance to the necropolis be walled up.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended.
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • All the stops you make on this tour are 100% local, which means the local community directly benefits from the tour.
  • You visit the culturally important Jemaa el-Fna Square, listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  • Your tour includes entrence fees to Palais De Bahia and the Photography Museum, which helps to maintain the sites and preserve local cultural heritage.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Morocco

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace.

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Fantastic
Flyer42706574739
, Jan 2019
Spent a great four hours with Ali touring the Medina and Old Town in Marrakech. Saw lots of sites, but more importantly, learned a lot about the history, culture and people who had influenced the area over the years. Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend.
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We had the most amazing tour with Ali...
Ethan F
, Aug 2018
We had the most amazing tour with Ali! I can't sing his praises enough. He was so knowledgeable, kind, and thoughtful in making little tweaks to personalize the tour based on our interests. Our day with Ali which was our first day in Marrakech! let us feeling more comfortable navigating the city on our own and helped us discover sites we never would have known about. His English is impeccable, and we had so much fun getting to know him and the city. Days later, we're still finding ourselves saying well, Ali said ___. Ali, thank you for such a fabulous introduction to your city!
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This was an absolutely excellent...
Karin S
, Dec 2017
This was an absolutely excellent tour, our guide was extremely nice, extremely knowledgeable, and I learned so much about Marrakech. What a fantastic way to see and learn about a new city! The highlight was the beautiful Bahia Palace, just gorgeous and wonderful for picture taking. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a really fun, educational, and enjoyable time in Marrakech with a wonderful, and friendly guide. Thank you so much!
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Good walking tour with a...
Glen S
, Oct 2017
Good walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, it wasn't at all rushed and nothing was too much trouble, very enjoyable
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My boyfriend and I did this tour...
Laura K
, Jun 2017
My boyfriend and I did this tour and were so very happy with it overall - it was just the two of us plus our guide, Youssef Rouissi. He was incredibly knowledgable and nice, we couldn't have been happier. His English was impeccable - he studied at an American school in his youth and ultimately spent quite a few years in the US as an adult. On our walking tour we were very impressed and so very pleased with his knowledge and insight. He even let us take more time in some areas than originally planned for and took some photos for us. He also helped us with tips for some shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend this tour especially as a start to the city. Youssef helped us figure out where in the city we'd like to explore after our time together.
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amazing tour. def a must do if visiting...
nate
, Apr 2017
amazing tour. def a must do if visiting central marrakech
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What a great way to get an overview...
Kenneth B
, Nov 2016
What a great way to get an overview of this beautiful city. Mustupha our knows and loves his city. We set the pass and he was patient and very informative. We spent a great 4 hours on this delightful tour.
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Had to cut it short due to illness...
Paula C
, Jun 2016
Had to cut it short due to illness but Abdul was a delightful and knowledgeable guide. Would recommend him for sure.
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A usable introduction to Marrakech...
Jean H
, Apr 2016
A usable introduction to Marrakech Medina. The tour was announced as an 4 hours tour, but lasted only 3:5 hours!
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This was a first class way of...
Iain R
, Nov 2015
This was a first class way of introducing Marrakech and the local people to us shortly on arrival. We joined a group of 5 and we all got on really well . Could not fault this tour. We had continental breakfast at Cafe de France a bargain at 35MAD. Well done for getting our trip off to such a great start.
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