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Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech History Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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Overview

Discover some of Marrakech’s most beautiful buildings and hidden treasures on this morning tour. With a local guide, admire top Marrakech attractions including the Koutoubia Mosque with its sublime minaret; and the pavilions, courtyards, and perfumed gardens of the Bahia Palace. Hear historical anecdotes from your guide as you explore and round off your tour with visits to the decorative Saadian Tombs and Tiskiwin Museum, home to a fascinating exhibition on the ancient Saharan caravan routes between Marrakech and Timbuktu.
  • City tour of palaces and monuments in Marrakech
  • Visit Bahia Palace
  • See Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech
  • Stop at the Saadian Tombs
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8:30 AM
The activity start time excludes pickup times. You MUST contact TUI Destination Services for the exact pick-up time and place AT LEAST 48 hours before the start time of the activity.
Start your tour in central Marrakech. Then, set off to discover some of Marrakech’s most notable palaces and monuments, as well some lesser-known treasures.

Head for the Koutoubia Mosque, Morocco’s biggest mosque and one of the largest in the world. Take in the Hispano-Moorish, 12th-century exterior as your guide recounts its history, and admire the centerpiece—the 253-foot (70-meter) minaret, topped by a spire and orbs.

Continue to the Bahia Palace, a 19th-century sultans’ residence. Built to outshine all other palaces, this lovely complex comprises ornate pavilions, gardens, and a harem. Stroll around the mosaic-coated halls and perfumed courtyards as your guide shares tales of the sultans who lived here.

Next, visit the Saadian Tombs, a series of royal burial chambers dating from the 1500s. Admire the marble and cedar-domed chambers and learn how the tombs were unearthed in 1917.

Finally, visit the Tiskiwin Museum, a double riad (traditional courtyard house) with an exhibition covering the ancient Saharan trade routes between Marrakech and Timbuktu.

View the arts and crafts on show, including Berber clothing, jewelry, and carpets, and then finish your tour at the original start point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Koutoubia Mosque
See the famous Koutoubia Tower, the largest mosque in Marrakech with a 70 meter high minaret. The tower is a great example of Hispano-Moorish art
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Saadian Tombs
Continue to the cedar wood domes and marble columns of the Saadian Tombs. Dating back to the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603), the tombs were only discovered in 1917 and their subsequent restoration have made them one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Marrakech.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palacio da Bahia
Walking through Jewish quarter Mellah to discover El Badia Palace, built at the end of the sixteenth century by El Mansour Eddahbi, this monument was a real jewel of Islamic art but the Alaouit Sultan My Ismail took all the richest of this palace to build the Meknes City, Now there remains only a huge esplanade carved gardens, planted with orange trees and surrounded by high walls full of a great history. 
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Musee Tiskiwin
Close pleasantly our half dad by visiting the Tiskiwin museum Founded by Bert Flint to display the best of his personal collection of Amzigh Berber artefacts.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DESTINATION SERVICES MOROCCO
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-3
The guide's English was a little...
TD
, Dec 2017
The guide's English was a little difficult to understand, went on a little bit too much on certain historical aspects. The sights were good didn't need the herbalist shop visit towards the end.
star-1
The tour proceeded in a downpour...
Gregory P
, Dec 2017
The tour proceeded in a downpour. No consideration was given to reschedule as you could not leave the taxi. Complete waste of time.
star-3
This tour was not the best, but good...
ashley.stallworth
, Nov 2017
This tour was not the best, but good enough to get you familiar with the area to later go sightseeing on your own. I felt the tour guide didn't give a lot of information and didn't see a whole lot. However it was just ok to me.
star-4
Great tour, lovely efficient guide...
Vicki H
, Oct 2017
Great tour, lovely efficient guide. Monuments were beautiful and the history fully explained. There was a bit of walking which was great as it took you through non touristic parts outside the medina wall. We stopped at a cake shop to sample some of the local cakes. Also stopped for lunch at a designated restaurant which had a mixture of tourist and locals there. The food was actually some of the best I had in Morocco and you were able to enjoy wine with your meal which is rare in the medinas in Morocco. The pace of the tour was quite relaxed and the length perfect. Also one person was not picked up due to a mix up and the tour guide changed the schedule slightly to allow her to join the tour pretty much from the start which I thought was excellent service.
star-5
Superb Abdul was very attentive to...
Ann R
, Sep 2017
Superb Abdul was very attentive to us all spoke 4 foreign languages. We visited many of the key sites and he was a wealth of information. Cannot wait for my next tour this afternoon which if yesterday,s tour is anything to go by will be equally enjoyable.
star-5
Very nice! Our tour guide was fun...
Huraiyah A
, Apr 2017
Very nice! Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. His English was clear and I was happy he showed us some shops where my mother, sisters and I were able to get some natural products for the hair and skin.
star-5
Great tour with a very friendly and...
GERARD C
, Mar 2017
Great tour with a very friendly and informative guide, took us to the major sites in and around Marrakech. Would highly recommend as a great introduction to Marrakech.
star-5
Guide was lovely and spoke in...
Eireann V
, Jan 2017
Guide was lovely and spoke in several languages, definitely knew his stuff as well. Learnt a lot and saw some beautiful places, would highly recommend!
star-1
Worst tour I have been on. Do not go...
KH
, Nov 2016
Worst tour I have been on. Do not go. Advertised as a 3.5 hour half day tour but done in less than two hours! Total crooks. Avoids many main attractions in Marrakech with tour guide dismissing the Bedi palace as nothing but bricks presumably as it has a higher entrance fee compared to other attractions. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
star-5
This tour was a good way to get...
christel s
, Oct 2016
This tour was a good way to get familiar with the city
star-1
Don't bother!!! The tour guide...
Vina_G
, Oct 2016
Don't bother!!! The tour guide is arrogant, rude and kept having a go at everyone! Patronising unnecessarily and preached about Islam and attempted to sell other tours rather than actually telling us anything about where we were!? Pointless and really unenjoyable.
star-5
really fun must do in Marrakesh. The...
Yacine G
, Aug 2016
really fun must do in Marrakesh. The guide was really entertaining as well
star-5
Great excursion and excellent tour...
David S
, Feb 2016
Great excursion and excellent tour guide. A truly unique experience and worth doing.
star-5
Met our guide, who picked us on bang...
joanna_barrington
, Feb 2016
Met our guide, who picked us on bang on time. The tour was very informative and we were a small group of 6. He was very knowledgeable and had a brilliant sense of humour. The sights we saw were amazing, the architecture beautiful. The Medina was very busy but our guide made us all feel very safe and we had a great time.
star-4
A good introduction to Marrakech...
Anthony D
, Jan 2016
A good introduction to Marrakech with a knowledgable guide who was willing to explain Islamic history to some curious members in our group.
star-4
The tour was great. Our guide Micky...
Shanice D
, Nov 2015
The tour was great. Our guide Micky is highly recommended and very funny and personal. Definitely knows his stuff about Marrakech
star-2
Picked up early from my hotel and...
colin f
, Jun 2015
Picked up early from my hotel and then had to wait a while to join a larger group for the tour. Tour guide was very monotonous and seemed to be going through the motions. Could have done this tour myself with a half decent guide book.
star-3
Very informative... The guide new what...
Teresa G
, Jun 2015
Very informative... The guide new what he was talking about.
star-2
Be aware that this tour is the same...
David H
, Apr 2015
Be aware that this tour is the same route as the morning of the full day tour Marrakesh Discovery
star-5
Highly recommend taking this tour if...
Cat
, Jan 2015
Highly recommend taking this tour if you're in Marrakech! Amazing guides, happy to help and no opportunistic selling :)

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