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Explore the labyrinth-like Marrakech medina, with a local to guide you.

Savor the scent and taste of freshly baked bread at a local bakery and see how tanjia is prepared at a traditional hammam.

Listen to the stories of sultans and slaves in a decadent palace.

Discover photographs of Marrakech from over 100 years ago.

Visit Djemaa El-Fna, an iconic Marrakech treasure.

Inclusion

Local English-speaking guide; Sample of freshly baked bread; Entrance fees to Palais De Bahia and the Photography Museum.

Exclusion

Items of a personal nature; Tips and Gratuities for your guide.

Hours of operation

Available daily at 9:00am.

Duration

Approximately 4 hours.

Location

Meeting point: Outside Café France in Djemma El-Fna. (As you walk into Djemaa El-Fna through the main entrance this is a 3-storey café on the right side of the square. All through Djemaa El-Fna there are fake guides who will try and convince you to do a tour with them, so please make sure that you find the official guide who will be holding an Urban Adventures sign or badge and be waiting for you in front of the café.)

Finish point: Djemma El Fna Square.

Itinerary

There is no other place in this Moroccan city that screams authentic Marrakech than the bustling medina. Diving into this chaotic city center is a must-do for any visitor, but trying to navigate this labyrinth alone is like trying to find your way out of a rabbit hole. Luckily, on this Marrakech medina tour with a local, you don’t have to be a master navigator to get the full experience!

Your first stop is the Palais de Bahia. This palace and its gardens are one of the most beautiful areas in Marrakech, and signify the epitome of decadence in the city’s history. This haven of shady courtyards and mosaics was once home to the high and mighty of Marrakech, a place where rich men and their various wives and concubines would leisurely glide around, relaxing in their luxurious surroundings. Here you can stroll through the many, many rooms, whilst your guide tells you all the local stories about slaves and sultans.

After the palace, we’ll take a walk inside the Medina and stop at one of the local bakeries. Here, we’ll get to see how locals in the Medina prepare their bread then bring it here to be baked. We’ll even get a taste! Not far from here, we’ll make another food stop at a local neighborhood hammam to see how the traditional Moroccan dish tanjia is prepared.

Your final stop on this Marrakech tour will show you a vision of the city in pictures, with a visit to the Photography Museum. Here you can browse the rotating selection of 4,500 photos, and get as close as you possibly can to glancing into the world of Marrakech 100 years ago. With portraits of the locals, vintage village scenes, and even photos of the Berber tribes of the Atlas Mountains, a visit to the Photography Museum is one of the essential things to do in Marrakech to really understand its history and culture.

Your tour will finish up back in Djemaa El-Fna, where your local guide will either be able to give you directions back to your accommodation, or you can continue your own Marrakech adventure in the souks and medina.

Participant restrictions

Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.

Additional Information

Morocco is considered by many to be a liberal Muslim country. Many Moroccan women do not wear headscarves, for example, but you may find that Morocco is very conservative compared to what you’re used to at home, so you should dress accordingly.

As a general guideline your shoulders, chest, and knees should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts (men or women), low-cut tops, and showing midriff is not recommended as it will restrict your entry into buildings of a religious nature and family homes. Covering these parts of your body will be considered as respectful amongst the locals.

Lightweight sleeved shirts, trousers and skirts are respectful, cover your body, and keep you cool in the heat.

Policies

This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.

Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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