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Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover this medieval desert enclave's beautiful and spectacular treasures on a guided walking tour.  Stroll through the old Marrakech medina with an expert local guide as you discover an array of hidden gems. Benefit from skip-the-line access to the Bahia & Badii Palaces, then pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs. Begin your walking tour by passing the ruins of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour's 16th-century Grand Badi Palace. Catch a glimpse of the former affluence of this majestic city. Learn about how, at the height of its glory, the palace was considered the 8th wonder of the world. Then, continue your tour to the Bahia Palace - the jewel in the crown of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Enter the monument with skip-the-line admission.  As you explore inside, find out how it was constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and took the most skilled workers and artisans 6 years to complete. Finally, pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovered in 1917. Hear about how the tombs date back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. See the two main mausoleums within the enclosure, consisting of 66 tombs with 100 more lying outside the gardens.

Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

2. Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Marrakech, exploring the medieval streets, souks and medina of Morocco’s “Red City” through its palaces and monuments. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, explore one of Morocco’s oldest imperial cities at sites such as the Koutoubia, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques of the western Muslim world. Marvel at its 221-foot minaret and masterful architecture that evokes the Giralda of Seville. Continues to a peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 16th century of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansu. Admire the colorful tiles, Arabic script, and intricate carvings, hidden to the world after they were sealed up until 1917. Next, spend an hour at the 19th-century Bahia Palace, built in 7 years by 1,000 craftsmen from Fez. Intended to be the greatest example of Moroccan and Islamic architecture in the world, a haphazard arrangement of secret apartments open onto inner courtyards, set in the center of a 2-acre garden.  Then go to Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech's main square and the market place. Through the medina, there are different souks to explore. From the silk-spinners and the spice sellers to carpets to crystals. Each little street has its own identity and its own unique selling point.

Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

3. Marrakech: Half-Day Historical and Cultural Tour

Enjoy a private, half-day excursion through bustling Marrakech begins after meeting your guide in front of the Café de France, an iconic landmark on Marrakech’s main square.  Discover the majesty and vibrancy of Marrakech’s medina, beginning with a jaunt across the Jemaa el-Fnaa square to the Koutobia Mosque. Gaze at the mosque’s massive minaret, the largest in Marrakech, as your expert guide informs you of the stunning building’s history. Onwards, you’ll head towards the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917. Marvel at the ornate carvings in a Hispano-Moorish style that frame the crypts of the 16-century royal family.  Afterwards, head to the equally ornate Bahia Palace, a 19th-century royal dwelling intended to be the most splendid palace of its time. Gaze at the elaborately-painted ceilings, manicured gardens replete with fruit trees, and elaborate stucco patterns adorning almost every surface of the building. To cap the tour off, you’ll wander through the buzzing souks, with their wide array of local artisans and craftspeople, your guide showing you insider tips about the best stalls.  The tour ends back at the Jemaa el-Fnaa square, where hundreds of locals meet every day to enjoy the storytellers, musicians, snake charmers, acrobats, jugglers, and performers of each and every sort.

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

4. Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour

Discover the old city of Marrakech with its labyrinthine streets, famous markets, and the Majorelle Garden on this tour. Visit the famous Palais de Bahia, a beautifully decorated palace full of enchanting inner rooms and elaborate mosaic walls.  With a distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, walk through the Jewish Quarter. Discover the incredible Saadian tombs and the Medersa Ben Youssef, an old school of Quranic study with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture. Admire the wood carvings and visit the tiny students' rooms, then see the Koutoubia Mosque, an icon of Marrakech and a point of orientation for tourists. Head to the world-famous Jemaah el Fna square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-garbed water sellers and henna women. Enjoy a refreshing midday pause on one of the terraces with a panoramic view and take in the sights of the colorful crowds below. Then continue on to the incredible Majorelle Garden and make your way through this oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling new city at your leisure. Visit the Berber Museum housed in the bright blue villa and learn about the history and traditions of Berber people and see some of their beautiful traditional clothing. 

Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens Highlights Tour

5. Marrakech: Full-Day Guided City and Gardens Highlights Tour

Spend a full day visiting the most iconic attractions in Marrakech. Following a pickup from your accommodation, explore one of Morocco's largest and most beautiful mosques, Koutoubia.   Continue the tour to the Bahia Palace and admire its beautiful gardens filled with fruit trees and sweet-smelling flowers. Then, head over to the peaceful enclosure in the Kasbah to see the cedar wood domes and marble columns of the Saadian Tombs. Next, get ready to see Morocco's most famous souks and experience the daily hustle and bustle of the city before visiting Djeemaa El Fna, Marrakech's bustling marketplace filled with merchants from the Souk region. After soaking up the colorful atmosphere of the market, there'll be free time for you to have lunch and join in for the second part of the tour. After your lunch break, visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. Enjoy this haven of peace in the city of Marrakech and explore the magnificent tropical garden with its fountains, pools, bamboo forests, cacti, and much more. Then make your way to the Menara Gardens, the famous summer residence of Sultan Abderrahmane, and gaze in awe at the beautiful orchards and olive groves. Relax on the drive back to your hotel or riad at the end of your tour.

Marrakech: 3-hour Biking Tour Highlights Old & New city

6. Marrakech: 3-hour Biking Tour Highlights Old & New city

In the Medina of Marrakech it is not always easy to find your way. This is why it is best to have a biking guide to show you the best places of the area, making you feel like the area is yours. Just biking through Marrakech itself will make you feel like a sultan as you discover the inside of this ancient and imperial city. Biking along the medieval red-clay city walls in particular is sure to make your Marrakech visit an extraordinary experience. Throughout your tour you will pass by various monuments and interesting buildings which might be worthwhile to explore in depth once you have finished your first exploration of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, you will return to your point of origin.

Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

7. Marrakech: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful old city of Marrakech on this walking tour and wander the labyrinth of famous little streets and alleys. Visit the Palais de Bahia, a decorated palace with enchanted inner rooms and mosaic walls and walk through the Jewish quarter with its interesting architecture. Discover the incredible Saadian Tombs, dating back to the reign of Sultan Ahmed el Mansour and visit the Ben Youssef Madrasa, an old Koran school with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture. Admire the wood carving and visit the little bedrooms for students.  Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the icon of Marrakech and something of an orientation point for tourists, then head to the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-clothed water sellers and henna women.

Marrakech: 3-Hour Palace and Monuments Tour

8. Marrakech: 3-Hour Palace and Monuments Tour

Meet your guide in front of the famous restaurant, Cafe de France, in the main square. Your tour begins with a visit to Bahia Palace, the crown jewel of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Learn about the palace's construction and the skilled artisans who continuously worked to complete the edifice. From the palace, take a stroll to the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 11th-century, and gaze at the mosque's imposing minaret. Hear about how the iconic landmark was the inspiration for religious buildings found all over the world. Afterward, head out to the Saadian Tombs, located just outside Marrakech. Discover what important family and notable officials rest here and hear about the restoration of the tombs.   Before concluding your tour, take a walk through the vibrant souks. Take in the aroma of the spice section, and be impressed by the intricate designs of the jewelry, leather, lanterns and other products of the souk. Finnish by Jemaa el-Fna Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to witness acrobats, storytellers, musicians, and snake charmers.

Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

9. Marrakech: Imperial Cities 7-Day Tour

Embark on a 7-day journey to the majestic Imperial Cities of Marrakech. Join a guided trip with accommodation and breakfast included and gasp at imposing monuments, medieval ruins, and mesmerizing waterfalls. Enjoy insightful tours of every location you visit. Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech. transfer to hotel Upon arrival, the staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech. You will check in to your hotel. Day 2: Marrakech city tour Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Saadian tombs and the Bahia palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship in the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. After lunch, head to Majorelle gardens, where the morning light illuminates the vibrant colors of the architecture, set vividly against the lush green vegetation. Continue to Menara garden for a stroll through the peaceful site. Day 3: Marrakech to Casablanca After breakfast, leave Marrakech behind and head to the coastal city of Casablanca. We'll have a day of sightseeing. Walk around the Habous district, where the small squares and narrow arcade streets provide a fine example of contemporary city planning mixed with the maze-like streets of the traditional medina. Visit the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral and the famous Hassan II Mosque to experience two religious epicenters of the city. Day 4: Casablanca to Fez via Rabat & Volubilis Enjoy a tour of the old city including visits to the Royal Palace, Ouadaya Gardens Kasbah, and the Hassan Tower Mosque. After lunch, drive to the ancient roman city of Volubilis. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and dating back as far as AD40, Volubilis is home to some of the most impressive roman ruins in North Africa. We finish the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Fez. Day 5: Fez city tour After breakfast, begin your guided tour of the Fes medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Visit Foundouk Najjarine, which houses the ‘museum of wooden arts and crafts. Visit the Qaraouiyine Mosque, which is both a university and a mosque situated in the heart of the medina. Day 6: Fes to Marrakech via Ouzoud Waterfalls After an early breakfast, you will depart for Marrakech via Ouzoud waterfalls. The beautiful drive will take you up into the middle atlas mountains and along the base of the high atlas mountains. Enjoy a walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech. Overnight in Marrakech. Day 7: Departure from Marrakech Your last day of travel will be in Marrakech and you will be transferred to the airport for departure.

Marrakech 3-Hour Walking Tour

10. Marrakech 3-Hour Walking Tour

Meet your guide and driver at your hotel/riad for the short drive to La Koutobia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Built in the 12th century, its 69-meter-tall minaret is the landmark of Marrakech. Outside the Mosque, you’ll learn about Islam and its 5 pillars as well as the worshipping habits of Moroccans. Your 3-hour guided tour continues to Bahia Palace, a 19th century monument that is an indication of the wealth of Moroccan royalty of that time. The 160-room palace took 15 years to build, and it provides an opportunity to admire and learn about Moroccan architecture. A short walk from the palace, through the old Jewish quarter, you’ll come to the Saadian dynasty tombs, dating back to the 17th century. The site, discovered in 1917, and with its ornately decorated rooms and ceilings, has become a major attraction for visitors to Marrakech. Continue from here to the oldest part of the medina, where your guide will take you on a walking adventure through the maze-like streets, past spice shops, artisan workshops and art galleries. Your guided tour comes to an end in Jemaa el Fna Square, the most famous square in all of Africa. Storytellers, snake charmers, musicians, orange juice sellers and henna tattoo artists all compete for your attention.

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What people are saying about Saadian Tombs

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based on 1,817 reviews

everything was great; the bicycle was excellent, of good quality, beautiful, new, clean, unbeatable. Our guide Abdu very kind, all the time he took care of us, he gave us advices about the city and its surroundings, the route very well covering importante places; it was a very small group so I really enjoyed it and recommend it for all people who like cycling.

Great tour with a knowledgable guide in Abdul, who shared lots of historic background on the city and on the moroccan traditions. I would recommend this to anyone willing to learn a bit more about this amazing culture. Finally a special thanks to Abdul who accommodated all our requests and kept us entertained throughout the tour. Shoukran.

Very interesting visit, very enriching thanks to our great guide who never ceased to help us discover the secrets and riches of this magnificent and magical city that he loves and knows so much! .. I can only warmly recommend MAJID, a superb person for a superb Marrakech

The walking tour was definitely interesting. Got to know a lot about Marrakech and its rich history. Also packed a few steps on the Health app so that is a plus.

Súper bueno el tour, nos gustó mucho el servicio del guía Abdessamad, espectacular como explica y acompaña. Su servicio es 5 estrellas!!!