Founded in 1062, Marrakech is the 2nd oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities, and among its finest attractions is the Koutoubia, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques of the western Muslim world. Marvel at the 225-foot minaret and masterful architecture that evokes the Giralda of Seville.
We start our day by visiting this Botanical garden and artist's landscape garden in Marrakech, It was created by the French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle over almost forty years, starting in 1923, and features a Cubist villa designed by the French architect, Paul Sinoir in the 1930s. There is also the new museum of Yves Saint Laurent around the corner, a very well-curated museum and an opportunity to see YSL's brilliance and attention to detail up close. And the gift shop has a great selection of items at all price points. Together with Jardin Majorelle, It is a perfect highlight of Marrakech.
Gueliz is the heart of the modern part of Marrakech. Its main avenues are Mohammed VI and Mohammed V. Avenue Mohammed V is the one connecting the Old Medina of Marrakech with the Modern town which is Gueliz itself. This area is where many foreigners choose to live in Marrakech, the wide, French-era streets of Gueliz are home to upscale Moroccan and European restaurants, cabarets and chic bars, as well as art galleries and mainstream fashion stores. Created by the eponymous painter, and later owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
Koutoubia Mosque, founded in 1147, it is Marrakech's largest mosque and the landmark of the city itself which has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Your guide will take you for a tour here and offer so much information about it.
The Bahia or the (The Beautiful) is an 8000 sq meter, floor-to-ceiling extravagance of intricate marquetry, plasterwork and zouak (painted wood), and certainly one of Marrakesh's most eye-popping sights. Built by Grand Vizier Si Moussa in the 1860s, the salons of both the Petit Riad and Grand Riad host intricate marquetry and zouak ceilings, but the Cour d'Honneur, a grand courtyard, with its 1500 sq meter floor of Italian Carrara marble, is the undisputed highlight. Despite the vast area on show, only a portion of the palace’s eight hectares and 150 rooms is open to the public. Its grand spaces sometimes play host to important cultural events.
From sunrise to sunset, snake charmers, storytellers, acrobats and street vendors animate the old walled city from Jemaa El Fnaa square. In the evening it becomes a place for food, with small restaurants in the open-air. This is the main attraction of tourists in Marrakech.
The largest Koranic school of Medina, functioning today as a historical site, the Ben Youssef Madrasa was the largest Islamic college in Morocco at its height. It is named after the adjacent Ben Youssef Mosque founded by the Almoravid Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106-1142) It’s considered one of the best spots of the red city, your guide will provide so much information about it.
After your lunch, get ready to start your long walk in exploring and discovering all of the colorful markets or ''Souks'' Just follow your guide to discover the markets in Marrakech's Medina where Arab and Berber cultures explode with color, noise and originality. Smell spices, taste olives, touch leather goods and buy local handicrafts.
Highlights: Old Medina, the gardens of Bahia Palace, square of Jemma El Fnaa, Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Mosque, Souks of the Medina.
Includes: air-conditioned vehicle (Mercedes Van), hotel pick-up and drop-off, a guide, bottled water.
Not included: meals, entrance fees.