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10 Top Guided Tours to Take in Marrakech

View from the hot air balloon in Marrakesh
View from the hot air balloon in Marrakesh | © Ciel D'Afrique
Whether you want to explore Marrakech by foot or by bike, anything is possible in this buzzing city. Here are the best guided tours to take in Marrakech.

Horse Drawn Carriage Gardens and City Walls Tours

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Horse Carriage tour in Marrakech | © Anton Zelenov / WikiCommons
During this tour, the horse carriage will pick you up from your hotel at 10 a.m. First, you’ll visit the Menara Gardens, a garden created in the 12th century during the Almohad Dynasty, with majestic views over the Atlas Mountains and over 30,000 olive trees. You will also visit the Agdal Gardens, a 400-hectare blissful grove, while riding across the famous city walls from the 12th century.
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Guided Cycling Tour Half-Day

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Try this three-hour cycling tour in Marrakech for a new way of exploring the Red City. The guide will meet you at your hotel, where you’ll begin cycling towards the King’s Palace, the Medina and Jemaa el-Fna. At Jemaa el-Fna, you will have a one-hour break where you can enjoy a freshly pressed glass of orange juice while watching people walk by. Your tour guide will also show you around at the square, and tell you about Moroccan remedies and spices. Finally, you will head back and discover other Marrakech attractions, such as the popular Koutoubia Mosque.
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Marrakech City Tour: Private Half-Day Guided Tour

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Plant life in the Majorelle Gardens | © SnippyHolloW / Flickr
Explore the Red City with the comfort of a driver and an experienced tour guide who will take you through Marrakech’s most popular attractions. The tour starts at your hotel, where you will be picked up, and the first stop will be the astonishing Majorelle Gardens, one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city. Next, enter the historic Royal Kasbah to see the Saadian Tombs, then discover the royal architecture at Bahia Palace. After that, it’s time to get on foot to explore the magical Medina of Marrakech and its souks; here, you can buy some precious souvenirs to take back with you. Finally, finish the tour outside of the city at the Palmeraie, a palm grove oasis that is another great photo opportunity spot.
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Marrakech Quad Bike Tour

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Palmeraie of Marrakech | © Alex / WikiCommons
This is the perfect tour if you want to have a fun time at Marrakech’s palm groves. The tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel, then heads toward the rocky desert plains for a two-hour quad bike tour. The guide will lead the way and show you all the amazing scenery in the oasis, including a secluded Berber village, where you will be offered a glass of mint tea upon arrival and you’ll be able to observe how people live on a daily basis. The tour will continue to a valley, where you can observe the breathtaking views of the high Atlas Mountains.
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Two-Hour Camel Ride in La Palmeraie

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Camels at Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate | © fabian.kron / Flickr
This tour by Backpacker’s Cooking Class is an unforgettable experience and a great alternative if you do not have enough time to camel trek in the Sahara Desert. You will be picked up from your hotel, and taken to the Palmeraie oasis located just outside of Marrakech. The tour will start, and for two hours you will explore and discover the real beauty of Morocco with an incredible atmosphere and a friendly tour guide. You will also stop for a glass of mint tea, which is the perfect pause.
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Jewish Heritage and Moorish Splendor Tour

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Through this special tour, you will discover how the Jewish left an important heritage in the city of Marrakech. You will walk through the small alleyways of the 16th-century Jewish quarter, the Mellah, which has a great historical importance in Marrakech, as it is there that the Moroccan Jewish community practiced trades and crafts. Next, your guide will take you to the Lazama Synagogue, the main synagogue in the Mellah and the most picturesque with its blue and white colours. After the synagogue, you will visit Bahia Palace, a Moorish-style royal palace from the 19th century.
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Shopping in the Hidden Stalls of the Medina

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Medina | Dimitrios Papageorgiou / © Culture Trip
Shopping in the Medina can be quite an overwhelming experience, which is why shopping with a local guide who knows his way around the most precious hidden spots will make the experience ten times better. You will be picked up at your hotel, and taken into the Medina by your guide, who will make an itinerary according to what you want to buy. Some of the most common objects people ask for are Moroccan rugs, argan oil, spices, lamps, camel leather objects and much more. During this four-hour shopping tour, you will learn Moroccan words so you can bargain like a pro and take home the most unique souvenirs!
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Marrakech City Tour Bus

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Discover Marrakech’s official Hop-on Hop-off bus, which takes you from Gueliz to the Palmeraie palm grove through the Majorelle Gardens and many more unmissable attractions of Marrakech. You can opt for an 18-stop pass for 168 MAD (13.56£), or a bus tour with a 45-minute camel ride for 442 MAD (35.68£).
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Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Tour

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The Atlas Mountains | Dimitris Papageorgiou / © Culture Trip
This half-day tour starts with your driver picking you up from your hotel and driving you towards the High Atlas Mountains, where your guide will tell you about the famous landscapes and the villages surrounding them. As you approach the mountains, you will enter the lush Ourika Valley, driving past the mud villages and palm trees. After another hour of driving, you will finally reach a town near the falls, where you can have a walk or grab a glass of mint tea by the riverside – this is also a stop where you can take some impressive photographs. Then, you can hop on the vehicle and visit an argan oil co-operative, where you will watch Berber women extracting the oil.
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Hot Air Balloon Ride Tour

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View from the hot air balloon in Marrakesh | © Ciel D'Afrique
One of the best and special ways to discover Marrakech is by air. The hot air balloon ride starts at dawn, so you can enjoy the rising sun over Marrakech and take the most breathtaking photographs. The flight will be approximately an hour and you’ll be able to discover Marrakech, as well as the Atlas Mountains, in a new light. Once the flight is over, you will be able to enjoy a freshly made breakfast in a Berber tent, made by the woman from the neighboring village.
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