Secret Marrakech and Quirky Museums

We suggest trying our privately guided ‘ Secret Marrakech ‘ walking tour for those who have more time in Marrakech and want to delve a little deeper. North of the Jemaa el-Fna and the main souk area, you find a world where the tourists don’t tend to reach. This means you see things on sale that Moroccans want to buy, not the tourists. You will also visit some of Marrakech’s most interesting small museums. Often the buildings themselves are worth the visit, rather than the exhibits. These are found in Marrakech’s finest historic riads, contain ornate carvings, delicate tile work and stunning decoration.

You begin at the historic Bab Doukkala, a gateway dating from 1126. Walk through an area famous for beautiful handwoven rugs and silver jewellery. You arrive at the Fondouqs, which were medieval rooming houses or caravanserais. Desert traders came from far and wide to stay the night, before plying their goods in the souqs. Many are now artisans workshops. Two of the best are Fondouq el-Amir and Fondouq Kharbouch.

Turning south, you reach Mouassine Fountain which was built in the 16th century by Abdallah el Ghalib and is one of the 80 original medina fountains. Next door is the Musee de Mouassine, an ornate riad set within the medina. The riad has been painstakingly restored by Patrick Menac’h, who found original 16th-century Saadian architecture under later plasterwork. The intricate cornice friezes, painted woodwork and craftsmanship is worth seeing. 

Your walk then takes you along Souk Lebbadine and Souk Smata to the Musee de Marrakech which showcases a range of art and ceramics in the Mnebhi Palace. Undoubtedly, the central courtyard is a stunning mixture of mosaic tiles and ornate fountains. 

Next door is the Ali Ben Youssef Madersa, once the most splendid Quranic school in North Africa. Marvel at the Hispano-Moresque mosaics where 900 students once lived in 132 dorms, sharing just one bathroom. 

Close by is the Almoravid Koubba, a 12th-century shrine whose architectural inspiration brought about the iconic Moroccan keyhole arches and vaulted ceilings you will see throughout the city.

It’s then time for lunch, and we suggest a stop at Nomad, right in the heart of the souqs overlooking Rabha Kedima Square.

In the afternoon, you will visit two interesting museums. First, visit the nearby Dar Si Said, home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts. Above all, the highlight is the amazing painted and domed wedding reception chamber.

After that, you visit the Maison Tiskiwin, located in the home of pioneer ethnographer and collector Bert Flint. Each room represents a caravan along the Sahara-to-Marrakech trading route, showcasing indigenous craftsmanship in a stunning building. 

For your final stop on our ‘Secret Marrakech’ tour, walk down to Kosybar for a refreshing drink before returning to your hotel.


Morocco in Style: A Luxury Adventure

Atlas Mountains - Sahara Desert - Skoura - Marrakech  

Morocco in Style: A Luxury Adventure is quite simply the most stylish way to see this incredible country. You’ll stay at the most iconic hotels, and by taking a private helicopter, delve deep into Morocco’s hidden interior.

11 days from £10550 p. p.

Grand Tour of Morocco

Casablanca - Fez - Merzouga - Skoura - Ourika - Essaouira - Marrakech  

This comprehensive private tour of Morocco brings together the sights and sounds of this fantastic destination, and the chance to discover more than the well-trodden paths around Marrakech.

14 days from £2550 p. p.

A Desert Adventure in Morocco – Souks to the Sahara

Casablanca - Erg Chigaga - Zagora - Skoura - Ourika - Marrakech  

There is something impossibly romantic in delving into the great dunes of the Saharan Desert. Nights under canvas, sunsets and camel rides; experiences that undoubtedly make you feel like you have escaped.

11 days from £1760 p. p.

Trekking Holiday in the Atlas Mountains

Marrakech - Ouiigane Valley - Ait Aissa - Imlil - Ourika Valley - Oumnass  

A trekking holiday in the Atlas Mountains allows you to walk through timeless Moroccan Berber villages and along dramatic scenic valleys overlooked by the towering peaks. You’ll be staying in the best possible lodges and boutique hotels.

10 days from £1650 p. p.

Marrakech, Atlas and Atlantic Coast

Atlas Mountains - Marrakech Medina - Atlantic Coast  

Explore the bustling souks of Marrakech, the breathtaking scenic beauty and Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains and the sleepy fishing town of Essaouira. In short, this brief taste of Morocco is an ideal first visit to this vibrant country. 

10 days from £1795 p. p.

Fez, Marrakech & Atlas Mountains

Fez - Marrakech - Atlas Mountains  

Fez and Marrakech are undeniably Morocco’s most iconic and evocative cities, packed with all the magical charm that makes Morocco so mesmerising. This itinerary allows you an immersive experience of both, and additionally, some gentle R&R in the mountains to conclude your trip.

9 days from £1895 p. p.

Marrakech & Atlas Mountains

Marrakech Medina - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech Palmeraie  

Combine the bustling souks of colourful Marrakech before experiencing the timeless Berber culture and stunning views in the High Atlas Mountains. 

8 days from £1228 p. p.

A long weekend in Marrakech


Marrakech makes for a beautiful long weekend from any European city. With five days, you will have plenty of time to both explore and relax. The weather is perfect in the winter, and you can also immerse yourself in a fascinating culture.

6 days from £1095 p. p.

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