Days
3
Price from
$525USD

Get to the heart of Marrakech on this 3-day experience

Located near the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is a place of unforgettable colour and contrast. From the Eurocentric Gueliz district to the souks, snake-charmers and mazes of the Medina, delve into one of Morocco’s most historic – and happily disorientating – destinations.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.


Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Style
Independent Experiences
Code
PGMMX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Witness the evening transformation of Jemaa el Fna in Marrakech, when in becomes a living stage; where food, music and entertainment come together to make one of the world’s greatest public squares

  • Explore the beautiful Bahia Palace, a splendid mansion built in 1866 for a former slave who had risen to a position of importance in government

  • Uncover the treasures of the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace that houses a fine collection of Morrocan art and sculpture

  • Dive into the medina, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy, and watch skilled artisans perfect their craft while you practice your haggling skills

Is this trip right for you?

  • Our Independent Experiences have been designed for just one to three people, departing every day of the week for most Experiences. You can mix and match to create your perfect trip combination, then we’ll arrange the transport between each experience for you. You will have local guides at most destinations and activities. It’s independent travel without the stress.

  • In 2016, Ramadan will take place from 7 June to 6 July. This is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world. Many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disturbance to your travels around this time. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.

  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your trip leader and the tipping section of our Essential Trip Information will help to provide you with some suggestions as to what amounts are appropriate.

  • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on regular occasions.

  • We've sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Peregrine style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may differ to western standards.

Itinerary

Welcome to Morocco. Marrakech is an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. On arrival in Marrakech you will check in to your beautiful riad, or Moroccan mansion; beautifully decorated, cosy yet historical. While this is an arrival day and you may arrive at any time, please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. Your local guide will meet you at the hotel and provide you with information about your upcoming itinerary and show you where you can go for dinner. This evening, why not head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls it transforms into a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. Maybe enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.
Accommodation
  • Riad Hamdane or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast today, meet your local guide and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Continue to the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace, which houses a fine collection of Moroccan art and sculpture. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Perhaps visit the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle or check out the ruins of the Palais Badi, once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Otherwise, perhaps head back into the medina, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. For your final evening, why not feast in one of the many great restaurants lining the square.
Accommodation
  • Riad Hamdane or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your independent experience ends today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around midday and you are free to leave at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Traditional riad (2 nights)

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Important notes

This is an Independent Experience for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.
This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
COMMISSION:
The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry. In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, Peregrine has established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedbacks from our previous travellers. On occasion these will be as part of included walking tours or outside of included activities in free time. Please note that if you feel that you do not wish to join in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.
Peregrine have set up a centralised system of receiving payments from these recommended suppliers, of which are then distributed towards local Responsible Travel projects (such as 'say no to plastic' cotton bags for our travellers and drinking water refilling stations), traveller information packs, and leader bonuses. Further details of these arrangements can be provided by your group leader on request.
While Peregrine endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality, please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travellers feedback and experiences and Peregrine cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product. A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of you our traveller is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.