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Marrakech: 'New York Times Journeys' Morning Walking Tour inc Local Lunch and Tea

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What to Expect
Until recently Le Jardin Secret, one-time home to some of Morocco’s most prolific political figures, was off-limits to travelers. An exquisite example of Islamic architecture and art, this grand riad laid dormant for half a century, its former glory fading amongst the bustle of the medina. In 2016, after a lengthy restoration program, it finally opened its doors to the public. 

After our introduction to Moroccan life at Le Jardin Secret, we will stop at the Al Nour Association to find out more about the inspirational project they run that provides local women, all of whom live with a disability, with the skills they need to take care of themselves and their families. We will join them in a hands-on embroidery session where you will see some of their intricate work up close.

Another architectural stunner awaits at the recently restored Douiria Museum in the Mouassine Quarter. A remarkable example of Saadian design from the late 16th to early 17th century, the building features a house and a douiria (reception area), making it more of a home than an actual museum. 

When you think of Marrakech, you may conjure up visions in your mind of the bustling medina and its legendary spice market. Our next stop is close to this world-famous market of spices, known locally as Place des Épices, but the focus at Souk Chérifia is on modern motifs. Here you will find traditional pottery, baskets and souvenirs but you’ll also have the opportunity to visit small concept stores that proudly display current Moroccan designs too. 

The Tiskiwin Museum, also known as Maison Tiskiwin and the Bert Flint Museum, is one of the finest museums in the country displaying artifacts from Morocco, the Sahara and other nearby areas of interest. Bert Flint is a Dutch anthropologist and collector of art who has become somewhat of a local hero after dedicating himself to the study of life in Northwestern Africa over the centuries. 

Our next stop will be Riad Yima, an achingly hip cafe, boutique and gallery founded by the renowned photographer Hassan Hajjaj. Mint tea is practically compulsory for all Moroccan tour itineraries, so we will enjoy a refreshing glass in the cafe.

Feeling suitably refreshed, our shopping spree continues at Chabi Chic, where the pottery, jewelry and clothing all have a hippie vibe. The store opened several years ago with the creation of a line of dishes that featured long-established Moroccan patterns and stripes, handmade by Moroccan craftsmen. 

We want you to experience true Moroccan hospitality and home cooking, so we will take you to a riad in the center of town to enjoy a freshly prepared feast with a local family. Aside from the main dish, which could be tagine, cous cous or lamb with prunes and almonds, most home cooking in Morocco includes a delightful abundance of interesting side dishes and, of course, the ubiquitous mint tea, prepared in an elaborate ceremony. 
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Departure Point
Dar El Bacha Musée Des Confluences, Route Sidi Abdelaziz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Lunch
  • Items of personal nature, additional food and drink, tips/gratuities for your guide
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • Please wear casual and comfortable clothing.
  • For your New York Times Journeys/Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We had an amazing tour,our guide Omar from urban adventures was great.very passionate and so proud of the African continent,information was great and accurate.I would recommend this your and Omar.
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Kudos to Omar for a great morning. I’m addition to taking us to off the beaten track sites that are not at the top of every touristy list, he was so well informed on politics, culture, history. We peppered him with questions and learned so much. The lunch served in a home was
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Marrakesh can sometimes, or most times, being a quite chaotic place. However, this New York Times tour has managed to show the most of it without getting into the chaos and the beaten path, and Omar is also a great guide. Enjoyed it a lot
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We joined several others and Omar for a very good tour of a small part of Marrakech. Omar lead us to places new to us, even thought we had been in the city/medina area for a week on our own. He answered all our questions without hesitation and insured we got thru the narrow
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I love it ! Omar was my guide and was so great helping me meeting all these hidden beautiful places . I really recommend this
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