Guides and Tours

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Guides and Tours

Guides can be helpful when navigating the medina's serpentine streets. They can point out little-known landmarks and help you understand the city's complicated history. You are best off booking a licensed guide through a tour company, and your hotel's staff will be able to suggest one to suit your interests. Although guides can be very knowledgeable about the city, don't rely on them for shopping. Store owners will inflate prices in order to give the guides kickbacks. The going rate for a city guide is 300 DH for a half day, 500 DH for a full day.

If you want a top-notch private guide for Marrakesh, you can't beat English-speaking Mohammed Lahcen. Having grown up in the valley, his knowledge of the region is unsurpassed. Likewise, the amiable Said el-Fougasse has encyclopedic knowledge of Marrakesh's secret treasures and Moroccan history, and he is a qualified guide for both city and nationwide destinations. Legendes Evasions is a highly respected local agency that runs chauffeured vehicle tours to some of the Berber villages around Marrakesh. Sahara Expedition is a budget agency that runs daily excursions and tours throughout the region, including Ourika Valley and Essaouira day trips as well as three-day sprints to the desert at Zagora and Merzouga. SheherazadVentures is an English-Moroccan company with an ethical conscience; based in Marrakesh, the company organizes tailor-made cultural trips to the Sahara, working in partnership with nomads from the region. The Conseil Regional du Tourisme office near the Koutoubia Mosque has maps, brochures, and general tourist information for Marrakesh and the surrounding area.

Tour Companies and Guides

Brigade Touristique (Tourist Police) (Rue Sidi Mimoune, south of Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh. 0524/38-46-01.)

Conseil Regional du Tourisme (Place Youssef Ibn Tachfine, opposite Koutoubia Gardens, Medina, Marrakesh. 0524/38-52-61.)

Legendes Evasions (Galerie Elite, 212, av. Mohammed V, 1st Floor, Gueliz, Marrakesh. 0524/33-24-83. www.legendesevasions.com.)

Mohammed Lahcen (0661/33–81–02. .)

Office National Marocain du Tourisme (Place Abdel Moumen Ben Ali, at av. Mohammed V, opposite Les Negoçiants cafe, Gueliz, Marrakesh. 0524/43-61-31.)

Sahara Expedition (Corner of rue el Mouahidine and Bani Marine, Medina, Marrakesh. 0524/42–97–47. www.saharaexpe.ma.)

Said El Fagousse (0662/02-47-04. .)

SheherazadVentures (Appt. 55, Residence Ali (C), Av. Mohammed VI, near Cafe Csar, Gueliz, Marrakesh. 0615/64-79-18. www.sheherazadventures.com.)

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