IN THE SOUKS
Shopping Tour With Local Guide / Personal Shopper
Learn the ropes
Find goods of interest
Gain local knowledge
Learn shopping etiquette
Experience a local café
Don’t get lost
The Souks of Marrakech can be a daunting prospect for even the most street wise of travellers. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the ambience and the sheer weight of new and different things can be dazzling. There are local crafts, there are products from all over Morocco and further afield. There is leather and lamps. There are bags, baskets and babouches and sometimes you need someone who knows the souks to help you find that one special thing. Haggling is a way of life in Marrakech but where do you start? Who has that carpet or Kilim that you want and does this bag come in orange?
One solution is to hire your own shopping guide for half a day, who will show you around the intricacies of the souk and will help you buy the things that you really want so you can return from Marrakech with purchases you are proud of. Find out where local people buy their dates, stop for a tea in a local café and maybe get a good recommendation for a local lunch. Your guide can tell you all of these things and give you the confidence to enjoy the souk on your own terms. See where the handicrafts are fabricated whether it be brass lamps or a man making chess pieces, and for a truly memorable experience see where the leather is cured and dyed to make the luggage for which Morocco is very famous. A half a day with a local guide can take you through the myriad of shopping experiences very different from anywhere else.
0915 Rendezvous with tour guide.
0930 After a brief introduction and a discussion on what the aims are you start your shopping adventure.
1300 Tour ends.
This itinerary can be tailored to personal interests - discuss with your guide. Tours are conducted in English language however French, Spanish, German or Italian-speaking guides may be available with reasonable advance notice.
Private departures operate daily.
PRICES PER PERSON
Private tour including hire of licensed and professional tour guide/personal shopper; tea break en route.
Entrance fees, transport, drinks & meals not specified; tips & items of a personal nature.
Price for children 0 to 11 years old is £12 (150 dh) per child (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.