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guide for the medina

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guide for the medina

We were considering hiring a guide for our 1st day in Marrakech to help us get our bearings in the medina. We arent really wanting to do much shopping on this day, and dont want the pressure of being taken into a "cousin" or "friend" of the guide's shop - we are really just looking for someone to take us around and talk about some of the history of the main sites, help us with our bearings and suggest good little eateries, etc that the locals frequent (that we can visit on the rest of our trip).

Are there guides one can hire that wont be annoyed that we dont want to go in shops (thus cutting their potential commission)? We would obviously tip well at the end of the day, but want our expectations to be clear...What can we expect to pay for a full day?

Ideas and opinions would be very welcome.

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1. Re: guide for the medina

Hi,

If you want a guide get your hotel or Riad to organise this for you. If you've made clear you don't want to do any shopping there will be no problem. 350 Dirhams is reasonable for a full day.

Many people do not feel they need a guide at all in Marrakech.

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2. Re: guide for the medina

tell the riad owner, or who you use for the guide, that you are not interested in the least bit. we went with a very expensive tour group, and that was my first thing about us...they were more than respectful.

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3. Re: guide for the medina

hI there!

I would say..two options..

Or you take a real guide who shows interesting part of the town & has a good attitude & English(or other languages..) fluent and who is well paid.

Means..50 euro for half a day or 85 euro for a full day but who does his job and not take you shops to shops for having some commissions on your back with the painful feeling ..to have to escape from friend's shops..after drinking liters of tea..

Which is not the most enjoyable and informative experience...!

the amount is for a group and not by person for sure and for this rate..you can discover outside of Marrakech too..

part of the day walking and half in mn bus.

Or ..just walking and inside Marrakech for more or less 50/60 euro for a real guide.. and a full day visit and... who doesn't mix discovering..and buying..!

Cheers ,Oliver.

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4. Re: guide for the medina

Our riad arranged a guide for us for half a day when we first visited in 2009. He was worth every penny of the £25 we paid, showing us how to find our way around, the different souks, a visit to the university and museum. You see the official guides usually wearing tradtional robes and with an identity tag. Ours was called Asim and he had lived in the UK. At one time, I saw him chasing off an "unofficial" guide. Of course prices may have changed but I would say a gude is an invaluable experience.

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5. Re: guide for the medina

Your best bet is definitely to get the Riad to arrange it - they know who is best and will negotiate a good price for you. There are some riads whose owners will actually show you around for a couple of hours free of charge!!!

Enjoy yourself in a wonderful city - just watch for the scooter riders - they are a bit wild, swerving in and out of other people/traffic on the alleys in the Medina.

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7. Re: guide for the medina

BE AWARE,

try to ask your Riad/hotel for a good guide and ask them that you're not interested in shooping that's all and stay away from this spammers and scammers.

you can manage things yourself.

and you bazhamza this is not a place to make your advertising you may try in another place, i think you know the rules of this website.

thanks anyway for the information but unfortunately will be removed after while.

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9. Re: guide for the medina

Hi there and specially to joyceyorks!

You're right indeed!

Some owners will be glad to show you a part of the town..BUT...just know:

The tourism low and regulations in Morocco don't allow the staff members to act as guides..even if the attentions are good!

...means just to have a coffee and to please you without thinking one second to take you to some "cousin's shops"..

So..the "tourism brigade" may arrest the owner ..or the staff member just taking you places to places..with 24 to 48 hours in jail..as" faux guide" which means unofficial guide..and that's not a joke my friends!!

Even if we know all the policemen in town..10 days ago ..a staff member of our place just take a guest to the mean square..and get arrested and put into jail..for 24 hours..as i couldn't do anything before the poor guy get in jail and no way to get him out before 24 hours there ..even if we could avoid him another day in this "jemaa el fna's palace"..!!

The problem is that even if all well known by authority &co who clearly see who are "border lines" and the ones..who are straight and honest and play the rules..new police elements arrive every months and don't know "which is which"!

So..Even when very well intentioned..the staff or owners may not be able to show you the town even if they would like it.

if you remember..the official guides even get arrested a person working in a riad and having an "official shopper" badge and who just took a lot's of guests from some riads to get commissions on their back and get arrested after two years of police's enquiry..and had to left the country.

So…when needed…

hire A REAL OFFICIAL GUIDE AND A GOOD ONE...not only official..which doesn't mean good and knowledgeable..

and the best..all here are ok..

is to ask some advices to the managers of your riad or hotel and to follow the TA's recommendations here.

Hope it will help!

Cheers , Oliver.

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