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From Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert Adventure

1. From Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert Adventure

Your tour will begin with pick-up from your hotel in Marrakesh at 7:30AM, before you depart to Ait Benhaddou over the high Atlas Mountains. You will pass through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 meters), and visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will drive to Ouarzazate and stop near the Atlas Film Studios for a photo, before continuing to the city center for a panoramic view of the Kasbah of Taourirt. Following this, you will head to Boumalne du Dades for your first night, having dinner at your hotel. The next day, drive through the Dades Valley and Todra Gorges, allowing you to explore the sights of this region. Lunch can be taken at any restaurant of your choosing on your way. Arrive at Merzouga, where you will meet your camel to take you to the Dunes of Erg Chebbi, where you will spend your second night at a Berber desert camp. After enjoying the amazing sunrise among the sand dunes and having breakfast, you will ride your camel back to where your driver will be waiting for you. You will be driven back to Marrakesh, with a few stops along the way. Sit down for lunch before you continue to the red city of Marrakesh, returning over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka. Once back in Marrakesh, you will be dropped off at your local accommodation.

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From Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

2. From Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

Following morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, experience one of the best adventures within easy access of the city and journey to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan and travel in a small group with an English-speaking guide for approximately 1 hour. Marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the mountains as you approach the Ourika Valley, famous for its waterfalls and photogenic landscapes. Benefit from plenty of stops to take pictures of the stunning scenery throughout the morning. Upon arrival, join an expert mountain guide and embark on an optional 100-minute hike around the area and to its refreshing waterfalls. Alternatively, relax at one of the riverside cafés with a drink while you wait for the rest of the group to complete their trek. Then, visit an argan oil factory run by local Berber women to learn more about how the unique oil of Morocco is produced. Enjoy a full traditional breakfast of mint tea, argan oil, olive oil, honey, amlou (nut spread similar to peanut butter) and freshly baked bread prepared by the women right before your eyes. Journey back to Marrakech for an approximate 13:00 arrival, and get dropped off at your original departure point.

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The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

3. The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Enjoy a full-day trip from Marrakech to the most beautiful valleys of the High Atlas Mountains region in the company of an experienced guide. First, on your way to Ourika valley, you will enjoy the stunning sceneries. Take a 90-minute hike to see waterfalls and some spectacular vistas. Along the way, you’ll see Berber women extracting the unique Argan oil. Continue on to the second valley, Oukaimden, and take a secluded mountain road up to 1,800 meters above sea level. You’ll pass through many traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones, and see the daily life of local Berber people. When you arrive at Ait Fares, the third valley, you’ll be served a delicious full lunch. Enjoy a typical meal of soup, salad, Berber tajine, couscous, dessert, mint tea and mineral water in a local home surrounded by breathtaking scenery. After that, you’ll visit the fourth valley, Asni, best known for its fruit trees, where you can enjoy the views of the snowy summits of the High Atlas Mountains. The tour concludes with a drive back to Marrakech via the fifth valley of Tahanaout, arriving back in Marrakech at approximately 5:00 PM, and a drop-off at your accommodation.

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From Marrakech: 3-Day Private & Luxury Desert Trip

4. From Marrakech: 3-Day Private & Luxury Desert Trip

Day 1: Marrakech, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Dades Gorges: Start your 3-day adventure with a pickup at your hotel or riad in Marrakech. After meeting your driver, depart to the High Atlas mountains, crossing the pass of Tizi N'Tichka with stops along the way to enjoy spectacular panoramic views. Whilst here, visit the Argan oil Cooperative where you will discover their fascinating production process and learn about the countless benefits this product has on the human body. Continue South and head down a 6-kilometer track that will take you to the fortified town of Ait Ben Haddou. At this location you will get to visit the famous Kasbah, a World Heritage Site. Enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch in the village before travelling to Ouarzazate. Continue on your journey toward the Valley of the Roses, passing through the great palm grove of Skoura before reaching the Dades Gorges.  Day 2: Dades Gorges, Todra Gorges and Merzouga Dunes (desert): Begin day two with a delicious breakfast before travelling to Merzouga. On the way, observe the stunning gorges from a strategic place on the mountain as you travel along a road dotted with beautiful Kasbahs. After several stops, reach one of the southern highlights, the Gorges of the Todra. Enjoy lunch at the site and continue on into the desert until you reach the impressive Merzouga Dunes where you will enjoy some delicious tea. Leave your luggage at the lodge and leave in a caravan for a 1-hour trip, which will take you to your campsite. Stop in the middle of the road to watch the sunset in the dunes and stretch your legs before following the path to the camp. Before dinner, you will have the opportunity to climb the dunes that are near the camp and enjoy tea as you take in the peace and quiet. Spend the night at your camp base under the stars.  Day 3: Merzouga, Draa Valley, Anti Atlas, Ouarzazate & Marrakech: Wake up before dawn and enjoy the sunrise on the Great Dunes. Return back to your hostel where you can shower, eat a delicious breakfast and begin your trip, passing through Rissani, one of the oldest cities in Morocco. Crossing the arid you will witness spectacular pre-desert landscapes until you reach the Draa Valley. Whilst here, make several stops and enjoy this beautiful valley that runs along the longest river in Morocco. Cross the Anti Atlas to reach Ouarzazate where you will have lunch on site. In the afternoon, cross the High Atlas before arriving back in Marrakech in the evening.

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Atlas Mountains: Ijoukak and 4 Valleys with Camel Ride

5. Atlas Mountains: Ijoukak and 4 Valleys with Camel Ride

Your driver will pick you up from your Marrakech accommodation in the morning to begin your drive to the valley. Along the way you’ll get your first glimpses of the High Atlas Mountains including snow capped peaks, depending on the time of year. You will visit a women cooperative for argan trees then take a camel ride in Moulay Brahim Valley. You will arrive at your host's home and take a short walk through the village to the family home. Enjoy a fresh breakfast of all local products before you take a longer walk through the villages and valley (optional). Before lunch, visit the historic 12th Century Tin Mal Mosque as well as see how clay tajines are made – and possibly try your hand at making them as well. After you’ve worked up an appetite, return to the family home and dig into a delicious home cooked lunch with seasonal products. Your driver will return to bring you back to Marrakech. This experience gives you an opportunity to see life in a local Berber village.

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Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

6. Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

Travel from Marrakech to Toubkal Massif on a full-day trip into the Atlas Mountains. Visit a national park that’s characterized by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys. You’ll take in spectacular views of the highest summits in the Atlas mountain chain here as you make your way through the park. At the small village of Imlil you’ll leave the highway and arrive at the starting point for exploring the Toubkal area. Enjoy a hike of around 20 minutes in this stunning natural environment, stopping for lunch at a restaurant that faces Mount Toubkal. The massif, standing an impressive 13,700 feet, is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountain rangem and one of the highest peaks in Africa.

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Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

7. Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel at 9 AM, start your journey toward Imlil village and the High Atlas Mountains. On your way, you will pass through the town of Tahnaout. Before reaching the village, embark on a 1-hour camel ride and enjoy a cup of mint tea. Then, visit a female-run argan oil cooperative and learn how the cooperative turns the argan nut into many of the different argan oil-based products Morocco is famous for. Take in stunning panoramic views at Moulay Brahim Gorges before reaching Asni village and the valley. Continue on through Asni where, on Saturdays, a traditional Berber Souk and market can be visited. Next, drive to Imlil village to discover the National Park and the high plateau of the Toubkal. At your arrival in Imlil, meet a local guide to explore the marvelous Berber village. Take in spectacular views over the Imlil waterfall and the valley at the Toubkal Summit. Enjoy a Moroccan lunch with a Berber family and immerse yourself in the culture. After lunch, continue exploring the village as you enjoy the scenic landscape. At 5 PM, journey back to your accommodation in Marrakech where your tour will end.

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3-Hours Dromedary Ride Essaouira, Morocco

8. 3-Hours Dromedary Ride Essaouira, Morocco

Take a moment to relax and explore nature with this dromedary tour experience. The dromedary rides are ideal for groups or families with small children. During this tour, discover the surroundings of the Ranch de Diabat in peace. Just a few minutes from Essaouira, the ride begins at the Ranch de Diabat. Continue on to the dunes, where the former home of the Black Sultan is hidden. You can roam the long beaches, overlooking the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. You will climb the dunes and pass by fishermen's cottages near a fresh water spring, where the animals can refresh. The route back to the Ranch de Diabat takes you along a small path through the heart of the forest. The dromedary is a quiet and friendly animal that will allow you to enjoy this tour with family or friends.

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Toubkal National Park Day Trip from Marrakech

9. Toubkal National Park Day Trip from Marrakech

After being picked up at 8:30 in the morning from your accommodation in Marrakech set off for the Toubkal National Park, located about 60 km South Marrakech. Stop in the village of Asni for a 30-minute camel ride. Visit a local market where every Saturday people come from the surrounding villages to barter for fruits, vegetables, footwear, clothes, crafts, and livestock.  Continue to Imlil, a famous Berber village that marks the entrance to the Toubkal National Park where most expeditions to the Jbel Toubkal begin. Stop for tea and a little rest before you start a short walk through the Berber villages of the High Atlas Mountains. Meet the local people and learn about their culture and customs. When you reach the village of Aremd, enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Toubkal National Park. Enjoy lunch in Berber family house and you will have the possibility of making a short tour on a mule before heading back to Imlil. Journey back to Marrakech where you will arrive at around 5 PM where your driver will drop you off back at your hotel.

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Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains: Day Tour from Marrakech

10. Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains: Day Tour from Marrakech

Experience the best of Ourika Valley with Setti Fadma waterfalls on a full-day excursion. Ourika Valley is located in the High Atlas Mountains, only 35 kilometers from Marrakech. Admire the sightseeing of Ourika River. Visit the authentic Berber villages and discover how the local women make Argan oil. Then, enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant overlooking the river. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation at 08:30. Start your journey through the Atlas Mountains on your way to Ourika Valley with stops for discovery and photos. Your first stop will be at the Argan oil cooperative, where you will be shown the various natural products (oils, soaps…) while sipping Moroccan tea. Next, proceed to valley of palm trees coming after the Ourika Valley, in which you will take in the charming nature and spend an hour trekking to explore the area. In the afternoon, enjoy your lunch (at leisure) while you are sitting near the cool river. Sometimes locals who live in the valley may invite those who would like to visit and discover the lifestyle of the Berbers. Afterwards, head to Setti Fatma known for its seven waterfalls and feel the refreshing waterfalls. In the evening, drive back to your hotel in Marrakech.

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What people are saying about Marrakesh-Safi

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 671 reviews

Unforgettable... Thank you so much Hassan en Hsen for making this experience unforgettable for us and made us in love with the Berber traditions. Thank you for making the impossible impossible for us to experience, the amazing hospitality, kindness and the delicious food that you prepared for us. You made us feel like family and me and my daughter can’t thank you enough. I would recommend everybody to experience this amazing journey with you and i guarantee they will all have an amazing time. 100000 times thank you and see u for sure next time we come to Marrakech.

The scenery was breathtaking with the high Atlas Mountains streaked with snow. The walk to the waterfall was exhilarating but well worth it. I have found the Moroccan people so friendly and Abdulla our excellent guide was no exception. He was very thoughtful, helpful and exceptionally knowledgeable about Morocco and everything of interest. The lunch at a local berbers home was delicious and a wonderful experience. All in all despite it being a long day travelling many miles, I would highly recommend this trip.

Five star experience, simply amazing from start to finish. Abdul is an amazing, fun loving guide. The day out has been thoughtfully put together from the beautiful waterfall to five (plus) stunning valleys. The highlight of the day is the delicious lunch with the welcoming Berber family and the closing visit to the local market brings out the essence of true Moroccan experience. Our thanks to Abdul. Lisa & Chris

Amazing trip! The hike to the waterfall was short, but we were able to see all 5 valleys and have an amazing lunch from a local berber family. Would highly recommend!

Very good driver with new mini van. Gave many interesting information and was very friendly.