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Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

1. Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech in the comfort of an air-conditioned car and into the nearby endless desert. From here, embark on a thrilling tour of Jbilets Desert, known for its attractive lighting, on a quad bike. Slip away as you explore the fascinating history and culture in this unique area with your local guide. Only 30 minutes from the center of Marrakech, experience the real Morocco and get to know the locals. Discover the Jbilets desert area and take in the views of the Atlas Mountains. Visit a little village to stretch your legs, sip hot tea, and enjoy Berber hospitality. At this point, the guides will be happy to show some of the best tracks and spots in the area. On request, this excursion can also be tailored to suit you and your party’s tastes for exploration and adventure. Opt for program explanations, equipment briefing, and training for driving the quads to ensure maximum safety during trips.

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From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

2. From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

Embark on a full-day tour to the Ouzoud Waterfalls with a small group of maximum 20 people, or as a private group. Begin with pickup from your hotel or riad, before departing for one of the most spectacular waterfalls in North Africa, located 93 miles (150 km) north of Marrakech. Upon arrival in the village of Ouzoud, admire views of the cascades that plunge 360 feet (110 meters) into the pool below. Meet a local guide who will take you on a walk through olive tree groves, share information about the local Berber culture and take you to visit a local argan oil co-operative.  Then, walk down a network of trails that lead down to the bottom with your guide. Enjoy a stop at a scenic viewpoint where you can buy a fresh orange juice, before boarding a traditional boat for a short ride on the pool at the bottom of the waterfalls. Lunch will be at a local restaurant overlooking the falls and consists of a traditional Berber menu. After lunch, you’ll have 20 minutes of free time to take pictures, admire the views, or explore the souvenir stalls. In the mid-afternoon, you’ll walk up a series of stairs to board the minibus and then be transferred back to Marrakech.

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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

3. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

Gain a deeper understanding of Berber culture as you embark on an unforgettable guided scenic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Encounter enchanting countryside, get the chance to take a ride on a camel or horse, and meet locals in the villages of the Imlil Valley.  Start your day with pickup and meet your friendly local guide, who lives in one of the surrounding Berber villages. During your journey to the Atlas Mountains region, your guide will tell you about the rich culture and heritage of the Berber people. Arrive in Tahnaout and visit a women-managed argan oil co-operative. Discover how the argan nut is pressed to make the famed argan oil products of Morocco. Receive a warm welcome in Imlil with a glass of mint tea before traveling past stunning waterfalls and small Berber settlements. Pause in Tamatert to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Feast on a traditional Moroccan meal in Ait Souka at the home of a Berber family. Relax with scenic valley views from a sun-bathed rooftop terrace.  After some rest, board your vehicle and travel through the scenic Kik Plateau, with spectacular 360-degree views. Gaze in awe at the magnificent High Atlas Mountains as you pass through stone desert, barren light brown plateaus, oases, and rolling hills. Enjoy the serene surroundings of the Agafay Desert where you can take an optional camel or horse ride. Or, simply relax with some Moroccan mint tea for the perfect end to your day, before heading back to Marrakech.

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From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

4. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

Experience one of the best adventures on a day trip from Marrakech and visit the Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Depart Marrakech at 09:30 and head towards the Ourika Valley with a private driver. Journey through the spectacular landscapes of the valley, known for its many waterfalls and Berber settlements in the heart of the Atlas Mountains terrain. Visit a Berber family to learn more about everyday life in the area, and then enjoy a relaxing day in the scenic settlement of Setti Fatma (Sti Fadma). Visit the 7 waterfalls of the village, nestled at the southern end of the Ourika Valley. Get enchanting views of the natural surroundings and enjoy your lunch in a beautiful restaurant near the Ourika River. Return to Marrakech by about 17:30. 

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Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Tour from Marrakech with Boat Ride

5. Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Tour from Marrakech with Boat Ride

Your 9-hour tour begins at 8:00 AM in Marrakech as you head out on a scenic minibus drive to the waterfalls. This is an excellent opportunity to escape from the city and explore a side of Morocco not many visitors get to see. En route you’ll pass through many traditional Moroccan towns and rural villages. When you arrive at the Ouzoud Waterfalls, after about a 3-hour drive, you’ll have 4 hours to enjoy the cascades and the area’s natural beauty. Be sure to check out the wild monkeys living in the trees and take a swim if you like. Select the option including a boat ride to see the stunning falls from the water. You can walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech by minibus.

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Marrakech: Classic Ballooning Flight

6. Marrakech: Classic Ballooning Flight

Just one hour away from the legendary Jemaa El Fna Square, your hot-air balloon will fly over the beautiful countryside, letting you see the amazing contrast between Morocco’s urban and rural areas. After an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, you will drive 45 minute out of the city to the balloon launch site. Here you will receive a full pre-flight safety briefing , and have a chance to watch the launch team prepare the balloon for departure. Once in the air, you journey will cover a distance between 9 and 15 miles (15-25 km), depending on the wind speed, taking you over a local village and the picturesque surrounding areas. The flight will last one hour, and after a gradual descent back to land, you will be able to ride a camel around the Palmeraie.   Afterwards, you will be taken to the village for mint tea and home baked bread at a local Berber household. Following tea and bread, you will be taken back to Marrakesh and dropped off at your hotel. See a new side of Morocco on this exciting trip, and see how a travelling a few kilometers outside of Marrakesh can take you back in time more than 2,000 years!

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Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour

7. Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour

Embark on an adventure by quad bike and dromedary through the Moroccan desert. Visit a berber village and encounter traditional hospitality as you get to know life in the country outside Marrakech. After being picked up at your hotel, you will be driven to an otherworldly arid landscape where your adventure will begin. Your guide will provide you with all the necessary instruction and equipment, including nomadic dress, for your dromedary tour. Upon your dromedary, see what life is like outside the bustle of Marrakech. Visit a Berber village and enjoy a tea break in the desert. Experience the hospitality and authenticity of Morrocans. Then dismount, put on your helmet and gloves and speed through the desert on top of your quad bike. Race among the palms underneath the vast blue sky and discover an open and thrilling world that awaits just outside the big city.

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Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

8. Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

The adventure begins with pickup between 8:30 and 9am from your hotel in Marrakesh. Head south towards the vast Agafay Desert, admiring the changing landscape along the way as the city gives way to luscious greenery. Arrive at the large village of Imlil located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, then pass through the incredible Kik Plateau. Next, embark on a 30-minute camel ride and soak up views of the surrounding landscapes. After your ride, enjoy a relaxing tea break and learn about local Berber culture, as well as their traditions, history, and way of life. Pass through several Berber villages on your way to the Amizmiz Valley, then arrive at Tinirt Village where you can have lunch at a traditional Berber house. After lunch, continue the tour to the Great Plain of Haouz, passing through the village of Ouled Mataa which was originally inhabited by Bedouin Arab tribes from the desert. The day ends with a tour of the Agafay Desert, where you can take incredible photos for your holiday album, and marvel at the rugged Moroccan landscape that surrounds you. After an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Marrakesh, arriving at your accommodation at around 6pm.

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From Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert Adventure

9. 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 Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

10. From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

Experience the beauty of the Ourika Valley up-close on this full-day scenic tour from Marrakesh, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day. The Ourika Valley is the closest day trip from Marrakesh, but it’s not just its convenience that makes it special. Drive towards the Atlas Mountains, taking in the beautiful landscape of green meadows and authentic 16th and 17th-century Berber villages. If you take your tour on a Monday, you can even stop at a roadside souk. See fruit orchards, vegetable terraces, and villages clinging to the side of hills. Marvel at the labor undertaken by the Berbers who hoisted materials to construct small houses up mountain sides, and work the terraces in a hostile environment. Continue along the valley of palm trees, following the Ourika River. Fruit trees, tiny hamlets, riverside restaurants, and the summer homes of the wealthy will keep you occupied. Go to Setti Fatma to feel the refreshing waters. Feel the spray on your face as you cool down from the African heat, along with the locals of Marrakech who have made it their favorite weekend retreat.

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What people are saying about Marrakesh-Safi

What value for money!!! Thank you so much for this experience!!It was definitely the best part of our week in Morocco. Our personal driver Muhammad was great, he picked us up outside our guest house and brought us to where they make Argan oil. Throughout the journey he stopped in beautiful locations so that we could take some photos. We then met our guide Abdul, a local of the Imlil area, who brought us on a beautiful hike. It was absolutely breathtaking. We are so grateful for our time with Abdul, he was so friendly and knowledgeable about the land. We couldn't ask for a better guide!! Thanks for all the laughs too! A very very tasty lunch was served in a beautiful location with the surrounding mountains as its backdrop. It was such a pleasure to walk through the villages and see/meet the locals. After lunch and tea we then drove out to Agafay desert where we were given colourful garments to wear during the relaxed camel ride. Completely unforgettable! Thank you Abdul and Muhammad!

Abdou was our main guide and driver. Youssef our local guide and temporary "guru". Both were nothing short of amazing and I totally recommend them. Ouzud waterfalls one day trip https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293734-d7614339-r823340440-Ando_Travel_Day_Tours-Marrakech_Marrakech_Safi.html?m=55593

The trip was amazing. The driver Abdo was perfectly on time, he is so kind and we talked a lot about everything. And the guide Youssef was incredible. He knows everything about history and culture and spending time together was a blessing. Thank you for this perfect day.

We really enjoyed this excursion. For the price, we were able to do a lot. The guide assigned to us was very attentive and knowledgeable. We did a lot of picture spots as well.

Awesome time and great value for money! Make sure to wear simple clothing you don’t mind getting dirty as you will be covered in sand!(but it’s worth it)