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From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

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

Embark on a full-day tour to the Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech. Learn about Berber culture as you explore the land. Descend winding trails and admire stunning views of the falls on a boat ride. 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. Follow your local guide through olive tree groves to an argan oil co-operative and learn about Berber culture.  Continue down a network of trails to a viewpoint where you can buy fresh orange juice. Board a traditional boat for a short ride on the pool at the bottom of the waterfalls. Then, enjoy a Berber lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the falls. After, take 20 minutes of free time to take pictures, admire the views, or explore the souvenir stalls. In the mid-afternoon, climb a series of stairs for your transfer back to Marrakech.

Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

2. Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a full-day tour to the dramatic Ouzoud Falls, located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt in the province of Azilal. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, transfer to the Ouzoud Falls by air-conditioned minibus. Along the way, marvel at the traditional towns and typical Berber villages of the Grand Atlas, and pass through the shade of ancient olive trees as you approach the waterfalls. Upon arrival at Ouzoud, after an approximate 3-hour drive, enjoy about 4 hours at the cascades to soak up nature. Look out for the resident monkeys, and take a swim in the crystal clear waters. Upgrade your tour to include an optional boat ride here. After a relaxing afternoon, depart for the return transfer to Marrakech, with an estimated arrival of 6 PM.

Marrakech: Classic Balloon Flight

3. Marrakech: Classic Balloon 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 pickup from your hotel in Marrakech, you will drive 45 minutes 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, your 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 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 traveling a few kilometers outside of Marrakesh can take you back in time more than 2,000 years!

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour

4. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour

Depart from Marrakech in a small-group or private tour to the Atlas Mountains in the company of an experienced, English-speaking guide, heading to the Ourika Valley, which is about a 1-hour drive from Marrakech and famous for its waterfalls. Visit the waterfalls after a 1.5-hour walk with a mountain guide and spectacular views of different landscapes as far as the eye can see. Visit Berber women extracting Argan oil, which is unique to Morocco. Continue through the Oukaimden Valley, taking a secluded mountain road and passing through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones. Discover the authentic life of Berber people and enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Berber house with an amazing view over Sidi Fares Valley. After that, visit the Asni valley, famous for its apple, walnut, almond and peach trees and enjoy the sight of the snowy summits of the Atlas Mountains. This thrilling tour concludes with a drive back to Marrakech passing by the fifth valley, Tahnaout, arriving at approximately 17:00 PM.

From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

5. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside your air-conditioned car and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be at a small village called Ait Ben Barka near the amazing natural areas surrounding Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule for your trip, and the sights that you will see on your trip. You'll take a little break to enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape and get excited for the next part of your journey. The second stop on your tour will be the Tizi n'Tichka pass, 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters).  Your third stop will be at Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate. This is the largest film studio in the world, famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. You will have the opportunity to visit the studios to explore on your own. You'll be able to learn more bout the actors and films that have been filmed here, and take some pictures of the unique Moroccan scenery in the area. After the studio, you will go for lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views. The next and last visit after lunch will be at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco. You'll end your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to Marrakech. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Marrakech between 8-8:30 PM.

From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

6. 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.

Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

7. Mt Toubkal Ascent Express Trek 2 Days 1 Nights

Challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in North Africa in 2 days. The tour starts and finishes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, and includes transport to and from Imlil. You will trek with a local English-speaking guide, a local cook, and mules to carry your luggage. This is a challenging walk rather than a climb, and anybody in good physical condition can reach the top. Make sure you bring your camera; the views from the summit are spectacular. Mount Toubkal 4167m is the highest peak in North Africa, and is a trekking peak involving no climbing but may involve walking in crampons or holding an ice axe for security (November to April). The itinerary has been designed for keen walkers, as the ascent is non-technical, but does involve some easy scrambling and snow slopes. After the first day spent trekking, you will stay at the refuge where you will spend the night, and enjoy Berber hospitality. After an early breakfast the next day, set off and reach the summit as the sun rises, rewarding you with amazing views. The views from the summit are amazing across the mountains to Marrakech to the north, and the start of the Sahara to the south. During the ascent you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, green valleys, and Berber Villages.

Ouarzazate Full-Day Tour from Marrakech with Lunch

8. Ouarzazate Full-Day Tour from Marrakech with Lunch

Take a journey through the breathtaking countryside of Morocco, traveling via the Tizi N'Tichka pass, which at 7,415 feet is the highest pass in northern Africa. On this full-day tour from Marrakech you’ll discover an area of magnificent landscapes. You’ll stop to visit the famous, fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou kasbah. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been the backdrop for many films. After eating lunch, we will enjoy a city tour of Ouarzazate, whose name is the Berber word for “no noise.”, then visit the Taourirt and Tiffoultoute Kasbahs which were the ancient residences of Glaoui (Old Pacha of Marrakech). Afterwards, we return to Marrakech. Menu: * Varied salad *  ChickenTajine with lemon *  Choice Dessert Vegetarien menu: * Varied salad * Vegetabls taine * Choice dessert

Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

9. Marrakech: 2-Day Atlas Mountains Trek with Village Stay

Your 2-day adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech and heads towards the High Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya, and Asni. Throughout the drive, admire stunning views of the surrounding landscapes as well as a glimpse of local villages along the valley. Arrive at Imlil and meet your trekking crew for the trip, then enjoy a refreshing mint tea to set you up for a day of exploring. With your guides, head out towards Azzaden Valley via the Tizi Mzik pass where you can marvel at panoramic views over the valley as well as several neighboring Atlas peaks. Lunch is served at the top of the pass, so you can admire the views while you eat, then continue down the valley through the Juniper Forest to arrive at Tizi Oussem village. Spend the night at this traditional Berber site, meet the locals and learn about their culture and way of life. Enjoy a delicious and authentic tagine dinner surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the mountains. After breakfast on day 2, soak up the sunshine that lights up this colorful valley before heading out towards Id Issa village. Spend some time exploring then trek to Tizi Oudid mountain pass walking through Matat village along the way. Arrive at a walnut grove and enjoy a relaxing lunch next to the river. Finally, return to Marrakech around 5pm.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Cooking Class & Hiking Trip

10. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Cooking Class & Hiking Trip

Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech at 9 AM and reach the village of Imlil after a short 1-hour drive. Meet your local guide and his team who will walk you to the local family that will host you for your morning cooking class chez l’habitant. At the end of the day, you will know how to prepare an authentic Berber tajine with meat and fresh vegetables. After preparing the tajine, there will be a short break for other activities while the food is cooking in the stove. Choose from two options: Option 1 Enjoy the tranquillity of the place and immerse yourself into the Berber tea culture with your local family. Learn to prepare the typical Moroccan tea with plenty of fresh mountain herbs that you will personally pick from the garden. Option 2 Stretch your legs during a 1.5-hour trek along the Imlil valley to discover the Berber villages and enjoy the stunning panorama of the surrounding Atlas Mountains. After lunch, your driver will take you along the scenic route crossing the Kik Plateau, a rocky limestone outcropping with inspiring views of the region, ending at the Lalla Takerkoust, an artificial lake before heading back to your accommodation in Marrakech at around 5 PM.

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Abdul was amazing! I must add everyone I liased with was extremely punctual and ensured comfortability right from pick up, through the experience and until we were dropped off. It was lovely to be picked up on time by Lahcen, we were initially taken on a beautiful journey through Marrakesh and then towards the Berber villages. Abdul, our tour guide, then took us through to visit a wonderful set of women who showed us more about Argan oil and it's many uses, a zip-line around the Atlas Mountains, his hometown and then the beautiful waterfall that surrounded it. I honestly couldn't have planned a better day if I did it myself. What an experience! Wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

Best tour. The tour guide Said is a young man who is most devoted to his trade. The consummate host, he looked after us with his personal brand of hospitality which included serving us our food, being our hiking guide in addition to being our personal holiday planner. This tour took us to the most picturesque waterfall and for those who hiked all the way, we we’re rewarded with the most delicious freshly squeezed blood orange juice right at the source! This moderately priced tour included a most deliciously targine lunch served in a spectacular restaurant with jaw dropping views. Highly recommended. Thank you Said.

The entire experience was absolutely amazing from start to finish. SAÏD is a very knowledgeable guy and really friendly, hope to see him soon. If you book somewhere else you will really regret it, trust me. Berber breakfast and lunch provided along with water and mint tea. Everything was incredible.

This was an incredible experience with an incredible guide. My guide, Zin, was a top man - chatty, (very) funny, kind and gave me an amazing two day tour of the foothills. And he fixes a very good lunch mid-hike! One of the best things I did in Morocco and would strongly recommend to others.

My favourite part of my Marrakech trip! Saïd is an excellent, charismatic guide- perfect amount of time in each location, always engaging and eye-opening. Please don’t hesitate to book!