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From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

1. 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.

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Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

2. Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities on a 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Tinghir (1st night at Bougafer hotel) Your tour will start with an early pick-up. Meet your driver in the morning at your hotel or riad and start your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades. After a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop, reach the gorges of Dades. Make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night. Day 2: Tinghir — Merzouga After breakfast, the day's journey along the road of 1001 Kasbas to Tinghir, a beautiful oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here you will have some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, the walk will lead you to Merzouga where your camel caravan will be waiting for you. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset. Just before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the sand dunes where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars, while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  If you wish, your desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour. Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end in the early evening and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

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2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora from Marrakech

3. 2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora from Marrakech

Live the life of a Berber for one night on a 2-day desert safari to Zagora and the Draa Valley from Marrakech. Experience the shifting sand dunes on the back of a camel, sleep under a canopy of stars, and follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty on a visit to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Day 1: Marrakech - Zagora (7 hours drive) Following an early morning pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive across the High Atlas Mountains en route to Ouarzazate, where you will stop for a lunch at leisure. Continue to the oasis of Agdez, before driving through the date and palm trees of the Draa Valley. Marvel at the fortified Kasbahs along the way. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camel caravan for a 1-hour camel ride over the sand dunes. Watch the sunset paint the desert sands as it sinks below the horizon. Then, transfer to your Sahara Desert camp just before dark. Settle into your private tent, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore the surrounding desert scenery. Dinner will be served under the stars, while your nomad hosts will provide the entertainment around a camp fire with the beat of their tam tam drums. Day 2: Zagora - Marrakech (7 hours drive) Wake early to experience the magic of a desert sunrise (optional). Then, enjoy breakfast before climbing back into the saddle of your camel for the ride back to the main road. Here, your minibus will be waiting to take you on a scenic drive to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Instantly recognizable as the setting of various Hollywood epics, it’s also a popular backdrop for photo shoots with international fashion magazines and agencies. Explore the Kasbah at leisure, with some free time for lunch, before the picturesque drive back to Marrakech for an estimated drop off at 18:00.

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From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

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

5. 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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From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Trip

6. From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Trip

Day 1: You will be picked up at the meeting point at Cafe France in Jamaa El Fna square. First cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas mountains. Pass through many Berber villages, and once in the desert, see the riverside oasis and barren hillsides which are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch, drive further to Zagora with beautiful views of the Draa Valley. You will arrive there at around 04:00 PM and after a short break, ride camels into the dunes where you will spend the night in Berber tents. After watching a beautiful sunset, enjoy a fantastic dinner. Day 2: After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the camp site, ride the camels back to the auberge. Drive back to Marrakech, again via Tichka pass. You will then be dropped off near Jamaa El Fna square between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

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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.

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From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains 45-Minute Horseback Ride

8. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains 45-Minute Horseback Ride

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, set off on a roughly 1-hour long drive into the High Atlas Mountains, bound for the mountain town of Tahnaout. Arriving, you’ll be paired with a horse and provided with all the necessary equipment to set off on a journey through stunning mountain trails. Your guide will lead you through towering juniper forests, steadily through the foothills of the mountain range, up to scenic viewpoints over the Asni Valley and sprawling Al Haouz plains. Ride on to Rha Moulay Brahim, where you’ll drop off your horse. Continue on, via car, to Imlil for a sumptuous local lunch with a view of the highest peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. After lunch, you’ll head back down the mountain to your accommodation in Marrakech.

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Mount Toubkal 4-Day Trek

9. Mount Toubkal 4-Day Trek

On the first day, after being picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 8:30 AM, drive towards Imlil valley where you will be met by a local guide. Check in at a guesthouse before your set off on an acclimatizing hike to Tizi Mzik pass Stop for lunch prepared by a cook then walk back down to your lodge in Imlil for an overnight stay.  After breakfast, hike along the Mizane Valley towards the village of Aremd. Continue east and cross the floodplain along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Cross the river until you eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. The village sits beside a small waterfall and a jumbled cluster of houses. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the Toukbal Refuge for your stop for the night. On day 3, after an early breakfast, climb to the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. When you reach the plateau and the summit, take in the breathtaking unrestricted vistas across the Marrakesh Plain, the High Atlas Mountains in the North, and the Sahara in the South. Return down the mountain to base-camp for lunch and an overnight stay. On the last day, walk back down to Imil and stop for lunch at the lodge before you transfer back to Marrakech.

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Desert with Camel Ride & Camp from Marrakech

10. Desert with Camel Ride & Camp from Marrakech

You'll be picked up at your hotel or riad to drive toward Ouarzazate, enjoying the views of Berber villages. Cross the Atlas in the port of Tichka (7414ft / 2260m) admiring the different valleys in the area, towards the south side of the Atlas. Reach the silent Ouarzazate, famous for the films studios. You will also be able to visit the Kasbah Taourirt. Through the port of Ait Saoun with its stunning views you'll pass the Draa Valley and the river that gives its name to an ecosystem that alternates the aridity of the surrounding mountains and Saghro Siroua with the green of the palm groves. Arrived to Zagora, get on your dromedary for an approximately 2-hour ride into the desert to the Haimas at the Berber campsite for a night in the dunes under a starry sky. After enjoying a night in the desert, go back to Marrakech. En-route, stop to visit (by your own) one of the country's most famous Kasbahs, the set of Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou, which have served as a backdrop to several movies (for example Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator). Arrival in Marrakech center (aprox. 19:00 hrs).

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What people are saying about Atlas Mountains

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,734 reviews

I had a great 2 day tour from Marrakech to Sahara desert. It was a very pleasant trip. The driver was very friendly and safe. Everyone at the camp was very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely recommend it , and plan to do it when I come back to Morocco. Thank you team!

We had a 2 day trip - Marrakesh to zagora and back - with several stops on the way. We discovered amazing landscapes that would worth discovering in more than just 2 days. We had very good bus and driver who responded quickly to our questions. lovely trip!

Our driver was Moha, very professional and respectable driver and guide. He knows his way around. The experience was amazing and the stay at the camp was very nice, quite a highlight. Thank you for the hassle-free experience.

I really like this quick trip to the Sahara desert. It involves lots of driving, but that's fine to me. I enjoyed it, especially the camel ride and the sleeping in tent at the camp. Thank you for your organization.

This was an excellent trip, very well organized. You get so much for your money. PLEASE tip the local people that give you such an amazing experience!