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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

1. 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 as you hike between villages. 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.

Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

2. Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and embark on a thrilling quad bike tour of Jbilets Desert. Slip away as you explore the fascinating history and culture in this unique area of seemingly endless desert with your local guide. Only 30 minutes from the center of Marrakech, experience the real Morocco and get to know the locals. Get transferred in the comfort of an air-conditioned car, then 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.

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

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

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech or the closest accessible point to your accommodation. 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 back at your accommodation.

Marrakech: Camel Ride in the Oasis Palmeraie

4. Marrakech: Camel Ride in the Oasis Palmeraie

Experience the Oasis Palmeraie on camelback. Leave Marrakech and follow your guide through the palm groves of the Palmeraie to picturesque villages where you can try local tea. Be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech and admire the manicured gardens, sweet-scented orange trees, and palm groves of the Oasis Palmeraie. Climb on the back of a camel with the support of the handlers. Enjoy a scenic ride on camelback through the Oasis Palmeraie. Follow your guide to the nearby villages and learn about local life. Disembark at one of the villages for mint tea in a nomadic area. After the tour, be returned to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Marrakech: Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class & Market Visit

5. Marrakech: Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class & Market Visit

You will meet Khmisa and Kawtar, who will host you for a meal at Khmisa's place in the heart of Medina. Enjoy Moroccan traditional cuisine together with the chefs. You will be welcomed with traditional mint tea. First, you will discuss with the chefs the menu choices for you, which will be composed of the most typical best Moroccan dishes. Then you will go with Chef Khmisa to the Old Souk. The walk through the souk to buy the fresh ingredients will allow you to learn more about Moroccan culinary culture. Once back home from the market, you will start the preparation with the chef. You can sit and enjoy the meal with your group, or if you’ve chosen the private tour option, dine with your close friends and family and take in the home-cooked food.

Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour

6. 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.

Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad & Camel Tour with Dinner

7. Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad & Camel Tour with Dinner

Enjoy camel riding and quad biking in the Moroccan desert on an action-packed day trip from Marrakesh. Take in the views of the desert and experience Berber hospitality with a traditional meal. Take advantage of pickup from your hotel, and head for the base camp for a meeting with all of your crew. Your crew leader will begin by explaining the itinerary of your tour. Then, meet your guide and don a nomadic outfit for a scenic camel ride across the desert. Ride across the desert on your camel. Then, clamber onto a quad bike and find a vantage point to enjoy the unique beauty of sunset in the Agafay Desert. Relax and enjoy the views as well as the authentic Moroccan hospitality. Finish your day by sitting under a Berber tent to admire the clear sky and its stars. as a tasty traditional meal is served.

From Marrakech: Guided Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

8. From Marrakech: Guided Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

Go on a quad biking adventure in the Atlas mountains. Discover the dam and the Agafay Desert as well as the Marrakchi Desert. Benefit from being picked up at your hotel in Marrakech and head to Lalla Takerkoust Lake, where you will climb on a quad. Take your time to learn how to use your new vehicle, then drive to Turtle Valley and the desert plateaux that lead into the High Atlas. On your way, discover small Berber villages which are typical of the region. You will make several stops to take pictures and admire the landscape. Enjoy a break on the plateau to take in splendid views of the seven-kilometer-long Lalla Takerkoust Lake, which stretches all the way to the foot of the Atlas Mountains, while sipping delicious mint tea.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

9. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

Explore the High Atlas Mountains on a full-day excursion and discover several Berber villages and scenic landscapes. Enjoy a 2 to 3-hour hike, ride a camel along picturesque trails, and enjoy a traditional lunch in a Berber household with local mint tea. Depart Marrakech in the morning and drive to the Moulay Brahim Gorges. Arrive at the main trailhead and experience the dramatic scenery on a camel ride. Hop back aboard the vehicle and pass Berber villages on your way through the Imlil Valley.  Arrive at the village of Imlil where a local will welcome you with a glass of mint tea. Hike for hours to Armed, the highest and largest village in the Imlil Valley. Go by the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula on your hike to the Berber village of Ait Souka. Stop on the way at Tamatert, and take in sweeping views of ancient irrigation terraces for barley, corn, and vegetables. Admire cherry orchards and walnut trees before you reach the home of a Berber family in Ait Souka. Sip on a refreshing mint tea while savoring a traditional lunch in the home of a Berber family. Return by going down the other side of the valley through Taourirt and ride the van back to Marrakech at the end of the tour.

Marrakech: 2-Hour Quad Bike & Camel Ride in Palmeraie

10. Marrakech: 2-Hour Quad Bike & Camel Ride in Palmeraie

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a half-day adventure tour just a few minutes from the city center. Drive out to the desert for a peaceful camel ride followed by a thrilling quad bike ride, learning about local culture and customs from your guide. Experience the desert from the back of a camel. Known as the “Ships of the Desert,” these remarkable animals offer a relaxing way to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Palmeraie in the palm groves of Marrakech. Once you’ve found your balance and got used to the rhythmic motion a camel makes, break for mint tea refreshments with a Berber family. There will be plenty of time for some fun photos and a chance to get to know your camel better. Then, drive into the Moroccan countryside for a fun-packed quad bike adventure. Follow your guide into the rugged terrain and experience the beauty of the contrasting landscapes around the palm groves from a new perspective.

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What people are saying about Marrakech

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13,576 reviews

Excellent trip. Would 100% recommended to anyone visiting Marrakesh. Hassan was very friendly and helpful, answered all questions and very hospitable taking us to family home. The driver as well was excellent, unfortunately I don't remember his name. Great trip with a good amount of time in each place. Very interesting to learn about Berber village life and trip to waterfall great, its uneven but not a hard walk, womens co operative interesting and no hard sell. Camel ride was brilliant and photo stops. No hard sells or pressure to spend extra. Really would very highly recommend, very good quality service and very good quality for money. Perfect break from the pace of the Medina

Said was an amazing guide - very knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to answer all of our questions! He and his family were extremely hospitable and made our visit one to remember. We will make sure to recommend the tour to any of our friends visiting Morocco!

Ali is an experienced and friendly guide who organized an excellent trip for our group. He’s really nice while explaining customs and tradition of the local places. We Highly recommend this tour!

Super cours d'arabe. Nous avons appris beaucoup de mots et à faire le thé. Un immense merci!

It’s was fun and very well organized. Thanks for making my trip memorable.