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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.

Marrakech: Camel Ride in the Oasis Palmeraie

3. 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.

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

4. 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: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

5. Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

The adventure begins with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation at 4:00 PM, then heads towards the dramatic landscapes of the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing camel ride as the sun begins to set across the desert, transforming the landscape with red tones. Or, feel the thrill of adrenaline pulse through you on an energetic quad bike ride instead. One quad bike for two passengers is permitted. After your activity, head back to the camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner. Feast on a selection of delicacies and dishes, made from local ingredients. Then finish off with a tasty dessert and authentic mint tea, while gazing at the stars. At the end of a magical evening, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

6. 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: 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.

Marrakech Palmeraie: Camel Ride at Sunset

8. Marrakech Palmeraie: Camel Ride at Sunset

Head to the Palmeraie, a dazzling palm grove on the fringes of the city, for your camel ride. Learn about how these robust desert animals have served as a means of transportation for centuries in Morocco due to their ability to travel long distances without water. After a safety briefing, put on your shesh (turban) and climb onto the camel saddle. Relax as you ride through the verdant palms and appreciate views of the desert plateaus. After a 30-minute ride, you will stop to visit a traditional Morrocan Berber house to discover how local life is. Here you can also enjoy snacks and mint tea with the family. Continue riding your camel again. Take out your camera to snap some photos of the beautiful sunset as the cotton candy colors seep through the trees. When your ride is complete, you will be driven back to your accommodation.

Marrakech: Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class & Market Visit

9. 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: 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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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.