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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Cooking Class and Hiking Day Trip

1. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Cooking Class and Hiking Day 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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From Marrakech: Ourika Valley in High Atlas Mountains Tour

2. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley in High Atlas Mountains Tour

Escape the frenzy of Marrakech in the Ourika Valley, a cool mountain getaway not far from the city. Travel by road to the picturesque village of Ourika nestled in the High Atlas Mountain Range. Experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comforts of your hotel or riad on this day trek in the mountains. Pass the village of Ouigrane on your way up a 6,563-foot peak and admire a panoramic view from the top over Ait Oucheg Valley, full of terraces and traditional houses made of stone and clay. Ourika is an archetypal Berber village, with friendly people happy to show you around. See how the Berbers live and experience some of their food and their culture as you have lunch in a Berber home. Later on, see the 7 waterfalls of Setti Fadma and the stunning Ghamt Mosque. Along the way, learn more about the area from your guide, including which plants in the area are medicinal.

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From Marrakech: Ouzoud Falls Day Trip

3. From Marrakech: Ouzoud Falls Day Trip

Start your day trip with pick-up from your Marrakech hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the views as you travel northeast to the village of Tanaghmeilt in the Atlas Mountains. Drive through desert hills past palm groves and old villages. As you travel, listen to fascinating facts about the Ouzoud Falls. Hear how their name translates as "grinding grain" in the Berber language and how they rank as the highest natural waterfalls in north Africa. The mountains are over 100 meters in height, offering a spectacular view. During the tour, discover beautiful green landscapes home to monkeys and birds. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant overlooking the waterfalls before returning to Marrakech in the afternoon.

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Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

4. Marrakech Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Experience the souks and sights of Marrakech on a full-day sightseeing tour with lunch, and learn the “Red City’s” impressive history along the way. You will visit the Koutoubia, one of the most beautiful mosques in the western Muslim world. Marvel at its 225-foot-tall minaret before going to the 14th-century Ben Youssef Medersa, the largest Koranic university in the Maghreb. Continue to the Dar Si Saïd Museum in an Alaouite-style palace of the 19th century. See traditional crafts from southern Morocco, including carpets, costumes and weapons. Next, visit the lovely gardens of El Bahia Palace. Except for the apartments of the sultan's favorite concubine, the council chamber, and the wonderful marble courtyard, the palace is closed to the public. Admire the decorative Saâdian Tombs, built for Sultan Ahmed el Mansour. Continue to Menara Gardens in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and wander among the olive trees surrounding the central lake. Get panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks in the background. Enter the intricate maze of streets that house Marrakech’s souks. Discover different quarters established by craftsmen according to a structured system, including basketwork, dried fruit, spices, Berber carpets, and more. Of particular note is Rue du Souk Smarine, which leads to Place Rahba Kedima, site of the former slave market. Sample traditional Moroccan cuisine in a beautiful setting for lunch, before going to Djemaa El Fna, the vast central square that is the traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region, High Atlas mountains and south Morocco. Alive with fruit and spice traders in the morning, in the afternoon it’s the turn of Gnaoua dancers (descended from Guinean slaves), who come to play music, tell stories, charm snakes and more.

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From Marrakesh: 3-Day Trip to Berber Villages

5. From Marrakesh: 3-Day Trip to Berber Villages

Day 1:  Transfer to the village of Imlil to start your trek. Walk from Imlil towards Tinerhourhine and pass Tamatert. You’ll stop for lunch on the high mountain pass of Tizi 'n Tamatert. Continue on to Ouanesekra-Tamguist and arrive at Tinerhourhine, where you’ll spend the night in a local inn. Approximately 4 hours of walking. Day 2: Depart from Tinerhourhine and walk along the Imnane Valley. You’ll pass the Berber village of Ikkiss and enjoy views from Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco. Continue on to Tizi n’ Aguersioual and lunch at Matate. At the end of the day, you'll spend the night at a local inn in Aït Aïssa. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of walking. Day 3:  Depart from Aït Aïssa and walk towards Tizi Oussem. You’ll pass by Tizi Mzik and the village of Mzik before arriving back in Imlil. Approximately 4 hours of walking. You’ll be taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.

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From Marrakech: Private 3-Day Sahara to Merzouga Tour

6. From Marrakech: Private 3-Day Sahara to Merzouga Tour

Through the Tizi n’Ticka Pass, you will be able to discover the wonderful views of the High Atlas. Then, your lunch will take place in Ouarzazate. Soon afterwards, enjoy a view of the palm trees and roses, a peaceful and sweet view. Progressivly, the scene will change to become more of a desert setting and it will be the start of a 2-hour ride into the vastness of the sand to reach the heart of the Moroccan desert. Then, you will be able to enjoy the Berber night and the exceptional beauty of the sunset over the dunes. In the morning, you will admire the wonderful sunrise and have a typical breakfast. Day 1: Marrakech - Ait-Ben-Haddou - Ouarzazate - Gorges Dades The tour will begin at 07:00 from Marrakech. You will first of all take the road to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate. Your first stop will be at the Kasbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou, where you will be visiting magical places listed by the UNESCO World Heritage. Your second stop will be made at Rose Valley named after the beautiful roses that bloom there twice a year. By late afternoon, you will reach the valley of the Dades Gorges where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner and spend your night in a small hotel or inn with access to a beautiful view of the landscape of the valley. Day 2: Gorges Dadès- Toudra- Merzouga Your second day will start with a good breakfast you will have at the hotel before you prepare for your departure to the village of Sahara Merzouga via Todra Gorges. At sunset, enjoy a ride on camels to end this beautiful day. Then, enjoy a great dinner in a camp set below the starry sky dunes of Merzouga. Day 3: Marrakech Merzouga From morning, you will have breakfast from the Berber cuisine especially from the village of Merzouga. Eventually enjoy the sunrise to perform a camel ride on the dunes before taking the road to the pearl of the south Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.

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From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

7. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

On the first day, ride to Imlil from Marrakesh and begin your trek. You'll head along the Ait Mizane Valley, pass through the village of Aremd and onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. You’ll follow mule tracks into the high rocky cliffs, climbing steadily above the snow line until you reach the Toukbal Refuge. Rest here for the night. On the second day, you’ll follow the southern circle route. The climb itself is not highly strenuous, but scree and altitude changes may make it difficult in parts. Don't worry - there are plenty of views to distract you along the way. When you reach the summit, soak in the 360-degree-view. You'll see the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains to the north, all the way to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert in the south.  From the peak, you’ll head back down the mountain and return to Marrakesh via Imill.

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2 Days Tour To Zagora Desert, Camel Treks & Discovery Nomad

8. 2 Days Tour To Zagora Desert, Camel Treks & Discovery Nomad

Enjoy a drive through the high Atlas to explore the hidden village in the foothills of Tichka Pass. Camel trek in the dunes of Zagora Tinfou for an amazing sunset over the palm grove. Sleep in the desert camp in Tinfou, visit the old Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage in Ouarzazate, and explore the city of Ouarzazate on a 2-day tour. Discover the deep south and the Draa valley on a private adventure tour from Marrakech in the desert of Zagora by 4X4 or Luxury Minivan. Cross the Berber villages to the High Atlas by the Tizi n' Tichka pass, one of the great passes of Morocco (2260 m altitude). Enjoy the change of the sceneries and the dramatic landscapes. Arrive at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site. Visit the Kasbah with its fortified palaces with a local professional guide. Near the Kasbah, stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Continue your journey to Ouarzazate with a stop to take pictures of the old UNESCO Kasbah Taourirt. Head south towards Zagora, through the valley of Thousand Kasbahs and the biggest palm grove in Morocco (185 km.) Be welcomed by a mint tea, relax and arrange your luggage for another adventure by camel to witness the beautiful sunset over Tinfou dunes and the palm grove. Reach your final destination in a desert camp in the middle of nowhere to spend a beautiful night at the camp under a nomadic Berber tent with dinner and breakfast included. Enjoy a memorable sunrise behind the mountains and Tinfou dunes of the desert of Zagora with a traditional breakfast. Take the road from your camp after a shower and drive back to Marrakech via the same road of Daraa Valley and Oasis, once again cross the Draà Valley by the village of Agdez. Stop to visit the Kasbah Tamnouggalte. Cross the anti-Atlas to arrive in Ouarzazate city, where you will visit Cinema Studios. Continue towards Marrakech, a few kilometers after Ouarzazate, stop for lunch in a typical restaurant. after lunch, drive through Tichka Pass, then return to Marrakech for a drop-off at your accommodation.

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From Marrakesh: 3-Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

9. From Marrakesh: 3-Day Trek to Mount Toubkal

On the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakesh and transferred to the starting point. You will begin the ascent, passing the village of Aremd and the Sidi Chamarouch shrine before crossing floodplains and heading to the rocky cliffs above the valley. You will have a chance to marvel at the stunning views before stopping for the night in a refuge. On the second day, perhaps the most exciting day of the trip, you will climb to the summit of Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. This can be a challenging walk with some scree and high altitudes. However, the breathtaking views will make everything worthwhile. You can see from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas Mountains in the North and the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara Desert in the South. You will retrace your steps to return back down the mountain and spend the rest for the night at the refuge.  On the final day, you will eat some breakfast before a relaxing walk back down the mountain to Imlil. Rest as you are driven the hour and a half back to Marrakesh. 

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Our guide Mustapha amazouz and driver hassan made this trip amazingly good. The experiences themselves were fantastic with a visit to a Berber market, the small berber villages, the Argan oil cooperative, a nice hike to some beautiful waterfalls, delicious Berber lunch with a stunning view of the valley and the mountains, a visit to our guide's own home for tea, driving up the mountain side and into the Agafay desert for a fun camel ride and tea with incredible views. Really amazing value for money, there was never pressure to buy any extras, quite the opposite (although we felt like buying some nice locally made Berber souvenirs). This trip was made one to remember by Mustapha and hassan, so extremely friendly, attentative and open. We never needed anything and we parted as new friends.

Our guide Mustapha was so friendly and welcoming. I wasn't feeling well and was able to push the class by a day. The fact that the transportation is included you cannot beat the price. Walking to get the vegetables locally was a great to experience and everyone at any level can participate in the cooking. My husband and I had such a good time and enjoyed the company of everyone. We would gladly sign up again and maybe even stay the night at the Guest House where food is prepared. You won't be disappointed- book this activity!

I could not recommend this excursion higher! The driver and family all made us feel incredibly welcome. Not once did we hesitate to ask anything and the feel of it all was so authentic. Not only was it informative the food we picked and made ourselves was delicious… thanks to the guidance of their family. To top it all off we had a lovely walk to a nearby waterfall that we were able to cool off in! Thank you again to the family for welcoming us into your home!

Wonderful trip, our guide Larbi and driver Hassan were fantastic, very welcoming and passionate about their country and culture. The tagine lunch was delicious with a wonderful view of the Atlas Mountains. Nice to get away from the city. The hike was short but good to stretch your legs and enough in the heat.

It was an extremely fun experience, the hosts were very welcoming and made us feel at very at home and we enjoyed our day so much. The experience was amazing value for money and I would've even paid more for the same.