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Day Trips from Marrakech

By Viator, March 2015

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If you’ve explored the Marrakech medina and haggled for bargains in the sprawling souk, heard storytellers weave their magic in the Djemaa el Fna square, and dined al fresco on Moroccan cuisine, it’s time to travel further afield to discover more of the magic of Morocco.

Marrakech sits in the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s chain of mountains linking Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Here, the High Atlas range is cut by the Draa River and Ourika Valley, 30km (19 miles) from Marrakech.

The oasis-like Ourika Valley is a popular day trip destination from Marrakech, offering glimpses of waterfalls, unspoilt landscapes and encounters with Morocco’s traditional Berber people.

The ancient Berber trails winding across the Atlas Mountains cover some pretty rough terrain, so it is best traveled by off-road 4WD on a longer day trip excursion. Drop into the Berber village of Tahanaout for a traditional meal and glass of mint tea, and discover the valley and mountain countryside lying outside Marrakech.

Away from the mountains on the Atlantic coast, Essaouira is a legendary port dating back to the Roman era. Today, the harbor market and winding medina are Essaouira’s highlights, with a jewelers’ quarter and handicrafts complex selling carpets and enameled faience ware.

The citadel fishing port of Essaouira is around 114km (70 miles) from Marrakech, and is a popular windsurfing and kite-surfing destination. Camel excursions wind their way across the long protected beach for a day trip experience with a difference.

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Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 Reviews

A must for Marrakech visitors, this morning tour takes you soaring over the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Touch ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $227.67

Best Three Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech with Optional Visit to Takerkoust Lake and Kik Plateau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 93 Reviews

Experience traditional Moroccan life and stunning scenery on a day trip from Marrakech to three famous valleys in the Atlas Mountains. Explore the lovely ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.99

Marrakech Desert and Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Explore the rugged desert, wild palm groves and rural Berber villages outside Marrakech on this half-day tour by 4WD quad bike. Meet your guide, master the ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.99

Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Escape the heat and hustle-bustle of Marrakech on this day trip to the stunningly beautiful Ouzoud Falls. Surrounded by an emerald cape of thousands of olive ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.07

Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Day Trip Through the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Experience the history and drama of old Morocco on this day trip across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech. Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to reach Aït ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.60

Marrakech Desert and Palm Grove Buggy Tour Including Berber Village

Step off the beaten track and discover rural Morocco on this 4-hour desert and palm grove buggy tour from Marrakech. Swap the city souks and bustling Medina ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.98

Best Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Visit the beach and famous port of Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech. You'll take a guided tour of the port and have the opportunity to discover the ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.67

Private Tour: Three Valleys and Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakech

See three of Morocco’s majestic valleys in one day on this private excursion from Marrakech. Your English-speaking driver/guide will take you to the Ourika, ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: Varies

From USD $136.60

Berber Trails 4WD Day Trip from Marrakech

4 star rating: Recommended 69 Reviews

Travel off the beaten track to discover an altogether different pace of life in Morocco on this 8-hour Berber trails 4-wheel drive tour from Marrakech. Follow ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.69

Best Essaouira Tour with Independent Bus Ride from Marrakech

Step off the tourist trail and discover traditional Moroccan cuisine, crafts and culture on this tour of Essaouira, starting with an independent bus ride from ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.48

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