5 star rating: Highly Recommended 124 Reviews

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

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

Experience three of the Atlas Mountains’ beautiful valleys and traditional Berber life on this full-day trip from Marrakech. Traveling into the mountains by 4x4 or minivan, discover the lush Ourika Valley with its idyllic waterfalls, the timeless villages of the Oukaimeden Valley, and the orchards of the Asni Valley. Drive spectacular mountain roads and enjoy lunch at a restaurant, or, if you wish, in a Berber family home. Upgrade to also visit Takerkoust Lake and the high Kik Plateau. Numbers are limited to seven for a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Day trip to three scenic valleys from Marrakech with the option to also visit Takerkoust Lake and the Kik Plateau
  • Get away from the hustle-bustle of Marrkech to the stunning Atlas Mountains and witness traditional Moroccan life
  • Admire the many waterfalls in Ourika Valley and see native women extract Argan oil
  • See traditional Berber villages in Oukaimeden Valley and take the opportunity to dine with a local family
  • Pass acres of almond, peach and walnut trees in Asni Valley
  • Extend your adventure with a visit to idyllic Takerkoust Lake and the distinctive Kik Plateau
  • Small-group tour limited to 7 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Taking a day to explore the stunning scenery of the Atlas Mountains is a highlight of any trip to Marrakech. You get to see how different life is in the villages of the valleys and what a truly beautiful country Morocco is!

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What You Can Expect

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

Discover the Ourika Waterfalls on your day trip to the Three Valleys

Taking a day to explore the stunning scenery of the Atlas Mountains is a highlight of any trip to Marrakech. You get to see how different life is in the villages of the valleys and what a truly beautiful country Morocco is!

Begin your small-group day trip with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or riad, and  board your air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan.

Hear about Morocco’s rural way of life as you drive into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Admire the snow-tipped peaks as you head further into the spectacular range, and after roughly an hour, arrive at the Ourika Valley.

Ogle the greenery and terraced slopes and stop to admire the Ourika’s stunning waterfalls — a lovely contrast to the rugged mountain slopes.

Walk to the falls and take photos of the tumbling waters, and then visit a local Argan Oil Co-operative, where Berber women extract the oil of Argan nuts to use in cooking and cosmetics. 

Watch the women working and visit a bio-aromatic garden where plants and herbs are cultivated for medicinal, aromatic and decorative purposes. 

Drive on into the beautiful Oukaimeden Valley. Climb to 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) up a winding mountain road, passing Berber villages of stone and adobe perched on the steep slopes.  

Stop for lunch at a restaurant (own expense) or opt to visit a local family home for your meal. Meet your welcoming Berber hosts and enjoy a homemade lunch of salad or soup, tagine with couscous and a dessert and drinks.

Continue to the third valley — the Asni Valley high in the mountains. View Mt Toubkal, at 13,665 feet (4,165 meters) and pass the Asni’s apple, walnut, peach and almond groves.

Afterward, return to Marrakech or, if you’ve upgraded, take the 1-hour drive to Takerkoust Lake. Admire the azure artificial lake framed by snow-capped mountains and pass traditional villages to the Kik Plateau, a limestone mountain plateau with epic views over the verdant valleys below. 

Your trip then ends with a drop-off at your Marrakesh accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Ahmed M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was a amazing, the views where great, we were only 4 in a van so it was simple and comfortable. The lake was somehow disappointing but it and #39;s ok.

Avik C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent trip, excellent guide, excellent meal at the Berber village.

Andrew P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is an excellent day trip which allows you experience a fascinating area with beautiful scenery. The pre-departure arrangements were very well handled. Our guide, Mustaffa, was good humored, arrived at our hotel on time and navigated us comfortably around the Three Valleys. Nothing was too much trouble and he provided a very interesting commentary throughout. The trip is extremely varied and there are numerous highlights scenery/waterfalls/argan oil production/many photographic opportunities etc. It is also an excellent insight into Berber life and the optional lunch at the Berber home was delicious and a unique way to relax during the trip - a highlight. Having read reviews in advance, we took good footwear and comfortable clothing for the hike to the waterfalls and this is a must. The additional guide waiting for us at the waterfalls was friendly and helpful. While this is a full day, it is very rewarding and something that should not to be missed as it adds a whole new dimension to a stay in Marrakesh.

Milensu S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a must trip!! the views are so breath taking and getting outside the city to the outskirts is highly recommended. there is a chance to talk to local people and taste the food too. Also buy local goods and affordable prices after huggling. the tour guide was very good because it was a small group of us, more time was spent in places. the meal in the mountains at the imam's house was beautiful and very hospitable. I would really recommend it.

charles v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

fantastic scenery,informative guide lovely meal with Berber family.

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely fantastic trip... we were picked up directly from the hotel, and explored the mountains. The guide was awesome, he took the time to talk to us about the history of the towns and of his people. Would definitely recommend.

Cheuk Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I went on this trip on 21st November and it was the highlight of my stay in Marrakech. The itenerary was perfect as we visited the first valley before all the other tourists groups arrived. Then we headed for the much quieter valleys with even better views. The meal prepared by the Berber family was very nice and we enjoyed it with spectacular views of the valley. Our guide Shakib spoke excellent English unlike another city tour I joined with a guide I struggled to understand sometimes and had a sincere and easygoing attitude. We stopped at a village shop but the young man made sure we did not feel pressured to buy anything if we were not interested. I would like to thank our guide for making the tour such a comfortable and pleasant journey. Worth every penny.

margaretv32

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Enjoyed this tour with our guide Chakeb sp?. The hike up to see the waterfall was a workout but with proper shoe wear it can be done. My kids ages 10 and 13 made it to the top. You can get great views up along the drive. Our lunch was incredible and so fulfilling at the Berber home and we felt very welcomed! Food just kept coming.

I just want to take a moment to talk about our tour guide. We were traveling with kiddos and my daughter happened to get sick 15 minutes into our tour with vomiting. Our guide went above and beyond to accommodate my daughter by stopping the car when she needed to vomit. The guide never once complained nor I felt that he didn't want us there. He simply understood that these type of things happen with kids. Thank you again for everything! Would definitely recommend this tour.

Lynn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant tour and guide. Thoroughly recommend this trip

Anne Grete J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a great day and a lovely experience with our skilled guide and driver Abdul. He took us to beautiful places in the valleys. We do recommend the tour which is very complete and our guide/driver if you want a unique experience.

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