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Top Day Trips from Marrakech

By Viator, December 2017

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Once you’ve explored Marrakech’s sprawling souks, magnificent palaces, and famous Djemaa el Fna, it’s time to travel further afield and discover more of Morocco’s magic. Marrakech’s strategic location means you can visit the mountains, desert, or beach, all on a day tour—here are your options.
 
Atlas Mountains — 25 miles (40 km) from Marrakech
Set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is the obvious starting point for exploring the snow-capped range. On a day tour, you might head to the oasis-like Ourika Valley; follow the ancient Berber trails through the High Atlas Mountains on a 4WD excursion; marvel at the Ouzoud Waterfalls; or stop at Tahanaout village for an insight into traditional Berber life and culture. For an even more unforgettable experience, opt for a romantic hot air balloon ride over the mountains, and then trek out into the desert on a camel. 

Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou — 120 miles (195 km) from Marrakech
Set against a dramatic desert backdrop, the fortified Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Morocco’s most popular filming sites, seen on screen in movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, and Gladiator. See it on a guided tour that might also include nearby Ouarzazate, where you can sip Moroccan mint tea as you gaze out over the Sahara desert. 

Essaouira — 120 miles (192 km) from Marrakech
Head to the Atlantic coast, where the historic port town of Essaouira is renowned for its colorful harbor and maze-like medina. After browsing the stalls in the jewelry quarter and souks, head down to the beach, where you can ride a camel along the sands, take a swim in the ocean, or watch the windsurfers and kitesurfers along the seafront.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 155 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 $252.61
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys: Private Guided Day Trip from Marrakech, Marrakech, Balloon Rides
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Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys: Private Guided Day Trip from Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 179 Reviews

This day-long excursion from Marrakech provides you with the opportunity to encounter Berber village life firsthand as you make your way to the home of a ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: Flexible

From USD $65.68
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech, Marrakech, Day Trips
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Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Nestled in the High Atlas Mountains, just a 150 km away from Marrakech, the Cascades d'Ouzoud is one of the most remarkable of the natural wonders to be found ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $29.05
Full-Day Trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou, Marrakech, Day Trips
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Full-Day Trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 142 Reviews

Discover the stunning chain of high Atlas Mountains and witness traditional Moroccan culture and rich history, during your day trip from Marrakech to ...  Read more

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

From USD $138.93
High Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech, Marrakech, Day Trips
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High Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 106 Reviews

Discover the High Atlas Mountains Four Various Valleys. View several locations along the way with some beautiful panoramic shots of small villages, incredible ...  Read more

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

From USD $84.62
Tour of Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou with Road of the Kasbahs, Marrakech, Day Trips
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Tour of Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou with Road of the Kasbahs

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

This full day trip from Marrakech is perfect for those who cannot spare more than one day but anxiously wish to get a glimpse of the majestic desert of ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Day Trip to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech with Optional Visit to Takerkoust Lake and Kik Plateau, ... 
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Day Trip to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech with Optional Visit to Takerkoust Lake and Kik Plateau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 241 Reviews

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and head for the breathtaking Atlas Mountains, visiting the 4 valleys that make the region famous: Ourika, ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 8.0 to 9.0 hrs

From USD $87.15
Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech, Marrakech, Day Trips
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Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 71 Reviews

Explore the Atlas Mountains and Valleys with an expert guide. Discover traditional Berber villages and see Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: Flexible

From USD $46.00
Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech, Marrakech, Day Trips
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Embark on an unique journey from Marrakech to the seaside city of Essaouira on  full-day tour. Explore the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, soaking in ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $31.58
Marrakech Desert and Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour, Marrakech, Cultural Tours
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Marrakech Desert and Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

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

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.10

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