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Discover the delights of the Ourika Valley in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on a 3.5-hour afternoon trip from Marrakech. Hop inside an air-conditioned coach and venture into the lush valley carved into the Atlas’ foothills. Pass emerald-green terraces, fruit orchards and hillside Berber hamlets; soak up epic mountain scenery, and trace the river through the picturesque Oued Orika valley gorge. Along the way, visit a traditional Berber house to sip mint tea with the locals and learn about the ancient Berber way of life.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour day trip to the Ourika Valley from Marrakech
  • Travel through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
  • Admire the lush landscape of the Oued Ourika gorge
  • Enjoy a cup of mint tea with the locals in a traditional Berber house
  • Tour includes round-trip travel by air-conditioned coach from your hotel in Marrakech

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What You Can Expect

Ourika Valley Day Trip from Marrakech

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech on your Ourika Valley day trip

Begin your experience with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or from central Marrakech. Settle aboard your air-conditioned coach with your guide and travel south toward the Ourika Valley beneath the Atlas Mountains.
After roughly 45 minutes on the road, enter the foothills of the rocky range and soak up the views as you make your way along the steep-sided Oued Ourika gorge.
Breathe in the cool mountain air and pass rushing rivers, lush terraces, and apple, almond and olive groves tended by Berber villagers. If you’re here between February and May, enjoy the added sight of green pastures awash with wild flowers and hillside cherry orchards wreathed in pink blossom.
Glimpse mud-and-stone Berber hamlets where donkeys drink from mountain springs, and as you travel, hear fascinating tales about the age-old Berber culture and customs.
Stop at a village and learn how the locals cultivate their crops in the rich valley soils. Head inside a rustic Berber house and discover more about the slower pace of mountain life as you chat to the friendly locals over a glass of mint tea.
Afterward, admire more beautiful scenery as you return through the hills to Marrakech, where your trip concludes at the original start point.

Customer Reviews

Colin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

interesting and worhwhile, good tour guide

Jane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Had a really great guide the pottery was a bit funny but then it set the day for everything being not what I thought it would be but better well worth going on saw inside house had the mint tea which was the best I had views of mountains great and the valley had wonderful sites to see would recommend to anyone

SUSAN G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Very good trip. Our guide was excellent and very informative. I would recommend this to travellers of all ages.

Connie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

dont mis the tour when in marrakech

M E J United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

This was an excellent trip, especially the tea at the Berber home.

Robert Albert B Gibraltar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

A most enjoyable experience after a problematic conversation the previous day when we were informed once again that we would be unable to take the visit due to shortage of tourists.Maybe Viator could ensure that subagents in Marrakech 'holiday services' should be a little more positive with their clients.Trip offeredlovely scenery

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

Brilliant trip. Unfortunately at first we didn't think it was going to be as the trip was delayed from 09.30 to 1.30pm. Then the bus was 45 minutes late. BUT after all that it was wonderful. We had proper mint tea and home made bread in a Berber home. Fantastic guide as well.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

This was a great way to spend the afternoon! The travel up the mountainside roads alone was worth the price! We made several stops, and at just the right times and places. The scenery every was beautiful, and our guide was very knowledgeable.

Marc B

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Really nice, friendly and enthusiastic tour guide. Well-placed and interesting stops. I thought the stop at the apothecary's felt like a time-filler and not specific enough to the locality. Overall it was very good.

FAISAL A United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

Nice trip the guide was not really keen to explain about the trip.

Nice village

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