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17 INCREDIBLE Day Trips & Tours in Marrakech (that are worth the $$)

It is easy to see why anyone would want to travel to one of Morocco’s economic centres. The walled medieval city of Marrakech is home to historic palaces and gardens, beautiful mosques and the renowned souks, packed with an array of foods, pottery and brightly colour fabrics.. (and you can read all about top 19 Things to do in Marrakech here if you are not convinced!)
AND To help get you started on your Morocco adventure we have selected what we believe are some of the very best day trips from Marrakech and tours in Marrakech to help you get the most from your visit to this colourful city.

The Best Day Trips from Marrakesh and the best tours in MarrakeshDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you decide to book through any of these links I get a small commission at absolutely no cost to you. And even better – the tour operators offer a best-price guarantee so you know that you’re getting the best Day trips from Marrakesh for the best price in what can be an expensive (and sometimes scam filled) destination!

The Best Tours in Marrakesh

Desert Quad and Camel tour

Morocco quad bikes 4x4 in desert
RATED: ★★★★½ (4.6/5)

Dress in traditional Nomadic attire for a half day exploring the Morocco desert landscape that surrounds the bustling city of Marrakech. Start off by hopping on your dromedary (camel) and enjoy a leisurely Marrakech camel ride through the desert. After which, pick up the pace on a quad bike for a race through the palm trees on one of the first Marrakech desert trips on this list.


Sunset camel ride in the Marrakech Palmeraie

Sunset Camel Ride in Marrakesh
RATED: ★★★★★ (4.8/5)

Experience the unique palm oasis of the Palmeraie just outside the city centre of Marrakech. Journey on camel back at sunset for a once in a lifetime opportunity, where you will visit a traditional Berber family to learn about their lifestyle whilst enjoying a refreshing mint tea. It’s one of my favourite Marrakech tours – especially if you are short on time!


The Majorelle Gardens

Gardens Marjoelle in Marrakesh
RATED: ★★★★½ (4.6/5)

Discover the oasis that is the 2.5 acre Majorelle Botanical Gardens with its distinctive blue structures and packed with exotic plants. Not only will you enjoy time exploring these magical landscaped gardens but as part of this day trip you will also get to experience a camel ride through the Palmeraie.


Off-road bike tour

Palmerie Morocco 
RATED: ★★★★★ (5/5)

For those of you looking for an active adventure during your trip to Marrakech, an off-road bike tour could be just what you are looking for. Experience Morocco’s unspoiled landscapes as you cycle through the Palmeraie whilst taking in the beautiful palm trees, the ancient ruins and isolated villages.


The Best Day Trips from Marrakech

The Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys

Atlas Mountains - A Great Day Trip from Marrakesh
RATED: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Spend an entire day exploring the unique landscape of the Atlas Mountains and the Three Valleys on this private guided tour to include transport and lunch. Enjoy a camel ride and experience the everyday lifestyles of the people living in this area on this fullday trip from Marrakech.


Ouzoud Waterfalls

ouzoud waterfalls - one of the best day trips from marrakesh
RATED: ★★★★½ (4.6/5)

Escape the heat during a full-day trip to the Ouzoud Falls. Forming part of the dramatic natural landscape, learn about the surrounding area from your guide, before a dip in the refreshing waters of the Al Abid River and enjoy the opportunity to meet the local monkey population too.


Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon in Morocco
RATED: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Not only is this trip a wonderful opportunity to experience the breathtaking landscape of Morocco from the sky at sunrise in your very own hot air balloon ride, during your trip you will also have the opportunity to experience a camel ride and enjoy a traditional Berber breakfast.


Day trip to Essaouira

Essaouira - day trip from Marrakesh
RATED: ★★★★ (4.3/5)

Admire the beautiful sea views from the coastal city of Essaouira. Travel directly from your hotel in Marrakech to this bustling Moroccan port where you can indulge in a spot of shopping at the city’s market, explore the historic Medina (old town) and learn about the valuable argan oil produced in this area. This Marrakech to Essaouira day trip is an absolute must when you are in Morocco.


Tour of Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou

Ouarzazate - day trip from Marrakech
RATED: ★★★★½ (4.5/5)

Spend the day visiting two of the most popular attractions nearby to Marrakech on this private day tour. Explore the desert town of Ouarzazate and visit its famous film studios, followed by a trip to the UNESCO-listed fortified clay city of Ait Ben Haddou. During you day out you will also enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and a guided camel ride.


Quad biking excursion in the Desert of Agafay and the lake of Marrakech

Lac Lalla Takerkoust
RATED: ★★★★★ (5/5)

During your half-day quad biking expedition you will travel through the diverse landscape that surrounds Marrakech and explore the dramatic Agafay desert and the picturesque Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Stop off for light refreshments whilst taking in the traditional Berber villages and snow-capped Atlas Mountains along the way.


Ourika Valley

Ourika - day trip from Marrakech
RATED: ★★★★ (4.1/5)

Get out into the Moroccan countryside for the day with a pickup from your hotel, lunch at a local restaurant and a guide as part of your day out. Take a day trip to Ourika Valley with its dramatic waterfalls and stunning views of the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop.


4×4 Berber Trails adventure

Berber Camp in Morocco
RATED: ★★★★½ (4.7/5)

Hop in a 4×4, drive out of city and into the Agafay desert for an adventure travelling the Berber trails. On your journey you will visit a traditional Berber family and continue on to the village of Imlil, high in the Atlas Mountains, where you will journey on foot to the remote Armed village for an experience like no other.


Essaouira surf trip

Essouria Surf Trip
RATED: ★★★★★ (4.9/5)

Head out to the coastal city of Essaouira for a day exploring this magical are and a chance to enjoy the beautiful sea views from the harbour. As part of your day trip to Essaouira you will also get to hit the waves for an exhilarating two hour surf lesson.


Atlas Mountain Ski Pass

Oukaïmeden - day trip from Marrakech
RATED: ★★★★★ (5/5)

If the heat is getting to you, why not head on up into the Atlas mountains for a day on the slopes. Grab your hotel pickup to the ski resort of Oukaïmeden for an exhilarating experience either skiing or snowboarding. Included within your day trip is a ski pass and full ski gear, along with a local guide to accompany you during your trip.


Multi-Day Trips from Marrakesh

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari

Merzouga - Day Trip from Marrakesh
RATED: ★★★★½ (4.4/5)
Experience the Moroccan Sahara Desert on a 3-day safari tour from Marrakech to the Merzouga Desert. You’ll spend the night at a Bedouin camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes, and ride a camel to watch the sunset and sunrise. You’ll also see the Kasbah of Ouarzazate, and so much more.


2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora from Marrakech

Zagora Desert Morocco
RATED: ★★★★½ (4.3/5)
Experience the Berber lifestyle on a 2-day desert safari to Zagora from Marrakech. Sleep in a typical desert camp of the Sahara, see the sunrise and sunset from the back of a camel, and enjoy spectacular views of the legendary Kasbahs and oases.


Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

Fes Desert Tour from Marrakesh
RATED: ★★★★ (4.2/5)
Discover the secrets of two of Morocco’s famous imperial cities – Marrakech and Fes. You’ll Admire the amazing scenery of the High Atlas Mountains as you cross the Tizi Ntichka Mountain Pass; visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Drive past the Valley of the Roses and the Road of 1001 Kasbahs, Admire the scenery of the high cliffs of the Todgha Canyons and enjoy a camel ride adventure between the hidden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. It’s a Morocco desert tour you’ll never forget!




With this guide, we hope you can get the most out of your trip to Marrakech and now that you know some of the top day trips from Marrakesh and the best tours in Marrakech available, all you need to do, is get your bag packed and make sure to leave some room for any brilliant finds from a visit to the souks.

We would love to know which of the activities mentioned in our roundup of trips and tours from Marrakech appeals to you the most and why. Let us know in the comments below – and if you know someone who is heading to Marrakesh, why not share this post with them and get them excited about the best day tours from Marrakesh and fun tours in Marrakesh they could add to their list!

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