Excursions From Marrakech
Discover Marrakech’s souks and most popular sites, or leave its hustle and bustle, with one of these full day excursions.
Please see below for the terms and conditions for all of our day trips.
Marrakech – Guided City Tour: Full Day
Former imperial capital, Marrakech is nicknamed the “Red City”. An official and licensed guide will take you through the medina, one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Morocco. The medina is surrounded miles of fortified walls and gates, and its skyline is dominated by the minaret of 12th century Koutoubia Mosque.
Cures for whatever ails, along with traditional spices with proven medical benefits, can be found in a traditional Berber pharmacy. Indulge in some retail therapy in the medina’s seemingly endless souks.
Other places of interest: the Saadian tombs and mausoleum were originally built in the 16th century but later sealed and only discovered by the French in the early 20th century. El Bahia Palace gives you a taste of the life of a 19th century vizier and his harem. Ben Youssef Medersa, founded in the 14th century, was the largest Islamic college in North Africa at its time and showcases intricate woodwork and tile work.
In the afternoon, relax in the calm of one of many gardens. Majorelle Garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle and showcases an intense cobalt blue hue named after him. Menara Garden, originally built in the 12th century features a large basin and green-tiled pavilion. Agdal Garden was considered a royal orchard filled with fruit and ornamental trees.
In the early evening, make your way to Jemaa el Fna Square. By day, this huge square is filled with snake charmers, henna artists, dancing monkeys, and even a dentist or two! But it’s at night when the square truly comes alive with more exotic acts such as belly dancers and storytellers, and hundreds of food vendor stalls offering quick eats such as dried fruits and nuts, fruit juices, snails and sandwiches. Take in all of the action from one of many coffee shops and tea houses bordering the square; their rooftop terraces offer great views as you unwind with your beverage of choice.
Cascades d’Ouzoud / Ouzoud Waterfalls: Full Day
Travel approximately 100 miles northeast of Marrakech into the southern range of the Middle Atlas Mountains to visit these majestic waterfalls of Ouzoud. While most dramatic in spring with utmost greenery and abounding with melting snow from the mountains, this area is also popular with locals in the summer to escape the heat of the Marrakech.
The area offers hikes for all levels – bring sensible and sturdy shoes. Make your way to the top of the falls as you navigate a footpath through fig groves and other trees – keep an eye out for the local macaques. They may just approach you for a sweet treat!
Enjoy local cuisine with a front-row vista of the falls. Many travelers also choose to take an optional small boat ride through the falls, which affords an even closer view.
Essaouira: Full Day
Get an early start for Essaouira, home of Gnawa music and a former hotspot for hippies. On the way, support one of the women’s argan oil co-operatives. Argan trees grow only in southwestern Morocco, and their nutty oil stars in both cosmetic and culinary uses.
After the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, it’s easy to unwind in Essaouira. Originally named Mogador, it was established as a trading port and military strongpoint by the Portuguese. Its medina, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is a relaxing center of white-washed walls and small shops, many of them featuring objects carved in local thuya wood.
Venture toward the port, where you’ll find food stalls with a wide variety of the freshest seafood imaginable, prepared simply but deliciously on outdoor grills.
Essaouira’s coastline tends to be windy and so a great place for wind- and kite-surfing. Choose to relax on the beach, or for the more adventurous, consider a camel or horse ride, or even rent a quad, to explore the coastline.
Walk along the sqalas, or fortified sections of the port, for a picturesque view of the medina and ramparts.
Imlil: Full Day
Leave the palm trees behind, as you make your ascent into the High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Berber villages and catch a glimpse of the traditional life style of the locals. Imlil is the area’s starting point for local hikes and treks, including scaling the summit of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak not only in the High Atlas but of all of North Africa.
Ourika Valley: Full Day
Enjoy a day of nature, as you make your way from the dry dusty plains of Marrakech through Berber villages and up into the High Atlas Mountains. Tafza is a popular stop on this excursion – make sure to stop at the Berber Ecomuseum. Formerly an abandoned house now renovated into a traditional Berber abode and museum, it houses collections of carpets, pottery and photography. All recount the rich history and culture of the Berber tribes.
Continue on to the village of Setti Fatma, best known for the annual moussem (religious festival). Non-Muslims are not allowed to visit the actual tomb, but much of the festivities do take place within the village. This is also the starting point for hikes of all levels, and the area’s numerous waterfalls are popular destinations.
PRACTICAL INFO ABOUT OUR PRIVATE DAY-TRIPS:
The information provided below applies to all of our excursions, unless noted.
Days of Departure: Sunday – Saturday (7 days a week)
Departure time*: 9:00 AM
Departure Point*: Your hotel or riad in Marrakech
* Departure times and points are fully-customizable. Please let us know what time and place works for you!
Please note: excursions are booked by the vehicle, not the number of passengers! Whether you are a solo traveler, or 6 people, the price remains the same. It is for this reason that the entrance fees are not included in the price of the excursion.
- Officially-licensed private driver
- Driver fluent in English, French, Arabic
- Private transport in air-conditioned/heated quality vehicle
- Gas, tolls, mileage
- Entrance fees
- Guides (with the exception of the Marrakech City Tour)
- Meals / drinks / snacks
Payment: We currently accept PayPal and bank transfers. We also accept cash for any service when booked in Morocco.
Cancellation Policy: We can provide you an initial and informal quote. We will work with you to create your dream vacation, catering to your needs and tastes. Before we can proceed with reserving a driver and accommodations, we will require a deposit. When booking with Mint Tea Tours, you agree to the following:
- 50% of total service cost non-refundable deposit
- 30% refund, if service canceled 30 days in advance
- 50% refund, if service canceled 45 days in advance
- No refunds will be granted for cancellations 29 days or less of scheduled service