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Ouzoud Waterfalls Tour with Imi-n-Ifri and Local Lunch
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Ouzoud Waterfalls Tour with Imi-n-Ifri and Local Lunch

The Ouzoud Falls are one of the top sights in Morocco and easily visited from Marrakech. You'll head into the Middle Atlas Mountains to see North Africa's highest waterfalls as well as a natural travertine bridge. Hamza, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘I've been guiding this excursion for many years, but I still love seeing the falls. They drop 110m down craggy red cliffs, and there are various places to view the cascading water, from above and below. Ouzoud means “olive” in the Berber language, and the falls are named after the ancient olive trees that thrive around this valley.'You'll cross palm groves, pass by typical Berber villages and weave through mountain passes en route to Ouzoud. Reaching the falls, you'll have plenty of time to take photos and marvel at the succession of tiered cascades. There's a permanent rainbow created by the mist thrown up from the natural power of the water, which is at peak flow during the spring.Your guide will point out the best viewpoints, and with luck you might even spot the Barbary apes that call this dazzling place home. Hamza says, ‘Many people think of Morocco as arid. Yet the Ouzoud Falls and the green surroundings bring a sense of vitality and life-force to the landscape.' After your visit, it's time to relax over a meal in a Berber restaurant where you'll tuck into a freshly-prepared local lunch including a typical dish of the region. And there's a photo stop at the nearby Imi-n-Ifri natural bridge on the way back to Marrakech.

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High Atlas Mountains 4x4 Tour with Lunch in Berber Village
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High Atlas Mountains 4x4 Tour with Lunch in Berber Village

If adventure and remote mountain villages are your thing, then this 4x4 ride into the High Atlas Mountains ticks all the boxes. You'll head into the rugged terrain just a short drive from Marrakech and discover typical Berber villages. Yasmine, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘My family owns a large olive grove in the Asni valley. It used to be enough to support my extended family, but due to lack of rain the harvests got smaller and smaller until we had to move to Marrakech. Now, I'm a tour guide, and I'm proud to show guests around the Berber villages I know so well.'Hop into an air-conditioned 4x4 and start your journey into the High Atlas Mountains. Swap city streets for palm-lined valleys, rose gardens and scented fruit trees as we head out into the wilderness. Photographers will love the widescreen mountain panoramas, and you'll have the chance to see local pottery being made in the traditional way, and buy some items if you like.We'll stop for a break to sip on a mint tea and try fresh local bread in a typical Berber house, before enjoying some free time to explore the village. Next, we'll take the scenic route through rust-coloured mountains and into the Asni valley, where we'll break for a traditional lunch of local specialities. Jasmine says, ‘I like to check that local olive oil is always served with lunch, and I love to see our guests enjoy it.' You'll round off your 4x4 adventure with a stop at the Tahanaout gorges on the return trip.

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Marrakech Horse and Carriage Tour with Jemaa el-Fnaa Square
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Marrakech Horse and Carriage Tour with Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

Marrakech by night is magical – and as the sun begins to set over the medina, the night-time entertainment turns the atmosphere electric. You'll enjoy your own magical experience with a horse-and-carriage tour, and time to soak up the heaving Jemaa el-Fnaa square in the evening. Fatima, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘My family owns a riad in the medina and I would often go by horse and carriage to get to school. Horses, donkeys and mopeds are the only means of transport to traverse the narrow alleys of the medina – if you're in a rush, too bad.'Start your evening by hopping on to your horse-drawn carriage to tour the main sights in and around the medina. You'll trot along the 12th-century ramparts and down the main avenue. Then take in the views from the Hivernage district, and ride through Bab Jdid and Bab Ighali, two of Marrakech's imposing city gates. Next, you'll tour Mechouar – the Royal Palace district – and continue towards La Kasbah Mellah and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jemaa el-Fnaa. At this time of day, it's less crowded.The square is the life and soul of the city. By day, it's a space for vendors to sell their fresh produce, but by night it takes on a completely different air and the show begins to unfold. As the sun sinks low, stallholders begin to set up for the evening. Acrobats perform, storytellers sit cross-legged as crowds gather round, fortune-tellers proffer their wisdom. And cooks' grills sizzle with various street food staples – an absolute must-do in Marrakech.

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Riad Dinner in Marrakech Medina with Transport
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Riad Dinner in Marrakech Medina with Transport

For a true Moroccan experience, dinner in a riad hits all the right notes. Riads are typical of the Marrakech medina, and though these historic palaces might not seem like much from the outside, as soon as you step inside, you'll feel as if you're in an Arabian daydream. Karim, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘In the old medina, lanterns illuminate the narrow alleys, at the end of which you will discover our riad. It's a hidden treasure. The décor inside recalls the Medersa Ben Youssef, one of the finest monuments in Marrakech.'The opulent yet intimate atmosphere of a riad provides the perfect setting for a special evening out. On arrival, you'll be served a welcome cocktail, which you can sip on as you relax by the courtyard and interior gardens. Karim says, ‘The Arabic word “riad” means “garden”, and most riads are arranged around a central courtyard filled with plants and fountains. When you walk in from the busy streets, there's an instant sense of serenity and peace.'The ornate detailing of the riad, with intricate geometric carvings and jewel-coloured tiles, sets the scene for your meal. Before you take your seat for a full-on gastro experience, there's the traditional orange blossom hot water handwashing ceremony. Then it's time to feast on a variety of local and European dishes expertly cooked using souk-sourced spices and the freshest produce, all washed down with wine. After your dinner and digestif, sit back and watch a belly dancer accompanied by a lute player.

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Road of the Kasbahs 4x4 Tour with Lunch in Aït Benhaddou
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Road of the Kasbahs 4x4 Tour with Lunch in Aït Benhaddou

The sands of the High Atlas are sprinkled with silver screen stardust. On this epic tour, you'll travel by 4x4 to Telouet, rumble across the dizzying Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou. It's a blockbuster. Youssef, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘I'm from the village of Tamdaght, just 6km from kasbah Aït Benahdou – a red clay village so untouched it feels like you stepped into a movie. Living here, films became a normal part of our lives. I boosted my income when I was a student by working as an extra.'Your 4x4 adventure in the Atlas Mountains kicks off with a scenic drive via Taddart to Telouet – a crumbling kasbah on the former caravan route that linked Marrakech to the Sahara. Then, with views over Aït Benhaddou, you'll break for a tasty lunch freshly prepared with locally sourced produce. Afterwards, your guide will take you inside the ksar walls of the kasbah, where Hollywood films such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed. This is one of Morocco's finest examples of earthen clay architecture.For the return trip you have the ascent to the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka pass to look forward to. Youssef says, ‘Tizi n'Tichka means “difficult mountain pasture” in Berber, and you'll soon find out why. It reaches the altitude of 2,212m with lots of switchbacks.' Once over the pass, the road descends through scenic valleys, passing villages and palm groves, before arriving in Marrakech.

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Private Horse-drawn Carriage Tour of Marrakech by Night
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Private Horse-drawn Carriage Tour of Marrakech by Night

Marrakech by night has to be seen to be believed. When dusk falls over Jemaa el-Fnaa, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the atmosphere is electric. You'll experience it with a private horse-and-carriage tour of the city in the evening, with time to soak up the magic of the square afterwards. Fatima, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘I'd often go by horse and carriage to get to school from my family's riad in the old medina. Horses, donkeys and mopeds are the only way to travel in the narrow alleys, and there are usually pedestrians, too. There's no point trying to rush in the medina.'Say hello to your horse and driver, then set off on your horse-drawn carriage tour to see the main sights in and around the medina. You'll trot along the 12th-century ramparts and down the main avenue, see the highlights of the Hivernage district, and ride through Bab Jdid, and Bab Ighali, two of Marrakech's ornate city gates. Next, you'll visit the Royal Palace district of Mechouar and head for La Kasbah Mellah, before finishing up at Jemaa el-Fnaa, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the beating heart of Marrakech.By day, it's a spacious town square, but by night it reinvents itself and puts on a spellbinding show. As the sun sinks low, stallholders arrive and set up shop. Acrobats flip. Storytellers enchant their audience. Fortune-tellers twist their cards. And cooks' grills sizzle with sweet-scented street food staples. An unmissable Marrakech experience.

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Essaouira Medina and Harbour Tour with Argan Coop Visit
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Essaouira Medina and Harbour Tour with Argan Coop Visit

They call Essaouira the ‘Jewel of the Atlantic' for a reason. It's a whitewashed maze famous for its Medina, fishing village vibe and flocks of kite surfers. You'll explore the harbour, meander through the UNESCO-listed medina and catch up on its bohemian arts scenes. Ibrahim, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘An Essaouira born and bred Amazigh, my family moved when I was 14. Now, when I return, I'm filled with nostalgia as I tour the alleys I used to play football in with my Arab and Jewish friends. Essaouira has always been a multicultural melting pot.'You'll get the lowdown on the city from your guide, learning about the port, municipal market, jewellers' district and artisan centres. Its mellow atmosphere, narrow winding streets laden with kaleidoscopic carpets, peeling-paint houses with and heavy old wooden doors make it a wonderful place to wander around. You'll walk the ramparts of the harbour, known as the Skala, where electric-blue boats bob in the water and see the collection of historic European brass cannons.After lunch in a local restaurant inside the medina, we'll check out the artisan shops and galleries, known for handcrafted products made with thuya wood. The Othello arts space – named after the film of the Shakespeare play, which was partially shot in Essaouira – is worth a visit. We'll also drop into an argan oil cooperative, which was founded by local women, where you can try homemade local products such a mint tea, bread and amlou – a spread made from argan oil, honey and almonds.

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High Atlas Mountains Private 4x4 Tour with Lunch
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High Atlas Mountains Private 4x4 Tour with Lunch

If you're looking for remote Berber villages, mountain panoramas and bucketloads of adventure, you've found it. This 4x4 tour begins as you approach the High Atlas foothills, just a short drive from Marrakech. Soon you'll be deep into north Africa's highest mountain range, passing typical farms and rust-coloured peaks. Yasmine, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Our olive grove in Asni valley was once enough to support the whole family, but when the crop reduced due to lack of rain, we had to move to Marrakech. These days, I work as a tour guide, and I'm proud to show our guests what life in the Berber villages I know so well is like.'Your private, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle is exclusively for you and your party. As you wind into the rugged terrain, you'll stop at the most panoramic locations to admire the view and snap some photos of the distinctive landscapes. You'll also see a local pottery studio where artisan potters use traditional methods to make ceramic products, and you can buy some items if you like.Next up, you'll explore a typical Berber village. Your guide will accompany you to a traditional home to enjoy a mint tea and try freshly baked bread. Wave goodbye to your hosts and continue through the mountains into the Asni valley, where it's time to stop for a traditional lunch. You'll round off your 4x4 adventure at the Plateau de Kik, calling in at the Tahanaout gorges on the return trip. On a private tour, the guide is at your disposal, so itinerary tweaks are possible.

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Marrakech Camel Safari
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Marrakech Camel Safari

The palm groves on the outskirts of Marrakech are just a short trip away and provide a welcome respite from the busy city streets. What's more, you'll explore them on a two-hour camel trek, complete with that favourite Moroccan pastime of drinking mint tea.You and your family can create special memories with a camel ride through the palm groves, located just a short distance away from the city. You'll follow in the footsteps of tribesmen as you explore the desert-like landscape, palm groves and traditional Berber villages. These gentle giants slowly transport you with complete ease and your camel handler will be there to help at every stage. At the midway point you'll be able to take a short break for a refreshing mint tea.By the end of the journey, you'll know the individual, and sometimes mischievous, personalities of the camels and ticked off a must-do activity in Morocco. To round off your experience, you'll then be transported back to your hotel or riad in Marrakech.

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Marrakech Medina and Souks Tour
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Marrakech Medina and Souks Tour

Walking through Marrakech can only be described as a scene out of Scheherazade's ‘One Thousand and One Nights'. Spice-scented souks and tightly packed alleyways hiding blissful Arabian-style gardens and riads will immerse you in the city's captivating spirit. You'll visit top sights such as Jemaa el-Fnaa and the Medina.Kick off your afternoon in style with a guided visit to the UNESCO-listed Medina. Its streaming food carts, eye-catching bazaars and street merchants shouting to invite you into their stalls make the atmosphere truly electric. Every corner holds a different aroma, sight and sound, and the more you explore, the more you'll feel like a local. Head over to Jemaa el-Fnaa, the life and soul of Marrakech. Watch fruit and spice vendors selling their fresh produce and street performers entertain both locals and travellers alike. Finish off your arabesque adventure on a terrace cafe where you can sit down, relax and sip a refreshing drink as you get a bird's-eye view of the square.

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Marrakech Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Marrakech Hot Air Balloon Ride

This early morning hot air balloon ride is the ultimate way to start your day in Morocco. You'll travel at dawn for an hour-long ride over Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains. There's also a treat for when you land – a typical Berber breakfast served in a tent.Your morning kicks off with a dawn pick-up from your hotel to begin making your way to the launch spot for your hot air balloon ride. First, you'll be served a pre continental breakfast as they inflate the balloon. Then climb in and you'll be up, up and away – floating through the serene morning skies with views extending over the terracotta roofs of Marrakech, tiny Berber villages and snow-capped High Atlas Mountains in the distance.You'll see it all as everyone is waking up, and during an hour or so in the air, you'll see Morocco from a whole new angle. On landing, you'll be invited into a typical Berber tent for a freshly-prepared breakfast.

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Marrakech Buggy Adventure
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Marrakech Buggy Adventure

Give your holiday an adrenaline boost with this dirt buggy adventure in the desert. Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, you'll power over sand dunes and rumble through Berber villages before zooming off again over the horizon. This trip has ‘excitement' stamped all over it.

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Introducing Marrakech

Marrakech is a must. A must-visit, must-see, must-do, must-experience and must-live city. You don’t immerse yourself in it – it immerses itself in you. It’s bursting with world-class attractions such as Djemaa El Fna square, the Koutoubia Mosque, secret gardens and a palace-packed Medina. Plus, it’s also a handy base from which to explore some of Morocco’s top attractions. Aït Benhaddou, Essaouira and the Ouzoud waterfalls are about 3 hours’ drive away. And when the sun goes down, Marrakech becomes a tasty treat – one where you can munch on street food or feast on a lavish dinner in a riad.

Top six things to do in Marrakech

1. Meander through the medieval Medina

Hemmed in by medieval walls, the Medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a labyrinth criss-crossed by trinket-lined alleys and dotted with spice-scented souks, mosques and palaces. All roads lead to the vast Djemaa El Fna square – the snake-charming, acrobat-dancing, music-making and snack-sizzling beating heart of the city. Then there’s the Koutoubia Mosque, whose magnificent minaret has watched over Marrakech for more than 800 years. Just inside the southern walls is the lavish Bahia Palace while just outside are the ruins of the Badia Palace. There’s so much to see that a guided tour is the most convenient option as you’ll be able to prioritise the best bits.

2. Discover the city’s garden oases

You never quite know what’s behind a peeling-paint wall in Marrakech. But a few hide oases that are just waiting for you to discover. Within the Medina is a riad that boasts a rather special patio. So much so that it earned itself the name of Secret Garden over the centuries. Beautifully landscaped, its tiled pathways and the soothing sound of its ancient irrigation system lend it an otherworldly atmosphere amid the manic Medina. And beyond the walls is another oasis that for many is Marrakech’s most seductive attraction. Fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent bought the Jardin Majorelle in the 80s and put his own stamp on the gardens. Bamboos, cacti, palm trees and water features are overlooked by an electric blue art deco villa. Adjacent to the gardens is a museum dedicated to the great man’s life and showcases his sketches and designs.

3. See the awesome Ouzoud waterfalls

There’s so much to experience in Marrakech that it needs to be something truly special to drag you out of the city. The Ouzoud waterfalls more than fit the bill. And the scenic journey out is also a tasty hors d’oeuvre for what lies ahead. These multi-tiered cascades in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains are one of Morocco’s most photographed natural attractions. The falls are also home to a troop of playful Barbary apes, usually on the lookout for a handful of nuts.

4. Film yourself in Aït Benhaddou

If you think you’ve seen Aït Benhaddou before, it’s because you likely have – lots of times. With more screen credits on its CV than many an A-lister, it’s been a go-to location for directors since time immemorial. Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, Game of Thrones – they’ve all used Aït Benhaddou as a backdrop. This UNESCO-listed fortified village – known as a ksar in Morocco – is a joy to explore. Find your inner compass while you film yourself wandering the dusty alleys of red clay buildings. When it’s rainy season and the river is full, your photos of this hilltop village will be even more spectacular.

5. Wind your way through Essaouira

On the Atlantic coast west of Marrakech, the wind-swept city of Essaouira is a breath of fresh air. And it has Hollywood glamour of its own as well as a prized UNESCO listing to boot. Its crumbling Medina feels like it was built for Instagram, with a palette of pastel-coloured cobbled alleys. The wave-washed ramparts, known as the Skala, offer a glorious walking route around the old town all the way to the Genoese-built medieval citadel. It stands guard over a port packed with electric-blue rowing boats. And to round off your visit, make sure to savour some of the local street food. Herby sardine meatballs are one of the local specialities.

6. Eat like a local in Marrakech

The scents of food drift through the air in Marrakech. At every turn, a stall tempts or a riad beckons, and your stomach succumbs. In Djemaa El Fna, slow-cooked, cumin-infused lamb is a favourite with the locals. You can find tajines here, too, but this is a dish so special that it deserves a visit to a riad. Savouring these dishes in a historic, arched courtyard is one of life’s little pleasures. Organised tours including transport mean you can enjoy the meal without a worry.