9 of the Best Day Tours From Marrakech
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9 Tours & Day Trips From Marrakech, Morocco

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Monkeys at the tops of waterfalls and camels chillin’ among palm trees in the middle of the desert—these are just a few sights you may see on your tours or day trips from Marrakech.

Grab a guided tour, head into the tallest mountain range in North Africa, or rent a quad and bounce around the dunes. There is so much to do. You might even find yourself taking every single one of these day trips from Marrakech. I certainly wouldn’t blame you.

Best Tours & Day Trips from Marrakech

Let’s first start with how you’re going to do these day trips from Marrakech. I’ve linked to some of the best tours from Marrakech that you can take to all of these places. While I haven’t had the pleasure of doing all of these, I did the hard part for you and found you the most recommended.

Can you do these trips yourself without a tour? 100%. Yes, you can!

BUT just know, if you decided to do these day trips yourself, some of them will take far more than a day. Not renting a car? It will take longer.

So while everything is accessible by public transport or driving yourself, if you don’t have the time or the desire to deal with driving in Morocco, grab some of the recommended day trips from Marrakech you see here instead and put that responsibility in someone else’s hands! And after spending a few days in Marrakech, you just may want to give up on the ‘planning anything else’ part.

Here are the best tours and day trips from Marrakech in order from closest to furthest.

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Less than an hour outside Marrakech

Because Atlas is just too magnificent to see from only one perspective, hop in a hot air balloon and catch a bird’s eye view of these shockingly gorgeous peaks right as the sun peeks over them.

Aerial view of hot air balloon over town one of the day trips from Marrakech
A hot air balloon tour will give you a truly unique view

This day trip from Marrakech is more like an early morning tour. It takes around 5 or so hours in total, but you do it so early (to catch that sunrise) you still have all day!

Hot air balloons over desert one of the best day trips from Marrakech
Take this day trip from Marrakech for an incredible sunrise

You’ll get some snacks, tea, and pastries before you launch. Then, when you’ve landed, you can sit down in a tent that gazes out at the mountains while you enjoy a full typical Berber spread for breakfast. Bonus: you get a camel ride through the desert with this tour!

While this day trip from Marrakech sounds super epic, it’s also, unfortunately, the priciest thing on this list! But hey, #treatyoself!

2. Marrakech Palmeraie

Less than an hour outside Marrakech.

Take a day trip staycation. The Palmeraie, just outside of Marrakech, is a sight to gawk at. The ultimate “mirage,” the Palmeraie is an actual desert oasis, though it looks like a dream. Made up of several hundred thousand trees, with camels wandering through them, Palmeraie is the striking experience of a lifetime.

Take a guided tour through the Palmeraie, and while you’re out there, you can hop on a quad and ride through the dunes. When you’re finished with your adventures, get a massage at the local day spa before heading back to your hotel. All of your senses will be fully alive on this day trip.

If you’re just in it for the adventure, you can take this guided tour and quad bike ride, which doesn’t include a spa visit.

How to take this tour from Marrakech:

3. Agafay Desert

An hour outside of Marrakech.

Those mountains! Agafay is the desert in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, and this day trip is the quintessential experience you likely expect to get when you think of going to Morocco. If Marrakesh is a desert city, Agafay is a desert desert.

It’s quite undeveloped, so in just an hour’s trip from crazy, winding, maze-like streets filled to the brim with tourists and locals alike, you can look out across a windswept desert untouched by humans for millennia. If you go during spring, you’ll even get to see wildflowers blooming.

Agafay Desert tour from Marrakech
Agafay Desert

Agafay also has a man-made lake for swimming and other water sports. There are little villages that surround it as well, so you can grab lunch and even enjoy some light shopping at the local markets.

Want to cruise the desert in a quad bike? There’s that option as well!

Bedouin tent in the Agafay desert on day trips from Marrakech
Step inside a traditional Bedouin tent

If you want to hang in Marrakech during the day why not take an afternoon trip to the Agafay Desert instead? Ride quads and camels into the sunset and then have a traditional Moroccan dinner!

How to take this tour from Marrakech:

4. Imlil and the Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakech

An hour and a half outside Marrakech

So about those mountains… The Atlas mountains stretch from outside of Agadir in Morocco all the way into Tunisia, for a total of 1,200 miles. So there are a variety of day trips from Marrakech to see them up close and personal. Imlil is a small, quaint, newly created village at the base of the behemoth mountain Jebel Toubkal.

Marrakech day tours to Toubkal.
Trekking Toubkal around the valleys is doable on a Marrakech day tour but not for summiting the mountain!

The nice thing is, you don’t have to climb the mountain to enjoy the village. There are plenty of shops and opportunities for wandering, even just gazing up at the 13,000-foot mountain is worth the trip alone. And hey, if you decide to stay for a day or two, you can always take a shot at the monster mountain yourself.

The shortest option is a day tour around Imlil including a camel ride and visits to a Berbere village. Want to take on the full hike? You’ll need a guide; this 2-day and this 3-day tour are the most recommended. Both include everything you need for the hike!

Going to Imlil on your own? It will take more than a day but here’s a guide to Imlil and what hikes to do!

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5. Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys

Around two hours outside Marrakech

As a kind of combo package, you could opt for this day trip which builds in some sights already included in other day trips, like Ourika Valley and Mount Toubkal. In addition, you’ll get to be amazed by places like the Asni and Oukaimeden Valleys.

Ourika Valley one of the best day trips from Marrakech
Stunning Ourika Valley

During the winter, Oukaimeden is actually a skiing hotspot (I know, still surprised Morocco has snow, right?!), so this is a good chance to scope out the scene if you’re someone who likes to hit the slopes.

6. Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech

Two and a half hours outside Marrakech

Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? You’ll be in the minivan or tour bus for a bit longer to get to these much larger and much more challenging falls. But the beauty is breathtaking once you get there, so this day trip from Marrakech is a must.

The drive is between two and three hours into the Atlas mountains, and this hike is definitely not for the faint of heart, especially if you plan to walk across the pebble bridge to get to the foot of the falls.

Wild monkeys will come out to greet you, there is a boat ride to the base of the falls if you’re not into slipping on pebbles halfway around the world, and you can find some great food up this ancient mountain range.

TIP: Double check what the weather will be like. If you go after some heavy rains the falls can be brown.

7. Ourika Valley

Two and a half hours outside Marrakech

Talk about a Marrakech day trip. In less than a few hours, a guided tour can get you hiking up seven different waterfalls all in one day! You’ve gone from dry heat to green, lush valley almost in the blink of an eye. On the way you can visit locals who produce argan oil, watching the process and even taste some of the fabulous oil with bread.

Ourika trek from Marrakech day tour.
Ourika trek.

You’ll cross rope and board bridges, scope out camels, feel the splash of falling water on your face, and you’ll swear you just stepped into a movie scene. Indiana Jones ain’t got nothing on you. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and clothes; this is no walk in the park. It is an actual hike that can get pretty intense. But boy is it worth it.

8. Essaouira

Less than three hours outside Marrakech

Essaouira is a great contrast to Marrakech; you’re heading from a stunning desert oasis just over two hours away to a beautiful glittering beach.

The best day tour from Marrakech
Essaouira’s medina and coast. I’m trying not to get blown off the rocks as I take this pic! (PS. the actual beach isn’t this rocky!)

Essaouira is on the North African coast, right on the super windy North Atlantic, so hanging in your bikini or trunks can get a bit chilly unless it’s the height of summer. Swimming can also be risky AF since the current gets strong and will pull you out and under before you know it, so stay shallow if you go out.

Out of all of Morocco's best beaches, Essaouira is one of the popular.
Just in case you’re not sure how windy Essaouira gets, this is it…

But you’re likely not going for the swimming. You’re going for the views, for the medina, where you can wander down narrow alleys and shop in open door markets. You’re going for the serenity. Essaouira is a perfect Marrakech day trip to get out of the bustling and chaotic city.

And if you have more time, those winds are perfect for kiteboarding and windsurfing!

Falling in love with the coast of Morocco? I don’t blame you, read this for more of Morocco’s best beach towns!

9. Ait Ben Haddou Day Trip from Marrakech

Three and half hours outside of Marrakech.

Looking for a real-life history lesson? Head to Ait Ben Haddou. Of all the Marrakech trips, this one is where you’ll get to experience what life was like for people of the area hundreds of years ago. A UNESCO world heritage site, these structures stand as a testament to ancient southern Moroccan architecture.

 Ait Benhaddou is a day trip from Marrakech.
Ait Benhaddou from a viewpoint.

You’ll see defensive walls and towers, homes build into the foothills of the Atlas mountains, fortifications, and you’ll stand in the location of a trading post from the 17th century. If only history was this cool in high school.

While Ait Ben is beautiful (although, I will admit, certainly not a secret and gets very busy) I think the drive might be the best part! Taking the Tizi-N-Tichka mountain road will be just as beautiful as the sites themselves.

Going to CLA Studios is a great thing to do in Ouarzazate!
I be famous!

Side note: if you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan–THIS tour is the one to take! If you’re a movie buff, this tour is for you as well. Ouarzazate and the surrounding have been well known as Morocco’s little Hollywood and have appeared in hundreds of movies.

Checking out Ouarzazate and the surrounds for more than a day tour from Marrakech? There’s a lot more than just Ait Ben Haddou. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Ouarzazate.

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A Word of Advice for Your Marrakech Day Tours

Besides being more convenient, I’d highly recommend booking your day tours in advance. Moroccans are lovely, but Marrakech can sometimes be a bit hectic for some people, and sometimes the tour operators in person may be a bit pushy.

If you want to avoid this, scroll back up and book these tours online, get picked up from your hotel, and never have to step foot in a tour agency once you get there.

I hope this was helpful for anyone wondering what day trips from Marrakech they can do! Of course, there’s plenty of picturesque places in Marrakech, but sometimes you just need a getaway, right? This list should keep you pretty busy.

Wandering around Morocco some more? I have HEAPS of information in the posts below!

Which of these tours from Marrakech are you planning on taking? Let me know in the comments!

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