Day excursions
Below we listed a selection of day excursions we are able to offer leaving from our riad.

Ait Ben Haddou

Tizi n’Tichka & Telouet
After a dramatic drive through the High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m) our first sightseeing of the day is at Telouet, a village on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular Kasbahs in the Atlas, which was once the palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe.


Below we listed a selection of day excursions we are able to offer leaving from our riad.

Ksar of Ait Benhaddou
Next, taking a little used back road we arrive at Ait Benhaddou. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. After a guided tour of the ancient settlement be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views.

Taourirt Kasbah
Your final stop is in Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah, a former Glaoui palace and the main attraction of the desert oasis city. This 300-room fortress, in part restored, marks the junction of 3 rivers – Dadès, Draâ and Ziz – as well as numerous caravan routes. And while Glaoui chiefs – known as caïd – never resided in this opulent palace, the Glaoui kasbah of Taourirt once housed hundreds of people. You’ll have time to tour the palace and stroll the kasbah’s irregular streets.
Late in the afternoon you’ll make the return drive to Marrakech.

Prices
2-3 person : 95 Euro p.p.
4 person : 80 Euro p.p.
5-8 person : 65 Euro p.p.

Including transport, English speaking guide and lunch



Essaouira

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Originally built on a rocky peninsula and overlooking the Atlantic, Essaouira is one of Morocco’s must-see destinations. With a whitewashed medina enclosed by huge pink sandstone ramparts which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with a rich Portuguese and Andalusian heritage, Essaouira holds great appeal. From a long white sandy beach and dunes to a bustling fishing port with excellent seafood and colourful wooden fishing boats, Essaouira has always been a favourite retreat of hippies, sailors, artists and musicians.

Phoenicians & Portuguese
Founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC, the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century and established the first fortifications and a trading post. The town of Essaouira itself wasn’t built until the latter half of the 1700′s, sanctioned by an Alouite sultan, Mohammed II. It was actually a renowned French architect who designed and built the town, harbour and fortifications in the style of a European fortress.

Medina & Atlantic Beach
Local attractions include the Sidi Med Ben Abdallah Museum, the souks, the old city gates, and the impressive sqalas – fortified sea bastions. Perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the fabulous seafood restaurants and a stroll along Essaouira’s impressive sandy beach before you make the drive back to Marrakech.

Prices
2-3 person : 75 Euro p.p.
4 person : 60 Euro p.p.
5-8 person : 45 Euro p.p.

Including transport and lunch

 

Imlil Valley

You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech at 9 o'clock in the morning. From here it is a 1.5 hour drive to Imlil (1740 meters). In Imlil you start a walk with the guide to Aremd village (1900 meters). On the way you will be able to see traditional Berber villages and see the highest peak in the North of Africa, Jbel Toubkal (4167 meters). In winter Toubkal will be covered with snow and it will be a beautiful sight to see in the distance.
After about 1 - 1,5 hour you will go to a local guesthouse to have a wonderful lunch. From here you will have a beautiful view of the Mizane Valley. After lunch it will be a 30 minute walk back to Imlil. Transfer back to Marrakech by the same route as you came to Imlil.

Prices
2-3 person : 65 Euro p.p.
4 person : 50 Euro p.p.
5-8 person : 40 Euro p.p.

Including transport, English speaking guide and lunch


Ourika Valley

Argan & Souk Experience
Departing Marrakech one of our first visits is to a locally run Argan cooperative where we will see local women cultivating and pressing the Argan nut to make cooking oil, butter and cosmetic products. Next you have the chance to visit a souk located near a picturesque Zaouia. Every Monday the largest souk of the valley is held here.

Ourika River & Setti Fatma
Continuing along the valley following the Ourika River we’ll experience classic Ourika scenery of palm tree plantations and fruit trees with tiny hamlets, summer homes of wealthy locals and riverside restaurants. At Setti Fatma, a favourite weekend resort of many Marrakshis, we will visit the famous tomb of Setti Fatma.

Berber Village Trails
Next we drive around the valley enjoying views of high green terraces, surrounding Atlas peaks, rocky village foothills and the seven small waterfalls that surround the village. After enjoying a tasty Berber lunch there is time to explore on foot, following village trails in search of a traditional way of life before we make the return drive to Marrakech.

Prices

2-3 person : 65 Euro p.p.
4 person : 50 Euro p.p.
5-8 person : 40 Euro p.p.

Including transport, English speaking guide and lunch


Cascades d’Ouzoud

Journey to Cascades d’Ouzoud
Travelling exclusively by private vehicle with an English and French-speaking guide you’ll pass fields of olive trees on a scenic drive towards the Cascades d’Ouzoud. En route pause at the natural bridge of Imi Nifrid to enjoy mint tea and beautiful views. There is lots of opportunity for taking photos, plus a visit to a traditional watermill, before enjoying a tasty Berber lunch near the waterfalls surrounded by lime, pomegranate and oak trees.

Easy Trails & Barbary Apes
After lunch you can choose to relax by the pools or stroll along the network of trails leading to the pools below the falls. If you are feeling adventurous an exciting walk explores underground passages close to the nearby Berber village.  If you’re lucky a beautiful rainbow may appear at the bottom of the falls and the resident Barbary apes may make an appearance to drink from the river.

Prices
2-3 person : 85 Euro p.p.
4 person : 70 Euro p.p.
5-8 person : 55 Euro p.p.

Including transport, English speaking guide and lunch

 

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