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Agafay Desert , Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech provided by Arib Voyages Day Tours

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Agafay Desert , Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech

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Discover stone desert, tranquil orchards, and, at many times of year, snowcapped mountains on this intimate tour, with lunch in a Berber home. Leave 4WD driving to your guide and explore the Agafay Desert, Lac Lalla Takerkoust lake, and the Atlas Mountains valleys of Sidi Fares and Asni. Numbers are capped at just four travelers, giving your group the flexibility to opt for markets, hikes, or even water sports.
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    This is a splendid trip during which you will discover the most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Your guide will pick you up at 9am at your accommodation place. Your 4x4 Day Trip drives you past lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards and the occasional village. Off the tarmac and onto off road, the scenery is completely different - barren light brown plateaux, a true stone desert. The locals call it Agafay desert: this might as well be the Sahara as the feeling of solitude. For all those who haven’t got sufficient time in Morocco for a Sahara desert tour, all the way south then the Agafay desert is the best thing to do instead, the Agafay desert is not a Sand desert – but more sandstone and earthen plateau, traditional mud-built villages, dusty riverbeds are interspersed with spectacular sumptuous pasture and vegetation in springtime. There we can sample a tea with the locals or experience trekking by camel. Later, we will drive further off-road passing by Lalla Takerkoust lake built as a dam which is in fact a hydro-electricity reservoir , and great spot for tea break also with a superb view over the lake and for those looking for a rush of adrenaline, quad biking or jet skiing can be arranged locally , and If you wish it, we will have time to get out of the 4X4 and walk for a while along the tracks. After the lake, our itinerary takes us up into the Atlas Mountains. Kik Plateau is 1800 meters high and offers spectacular 360 degrees views and, in the spring, a marvellous spread of alpine flowers. Scattered Berber hamlets greet the view and it feels like you travelled back in time. On the other side of the plateau, there is the Asni Valley in the heart of this lush area covered with apple, cherry and plum orchards sending out their harvest into the city. A nice Berber market is held on every Saturday where producers bring fruit, vegetables and livestock to sell. If you are interested in seeing a Berber souk, almost every village has one on a specific day of the week. We will continue to climb upwards until you leave the main road at an altitude of over 2000 meters with views to the Mount Toubkal: the highest peak in Northern Africa culminating at 4167 meters, and often snowcapped . Then we will follow an ancient, partly paved Berber track to reach the Sidi Fares valley an authentic area famous for apple trees, here you will have LUNCH in a Berber house in a village overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The food will be homemade and organic: tomato salad, chicken tagine, couscous and fruits. After lunch we will head off back to Marrakech, crossing the Sidi Fares valley small villages with their mud- brick adobe houses, stacked into the hillside or lining the water course shaded by the apple grove. The river gives place to the canyons and the local Berber granary towers over the landscape. Past Tahnaoute, the tarmac road follows its course among olive or orange orchards to reach Marrakech by afternoon.
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Highlights
  • Explore the Agafay Desert and Atlas Mountains in a group no larger than four
  • Four-wheel drive vehicle gives access to less-visited Sidi Fares valley
  • Lunch with a Berber family provides insights into local culture
  • Skip the stress with air-conditioned transfers from central Marrakech hotels
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Duration
8–9 hours
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned 4WD with an English speaking experienced guide/driver
  • Lunch in a Berber family house The food will be homemade : tomato salad or soup , Berber chicken tajine , couscous and fruits for dessert , mint tea and water
  • Local taxes
  • Fuel included
  • Small-group tour
  • Drinks water and mint tea
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (optional
  • Soft Drinks Coca , orange
  • Camel ride (optional ) (10 euros extra) you pay it directly to the camel owners
  • Quad bike Not included (optional
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is only one person booked onto the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Short hike in nice open area before lunch or after , for about 30 min or more (optional )
  • Visit Weekly local market ( possible only Saturday Sunday and Tuesday ) (optional )
  • Small-group tour
  • A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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PattyVA wrote a review Mar 2020
Northern Virginia, Virginia99 contributions14 helpful votes
I can't recommend this day trip enough. Mohktar and his two colleagues took our yoga group for the day into the amazing dessert and the Atlas Mountains where we rode camels, had tea in a tent high in the mountains and then for an amazing lunch at a traditional Berber home, the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Thomas B wrote a review Mar 2020
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This was our first experience with a guided day tour ever. Despite initial scepticism we can now say in retrospect that this tour was our highlight of the Marrakech holiday. Everything went smoothly! Our very nice, polite and courteous guide responded to every wish. Stopped as
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Susanna B wrote a review Mar 2020
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It was an amazing trip with guide Mohktar that we did with the group from Yoga Escape. A fantastic day to come in the beautiful desert of Marocco and experience the desert with camel ride. Just was so peaceful and beautful being on the camel and to see the vast land of marocco.
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21Nicki wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom6 contributions4 helpful votes
Excellent trip to desert and mountains including camel ride and lunch in a traditional Berber home. A great day out!
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YogaEscapes wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom30 contributions4 helpful votes
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Mohktar and his team took our yoga group on a wonderful day trip to the Agafay desert with camel riding, tea under a tent, a visit to a lake, and a delicious lunch at a Berber family home in the most magnificent setting. This is the third year in a row that Arib Voyages hosts
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Potest
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a fantastic trip to the mountains
We booked online via Tripadvisor. We just inputted the Riad that we were staying in and its contact details and ou
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Petkel0000
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Excellent day trip
Just the two of us with the Driver/Guide in a Toyota 4WD. Excellent trip, the 3 valleys are very different and the
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Andiijayne
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We had 2 separate trips and would definitely recommend these guys
We had 2 fabulous trips with These guys. They speak multiple languages which is amazing and very much appreciated.
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kevincQ6075FO
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Great adventure - great guide
We had an amazing tour with Mukta and enjoyed a lovely meal with a Berber family 2000m up the Atlas Mountains, we t
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266aliciac
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Excellent and authentic tour
Our driver and guide was Muktar. He was very friendly and knowledgable about Morocco - and an excellent driver. W
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samayaa2019
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Visit to Atlas mountains
We had the tour guide Lameen, who was really friendly and knowledgeable. He was a good driver on the windy roads an
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I2743HZpavelk
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"FANTASTIC DAY OUT OF MARRAKECH"
Our family of three had a great trip, our guide (Mohamed) was excellent. He understood English very well and he co
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uncleG83
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21 day trip around Morroco with Arib Voyages, arranged by Bachir
Our Group of six spent 21 days being shown the most wonderful sights by Momo ( we covered 3500 km). Momo met us at
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428SarahH
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Fantastic Tour!!
We had an amasing day out. Our guide Abdellah , who is a very warm and a true gentleman as he guided us through out
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Laura P
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Must do in Marrakech
We really enjoyed our day trip to the Atlas mountains. Highlights were the Argan Oil collective and the lunch with
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samanthak774
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Great day out!
My son and I had a fabulous day trip to the Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys. Mohammed was very polite, friendly
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davidgZ7795YZ
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The best part of our trip
We (two Adults and two toddlers) really enjoyed our trip with Lamine (Excuse my spelling) e picked us up in a clean
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Happiness611686
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A great experience with children
We had a great day with Mohammed as our guide--a great 4x4 LandRover (the children v impressed!). Whilst starting t
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shoesandkittens
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Fantastic Experience
We were interested in finding out more about Morocco away form the normal tourist routes. Our guide, Mohammed, was
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Dianaplusone
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A brilliant day-trip
My daughter and I took this day trip with Mohammed. It was quite simply one of the best holiday trips I've ever tak
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  • Duration: 8–9 hours
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  • Languages Offered: English, Arabic, French
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