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How to Spend 3 Days in Marrakech

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How to Spend 3 Days in Marrakech
Three days in Marrakech gives you time to explore the history, culture, and culinary landscape of the medina, take in the desert scenery on the outskirts of town, and head further afield to the Atlas Mountains or the Moroccan coast. Here’s what you need to know to plan your ultimate 36 hours in Marrakech. 

Day 1: Essential Marrakech
The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Marrakech’s maze-like medina are intoxicating, and you can easily spend a full day exploring the heart of the city. It’s easy to get lost, so consider starting with a half- or full-day tour to get your bearings. Do some shopping for spices and handcrafted artisan items in the colorful souqs, take in the intricate tile work and carvings of the Ben Youssef Madrasa, walk the grounds of Bahia Palace, and spend time soaking up the circus-like atmosphere of always busy Djemaa el Fna square. If your feet get tired, climb aboard a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus for self-paced tour around town. In the evening, book a table at a Marrakech dinner show to learn more about the folkloric traditions of Morocco while feasting on local specialties.

Day 2: Food, Shopping, Adventure
Now that you have a feel for the city, spend today diving deeper into its facets that interest you.  Shop for local ingredients in a hands-on cooking class in the medina, learn the art of throwing pottery or leather working from a local artisan, go on a shopping spree with your own private guide in the labyrinthine souqs, or enjoy outdoor adventure with a quad biking tour or camel ride through the desert palm groves just outside the city. Once the sun goes down, head into the medina for a street food tour led by a local foodie. Sample some of the city’s best bites from hard-to-find spots. Try dishes such as tagine and couscous, or take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure with unfamiliar meats and other delicacies. 

Day 3: Day Trips
Today is your chance to get out and explore Morocco. Many visitors choose a day trip into the Atlas mountains for a chance to see the region’s Berber villages, waterfalls, and valleys. Alternately, head through the mountains and into the desert to visit the town of Ouarzazate, the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the dunes of the Sahara Desert. Another day trip option takes travelers to the seaside community of Essaouira, known for its fortified medina, scenic port, and favorable windsurfing conditions. Most day trips won’t get you back to Marrakech until fairly late, so plan to end your trip with a relaxing dinner at your hotel or riad (traditional Moroccan home). 
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Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech

Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech

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Journey to Morocco’s Atlas Mountain area and spend the day exploring the Three Valleys with this private, full-day tour. Your guide plans out the whole day for you, including transportation and lunch, so that you can enjoy your explorations without worry. Go on a camel ride, and then stop for a cup of Moroccan tea and cake in Imlil Valley. Visit the home of a Berber family in Ait Souka to learn more about their everyday lifestyles, and end the day in Moulay Brahim near the Asni Valley.
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  • 7 hours
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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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Spend a day in the seaside community of Essaouira on a full-day trip from Marrakech, and discover an atmospheric medina, colorful bazaars, and a center that bustles with open-air cafes and seafood restaurants. Pre-booking a ride to Essaouira is a hassle-free way of making the trip, with all transport by climate-controlled minivan, plus a short guided tour of the area before exploring independently. This trip includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels in Marrakech.
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  • 12 hours
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Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech

Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech

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Drive into the beautiful High Atlas Mountains on a day trip from Marrakech to Ouzoud Falls, the highest waterfalls in North Africa. Travel through a landscape of rolling foothills and olive groves, then enjoy free time to relax by the 330-foot (110-meter) waterfalls. Cross the river on a hand-powered barge, visit cafes at the edge of the water, or check out the Barbary apes that live in the lush river valley. With the convenience of pre-booked transport, this Ouzoud Falls trip is a great day-long escape from bustling Marrakech.
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  • 10 hours
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Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech

Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech

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Gain a newfound appreciation for Moroccan cuisine during this small-group cooking class, including shopping at the market, preparation of a traditional dish and lunch. Learn some Arabic phrases from your guide to shop at the ‘souq’ (market) for ingredients. Then create a traditional Moroccan meal such as couscous or ‘tagine’ (a meat and vegetable dish named after the pot used for cooking). Finish by enjoying lunch with fellow students in the courtyard of a 'riad,' a traditional Moroccan dwelling. This small-group class, limited to 12 participants, also includes a recipe sheet so you can replicate the dish later.
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  • 4 hours
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$56.79
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Marrakech Desert and Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour

Marrakech Desert and Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour

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Enjoy a day of adventure in the desert as you ride among remote Berber villages, groves of palm trees and stark landscapes on this small-group excursion by 4WD quad bike. Join a guide and your group, limited to a maximum of just five guests, on this intimate ride into the rugged deserts just outside Marrakech, enjoying the austere terrain as you zoom through on your all-terrain vehicle. Then take a break as you stop by the home of a local family for Moroccan tea and a snack. This personalized small-group adventure also includes a safety orientation, helmet and goggles, bottled water and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
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Camel and Quad Biking Tour from Marrakech

Camel and Quad Biking Tour from Marrakech

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Escape the bustling souks and discover the beauty of the Moroccan countryside on this camel and quad-biking tour from Marrakech. Explore the open desert with a guide during your camelback ride, and admire fine views over the rugged terrain. Enjoy a refreshing cup of Moroccan tea with a local family and gain insight into life outside the busy city. Following a traditional Moroccan tagine lunch, hop onto your powerful quad bike and zoom off through the palm groves. Spin past traditional Berber villages and farms, then return in comfort to Marrakech.
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  • 8 hours
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Marrakech City Tour: Private Half-Day Guided Tour

Marrakech City Tour: Private Half-Day Guided Tour

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Discover the best of Marrakech with a private driver, from Moorish palaces to royal tombs and the winding paths of Jardin Majorelle. Traveling in the comfort of a climate-controlled minivan, find some of the city’s most beautiful places and learn about local history and culture. Choose between a guided trip that includes a walking tour of the old city and a driver-only excursion, with both morning and afternoon departures available.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$40.00
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Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Show

Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Show

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Enjoy all the color and excitement of Moroccan folklore entertainment and a delicious meal at the evening Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Show in Marrakech. Travel to a picturesque palm grove and settle inside a cushion-strewn Berber tent to enjoy a succulent Moroccan dinner serenaded by exotic singers, musicians and belly dancers. Afterward, sit around a sand arena to watch electrifying displays of tribal horsemanship, fire-eaters, acrobats and dancers, all culminating in a breathtaking flying carpet act.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Full Immersion in Marrakech Day Tour with Lunch

Full Immersion in Marrakech Day Tour with Lunch

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Get under the skin of Marrakech’s ancient medina and historical highlights on this full-day tour, including lunch. With a knowledgeable local guide, stroll through the tangled lanes and souks; take in the sights, sounds, and aromas of vast Jemaa Al-Fnaa; learn about Moroccan culture at art at the Tiskiwin Museum; and explore the ornate pavilions and gardens of the beautiful Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Savor lunch at a medina restaurant and take snaps of top Marrakech attractions such as Koutoubia Mosque.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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