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Best Overnight Trip

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Best Overnight Trip

We are a couple who will be in Marrakech for 5 days this coming September. Coming from the tropics, the idea of spending the night watching the stars under the clear, desert sky really appealed to us. However, the most time we can allot for this desert trip is 3 days which my husband vetoed after research shows a possible 7-9 hour car ride on the way back. So I now intend to plan just an overnight trip somewhere that will best come close to that "desert feel".

My husband is an architect so great desert structures are obviously of interest to him. I have seen overnight trips with an itinerary going to Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Agdz and back.

Other destination experts have also suggested a trip to Imlil, Asni and Ouirika (Atlas Mountains).

Can someone give me an idea of what we will see/experience if we go up to the Atlas Mountains

vs going towards Ait Ben Haddou?

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3. Re: Best Overnight Trip

Atlas trips give you the mountain scenery, hiking trails, waterfalls and maybe a visit to a berber village or souk

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4. Re: Best Overnight Trip

by the way, you may want to have a look at reviews of La Pause guesthouse in Agafay desert - it is not the real desert experience, but can be a good 1 night substitute for people who dont have the time to go to the sand dunes.

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Going to Ait Ben Haddou you will spend the majority of your time travelling through and over the High Atlas mountain range which is beautiful but nothing like the desert! If you Google some images of Tizi 'n Tichka pass you will get an idea of the landscape which ranges from stark, barren mountain to bright green oasis.

If you are interested in kasbahs, I would recommend stopping at Telouet on the way to Ait Ben Haddou.

I'm not quite sure why you would go to Agdz as a main destination though. I can understand wanting to see some of the Draa valley between Ouarzazate and Agdz but the town itself wouldn't be first on my list of things to see in Morocco and it isn't remotely like being in the desert.

For more kasbahs, I would think that you'd be better travelling from Ouarzazate through Skoura, El Kelaa M'Gouna and then seeing Todra Gorge before heading back to Marrakech. Ouarzazate to Tinghir/Tinehir is known as the "Valley of the Kasbahs" - but be aware that they are mostly ruins. Without constant care and attention they just wash away in the rain and crumble back to the earth they are made of.

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Take the 3 day trip, go to Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge, Adgz.

I have done the desert tour, I have also done the above tour, the desert is better but you need an extra day (4 day trip) to do it comfortably.

I have spent a night at Tenihir (next to the Todra Gorge), there is no light pollution and in the clear night sky, you can see the million stars, it is very romantic with the gorge as the backdrop. You won't regret it. I have also spent a night next to Ait Ben Haddou, it can be a bit touristy, but I love it there, there is something magical when you see the sunset over the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou.

The main difference between what I have described and going to Imlil/Asni/Ourika is that in these places you are looking up to the High Atlas Mountains, but when you go to Ait Ben Haddou, you go up and over the High Atlas (it feels like you are at the top, looking down).

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I'm confused, why would you go from Todra to Agdz? That is adding on a hell of a lot of mileage if you're only stopping over for one night.

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Oh, just thought - would your husband be interested in the excavations at Aghmat? Have a look at this thread for more info tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293734-i9196-k5… They can also easily be visited as a half day trip from Marrakech or on the way to Ourika if you choose to take that direction for your tour.

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I misread the question, if you are only taking a 2 day/1 night trip, then Tenihir and Agdz is out of the question (especially if you are stopping off to go to the top of Ait Ben Haddou), if you are taking a 3 day/2 night trip then it is ok.

If you are taking a 2 day/1 night trip then I would take the advice LaLico gave about visiting the Kasbah of Telouet, then go onto the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (stay the night there), this will be a nice trip as you will still get to go up and over the High Atlas.

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I wasn't being picky MIB15, I just honestly thought I'd missed something spectacular at Agdz for it to be worth all the extra driving. I was racking my brains trying to think what could be so important there!