Valley of roses and Dades valley from Ouarzazate

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Valley of Roses and Dades Valley
Nestled in the southeastern region of Morocco, near to Ouarzazate and the majestic High Atlas Mountains, lie the enchanting Valleys of Roses and Dades.

Valley of Roses from Ouarzazate

The Valley of Roses, is particularly renowned for its annual rose bloom that transforms the landscape into a mesmerizing sea of colors and fragrances. Each spring, the valley comes alive with millions of rose blossoms, predominantly the Damask rose, which are harvested for their exquisite essence used in the production of rose water, perfumes, and cosmetics. The spectacle is both visually stunning and aromatically delightful, creating an atmosphere that is enchanting and serene.Your text is quite well-written, but there are a few grammatical and stylistic improvements that can be made for clarity and correctness. Here’s a revised version:

During the rose festival, typically held in May, the valley buzzes with festivities celebrating the rose harvest. The festival features traditional music, dance, and markets offering rose-based products, drawing visitors from around the globe. The lush gardens, irrigated by the M’goun River, provide a stark contrast to the arid landscape surrounding the valley, highlighting the ingenuity and resilience of local agricultural practices.

Dades Valley from Ouarzazate

In contrast, the Dades Valley, often referred to as the “Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs,” is famous for its dramatic and rugged landscapes. It is characterized by towering rock formations and cliffs that have been sculpted by the Dades River over millennia, creating a natural labyrinth of striking geological features. The valley’s canyons and gorges offer some of the most picturesque views in Morocco, with their deep red hues and unique formations such as the Monkey Fingers, a series of rocky outcrops that resemble a primate’s hand.

The winding roads through the Dades Valley, lined with ancient kasbahs and traditional Berber villages, provide a thrilling adventure for travelers. These routes offer breathtaking vistas at every turn and an opportunity to experience the traditional Berber way of life.

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Day excursion from Ouarzazate, starts at 8 o’clock but may be subject to change depending on the season.

Quote of day excursion

GROUP SIZE 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
PRICE/P €140 €125 €110 €95 €80 €65 €50

  • Pick-up from your hotel or Airport.
  • Transport, Taxi/Jeep 4×4 or Minivan, depending on the group size.
  • Costs related to fuel, tolls, and any other associated expenses.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and qualified English speaking Guide and driver.
  • Lunche.

  • All your standard Meals and accommodation in Ouarzazate.
  • All kinds of drinks like, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Tips for staffs and drivers.
  • Other items not mentioned over in package included.

Highlights of Valley of roses and Dades valley from Ouarzazate

  • The Skoura Palm Grove is a stunning and historically significant oasis located 40 km from the city of Ouarzazate. Known for its lush palm trees and traditional kasbahs, it is a popular destination for visitors.
  • Roses valley is famous for its annual Rose Festival, usually held in May. During this time, the valley comes alive with vibrant colors and festivities, celebrating the rose harvest. The festival often includes parades, music, dancing, and the crowning of the “Rose Queen.”
  • Roses Fields: In Morocco’s Valley of Roses, farmers cultivate Damask roses in numerous fields. They use these roses to produce various rose-based products such as rose water and rose oil. The air fills with the scent of roses during the blooming season.
  • Roses Distilleries: You may have the opportunity to visit local rose distilleries where traditional methods are used to extract essential oils and rose water from the petals. It’s a unique experience to witness the production process and learn about the local industry.
  • The Kasbas in the Roses Valley represent a unique blend of historical significance, architectural beauty, and cultural heritage, making them an integral part of Morocco’s rich tapestry of landmarks.

The Dades Valley excursion

  • Also known as the “Valley of a Thousand nestled between the High Atlas and the Jebel Sahro mountain ranges. It is famous for its dramatic landscapes, traditional Berber villages, and ancient fortresses (kasbahs). Here’s a detailed look at what makes the Dades Valley special
  • Hiking Opportunities: This short tour offers various hiking trails for different skill levels. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced hiker, there are paths that cater to different preferences.

Tourism has been our hobby since childhood, starting in 1994. Over the years, we have continuously improved our experience by accompanying groups all over Morocco. In 2003, we began leading groups officially as licensed guides under Number 420. Finally, in 2018, we established a fully licensed Travel Company based in Marrakesh, operating under license number 10P/19.

This ample experience that we will share with you will undoubtedly guide you to an unforgettable tour in Morocco.

Day 01 : Ouarzazate – valley of roses – Dades valley 

Early departure from your accommodation or the airport in Ouarzazate to the Oasis of Skoura. Visit the Kasbah of Amridil, then continue to the Valley of Roses and the main town of Kelaat Mgouna, the rose capital of Morocco, where roses are used for producing various cosmetic products. A visit to a local rose cooperative is possible.

Next, continue along the Valley of Roses, enjoying the beautiful landscapes, kasbahs, and typical Berber villages. We can enjoy a short walk of about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then, head towards the Dades Gorges along a 20 km off-road route, with an opportunity to visit the nomads of the region. We will continue our exploration and have a lunch break at a local restaurant.

Our journey through the splendid region of the Valley of Roses and the Dades Valley continues. The day will conclude with a beautiful hike through the Dades Valley, including the Monkey Fingers Canyons, The day excursion from Ouarzazate concludes with a return to Ouarzazate and a drop-off at your accommodation.

  • The distance covered on the drive, 320 km/8hs 30minutes.
  • Meal : Lunch
Key Facts

We’ve gathered a selection of commonly asked questions to provide you with further insight into this extraordinary day excursion from Ouarzazate.

Meal Plan & Water

No meals are included during this day excursion from Ouarzazate. Your time is free and flexible. You may arrange with our driver to have lunch with a local Berber family. We advise you to buy mineral water for your safety.

Group Leader & Support Team

The group will be led by a professional and qualified driver and guide who is fluent in English or another language of your preference, depending on the confirmation date. Additionally.


This day excursion from Ouarzazate involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of this trek you will reach altitudes in excess of 1600 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude.

Expending funds

Plan to hold around £50 per person (or its equivalent in US dollars or Euros) for tips, soft drinks, snacks, and other incidental expenses. Keep in mind that additional costs may arise for souvenirs, and optional activities, so it’s wise to budget for these separately.

While Moroccan Dirhams are not typically available for purchase outside the country, you can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs upon your arrival at the airport or in Marrakech. ATMs offer the option to withdraw funds in pounds sterling, dollars, or euros, which you can easily exchange at the airport. Carrying a credit card is advisable for emergencies and additional peace of mind.

Direction on gratuities

Tipping is the customary way to express gratitude to your local guides and crew. It’s important to note that tips do not constitute a part of their wages; rather, they are viewed as a personal gesture of appreciation from group members. We advise our local teams that tips are not obligatory or expected but are rather a reflection of the service provided.
It is customary for the group to collectively decide on the final amount of tips to be distributed among the guides or driver. We suggest that approximately £30 per group member would be an appropriate amount to ensure fair compensation, which you can give directly to them.

Suitcase Allotment

You can, of course, leave any type of baggage at the hotel in Ouarzazate, including any items you do not need during this excursion, and pick these up when you return.

Internet access

Upon your arrival at the airport, you can purchase a SIM card for 1 euro, or sometimes it’s free. Then, all you need to do is top it up with an internet option, and you’ll have a connection when needed. We recommend Maroc Telecom as the company, but please keep in mind that in some places, other companies might offer better service. It all depends on the reception in each area.

Group size & Excursion Arrangements

All our tours proposals in Morocco by Morocco hike tours are guaranteed for a minimum of two people. There is a required minimum number of participants to ensure the trip proceeds. Once this minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run

Health & Vaccinations

If you suffer from a severe allergy, kindly notify the Morocco Hike Tours Team (support) prior to your departure. While we will make every effort to assist you, please note that we cannot ensure an allergy-free environment during Your trip to Morocco. It is imperative that you carry your own allergy treatment, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not provided as standard equipment by Morocco Hike Tours leaders and staff. Upon arrival, please inform your leader about your allergy and indicate the location where you store your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations:&It’s advisable to reach out to your physician or travel clinic to verify if any particular vaccinations are necessary for your trip.

Passport & Visa

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • Less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Travelers hailing from the UK, US, and EU typically enjoy visa-free access to Morocco. However, it’s essential to bear in mind that visa regulations can undergo alterations. Ensuring compliance with visa prerequisites falls under your purview for this journey. Hence, we advise consulting the closest embassy or consulate pertaining to your designated destination(s), as well as any countries involved in transit or transfer.

Certain local authorities furnish information regarding the requisite visas for their nationals. To assist you further, we’ve compiled a set of helpful links below:

Washing Cloths

If you wish to have your clothes washed during your stay in Morocco, it will be possible for an additional fee of 10 Dirhams per item (underwear not accepted) and 4/5 Dirhams per item for ironing.


Morocco’s monetary unit is known as the Moroccan Dirham. Below are some currency exchange rates, which can fluctuate daily:
– 1 Pound Sterling = 12.5 Dirham
– 1 Australian Dollar = 6.5 Dirham
– 1 Canadian Dollar = 7.4 Dirham
– 1 US Dollar = 10.00 Dirham
– 1 Euro = 10.6 Dirham.

Weather & Temperature

During the time of the desert, the weather typically offers pleasant conditions with daytime temperatures ranging between 20 and 36°C, and nighttime temperatures dropping to 7 – 10°C. However, there are instances when nighttime temperatures may plummet to as low as 3°C in December and January, so remember to pack a fleece jacket. While rainfall is uncommon in this area of Morocco, being a Sahara Desert region. During the summer, temperatures range between 30°C and 40°C during the day, and 20°C to 30°C at night.

Plastic & Rubbish

Morocco Hike Tours does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We ensure that all our staff across Morocco work together to reduce this issue and educate those around them. During our desert and mountain treks, we are committed to collecting our rubbish and bringing it back to the big cities. Our footprints are the only thing we should leave behind.

Travel Insurance

To participate in a holiday organized by Morocco Hike Tours, it is imperative that you possess a valid travel insurance policy. This insurance should adequately cover the expenses related to medical treatment and safeguard the value of your holiday in case of cancellation. Prior to obtaining insurance, please verify that the chosen policy provides coverage for the activities and altitudes specified in your itinerary.

In the event that one participant leaves the group for any reason, the customer must assume responsibility for the charges, and no reimbursement will be provided.

Season & Dates

This day excursion from Ouarzazate operates year-round and offers flexibility to depart on any date of your preference. Additionally, this Day excursion from Ouarzazate provides the option to combine with Merzouga desert for a more comprehensive experience.

Booking Procedure & Payment

Please select the trek that piques your interest, then reach out to us via email to initiate a discussion regarding your preferred trek and to verify its availability. Once we have agreed upon the specifics of your trek, including its duration, route, and the number of participants, we will proceed to make a tentative reservation, providing you with the dates and associated costs.
To secure your booking, we kindly request a 20% deposit, which can be paid online through a bank transfer in Euros, pounds sterling, or US dollars. The remaining balance is settled upon arrival in Morocco, payable in cash using the same currencies—Euros, sterling, or dollars—at the outset of the trek.
Please note: Should you find it inconvenient to carry cash, you have the option to settle the balance online via bank transfer a few days prior to the departure date.

Cancellation Conditions

Our Cancellation Policy:

  • If the trip is canceled at the discretion of our agency, you will be eligible for a full refund of the amount paid.
  • If the trip is canceled by you more than 31 days before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for two years (24 months).
  • If the trip is canceled by you less than one month (30 days or fewer) before the trip date, the amount paid will be retained as credit for a future trip, valid for one year (12 months).
How should you dress when traveling through small villages?

In areas with low tourist numbers (Berber villages in the desert such as in the Atlas), men are advised to avoid very short shorts, tank tops or loose shirts. The same goes for women, avoiding transparent fabrics and tight-fitting outfits. A scarf on your hair is not essential. You can try to dress in local fashion, which seems better suited to the climate.

Equipment list

This packing guide aims to assist you in organizing your belongings efficiently. It’s advisable to aim for minimal weight when packing your equipment.

Please ensure you have the following items with you:

  • Trainers or sandals to wear during your excursion.
  • T-shirts / tops / shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper during winter season.
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack 20 litres for your personal equipment
  • Sun protection (including lip sun screen)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Camera
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Item to rent:
Car rental: from €40, lease this via Morocco Hike Tours.

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The Valley of Roses, nestled at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, is a major hub for rose farming and rose-based products. Let’s delve into the key aspects that make the Valley of Roses a unique and fascinating destination. The Valley of Roses is situated around the town of Kelaat M’Gouna in the Dades Valley, roughly 90 kilometers northeast of Ouarzazate. The valley is part of the larger Dadès and Todra valleys, known collectively as the "Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs" for their numerous fortified villages and stunning rock formations. The Dades Valley, nestled in southeastern Morocco, is a stunning and culturally vibrant region celebrated for its awe-inspiring landscapes, historic kasbahs (fortified houses), and rich local traditions.

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