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Last updated: 20 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Mandy Sinclair

For fans of hot-air ballooning, floating over the dramatic, arid landscapes and traditional Berber villages surrounding Marrakech just might become the most memorable experience of your stay: the views stretch mile upon mile, with the High Atlas Mountains strung out on the horizon.

Morning hot-air balloon rides are often followed by a traditional meal in a Berber village.

Logistics

Price from: £150
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 10+
When: All year around
Duration: 5+ hours

Getting there & doing it

Operators will collect guests from their hotels, drive them out to their launching sites, usually some 45 minutes from Marrakech, then return them to their hotels at the end of the trip.

Check in advance about flying conditions and bear in mind that flights may be cancelled at the last minute. It gets surprisingly cold in the wee hours of the morning in Marrakech, even during hot months, so take warm clothing. All operators provide breakfast as part of the package.

There’s no minimum age as such, but it’s not much fun for those who cannot see over the basket. Children under 10 usually go half price.

First-time balloon-trippers are often disappointed by cramped baskets, burner noise and heat, and undignified landings. Form realistic expectations and you’ll love it. Or opt for a VIP package with Champagne and exclusive use of the basket.

When to do it

Flights take place year-round, though are entirely dependent on weather conditions. Take off is at dawn.

October to June see the best flying conditions and are the least likely months to see cancellations

Who to go with: organised tours

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Hot Air Balloon Flight over Marrakech with Traditional Breakfast

Marrakech

Hot Air Balloon Flight over Marrakech with Traditional Breakfast
“Join us for a lifetime experience in Marrakech” We invite you into the world of hot air balloons, a great and unique experience to observe the world from a bird’s eyes view. Our balloons fleet is new, safe and comfortable. Our pilots are very experienced with thousands hours of flight all around the world. Our company is licensed and operates under the rules and regulations of the Moroccan Civil Aviation Authority. We carry a full passenger and third party liability insurance.

Price: €173

Min age: 3

Rating 4.88 / 5 [1845 ratings]

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Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience

Marrakech

Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience
A must for Marrakech visitors, this morning tour takes you soaring over the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Touch down for a freshly prepared Berber breakfast followed by a camel ride through the palm-scattered desert, and then return to Marrakech by 4x4 vehicle. A flight certificate is included as a souvenir of your experience.

Price: €151

Min age: 3

Rating 4.76 / 5 [1236 ratings]

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Marrakech Classic Hot Air Balloon Flight with Berber Breakfast

Marrakech

Marrakech Classic Hot Air Balloon Flight with Berber Breakfast
Get transported by 4x4 to your 1-hour balloon flight. Discover the pure happiness in the middle of silence and azure. Admire the splendid colors and relief of the Moroccan land from the sky. Different balloons are available up to the number of passengers on the day of your flight.  You have the option of a shared or private flight. A maximum per balloon is 20 passengers (5 passengers max per compartment, 4 compartments per basket). After the flight, you will be driven through the ''Moroccan bush'' to the caidal tent where you are served a typical Berber breakfast. The One and Only Company operating in Morocco since 1990, and from far the best with safety and service to experience your balloon ride in Marrakech.

Price: €240

Min age: 4

Rating 4.87 / 5 [608 ratings]

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Atlas Mountain Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride From Marrakech

Marrakech

Atlas Mountain Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride From Marrakech
A must for Marrakech visitors, this morning tour takes you soaring over the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Touch down for a freshly prepared Berber breakfast and then return to Marrakech by 4x4 vehicle. A flight certificate is included as a souvenir of your experience.

Price: €168

Min age: 3

Rating 4.82 / 5 [235 ratings]

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Hot Air Balloon Adventure over Marrakesh and Atlas

Marrakech

 Hot Air Balloon Adventure over Marrakesh and Atlas
1- Transport by touristic insured cars Round trip 2- Meet At The balloon site , tea , coffee and refreshments are served 3- Safety briefing bu the pilot 4- Minimum of 60 mints of flight 5- Breakfast after the flight 6- Flight Certificate signed by the pilot in command

Price: €180

Min age: 6

Rating 4.85 / 5 [154 ratings]

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Destination guides

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Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

Marrakech

Marrakech-Safi, Morocco

Ornate, tiled doorway with round door

An exotic time capsule of ancient streets and souks, blending Arab culture and French colonial heritage. Soak it all up in the wonderfully evocative atmosphere of the Jemaa el-Fnaa.