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Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

1. Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

An example of the itinerary you will follow: Day 1: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and you will set off on your 4 day adventure. Pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and from Marrakech to Ouarzazate you can enjoy the scenic route, the landscapes with changing colors and terrain and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time to visit the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and have lunch on site. Then, on to the green valley of Dadès and the valley of roses by the palm grove of Skoura. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a charming guest house in the valley. Day 2: Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, you will set off on the road to the 1000 Kasbahs, then check check out Tinghr with its magnificent palm groves. At Todra Gorge, the bravest explorers can trek along the canyon, 300 metres above the ground. Then continue towards Merzouga and the erg Chebbi dune in the Sahara desert. In the largest desert in the world, you can experience the sunset on the back of a camel as you ride towards the oasis where the camp is located. You may spend the night in the nomadic tents or under the stars and play music or sing along with the locals and become immersed in true nomadic culture. Day 3: Merzouga, Tazarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate Watch the sunrise over the dunes of erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp. Return to a hostel via camel trek for a quick shower then drive to Rissani, a small town in southern Saharan Morocco where you can stop to visit a fossil workshop, before continuing to the junction of the Drâa and Agdz valley. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and hotel stay in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate, Aït ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech Go on a tour of the movie sets and studios located in Ouarzazate: the "Hollywood of Africa". Visit the Ksar of Aït ben Haddou, a world heritage site. Aït ben Haddou has been used to date as a backdrop for more than twenty films, including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones "and" Lawrence of Arabia ". Take advantage of this walk through the area to admire the traditional architecture of the kasbahs. Continue on home to Marrakech through the mountains.

Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate: Private Day Trip from Marrakech

2. Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate: Private Day Trip from Marrakech

Cross the High Atlas Mountains by the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, 2,260 meters above sea level. See Berber villages perched on the side of the mountains, hardly distinguishable from the mountains themselves. On the far side of the mountains the landscape becomes desert-like. Admire the kasbah architecture featuring turrets, grilled windows, and peach-colored adobe walls. Continue to the ancient kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Ouarzazate, known as Morocco's Hollywood. Movies filmed there including Diamond of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven, The Mommy, Gladiator, Seven Days in Tibet, Alexander the Great, Babel, and others.

Marrakech: Ait Benhadou Kasbah and Atlas Mountains Trip

3. Marrakech: Ait Benhadou Kasbah and Atlas Mountains Trip

The day begins with pickup from Marrakech and leaves the city behind as you head towards the Atlas Mountains. Stop at the famous Tichka Pass, the highest road pass in Morocco, and admire breathtaking views of the scenery. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local eatery before arriving at the UNESCO listed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah (lunch and drink costs are not included). At Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, enjoy a guided tour (for a surcharge) and learn about its fascinating history and architecture. The kasbah dates back to the 17th century. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and soak up stunning views of the landscape on the way back to Marrakech.

Morocco: Private Tour of Aït-Ben-Haddou & Ouarzazate

4. Morocco: Private Tour of Aït-Ben-Haddou & Ouarzazate

Begin your full-day tour of the incredible Moroccan landscape with a drive from Marrakech through the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass. Visit a cooperative run by women in the Atlas Mountains, where the famous argan oil is produced by hand and organic delicacies and beauty products are sold.  Just before Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert, enjoy the unique chance to visit the Aït-Ben-Haddou Kasbah. This ancient town is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but often a location used in Hollywood films and television series, such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia and Game of Thrones. Enjoy a 1-hour tour with a local guide and discover what makes this little town so unique. After lunch in a local restaurant with a panoramic terrace in the newer part of Aït-Ben-Haddou, continue to Ouarzazate and enjoy the choice of visiting either the venerable Kasbah Taourirt and the Old City or the Film Museum on the other side of the street. Stop for a coffee or tea over the High Atlas and return to Marrakech.

Marrakech: Day-Trip to UNESCO Kasbahs and Ouarzazate Tour

5. Marrakech: Day-Trip to UNESCO Kasbahs and Ouarzazate Tour

Departing early in the morning from your accommodation in Marrakech, you will drive towards Ouarzazate through the High Atlas before reaching the Tizi N'Tichka pass. Sitting 2,260 meters high, this is the highest road crossing in Morocco. It connects the Marrakech Saharan regions, of which Ouarzazate is the crossroad. You will then stop for a visit to the famous fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its Kasbah has been the backdrop for many films including the Diamond of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Sodom and Gomorre, the Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, the Mummy, Gladiator and Babel. After this visit of the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, you will continue to the city of Ouarzazate to explore another Kasbah built in the 17th century. Here you will visit the cinema studios, before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Following lunch, you can enjoy free time to enjoy a mint tea and enjoy the green valley and beautiful views of the High Atlas peaks. In this area, between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, one can find several Kasbahs, all the color of the sand and forming small Berber villages that take advantage of the abundance of water from the Atlas to its small crops and animals. At the end of the day, you will be returned to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Private Day Trip to Telouet & Ait Ben Haddou

6. Private Day Trip to Telouet & Ait Ben Haddou

You’ll be picked up in Marrakech from where you'll head out in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle on a drive across the largest mountains in North Africa. En route you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and fertile valleys. This 10-hour trip is priced for a group of up to 4 persons. See the salt mines in the Ounila Valley, the Pacha Glaoui Kasbah, and Telouet. Visit the Ksar (Castle) of Ait-Ben-Haddou, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The village of Ait-Ben-Haddou is situated on a hill in the Souss Massa Draa region, along the Ouarzazate River. It was an important stop for traders carrying gold, salt, and slaves along the main caravan route through the Sahara. Both Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth were filmed here. The entire lower part of the village was rebuilt, and in recent years, more controlled restoration was carried out under the watchful eye of UNESCO. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in Ait-Ben-Haddou, where you’ll enjoy your meal with panoramic views of the Kasbah. You'll then return to Marrakech via the Tizi n’Tichka pass.

From Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Day Tour

7. From Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Day Tour

Start with pickup in the early morning from your hotel in Marrakech and embark on a scenic drive through the Tizi N'Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains. See the snowy peaks of the Atlas and many traditional Berber villages along the way. Upon arrival at Ait Benhaddou, have lunch at a local restaurant before walking for an hour to the top of the village. Here, gaze out over the fields, kasbahs, and the Anti Atlas Mountains on the horizon. Enjoy the sights of the fortified village which is one of the best-preserved of its kind in Morocco. Admire the architecture which has been used as a backdrop for sets of several movies in recent decades. After, continue the tour and visit the small village of Telouet, located just north of Ait Benhaddou. Enjoy a short stop here, where you can enter the Telouet Kasbah, a citadel dating back to the 18th-century. Finally, travel back to Marrakech with drop-off back at your hotel in the early evening.

Marrakesh: Ait ben Haddou & High Atlas Day Trip

8. Marrakesh: Ait ben Haddou & High Atlas Day Trip

Take a breathtaking drive through the High Atlas Mountains before diving into the history of Morocco in Ait Benhaddou on this sightseeing day trip from Marrakesh. You'll begin the tour with stunning views while crossing the Tizi n’Tichka Pass on your way to Telouet; a village on the caravan route from the Sahara to Marrakech. Visit one of the most spectacular kasbahs in Morocco. Next, you'll arrive at Ait Benhaddou, where you can explore the historic Ksar with a guide and learn more about this striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. Walk up to the high point for some spectacular views.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 147 reviews

Bei unserer 4 tägigen Tour mit unserem Guide Hassan hatte wir die Gelegenheit die Kultur Marokkos von innen kennen zu lernen. Unser Guide war immer sehr fürsorglich und hat sich sehr bemüht für uns eine unvergessliche Tour zu gestalten. Neben der Tour durchs Atlasgebirge, dem Kamelritt durch die Wüste und den einzigartigen Unterkünften, gab es jeden Tag unzählige Fotostops und diverse Möglichkeiten für eigenständige Besichtigungen. Wer in kurzer Zeit möglichst viel von Marokko sehen möchte dem legen wir diese tolle Tour sehr ans Herz. Vielen lieben Dank nochmal an Hassan für ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!

Fantastic trip! Great tour guides, who showed us breath taking places. We discovered the amazing diversity of Morocco in 4 days. Our guides were lovely and ever so caring. As well as giving a guided tour, they shared their knowledge of the sights and places we saw which was highly interesting. I highly recommend this tour as it was very personable and memorable

Very well received by Lahcen and who speaks French very well. Comfortable vehicle adapted to our family of 6. We had an excellent stay on this private 4-day tour, of which we will keep memories forever, of very good times spent together. Once again, thank you very much Lahcen for your kindness, you were in our care. Steve and his family.

4 day trip with camel trek, tours, beautiful scenery, delicious meals. Our driver Hassan was great. He was a careful driver and watched out for us. Everyone we dealt with was friendly and helpful. The actual drive can become tiring by the 3rd or 4th day, but I would not have wanted to miss any of the trip.

We had a very good trip being pleasantly surprised by the restaurants and accommodations included in the itinerary.