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From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

1. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside your air-conditioned car and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be at a small village called Ait Ben Barka near the amazing natural areas surrounding Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule for your trip, and the sights that you will see on your trip. You'll take a little break to enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape and get excited for the next part of your journey. The second stop on your tour will be the Tizi n'Tichka pass, 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters).  Your third stop will be at Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate. This is the largest film studio in the world, famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. You will have the opportunity to visit the studios to explore on your own. You'll be able to learn more bout the actors and films that have been filmed here, and take some pictures of the unique Moroccan scenery in the area. After the studio, you will go for lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views. The next and last visit after lunch will be at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco. You'll end your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to Marrakech. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Marrakech between 8-8:30 PM.

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

2. 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.

From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

3. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet Kasbah – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Depart from your Marrakech hotel at 8:30am by air-conditioned vehicle and head toward Ouarzazate. Admire the majestic Moroccan scenery and small, tiered villages as you soar toward the High Atlas by way of the winding Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Continue on the meandering roads to the Telouet kasbah, an ancestral residence of the Pasha Glaoui of Marrakech. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the historic kasbah, and then cross the Telouet trail, which used to be a trade route connecting sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech. Once you reach the stunning red landscapes and green olive trees of the Ounila Valley, discover the Aït Benhaddou kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in a beautiful sunset from the top tower of the kasbah before sitting down to dinner and checking in for your overnight stay in the 3-star Ait Benhaddou hotel. Day 2: Aït Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Fint Oasis – Marrakech Enjoy breakfast and then get back in your air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to Ouarzazate, the site where movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Gladiator have been filmed. Take in the panoramic views and visit the ancient Taourirt kasbah, another UNESCO World Heritage site and home to two film studios and the Museum of Cinema. Explore the studios and continue on to the Fint Oasis, a beautiful palm grove made up of four traditional Berber villages. Visit a Berber house and enjoy Moroccan mint tea. Sit down for lunch then return to Marrakech in the late afternoon.

Marrakech: Ait Benhadou Kasbah and Atlas Mountains Trip

4. 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.

Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate: Private Day Trip from Marrakech

5. 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.

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: Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou Day Trip

7. From Marrakech: Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou Day Trip

Marrakech - Tizi n' Tichka - Aït Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Marrakech 8.30 am pickup from your Marrakech accommodation in an A/C vehicle with a private driver. On the road, enjoy the scenery in the Atlas Mountains and stop for pictures and cool air. Start the tour with, the Tizi n’ Tichka pass, 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters). Next, visit Ait ben Haddou Kasbah known as a UNESCO site and the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco (break for lunch at your expense). Then, continue to Ouarzazate city identified as the gateway to morocco's fantastic Sahara desert to discover Atlas Film Studios the largest film studio in the world, famously featured in TV series and movies such as "Gladiator", "The Mummy", and "Game of Thrones". You'll have the opportunity to visit the studios to explore on your own to learn more about the actors and films that have been filmed at Ouarzazate and take some memorable pictures of the unique Moroccan scenery in the area. Finally, travel back to your hotel/riad in Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

8. From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

Journey from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara dessert and to Zagora in the lush Draa Valley on this private 2-day tour. See ancient Berber villages and discover the rich history of the fortifications at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Explore the unmatched beauty of the Moroccan desert from the heights of the Atlas Mountains, to lush Draa Valley, and across the wind-swept sand of Saharan dunes. Day 1: Begin at 7:30 am as you make your way to the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy breathtaking views of some of the highest elevations in Morocco. Enjoy the rustic charm of old Berber villages. Stop in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains to take pictures, stretch your legs, or have a coffee. Next, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and after lunch, view the most famous kasbah fortress in Morocco. From here, travel through the Draa Valley, which is known for growing delectable dates. On arrival in Zagora, take a camel ride to a luxury desert camp and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Saharan dunes over dinner. Sleep in comfort under the stars. Day 2: Greet the sun, as your gracious hosts wake you to see the majestic sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a second camel ride back to meet your driver. Pass back through the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains and take in the views once more on your way back to Marrakech.

From Marrakesh: Fint Oasis & Ouarzazate 2-Day Guided Trip

9. From Marrakesh: Fint Oasis & Ouarzazate 2-Day Guided Trip

Day 1 : We start our trip at 08am, acrossing the high atlas mountains "Tizi n´Tishka" Pass 2260 m traversing unique landscapes with magnificent colours. After arriving we will go in a guided visit of fint Oasis and enjoy our lunch at the restaurant. You have time to explore the quiet and peaceful oasis at the river together and learn about the local life of the friendly inhabitants. You will enjoy a moroccan mint tea at a local family's home. We go explore Ouarzazat, the former French military garrison town is now a growing city. Strategically positioned at the foot of both high and anti atlas with beautiful outskirts, it attracted movie makers from all over the world. Dinner and accommodation at Ouarzazate. Day 2: after Breakfast We visit cinema studios, then we head back to Kabah Ait benhaddou, this Kasbah is a fortress made of a group of Kasbahs, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage listing since 1987 and home of about 8 families who are still living in the old part of the Ksar. The new section is home to many cafes, restaurants & hotels. In the afternoon we return to Marrakech via the Tishka Pass.

From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

10. From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

Explore Erg Lihoudi Mhamid Desert's beautiful sand dunes, experience the sunset on camelback, visit Ouarzazate, Draa Valley, and Zagora, and visit ancient fortified villages. Spend the evening under the stars in a comfortable tent and enjoy a traditional meal by the campfire. Day 1:Meet your guide outside your Marrakech accommodation. Cross over the High Atlas Mountains via the famous Tizi-N-Tichka, stopping to take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Ouarzazate, and continue south to the Low Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the stunning canyons and snap photos of the looming mountains. Drive through the Draa Valley and see a Palm grove, an iconic oasis, and ancient Kasbahs. Arrive at Erg Lihoudi Dunes in time for a sunset camel ride, followed by a traditional dinner served by a campfire. Enjoy a blissful night's sleep under the stars in a tent. Day 2:Reach the top of the dunes just in time to see the beautiful desert sunrise. Enjoy a quick breakfast at the camp, and drive to the fortified village Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. After a wonderful lunch, head to Kasbah Telouet through the fascinating Ouinila Valley, with its contrasting rocky canyons and lush fields. Return to your Marrakech accommodation through the stunning High Atlas Mountains.

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What people are saying about Ait Benhaddou

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 819 reviews

Amazing Tour - was expecting the desert to be the stand out highlight, but actually everything along the way was also incredible. Multiple stops throughout the first 2 days, all well organised and interesting. Incredible views of the Atlas Mountains to go with the incredible desert experience. The 3rd day had very few stops and was essentially a straight drive from desert to Fes with only toilet/lunch break, but this is probably what is required to reach Fes at a decent time. My one bit of advice, that is not a criticism of the tour itself, female travellers should be a bit wary of the berber men in the desert village (where you stay on the second night). They did come across a bit leery and did everything they could to surround themselves with the women in the group, ignoring the men. Nothing more than this, but definitely something to keep in mind.

This trip was great! The scenery along the route was beautiful, the many stops were unique and fun, and the dunes of Erg Chebbi were amazing. Riding the camels was so fun and my pictures are beautiful. The hotel on day 1 was better than expected. The luxury tent was great but I definitely could’ve survived in the normal tent. Had a van full of about 15 people from all around the world. Great to meet and hang out with fellow fun travelers. I definitely recommend this trip!

Walid (our tour escort) and out driver were both very professional accommodating. Walid went out if his way to make sure each member of our tour group was comfortable. It was a long but very enjoyable day. It is a must do for anyone in Marrakech for a few days.

Khalid is very nice. He is very informative and we’ve learned a lot about the berber culture. The tour is fun with his games and questions. He is also very thoughtful to buy us some gift and gave us some cookies.

Great tour, driver was superb, we stopped off for snacks and breaks frequently. The camel trip and night in the desert was a great experience too.